'GMA' Cookie Search: Favorite Holiday Cookie Recipes
"GMA" viewers showcase their favorite original cookie recipes.
— -- "Good Morning America" gave viewers the chance to showcase their favorite original cookie recipe in the Great American Cookie Search throughout the month of December.
"GMA" viewers responded by sharing their family traditions, from a gingerbread recipe passed down for generations to Norwegian Christmas cookies made with a secret ingredient. Celebrities from John Legend to Katie Holmes even joined in on the fun, sharing the holiday cookies they love to make with their families.
Two viewer recipes were chosen as finalists.
Cherie Michaud, 28, works at the University of North Carolina and said she learned her cooking skills from her grandparents. Michaud shared a recipe for pumpkin graham cracker cookies that features a butter frosting.
Zenobia Dewely, from New York, is a 44-year-old mother of three. She said she was born into a baking legacy created by her two grandmothers and now pays it forward by donating boxes of cookies to people in need. Dewely shared her recipe for banana pudding cookies.
Food & Wine magazine's Gail Simmons and Cookie Monster himself joined "GMA" today to select the winning recipe: Cherie Michaud's pumpkin graham cracker cookie.
Read below for the finalists' recipes plus more recipes submitted by "GMA" viewers, celebrities and chefs. Try them in your kitchen this holiday season.
'GMA' Viewer Cherie Michaud's Pumpkin Graham Cracker Cookie: The pumpkin flavor of these cookies from Cherie Michaud, of North Carolina, evokes the holiday season. Click HERE for the recipe.
Banana Pudding Cookies: Add some variety to your traditional holiday cookie lineup with this banana pudding cookie recipe from "GMA" viewer Zenobia Dewely. Click HERE for the recipe.
Chef Marc Murphy's Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies: Murphy, a judge on the TV show "Chopped," brought "GMA" into the kitchen of his Landmarc restuarant in Manhattan's Time Warner Center to share his recipe for peanut butter chocolate chip oatmeal cookies. Click HERE for the recipe.
'Food & Wine''s Dulce de Leche Crispies: Gail Simmons shared this recipe that combines crispy rice cereal with dulce de leche for an unexpected holiday treat. Click HERE for the recipe.
'Food & Wine''s Chocolate Mint Cookies: This unique take on a holiday cookie, shared by Gail Simmons on "GMA," features marshmallow crème, chocolate and the perfect taste of mint. Click HERE for the recipe.
'Cake Boss' Buddy Valastro's Gingerbread Cookies: The "Cake Boss" star and his family, including his wife and two sons, appeared on "Good Morning America" to share the holiday baking traditions beloved by their family. Click HERE for the recipe.
'Cake Boss' Buddy Valastro's Chocolate Chip Cookies: The "Cake Boss" star shares his special twist on the classic chocolate chip cookie recipe. Click HERE for the recipe.
'Cake Boss' Buddy Valastro's Tarelles: Valastro said this cookie is one of the first he ever learned to make and is now his son's favorite cookie to make. Click HERE for the recipe.
Tried-and-True Sparkly Ginger Snaps: Gretchen Holt-Witt's non-profit, Cookies for Kids' Cancer, hosts local bake sales to raise funds for pediatric cancer research. Try Witt's recipe for classic holiday ginger snap cookies. Click HERE for the recipe.
Chef Dan Kluger's Black and White Cookies: Kluger was nominated for the 2014 James Beard Award for Best Chef New York City. Try his recipe for the famous black and white cookie. Click HERE for the recipe.
Chef David Burke's Maple Crisps: "Good Morning America" went inside the kitchen of chef David Burke's newest New York City restaurant, Tavern 62, to learn how to make maple crisps for the holidays. Click HERE for the recipe.
Chef Dominique Ansel's Peppermint Snickerdoodles: The owner of the award-winning Dominique Ansel Bakery in New York City shared his delicious holiday peppermint snickerdoodle recipe with "Good Morning America." Click HERE for the recipe.
Food Blogger Amy Dong's Buttery Jam Thumbprint Cookies: "Chew Out Loud" blogger Amy Dong's recipe is this year's most-searched holiday cookie recipe on Pinterest. Dong describes the cookie as "melt-in-your-mouth" delicious. Click HERE for the recipe.
Ultimate Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookies: "GMA" viewer Kelly Haas adapted her grandfather's original chocolate chip cookie recipe and added mini candy bars for a "personal touch." Click HERE for the recipe.
Peanut Butter and Hershey's Kisses Cookies: This holiday season is the perfect time to try out these delicious peanut butter cookies with a Hershey's Kiss in the center of each cookie. Click HERE for the recipe.
Katie Holmes' Holiday Chocolate Covered Pretzels: This holiday dessert from Holmes can also be placed in bags and given as holiday gifts for teachers, neighbors and friends! Click HERE for the recipe.
Chef Brian Malarkey's Chocolate Chip Candy Cane Cookies: The classic chocolate chip cookie is dressed up for the holidays with peppermint candy cane pieces in this recipe from the Las Vegas chef and judge of Food Network’s "Guy’s Grocery Games.” Click HERE for the recipe.
Johnna Carter's Mrs. Claus Red Velvet Cookies: Carter, a "GMA" viewer from Richardson, Texas, said her cookie recipe as a twist on her family's dessert, red velvet cake. "You can't eat just one," Carter wrote. Click HERE for the recipe.
Food Blogger Emily Gibson's Gingerbread Men Cookies: Gibson's gingerbread cookie recipe comes from her grandmother. Gibson's own kids love decorating the cookies every year, while her husband likes the cookies best "drowning in milk." Click HERE for the recipe.
Sallie Reese's Norwegian Christmas Cookies: Reese, a "GMA" viewer from Vienna, Virginia, said the recipe produces "perfect round butter cookies with a large snow-like mound of meringue and coconut piled on top." Click HERE for the recipe.
John Legend's Peanut Butter Oatmeal Chocolate Chunk Cookies: The Grammy and Oscar-winning musician adds raisins as a special ingredient in his twist on the classic chocolate chip cookie. Click HERE for the recipe.