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Gluten-Free Peanut Butter-Chocolate Chunk Cookies — 12 Days of Cookies

by in Holidays, December 8th, 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.

If you’re in need of a quick, inexpensive yet festive recipe for your next holiday party, look no further than Food Network Kitchen’s easy peanut butter cookies. These gluten- and dairy-free cookies require just 20 minutes of prep work, and, better yet, it takes just a few pantry staples — like sugar, brown sugar and vanilla — to throw them together. Since there is no flour or butter to compete with it, the peanut butter flavor is pretty intense! Peanut butter purists may prefer these cookies sans chocolate.

Get the recipe for Food Network Kitchen’s Gluten-Free Peanut Butter-Chocolate Chunk 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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9 Best Children’s Books About Food

by in Books, Family, Holidays, December 7th, 2015

Bread and Jam for Frances
When I was a kid, I had a poster on my wall that read, “A book is a present you can open again and again.” And it’s true — books make a perfect holiday gift for kids of all ages.

Some of my favorite books for children are about food. Surely you’ve read The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Green Eggs and Ham, but have you heard of any of these other delicious stories?

Bread and Jam for Frances by Russell Hoban
In this classic book, Frances wants to only eat her favorite foods — bread and jam — at every meal, turning up her nose at all the delicious things her family enjoys. Mrs. Badger ultimately gives her what she wants, but Frances soon realizes an important lesson about the importance of variety.

Image courtesy of HarperCollins

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Lotsa Latkes, Just in Time for Hanukkah

by in Holidays, Recipes, December 7th, 2015

Potato LatkesTonight at sundown marks the start of Hanukkah. To commemorate the miracle of oil, it’s a tradition to fry potato pancakes, or latkes, as a part of the celebration. That miracle goes back to ancient times, when the Temple in Jerusalem’s limited supply of oil burned for eight days instead of one. Whether frying up homemade potato latkes is a yearly tradition for your family or you simply can’t resist crispy, golden potatoes in any form, these classic and creative latke recipes are the ones to make during the Festival of Lights — or year-round.

To achieve the quintessential light, crispy shredded potato patty you’d expect out of the holiday season, start with Ina Garten’s recipe for perfect Potato Latkes, which take just 20 minutes to make. Follow these 5 Rules for Better Latkes and serve the customary way: with applesauce and sour cream on the side.

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All the Sweet Treats You Need to Indulge In This Holiday Season

by in Holidays, Recipes, December 7th, 2015

Gingerbread and Lemon Curd Trifle with Blackberry SauceAs you shuttle from at-work celebrations to cocktail parties and host casual family gatherings and the elegant Christmas Eve feast alike, there’s no shortage of opportunities to indulge in your favorite fare during the holidays. But perhaps the best, most-decadent dishes come not from the savory buffet, but rather from the dessert table, in the form of decadent cakes, cookies, trifles and fudge. Check out Food Network’s favorite holiday desserts below, each a wow-worthy pick sure to satisfy your sweet tooth.

Gingerbread and Lemon Curd Trifle with Blackberry Sauce
Bobby Flay celebrates the beloved flavor combo of gingerbread and lemon in his layered trifle, featuring a crimson-colored blackberry sauce, which he whirls in the blender for smooth results. Follow Bobby’s lead and save time in the kitchen by opting for store-bought lemon curd; it brightens up the fluffy whipped cream layers in his big-batch dessert.

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Geoffrey Zakarian’s Hermit Cookies — 12 Days of Cookies

by in Holidays, December 7th, 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.

Crispy yet chewy, chocolatey yet spicy, Geoffrey Zakarian‘s Hermit Cookies are everything you could possibly want from a holiday treat, and the simple vanilla glaze adds a pretty touch. You can pipe the glaze in a simple zigzag pattern — or get inspired by festive holiday imagery (pine trees, anyone?). “This is my favorite holiday cookie, because it blends two of my favorite cookies,” says The Kitchen co-host. “Soft chocolate chip cookies and spicy gingerbread — the best of both worlds.” Although, if you’re a hardcore gingerbread fan, we suppose you could skip the chips altogether.

