Christmas Cookie Challenge - Episode Guide
Christmas is Heating Up
Season 4 - December 20, 2020
Five talented cookie makers put their heart and soul into crafting cookies that celebrate Christmas weddings. Then the competition heats up as the cookie makers create 3-D Christmas trees inspired by plants found deep in the desert. Guest judge Jason Smith joins hosts Ree Drummond and Eddie Jackson to decide which baker has it made in the shade and deserves the $10,000 prize.
Christmas Games and Music
Season 4 - December 13, 2020
Five talented cookie makers create interchangeable mix-and-match Christmas character cookies. Then the cookie workshop comes alive with the sound of music as the bakers craft 3-D cookie displays inspired by holiday music. They must incorporate ingredients that evoke classic Christmas songs, like pears, figs and chestnuts, into their cookie compositions. Guest judge Gesine Prado joins hosts Ree Drummond and Eddie Jackson to decide which Christmas music cookie display hits the high notes, and when the final curtain drops, one cookie maker will be singing a sweet tune with the $10,000 prize.
Season 4 - December 6, 2020
Five cookie makers make Christmas colours swirl by taking on the tie-dye cookie trend. Then, seeing is believing as they decorate cookies that look just like savory holiday appetizers. To cement the illusion, they have to use classic crudite ingredients like carrots, broccoli and cherry tomatoes in their cookie displays. Guest judge Gesine Prado joins hosts Ree Drummond and Eddie Jackson to take a closer look at the Christmas cookie imposter platters and award one cookie artist the $10,000 prize.
Season 4 - November 29, 2020
With old-school crafts trending in a major way, five talented cookie makers are tasked with creating Christmas cross-stitch cookies. Decorating cookies with lifelike embroidery patterns might just be the most technically difficult cookie challenge yet! Then the crafting continues as the bakers combine the beauty of a wreath with the fun of a Christmas character in one massive, 3-D cookie display. Guest judge Jason Smith and hosts Ree Drummond and Eddie Jackson decide which Christmas character wreath is worthy of winning the $10,000 prize.
Visions of Christmas
Season 4 - November 22, 2020
Can You Crack This One?
Season 4 - November 15, 2020
Five clever cookie makers celebrate "piece" on Earth as they make festive puzzle cookies. Then it's a tall order when they have to figure out how to craft a 3-D, standing nutcracker doll out of cookies! They must modernize their nutcrackers with wildly different outfits while incorporating walnuts, pecans or almonds into their cookies. Guest judge Gesine Prado joins hosts Ree Drummond and Eddie Jackson to decide which cookie makers have cracked under the pressure and which are a nut above. When the clock strikes midnight, one cookie maker will march away with the Christmas cookie crown.
Bright Lights, Big Cookies
Season 3 - December 24, 2019
Eddie Jackson challenges five talented cookie makers to flex their skills with classic cookie cutters, using them to make dazzling designs that have nothing to do with the cutters' original shapes. Judges Ree Drummond, Dan Langan and Aarti Sequeira decide which cookie creations are a cut above. Then the stakes become crystal clear as the competitors use edible stained glass to make cookie versions of traditional Christmas decorations like trees, wreaths and lanterns. With $10,000 in their sights, they strive to make displays that are all sweetness and light.
Colors of Christmas
Season 3 - December 22, 2019
Five creative cookie makers are dreaming of a white Christmas as Eddie Jackson challenges them to decorate cookies using only detail, texture and relief. Judges Ree Drummond, Dwayne Ingraham and Gesine Prado decide which colourless cookies stand apart from the rest. Then the bakers let loose with an explosion of colour as they create cookie tarts with layer upon layer of giant cookies and luscious cream. They also brighten up their cookie displays with vibrant ingredients like pomegranates, red currants, kiwis and matcha in the hope of walking away with the grand prize of $10,000.
