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How to Make Giada’s Struffoli

by in Food Network Chef, Holidays, December 14th, 2013

Struffoli is a classic Neapolitan Christmas dessert that is traditionally made up of fried balls of dough tossed with honey. Giada’s struffoli recipe reveals a De Laurentiis family secret: Use 2/3 fried dough balls and 1/3 hazelnuts so each bite is a surprise.

Start by making the dough in a food processor, using lemon zest and orange zest to help make the dessert crisper and lighter. Add butter at room temperature so that it mixes into the flour really well. The consistency will be a bit chunky before the addition of 3 eggs, a teaspoon vanilla extract and a tablespoon dry white wine. Mix it together until you can scoop out the dough.

After refrigerating the dough for 30 minutes, cut it into sections and then pieces. Roll each piece of dough into a small ball about the size of a hazelnut, then fry until lightly golden. To make the sauce, bring honey, sugar and lemon juice to a boil and cook until the sugar is dissolved. Remove the pan from the heat. Add the fried dough and hazelnuts and stir until coated in the honey mixture.

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Chocolate Truffles — The Weekender

by in Holidays, Recipes, December 13th, 2013

Chocolate Truffles - The WeekenderNearly every year, I make at least half a dozen varieties of holiday cookies to share with friends, neighbors and relatives. I have a few standbys (sugar, gingerbread, chocolate crinkles) and a few wild card slots (this year, they are thumbprints, almond flour shortbread, and oat cookies with cranberries and pistachios).

In addition to those cookies, I also try to include one extra sweet in my holiday treat assortment. In the past I’ve made oven-roasted caramel corn, easy fudge with sweetened condensed milk and crunchy pepita toffee.

This year as I was scanning recipe websites, looking for that extra something sweet to put in my treat packages, I spotted Ina Garten’s recipe for Chocolate Truffles.

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Chocolate-Almond Butter Thumbprint Cookies — 12 Days of Cookies

by in Holidays, December 13th, 2013

Chocolate-Almond Butter Thumbprint Cookies
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 for rolling, spooning, slicing, baking and decorating delicious sweet treats to give — or keep — from your favorite Food Network chefs

This cookie was crafted just for you. When Food Network asked fans to weigh in on their dream holiday cookie, chocolate and almonds were ingredients in the most popular picks. These treats are reminiscent of everyone’s favorite peanut-butter blossom cookies — a little more grown-up, thanks to almond butter, but just as addictive. They stay fresh and delicious refrigerated in an airtight container.

Get Food Network Kitchens’ Chocolate-Almond Butter Thumbprint 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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Sunny’s German Chocolate Cake Cookies — 12 Days of Cookies

by in Holidays, December 12th, 2013

Sunny's German Chocolate Cake Cookies
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 for rolling, spooning, slicing, baking and decorating delicious sweet treats to give — or keep — from your favorite Food Network chefs

If you’re craving chocolate and coconut, skip a time-intensive German chocolate cake in favor of Sunny’s quick cookies. She starts with a basic cookie recipe and then adds cocoa powder, chocolate chips, coconut and pecans to give it the German-chocolate-cake twist. It’s a simple cookie recipe that’s ready in just 30 minutes.

Get Sunny Anderson’s German Chocolate Cake 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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Best 5 Christmas Appetizers

by in Holidays, Recipes, December 11th, 2013

Baked BrieSimilar to Thanksgiving, the Christmas supper is often a rich, hearty meal complete with beef, turkey, lamb or ham, among other sides and salads — not to mention dessert — which is why party starters tend to be simple and light fare. But while you don’t want your guests to fill up on appetizers, it’s best to offer a few pre-dinner munchies to satisfy their cravings when they walk in the door and to hold them over until the main dish is ready. Quick-fix snacks like dips and mini meatballs are go-to picks, as is crostini or cheese and crackers, since they don’t require forks and knives, and guests can grab them as they mingle. This holiday, stick with Food Network’s top-five appetizers below to ensure casual, stress-free get-togethers that let crowd-pleasing recipes shine.

