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
- 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.
- Bake: Bake the recipe during that month.
- 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.
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!
Challenge winner for November is Angie and she has been notified. 🙂