How to Join Sally's Baking Challenge

  1. Recipe: On or around the 1st of each month, I publish a new challenge recipe. Sign up for Sally’s Baking Challenge emails so you’re alerted as soon as a new challenge recipe is published!
  2. Bake & Comment: Bake the recipe during that month.
  3. Send: Share your recipe photo with us via email: By emailing your recipe photo, you are automatically entered in the giveaway. For a bonus entry, leave a review on the challenge recipe. Instagram direct messages are hard to track, so please email your recipe photo instead. Feel free to share on social media using #sallysbakingchallenge and tagging me (@sallysbakeblog), but the only way to guarantee you are in the running is sending your entry via email.

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August 2018 Sally’s Baking Challenge Recipe: Chocolate Chip Cookie Layer Cake

Five layers to love in this simple and carefree recipe. Both kids and adults will enjoy preparing and eating this fun layered cookie cake!


Everyone who participates in the August Sally’s Baking Challenge is automatically entered. See below for How to Join Sally’s Baking Challenge. My assistants and I keep track of your photos and randomly select 1 winner at the end of the month. This giveaway is open to the whole world. Visit the Sally’s Baking Challenge FAQ page if you have any questions about my baking challenges!

chocolate chip cookie layer cake on a white plate

Let’s Review the July Baking Challenge

July 2018 Sally’s Baking Challenge Recipe: Apple Hand Pies

From heart-shaped rhubarb hand pies to blueberry lemon, lavender blackberry, and cherry star hand pies, you ROCKED this challenge. This month marked the highest participation in a baking challenge yet! Many of you conquered a fear of pie crust and came out of July feeling confident and satisfied, all while having a lot of fun. That’s the goal for the entire baking challenge series!

One of my favorite recipe reviews came from reader Melissa:

“I made these today and they are so delicious! My family loves them and I know I’ll be making these again in a week or two! Thanks so much Sally! Another perfect recipe!”

We gathered as many apple hand pies photo entries as we could and included them below. (Email is the best way to guarantee your photo will be included!)

Giveaway winner for July is Joy and she has been notified. 🙂

hand pie winner image

Reader Questions and Reviews

  1. I love the idea of an easy and fun recipe for the August Challenge! My all-grown-up son is coming home for a visit in two weeks, and he is crazy about chocolate chip ANYTHING. This will be an extra-special dessert in honor of his visit. I can’t wait to try it!!

  2. My husband and I are celebrating our first wedding anniversary on August 4th and I think this is just about the perfect treat. I can’t wait to surprise him with this!

  3. Oh, yum! 🙂 BTW, I just got a copy of your “Cookie Addiction” book. (I already had “Sally’s Baking Addiction.”) WOW! It is amazing, Sally! Really great job on the layout, details and visuals (I really, really appreciate having photos of each recipe. ) I especially loved the way you grouped everything ~ the categories were PERFECT! Am so going to enjoy using your cookie book! Thanks.

  4. I’m literally eating one of your chocolate chip cookies that my 15 year old just made for us (she is also a big fan of yours) as I’m reading this thinking these cookies are the bomb. I can’t wait to make the cake version!!!

  5. Hi Sally I just ordered the 6 inch cake pans from Amazon…so excited to try this 5 tier beauty! for the frosting what do you think of substituting Nutella for the peanut butter?

    1. YUM!!! I think that sounds fantastic. Please let me know how you like it! You’re going to love the cake pans– they’re my new favorite.

  6. Hi Sally
    I do love the cake pans and the Chocolate Nutella buttercream was delish with the chocolate chip cookie. When DH saw my layer cake he said “Wow cookie tower” This was a fun and easy challenge Thank you… I will try the Crème Brûlée as that is a favorite of mine…Thanks again for all you do!

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