Guy Fieri’s Favorite Christmas Cookie Recipe Is ‘Nice and Spicy’

With the holiday season typically comes a lot of baking. And celebrity chefs know a thing or two about whipping up a tasty treat. Find out what Food Network chef Guy Fieri likes in his Christmas cookies to make them a worthy addition to Flavortown.

Chef Guy Fieri
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Meet Food Network’s talented chef Guy Fieri

Fieri first arrived on the Food Network in 2006, when he won season 2 of The Next Food Network Star. In his case, the show title was especially apt. He’s gone on to star in multiple shows on the Food Network, including Guy’s Big Bite; Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives; and Guy’s Grocery Games. He’s also done some producing and acting work, according to IMDb.

His Food Network bio calls him a “culinary rock star.” It reveals Fieri “began his love affair with food at the age of 10, selling soft pretzels from a three-wheeled bicycle cart (named ‘The Awesome Pretzel’) he built with his father.” Fieri has released cookbooks, his own food line, and more. Plus, he’s known for his philanthropic work, giving back to communities in various ways. 

Guy Fieri reveals his favorite Christmas cookie

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Fieri is known for his love of big, bold, flavorful food. And his favorite Christmas cookie recipe is no exception. The chef told Food Network his favorite Christmas cookie is gingerbread — but not just any gingerbread cookie.

“I’m not a big sweets [fan] — the cookie has got to have more than just sweet,” he said. “I mean, I’ll always go for a really good oatmeal [cookie] with raisins and nuts, but gingerbread, like real-deal, old-school, heavy ginger flavor, that works. … Nice and spicy.”

Food Network shares ‘The Spiciest Gingerbread Cookies Ever’ recipe

On Fieri’s cookie comments, Food Network attached a recipe for The Spiciest Gingerbread Cookies Ever. “This gingerbread cookie is super-spicy from the very first bite,” the recipe says. “Molasses makes it chewy and white sugar rounds out the spices. Cayenne, allspice and a hefty dose of black pepper result in a complex, lingering heat that is surprising and pleasant.”

The recipe makes 18 4-inch gingerbread people and takes almost 5 1/2 hours from start to finish, which includes time for chilling the dough and cooling the cookies before icing them. Plan to spend only a little more than an hour on active prep time.

“Great cookie,” one reviewer wrote on the recipe.” I enjoyed the spice level but some friends thought they were too spicy. They were really unique. I will make them every year but cut the pepper and cayenne back, just a little, to appease the masses (and kids). It was a nice bold gingerbread cookie.”