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Season 2, Episode 5

Ginger and Spice and Everything Nice

The six remaining bakers revel in the warm, taste bud-tingling flavor of ginger. They must make mini desserts highlighting candied ginger, then create three different types of holiday cookies inspired by family traditions.

Monday
Dec 9
4pm | 3c
Season 2, Episode 6

World Class Classics

Every culture has their own holiday traditions, and the five remaining bakers celebrate a couple of favorites by reinventing two Hanukkah classics: rugelach and macaroons. Then, they must create their own unique version of a holiday croquembouche.

Monday
Dec 9
5pm | 4c
Season 2, Episode 7

Re-Gifting

Re-gifting is the theme of the week, as the four remaining bakers must make a candy apple dessert inspired by a candy apple gift, then figure out how turn the contents of a traditional gift basket into a delicious dessert

Monday
Dec 9
6pm | 5c
Season 2, Episode 8

Holiday Hoopla

The last three bakers must show off their decorating chops in order to finally be crowned Holiday Baking Champion! First, they must bake and beautifully decorate a sugar cookie tree. Then, in the final heat, the bakers need to transform their assigned holiday tradition into an intricately decorated cake.

Monday
Dec 9
7pm | 6c
Season 6, Episode 5

Gettin' Gifty with It

Jesse Palmer teaches the six bakers a lesson in repurposing holiday gifts in the first round, when they must turn panettone, the classic holiday Italian sweet bread, into an entirely new dessert. Then they're challenged to create a beautifully decorated cupcake mosaic inspired by a pair of holiday pajamas. Judges Nancy Fuller, Duff Goldman and Lorraine Pascale send one baker packing.

Monday
Dec 9
8pm | 7c
Season 6, Episode 6

North Pole Vaulting

Jesse Palmer challenges the five bakers to create assigned desserts that are inspired by and look like Santa Claus. To secure their place in the final four, the bakers are tasked with creating impressive cakes made to look like another icy North Pole staple: an igloo. Judges Nancy Fuller, Duff Goldman and Lorraine Pascale decide which bakers move on to the next round and which one goes home.

Monday
Dec 9
9pm | 8c
Season 6, Episode 6

North Pole Vaulting

Jesse Palmer challenges the five bakers to create assigned desserts that are inspired by and look like Santa Claus. To secure their place in the final four, the bakers are tasked with creating impressive cakes made to look like another icy North Pole staple: an igloo. Judges Nancy Fuller, Duff Goldman and Lorraine Pascale decide which bakers move on to the next round and which one goes home.

Tuesday
Dec 10
12am | 11c
Season 6, Episode 5

Gettin' Gifty with It

Jesse Palmer teaches the six bakers a lesson in repurposing holiday gifts in the first round, when they must turn panettone, the classic holiday Italian sweet bread, into an entirely new dessert. Then they're challenged to create a beautifully decorated cupcake mosaic inspired by a pair of holiday pajamas. Judges Nancy Fuller, Duff Goldman and Lorraine Pascale send one baker packing.

Tuesday
Dec 10
3am | 2c
Season 0, Episode 11

Sweet Redemption

Jesse Palmer hosts a Holiday Baking Championship redemption special. Three previous runners-up compete, and all they want for Christmas is a second chance to win. First, each returning baker takes on a judge's favorite holiday dessert. Then the bakers create holiday centerpiece cakes and receive tips and advice from judges Nancy Fuller, Duff Goldman and Lorraine Pascale along the way.

Tuesday
Dec 10
10pm | 9c
Season 0, Episode 2

Runners Up Redemption

In the Christmas special of Holiday Baking Championship, hosts and judges Nancy Fuller, Duff Goldman and Lorraine Pascale welcome back runner-up teams from previous seasons to battle it out for another chance to win. In the pre-heat, baking teams must use real letters to Santa to inspire a holiday dessert. For the main heat, teams bake and decorate cupcakes before assembling them into one giant edible holiday tree. The winning team earns $10,000 in holiday cash!

Tuesday
Dec 10
11pm | 10c
Season 0, Episode 11

Sweet Redemption

Jesse Palmer hosts a Holiday Baking Championship redemption special. Three previous runners-up compete, and all they want for Christmas is a second chance to win. First, each returning baker takes on a judge's favorite holiday dessert. Then the bakers create holiday centerpiece cakes and receive tips and advice from judges Nancy Fuller, Duff Goldman and Lorraine Pascale along the way.

