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Padma Lakshmi's Holiday Baking Go-To Is "Easy" and "Forgiving" (Kid Friendly, Too)

Bravo's Top Chef judge Padma Lakshmi gets in the spirit with a slew of sweet, no-sweat treats. 

By Jenny Berg
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You've seen what Christmas cookies look like when they come out of Padma Lakshmi's kitchen — and they look colorful, delicious, and made with love. But, cookies aren't the only treat the Bravo's Top Chef judge whips up this time of year. And if gooey, marshmallow-flecked desserts make you nostalgic, you're going to want in on this tip. 

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The Feast caught up with Padma at Kellogg’s Holiday Baking Challenge in New York City, and she filled us in on her rediscovered affection for Rice Krispie Treats. With a spicy twist, that is. "I haven’t made them for a long time but we recently made Rice Krispies treats again, just a classic recipe," she told us. "And just to add a different taste to it you can add like cardamom or cinnamon."

And, that's not all she's whipping up. "I love making crumbles… It’s a great activity for kids because you can pre-cut all the food and what I do is just, on a dining table or a kitchen table, just have all different kind of fruits and different things to add as toppings. I add cereal to the topping ... and crumbles are very forgiving so it’s easy to do with kids," she said. 

Padma also gave us the most festive — and indulgent — breakfast recipe idea of all time. "I love eggnog but I try to drink it sparingly," she shared. "I will say one time we were very decadent and added egg nog to our cereal, which is not something I recommend doing on a regular basis. But it’s a very decadent dessert."

— Reporting by Laura Rosenfeld

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