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Alton’s Toasty Coconut Macaroons — 12 Days of Cookies

by in Holidays, December 6th, 2013

Alton's Toasty Coconut Macaroons
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

Requiring just five ingredients and 20 minutes’ of prep time, Alton’s macaroons are a quick cookie fix. Toast sweetened shredded coconut until golden before folding it into whipped egg whites, sugar and vanilla. These cookies bake into golden-brown bites, but their insides stay nice and moist.

Get Alton Brown’s Toasty Coconut Macaroons 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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4 Mistakes You Don’t Have to Make This Holiday Season

by in Food Network Chef, Holidays, December 5th, 2013

Classic Apple TartsI love the excitement of the holiday season, and I even crave a bit of the chaos that comes with being pulled in a million directions. Still, I like to keep (most of) my sanity, especially in the kitchen, which I like to consider my own little haven. Here are some of the biggest mistakes people make in the holiday kitchen, along with a quick fix for each one.

1. Edible gifts: There’s nothing like getting a tasty homemade gift!
The big mistake: making them at the last minute. One year I decided to make all my neighbors Homemade Apple Tarts (pictured above). Everyone loved them, but they needed to be made and delivered fresh, which meant I was up all night making pie after pie.

The fix: Take a tip from those high-end croissant dough delivery places and give frozen (un)baked goods. My Scones can be whipped up in a flash, flavored according to your preferences, cut into triangles and frozen unbaked. Give them frozen so the recipients can bake them according to their schedule.

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Trisha’s Iced Sugar Cookies — 12 Days of Cookies

by in Holidays, December 5th, 2013

Trisha's Iced Sugar 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

Trisha has these cookies at all of her Christmas parties, because they’re fun for decorating. She lets the dough chill for at least an hour before rolling (but you don’t have to!). Get kids involved in decorating the sugar cookies with icing, sprinkles, small candies and more holiday touches.

Get Trisha Yearwood’s Iced Sugar 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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5 Fun Things to Make with Sprinkles for the Holidays

by in Holidays, How-to, December 4th, 2013

5 Fun Things to Make with Sprinkles for the HolidaysDuring the holidays, I want everything to have an extra layer of sparkle, even the food — okay, especially the food. Sprinkles, from the silver BB-like dragees to edible glitter and shimmering sugars, deliver that extra layer of over-the-top, spectacular visual joy to my holiday expectations. These colorful, shiny confections add some glamour without much extra effort, not only to desserts but also appetizers and drinks, and they balance out savory dishes with just a touch of sweetness. Here are some ideas for fun and easy ways to add sprinkles to your holiday creations.

1. Eggnog Party Rims
Dressed up with red and gold sugar and tiny white nonpareils, these vintage cut-glass mugs brimming with eggnog are ready to party.

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Ron’s Gluten-Free Meringue Chocolate Cookies – 12 Days of Cookies

by in Holidays, December 4th, 2013

Ron's Gluten-Free Meringue Chocolate 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

Ron’s gluten-free cookies have a shiny, crunchy outside and a decadent, chewy inside. The omission of flour means they have a super chocolatey flavor that will please cookie lovers of all types. By gently folding melted chocolate into the meringue mixture, you can ensure that the cookies won’t lose their great texture.

Get Ron Ben-Israel’s Gluten-Free Chocolate Meringue 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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10+ Mix-Ins You Haven’t Thought to Put in Cookies

by in Holidays, December 3rd, 2013

10+ Mix-Ins You Haven't Thought to Put in CookiesChocolate chips, toffee pieces, raisins, walnuts — all very traditional cookie add-ins. I grew up slicing and baking cookies from logs of premade dough bought from the refrigerated case in my grocery store. You know, the “Dough-boy” brand.

Thinking outside the cookie log will set you apart from other cookie bakers. Have you ever thought about adding chai tea, potato chips, pretzel chunks, licorice or even bacon bits? Keep your mind open and read on.

In my Chocolate Chip Gingersnap Chai Cookie recipe, I use ground chai tea leaves along with Indian spices such as cloves, cardamom, mace and freshly grated ginger. Think of a classic gingersnap with a modern spin (or your favorite coffeehouse beverage).

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Tyler’s Pistachio Biscotti — 12 Days of Cookies

by in Holidays, December 3rd, 2013

Pistachio Biscotti
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

Like the classic Italian biscotti, Tyler’s cookies are baked twice: first as whole logs and then as sliced pieces. The pistachio-filled bites bake into deliciously hard cookies that are fit for dunking. Pair the cookies with your morning coffee, or dip them in a mug of hot chocolate.

Get Tyler Florence’s Pistachio Biscotti 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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Alex’s Linzer Star Sandwich Cookies — 12 Days of Cookies

by in Holidays, December 2nd, 2013

Linzer Star Sandwich 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

These holiday cookies make a beautiful gift, thanks to their pretty presentation. One of the essential steps in Alex’s recipe is creaming the butter and the sugar with an electric mixer for about 5 to 8 minutes. Don’t skimp on time, as the ingredients will get lighter and fluffier as you go. Sandwich the freshly baked cookies with raspberry jam and dust them with powdered sugar.

Get Alex Guarnaschelli’s Linzer Star Sandwich 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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Save the Dates: Facebook Fan Chats, Holiday Edition

by in Community, Holidays, December 1st, 2013

Facebook Fan Chats, Holiday Edition ScheduleJoin Food Network in the month of December for a series of holiday-themed Facebook chats with Food Network Kitchens. Bring all your cookie, edible gift and entertaining questions, and let the experts help you take the fear factor out of creating a memorable holiday season.

It kicks off with the 12 Days of Cookies chat this Tuesday, Dec. 3 at 1:30pm/12:30c on Food Network’s Facebook page.

Come back to Food Network’s Facebook page for these additional chats:

  • Edible Gifts: Wednesday, Dec. 11 at 2pm/1c
  • Holiday Entertaining: Tuesday, Dec. 17 at 1:30pm/12:30c

Ree Drummond’s Mint Chocolate Truffles – 12 Days of Cookies

by in Holidays, December 1st, 2013

Mint Chocolate Truffles
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

Ree’s truffle mixture of semisweet and bittersweet chocolate plus sweetened condensed milk and mint extract is so delicious you might be tempted to eat it with a spoon. A melted milk-chocolate coating gives the truffles a smooth finish. Decorate the tops with a sprinkling of coarse sugar that not only adds to their presentation but also gives crunch to every bite.

Get Ree Drummond’s Mint Chocolate Truffles 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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