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Spike It: Boozy Eggnog Sugar Cookie Shake

by in Drinks, Holidays, December 3rd, 2015

Spike It: Boozy Eggnog Sugar Cookie ShakeAny other eggnog fans out there? The creamy texture and interesting flavor tend to leave people either loving or loathing the holiday beverage. But! I happen to fall on the eggnog-lover side of things. Shocking, I know. My adoration for the drink goes so, so far back. Every Christmas my gram used to make her annual trip to our home with her infamous pumpkin rolls and loaves of fruitcake delicately bagged and tucked in her luggage. The day Gram came was one I looked forward to … basically from the day she boarded her flight back home.

According to my sweet gram, any and all desserts during the month of December could not be consumed without a glass of eggnog. My perfect equation was a thick slice of pumpkin roll and a cup of eggnog with a sprinkle of freshly grated nutmeg. This was quintessentially holiday season for me. Occasionally, I’d swap out one of her perfect sugar cookies and dip it in the nog.

Now here I am, many years later, continuing Gram’s tradition of enjoying my holiday treats with a glass of eggnog. What’s even better: making a boozy holiday dessert cocktail with it. Take your favorite eggnog, blend with some sugar cookies (I used this recipe, but feel free to use your favorite!) and bourbon. I think my gram would be awfully proud.

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5 One-Bite Wonders You Need at Your Holiday Party — Fall Fest

by in Holidays, Recipes, December 3rd, 2015

One-Bite Baked Brie with Grape-Pecan CompoteWhile decking the halls and tearing open gifts are one person’s way of spreading holiday cheer, serving friends and family festive food is another’s. But when guests are juggling their mulled cider in one hand and a loaded plate in the other as they’re schmoozing their way through a holiday party, who has room for a fork and knife? If you’re welcoming guests this season, stay away from unwieldy appetizers in favor of these one-bite, hand-held appetizers that are showstoppingly elegant.

Sure, you could bake a triangle of Brie until it oozes and melts after some time in the oven, but trust us when we say this recipe is an easier, smarter approach. Instead of wrapping the whole wedge in flaky phyllo dough, serve One-Bite Baked Brie with Grape-Pecan Compote in phyllo cups for a modern, mini presentation that’s easier for you to make and easier for your guests to eat.

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Brownie Cookies — 12 Days of Cookies

by in Holidays, December 3rd, 2015

12 Days of CookiesIt’s time for 12 Days of Cookies, Food Network’s annual virtual cookie swap. Each day, visit us here on FN Dish for a peek at new holiday cookies, party-planning tips and top techniques from your favorite Food Network chefs for rolling, spooning, slicing, baking and decorating delicious sweet treats to give — or keep.

With Food Network Kitchen’s Brownie Cookies, you get the best of both worlds: Each cookie has crunchy-chewy edges and a moist, fudgy center. For those of us who gravitate toward the edge pieces in a pan of brownies, this recipe is a dream come true. Here’s a pro tip: When preparing the batter, spoon the flour into a dry measuring cup, as scooping directly from the bag compacts the flour, resulting in dry baked goods. Eat them fresh off the baking sheet — or for a twist on a brownie sundae, use them to build homemade ice cream sandwiches. Sea-salt caramel or peppermint ice cream would be particularly nice for the holidays.

Get Food Network Kitchen’s Brownie Cookies recipe, and check out 12 Days of Cookies for dozens more recipes and holiday baking inspiration. Then, join the conversation: Tell us what you’re baking this season and what your all-time favorite cookie is.

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It’s a Holly, Jolly Time of Year: Chefs’ Favorite Christmas Songs and Movies

by in Food Network Chef, Holidays, December 2nd, 2015

Bobby FlayNow that Thanksgiving has come and gone, the focus is on the upcoming holiday season, and with that comes all manner of holly-jolly hall decking, including for many a switch of playlists and favorite movies. This time of year, even Food Network chefs are celebrating the season with their top picks for Christmas songs and movies — and, as you might guess, their favorites are as varied as their styles of cooking. Read on below to hear what they had to say.

Bobby Flay
Song: “Run DMC’s ‘Christmas in Hollis.'”
Movie: “I love Elf. It’s so good. ‘World’s Best Cup of Coffee — Congratulations!'”

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11 Party-Ready Recipes for All Your Holiday Get-Togethers

by in Entertaining, Holidays, Recipes, December 2nd, 2015

Italian Sausage BallsWhether your holiday plans include an elegant cocktail party, a traditional seated feast, a seasonal open house or some combination of these events, the key to easy, enjoyable entertaining at any party is a go-to menu of eats and drinks. This holiday season, stick with Food Network’s best bets for crowd-pleasing fare, from simple sausage balls and shrimp cocktail to hearty ham and sweet, buttery cookies.

Italian Sausage Balls
Reinvent the usual Southern appetizer with Italian flair by opting for sweet Italian sausage instead of the plain variety and pairing each baked sausage ball with classic Italian ingredients like creamy mozzarella and fragrant basil. Since these appetizers are served on toothpicks, guests will be able to easily snack with their hands.

