T O P
sm0kahontas710

Yayyy!!! I'll be watching!!! Good luck!!!


SammieB1981

Thank you!! I'm so excited!


sm0kahontas710

Even though I don't know you, I'm incredibly excited for you too! That's such a great opportunity, I really hope you win!


SammieB1981

Thank you!! It was really an awesome experience, and I would definitely do it again given the opportunity. No spoilers though! I don't get to see the episode before it airs, so I'll be seeing it for the first time like everyone else!


Legitimate_Shoe184

It seems to me.


Alternative_Sell_668

When does it air your episode? I hope you won!!


SammieB1981

I'm on the last episode, December 18th at 8:00 p.m. CST! Thank you so much!


kathatter75

I’m watching this week’s episode right now and had to come back to the thread for this info :)


SammieB1981

I loved this week's episode!! Gingerbread is just so much fun.


kathatter75

I really enjoyed it too! I’m also enjoying the gingerbread theme on Holiday Baking Championship too! (And I loved that someone slid in a Bachelor reference at Jesse Palmer)


afrita8

Congratulations! This cookie is beautiful!


SammieB1981

Thank you so much!!


Anita_napp_zZ

That is fantastic!!! Can’t wait to watch!!!


SammieB1981

Thank you!!


kathatter75

Yay! I love the Christmas Cookie Challenge! I hope meeting Ree and Eddie was awesome! And congratulations!


SammieB1981

It was really fun and a little surreal! They were both great though! Thank you!!


kathatter75

That’s awesome :)


insomniacakess

AYO ILL BE ROOTING FOR YOU THROUGH MY TV SCREEN


SammieB1981

Haha, thank you!!


PatheticPelosiPander

Holy crap!! I'm so excited for you! I almost don't know a celebrity!! Have a fantastic time! (Can you please wander the halls until you find Eddie and ..... um, whew! Hot flash. Do whatever you can!)


SammieB1981

This made me laugh. Definitely not a celebrity, but it sure was fun! And thank you!! Oh, and Eddie was dressed niiiice. 😂


PatheticPelosiPander

You're my personal celeb and hero. Eddie looks like he smells edib......really good. Does he?


SammieB1981

To be fair, there were a lot of smells in that kitchen. And not a one of them were unpleasant. But I didn't want to be busted on camera leaning over for a sniff, and then explaining that to my husband upon viewing, hahaha


PatheticPelosiPander

🤣 I would have suddenly have *the vapors* and *happen* to faint (southern drawl) *from all the heat in that kitchen, due to being a delicate lady n shit*.....right into Eddie's arms. And when he was giving me mouth to mouth..... Oops. Sorry again. I gotta go write Food Network erotica. I'm coming for ya Eddie! (Thank you so much for humoring me!)


SammieB1981

Oh, any time!! He definitely caused a stir around people there. I love it! Also, I'm gonna send you a picture in DMs - totally Eddie related, I promise, haha


kathatter75

I keep hoping to run into him somewhere here in Houston…it shouldn’t be a problem…there are only a few million people here.


PatheticPelosiPander

Eddie's the one with the heavenly glow all around him. It really shouldn't be a problem. Get on it! ⌚️😁


emilynna

So cool! Good luck 🥳


SammieB1981

Thank you so much!!


DazzleLove

Beautiful cookie. Good luck!


SammieB1981

Thank you so much!


CakeBaker22

This is awesome! I’ll be tuning in!


SammieB1981

Thank you!!


emmsmum

Good luck!!


SammieB1981

Thank you so much!


pasarina

Good luck! I’m so pleased for you! Congratulations!


SammieB1981

Thank you so much!


TheBattyWitch

I'll be watching! Give a shout-out to Reddit! Best of luck!


SammieB1981

Thank you so much!


dee_mariee3

OMG THATS AMAZING!! also that design is absolutely incredible! I’ll rooting for you!


SammieB1981

Thank you so much!!


r1veriared

OMG how exciting! Congratulations and good luck!


SammieB1981

Thank you so much!!


Mmmmm-bacon

Congrats! Your designs are amazing!


SammieB1981

Thank you, I really appreciate it!


geministarz6

I would LOVE your behind the scenes take! I always feel bad for the bakers on that show; it never seems to show them at their best.


