January Baking Challenge

chicken noodle soup in a bread bowl


January 2018 Sally’s Baking Challenge Recipe: Homemade Bread Bowls

This month you will conquer your fear of yeast! My bread bowl recipe doubles as a basic dinner roll, pizza crust, and crusty bread recipe to always have on hand. It’s straightforward, versatile, requires little ingredients, and is completely manageable for yeast beginners.


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 2017 Sally’s Baking Challenge Recipe: Snowman Sugar Cookies

Each month, I witness more and more of you participating in these baking challenges. We ended the year with the most participation yet! This community is not only special, but massively talented. And this was the first time many of you worked with royal icing! It’s incredible.

One of my favorite recipe reviews came from reader Beth:

“Just took these out of the oven, they turned out perfectly! I’ve been looking for a sugar cookie that doesn’t spread, and this is my new go-to.”

We gathered as many snowman sugar cookies (and other shapes) photo entries as we could and included them below. (Email is the best way to guarantee your photo will be included!)

collage of sugar cookie images

collage of sugar cookie images

collage of sugar cookie images

PS: Did you try the snowman sugar cookies? What did you think?


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  1. I would love to try to make cannolis for one of this year’s challenges..
    Or also something that would be great to do with or for kids.. Animal cupcakes or something like that 🙂 my nephew(3) is my biggest helper and I think he’d absolutely adore that

  2. Cinnamon rolls! Or some sort of breakfast pastry?

  3. Mary Kate Henson says:

    I love ALL your recipes, but I’d love to see a matcha green tea cake or cookies! I’m not sure how to use matcha powder successfully, nor am I sure what other flavors might pair well. 

  4. I would love to learn how to make a delicious Brioche or my favorite, a French Napoleon Pastry! Thank you.

  5. a meringue cake!

  6. Trace Kingham says:

    Love to try cream puffs or eclaires.

  7. I have been itching to make a Schichttorte ever since seeing it done on The Great British Baking Show; however, I am very new to making cakes from scratch and don’t feel prepared for that at all. The several cake recipes I have tried in the last year from your site have all been amazing. Thank you!

  8. I would love to make leche flan! It’s a dessert from the Philippines and it brings back childhood memories.

  9. I’d like to see a nut brittle recipe – whenever I make them they are so hard to eat!

  10. Great idea, Sally! What a wonderful challenge- I can not wait to try it. Thank you so much for this opportunity to win a KitchenAid stand mixer!

  11. I think that something like mirror glaze mousse cakes would be awesome!

  12. I would say I would like to do donuts but scones have always scared me! I love pumpkin scones but I have always felt if I try to bake them that they would come out too dry!

  13. Brittney Goulding says:

    I’d love to see a baking challenge for some sort of almond toffee candy! I love almond Roca but I’m nervous to make toffee! Thanks Sally!

  14. A pound cake or bundt cake! 

  15. I’d love to see seven layer cookies. done.

  16. Melissa Craig says:

    macaroons, they are so delicate and hard to get perfect

  17. I’d be interested in homemade candy recipes.

  18. Pastries made with phyllo dough!

  19. I would love to learn how to make a strawberry chantilly cake.

  20. Definitely cinnamon rolls with lots of gooey filling! My daughter is an amazing baker and loves your website. 

  21. I would love to see eclairs or croissants (or even better, chocolate croissants!) as a challenge! They seem pretty intimidating, but you have a way of making even complicated recipes easy 🙂

  22. Laura Scrogham says:

    I think some of the older cookbook /family recipes would be awesome like “Grandmas Zucchini Bread” . Recipes/foods you don’t really hear much about anymore but are delicious.

  23. I would love a recipe for red velvet cake pops.

  24. Cooked frostings, particularly the old fashioned kind with flour or starch in it! I’ve got Italian butter cream style down, but cooked WITH starches terrifies me.

  25. Add me to the list for chocolate chunk croissants! I’m loving your cookbook!

  26. I always wanted to make a Chocolate soufflé

  27. Kelsey vinson says:

    I’ve only tried it once at a local restaurant but it’s called Maple Pecan Banana Cake. It’s delicious. Wish I could find a recipe.

  28. Michelle Sarra says:

    I would love to learn how to make homemade croissants. Especially chocolate croissants and almond;)

  29. Eileen Boycec says:

    I would love to make a rum cake.  A deceased friend of mine use to make them and I am craving it!

  30. Macarons !!!!

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