Wednesday
Dec 11
1am | 12c
Season 0, Episode 2

Runners Up Redemption

In the Christmas special of Holiday Baking Championship, hosts and judges Nancy Fuller, Duff Goldman and Lorraine Pascale welcome back runner-up teams from previous seasons to battle it out for another chance to win. In the pre-heat, baking teams must use real letters to Santa to inspire a holiday dessert. For the main heat, teams bake and decorate cupcakes before assembling them into one giant edible holiday tree. The winning team earns $10,000 in holiday cash!

Wednesday
Dec 11
2am | 1c
Season 6, Episode 6

North Pole Vaulting

Jesse Palmer challenges the five bakers to create assigned desserts that are inspired by and look like Santa Claus. To secure their place in the final four, the bakers are tasked with creating impressive cakes made to look like another icy North Pole staple: an igloo. Judges Nancy Fuller, Duff Goldman and Lorraine Pascale decide which bakers move on to the next round and which one goes home.

Saturday
Dec 14
1pm | 12c
Season 6, Episode 6

North Pole Vaulting

Jesse Palmer challenges the five bakers to create assigned desserts that are inspired by and look like Santa Claus. To secure their place in the final four, the bakers are tasked with creating impressive cakes made to look like another icy North Pole staple: an igloo. Judges Nancy Fuller, Duff Goldman and Lorraine Pascale decide which bakers move on to the next round and which one goes home.

Monday
Dec 16
8pm | 7c
Season 6, Episode 7

Traditions with a Twist

Some of the tastiest treats of Hanukkah are gold-covered chocolate coins, and Jesse Palmer challenges the four remaining bakers to give the classic treat a twist by incorporating candied orange, espresso beans, smoked salt or toasted coconut and create a dessert highlighting their chosen flavor. In the second challenge, the competitors bake up delicious cheesecakes with an assigned crust and decorated with an edible shiny ice rink on top. Judges Nancy Fuller, Duff Goldman and Lorraine Pascale get serious about which three bakers move on to the finale.

Monday
Dec 16
9pm | 8c
Season 6, Episode 7

Traditions with a Twist

Some of the tastiest treats of Hanukkah are gold-covered chocolate coins, and Jesse Palmer challenges the four remaining bakers to give the classic treat a twist by incorporating candied orange, espresso beans, smoked salt or toasted coconut and create a dessert highlighting their chosen flavor. In the second challenge, the competitors bake up delicious cheesecakes with an assigned crust and decorated with an edible shiny ice rink on top. Judges Nancy Fuller, Duff Goldman and Lorraine Pascale get serious about which three bakers move on to the finale.

Tuesday
Dec 17
12am | 11c
Season 6, Episode 6

North Pole Vaulting

Jesse Palmer challenges the five bakers to create assigned desserts that are inspired by and look like Santa Claus. To secure their place in the final four, the bakers are tasked with creating impressive cakes made to look like another icy North Pole staple: an igloo. Judges Nancy Fuller, Duff Goldman and Lorraine Pascale decide which bakers move on to the next round and which one goes home.

Tuesday
Dec 17
3am | 2c
Season 6, Episode 7

Traditions with a Twist

Some of the tastiest treats of Hanukkah are gold-covered chocolate coins, and Jesse Palmer challenges the four remaining bakers to give the classic treat a twist by incorporating candied orange, espresso beans, smoked salt or toasted coconut and create a dessert highlighting their chosen flavor. In the second challenge, the competitors bake up delicious cheesecakes with an assigned crust and decorated with an edible shiny ice rink on top. Judges Nancy Fuller, Duff Goldman and Lorraine Pascale get serious about which three bakers move on to the finale.

Saturday
Dec 21
1pm | 12c
Season 1, Episode 1

Holiday Cookie Madness

The eight bakers have to put their best cookie forward in the first two challenges of this competition. First, they'll have to make their best holiday cookie using an assigned baking tool and in the second challenge, they must use holiday ingredients to impress the judges with three different kinds of cookies.

Saturday
Dec 21
4pm | 3c
Season 1, Episode 2

Classic Holiday Flavors

The seven remaining bakers take classic holiday flavors into tasty new territory. In the first challenge, they create a swirled treat using eggnog and have to play nice with varieties of sugar and spice for their second dessert.

