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No-Bake Chocolate Cookies to Ease Up the Holiday Cookie Swap

by in Holidays, Recipes, December 8th, 2016

No-Bake Between gift wrapping and meal prepping, entertaining and party hopping, where is the average human supposed to find the time to fit in cookie baking? This year, ease up on your holiday prep (and on your oven) with simpler, no-bake cookies that’ll disappear from the cookie swap just as quickly as any baked ones.

Loaded up with cocoa powder, old-fashioned rolled oats and peanut butter, Katie Lee’s No-Bake “Cow Pile” Cookies are chewy, chocolatey and super-simple to make, thanks to a simple “batter” that just sits at room temp until the cookies firm up.

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12 Days of Cookies: Classic Shortbread

by in Holidays, Recipes, View All Posts, December 8th, 2016


It’s that time again — Food Network’s annual virtual cookie swap is here! Follow along over the next few days as we offer up a baker’s dozen new cookie recipes. The stars of The Kitchen and the chefs in Food Network Kitchen (our bustling test kitchen) have some ideas that are bound to make it into your annual rotation. Stock up on flour and sugar — you’re gonna need ‘em.

Sliced into neat rectangles, pricked gently with a fork, and simultaneously crisp, crumbly and tender, these shortbread cookies are perfectly traditional. And we don’t mean “traditional” in a stuffy, tired way — we mean “traditional” in a familiar, comforting and you’re-going-to-want-to-make-this-cookie-every-year way. They require only five ingredients, so you likely have everything you need to start baking right now.

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Over-the-Top Cute Christmas Desserts

by in Holidays, Recipes, December 7th, 2016

Dial up the cute factor at your holiday table with these fun and creative holiday desserts, ranging from easy Santas crafted from strawberries to ambitious baking projects like a buche de Noel. Turn on some festive tunes, gather the whole family, and put even the littlest hands to work stirring batter and decorating with candies. The more the merrier!

Transform ordinary brownies into Prancer, Dancer and Vixen with our recipe for Christmas Reindeer Brownies (pictured above) decorated with mini marshmallows, wafer cookies and candies. Read more

12 Days of Cookies: Cream Cheese Cookies

by in Holidays, Recipes, View All Posts, December 7th, 2016


It’s that time again — Food Network’s annual virtual cookie swap is here! Follow along over the next few days as we offer up a baker’s dozen new cookie recipes. The stars of The Kitchen and the chefs in Food Network Kitchen (our bustling test kitchen) have some ideas that are bound to make it into your annual rotation. Stock up on flour and sugar — you’re gonna need ‘em.

These fluffy, crumbly cookies melt in your mouth — but not before hitting you with a triple dose of cream cheese. First, it gets mixed into the batter. Then, frozen chunks are folded into the dough (and won’t disappear into the cookie during baking). Finally, it’s whipped into the glaze for a finishing tangy bite.

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The Holiday Cookies Food Network Staffers Can’t Wait to Make This Year

by in Community, Holidays, Recipes, December 6th, 2016

Eggnog MeltawaysHoliday baking season is upon us, and while we’re tempted daily by the prospect of putting together all manner of cakes, cinnamon rolls, gingerbread houses, cheesecake and tarts, it’s really all about the cookies for us. (You, too? It’s not too late to sign up to receive our 12 Days of Cookies newsletter, BTW.) Read on below to see which cookies we Food Network staffers will be baking up first this season, and get the recipes to try them at your home, too.

“Meltaways (aka polvorones, aka Mexican wedding cookies, aka butterballs) have always been my favorite Christmas cookie (my mom called them ‘snowball meltaways’ when I was growing up), but this year I’m making Food Network Kitchen’s new version: Eggnog Meltaways. They really do taste just like eggnog – there’s bourbon, rum extract and nutmeg in the dough — but they’re buttery and crumbly like a meltaway should be.”

