Today is National Cookie Day. To applaud this critical holiday, For a Win talked to NFL maestro and horde of a Food Network’s Christmas Cookie Challenge, Eddie Jackson. we sent him some homemade cookies to judge: snickerdoodles, ginger snaps finished to demeanour like footballs, and chocolate chip, peanut butter and pretzel cookies.
First off, what did we consider of a cookies?
I’ve got a doubt for you. What did we put in those snickerdoodles? we ate all of those snickerdoodles! Those were so good.
Do we have thoughts on a other ones?
The other ones were good. The chocolate chip/pretzel/peanut butter was my slightest favorite since we don’t like nuts in my chocolate chip. They were good, don’t get me wrong. Just one of them had to be my slightest favorite. The ginger snaps were tasty with a small stately icing.
What is your all-time favorite cookie?
Oatmeal raisin is my favorite cookie of all time. My grandmother used to make oatmeal raisin. It brings behind memories, and it’s only a customary cookie, like chocolate chip. From a commencement of time, we adore it.
So most of baking is formed on not only a food, though also a memories that go with it.
Absolutely. My grandmother was like a lot of grandmothers. A outrageous baker. Oatmeal raisin was her go-to. Whenever you’d go to her house, you’d find during slightest a dozen, dual dozen oatmeal raisin sitting on her cake pan. It does move behind memories.
Is she a large reason since we headed to a kitchen after timid from football?
Yeah, absolutely. When people ask me how we got into cooking, I’ll tell them, it all started with a biscuit. My grandmother used to make blemish finished biscuits each morning for a internal high school. She was a cook during a high school. This was in a nation in Georgia. In a backwoods. They make all from scratch. She would make 200 biscuits each singular morning, and I’d go with her when we was 5 or 6 years old. That’s when we unequivocally fell in adore with cooking and baking and entertaining.
So this isn’t only something we started doing after football.
It’s been with me my whole life. In college, we used to make plates and we would sell a plates to my group for like, 5 bucks so I’d have slot change. I’d make homemade things. Meatloaf and crushed potatoes and things like that. I’ve been doing it my whole life. Once we retired, we was like, we need to figure out something to do, and it indispensable to be with food. That’s what we did!
What are a similarities between cooking and personification football?
Preparation is a key, generally when you’re entertaining. You’ve got to ready right. If we do, you’re going to have a good day. Don’t devise right? Oh my gosh. It’s going to be a prolonged day. You’ve always got to ready and get things finished forward of time.
Christmas Eve falls on an NFL Sunday this year. What do we suggest to accommodate both holiday and football needs?
Well, what are we articulate about? Cookies! Cookies are good for that! What about your ginger snap cookies with a football on them?
Did we ever design your career would get to a indicate where you’d get to eat cookies for a living?
I never would have guessed we would horde a cookie show, though I’m blissful that we am since it gives me a ability to showcase my abilities, all a things we can do. The initial integrate of years we was with Food Network, we hosted a integrate of grill shows, we had a grill show, this gives me a event to step outside, uncover my flexibility. I’m beholden we have a ability to do it.
On a Christmas Cookie Challenge, we don’t decider a cookies as a host. Do we during slightest get to try a cookies?
C’mon now, we know we get to try a cookies! we really try a cookies. That happens during my blurb break.
When you’re walking around articulate to bakers, do we ever give them advice?
I try not to give recommendation since we don’t wish to be biased. If we give one chairman advice, we gotta give everybody advice. we do some-more pointed hints.
If we wish to try your palm during a cookies Eddie tried, check out Serious Eats for a snickerdoodle recipe, Martha Stewart for a ginger snap recipe, and Sarah Sprague for a chocolate chip, peanut butter and pretzel recipe.