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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 Worst Episodes of Christmas Cookie Challenge

Christmas Cookie Challenge - S4E1

#1 - Can You Crack This One?

7.14

Season 4 - Episode 1

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.

The episode was rated #1 Worst episode of Christmas Cookie Challenge from 7 votes.

Christmas Cookie Challenge - S4E4

#2 - Christmas Illusions

7.33

Season 4 - Episode 4

Five cookie makers make Christmas colors 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.

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

Christmas Cookie Challenge - S3E4

#3 - Colors of Christmas

7.50

Season 3 - Episode 4

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 colorless cookies stand apart from the rest. Then the bakers let loose with an explosion of color 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.

The episode was rated #3 Worst episode of Christmas Cookie Challenge from 8 votes.

Christmas Cookie Challenge - S3E8

#4 - Bright Lights, Big Cookies

7.50

Season 3 - Episode 8

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.

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

Christmas Cookie Challenge - S1E4

#5 - Cookie Pairings

7.75

Season 1 - Episode 4

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.

The episode was rated #5 Worst episode of Christmas Cookie Challenge from 8 votes.

Christmas Cookie Challenge - S1E2

#6 - Traditions Turned Trendy

7.89

Season 1 - Episode 2

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.

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

Christmas Cookie Challenge - S3E5

#7 - Picture-Perfect Christmas

7.91

Season 3 - Episode 5

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.

The episode was rated #7 Worst episode of Christmas Cookie Challenge from 11 votes.

Christmas Cookie Challenge - S1E3

#8 - 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 #8 Worst episode of Christmas Cookie Challenge from 6 votes.

Christmas Cookie Challenge - S4E2

#9 - 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 #9 Worst episode of Christmas Cookie Challenge from 2 votes.

Christmas Cookie Challenge - S4E3

#10 - 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 #10 Worst episode of Christmas Cookie Challenge from 1 votes.

#11 - 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 #1 Worst episode of Christmas Cookie Challenge from 6 votes.

#12 - 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 #2 Worst episode of Christmas Cookie Challenge from 13 votes.

#13 - Christmas Mischief
8.00
Season 3 - Episode 7

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.

The episode was rated #3 Worst episode of Christmas Cookie Challenge from 8 votes.

#14 - 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 #4 Worst episode of Christmas Cookie Challenge from 7 votes.

#15 - 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 #5 Worst episode of Christmas Cookie Challenge from 7 votes.

#16 - 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 #6 Worst episode of Christmas Cookie Challenge from 7 votes.

#17 - 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 #7 Worst episode of Christmas Cookie Challenge from 12 votes.

#18 - 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 #8 Worst episode of Christmas Cookie Challenge from 5 votes.

#19 - 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 #9 Worst episode of Christmas Cookie Challenge from 8 votes.

#20 - 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 #10 Worst episode of Christmas Cookie Challenge from 7 votes.

Last updated: nov 21, 2020

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