Chocolate Crinkle Cookies — 12 Days of Cookies

by in Holidays, December 6th, 2015

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.

These soft and crackly cookies are a staple in Italian bakeries, but you don’t have to be an Italian baker to replicate the signature look. For the crinkled effect, simply roll hand-formed balls of chocolate cookie dough in confectioners’ sugar until each ball is generously coated. Adding espresso powder complements (and heightens) the chocolate flavor — it’s subtle, but totally worth it. And since almonds are a classic ingredient in Italian baking, try spiking the batter with 1/4 teaspoon almond extract.

Get Food Network Kitchen’s Chocolate Crinkle 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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Chefs’ Picks: Chicago Burgers

by in Restaurants, December 5th, 2015

Edzo'sChefs’ Picks tracks down what the pros are eating and cooking from coast to coast.

Chicago gets a lot of love for its pizza, but Chicagoans also love their burgers — charred or griddled, with classic or creative toppings. Here are some of the pros’ favorite places to get one. Read more

How to Host a Holiday Cookie Swap

by in Holidays, Recipes, December 5th, 2015

Good friends, fresh baked goods and a few generous mugs of (possibly spiked) hot chocolate: That’s what a holiday cookie swap is all about. If you’re hosting this year, it’s time to choose your recipes, check your pantry (ditching old spices and other baking staples that have been collecting dust at the back of your shelves), and head to the store for missing ingredients. Remember to stock up on treat bags or roomy covered containers; that way, everyone can go home with a few edible mementos.

Guests are generally expected to bring one batch of cookies. (Or you might ask guests to bring two or three batches, depending on the size of the swap.) When hosting, it’s wise to bake two or three different varieties, and remember to take food allergies into account. Choose two familiar, tried-and-true recipes, like classic sugar cookies and chocolate chip cookies. (That way you won’t stress over making errors and can focus on beverages and decor too.) The third cookie should be super-seasonal and more of a challenge. You can make one recipe the day of, but make the other recipes a day in advance — whatever works best with your schedule. Here are a few of our most sought-after holiday cookies to get you started.

Cookie #1: Classic Sugar
Food Network Kitchen’s Soft Sugar Cookies (pictured at top) are the classic sugar cookies you could roll out in your sleep — except they might be more tender than you’re used to, thanks to an extra egg in the dough. Before baking, roll the dough in red and green sanding sugar. The cookies will bake up in just 20 minutes. Check out more of our festive takes on sugar cookies here.

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Caption It: Santa’s Here for the Cookies

by in Shows, December 5th, 2015

Santa's Here for the CookiesTake it from the cast of The Kitchen: You don’t have to be a kid to find the joy in Santa Claus. The jolly guy stopped by the set of this morning’s all-new episode, and the co-hosts could hardly contain themselves as he walked in with one of his reindeer, Rocket. This week’s episode theme was all about holiday cookies, and since Santa surely has a penchant for milk and cookies, he couldn’t help but be merry either.

Take a peek at the all-new photo above. Sunny Anderson, Jeff Mauro, Marcela Valladolid and Geoffrey Zakarian are seemingly overcome with excitement, while Rocket, who’s showing off a bit of unmistakable side-eye, seems less sure of what’s going down.

We’re challenging you, The Kitchen fans, to write your best captions (tastefully appropriate, please) for this moment in the comments below.

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Chefs Tip You Off to the Top Trends of 2016

by in News, December 5th, 2015

Chefs Tip You Off to the Top Trends of 2016To find out what restaurant food trends to expect in the coming year, you could do worse than to ask the people who will be preparing those foods and setting those trends.

For its annual “What’s Hot” culinary forecast for 2016, the National Restaurant Association surveyed 1,600 professional chefs who are members of the American Culinary Federation about the “food, cuisines, beverages and culinary themes” they predict we’ll be seeing a lot of next year.

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No-Bake Sticky Toffee Balls — 12 Days of Cookies

by in Holidays, December 5th, 2015

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.

