In some circles, the number 13 is bad luck.
But for the Keeler elves and the many folks who enjoy cookies, we expect the Tampa Bay Times' 13th annual Christmas cookie issue to be the best one yet. After all, 13 is a baker's dozen, and that means there should be some extra treats this year.
Now for your part, because it's you, dear readers, who power this thing.
It's time to send in your favorite holiday cookie recipes for the baking-obsessed elves to test. Send as many recipes as you'd like — for bars, drops or cutouts; with nuts or without; iced, plain or sprinkled; gingerbread, peppermint or chocolate. The more we've got to choose from, the better the final selections.
The best submissions will be printed in Taste's 13th annual Christmas cookie issue, which this year will be published on Dec. 3. As always, it will appear on the first Wednesday after Thanksgiving.
Simpler recipes and those that don't require a lot of special equipment make the cut more often than difficult ones. We always look for a few that are easy for children to make, and we seek a no-bake recipe or two. And if you have a special story about your recipe, send that along, too.
Our goal is to find about 35 recipes to test. The cookies are baked in a home kitchen, which we think is important so that your experience will be like ours.
As always, we look forward to what the mail (or, even better, email) brings from readers. And to eating all those cookies.
Janet K. Keeler, Times food and travel editor