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10 Recipes to Win Your Holiday Cookie Swap — Fall Fest

by in Holidays, Recipes, December 4th, 2014

Sugar CookiesIf ever there was a reason to preheat your oven, the holidays are it. Whether you’re setting cookies out for Santa, going in on a cookie swap or baking a batch for yourself, these 10 cookie recipes are a must.

1. If you’re looking for a butter-and-sugar staple to be iced and frosted, Alton’s Sugar Cookies (pictured above) is the most versatile recipe of all. Buttery, chewy and slightly crisp, each made-with-love cookie is the perfect canvas for all the candy cane, snowman and Christmas tree cutouts you can get your hands on.

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5 Edible Gifts Kids Can Make

by in Holidays, How-to, December 4th, 2014

The holiday season is upon us, and that means two things: plenty of celebratory eating and lots of gift giving (and receiving)! Why not combine the two with edible gifts? The experts in Food Network Kitchen came up with these five adorable edible gifts that are simple enough for kids to make themselves, with just a little supervision. Delegate appropriate tasks to the big kids and little kids, and get creative with the wrapping and decorations. When the kids proudly present their homemade treats to teachers, friends and relatives, they’ll learn that holiday gift giving is even more fun when you’ve made the gifts yourself.

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Sunny’s Cereal Confetti Cookies — 12 Days of Cookies

by in Holidays, December 4th, 2014

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

Sunny Anderson uses multicolored puffed rice cereal (she likes Fruity Pebbles!) to make these festive treats. They’ll spread nicely in the oven (so be sure to space them well apart), resulting in a crisp-on-the-outside and chewy-on-the-inside dessert.

Get Sunny’s Cereal Confetti 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. Read more

Alton’s Chocapocalypse Cookie — 12 Days of Cookies

by in Holidays, December 3rd, 2014

Chocapocalypse Cookie
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.

Alton Brown uses four kinds of chocolate plus cocoa nibs to make his decadent cookies. The addition of chunks of chocolate and crunchy cocoa nibs to an already chocolate-filled batter will create a chewy and crunchy bite. The cookies might look a bit moist when they’re ready to come out of the oven, but as they cool they’ll be perfect for eating straight or as an ice cream sandwich.

Get Alton’s Chocapocalypse 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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Cupcake Toppers in 10 Minutes or Less

by in Holidays, December 2nd, 2014

By Ashley Rose

When it comes to the holidays, everyone tends to let loose a bit and go for the extra cupcake, so why not make them as memorable as you can? These simple cupcake toppers can be made in less than 10 minutes and are perfect for turning a homemade or store-bought cupcake into a dessert centerpiece. Read more

Food Network Stars Share Their Holiday Baking Traditions

by in Holidays, December 2nd, 2014

Guy and Hunter FieriPerhaps some of the most-memorable holiday moments are those when you and your loved ones are immersed in a holiday tradition. Whether it’s trimming the tree or lighting the candles, there’s something special about continuing a custom that’s been handed down from generation to generation. On Food Network, some of our most-beloved holiday traditions revolve around baking.

With recipes passed down through generations, it’s something the Food Network stars hold near to their hearts. Sometimes the holidays also offer the opportunity to reinvent those traditions and start new ones. Just see the Food Network Stars’ Holiday Baking Traditions gallery to see what the stars do during the holidays.

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Polvorones (Mexican Wedding Cookies) — 12 Days of Cookies

by in Holidays, December 2nd, 2014

Polvorones
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 techniques from your favorite Food Network chefs for rolling, spooning, slicing, baking and decorating delicious sweet treats to give — or keep.

Walnuts are the base for these powdered cookies that melt in your mouth. The crumbly and buttery texture is key, so if you’re making these ahead, make sure they are cooled before storing them — otherwise they will get soggy.

Get Marcela Valladolid’s Polvorones (Mexican Wedding 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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Ree’s Quick and Easy Peppermint Fudge — 12 Days of Cookies

by in Holidays, December 1st, 2014

Quick and Easy Peppermint Fudge
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 just three ingredients and five minutes’ prep time, Ree Drummond’s fudge is perfect in a pinch. Turn the refrigerator-friendly treat into a dessert for the holiday table by topping the finished chocolate fudge with crushed peppermint candies.

Get Ree’s Quick and Easy Peppermint Fudge 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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POLL: What’s Your Favorite Way to Entertain for the Holidays?

by in Entertaining, Holidays, November 29th, 2014

Katie Lee, Marcela Valladolid and Jeff MauroIt’s just days after Thanksgiving, and likely your calendar is already dotted with invitations for holiday parties happening from now through New Year’s. Over the course of the next month, friends, families and co-workers will come together at seasonal bashes to honor the holidays, reflect on top moments of the past and raise a glass to the year ahead. Just in time for these upcoming events, the cast of The Kitchen kicked off the holidays with good-to-know party tips and crowd-pleasing recipes, including potluck-perfect dishes and slow-cooker showstoppers.

FN Dish wants to know, as you get set for a December full of holiday happenings, what kind of parties are you most looking forward to hosting? Do you prefer to throw casual potlucks and open-house-style gatherings, or do you like formal dinners and cocktail parties? Do you count down the days until your annual gift-wrapping event, or are you most excited about a cookie-swap extravaganza?

Cast your vote in the poll below to share your favorite way to entertain during the holidays.

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The Secret to Holiday Bake-Ahead Success: Buttermilk Scones (Plus, 10 More Recipes!)

by in Food Network Chef, Holidays, November 29th, 2014

Simple Buttermilk SconesFor the d’Arabian family, the day after Thanksgiving is the official start of the holiday season. We put up holidays lights, shop for a Christmas tree, light up the fireplace (even though it’s 70 degrees) and decorate the house. The girls celebrate with a teapot full of homemade hot cocoa (tip: stir in a spoonful of pumpkin puree for a little extra fiber and vitamins), and we start our holiday baking. Our annual Mother-Daughter Holiday Tea is usually the first week of December, which means we typically have one or two weeks to bake up the treats. And because the holidays are our favorite time to share homemade gifts with friends, neighbors and teachers, we have plenty of baking to do!

My girls, of course, want to be part of it all, and that’s the fun of it — it’s a family activity! One of the best pieces of advice I can give parents who are looking to cook more with their kids is: Plan it for when you have plenty of time. Make it a Friday night activity after an early dinner, or spend Sunday afternoon with music on and the oven humming, keeping you cozy and warm while you bake away lazily. To get the baking done in time, then, we have to start early and freeze just about everything. So whether we are cooking for neighbors’ gifts or getting a jump-start on party food, I embrace make-ahead options that can be frozen (which in baking, is just about everything).

And that leads me to my No. 1 holiday baking secret weapon: my Simple Buttermilk Scones (pictured above) from Food Network Magazine. They are quick to make, they are scalable, and they are a versatile canvas for almost any flavor profile you can imagine — add tiny chocolate chips and fresh rosemary, or orange zest and dried basil, or dried edible lavender and chopped white chocolate.

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