"Minute to Win It" Face the Cookie Game

Can You Get the Cookie Into Your Mouth Without Using Your Hands?

A contestant plays Face the Cookie on the game show Minute to Win It.

"Minute to Win It" is a popular international game show franchise in which contestants take on a series of 60-second challenges using objects commonly found around the house. If they complete the challenge in a minute or less, they win a prize. Sounds easy, right? Well, sometimes, it's not.

The "Face the Cookie Game" is a true test of balance and muscle coordination. You can play this one just about anywhere, with any group and any age/skill level. It's the perfect party game for all occasions.

The Goal

Move one to three cookies from your forehead to your mouth without using your hands.

Equipment Needed

  • Chair
  • A plate of cookies
  • A one-minute timer or stopwatch

How to Play

"Face the Cookie" is extremely simple—at least in theory. Sit in a chair with a plate of cookies beside you. For the classic version of the game, use Oreo cookies. Lean your head back and place one cookie in the center of your forehead. When the one-minute timer begins, you must move the cookie from your forehead to your mouth using only your facial muscles and the forces of gravity.

On the television show, the game is played for a chance to win money. It starts out with a single cookie challenge and "Minute to Win It" for a low dollar amount on the money ladder. As the game progresses, the stakes are raised and contestants must successfully maneuver three cookies from forehead to mouth in the time allotted.

You can follow the same protocol if you're playing this as a party game, but as a rule, it's better to let younger kids play with one cookie per minute and let adults graduate to playing with three.

The Rules

  • Cookies must be placed in the middle of your forehead, not touching your eyebrows.
  • You can tilt your head and move your face, but you cannot touch the cookie with your hands.
  • The cookie must remain in contact with your face at all times, so you're not allowed to attempt to flip it from your forehead and catch it in your mouth.
  • If a cookie falls before reaching your mouth, you must start over with a fresh cookie.
  • In order to complete the task and count toward a prize, the cookie must actually go in your mouth and be held securely by your lips and/or teeth.


  • To provide stability, tilt your head in the opposite direction from the way you want the cookie to go.
  • Use repetitive motions with your face muscles to slowly but steadily move the cookie along.
  • When you get the cookie close to your mouth, slowly and gently tilt your head to get it to its final destination.

Holiday Face the Cookie

This is probably the easiest game from the show to adapt for holiday and other themed parties. Use gingerbread cookies for Christmas, Halloween-shaped and decorated sugar cookies for that season, pink or blue cookies for a baby shower, cookies with frosting and sprinkles for birthdays, and so on.