July Baking Challenge

Mini apple hand pies July Baking Challenge recipe on sallysbakingaddiction.com

Happy July everyone! With a new month comes a new Sally’s Baking Challenge recipe. The first full month of summer is ahead of us, so I chose a fun recipe to assemble and bake with friends and kids. But before we get to the July Baking Challenge recipe, let’s review what the baking challenge is:


  • On or around the 1st of every month, I post a new recipe complete with a how-to video, plenty of tips, tricks, and photos.
  • I want you to bake the recipe yourself during that month, then come back and tell me how it went
  • 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.
  • If you don’t like a particular flavor in that month’s recipe, there is an alternate challenge recipe.
  • Here is where you can find all the recipes that have been baking challenges: Sally’s Baking Challenge page


June Baking Challenge recipe: Brownie Baked Alaska

The June 2018 baking challenge came from many of your requests! Baked Alaska was a new-to-me dessert and though I’ve enjoyed it a couple times before, I’ve never prepared it myself. Many of you were eager to make it for the first time too! Instead of the traditional sponge cake, I chose a brownie base (heck yeah brownies and ice cream!!!!). The marshmallow meringue is a Swiss meringue and I included it in another recipe last month: no-bake s’mores cake. I love all of your brownie baked Alaskas using different ice cream flavors and assembled in different sizes. A lot of time, effort, and creativity went into this challenge. Thank you so much for the incredible participation this month and I hope you feel more confident with Swiss meringue and ice cream cakes/cupcakes!

Take a look at some of your photos on Instagram. And here’s a bunch that are either there, sent to me, posted on my Facebook page, or in my Facebook group.

Giveaway winner for June is Laura from the Facebook group and she has been notified. 🙂

Brownie baked Alaska cupcakes


July 2018 Baking Challenge is Apple Hand Pies.

The July 2017 Baking Challenge was cherry pie and the November 2017 Baking Challenge was creative pie crust designs. Pie is taking on a new shape this month and we’re downsizing to single serving hand pies. The 2018 July Baking Challenge coincides with my annual tradition of posting an apple pie recipe during July 4th week. If apple isn’t your favorite, I’m including a few suggestions for alternate fillings. Cut the hand pies any shape you want– as long as you bake some sort of hand pie, you’re participating! Get your pie dough prepared and rolling pin ready!

Mini apple hand pies July Baking Challenge recipe on sallysbakingaddiction.com


Everyone who participates in the July Baking Challenge and shares their photo on my Facebook page, in my Facebook groupemails it to me, or on your public Instagram account using the hashtag #sallysbakingchallenge is automatically entered. My assistants and I will keep track of your photos and randomly select a winner at the end of the month. This giveaway is open to the whole world. Giveaway ends on July 31st 2018. A winner will be selected at random and posted on the August Baking Challenge blog post on August 1st.

1 winner will receive: $250 Amazon Gift Card

Check my blog tomorrow for the Apple Hand Pies recipe (update: here is the apple hand pies recipe), step-by-step pictures, a video, and the alternate July recipe.



  1. Nastia on July 2, 2018 at 1:04 am

    I can’t wait to cook it!

    • Sally on July 2, 2018 at 6:40 pm

      I hope you love them! Can’t wait to share the recipe tomorrow 🙂

  2. Robin Nilsson on July 2, 2018 at 7:29 am

    Oh! What perfect timing! My son in law is graduating from the police academy. He has requested these as part of the dessert table.
    Something that is not my strong suit!
    Sally, you saved the day again!
    Thank you

    • Sally on July 2, 2018 at 6:40 pm

      Congratulations! What a wonderful reason to celebrate 🙂

  3. Bre on July 2, 2018 at 9:36 am

    I’ve been wanting to make hand pies ever since I had one about 5 years ago made by a lady at my church. Yum! Can’t wait.

    • Sally on July 2, 2018 at 6:41 pm

      Can’t wait to share the recipe with you!