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Cake Mix Holiday Cookies — 12 Days of Cookies

by in Holidays, December 2nd, 2015

12 Days of CookiesIt’s time for 12 Days of Cookies, Food Network’s annual virtual cookie swap. Each day, visit us here on FN Dish for a peek at new holiday cookies, party-planning tips and top techniques from your favorite Food Network chefs for rolling, spooning, slicing, baking and decorating delicious sweet treats to give — or keep.

These may look like basic holiday sugar cookies at first glance, but in fact, they’re even softer — and easier to prepare. How? Food Network Kitchen chefs use moist yellow cake mix in the cookie batter, so it’s no surprise that these cookies look and taste just like little cupcake tops. The white chocolate-cream cheese frosting is reminiscent of snow, and you can’t go wrong with the classic red-and-green color motif of the sprinkles. It’s important to note that some cake mix brands will yield flatter and fudgier cookies, while others will produce puffier and slightly cakier cookies. We think both are delicious in this recipe, but choose accordingly.

Get the recipe for Food Network Kitchen’s Cake Mix Holiday Cookies, and check out 12 Days of Cookies for dozens more recipes and holiday baking inspiration. Then, join the conversation: Tell us what you’re baking this season and what your all-time favorite cookie is.

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Making Holiday Magic from Scratch: Home Baking with Yvette van Boven

by in Books, Holidays, December 1st, 2015

Chocolate Fudge with Melted MarshmallowsAny new cookbook from Yvette van Boven feels like an early holiday present to home cooks everywhere, and her newest book, Home Baked, is absolutely no exception. Home Baked is exactly what you’ve come to love and expect from van Boven: vibrant and lovely, with mouthwatering recipes that read like a daydream spilling across the pages of someone’s beloved kitchen journal. The recipes are diverse, ranging from kitchen staples (like Lemon Curd and Sourdough Starter) to fully assembled baked goods (like the Chocolate Fudge with Melted Marshmallows, recipe below for you to try at home). There are showstopping birthday cakes and cookies and baked bars and even treats for your favorite furry friends. Taking it beyond recipes, van Boven has filled Home Baked with wonderful stories, beautiful images of Ireland, and tips and tricks for making sure even your leftover bread and cake scraps don’t go to waste.

When it comes to avoiding the stress of crunch time in her holiday baking routine, van Boven’s trick is simple: “I’m quite a planner,” she told FN Dish. “I make lists. Good thing is that I work from home. I can make bread and leave it to proof while I work on something else on the computer at the same time. But I do plan ahead. I hate surprises at the last minute, and I like to sit down with my family and friends once they’re here, without stress.”

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Gluten-Free Holiday Baking

by in Holidays, Recipes, December 1st, 2015

Gluten-Free Gingerbread MenThe time between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day is unofficially known as holiday baking season, but those who are sensitive to or intolerant of gluten needn’t miss out on all the sweet seasonal treats that are typically laden with wheat flour and other gluten-containing ingredients.

A blend of white rice, tapioca and buckwheat flours gives these spiced classics their authentic crunch. Now everyone can indulge in the season’s favorite cookie.
Get the Recipe: Gluten-Free Gingerbread Men

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Katie Lee’s Chocolate-Peppermint Whoopie Pies — 12 Days of Cookies

by in Holidays, December 1st, 2015

12 Days of CookiesIt’s time for 12 Days of Cookies, Food Network’s annual virtual cookie swap. Each day, visit us here on FN Dish for a peek at new holiday cookies, party-planning tips and top techniques from your favorite Food Network chefs for rolling, spooning, slicing, baking and decorating delicious sweet treats to give — or keep.

Break away from your chocolate chip or oatmeal raisin routine this holiday season with Katie Lee’s festive whoopie pies. The Kitchen co-host plays up the classic chocolate-peppermint combination by spooning marshmallow creme studded with crushed peppermint between tender chocolate cookies. Assembly is simple, and how you eat them is up to you: Bite into the pillowy sandwiches, or twist and lick.

“My grandma only made whoopie pies on special occasions,” says Katie. “I was always so excited to see them in her kitchen! These are inspired by her recipe and dressed up for the holidays with the addition of crushed candy canes. They are easily adaptable to any season by substituting flavorings and candies. Have fun with them and get creative. They make great gifts too.”

Get Katie’s Chocolate-Peppermint Whoopie Pies recipe, and check out 12 Days of Cookies for dozens more recipes and holiday baking inspiration. Then, join the conversation: Tell us what you’re baking this season and what your all-time favorite cookie is.

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Spiced Nuts to Carry You Through Holiday Party Season

by in Holidays, Recipes, November 30th, 2015

Slow-Cooker Spiced NutsRight up there with frosting sugar cookies, simmering mulled cider and stuffing stockings, making homemade spiced nuts is one of those seasonal traditions that we yearn for year after year. Part of the charm of spiced nuts lies in their versatility: You can graze on them all season long, serve them in bowls at a holiday cocktail party, and package them as an easy, edible gift for teachers, co-workers and friends.

Cooked low and slow with maple syrup, orange zest and spices, these Slow-Cooker Spiced Nuts (pictured above) are a total hosting dream — especially over the holidays, when cookies, spiral hams and other creations are likely taking up the available oven space. They’re so good and easy you’ll want to use this method year-round.

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