December Baking Challenge

stained glass window sugar cookies in the shape of snowflakes and stars

DECEMBER BAKING CHALLENGE

December 2020 Sally’s Baking Challenge Recipe: Stained Glass Window Cookies

These wonderfully festive sugar cookies are cut and filled with crushed hard candy in the center. The candy melts to create a stained glass window effect. Best way to eat them? Eat the cookie first, then munch on the center. (It’s hard, just like the hard candies.) Jolly Ranchers or Life Savers (or equivalent hard fruity candy/lollipops) are best, but candy canes work too– you just won’t have the same stained glass window look. If you don’t have candy like this where you live, you can make hard candy from scratch. Details will be shared in the written recipe, which I’m publishing tomorrow, December 1st.


How to Join Sally's Baking Challenge

  1. Recipe: I publish a new challenge recipe on the 1st of each month. Sign up for Sally’s Baking Challenge emails so you’re alerted as soon as a new challenge recipe is published.
  2. Bake: 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 baking challenge. 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.

PRIZE

By emailing your recipe photo to us, you are automatically entered in the baking challenge. 1 winner receives a $250 Amazon Gift Card. We keep track of your photos and randomly select 1 winner at the end of the month. The challenge is open to the whole world. Visit the Sally’s Baking Challenge FAQ page if you have any questions about my baking challenges!


Let’s Review the November Baking Challenge

November 2020 Sally’s Baking Challenge Recipe: No-Bake Pumpkin Cheesecake. November brought us a fluffy mousse-like version of pumpkin pie. A majority of bakers made this cheesecake as their Thanksgiving dessert, which always means so much to me. (It truly warms my heart that my recipes are part of your special holidays. Thank you so much.) Many assembled this recipe as the full size cheesecake, but there were a lot of no bake pumpkin cheesecake jars and other mini variations. Toppings were varied and beautiful– crushed gingersnap cookies, toasted nuts, caramel, mountains of whipped cream, and more. So many ways to serve this no bake cheesecake filling!

One of my favorite recipe reviews came from reader Tiffany:

“This recipe was so quick & easy to accomplish. Perfectly smooth & light in texture, not too sweet & absolutely delectable! Are you thinking it couldn’t possibly get any better? Top it off with BOTH the salted caramel & whipped cream… mmm pumpkin, caramel, fall time goodness. Thank you for yet another delicious recipe!”

We gathered as many no-bake pumpkin cheesecake emailed photo entries as we could and included them below. Another way to enter the November Baking Challenge was to make the alternate recipe. The alternate recipe is different each month and November’s was any recipe from 2020’s Sally’s Pie Week. Those recipes published right after the No Bake Pumpkin Cheesecake. We saw many of those entries come through and decided to include them below. Such a delicious month!

collage of no-bake pumpkin cheesecake photos

collage of no-bake pumpkin cheesecake photos

collage of no-bake pumpkin cheesecake photos

collage of no-bake pumpkin cheesecake photos

collage of no-bake pumpkin cheesecake photos

collage of no-bake pumpkin cheesecake photos

collage of no-bake pumpkin cheesecake photos

collage of no-bake pumpkin cheesecake photos

collage of no-bake pumpkin cheesecake photos

collage of no-bake pumpkin cheesecake photos

collage of no-bake pumpkin cheesecake photos

collage of no-bake pumpkin cheesecake photos

collage of no-bake pumpkin cheesecake photos

collage of no-bake pumpkin cheesecake photos

collage of no-bake pumpkin cheesecake photos

collage of no-bake pumpkin cheesecake photos

collage of no-bake pumpkin cheesecake photos

collage of no-bake pumpkin cheesecake photos

collage of no-bake pumpkin cheesecake photos

collage of no-bake pumpkin cheesecake photos

collage of no-bake pumpkin cheesecake photos

collage of images of pies from 2020 pie week

collage of images of pies from 2020 pie week

collage of images of pies from 2020 pie week

collage of images of pies from 2020 pie week

Challenge winner for November is Angie and she has been notified. 🙂

November Baking Challenge winner image

14 Comments

  1. Congratulations, Angie! Everyone’s cheesecakes look SO GOOD!

    Thank you Sally (and Sally’s assistants) for working so hard!

    Happy Holidays everyone, and I cannot WAIT for Sally’s Cookie Palooza!!
    😀

  2. Congratulations Angie! Everyone’s cheesecake photos are making me hungry! Great job fellow bakers!

  3. Sally,
    I baked several of your recipes for Thanksgiving this year… your Blueberry muffin cake/loaf, your Oatmeal wheat pancakes with Blueberry add in, your white chocolate pumpkin snickerdoodles and I attempted your honey butter yeast rolls. I had an issue and was unable to complete the rolls and thought you might could help. I placed the dough in a glass bowl to sit in a preheated 200 degree oven (temp turned off) for the 2 hrs and then covered and placed in the refrigerator over night. When I took it out to knead the dough and shape the rolls, I noticed small glass shards from one side of the bowl rim in my dough. This was a nice thick glass mixing bowl. Has this ever happened to you with the temp change from oven to fridge? What bowl do you suggest? Sadly I had to throw the dough away.
    Thanks for your input!

    1. Stephanie @ Sally's Baking Addiction says:

      Hi Laurie, We are thrilled you have been enjoying so many of our recipes! I’m sorry to hear that your bowl broke. This is the glass mixing bowl set that we use in Sally’s kitchen: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0015QV5QQ
      We’ve never had that happen to us using these!

      1. Laurie I never use glass when I make my bread dough, always use stainless steel bowls and also rise in my oven. These bowls work perfectly for me. Just another option for you to consider. Enjoy your day, Deb

  4. Congrats Angie! Excited for you and to see what the December challenge brings. Happy Holidays!

  5. Great job Angie!!! Happy Holidays everyone!☃❄️❄️

  6. Thanks Sally, Excited for cookie Palooza to start. Can’t wait for tomorrow’s stained glass cookies. I use to make them years ago and kind of forgot about them so am anxious to bake them again.

    1. Can’t wait to see your cookies, Bernice – I bet they’ll be beautiful!

  7. Sofia Scribner says:

    Wow, I didn’t realize how many people did this . Excited for tomorrow’s recipe

  8. Congrats Angie !!!
    December challenge here we come! Merry Christmas to all

  9. Congratulations Angie! Your no bake pumpkin cheesecake is beautiful. Good job!

  10. Stevis Kitchen says:

    Congratulations Angie, Excited to view all cheesecakes for the November challenge. Looking forward to this December challenge.
    Happy Holidays!

  11. My kids and I made the snowflake cookies without the stained glass part. My kids loved them and enjoyed the whole process. Thanks!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

With kitchen-tested quality recipes and step-by-step tutorials, my goal is to give you the confidence to bake and cook from scratch.

Sally's signature

Recipes You’ll Love

Archives

Categories

Join the community on the 1st of every month as we tackle a new challenge recipe. Review Sally's Baking Challenge FAQ page if you have any questions.

View More

A tradition since 2013, every December we countdown to Christmas with 10 new cookie recipes in a row!

View More

The first week of every November is all about Thanksgiving Pies.

View More

My Cookbooks

About Sally

Welcome to my Kitchen!

I’m Sally, a cookbook author, photographer, and blogger. My goal is to give you the confidence and knowledge to cook and bake from scratch while providing quality recipes and plenty of pictures. Grab a cookie, take a seat, and have fun exploring! more about Sally

×