'GMA' Viewers Share Best Recipes in Christmas Cookie Search

Gail Simmons, the special projects director of Food + Wine, joins to judge the finale of the "GMA" cookie search, plus the Cookie Monster makes a special appearance.
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judges, we have our judges, cookie monster. And special projects director of "Food & wine magazine." Gail Simmons. Not as exciting as cookie monster. I've had a few cookies. I'm excited. You brought some favorites. These are two of mine. A chocolate mint wafer cookie. The fill something marsh mellow creme with a little peppermint extract. You'll want that. These are Dulce de leche crispies. Almonds, crispy, crispy rice. Five-ingredient cookie. Cookie. He's ready. You want one? Yes, me always ready for cookies. All right. Well, those are delicious and I'm telling you, we had wonderful, wonderful entries, you're one of the finalists, Cherie. What's your secret ingredient. Mine is a pumpkin graham cracker cookie and I added graham cracker into the cookie itself. So that's something that really you need to know about with the frosting that's where the pumpkin comes into play and use a pumpkin in a can so it makes it easier to cook with. Sure, why not. Good idea because getting the meat out of a pumpkin roasting it is a lot of time. Who wants to mess with that? You're right about that, cookie. Let's get this going. Make the cookies. Let's do this. I know you're ready. I'm ready. Yes. So you put all those ingredients in. But this is the key right here. You can have the pumpkin all year round. They are delicious. Thank you, Cherie. And so move on down, hi. Pumpkin-eriffic. Mine are the banana pudding cookies and my secret ingredient is the instant pudding mix. It is a soft batch cookie and I add a nil la wafer on top for that extra crunch. Yum. Banana pud something such a southern comfort food, one of my favorite desserts. This is a simple way to get a little taste in a cookie. Little shortcuts you take. Yeah. Save time. No one has extra time during the holidays. Yum, yum, yum. All right. After all, after all it's come down to the final two. Our esteemed judges have been testing. And have been tasting. Are you ready? Drum roll to make a decision. Who is the winner? Drum roll. Here we go. Here it is. Here is the winner. Oh, boy, oh, boy. Cookie, cookie and I decided, it's Cherie. Yes. Yes. Thank you. Congratulations. Thank you so much. Congratulations. Thank you so much. We love your cookie. You know what, everyone, everyone is a winner, everyone is in our waistline these last few weeks, so, Gail, cookie monster, thank you very much. Always a pleasure.

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