January Baking Challenge

homemade bagels with a variety of toppings


January 2019 Sally’s Baking Challenge Recipe: Homemade Bagels

Let’s start off the new year with a yeast recipe. We’re making homemade bagels!


Everyone who participates in the January 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 December Baking Challenge

December 2018 Sally’s Baking Challenge Recipe: Gingerbread House

I’m so excited about the participation in December because homemade gingerbread houses are no easy project. I love your creativity!

One of my favorite recipe reviews came from reader Manou:

“I made this with my 5 year old grandson, and he loved it! Thanks so much for the template. It is a good size, not too big. I’m delighted with the crusting buttercream recipe. I will use it for other desserts also.”

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

collage of gingerbread house images

collage of gingerbread house images

collage of gingerbread house images

collage of gingerbread house images

collage of gingerbread house images

collage of gingerbread house images

collage of gingerbread house images

Giveaway winner for December is Jo and she has been notified. 🙂

gingerbread house winner image


  1. Maybe now I can use my bagel seasoning for their intended purpose!

  2. Bring on the bagel recipe!

  3. Yes! I love your homemade bagel recipe already, I’ve made your everything bagel recipe a couple times and the cinnamon raisin… sans raisins! Lol I haven’t made them since I had my baby but I will definitely be participating in this months challenge 🙂
    Also.. how cool is that grinch gingerbread house!? Wow.

  4. One of my resolutions this year is to do all 12 Baking Challenges!

    And this one is very exciting because I can almost never find garlic bagels. If this goes well, I can just make them myself!

  5. Michelle C Peacey says:

    Yay! love bagels and can’t wait to try them again. Last time (one and only time) they were hard as rocks! Pray I do better this time.

  6. So excited…My son and I were just talking about making bagels. We are DEFINITELY going to try this one, and we’ll tag you in all the places provided as this is our first challenge EVER!!!! Eeeek , so excited… Happy New Year!

  7. LeeAnn Coultrip says:

    I don’t like bagels-maybe your recipe will change me. I love all the recipes you create.

  8. I just finished making these bagels. They turned out perfect! So delicious- we are eating them for dinner right now. I made half everything bagels and half cheese. ( I’m going to enter your contest too. I’m so excited and proud of how they turned out!) Thanks for the recipe – I’m looking forward to next months challenge.

  9. Made cinnamon sugar bagels (just omitted raisins) , and the hubby loved them!! And our two year old.
    Looking forward to doing more baking challenges this year!! This was my first.

  10. Cally Younger says:

    I made these earlier this month. I let the dough rise overnight. I don’t think I cut the dough evenly so some bagels were too thick and some were too thin but they tasted pretty good and will definitely try again and do some different flavors!

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