SammieB1981

Ask away! Contractually there are some things I can't answer of course, but I can share what I can!


geministarz6

Was there any equipment you wished you'd had access to that you didn't? How does the timeline as presented on tv compare to the recording process? (Such as, they always make it seem like they call time and then immediately start judging. Is there a time gap there? How long does it take to get through all the presentations? How long do the judges deliberate before announce the winner? How long is the time gap between each segment?) Do you feel like you were able to adequately represent your skills? What, if anything, would you change about it? Sorry, don't feel like you have to answer everything. I just always wonder how the reality plays out. And I never feel like the cookies I see on those kinds of shows match the skill level I see online, even from the same artists. I'm curious what makes it feel that way.


SammieB1981

Equipment wise, the kitchen is fabulously stocked, and I can't think of anything one would need that isn't there. Of course everything is slightly different than your kitchen at home - a different mixer model, different decorating bags, whatever, but everything was great and nothing that would adversely affect someone. Timeline is pretty true. There is a brief period in between finishing the time and judging, but only for them to reset the studio for the right shots and get product shots. It's really not long at all. That would be boring to watch anyway, haha. There aren't big clocks in there, and you can't wear watches, but I'd say it takes about 10-15 per person for judging. They have to reset from station to station with the cameras, and of course there's a lot more said than what is shown on tv. They say multiple things and then it gets edited to the best stuff. For judging, it felt like they deliberated forever, but time is totally lost in that studio, haha. I have no idea. Same with the time between segments. You get food breaks, bathroom breaks and what not, but it really flows well. They've got it down to an efficient science. Obviously with a time challenge, you're limited with what you can accomplish. I'm proud of what I did with the time allotted, but of course I have a lot of skills that I couldn't fit in their time slots. That's okay, I think most people get that about the show. You can look through any of my work and see my skill level. I'm not too bothered by any of that. As far as would I change anything? No - it was a great experience. You've got to be pretty thick skinned and pretty sure of yourself for the environment, but I'm the type of person that just rolls with life as it is. If anything goes sideways, I just roll with the punches. Of course nothing is going to be like it is in your kitchen at home where you are familiar with every nook and cranny and can reach max efficiency, but there's nothing I did that I would change. Now, I might have chosen a few words more carefully, but we'll see how it goes when I finally get to watch the edited episode, haha!


SammieB1981

Oh, and I want to add, that I am a HIGHLY efficient decorator. I don't say that to be arrogant - by all means I definitely do not make my cookies clean and perfect like many other people out there. My style is different in a lot of ways. I prefer highly textured cookies over clean floods, which lends itself to being rough around the edges at times. But I get creatively stifled when I focus on repetitive minutia or making everything perfect. I prefer to work fast, and accept that my work will always have flaws. I value efficiency greatly, because it keeps me from getting burned out. So while the time limits imposed do limit what I am able to do, I chose to sacrifice some cleanliness to get all the details I wanted on my cookies. It's all a part of the competition. You have to choose what you want to focus on and accomplish that, even if it means concessions in other places.


geministarz6

Thanks so much for your response! I think the whole filming process is quite interesting. I'll definitely keep an eye out for your episode. Also, the cookie you posted is amazing; I hope you didn't read any kind of insult into my comments, it definitely wasn't intended.


SammieB1981

Oh, no offense taken at all!! I just was clarifying. :) I enjoy talking with people about it!!


elvensnowfae

Wow that’s gorgeous wowww!!!! I hope you won!


SammieB1981

Oh, this cookie isn't the one in the show. It's just a holiday design for this year! Thank you for the kind words!!


amodernstitch

Wow! I will be watching! Congrats!!


SammieB1981

Thank you so much!


NuttyDuckyYT

woah we are so proud! I’ll be sure to watch


SammieB1981

Thank you so much!


[deleted]

Congratulations! What a dream! Can’t wait to watch this season. ♥️


SammieB1981

Thank you so much!


michellebelle81

Hi! That cookies is absolutely stunning! I have two questions about the behind the scenes aspect of the show. 1. Do they let you bring your own recipes? 2. Do they let you know what the challenge is going to be ahead of time? I'm thinking about applying for next year but I don't know if I have the skills to memorize recipes or bust out a design idea on the spot!


