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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Chefs’ Picks: Feast of the Seven Fishes

by in Restaurants, December 7th, 2016

Michael's Genuine Fish Stew
Chefs’ Picks tracks down what the pros are eating and cooking from coast to coast.

Wander into an Italian-American household on Dec. 24 and there’s a good chance you will be dazzled by platter upon platter of delectable fishcentric dishes. This stunning array of seafood is served as part of a holiday vigil when many abstain from eating meat. Read more

Over-the-Top Cute Christmas Desserts

by in Holidays, Recipes, December 7th, 2016

Dial up the cute factor at your holiday table with these fun and creative holiday desserts, ranging from easy Santas crafted from strawberries to ambitious baking projects like a buche de Noel. Turn on some festive tunes, gather the whole family, and put even the littlest hands to work stirring batter and decorating with candies. The more the merrier!

Transform ordinary brownies into Prancer, Dancer and Vixen with our recipe for Christmas Reindeer Brownies (pictured above) decorated with mini marshmallows, wafer cookies and candies. Read more

Food Network Staffer Diary: I Ate Like a Kardashian for 3 Days

by in Behind the Scenes, December 7th, 2016

Food Network Staffer Diary: I Ate Like a Kardashian for 3 DaysMost of us go above and beyond simply “keeping up” with the Kardashians. Ever since Kim K.’s not-so-little scandal in 2003, confused (and mostly bored) people across the U.S. have been absolutely obsessed with the Kardashian family. Kylie Jenner dyes her hair and within a split second her “transformation” is the No. 1 trending topic on Twitter. Kim posts a nude selfie to Instagram and a full-blown social media war ensues. Khloé Kardashian finalizes her divorce with Lamar Odom and 90 percent of the U.S. population reacts as if the royal couple just called it quits.

In 2007 our fascination with the Kardashian family transitioned into hardcore obsession. Keeping Up With the Kardashians was officially on the air, exposing a concerning amount of American people to the most highly addictive television series to date. Even I will admit I’ve spent hours of my life watching Kourtney Kardashian eat salad on a television screen. Those are hours I will never get back, and, unfortunately, that’s something I have to live with.

Over the past 10 or so years, we’ve watched each of the Kardashian sisters grow … and in other ways, we’ve watched them literally shrink down. Yes, I’m talking about their beyond drastic, inconceivable weight loss journeys in which they seemingly drop about 5 pounds overnight.

Kim lost almost 70 pounds only seven months after she and Yeezy welcomed Saint West into the world — 70 pounds could very well be equal to the weight of both my legs combined. Khloé also shed some serious poundage within the past year, reaching her slimmest weight yet in late July. The 32-year-old superstar dropped a whopping 40 pounds post-separation with Odom and has kept the weight off since. Kourtney has been stick thin for years. Then again, we’ve never seen her eat a carb, so that explains that.

All three of the OG Kardashian sisters have opened up to various media outlets about their day-to-day diets. After hearing each of them spill the beans on how they stay so thin, I decided it was time to give the Kardashian diet a good old-fashioned try.

I ate like a Kardashian for three days, following Khloé’s, Kourtney’s and Kim’s daily diet plans. Here’s what I ate each day and how I rated each Kardashian’s diet.

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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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Meringue Coffee Is the Latest Cafe Confection

by in News, December 6th, 2016

Meringue Coffee Is the Latest Cafe ConfectionIs there anything better, when you need a morning eye-opener, a midday pick-me-up or an after-dinner sip, than a nice and friendly cup of coffee? Well, yes, actually, now there is: a nice and friendly cup of coffee topped with a spiky pyramid of sumptuous meringue.

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The Holiday Cookies Food Network Staffers Can’t Wait to Make This Year

by in Community, Holidays, Recipes, December 6th, 2016

Eggnog MeltawaysHoliday baking season is upon us, and while we’re tempted daily by the prospect of putting together all manner of cakes, cinnamon rolls, gingerbread houses, cheesecake and tarts, it’s really all about the cookies for us. (You, too? It’s not too late to sign up to receive our 12 Days of Cookies newsletter, BTW.) Read on below to see which cookies we Food Network staffers will be baking up first this season, and get the recipes to try them at your home, too.

“Meltaways (aka polvorones, aka Mexican wedding cookies, aka butterballs) have always been my favorite Christmas cookie (my mom called them ‘snowball meltaways’ when I was growing up), but this year I’m making Food Network Kitchen’s new version: Eggnog Meltaways. They really do taste just like eggnog – there’s bourbon, rum extract and nutmeg in the dough — but they’re buttery and crumbly like a meltaway should be.”

— Michelle Buffardi, Director, Digital Programming

Butter Spritz Cookies“Oatmeal cookies, chocolate chip cookies, sugar cookies — you name it, my Mama Hynes always has a truly fantastic batch of soft, perfectly baked cookies on her kitchen counter. But as much as I aspire to be just like my grandma, rolling sugar cookie dough is my nemesis; even though you might think having three helpers would make the job easier for me, eight hands are not better than two! But my kids really love to measure, pour and mix, and watching them sit impatiently on the kitchen floor staring through the oven door while something they’ve helped make bakes warms my heart. This year I’m looking forward to trying our hands at Butter Spritz Cookies. The kids can choose their own cookie-press shapes and have fun decorating their creations with sprinkles, and I can have dozens of homemade cookies on the counter without having to roll a single scrap of dough.”

