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Emily Hutchinson Holding a Cookie
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Grab your apron. Pull out the family recipes. Gather the flour, butter, and sugar—plenty of sugar. Holiday baking season has begun. If you're looking for inspiration for your batch this year, look no further than Hallmark Drama's new baking competition show. Christmas Cookie Matchup premieres on the network Wednesday, November 13 at 9PM EST. While there are many a competitive baking shows out there, this one is unlike all the rest. It has a little more of that Hallmark Christmas magic as it pairs amateur bakers with stars from When Calls the Heart and is hosted by Jack Wagner.

While Wagner may be the judge in Hope Valley, he will not be judging the bakers. That is left up to the experts, Emily Hutchinson and Chadwick Boyd. Hutchinson is a self-taught baking expert and her first book, Creative Cookie Decorating: Buttercream Frosting Designs and Tips for Every Occasion, was just released last month. A mom herself, Hutchinson told Southern Living why she thinks we should all be baking together as a family. "Cookie baking and decorating is very meaningful around the Holidays. Baking memories with your family is so important," she said. Ahead of the show's premiere, Hutchinson has shared some baking secrets just with us and we are sharing with all of you.

Emily Hutchinson's Tips for Baking Memories:

  1. Make a plan, figure out 3-5 shapes and designs for your decorated sugar cookies. Involve your family with different frosting colors and different tips. Dip them face down in sprinkles if you mess up, because we all do that sometimes.
  1. Know your oven and correct bake time so your cookies don't over bake.
  1. Use a crusting buttercream for your decorated sugar cookies. I love the taste of buttercream and this way, you can gently stack them on a dessert table or platter for serving.
  1. Bring in your special family recipes for your favorite Christmas cookies. Creating traditions you can carry along for years to come.

WATCH: Hallmark Christmas Cookie Matchup Sneak Peek

Tune in to Christmas Cookie Matchup on Hallmark Drama and let us know if you try to replicate any of their creations.