Holiday Inspiration

Creative Baking Ideas 1 Videos

These unique techniques will give your holiday baking new flair.

10 Takeaways from the Show

Hot Chocolate Cheesecake

Use hot cocoa mix to give this recipe the comfort of a warm fire.

It's As Simple As Cake

Eggnog Meltaway Cookies

These boozy snowballs capture the taste of the holiday drink.

Rum and Bourbon Do the Trick

Apple-Vanilla Mini Muffins

These bite-sized treats get the flavor of a hot mug of cider.

Cinnamon and Nutmeg Are Key

Baking Tips and Traditions

The Ultimate Guide

Get techniques and recipes for making impressive baked goods.

Start Baking Now

Holiday Baking Central

From easy cookies to elegant creations, we've got you covered.

All of Your Baking Needs

Duff Goldman Gear

Bake like a pro with equipment and decorating supplies from the Baking Championship judge.
Season 3, Episode 5

Sweet Surprises

Who doesn't love surprises, especially during the holidays? For the pre-heat, the bakers must whip up a dessert inspired by an ugly Christmas sweater. Keeping with the surprise theme, in the main heat the bakers create edible gift boxes filled with a bevy of treats.

Monday
Nov 6
6pm | 5c
Season 3, Episode 7

Live From the North Pole

Instead of milk and cookies for old St. Nick, the final three must make delicious snacks for North Pole characters other than Santa. To top off the whole season, the bakers are tasked with baking and decorating a North Pole-inspired cake. The best creation will earn one baker the crown of Holiday Baking Champion and a $50,000 prize!

Monday
Nov 6
8pm | 7c
Season 2, Episode 3

Stuffing Is the Best Part

The eight remaining bakers begin by making their best holiday whoopie pies that evoke a randomly-assigned theme of turkey, pumpkin, Pilgrims or fall foliage. Then, they must create stuffed holiday cakes that reveal a surprise center when sliced open.

Saturday
Nov 11
6pm | 5c
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.

Sunday
Nov 12
3am | 2c
Season 4, Episode 3

Thanksgiving Genius

In the pre-heat, seven bakers must create a Thanksgiving dessert using a mystery canned fruit. Then in the main heat, bakers whip up new Turkey Day sensations by combining two traditional desserts.

Monday
Nov 27
1am | 12c
Season 4, Episode 3

Thanksgiving Genius

In the pre-heat, seven bakers must create a Thanksgiving dessert using a mystery canned fruit. Then in the main heat, bakers whip up new Turkey Day sensations by combining two traditional desserts.

Tuesday
Nov 28
3am | 2c
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 2
10pm | 9c
Season 4, Episode 5

Comfort and Joy

Winter is here and it's time to cozy up inside. The five remaining bakers 'ignite' the holiday spirit with a fiery, pre-heat dessert. Then in the main heat, they take a traditional holiday cheese board and turn it into an unusual cheesecake.

Saturday
Dec 9
5pm | 4c
Season 4, Episode 6

Tradition! Tradition!

The four remaining bakers celebrate two classic holiday traditions: Hanukkah jelly doughnuts and ye olde fruitcake. Duff Goldman helps introduce the pre-heat challenge in which bakers must create a dozen doughnuts featuring a challenging flavor combination. Then for the main heat, bakers try their best to reinvent fruitcake.

Saturday
Dec 16
1pm | 12c
Season 4, Episode 5

Comfort and Joy

Winter is here and it's time to cozy up inside. The five remaining bakers 'ignite' the holiday spirit with a fiery, pre-heat dessert. Then in the main heat, they take a traditional holiday cheese board and turn it into an unusual cheesecake.

Monday
Dec 18
7pm | 6c
Season 4, Episode 6

Tradition! Tradition!

The four remaining bakers celebrate two classic holiday traditions: Hanukkah jelly doughnuts and ye olde fruitcake. Duff Goldman helps introduce the pre-heat challenge in which bakers must create a dozen doughnuts featuring a challenging flavor combination. Then for the main heat, bakers try their best to reinvent fruitcake.

Tuesday
Dec 19
3am | 2c
Season 4, Episode 7

Twelve Days of Christmas

The final three bakers grab two last minute holiday gifts and combine them into one impressive dessert. Then in the main heat, bakers must create a show-stopping 12 Days of Christmas dessert that illustrates a line from the famous song. The winning baker walks away with $50,000 and the title of Holiday Baking Champion!

Sunday
Dec 24
2pm | 1c
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 26
12am | 11c

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.

Get to Know Nancy

Duff Goldman

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

More About Duff

Lorraine Pascale

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

Learn About Lorraine

Triple Chocolate Bread Pudding

Triple Pastry Cream Croquembouche

Apple-Cherry-White Chocolate Frangipane Tart with Green Apple Sorbet and Cherry-Apple Brandy Compote

Gingersnap Ice Cream Sandwich

Madeleine Wreath with Sour Cherry Mousse

Fruitcake Junkyard Brownie with Spiced Orange Liqueur and White Chocolate

First Snow Cherry Pie with Snowflake Sugar Cookies

Orange-Rosemary Cookies with Orange Glaze

Cookie Swap Wreath

Pumpkin Cream Pie with Gingersnap Crust and Rum Cheesecake Topping

White Chocolate Pear and Fig Morning Bread

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

Santa's Hat Peppermint Scones with White Chocolate Ganache

Molasses Krackle Cookies

Gingerbread Cookie

Quince and Prickly Pear Croquembouche

Rolled Sugar Cookies

Pilgrim Whoopie Pie

Roasted Butternut Squash Pudding Cake

Cinnamon Chip, Cranberry and Pecan Cookies

Sugar Cookie with Orange-Cinnamon Icing

Toffee, Chocolate and Orange Cookies

Coconut Macaroons

Cinnamon Chess Pie

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

Yellow Cake with American Buttercream

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