SammieB1981

Thank you so much! Contractually that's information I can't share. But what I can say is I prepared for the show by trying variations on my base recipe and doing challenges that I saw on previous episodes. So I would randomly pick an old episode, and then I would watch to see why the challenge was, pause it, and give myself the same stipulations that they had. It was super helpful to get my mind in gear for thinking of efficient ways to do things, and feeling super confident that I could switch up my base recipes on the fly with different spices or ingredients. I would highly recommend filling out the application!! Just go for it. They want you to be successful on the show, and are super supportive through the whole process. :)


michellebelle81

Thank you so much for taking the time to answer my questions!


SammieB1981

Absolutely!! I wish I could answer in more detail, but it is what it is! :)


thatfloralfeeling

Can you tell me how to apply and when? I have been trying for years to find this information. Googling does not really help. Would greatly appreciate it. 🥲 this cookie is beautiful!


SammieB1981

The best thing to do is fill out the application! They should be picking this year's contestants right now. Check this link: https://christmascookiechallenge.castingcrane.com/


sm0kahontas710

So excited to see who wins tonight! Regardless, you're a winner in my heart! ❤️


SammieB1981

Thank you so much!! It was a wonderful, crazy experience!!


Useful-Confection-57

Congrats! Your work is amazing and I will watch!


SammieB1981

Thank you so much!!


getreal_or_getlost

Congratulations!! That's amazing! Will definitely be watching and cheering for you 🎉


SammieB1981

Thank you!!


Esperansza

That's so awesome! I watch it every year so I'll definitely be keeping an eye out for you and cheering! I love your design 😍


SammieB1981

Thank you so much!! It was a lot of fun!


Sjsharkb831

Congrats!!!! My friends sister (who I know as a casual friend) was on Halloween Baking Championship season 6. It’s intense but she had a great time and met awesome people. Good luck!


cosmiccmermaid

i’m obsessed with that show!! is it weird to ask her name?? lol


Sjsharkb831

Not at all! It was Michelle. She made it to the end but didn’t win:( I have to say- her and her sister are not only absolutely HILARIOUS, but crazy intelligent, too. They’re both great people. I love them both. When Michelle made the doll cake that was supposed to be her sister, Melissa (her sister) dressed up to look like the doll and posted a video. That how funny they are!


cosmiccmermaid

omg!! I really enjoyed watching her on the show, she has a great personality and sense of humor. Glad to hear she’s just as funny outside of the show :)


Sjsharkb831

Oh yeah! She’s so quick witted and even better in real life. They both are like that. Super smart, super funny, great personalities. Just all around great people.


survivetothrive01

That is so cool! I feel like I’m talking to a celebrity haha. I love that show and I’ll definitely be watching! You’re so talented!!


SammieB1981

Definitely not a celebrity, haha! But it was super fun. I'm mostly excited for my kids to watch!! Thank you!!


soneg

Wow that's crazy good. Looks so real, like a ceramic thing to display.


SammieB1981

Thank you so much! I love making 3D cookies or stand-up cookies that look like decor!


boofdahpoo130

Congratulations, Sammie! I love watching CCC and it will be cool to see you in the season finale. Two quick questions (you don't have to answer if you're not allowed): 1) Do you get a chance to try the other bakers' cookies? Seems like a huge waste to make all of those beautiful cookies only to toss'em after two judges take small bites. 2) Do the judges actually eat the cookies for real, or do they do the "acting diet" thing of spitting out the cookies after tasting them? It seems impossible to keep one's weight down after so much cookie eating! (Sorry if this question is kind of strange, but I've always been curious how those two stay so slim after munching on delicious cookies 🍪 😋)


SammieB1981

Thank you so much!! Unfortunately we don't get to try each other's cookies while we are there. In fact, we don't even really get the chance to look at each other's unless you just happen to walk by or see it in the monitor! However, my castmates (if that's the right word, ha) and I shared our recipes with each other so I will get the chance to make them all soon and try them as I watch the episode! And yes, the judges genuinely take a small bite of each cookie! And of course they always offer compliments and criticisms, so it's really interesting to get the feedback on what they think when they get to try so many cookies!


boofdahpoo130

Thanks for answering my questions! 🙂 So glad you had such an amazing experience! ❤️


MamaJanetInKC

I’ve been binge watching past episodes. Congratulations for making it to the competition. I hope you are having a watch party with your friends and family! 🥰 So exciting!!