Get to Know the Host and Judges

We asked the host and judges of Christmas Cookie Challenge to choose their favorite sweets, treats and traditions of the holiday season. Here's what they said.

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Photo By: Anders Krusberg

Photo By: Zack Smith

Photo By: Anders Krusberg

Photo By: Anders Krusberg

Photo By: Anders Krusberg

Host: Eddie Jackson

Frosty the Snowman or Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: Frosty

Gingerbread cookies or sugar cookies: Gingerbread cookies

Eggnog or hot chocolate: Eggnog

Real trees or fake trees: Real trees

Buttercream or royal icing: Buttercream

Sprinkles or jimmies: Sprinkles

Gingerbread houses or cookies: Cookies

Snowmen or snow angels: Snow angels

Brown sugar or white sugar: Brown sugar

Semi-sweet or bittersweet chocolate: Semi-sweet

Butter or shortening: Butter

Cookies or cake: Cookies

Judge: Ree Drummond

Frosty the Snowman or Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: Rudolph

Gingerbread cookies or sugar cookies: Sugar cookies, every day.

Eggnog or hot chocolate? Hot cocoa, please.

Real trees or fake trees: Real, real, real, real, real trees – always.

Buttercream or royal icing: Buttercream

Sprinkles or jimmies: Sprinkles

Gingerbread houses or cookies: Both.

Snowmen or snow angels: Awww, um, snow angels. It’s interactive!

Brown sugar or white sugar: Brown sugar, for sure.

Semi-sweet or bittersweet chocolate: Semi-sweet

Judge: Aarti Sequeira

Frosty the Snowman or Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: Rudolph!

Gingerbread cookies or sugar cookies: Gingerbread

Real trees or fake trees: Fake trees with a pine candle

Eggnog or hot chocolate: Whatever is spiked!

Royal Icing or fondant: Royal icing, easy.

Sprinkles or jimmies: Sprinkles, rainbow.

Gingerbread houses or cookies : Cookies

Snowmen or snow angels: Snowmen

Brown sugar or white sugar: Brown, always!

Semi-sweet or bittersweet chocolate: Bittersweet, I like it a little darker.

Butter or shortening: Butter, always

Cookies or cake: Cookies because you can dunk them in milk.

Judge: Dan Langan

Frosty the Snowman or Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: Frosty

Gingerbread cookies or sugar cookies: You can have sugar cookies any time of year so holiday I say gingerbread cookies.

Eggnog or hot chocolate: I’ve never had eggnog in my life, so hot cocoa.

Real trees or fake trees: I usually have a fake Christmas tree, but I love the idea of a real Christmas tree.

Buttercream or royal icing: Buttercream, obviously.

Sprinkles or jimmies: Sprinkles

Gingerbread houses or cookies: Gingerbread houses

Snowmen or snow angels: Snow angels, why not?

Brown sugar or white sugar: Brown sugar, definitely.

Semi-sweet or bittersweet chocolate: Bittersweet, you can always add more sugar after the fact.

Butter or shortening: Is that a joke? Butter!

Cookies or cake: Cake 😊

Judge: Molly Yeh

Frosty the Snowman or Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

Gingerbread cookies or sugar cookies: Sugar

Eggnog or hot chocolate: Hot Cocoa

Real trees or fake trees: Fake

Buttercream or fondant: Buttercream

Sprinkles or jimmies: Sprinkles

Gingerbread houses or cookies: Houses

Snowmen or snow angels: Snowmen

Brown sugar or white sugar: Both

Semi-sweet or bittersweet chocolate: Ooo, can I say milk?

Butter or shortening: Butter

Cookies or cake: Cake