Get Geoffrey’s Hermit 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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8 Ways to Win Hanukkah

by in Holidays, December 6th, 2015

With Christmas lights, Santa mall stations and red coffee-shop cups appearing before Thanksgiving, Hanukkah often gets overlooked, even though it starts tonight, three weeks before December 25. Here are eight ways to show some love for the Festival of Lights — one for each crazy night.  Read more

Chocolate Crinkle Cookies — 12 Days of Cookies

by in Holidays, December 6th, 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 soft and crackly cookies are a staple in Italian bakeries, but you don’t have to be an Italian baker to replicate the signature look. For the crinkled effect, simply roll hand-formed balls of chocolate cookie dough in confectioners’ sugar until each ball is generously coated. Adding espresso powder complements (and heightens) the chocolate flavor — it’s subtle, but totally worth it. And since almonds are a classic ingredient in Italian baking, try spiking the batter with 1/4 teaspoon almond extract.

Get Food Network Kitchen’s Chocolate Crinkle 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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How to Host a Holiday Cookie Swap

by in Holidays, Recipes, December 5th, 2015

Good friends, fresh baked goods and a few generous mugs of (possibly spiked) hot chocolate: That’s what a holiday cookie swap is all about. If you’re hosting this year, it’s time to choose your recipes, check your pantry (ditching old spices and other baking staples that have been collecting dust at the back of your shelves), and head to the store for missing ingredients. Remember to stock up on treat bags or roomy covered containers; that way, everyone can go home with a few edible mementos.

Guests are generally expected to bring one batch of cookies. (Or you might ask guests to bring two or three batches, depending on the size of the swap.) When hosting, it’s wise to bake two or three different varieties, and remember to take food allergies into account. Choose two familiar, tried-and-true recipes, like classic sugar cookies and chocolate chip cookies. (That way you won’t stress over making errors and can focus on beverages and decor too.) The third cookie should be super-seasonal and more of a challenge. You can make one recipe the day of, but make the other recipes a day in advance — whatever works best with your schedule. Here are a few of our most sought-after holiday cookies to get you started.

Cookie #1: Classic Sugar
Food Network Kitchen’s Soft Sugar Cookies (pictured at top) are the classic sugar cookies you could roll out in your sleep — except they might be more tender than you’re used to, thanks to an extra egg in the dough. Before baking, roll the dough in red and green sanding sugar. The cookies will bake up in just 20 minutes. Check out more of our festive takes on sugar cookies here.

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No-Bake Sticky Toffee Balls — 12 Days of Cookies

by in Holidays, December 5th, 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.

Celebrate classic holiday fruits and nuts with Food Network Kitchen’s buttery toffee balls, in which dates, walnuts and orange zest find new expression. Inspired by the traditional British dessert sticky toffee pudding, these easy no-bake treats require just 15 minutes of preparation, and a little help from your food processor and refrigerator. Once they’re chilled, coat the toffee balls in red and green sanding sugar — or roll them in confectioners’ sugar combined with a large pinch of ground cinnamon for a more understated yet equally festive presentation.

Get Food Network Kitchen’s No-Bake Sticky Toffee Balls 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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Food Network Chefs Share Their Favorite Christmas Cookies

by in Food Network Chef, Holidays, December 4th, 2015

Giada De LaurentiisIf Valentine’s Day is for chocolate, Halloween for candy and Thanksgiving for turkey, then Christmas may be for cookies. Just as you likely wait all year to dig into Mom’s famous peppermint spritz or your own special recipe for chocolate-cherry chunkies, your favorite chefs, too, are indulging in their holiday cooking cravings come December. FN Dish checked in with stars like Giada De Laurentiis, Katie Lee and Michael Symon to find out which cookies are their favorites — click the photos above or below to hear what they had to say.

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