Twelve days of Christmas cookies and Christmas movies to go with them.
With the launch of the Festive Season on ACCTV this week, the countdown to Christmas in ON! Just a few weeks to savour all the Christmas joy you can muster and make the most of this wonderful time of the year. Dress in festive colours, listen to Michael Bublé on repeat, wear outrageous Christmas earrings. My favourite things to do in December though are baking Christmas cookies and watching Christmas movies. Today I’m sharing a round-up of both. I’ve collected some delicious Christmas Cookies, so you can bake to your heart’s content and I’ve selected the very best Christmas movies available on ACCTV this year, to go with them. Some movies are available right now, others will drop during the lead-up to Christmas Day. Watch live or on demand.
These delicious shortbread cookies are buttery and soft and melt-in-your-mouth. The addition of dried cranberries and orange gives them a lovely festive touch. So easy to make, with a few simple ingredients, these shortbread cookies are the best you can find. Great as edible gifts for Christmas too. Eat while watching Christmas Oranges. Experience the journey of Rose, an orphan who teaches the meaning of hope to all those around her. Share a slice of Christmas sweetened with friendship in this poignant story based on a classic holiday tale. Available NOW.
These whimsical white Christmas crackles are sure to bring back memories of childhood treats. These bite-sized sweets will make a great gift for loved ones and even better – you don’t have to turn on the oven! Enjoy your white Christmas crackers while watching Angels in the Snow. When nothing short of a miracle can hold a deteriorating family together, a Christmas getaway sets the stage for a miracle to occur. The affluent, yet troubled Montgomery family hits the road for a special Christmas in the mountains. A heartwarming family story of love, loss, and rediscovery. Available NOW.
Easy and delicious, the whole family will enjoy rolling the dough and cutting out the shapes and then decorating them when they’re cool. Watch Christmas Cookies together and enjoy the fruits of your labours. Hannah isn’t a big Christmas fan, but is dispatched by her company to a Christmas-themed town called Cookie Jar where must spend the holidays. There she will find a renewed love for Christmas, and a bit of romance along the way. Christmas Cookies premieres Friday December 3 at 8:30pm (AEDT) or watch afterwards on demand.
These delicate Christmas cookies are called Chrusciki, Chrustki, Faworki, or Angel Wings. Whip up a batch to munch while you’re watching Paper Angels. This is the story about a man and a boy, one December. A man whose life is changed by a simple expression of kindness, and a boy who accepts that expression of kindness and shows the true meaning of Christmas. Available NOW.
With the blistering heat of an Aussie Christmas, no snowman would stand a chance. These are a fun take on ‘traditional’ Christmas themes with an Australian warm weather twist. Watch Christmas Connection premiering Saturday night December 4. Flight attendant Sydney misses her flight after helping out one of her passengers and is invited to spend Christmas with her family.
Ok, they’re not cookies as such, but they’re super delicious and easy to make. These sweet treats will be the perfect things to enjoy as an after dinner treat while you’re watching A Nutcracker Christmas. Lilly vows never to dance again after tragedy & betrayal marred her performance of The Nutcracker. Years later, when her niece is cast in the same role, the jaded ex-ballerina is forced to come to terms with the life & love she left behind. Premieres Monday December 6th.
The kids will love making these cute little cottages. Make them together as a family and then indulge while watching The Twelve Dogs of Christmas. This family favourite sees 12yr old Emma get into a dog-fight with the mayor of her new town. To strike down the no-dogs law, Emma puts a group of towns-folk and adorable dogs in a concert to remind the town that even the Great Depression can’t ruin Christmas. Streams live Tuesday December 7 or watch afterwards on demand.
Everyone will enjoy this fun, Christmassy twist to your favourite brownie recipe. Or just do what I do and grab a brownie mix from the supermarket, super cheap and too easy. When you’re ready to enjoy, check out Christmas on the Coast. A hard-hearted New York novelist is desperate to get her mojo back after a string of flops. She decides a change of scenery might get her creative juices flowing and heads south for the winter where she finds much more than she hoped for.
These spicy Austrian/German treats with their dark chocolate coating are a staple at my family Christmas celebrations. My mother has been making them for years. The delicious chewy gingerbread cookies will be perfect to nibble on while you watch The Sweetest Christmas, premiering December 18. When a struggling chef makes it to the finals of a baking competition, she must reach out to an old boyfriend when her oven breaks down. Romance is rekindled, and Kylie realises she must embrace the Christmas spirit or risk everything.
These chunky, fruity, chewy cookies are just one of the recipes from our premiere series Christmas Cookie Matchup, the 5 episode baking show that brings together talented home bakers alongside the cast of ‘When Calls the Heart’ to face off in a Christmas cookie baking challenge. The series will be available on demand from December 14, and airs Christmas week M-F at 7:00pm (AEDT) from December 20. For more recipes from the show, click here.
These cookies in a jar make terrific gifts for teachers, friends or work colleagues and this recipe even comes with the printable recipe gift tags. And, they are the tastiest, soft baked chocolate chip cookies. Bake some for yourself, brew up some spiced chai and enjoy Christmas Jars, the story of reporter Hope Jensen, who uncovers the secret behind ‘Christmas Jars’ – jars filled with money and given anonymously to people in need. Available on demand from December 20 and airs Christmas Eve.
Ok, I really am a savoury girl and will do anything for cheese. I had to include these crunchy, flakey and super quick and easy little cheesy puff pastry stars. Keep them mild for the kids, fancy them up with some smoked cheddar or add some punch with a sprinkle of smoked paprika. Munch on a bowl full while you watch Christmas in the Smokies. This modern day Christmas classic is set in the beautiful Smoky Mountains and is the story of one family’s journey to save their historic berry farm against all odds during one fateful holiday season. Premieres on Christmas night or available on demand from December 18.
There you have it. Twelve yummy treats to try and twelve Christmas movies to warm your heart, feed your soul and lift your spirits. Let us know your favourite! Have you got a favourite Christmas cookie recipe to share?