Holiday Baking Championship

The BEST episodes of Holiday Baking Championship

Every episode of Holiday Baking Championship ever, ranked from best to worst by thousands of votes from fans of the show. The best episodes of Holiday Baking Championship!

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 Bobby Deen, this baking championship is the sweetest way to celebrate this holiday season.

Last Updated: 8/6/2022Network: Food Network
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It's the Inside That Counts
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8.18
17 votes

#1 - It's the Inside That Counts

Season 7 - Episode 5 - Aired 11/30/2020

Host Jesse Palmer gives the seven bakers advent calendars filled with different types of chocolate to inspire them to make desserts with a surprise inside. Then, for the main heat, the competitors must bake one delicious cheesecake with three different flavors for judges Nancy Fuller, Duff Goldman and Carla Hall.

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Gettin' Gifty with It
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8.17
18 votes

#2 - Gettin' Gifty with It

Season 6 - Episode 7 - Aired 12/2/2019

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.

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Ultimate Holiday Party
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8.17
6 votes

#3 - Ultimate Holiday Party

Season 8 - Episode 8 - Aired 12/20/2021

Host Jesse Palmer kicks things off with a swanky Christmas open house for judges Nancy Fuller, Duff Goldman and Carla Hall and asks the bakers to create dessert charcuterie boards. Then, the bottom two bakers face off in a sudden elimination challenge of dueling holiday pinata desserts. In the final main heat, the competitors take on holiday party theme cakes and incorporate lights into their designs. The most successful cake maker becomes the Holiday Baking Champion and walks away with $25,000!

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North Pole Vaulting
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8.15
20 votes

#4 - North Pole Vaulting

Season 6 - Episode 8 - Aired 12/9/2019

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.

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Holiday Style
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8.13
24 votes

#5 - Holiday Style

Season 7 - Episode 1 - Aired 11/2/2020

The competition kicks off for 12 bakers with holiday decorated quick bread wreaths. In the main heat, the competitors must make a winter hat cake to charm the judges.

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Christmas Windows in Time
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8.12
17 votes

#6 - Christmas Windows in Time

Season 7 - Episode 8 - Aired 12/21/2020

Dressed as a Christmas tree, host Jesse Palmer kicks things off by asking the final four competitors to honor the holiday tree in the form of a beautifully decorated macaron tower. In the Christmas past, present and future main heat, the bakers must feature an assigned icing style in a stunning cake that evokes their assigned time period -- marzipan from the past, buttercream from the present or mirror glaze from the future. In the end, judges Nancy Fuller, Duff Goldman and Carla Hall will decide the one baker who will be crowned Holiday Baking Champion and walk away $25,000 richer!

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Make New Friends, but Keep the Old
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8.11
9 votes

#7 - Make New Friends, but Keep the Old

Season 8 - Episode 6 - Aired 12/6/2021

For the exclusive holiday desserts preheat, the six remaining bakers try to impress judges Nancy Fuller, Duff Goldman and Carla Hall by making tasty treats for guests with a dietary restriction. In the main heat, host Jesse Palmer challenges the competitors to update an assigned vintage holiday dessert to create a new Christmas delight.

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Holiday Goodie Games
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8.06
16 votes

#8 - Holiday Goodie Games

Season 7 - Episode 2 - Aired 11/9/2020

Host Jesse Palmer asks the 10 bakers to highlight a nut or seed in a holiday dessert. Then, the competitors spin a wheel to determine which fundamental holiday ingredient -- holiday spice, dried fruit or holiday spirits -- they must add to unseasonable desserts, like icebox cakes or fruit tarts. Judges Nancy Fuller, Duff Goldman and Carla Hall make the call on which bakers pull it off.

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Filling Grateful
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8.05
21 votes

#9 - Filling Grateful

Season 6 - Episode 3 - Aired 11/11/2019

The popularity of holiday spiced nuts inspires Jesse Palmer's challenge to the nine bakers: Use the crowd-pleasing holiday gift to create holiday spiced nut desserts. In the main heat, each baker must make three pies using an assigned harvest ingredient and decorate each pie crust differently. Judges Nancy Fuller, Duff Goldman and Lorraine Pascale send one baker packing.

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Thanksgiving Joy
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7.94
52 votes

#10 - Thanksgiving Joy

Season 3 - Episode 3 - Aired 11/20/2016

In the pre-heat, the remaining seven bakers must combine all of their favorite Thanksgiving desserts into one by creating elegant trifles. Then, for the main heat, the bakers have to produce Thanksgiving imposter cupcakes that will make everyone take a second look!

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Topsy-Turvy Holidays
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7.93
15 votes

#11 - Topsy-Turvy Holidays

Season 7 - Episode 6 - Aired 12/7/2020

Host Jesse Palmer is turning things on their heads as he challenges the six competitors to work in teams to create jelly doughnut-inspired desserts, a twist on traditional Hanukkah jelly doughnuts. Then, the bakers get creative with the yummiest, gooiest holiday decorated upside-down cakes to satisfy judges Nancy Fuller, Duff Goldman and Carla Hall.

