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Send us your treasured holiday dessert recipes

It's that most wonderful time of the year again — time for us to ask you to send in your most treasured holiday recipes.

And beginning this year, we're doing things a little differently. We are spreading the holiday cheer and opening up our annual reader-driven Christmas cookie issue to more than cookies.

We want to hear about and celebrate your special holiday dessert traditions.

Did your nonna make heavenly biscotti every year? Do you celebrate Hanukkah with bubbe's legendary chocolate babka? Maybe your Polish relatives do a killer pierniczki spread each December, or your abuelo makes sweet tamales. Is your family's Christmas Eve spread incomplete without a Buche de Noel? Baklava? Cherry thumbprint cookies?

You get the idea. From now until Oct. 4, write in and tell us about the desserts you prepare — or the desserts your parents or grandparents prepare or prepared — to celebrate the winter holidays. We'll select the best ones to feature in our Holiday Desserts issue of Taste, which will publish in the Times on Dec. 2 and in a multimedia format at

There are only two rules:

1. These must be desserts. We're sure the pot roast tastes great, but we're interested in those sweeter parts of your holiday season. 2. Tell us your story in 150 words or less. In addition to a recipe, send a note about why this dessert means something to you.

And fear not, cookie lovers, we know there still will be shortbread and other cookie recipes in the mix. But those who don't eat cookies (I've heard such people do exist!) can share their family's traditions, too. A sweet deal for everyone.