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Christmas Cookie Challenge

Christmas Cookie Challenge

Food Network 2017

Holiday cookies are more than mere sweets: they are gifts, mementos of childhood, and most certainly made with pride. In this Christmas Cookie Challenge hosted by Jonathan Bennett, five confident and daring bakers compete to prove their holiday cookie-making skills. Tough-love judges Duff Goldman, Damaris Phillips, and Sherry Yard are on hand to crown the holiday cookie master, who will go home with a $10,000 prize!

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The 10 Best Episodes of Christmas Cookie Challenge

Christmas Cookie Challenge - S1E5

#1 - Christmas Gifts

10.00

Season 1 - Episode 5

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.

The episode was rated #1 Best episode of Christmas Cookie Challenge from 3 votes.

Christmas Cookie Challenge - S1E6

#2 - Spice Up Your Christmas

9.00

Season 1 - Episode 6

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.

The episode was rated #2 Best episode of Christmas Cookie Challenge from 5 votes.

Christmas Cookie Challenge - S4E6

#3 - Christmas is Heating Up

9.00

Season 4 - Episode 6

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.

The episode was rated #3 Best episode of Christmas Cookie Challenge from 2 votes.

Christmas Cookie Challenge - S2E3

#4 - Some Assembly Required Christmas

8.89

Season 2 - Episode 3

Host Eddie Jackson asks five of America's best cookie makers to create two cookies on sticks: one representing the best part of Christmas for kids and another showing the best part for grown-ups. Deciding which three cookie makers move on to the next round is a job for judges Ree Drummond, Dan Langan and Aarti Sequeira. For the display challenge, it's the night before Christmas, but the stockings have not been hung by the chimney with care. So the competitors must craft life-size Christmas stockings entirely out of cookies and incorporate winter fruits like pomegranates, pears or clementines. Only the best of the best gets to stuff their stocking with the $10,000 grand prize.

The episode was rated #4 Best episode of Christmas Cookie Challenge from 9 votes.

Christmas Cookie Challenge - S2E2

#5 - Christmas Surprises

8.86

Season 2 - Episode 2

Eddie Jackson mistakenly grabs his box of Halloween cookie cutters from the attic; five cookie makers must hack the Halloween cutters into classic Christmas cookies.

The episode was rated #5 Best episode of Christmas Cookie Challenge from 7 votes.

Christmas Cookie Challenge - S2E6

#6 - Mr. and Mrs. Claus

8.80

Season 2 - Episode 6

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.

The episode was rated #6 Best episode of Christmas Cookie Challenge from 5 votes.

Christmas Cookie Challenge - S3E3

#7 - Merry Christmas Makeover

8.80

Season 3 - Episode 3

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.

The episode was rated #7 Best episode of Christmas Cookie Challenge from 5 votes.

Christmas Cookie Challenge - S1E7

#8 - Crafty Christmas

8.75

Season 1 - Episode 7

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.

The episode was rated #8 Best episode of Christmas Cookie Challenge from 4 votes.

Christmas Cookie Challenge - S2E5

#9 - Christmas Comes in All Sizes

8.71

Season 2 - Episode 5

Host 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.

The episode was rated #9 Best episode of Christmas Cookie Challenge from 7 votes.

Christmas Cookie Challenge - S3E2

#10 - Center of the Season

8.63

Season 3 - Episode 2

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.

The episode was rated #10 Best episode of Christmas Cookie Challenge from 8 votes.

#11 - Colorful Christmas
8.60
Season 2 - Episode 7

Traditional 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.

The episode was rated #1 Best episode of Christmas Cookie Challenge from 5 votes.

#12 - Homemade Holidays
8.33
Season 3 - Episode 1

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.

The episode was rated #2 Best episode of Christmas Cookie Challenge from 12 votes.

#13 - Christmas Vacation
8.14
Season 2 - Episode 1

Five cookie makers enter the workshop to 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.

The episode was rated #3 Best episode of Christmas Cookie Challenge from 7 votes.

#14 - Modern Classics
8.14
Season 2 - Episode 4

Riding 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.

The episode was rated #4 Best episode of Christmas Cookie Challenge from 7 votes.

#15 - Christmas Family Fun
8.14
Season 1 - Episode 1

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.

The episode was rated #5 Best episode of Christmas Cookie Challenge from 7 votes.

#16 - Santa's Sweet Spot
8.00
Season 1 - Episode 3

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.

The episode was rated #6 Best episode of Christmas Cookie Challenge from 6 votes.

#17 - Visions of Christmas
8.00
Season 4 - Episode 2

Five visionary bakers use cookies to show off their idea of Christmas future. Then they recreate the excitement of unwrapping gifts on Christmas morning by building baked and breakable gift displays. Guest judge Gesine Prado joins hosts Ree Drummond and Eddie Jackson to crack open these edible gifts to reveal the best present of all -- more cookies! It's a lucky break for the cookie maker who wins the $10,000 prize.

The episode was rated #7 Best episode of Christmas Cookie Challenge from 2 votes.

#18 - Homespun Christmas
8.00
Season 4 - Episode 3

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.

The episode was rated #8 Best episode of Christmas Cookie Challenge from 1 votes.

#19 - Christmas Games and Music
8.00
Season 4 - Episode 5

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.

The episode was rated #9 Best episode of Christmas Cookie Challenge from 6 votes.

#20 - Christmas Traditions
8.00
Season 3 - Episode 6

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.

The episode was rated #10 Best episode of Christmas Cookie Challenge from 13 votes.

Last updated: nov 21, 2020

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