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Savory Holiday Monkey Bread — The Skinny Fork by Gordon Ramsay

Savory monkey bread to the rescue! Unlike the sweet versions, this monkey bread is intended to be savor and served as a side or appetizer for lunch or dinner. Of course, go big or go home… am I right? I couldn’t just stop at savory. Instead I made this into a monster montage of several different fun flavors.

Each bite of this bread is rolled into one of six different combinations to leave you with one large pile of awesome in the end. We’ve got cranberry and cracked pepper, ‘everything’, parmesan and rosemary, pecan, cheddar and chive, and herbed parsley!

Busy Week Cake Mix Cookies by Gordon Ramsay


Hey friends! I hope you’ve been enjoying the Christmas season. I have been spending lots of time with my family, so not as much with Southern Plate. I know y’all are busy with family as well and neither one of us would have it any other way! Still, I am looking forward to slowing down and connecting with y’all more once the holidays are over.

We just got back from a little trip to one of our favorite places, Disney World. We always enjoy our time together, but seem to find even more magic as a family in one of our favorite places. It’s been very special to us to take our kids throughout the years and this trip was even more special because we’ve been taking Brady since he was 2 years old – and now he is a young man. At 17, Brady is a fine young man and we couldn’t ask for a better kid. At one point, we were having Katy’s photo made with Mickey Mouse and Brady stood up and said “Ahh, for old time’s sake…”, then proceeded to shake Mickey’s hand, give him a hug, and pose for a photo. I instantly felt myself tear up, remembering him as a little boy in a stroller telling me that he just wanted to go see Mickey Mouse rather than ride any rides, and as I looked over and saw Ricky tear up as well, I went full on ugly cry. What a precious gift it has been to get to be his Mama over these years! We are so very blessed and it is so important to open our eyes and be ever mindful of our blessings.


Today I’m sharing some of my favorite cookies when I want to make up a treat but am limited on time (and don’t want the mess). There are endless variations and we each have a favorite. Brady loves the chocolate chocolate chip, Katy the red velvet, and Ricky and I are very partial to the strawberry. If you came to one of my book signings for my latest book, Sweetness, and had a cookie (or two), it was this recipe.

These would be an easy addition to your cookie trays, and yet another blessing to others, this Christmas! Of course, Sweetness would also be a great gift. It’s a book of memories, love, blessings, and recipes written in honor of and dedicated to my grandparents. Click here to see it on Amazon and purchase it for around $10. 

Busy Week Cake Mix Cookies



  • 1 box (15 to 18 ounces) cake mix (see variations for flavors)
  • 2 large eggs
  • ½ cup vegetable oil


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Combine the cake mix, eggs, and oil in a large mixing bowl and beat with an electric mixer at medium speed until well blended, about 2 minutes.
  3. Form the dough into balls a little smaller than a golf ball size and place them 2 inches apart on 2 ungreased baking sheets.
  4. Bake until very lightly browned at the edges, 10 to 12 minutes. Allow to cool completely before removing from the baking sheets.



Red Velvet Cookies: Use red velvet cake mix and stir in 1 cup white chocolate morsels after mixing.

Chocolate Chippers: Use chocolate cake mix and stir in 1 cup semisweet chocolate morsels after mixing.

Strawberry Crinkles: use strawberry cake mix and stir in 1 cup white chocolate morsels after mixing. Roll the dough balls in confectioners’ sugar before placing on the baking sheets for a pretty snow-capped crinkle.

Butter Pecan Crinkles: Use butter pecan cake mix and stir in ½ to 1 cup pecan pieces after mixing. Roll the dough balls in confectioners’ sugar before placing them on the baking sheets.


“The best of all gifts around any Christmas tree: the presence of a happy family all wrapped up in each other.”

~Burton Hillis


Holiday Candy Recipe Roundup | 101 Cooking For Two by Gordon Ramsay

Let’s give some homemade love this season. It’s the time of year for holiday parties and gift giving. And homemade candy is just so easy to make with these recipes.

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Editor’s Note: Originally Published Nov 24, 2017, and updated yearly.

It is time to move on to the cookie exchanges, office parties, and other holiday parties.

Homemade candy is a special holiday surprise for all these friends and family when you want to extend extra special holiday wishes.

Crock Pot Candy Recipes

How simple can candy making get? Just dump it in the crock pot.

Crock Pot White Chocolate Almond Clusters – My newest candy recipe. While I love my other recipes, this is the best one yet.

Crock Pot Chocolate Peanut Cluster – Wonderful chocolate covered peanut clusters that everybody will love.

Crock Pot Fudge  – A very nice fudge, great for holiday giving. Suggested for making with the kids.

Stove Top Candy Recipes

Easy Fudge – Ultra simple great tasting fudge with special instructions for this festive holiday wreath or just make easy stovetop fudge.

Oreo Fudge – A white chocolate fudge with chunks of Oreo cookies. As good as it sounds. A variation on Easy Fudge above.

Oven Made Candy Recipes

Candied Nuts – Ultra-addictive candied nuts. A simple oven based recipe that even a raw beginner can pull off. Better than the mall version and you can brag about making them at home. I used almonds, but pecans or other nuts would work fine. Or a mixture would be great.

Chocolate Pretzel Buttons – This is for the office holiday party. It is easy to make mass amount without much work. They won’t stop eating them.

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Let’s make a gift list of all the people special in your life. Or do you want to thank your co-workers at the office? Or something extra special for the cookie exchange (I’m decorating impaired). Nothing says love like homemade candy.

Lilly dog running in snow

Molly dog running in snow

Originally Published November 24, 2017

Let's give some homemade love this season. It's the time of year for holiday parties and gift giving. And homemade candy is just so easy to make with these recipes. #christmascandy #holidaycandy #candy #crockpotcandy