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DIY Food Gifts for Everyone on Your List

by in Holidays, View All Posts, December 17th, 2016

Mom always said homemade gifts were the best gifts, right? You don’t have to be a professional baker or an expert crafter to knock it out of the park with these edible presents, and they’re easy on the wallet to boot. Some are even simple enough for kids to help make, and participating in the process will make them more excited about holiday gift-giving (not just receiving!). Forget fruitcake and truffles – these unique ideas are full of thought and flavor.

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7 Ways to Make Your Home Smell Wonderful for the Holidays

by in Holidays, View All Posts, December 12th, 2016

It wouldn’t be the holidays without all your favorite traditional dishes and sweet treats, of course. But don’t forget how much the scents of the season (pine-y trees, spiced drinks, cookies baking in the oven) really make the holidays feel like they’ve truly arrived. Try these easy ways to enjoy even more seasonal fragrance over the next few weeks.

Put together a simmer pot.

Before you open your door to party guests, throw some herbs, fruit slices or other aromatics into a saucepan with some water. Bring the mixture to a simmer and the steam will fill your home with a subtle scent. Try one of our nine combo ideas, or experiment with your own.

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12 Days of Cookies: Minty Christmas Tree Cookies

by in View All Posts, December 11th, 2016


It’s that time again — Food Network’s annual virtual cookie swap is here! Follow along over the next few days as we offer up a baker’s dozen new cookie recipes. The stars of The Kitchen and the chefs in Food Network Kitchen (our bustling test kitchen) have some ideas that are bound to make it into your annual rotation. Stock up on flour and sugar — you’re gonna need ‘em.

These cookies look adorable lined up on a platter like an edible Christmas tree farm. The key to their tidy shape is the sugar cookie dough, which doesn’t spread when baked. Decorated with nonpareils, the cookies have a classic, charming look, but — surprise! You get to enjoy a crisp mint flavor when you take a bite.

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$25-or-Less Stocking Stuffers for Foodies

by in Holidays, View All Posts, December 10th, 2016

Fill your favorite foodie’s stocking for not a lot of jingle. You can snatch up all of these culinary-inspired mini gifts for $25 or less.

Hand-cut Snowflake Marshmallows (pictured above; $8) make pretty, whimsical toppers for mugs of hot chocolate — perfect for those who have zero chance of real flurries in their Christmas forecast and for those who’ll need to warm up with some cocoa after a day of sledding. Read more

12 Days of Cookies: Eggnog Meltaway Cookies

by in Holidays, Recipes, View All Posts, December 10th, 2016


It’s that time again — Food Network’s annual virtual cookie swap is here! Follow along over the next few days as we offer up a baker’s dozen new cookie recipes. The stars of The Kitchen and the chefs in Food Network Kitchen (our bustling test kitchen) have some ideas that are bound to make it into your annual rotation. Stock up on flour and sugar — you’re gonna need ‘em.

If you look forward to your annual cup of this comforting holiday drink, why not double down on the tradition this year? This puffball cookie mimics eggnog’s spicy flavors, thanks to rum extract, bourbon and nutmeg. And a mixture of confectioners’ sugar and almonds creates a crumbly texture that truly does melt in your mouth.

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12 Days of Cookies: Marcela Valladolid’s Caramel Cookie Sandwiches

by in Food Network Chef, Holidays, View All Posts, December 9th, 2016


It’s that time again — Food Network’s annual virtual cookie swap is here! Follow along over the next few days as we offer up a baker’s dozen new cookie recipes. The stars of The Kitchen and the chefs in Food Network Kitchen (our bustling test kitchen) have some ideas that are bound to make it into your annual rotation. Stock up on flour and sugar — you’re gonna need ‘em.

Marcela’s pretty shortbread cookies, stacked around a rich caramel, are a take on alfajores filled with Mexican cajeta — a traditional goat’s milk caramel. Can’t find goat’s milk? Whole milk is a decent stand-in.

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12 Days of Cookies: Classic Shortbread

by in Holidays, Recipes, View All Posts, December 8th, 2016


It’s that time again — Food Network’s annual virtual cookie swap is here! Follow along over the next few days as we offer up a baker’s dozen new cookie recipes. The stars of The Kitchen and the chefs in Food Network Kitchen (our bustling test kitchen) have some ideas that are bound to make it into your annual rotation. Stock up on flour and sugar — you’re gonna need ‘em.

Sliced into neat rectangles, pricked gently with a fork, and simultaneously crisp, crumbly and tender, these shortbread cookies are perfectly traditional. And we don’t mean “traditional” in a stuffy, tired way — we mean “traditional” in a familiar, comforting and you’re-going-to-want-to-make-this-cookie-every-year way. They require only five ingredients, so you likely have everything you need to start baking right now.

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12 Days of Cookies: Cream Cheese Cookies

by in Holidays, Recipes, View All Posts, December 7th, 2016


It’s that time again — Food Network’s annual virtual cookie swap is here! Follow along over the next few days as we offer up a baker’s dozen new cookie recipes. The stars of The Kitchen and the chefs in Food Network Kitchen (our bustling test kitchen) have some ideas that are bound to make it into your annual rotation. Stock up on flour and sugar — you’re gonna need ‘em.

These fluffy, crumbly cookies melt in your mouth — but not before hitting you with a triple dose of cream cheese. First, it gets mixed into the batter. Then, frozen chunks are folded into the dough (and won’t disappear into the cookie during baking). Finally, it’s whipped into the glaze for a finishing tangy bite.

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12 Days of Cookies: Apple Pie Thumbprint Cookies

by in Holidays, Recipes, View All Posts, December 6th, 2016


It’s that time again — Food Network’s annual virtual cookie swap is here! Follow along over the next few days as we offer up a baker’s dozen new cookie recipes. The stars of The Kitchen and the chefs in Food Network Kitchen (our bustling test kitchen) have some ideas that are bound to make it into your annual rotation. Stock up on flour and sugar — you’re gonna need ‘em.

If you love apple pie but find the thought of making one from scratch daunting, save this recipe immediately. These buttery thumbprints (an ever-adorable cookie option) get filled with a spiced apple mixture that mimics your favorite all-American dessert. And we think it’s a brilliant idea to serve these mini “pies” with mini scoops of ice cream right on top. Read more

6 Must-Do Tasks for Surviving Holiday Party Season

by in Entertaining, Holidays, View All Posts, December 5th, 2016

We love getting the most out of this celebratory time of year, but phew! All that holiday cheer can take a lot out of you. Factor in just a little more pre-planning (it will pay off, we promise) and self-care; you’ll enjoy the season even more.

Pre-make all of your hostess gifts in one fell swoop.

A small handmade gift is always thoughtful — and often cost-effective, since you can make a bunch of gifts at once with just a few materials. Whip up a batch of kumquat limoncello, cranberry vinegar or Ina Garten’s white chocolate lollipops and you’ll never have to worry about showing up to a fete empty-handed.

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