— Michelle Buffardi, Director, Digital Programming

Butter Spritz Cookies“Oatmeal cookies, chocolate chip cookies, sugar cookies — you name it, my Mama Hynes always has a truly fantastic batch of soft, perfectly baked cookies on her kitchen counter. But as much as I aspire to be just like my grandma, rolling sugar cookie dough is my nemesis; even though you might think having three helpers would make the job easier for me, eight hands are not better than two! But my kids really love to measure, pour and mix, and watching them sit impatiently on the kitchen floor staring through the oven door while something they’ve helped make bakes warms my heart. This year I’m looking forward to trying our hands at Butter Spritz Cookies. The kids can choose their own cookie-press shapes and have fun decorating their creations with sprinkles, and I can have dozens of homemade cookies on the counter without having to roll a single scrap of dough.”

— Meghan Cole, Content Administrator

Hazelnut Chocolate Chip Cookies“Giada De Laurentiis’ Hazelnut Chocolate Chip Cookies were the first Food Network recipe I ever made, and maybe the first thing I ever baked, full stop. Back in high school, I’d bake a batch on the Sunday before school let out for the holidays so I could give them out to friends and teachers. Honestly, I don’t know how I parted with them. Packed with chewy, finely chopped oats, toasted hazelnuts and English toffee, these buttery beauties would have me in a sugar coma until at least New Year’s.”

— Allison Milam, Associate Editor

Snickerdoodles“I know that baking is a science and that recipes for baked goods ought to be followed to the letter. But — confession time — when it comes to the cinnamon in things like cookies, pies and tarts, I usually double or even triple the amount called for in the recipe. That’s how much love that spicy, warm, fragrant flavor. (More is more, right?) So it’s a wonder that I’ve never made snickerdoodles before. Not only are these cookies easy to make, but they’re known for their over-the-top cinnamon taste: They’re rolled in a mixture of cinnamon and sugar, after all, which guarantees cozy, comforting cinnamon taste in each bite. This year I’ve got my eyes on Trisha Yearwood’s recipe for snickerdoodles — but there’s a good chance I may up the cinnamon there, too.”

— Maria Russo, Online Convergent Editor

Peanut Butter BlossomsPeanut Butter Blossoms are my holiday-season Achilles’ heel — my mother-in-law makes them by the boatload, and I eat just about as many. This year, I want to try Nancy Fuller’s take on the recipe, which incorporates peanut butter chips into the batter. She also suggests spreading a little jelly on the cookies before finishing them off with a chocolate candy. Sounds delicious!”

— Lauren Piro, Food Network Editor

Potato Chip Chocolate Chip Cookies“The best cookies on a holiday cookie spread often look the simplest. You might pass them over for the fancier-looking treats if you didn’t know better. That’s part of the allure of my grandmother’s famous Potato Chip Cookies. The golden rounds look like basic shortbread or sugar cookies, but then you bite into one and the hit of salt and crunch takes you by surprise (and keeps you reaching for seconds, then thirds). I once won a very prestigious interoffice cookie bake-off with these babies, and I’m admittedly not a baker. While Grandma’s recipe is a closely guarded family secret, Ree Drummond has a version that incorporates chocolate, and in my opinion that’s never a bad idea.”

— Sara Levine, Senior Managing Editor

Neapolitan Cookies“I went to school near this warm, low-ceilinged Hungarian pastry shop that always reminded me of the Three Broomsticks from the Harry Potter books — so, of course, every day after class I’d go sit in the corner and read by myself. I only ever got one thing: coffee with almond extract, cinnamon and a tall, dramatic swirl of whipped cream (the kind from a can). Such a good drink. Anyway, one year I was dating this nice Italian boy and brought him there after dinner. He asked if I had ever eaten a rainbow cookie. I hadn’t, of course. He explained how important they were for Italian-American families during Christmas, and how he could eat a dozen in one sitting. So we bought a handful and ate them with the coffee I just told you about. To this day I only ever get that coffee with those rainbow cookies. Some people call them “Italian flag cookies,” “Venetian bars” or even “seven-layer cakes” (after the three layers of almond sponge, the two of jam and the two of chocolate). Valerie Bertinelli calls them Neapolitan Cookies. Whatever they’re called, I like to make them around the holidays for my family because they’re like nothing we grew up with, and because they remind me of Greg.”