Celebrate classic holiday fruits and nuts with Food Network Kitchen’s buttery toffee balls, in which dates, walnuts and orange zest find new expression. Inspired by the traditional British dessert sticky toffee pudding, these easy no-bake treats require just 15 minutes of preparation, and a little help from your food processor and refrigerator. Once they’re chilled, coat the toffee balls in red and green sanding sugar — or roll them in confectioners’ sugar combined with a large pinch of ground cinnamon for a more understated yet equally festive presentation.

Get Food Network Kitchen’s No-Bake Sticky Toffee Balls 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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Food Network Chefs Share Their Favorite Christmas Cookies

by in Food Network Chef, Holidays, December 4th, 2015

Giada De LaurentiisIf Valentine’s Day is for chocolate, Halloween for candy and Thanksgiving for turkey, then Christmas may be for cookies. Just as you likely wait all year to dig into Mom’s famous peppermint spritz or your own special recipe for chocolate-cherry chunkies, your favorite chefs, too, are indulging in their holiday cooking cravings come December. FN Dish checked in with stars like Giada De Laurentiis, Katie Lee and Michael Symon to find out which cookies are their favorites — click the photos above or below to hear what they had to say.

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5 Ways to School Your Kids’ Class Holiday Party

by in Holidays, Recipes, December 4th, 2015

Holiday Roll-UpsWhen you’re a kid and holiday break is on the horizon, December is a time of cheer no matter what holiday you celebrate. If your kids’ class is celebrating the end of 2015 with treats galore, here are some take-to-school ideas that will make their holiday party extra-festive this winter.

Add Some Cheer to Lunchtime

If your kids’ winter party takes place around lunchtime, use this midday meal as an unexpected way to celebrate the season. Ree Drummond’s easy-to-make, understated Holiday Roll-Ups (pictured above) don’t call for any ingredients you wouldn’t normally pack in your kids’ lunch. Filled with a blend of cream cheese, ranch dressing mix and black pepper, these tortilla pinwheels get their festive colors (and crunch) from diced red and green peppers. The best part? They can be made ahead and stored in the fridge until it’s time to eat.

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Spread Holiday Cheer with These 7 Edible Homemade Gifts

by in Holidays, Recipes, December 4th, 2015

Quick and Easy Peppermint FudgeWe’ve all been there: You can’t seem to track down the perfect gifts for those last few people on your holiday shopping list, so you do the inevitable and resort to a series of gift cards. Are they still thoughtful gifts? Absolutely. But perhaps they’re just not ideal for the holidays, right? This year, skip the hours spent combing the aisles for that just-right present and ditch the gift-card game once and for all; what your friends and family will surely appreciate is an edible homemade gift full of holiday cheer. No matter whom you’re shopping for — the chocoholics, the caramel mavens, the drink connoisseur — there’s indeed a treat for everyone on your “nice” list in this ultimate collection of edible delights.

Quick and Easy Peppermint Fudge
It takes only a few pantry ingredients to make The Pioneer Woman’s fuss-free fudge, which she sprinkles with crushed peppermint candies for flavor and seasonal flair.

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What to Watch: Duff Goldman on The Kitchen, and Christmas at Bobby’s

by in Shows, December 4th, 2015

nullHoliday prep is in full swing, and this weekend all of your favorite chefs have new ways to make the season more enjoyable than ever. First up on Saturday, Ree Drummond is making lots of different Christmas goodies to give away as gifts. After that, Nancy Fuller is hosting Christmas Eve and serving Crown Roast of Pork with Chestnut Sausage Stuffing and after-dinner Ice Cream Eggnog for the adults. Next, Duff Goldman stops by The Kitchen to demonstrate how to become a pro at making gingerbread cookies. Then, Patricia Heaton is whipping up Shepherd’s Pie and Popovers with Roast Beef and Horseradish, followed by Valerie Bertinelli hosting a holiday buffet stocked with Lasagna alla Besciamella and a very special cocktail.

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