Season 3 - December 15, 2019
There's no hiding when Eddie Jackson tasks five of America's best cookie makers with creating Christmas character masks made of cookies. Judges Vivian Chan, Ree Drummond and Dan Langan decide which masks are marvelous and which are just misses. Then there are more ho-ho-hijinks as a mischievous elf pops up in the pantry and all over the workshop! Inspired by his antics, Eddie asks the cookie makers to create delightful 3-D cookie displays capturing the elf's adventures. Mischief and mayhem abound as the cookie maker who best captures this tiny terror earns $10,000.
Season 3 - December 8, 2019
Five of the finest cookie makers around push the envelope when Eddie Jackson calls on them to craft creative Christmas cards out of cookies. Deciding which ones get "returned to sender" are judges Ree Drummond, Gesine Prado and Aarti Sequeira. Then the bakers reach for new heights by building beautiful Christmas tree toppers out of cookies and incorporating classic toppings like mini marshmallows and maraschino cherries. When the luster dust settles, one cookie maker stands alone at the top of the heap with the $10,000 grand prize.
Season 3 - December 1, 2019
Eddie Jackson invites five of America's finest cookie makers to take on the world of fine art by assembling spectacular cookie mosaics. Judges Ree Drummond, Dwayne Ingraham and Gesine Prado decide if all the pieces fall into place. Then the cookie masters have to arrange decorated cookies into a single image worthy of display in the Louvre Museum. The infuse their edible art with cheery liqueurs like kirsch, creme de menthe, anisette and blue curacao. Proving that there's money in art, the prettiest cookie platter wins one cookie maker a $10,000 prize.
Merry Christmas Makeover
Season 3 - November 24, 2019
Eddie Jackson wishes five festive cookie makers a very Merry "Fit-mas" because Ol' St. Nick has put the entire North Pole on a strict fitness regimen. The competitors have to decorate cookies showing beloved characters from the North Pole getting fit, and judges Matt Adlard, Ree Drummond and Brandi Milloy decide which cookie makers shape up and which ones ship out. Then it's time for a much bigger makeover as the bakers redesign and reconstruct Santa's house using only cookies. They also have to infuse their sugary shacks with innovative ingredients like tahini, avocado, olive oil and almond butter. It's a remodeling race to the finish with the $10,000 prize awaiting the most adept cookie architect.
Center of the Season
Season 3 - November 17, 2019
Five of the most talented cookie makers in America strive for the spotlight when Eddie Jackson presents the most difficult decorating challenge of all -- the dreaded slice-and-bake. The design must be baked into the cookie itself, and judges Vivian Chan, Ree Drummond and Dan Langan decide which baker makes the cut. Then the competitors have to create showstopping centerpieces made of cookies, but there's a catch: They have to use herbs and spices like sage, thyme, tarragon and cumin. The table is set for a sensational sugar-filled scrap for the $10,000 prize.
Season 3 - November 10, 2019
Eddie Jackson cherishes homemade gifts that come from the heart, so he asks five of the top cookie makers to create cookies that look like handcrafted gifts. Judges Matt Adlard, Ree Drummond and Brandi Milloy pick their favorite homespun creation. Then the competitors have to create complex cookie garlands worthy of stringing up in front of the fireplace, and they fire up their cookies with smoky ingredients like paprika, smoked almonds, Gouda and scotch. When the smoke clears, one cookie maker is left standing with the $10,000 prize.
Christmas Cookie Challenge 2
Season 1 - December 24, 2019
The smell of holiday cookies evokes vivid memories of family gatherings and the sweetest moments of childhood, and in this Christmas Cookie Challenge special hosted by Alison Sweeney, five bold and creative bakers compete to prove their holiday cookie-making skills. Experts Damiano Carrara, Sharone Hakman and Jordin Sparks will judge the confections and crown the holiday cookie master, who will go home with a $10,000 prize!
