Addictive Recipes from a Self-Taught Baker

Monthly Baking Challenge

Sally's Baking Challenge

2017 is the year of new beginnings. I’ve been blogging for 5 years now, cookbook #3 is on its way, and I’m ready to completely shake things up. I talked about this at length at the start of the year, but work/life balance is on the forefront of my mind in 2017. Going through the same routine, week after week, is monotonous. To stay inspired and continue to *thrive* while similtaneously bringing you my best possible recipes, photography, and content– I’m not only giving myself more breaks, I’m embracing new and different approaches to SBA.

Today is the start of a new project where we can all, as a group eager to learn and bake, come together and do what we enjoy most. And why we are all here: BAKING.

Welcome to my Monthly Baking Challenge.

Sally's Baking Challenge Logo FINAL

What You Need to Know:

  • On the 1st of every month, I will post a new recipe complete with a quick how-to video, plenty of tips, tricks, and photos.
  • I want you to bake the recipe yourself during that month! Come back and tell me how it went.
  • If you’d like, share your photos throughout the month using #sallysbakingchallenge on Instagram or email me, tweet me, or upload a photo of your recipe to my Facebook page. I want you all involved!

4 More Things:

  • The carefully chosen recipe will be seasonal based on the time of year.
  • The recipes will be approachable, while still being a little challenging so you can *learn* a new technique or method.
  • If you don’t like a particular flavor in that month’s recipe, there will be an alternate Monthly Baking Challenge recipe.

Hopefully I can work in fun giveaways each month to correspond with the Baking Challenge. 🙂 And, of course, I will still be posting new recipes each week along with coffee breaks and Saturday Sevens. Nothing is changing there! But the recipe published on the 1st will be that month’s challenge recipe.

February is the first month and the February Baking Challenge recipe is coming TOMORROW!! Let me know if you have any questions in the meantime.

*The pictured sprinkle cookie dough has nothing to do with tomorrow’s 1st Monthly Baking Challenge recipe. It’s just.. delicious. And pretty.


  1. My kiddos and I can’t wait for the first challenge! We are super excited to get started!

  2. This is SUCH a good idea, great way to get people baking more! 🙂

  3. Love it! I can’t wait!

  4. Sounds fantastic, I’ll see if I can get involved (:

  5. Looking forward to a fun challenge!!

  6. Oh my Sally, you’re killin’ me here in Nashville!! I love, love, love your blog, emails and recipes!! Everything you make looks fabulous!! Keep it up sister.

  7. I love you and your creativity Sally!!! This is just the motivator I need to get myself in the kitchen baking more often 🙂

    On a side note, I made your Soft Cut-Out Sugar Cookies in the shape of rainbows for my daughter’s 1st birthday party…everyone loved them!

  8. Yay! I’ve followed you on instagram for some time, and everything always looks so yummy! I can’t wait to see what recipes you choose!!

  9. I absolutely love this idea! Hoping it will be just what I need to get motivated and make more time for baking 🙂 can’t wait for the first challenge, I’m sure it will be a delicious one! 

  10. Can’t wait! This sounds like a lot of fun. Great idea!

  11. I am SO ready!!! Bring it on.

  12. Ohhh this sounds great!

  13. I’m so excited!!! Another excuse to bake – “Why am I making another cake? Well, Sally is challenging me. Duh.”

  14. This is so exciting. I adore your blog and have your cookbooks so this will be a lot of fun. You are so awesome. 

  15. SO FUN!! 🙂

  16. Can’t wait too see the first recipe in the challenge! 🙂

  17. I love this and am so excited! Great idea, Sally!

  18.  Such a great idea. I’m excited to see tomorrow’s recipe. Any excuse to get baking more!  love your creativity

  19. I think I’ll do this with my high school pastry class! We are on instagram and we use your cookbooks all the time! @Nwr7Culinary 

  20. I can’t wait. I love to bake!!!!

  21. What a fun idea, I’m excited to participate!!

  22. Such a great idea, Sally! What could be better than baking along with you?! 🙂 Can’t wait to see the first recipe!

  23. Great idea! Looking forward to getting started!

  24. As a baker with a very small business I am looking forward to your weekly baking challenges. I made your Holiday Sugar cookies last year and my husband, and others said they were the best sugar cookies they’ve tasted. Thank you for continued inspiration!

  25. I’m pretty sure this a challenge I can manage 🙂 Looking forward to trying out some new recipes and honing my “skills”

  26. I can definitely handle this challenge and know of a few taste testers that will be happy I did

  27. I love this idea. I love your recipes. This will be lots of fun!

  28. I love this, and look forward to participating in the challenge. This is great. 🙂

  29. Woo-hoo!!!  I’m super psyched for this

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