Tips and Tricks for Unique Christmas Cookies

See what the contestants on Christmas Cookie Challenge did to make their holiday cookies stand out.

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Photo By: Anders Krusberg

Photo By: Anders Krusberg

Photo By: Anders Krusberg

Photo By: Anders Krusberg

Photo By: Anders Krusberg

Photo By: Anders Krusberg

Photo By: Anders Krusberg

Photo By: Anders Krusberg

Use unusual cookie cutters to spark creativity.

In one challenge, the bakers had to take Halloween cookie cutters and turn them into Christmas cookies. Mary Valentino turned the pumpkin cookie cutter into a perfect Mrs. Claus and the ghost cookie cutter into a jolly elf with a pointed hat.

Add texture and depth to your cookies.

During the decorating challenge Christmas Cookies on a Stick, Terri Fry uses thick royal icing to add texture to Santa's beard and creates a tiny tree in the window of the house to add depth.

Add little details to bring the story together.

Most people do not associate flamingos with Christmas, but Lana Witherspoon added a Santa hat, red booties and a thin strand of lights to give the tropical birds a festive touch.

Give Christmas characters a modern makeover.

During the decorating challenge Santa Gets an Upgrade, Ricky Webster decks Santa out with scuba gear and gives him a submarine to get around on Christmas.

Don’t go overboard.

Winner Kellen Whaley didn’t add sloppy tracks to his winning design like his competitors. He focused on flavor and neatness in his creation. Remember, people eat with their eyes first.

Create lights out of teardrop cookies.

Ricky Webster used royal icing to bring colorful teardrop cookies together into a string of Christmas lights.

Set the Scene with Edible Decorations

Contestant Adija Smith's adorable penguin nesting-doll cookies are thoughtfully arranged on a bed of marshmallow snow. Molly loved them, “They’re all so cozy ... I would love to sleep on a bed of marshmallows.

Paint on Texture

Contestant Rose Gebran painted on a mxture of royal icing and white food coloring before baking her Christmas mantle, giving the cookie a crackled texture.