5. French Onion Dip — The secret to Guy’s top-rated recipe is cooking the onions slowly over a low temperature so they have time to become sweet, soft and caramelized, which will add to the overall depth of flavor in his sour cream-based dip. Click the play button on the video after the jump to watch Guy make it.

4. Crostini with Thyme-Roasted Tomatoes — For an elegant appetizer presentation that’s deceptively simple to achieve, Chopped host Ted Allen slow-roasts slices of tomatoes until they’re tender, then features them atop garlic-rubbed toast.

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Anne’s Super Yummy Chocolate Chunk Oatmeal Cookies — 12 Days of Cookies

by in Holidays, December 11th, 2013

Anne's Super Yummy Chocolate Chunk Oatmeal Cookies
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 for rolling, spooning, slicing, baking and decorating delicious sweet treats to give — or keep — from your favorite Food Network chefs

Anne’s recipe takes classic oatmeal cookies to a whole new level, thanks to pieces of chocolate. Since she’s a fan of dark chocolate (semisweet works as well), she chops that up with walnuts to make these oatmeal cookies nice and chunky. Though Anne’s perfect cooking time is 12 minutes for these cookies, a little less time will result in a chewier cookie, while a little more time in the oven will make them crispy. Top each cookie with a sprinkle of sea salt to give it a little something special.

Get Anne Burrell’s Super Yummy Chocolate Chunk Oatmeal 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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Ina’s Ultimate Ginger Cookies — 12 Days of Cookies

by in Holidays, December 10th, 2013

Ina's Ultimate Ginger Cookies
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 for rolling, spooning, slicing, baking and decorating delicious sweet treats to give — or keep — from your favorite Food Network chefs

Ina’s moist and delicious cookies are filled with more than just ginger. Cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg and chopped crystallized ginger impart multiple flavors that balance each other and hit your taste buds in multiple layers. A coating of sugar before baking gives the cookies a crinkly crust that sparkles.

Get Ina Garten’s Ultimate Ginger Cookie 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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Jeff’s Italian Spumoni Cookies — 12 Days of Cookies

by in Holidays, December 9th, 2013

Jeff's Italian Spumoni Cookies
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 for rolling, spooning, slicing, baking and decorating delicious sweet treats to give — or keep — from your favorite Food Network chefs

Jeff’s holiday cookie is inspired by spumoni, which is traditionally a molded Italian dessert featuring different layers of ice cream (cherry, pistachio and either chocolate or vanilla) along with candied fruits and nuts. Jeff puts his twist on the Italian classic by turning those memorable flavors into a “spumookie” complete with chocolate chips, pistachios and dried cherries.

Get Jeff Mauro’s Italian Spumoni 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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Bobby’s Blondies — 12 Days of Cookies

by in Holidays, December 8th, 2013

Bobby's Blondies
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 for rolling, spooning, slicing, baking and decorating delicious sweet treats to give — or keep — from your favorite Food Network chefs

Bobby’s bar cookies don’t require multiple batches in the oven; they’re baked all in one butter-and-parchment-lined baking pan. Starting with a classic blondie base, Bobby then adds milk-chocolate chips, toffee chips and toasted almonds. The butterscotch and molasses flavors from the light and dark brown sugars plus the toffee chips contrast well with the chocolate and nuts. Be careful not to overmix your batter, in order to avoid a tough blondie.

Get Bobby Flay’s Blondies 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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Melissa’s Rosemary Chocolate Chip Shortbread — 12 Days of Cookies

by in Holidays, December 7th, 2013

Melissa's Rosemary Chocolate Chip Shortbread
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 for rolling, spooning, slicing, baking and decorating delicious sweet treats to give — or keep — from your favorite Food Network chefs

Melissa’s easy cookies make use of pantry staples like sugar, flour and chocolate chips but get a savory kick from dried rosemary. The result is a flaky, buttery cookie that’s not too sweet. At just a few dollars for the entire batch, they’re an inexpensive holiday treat.

Get Melissa d’Arabian’s Rosemary Chocolate Chip Shortbread 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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