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Turkey Day Delights
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7.93
27 votes

#12 - Turkey Day Delights

Season 5 - Episode 3 - Aired 11/19/2018

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Plenty of Gratitude
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7.91
22 votes

#13 - Plenty of Gratitude

Season 5 - Episode 2 - Aired 11/12/2018

For the pre-heat, the eight bakers work in teams to make four different kinds of pies on the same sheet pan; in the main heat, the bakers embrace the stuffed feeling after the Thanksgiving meal by making stuffed cakes featuring seasonal ingredients.

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Twelve Days of Christmas
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7.91
32 votes

#14 - Twelve Days of Christmas

Season 4 - Episode 7 - Aired 12/18/2017

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!

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Trendsetting Turkey Day
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7.90
21 votes

#15 - Trendsetting Turkey Day

Season 6 - Episode 6 - Aired 11/25/2019

In the first challenge, Jesse Palmer tasks the seven bakers with taking a beloved holiday appetizer to a whole new level with baked Brie and jam mini pies. The main heat is all about being prepared for greatness as the bakers take a prepared ingredient and use it to make a crowd-pleasing Thanksgiving dessert. In the end, judges Nancy Fuller, Duff Goldman and Lorraine Pascale send one competitor home.

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Gifts That Keep on Giving
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7.90
10 votes

#16 - Gifts That Keep on Giving

Season 8 - Episode 5 - Aired 11/29/2021

In honor of the Hanukkah oil that kept burning, host Jesse Palmer asks the seven remaining bakers to create festive Hanukkah olive oil cakes. In the main heat, it's all about gift exchange desserts as the competitors randomly choose a dreaded holiday dessert and attempt to spin it into holiday happiness to please judges Nancy Fuller, Duff Goldman and Carla Hall.

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Take Holiday Pies by Surprise
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7.89
18 votes

#17 - Take Holiday Pies by Surprise

Season 7 - Episode 3 - Aired 11/16/2020

Host Jesse Palmer loves both cookies and pies, so he asks the nine bakers to make holiday cookie-topped mini pies. Then, Nancy Fuller, Duff Goldman and Carla Hall judge the pie pandemonium as the competitors celebrate fall with flavor combos such as pumpkin-cider and chestnut-chocolate in double crust, cream pies, slab pies, lattice pies and custard pies.

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Hosting the Holidays
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7.88
16 votes

#18 - Hosting the Holidays

Season 7 - Episode 4 - Aired 11/23/2020

Host Jesse Palmer challenges the eight remaining bakers to turn breakfast items, like French toast, into amazing Thanksgiving breakfast desserts. Then, the competitors take common Friendsgiving potluck dishes, such as glazed carrots, and use them in a dessert to impress judges Nancy Fuller, Duff Goldman and Carla Hall. Plus, since Friendsgiving is all about community, they're doing it in teams.

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Gifts of Greatness
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7.86
22 votes

#19 - Gifts of Greatness

Season 5 - Episode 7 - Aired 12/17/2018

Three bakers remain in the competition, and in the pre-heat, they have to create a beautiful edible holiday ornament display. For the final main heat, the bakers channel holiday gift shopping by creating a cake that is decorated like a gift on the outside and reveals a surprise inside when sliced. For one talented baker, the ultimate gift will be $25,000 and the title of Holiday Baking Champion!

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Thanksgiving It My All
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7.84
19 votes

#20 - Thanksgiving It My All

Season 6 - Episode 5 - Aired 11/18/2019

Apple cider doughnuts are a sure sign of fall, so in the first round, Jesse Palmer asks the eight bakers to create a dozen kicked-up apple cider doughnuts decorated with seasonal themes. Then the bakers must transform a classic holiday yule log into a festive Thanksgiving roll cake, and judges Nancy Fuller, Duff Goldman and Lorraine Pascale decide which competitor's cake falls short.

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A Classic Christmas
star
7.84
19 votes

#21 - A Classic Christmas

Season 7 - Episode 7 - Aired 12/14/2020

Host Jesse Palmer asks the five bakers to pull out all the stops and create the most-delicious, over-the-top version of a holiday trifle. Then, the classics continue in the main heat when the competitors make the ultimate Charlotte royale for judges Nancy Fuller, Duff Goldman and Carla Hall, as well as the king of Christmas -- Santa Claus!

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Yule Be Merry
star
7.82
11 votes

#22 - Yule Be Merry

Season 8 - Episode 2 - Aired 11/8/2021

The bakers team up to take on boozy desserts and are challenged with five different styles of yule log cakes in 10 different flavor combinations.

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Holiday Survival Guide
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7.80
20 votes

#23 - Holiday Survival Guide

Season 6 - Episode 4 - Aired 11/11/2019

Host Jesse Palmer offers tips for surviving holiday madness while sharing highlights, including amazing desserts and hilarious banter, from five seasons of Holiday Baking Championship competitions.

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Falling Into Winter
star
7.80
15 votes

#24 - Falling Into Winter

Season 8 - Episode 1 - Aired 11/1/2021

The twelve bakers embrace the seasonal transition by making fall and winter doughnuts; the competitors combine holiday cheese board staples in creative apple and cheese desserts.

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Comfort and Joy
star
7.78
36 votes

#25 - Comfort and Joy

Season 4 - Episode 5 - Aired 12/4/2017

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.

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