Season 1 - December 17, 2018Traditional Christmas colors are red and green, but festive foodies have been lighting up social media with hip ombre hues, too. For the decorating challenge, host Eddie Jackson asks five trendy cookie makers to create cookies that feature at least four shades of a color. Judges Ree Drummond, Jordan Pilarski and Gesine Prado determine which three bakers have the color palette and palate worthy of moving on to the display challenge, when the remaining competitors make the workshop glow with 3-D cookie creations that actually light up! They must incorporate invigorating ingredients like coffee, chai or matcha tea, and the cookie maker that shines the brightest becomes a Christmas Cookie champion.
Mr. and Mrs. Claus
Season 1 - December 10, 2018
Everyone knows how Santa Claus spends Christmas Eve, but for this decorating challenge, host Eddie Jackson asks five talented cookie makers to imagine what Christmas Eve looks like for Mrs. Claus. Judges Stephanie Boswell, Ree Drummond and Molly Yeh know that Santa's better half deserves the very best, so only the top three move on to the display challenge, where they have to craft gorgeous fireplace mantels out of cookies with ingredients like Brazil nuts, hazelnuts or macadamia nuts. It's one tough nut to crack, but one cookie maker's fireplace scene will outshine the rest for a $10,000 prize.
Christmas Comes in All Sizes
Season 1 - December 3, 2018Host Eddie Jackson loves traditional nesting dolls because they're the kind of Christmas gift that keeps on giving. So for this decorating challenge, he asks five of America's finest cookie makers to whip up six cookies of the same design that get progressively smaller. It's a tall order for judges Stephanie Boswell, Ree Drummond and Molly Yeh to decide which two cookie makers come up short in the first round. The task gets even tougher in the display challenge as the three remaining cookie makers must craft a Christmas village completely out of cookies. It's mayhem on Main Street as the bakers compete with $10,000 on the line.
Season 1 - November 26, 2018Riding around in a vintage sleigh, Santa has rocked the same style forever, and host Eddie Jackson thinks that it's time for a total makeover. For the decorating challenge, five of the cleverest cookie makers design two different cookies: one showcasing Santa's new outfit and another featuring his new ride. It's up to judges Vivian Chan, Ree Drummond and Gesine Prado to decide which cookies are fashion forward and which are just fashion fails. In the display challenge, the three remaining cookie makers must craft cookie picture frames for their cherished family photos. Every picture tells a story, and this one ends with the winning cookie maker taking home $10,000.
Some Assembly Required Christmas
Season 1 - November 19, 2018Host Eddie Jackson brings down his box of Christmas cookie cutters from the attic only to realize that it's actually his Halloween box! Now, five gifted cookie makers must hack the Halloween cutters into classic Christmas cookies. Judges Ree Drummond, Jordan Pilarski and Gesine Prado decide which cookies are frightfully festive and which are just frightful. After Halloween, there's no better way to count down the days to Christmas than with an advent calendar, so the talented bakers race against the clock to bake, decorate and assemble cookie calendars with surprises hidden behind each day. The best calendar earns one cookie maker a date with destiny and a $10,000 grand prize.
Season 1 - November 12, 2018Host Eddie Jackson brings down his box of Christmas cookie cutters from the attic only to realize that it's actually his Halloween box! Now, five gifted cookie makers must hack the Halloween cutters into classic Christmas cookies. Judges Ree Drummond, Jordan Pilarski and Gesine Prado decide which cookies are frightfully festive and which are just frightful. After Halloween, there's no better way to count down the days to Christmas than with an advent calendar, so the talented bakers race against the clock to bake, decorate and assemble cookie calendars with surprises hidden behind each day. The best calendar earns one cookie maker a date with destiny and a $10,000 grand prize.
Season 1 - November 5, 2018Five fantastic cookie makers enter the workshop, but instead of a winter wonderland, they find host Eddie Jackson lounging in a beach chair under a palm tree. The bakers are challenged to create cookies perfect for a Christmas in the tropics, and judges Ree Drummond, Dan Langan and Aarti Sequeira decide who's got it made in the shade and whose holiday is ending early. Then, it's all aboard for the display challenge as the cookie makers must make an entire train -- from the caboose to the cargo car -- out of cookies! Plus they have to load their locomotives with cookies that use fun flavors like peanut butter, hazelnut spread or marshmallows. It's full steam ahead as these cookie engineers race for the $10,000 prize.