  4. Donna Rhode on July 2, 2018 at 9:37 am

    Looking forward to this challenge! Looks like something I’ll be able to freeze individually!

    • Sally on July 2, 2018 at 6:41 pm


  5. Sarah-Jayne on July 2, 2018 at 10:09 am

    So exciting! They are my mom’s fave, so I’ll be baking away! Looking forward to the recipe!

    • Sally on July 2, 2018 at 6:41 pm

      So sweet! I hope you both enjoy!

  6. Diana on July 2, 2018 at 10:26 am

    These look like fun! My husband wants me to make them ASAP!!!!

    • Sally on July 2, 2018 at 6:42 pm


  7. Harriet on July 2, 2018 at 10:56 am

    I tried to make apple hand pies once and my ratio of crust to filling was waaay off. Hoping to have great success with this. (pie crust in any size HATES me)

    • Sally on July 2, 2018 at 6:42 pm

      You will absolutely be able to conquer pie crust!!

  8. Bonnie Parket on July 2, 2018 at 11:18 am

    Aren’t apples more for Fall?

  9. Sandy frankel on July 2, 2018 at 12:45 pm

    pie dough is ready and waiting..

    • Sally on July 2, 2018 at 1:38 pm


  10. Jen Little on July 2, 2018 at 12:54 pm

    Fun! Can’t wait to try these!!

    • Sally on July 2, 2018 at 6:43 pm


  11. Mackenzie s. on July 2, 2018 at 2:39 pm

    So excited to make these this month! 🙂

  12. Cathy Beshore on July 2, 2018 at 2:48 pm

    I can’t wait to try this recipe. I’m also going to try your chocolate chip cookies! Thanks so much for sharing your delicious recipes!!

    • Sally on July 2, 2018 at 6:43 pm

      Yum! I hope you love both!! 🙂

  13. Paige Cassandra Flamm on July 2, 2018 at 2:53 pm

    These apple hand pies look amazing! I can’t wait to make some when all the apples from our apple tree our ripe!


  14. Carolee Herechski on July 2, 2018 at 3:26 pm

    Looks so yummy! My daughter loves anything apple pie. My 11 year old granddaughter is my baking partner and she said we are definitely doing this challenge and when I showed the picture to my 8 year old grandson, he said “looks like something we need to make” , so we can’t wait! This will be our first time with pie dough as well. We chickened out last time.

    • Sally on July 2, 2018 at 6:44 pm

      Such sweet memories in the kitchen – love that you are sharing your love for baking with your family!

  15. Charlotte Moore on July 2, 2018 at 4:45 pm

    Jump to Recipe doesn’t work. I can’t find the recipe either.

    • Sally on July 2, 2018 at 6:45 pm

      Hi Charlotte! I will be posting the recipe tomorrow – this was a preview of this month’s baking challenge 🙂

  16. Chris on July 2, 2018 at 5:01 pm

    I made the Bourbon Cherry Crumble. Everyone loved it. Complex tastes of sweet and sharp. I will make it again.

  17. Viki on July 2, 2018 at 6:00 pm

    Excited about this challenge! Just bought a bunch of cherries and was thinking of making hand pies!

  18. Debbie Eckstein on July 2, 2018 at 7:04 pm

    Gaaaahhhh, i really lack pie making skillz…but i’m willing to give it a go! 🙂

  19. Tracie on July 2, 2018 at 8:49 pm

    These look so good, also super excited to see my baked Alaska in your photo selection.

  20. Brittany Audra @ Audra's Appetite on July 2, 2018 at 11:11 pm

    My husband’s favorite dessert is pie…and he’s always talking about how his grandmother used to make hand pies!! I’ve never made (or had!) them before…but I’d love to surprise him with these! 🙂

  21. Chloe on July 5, 2018 at 6:24 pm

    I love apple pie, it is one of my favorites! These are so adorable, I am so excited to give this a shot for the contest! I love baking so much, Sally has the best recipes on the whole internet every single one I have tried is amazing!! I am sure these will be delicious



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