Christmas bells are already ringing at the Hallmark Channel. Network executives have already promised Hallmark Channel fans more holiday movies than ever for 2019 . But now, the Hallmark Channel is cooking up something new for its holiday programming. Breaking from its traditional movie productions , the Hallmark Channel is looking for bakers for a brand-new cooking competition.
“Christmas Cookie Countdown” will be a five-episode competition series featuring a collection of amateur home bakers “in the most exciting yuletide cookie challenges the holiday season has ever seen,” according to the official Hallmark Channel statement . The channel says three well-known pastry chefs (who have yet to be named) will judge the baker’s cookies over the course of the series. And, fans of Hallmark’s classic movies will enjoy seeing some of their favorite starts hosting the show on a rotating basis.
Not only does the “Christmas Cookie Countdown” winner get bragging rights as the best baker, but he or she will take home a nice holiday cash bonus of $25,000. You can buy a lot of ingredients with that kind of dough!
Think you might have what it takes to rise to the top of the Christmas cookie challenge? If you can make your way to Los Angeles for the auditions from July 29 through Aug. 4, you can try out to appear on the show. In the description from the official casting call , the Hallmark Channel says they’re looking for “dynamic, outgoing cookie-makers from Southern California,” and that the baking challenges will be judged on “everything from visual and decorative, to taste and overall presentation.”
If your version of baking is more “Nailed It” than “Great British Baking Show,” you might not be the best candidate for this. But if you need some Christmas in July, you’re in luck. Two of Hallmark’s new Christmas movies will air this month, and you can get Little Debbie Christmas snack cakes in July now.
“Christmas Cookie Countdown” will air later this year on Hallmark Drama, one of the many networks part of the Hallmark Channel family.