Best holiday cookies


Every year, Rick Nelson and crew host their annual cookie contest, whittling hundreds of recipes down to a handful of the most promising--22 this year--and conducting a giant taste test. Do you recognize this finalist?

Yep, it's DFL state rep Phyllis Kahn, who produced a lovely looking cranberry-pumpkin-seed biscotti. When she's not busy forcing smokers to take their habit outside and helping bicyclists keep their momentum, Kahn is actually a prolific baker--she's won mulitiple State Fair ribbons for "guiltless" cheesecake and "industrial strength" chocolate pie. Having once been to a potluck at Kahn's place, I can also say that the woman make a killer latke.

The winning recipe, along with those of the five finalists are printed here.