December Baking Challenge

Christmas butter cookies


December 2019 Sally’s Baking Challenge Recipe: Homemade Butter Cookies

If you’ve ever tasted a bland or boring butter cookie– you’ll be thrilled to know that this recipe promises a soft texture, buttery vanilla flavor, and features a festive dunk into dark chocolate and sprinkles. Plus that lovely piped design!


Everyone who participates in the December 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!

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: [email protected]. 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.

Want to subscribe? Sign up for Sally’s Baking Challenge emails so you’re alerted as soon as a new challenge recipe is published.

Let’s Review the November Baking Challenge

November 2019 Sally’s Baking Challenge Recipe: Pecan Praline Pumpkin Pie

I had a feeling this pie would be a popular one! We all had pumpkin pie on the mind this month and you certainly didn’t disappoint with all your praline pumpkin pies. Featuring a sweet candied pecan topping, this smooth and creamy pumpkin pie was the star of so many Thanksgiving dessert tables this year! I’m truly honored to be part of your holiday tables. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. ♥

So many of you conquered your fear of pie crust this month, too!

One of my favorite recipe reviews came from reader Tessa:

“This pie is perfection! I’ve made your regular pumpkin pie before (although the word “regular” doesn’t do it justice!) and this is an amazing upgrade. I loved the combination of the slightly salty and flaky crust, the smooth spiced filling, the sweet crunchy topping and the creamy whipped cream. All of those textures and flavors pair together wonderfully!”

We gathered as many pecan praline pumpkin pie photo entries as we could and included them below. (Email is the best way to help guarantee your photo will be included!)

collage of pecan praline pumpkin pie images

collage of pecan praline pumpkin pie images

collage of pecan praline pumpkin pie images

collage of pecan praline pumpkin pie images

collage of pecan praline pumpkin pie images

collage of pecan praline pumpkin pie images

collage of pecan praline pumpkin pie images

collage of pecan praline pumpkin pie images

collage of pecan praline pumpkin pie images

collage of pecan praline pumpkin pie images

collage of pecan praline pumpkin pie images

collage of pecan praline pumpkin pie images

collage of pecan praline pumpkin pie images

collage of pecan praline pumpkin pie images

collage of pecan praline pumpkin pie images

collage of pecan praline pumpkin pie images

Giveaway winner for November is Lauri and she has been notified. 🙂

pecan praline pumpkin pie winner image


  1. YAY!!!!!!!! SO excited that it’s finally time for Sally’s Cookie Palooza (confession: I’ve been waiting for this ever since last December, when I discovered your blog in the middle of Cookie Palooza 2018). So there are three reasons to celebrate with a whole bunch of SBA cookie recipes: (1), Cookie Palooza, (2), December Baking Challenge, and (3), my one-year anniversary of being a follower of Sally’s Baking Addiction 😀 All g-r-e-a-t reasons to celebrate. Those butter cookies look deeeeeeelicious, Sally, and I can’t wait to try them! They look especially appealing considering the chocolate dunk and the gorgeous Christmas-y sprinkles. The people at our connect group will love those!

  2. Hi Sally: I’m starting my Christmas baking tomorrow…guess these will be the first to go in the oven! I was planning on trying a butter cookie this year and now I know I have a great recipe to use! Thanks Sally!

  3. ❤️❤️❤️ Christmas Cookie Palooza. I have looked forward to this all year. Today I will be making Peppermint Bark Fudge but tomorrow I will begin with the fancy butter cookies. Thank You Sally!!!

  4. Happy cookie baking to all your loyal followers! I started a tradition 2 years ago when I found Cookie Palooza…Each family member gets their favorite cookies in their stocking, plus more of my choosing. So far I’ve made Crispy Chocolate chip. YUM ! And gingerbread cookies. These butter cookies look divine.Ive ordered the star tip and the coupler…extremely glad that you offer these suggestions to make our baking experiences successful! Let the cookie baking extravaganza begin! In case the subliminal message failed to come through …Baking makes me HAPPY!

    1. P.S. Thanks Sally….for EVERYTHING you do!

  5. Susan M Torres says:

    I’m very excited to have found Sally’s website and all of the great recipes and participants in the blogs. I’ve learned a great deal just from reading the blogs and seeing the photos of their final product. Makes me feel like I can have similar results. Thanks to everyone.

  6. Can’t wait for the cookie baking to begin- something to look forward to every year! I looked forward to your email updates every day Sally and love being apart of everyone’s baking journey!

  7. I am looking forward to doing the challenge this time. I just finished baking “Chocolate Chip Dunkers”. They are biscotti like cookies baked in a 9×9 pan then sliced and baked again. My favorite cookies to bake are walnut filler triangles. A family recipe with Hungarian/Polish roots. They are really good and flaky. I am looking forward to the Cookie Palooza . I bake and freeze many varieties of cookies. Today was my seventh variety. This is fun!

  8. Heather Cooper says:

    Made these and they are sublime! Ihad some maraschino cherries in the fridge so I used them and I love the cherry/almond flavor combo! Thanks for a great recipe

  9. Jackie Deguevara says:

    Wow! They melt in your mouth and they were so easy to make!! Going to make them all year round. I did not have time to decorate this morning but they really need nothing else. So good!

  10. This recipe makes my Danish heritage very happy. Even without the proper piping tip, I managed and they are wonderful. I used approximately 4 tablespoons of milk in order to pipe with a standard 1M tip. The tip for increasing the chill time is essential! Thank you for this recipe!

  11. Jamie Trujillo says:

    These cookies are delicious!! They were a little difficult to pipe—my bag burst trying to pipe the second cookie, but the amazing taste made up for the work!!

  12. Great recipe, as usual, and very easy to follow instructions..

  13. These cookies had great flavor! They were a little challenging for me to pipe, my bag burst, good thing I have many more bags I kept trying and they turned out very pretty. I dipped them in melted white chocolate and sprinkled with crushed candy canes. Very festive looking.

    1. Yours sound so festive! Thanks for participating this month, Deb 🙂

  14. I screwed these up majorly! They tasted awesome! But everything went wrong in prepping. I will try again, I know I had too much going on. I should have not rushed it. The dough was too thick, after 5 tries piping it, I gave up after the 2nd pan. We ate them, but they were too ugly to give away. They melt in your mouth. Sooo good!

    1. Thanks for participating this month, Andrea! I hope you’ll try them again- I’m glad you loved how they tasted!! 🙂

  15. Rachel Devisser says:

    Wow! These cookies are so delicious!! I’m so excited to give them to my friends and family! Love the almond flavour with the chocolate

  16. Elizabeth Clark says:

    I loved this recipe! I will be adding it to my annual Christmas baking for sure. The almond extract added that little extra something. The directions were easy to follow and they turned out amazing. I love how you explain why things are done a certain way.
    Merry Christmas to you and your family.

    1. LOVE reading this, Elizabeth! Thank you so much for your positive feedback 🙂 Thrilled this recipe will be part of your annual Christmas baking!

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