UK of­fi­cial’s cook­ies get him on Food Net­work

Lexington Herald-Leader (Sunday) - - Bluegrass - BY CH­ERYL TRU­MAN

Grow­ing up in Har­rods­burg, Daniel King picked up the bak­ing bug as he watched his mom pre­pare one big dessert a week.

Soon he was mak­ing choco­late chip cook­ies and banana bread: “Even­tu­ally I kind of took over the bak­ing of the house­hold.”

Now 34 and the di­rec­tor of phi­lan­thropy for the Univer­sity of Ken­tucky li­braries, King will ap­pear on an episode of the Food Net­work’s “Christ­mas Cookie Chal­lenge.”

King ap­pears with four other bak­ers in the episode “Christ­mas Comes in All Sizes,” which airs for the sec­ond time Dec.

24 at 2 p.m. on the Food Net­work.

Judges for the com­pe­ti­tion are Ree Drum­mond, Kim­berly Bai­ley and Dami­ano Car­rara.

King posts on In­sta­gram at the.fu­tile.gourmet, which is where he was dis­cov­ered and re­cruited to ap­pear on the cookie com­pe­ti­tion. His seg­ment was taped in June.

King’s cook­ies, of­ten dec­o­rated with elab­o­rate de­signs made with tinted royal ic­ing, are equal parts art­work and con­fec­tion. The cook­ies can be time-con­sum­ing to make, but King said he sets aside an af­ter­noon for an av­er­age cookie workup and has Net­flix on while bak­ing and dec­o­rat­ing.

He also works with cup­cakes, tarts and the oc­ca­sional short­cake.

The ques­tion for all bak­ers: How does a car­bo­hy­drate-heavy hobby trans­late into stay­ing a com­pact in­di­vid­ual?

“I work out a lot,”

King said. “It is some­what of an artis­tic thing, more with the su­gar cook­ies than any­thing else.”

Not that he is im­mune to the charms of a su­gar cookie. Cook­ies that come out a lit­tle too brown or oth­er­wise im­per­fect are sub­ject to im­me­di­ate con­sump­tion, King said.

“You make your­self a snack, and it’s good.”

IT IS SOME­WHAT OF AN ARTIS­TIC THING, MORE WITH THE SU­GAR COOK­IES THAN ANY­THING ELSE.

Daniel King/In­sta­gram

Daniel King, the di­rec­tor of phi­lan­thropy for the Univer­sity of Ken­tucky li­braries, is also an avid baker.

Daniel King

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