— Eric Kim, Programming Coordinator

Maple Stars“A few months ago, I purchased a bag of maple sugar, thinking, ‘I’ll definitely use this at some point.’ It took a while, but I’m finally cracking it open, thanks to this Maple Stars cookie recipe [from Food Network Magazine]. Festive maple-flavored sugar cookies are sandwiched with maple-spiked white chocolate for a breakfast-meets-dessert experience. Plus, who can resist a shimmery dusting of gold sugar for a finishing touch? These will definitely be the stars of my holiday cookie plate!”

— T.K. Brady, Online Editor, Food Network Magazine

Check out Food Network’s complete collection of Christmas cookies right here.

Mint Chocolate Layer Cake: A Craveable Flavor Combo in Cake Form

by in Holidays, Recipes, December 6th, 2016

Mint Chocolate Layer CakeOne of my favorite things about December is embracing all things mint. We add that glorious flavoring to hot cocoa, brownies, cookies and most definitely cake. This cake in particular features four moist layers of dark chocolate cake and a delicate minty buttercream slathered between the layers. The cake is covered in chocolate buttercream and topped off with a mint-green chocolate curl for both decoration and an extra boost of mint flavor. Check out the decadent recipe below.

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12 Days of Cookies: Apple Pie Thumbprint Cookies

by in Holidays, Recipes, View All Posts, December 6th, 2016


It’s that time again — Food Network’s annual virtual cookie swap is here! Follow along over the next few days as we offer up a baker’s dozen new cookie recipes. The stars of The Kitchen and the chefs in Food Network Kitchen (our bustling test kitchen) have some ideas that are bound to make it into your annual rotation. Stock up on flour and sugar — you’re gonna need ‘em.

If you love apple pie but find the thought of making one from scratch daunting, save this recipe immediately. These buttery thumbprints (an ever-adorable cookie option) get filled with a spiced apple mixture that mimics your favorite all-American dessert. And we think it’s a brilliant idea to serve these mini “pies” with mini scoops of ice cream right on top. Read more

6 Must-Do Tasks for Surviving Holiday Party Season

by in Entertaining, Holidays, View All Posts, December 5th, 2016

We love getting the most out of this celebratory time of year, but phew! All that holiday cheer can take a lot out of you. Factor in just a little more pre-planning (it will pay off, we promise) and self-care; you’ll enjoy the season even more.

Pre-make all of your hostess gifts in one fell swoop.

A small handmade gift is always thoughtful — and often cost-effective, since you can make a bunch of gifts at once with just a few materials. Whip up a batch of kumquat limoncello, cranberry vinegar or Ina Garten’s white chocolate lollipops and you’ll never have to worry about showing up to a fete empty-handed.

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12 Days of Cookies: Geoffrey Zakarian’s Red Velvet Crinkle Cookie Sandwiches

by in Food Network Chef, Holidays, View All Posts, December 5th, 2016


It’s that time again — Food Network’s annual virtual cookie swap is here! Follow along over the next few days as we offer up a baker’s dozen new cookie recipes. The stars of The Kitchen and the chefs in Food Network Kitchen (our bustling test kitchen) have some ideas that are bound to make it into your annual rotation. Stock up on flour and sugar — you’re gonna need ‘em.

Everyone loves a red cookie during the holidays — especially when it’s the red-velvet variety. “This red velvet crinkle cookie sandwich is a crowd-pleaser for the holidays,” Geoffrey says. “It satisfies the chocolate lover and someone looking for more than your average cookie.”

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12 Days of Cookies: Holiday Monster Cookies

by in Holidays, Recipes, View All Posts, December 4th, 2016


It’s that time again — Food Network’s annual virtual cookie swap is here! Follow along over the next few days as we offer up a baker’s dozen new cookie recipes. The stars of The Kitchen and the chefs in Food Network Kitchen (our bustling test kitchen) have some ideas that are bound to make it into your annual rotation. Stock up on flour and sugar — you’re gonna need ‘em.

These cookies are gonna get ya! OK, not really (seriously, we’ve never met a sweet that scared us). But they are super-stuffed with every holiday treat we could possibly fit into the dough.

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