Saturday
Dec 21
5pm | 4c
Season 1, Episode 3

It's Not the Holidays Without Pie

In this episode, the six remaining bakers take on the crusty, sweet goodness of pie. In the first challenge, they have just 30 minutes to make their best dessert using store-bought pie crust. In the second challenge, the bakers create three different pies with three different crusts.

Saturday
Dec 21
6pm | 5c
Season 1, Episode 4

The Great Holiday Cake-Over

The five bakers left in the Holiday Baking Championship take the polarizing fruitcake someplace new and reinvent the biggest holiday cake of all, the yule log.

Saturday
Dec 21
7pm | 6c
Season 1, Episode 5

Great Holiday Traditions

It's winter nights and holiday breakfasts in this episode, when the four bakers are first tasked to use the classic holiday flavors of peppermint and hot chocolate in a dessert and then create a blown-out holiday breakfast complete with three sweet dishes.

Saturday
Dec 21
8pm | 7c
Season 1, Episode 6

Gingerbread Worlds

In the epic finale, the three remaining bakers have just one challenge, but it's a massive one. Each baker taps into a favorite holiday memory and then constructs gingerbread worlds filled with all sorts of treats. The baker who can impress the judges the most will become the Holiday Baking Champion and take home $50,000!

Saturday
Dec 21
9pm | 8c
Season 1, Episode 6

Gingerbread Worlds

In the epic finale, the three remaining bakers have just one challenge, but it's a massive one. Each baker taps into a favorite holiday memory and then constructs gingerbread worlds filled with all sorts of treats. The baker who can impress the judges the most will become the Holiday Baking Champion and take home $50,000!

Sunday
Dec 22
12am | 11c
Season 1, Episode 5

Great Holiday Traditions

It's winter nights and holiday breakfasts in this episode, when the four bakers are first tasked to use the classic holiday flavors of peppermint and hot chocolate in a dessert and then create a blown-out holiday breakfast complete with three sweet dishes.

Sunday
Dec 22
3am | 2c

About the Show

The search to find the greatest holiday baker begins as eight amateur bakers enter the kitchen, where they show off their family traditions and superb baking skills. To survive the challenges from week to week, they must prove their abilities in front of our tough-love judges: Duff Goldman, Nancy Fuller and Lorraine Pascale. Hosted by Jesse Palmer, this baking championship is the sweetest way to celebrate this holiday season.

About the Host

Jesse Palmer

After five seasons as a quarterback in the NFL for the New York Giants and the San Francisco 49ers, Jesse Palmer began a career as a game analyst, first with Fox Sports Net, and soon thereafter with ESPN. In 2015, Jesse joined Good Morning America as a special contributor, focusing on big stories, news of the day and live events.

Meet the Judges

Nancy Fuller

The host of Farmhouse Rules also runs a food company.

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Duff Goldman

Duff is the owner of Charm City Cakes in Baltimore and LA.

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Lorraine Pascale

The cookbook author and TV host started out as a model.

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Pumpkin Cream Pie with Gingersnap Crust and Rum Cheesecake Topping

Sugar and Spice Panna Cotta

Pretzel-Crusted Flourless Chocolate Cake with Sauteed Spiced Pears and Salted Caramel Sauce

Gingerbread Platter and Bowl with Candied Walnut Mousse and Cinnamon Sugar Chips

Triple Pastry Cream Croquembouche

Coconut Macaroons

Molasses Krackle Cookies

Cookie Swap Wreath

Chocolate-Covered Maple Brandy Jellies with Nuts

Rolled Sugar Cookies

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cake with Beurre Noisette Buttercream for the Yule Log Tree Stump

Danish with Goat Cheese and Pear Filling

First Snow Cherry Pie with Snowflake Sugar Cookies

White Chocolate Pear and Fig Morning Bread

Roasted Butternut Squash Pudding Cake

Cinnamon Chip, Cranberry and Pecan Cookies

Apple, Pear and Cranberry Crisp with Toffee Pecans and Cinnamon Ice Cream

Rugelach

Santa's Hat Peppermint Scones with White Chocolate Ganache

Quince and Prickly Pear Croquembouche

Gingerbread Cookie