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12 Days of Cookies: Anne’s Dried Cherry and Almond Biscotti

by in Holidays, Recipes, December 2nd, 2010
Anne Burrell's biscotti are perfect for dipping in coffee or cocoa.

12 Days of CookiesIt’s time for 12 Days of Cookies, FoodNetwork.com’s annual cookie swap. Each day visit us here on the Dish for a peek at new holiday cookies, party-planning tips and top techniques for rolling, spooning, slicing, baking and decorating delicious sweet treats to give – or keep – from favorite Food Network chefs. Then visit Cooking Channel’s blog for great takes on holiday baking from Cooking Channel chefs and Food People alike – cookies by the dozen to celebrate all season.

The secret that restaurant chefs don’t always share is that simple can be sublime. Anne’s gift to you: biscotti that are, well, simply sublime. These bold Dried Cherry and Almond Biscotti pack a crazy amount of flavor into what might otherwise be a quiet, ordinary cookie. Tart, chewy dried cherries are set off by lemon zest for extra zing and blanched almonds for nutty sweetness. Chef Burrell suggests dipping them in chocolate for those extra special occasions, but even without it they signal the party has begun.

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12 Days of Cookies: Barefoot Contessa’s Coconut Macaroons

by in Holidays, Recipes, December 1st, 2010
You need just five ingredients to make Ina's classic macaroons.

12 Days of CookiesIt’s time for 12 Days of Cookies, FoodNetwork.com’s annual cookie swap. Each day visit us here on the Dish for a peek at new holiday cookies, party-planning tips and top techniques for rolling, spooning, slicing, baking and decorating delicious sweet treats to give – or keep – from favorite Food Network chefs. Then visit Cooking Channel’s blog for great takes on holiday baking from Cooking Channel chefs and Food People alike – cookies by the dozen to celebrate all season.

Crisp on the outside, chewy on the inside—those are the qualities of a perfect Coconut Macaroon, and Ina Garten’s recipe will guarantee you get celebratory results every time. All you have to do is pull together a mere five ingredients and bake them until their frilly tops are kissed with gold. Then arrange them on a pretty plate and pass them around.

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12 Days of Cookies: Aarti’s Spiced Chocolate Gingerbread

by in Holidays, News, Recipes, November 30th, 2010
Garam Masala-Chocolate Gingerbread Cookies
Our newest star spices up holiday gingerbread with gentle Indian flavor.

12 Days of CookiesIt’s time for 12 Days of Cookies, FoodNetwork.com’s annual cookie swap. Each day visit us here on the Dish for a peek at new holiday cookies, party-planning tips and top techniques for rolling, spooning, slicing, baking and decorating delicious sweet treats to give – or keep – from favorite Food Network chefs. Then stop by Cooking Channel’s blog for great takes on holiday baking from Cooking Channel chefs and Food People alike – cookies by the dozen to celebrate all season.

Ginger and garam masala are a natural fit in savory Indian cooking, so why not in a cookie? And any sweet decked with chocolate is sure to be a hit (just ask Ms. Deen about Day 1’s cookie).

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12 Days of Cookies: Paula’s Gooey Chocolate Butter Cookies

by in Holidays, November 29th, 2010
Our fans love Paula's gooey, buttery cookies: The five-star recipe has close to 700 reviews! Make a batch and add yours.

12 Days of CookiesIt’s time for 12 Days of Cookies, FoodNetwork.com’s annual cookie swap. Each day visit us here on the Dish for a peek at new holiday cookies, party-planning tips and top techniques for rolling, spooning, slicing, baking and decorating delicious sweet treats to give – or keep – from favorite Food Network chefs. Then visit Cooking Channel’s blog for great takes on holiday baking from Cooking Channel chefs and Food People alike – cookies by the dozen to celebrate all season.

Who better than the Queen of Butter to kick off FoodNetwork.com’s annual cookie party, y’all? Paula Deen’s Chocolate Gooey Butter Cookies are chocolate-kissed snowballs that’ll melt in your mouth faster than you can say, “Hand me another one!”–which believe me, you will. Thanks to a combination of chocolate cake mix (shh! it’s a super shortcut) and cream cheese, these cookies stay moist and tender after baking. Dusted with a sprinkling of powdered sugar, they’re rich, sumptuous and a dessert unto themselves, no ice cream needed. But if you wanted to add a scoop….

Get Paula’s recipe and check out dozens and dozens of batches in 12 Days of Cookies for more sweet ideas. Then tell us what you’re baking.