Season 1 - December 18, 2017
Host Eddie Jackson challenges five of America's cleverest cookie makers to create their own custom Santa cookie shapes without the use of cookie cutters! Judges James Briscione, Ree Drummond and Joy "The Baker" Wilson step in to decide who succeeds and who just makes "Bad Santas." In the display round, the three remaining bakers have to get even more crafty by creating a Christmas wreath using only cookies. When the flour settles, only one baker's wreath will earn $10,000 of holiday green.
Spice Up Your Christmas
Season 1 - December 11, 2017
Host Eddie Jackson asks four of America's most talented cookie makers to imagine wintry Christmas window views and then put what they see on a cookie! Judges Damiano Carrara, Ree Drummond and Jamika Pessoa peer through those cookie windows to see which ones are pristine and which three bakers advance. In the display round, the remaining cookie masters represent their favorite Christmas Eve tradition in 3D cookie form, and one competitor will have the best Christmas ever when they win the $10,000 prize.
Season 1 - December 4, 2017
Santa has fallen behind on toys this year, so host Eddie Jackson recruits five crafty cookie makers to make decorated cookie toys in the first round. Judges Ree Drummond, Dan Langan and Aarti Sequeira decide which three bakers have saved Christmas for all the good little girls and boys. The gift-giving doesn't stop in the display round as the three remaining cookie masters must make entirely edible cookie boxes to fill with Christmas cookies. They say it's better to give than receive, but in this case, the best cookie maker will take home a $10,000 present.
Season 1 - November 27, 2017
As host Eddie Jackson explains, there's nothing cozier on a cold winter's day than cuddling up with a cup of coffee, cider, eggnog or cocoa. For the decorating round, five fantastic cookie makers must take inspiration from one of those classic winter warmers to create marvelous cookie mug toppers and decadent cookie dunkers. Judges James Briscione, Ree Drummond and Jordan Pilarski select which three bakers will slide into the second round and which two will slip out of the competition. The party continues in the display round as the final three each prepare an entirely edible cookie platter, complete with edible shot glasses! After this one's done, only one happy cookie master will party hearty with the $10,000 prize.
Santa's Sweet Spot
Season 1 - November 20, 2017
Host Eddie Jackson thinks it's time Santa's hard-working elves get some love, too, so for the decorating round, the five talented cookie makers must make one super-sized decorated cookie for Santa plus some tiny decorated cookies for the little guys. Judges Kimberly Bailey, Damiano Carrara and Ree Drummond whip out their magnifying glasses to see which three bakers decorate best no matter the size and which two are headed home. Then, for the display round and with $10,000 on the line, the remaining cookie makers must bring a winter wonderland scene to life using cookies to create a 3D tableau.
Traditions Turned Trendy
Season 1 - November 13, 2017
The festive fever is high in the decorating round as five trendsetting cookie makers hack classic cookie cutter shapes and decorate them with totally wild new designs. Judges Kimberly Bailey, Damiano Carrara and Ree Drummond will choose which three bakers have a knack for hacks and which two must pack for home. The competition intensifies in the display round when host Eddie Jackson challenges the remaining bakers to build an entire Christmas tree out of cookies. The cookie tree that rises above the rest will be crowned the best and snag the $10,000 prize.
Christmas Family Fun
Season 1 - November 6, 2017
Host Eddie Jackson welcomes five fabulously festive cookie makers into Santa's workshop. First up is the decorating challenge where the bakers craft two different decorated Christmas tree cookies. After judges Ree Drummond, Dan Langan and Aarti Sequeira size up the trees, they must release two cookie makers from the competition. The remaining three finalists are "puzzled" by the display challenge where they must create a giant cookie puzzle based on a Christmas carol. All the pieces will fit together for the one talented cookie maker who will leave the North Pole $10,000 richer.