— Meghan Cole, Content Administrator

Hazelnut Chocolate Chip Cookies“Giada De Laurentiis’ Hazelnut Chocolate Chip Cookies were the first Food Network recipe I ever made, and maybe the first thing I ever baked, full stop. Back in high school, I’d bake a batch on the Sunday before school let out for the holidays so I could give them out to friends and teachers. Honestly, I don’t know how I parted with them. Packed with chewy, finely chopped oats, toasted hazelnuts and English toffee, these buttery beauties would have me in a sugar coma until at least New Year’s.”

— Allison Milam, Associate Editor

Snickerdoodles“I know that baking is a science and that recipes for baked goods ought to be followed to the letter. But — confession time — when it comes to the cinnamon in things like cookies, pies and tarts, I usually double or even triple the amount called for in the recipe. That’s how much love that spicy, warm, fragrant flavor. (More is more, right?) So it’s a wonder that I’ve never made snickerdoodles before. Not only are these cookies easy to make, but they’re known for their over-the-top cinnamon taste: They’re rolled in a mixture of cinnamon and sugar, after all, which guarantees cozy, comforting cinnamon taste in each bite. This year I’ve got my eyes on Trisha Yearwood’s recipe for snickerdoodles — but there’s a good chance I may up the cinnamon there, too.”

— Maria Russo, Online Convergent Editor

Peanut Butter BlossomsPeanut Butter Blossoms are my holiday-season Achilles’ heel — my mother-in-law makes them by the boatload, and I eat just about as many. This year, I want to try Nancy Fuller’s take on the recipe, which incorporates peanut butter chips into the batter. She also suggests spreading a little jelly on the cookies before finishing them off with a chocolate candy. Sounds delicious!”

— Lauren Piro, Food Network Editor

Potato Chip Chocolate Chip Cookies“The best cookies on a holiday cookie spread often look the simplest. You might pass them over for the fancier-looking treats if you didn’t know better. That’s part of the allure of my grandmother’s famous Potato Chip Cookies. The golden rounds look like basic shortbread or sugar cookies, but then you bite into one and the hit of salt and crunch takes you by surprise (and keeps you reaching for seconds, then thirds). I once won a very prestigious interoffice cookie bake-off with these babies, and I’m admittedly not a baker. While Grandma’s recipe is a closely guarded family secret, Ree Drummond has a version that incorporates chocolate, and in my opinion that’s never a bad idea.”

— Sara Levine, Senior Managing Editor

Neapolitan Cookies“I went to school near this warm, low-ceilinged Hungarian pastry shop that always reminded me of the Three Broomsticks from the Harry Potter books — so, of course, every day after class I’d go sit in the corner and read by myself. I only ever got one thing: coffee with almond extract, cinnamon and a tall, dramatic swirl of whipped cream (the kind from a can). Such a good drink. Anyway, one year I was dating this nice Italian boy and brought him there after dinner. He asked if I had ever eaten a rainbow cookie. I hadn’t, of course. He explained how important they were for Italian-American families during Christmas, and how he could eat a dozen in one sitting. So we bought a handful and ate them with the coffee I just told you about. To this day I only ever get that coffee with those rainbow cookies. Some people call them “Italian flag cookies,” “Venetian bars” or even “seven-layer cakes” (after the three layers of almond sponge, the two of jam and the two of chocolate). Valerie Bertinelli calls them Neapolitan Cookies. Whatever they’re called, I like to make them around the holidays for my family because they’re like nothing we grew up with, and because they remind me of Greg.”

— Eric Kim, Programming Coordinator

Maple Stars“A few months ago, I purchased a bag of maple sugar, thinking, ‘I’ll definitely use this at some point.’ It took a while, but I’m finally cracking it open, thanks to this Maple Stars cookie recipe [from Food Network Magazine]. Festive maple-flavored sugar cookies are sandwiched with maple-spiked white chocolate for a breakfast-meets-dessert experience. Plus, who can resist a shimmery dusting of gold sugar for a finishing touch? These will definitely be the stars of my holiday cookie plate!”

— T.K. Brady, Online Editor, Food Network Magazine

Check out Food Network’s complete collection of Christmas cookies right here.

Mint Chocolate Layer Cake: A Craveable Flavor Combo in Cake Form

by in Holidays, Recipes, December 6th, 2016

Mint Chocolate Layer CakeOne of my favorite things about December is embracing all things mint. We add that glorious flavoring to hot cocoa, brownies, cookies and most definitely cake. This cake in particular features four moist layers of dark chocolate cake and a delicate minty buttercream slathered between the layers. The cake is covered in chocolate buttercream and topped off with a mint-green chocolate curl for both decoration and an extra boost of mint flavor. Check out the decadent recipe below.

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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

A Fresh Batch of Bite-Sized Baking Competitors

by in Shows, December 5th, 2016

Kids Baking Championship
Valerie Bertinelli and Duff Goldman are back with a brand-new season of Kids Baking Championship, putting 12 young bakers through 10 weeks of delectably difficult dessert challenges. Starting Monday, Jan. 2 at 8|7c, the kid bakers, ages 9 to 12, will show off their baking prowess in a series of culinary competitions; they’ll be challenged to make impostor desserts, volcano Bundt cakes, breakfast desserts and more. Each week one young baker will be sent home, and the winner will win the grand prize of $25,000 and the title of Kids Baking Champion. Read more