July Baking Challenge

Mini apple hand pies July Baking Challenge recipe on sallysbakingaddiction.com

Happy July everyone! With a new month comes a new Sally’s Baking Challenge recipe. The first full month of summer is ahead of us, so I chose a fun recipe to assemble and bake with friends and kids. But before we get to the July Baking Challenge recipe, let’s review what the baking challenge is:


  • On or around the 1st of every month, I post a new recipe complete with a how-to video, plenty of tips, tricks, and photos.
  • I want you to bake the recipe yourself during that month, then come back and tell me how it went
  • Share your photos throughout the month using #sallysbakingchallenge on Instagram or email me, tweet me, or upload a photo of your recipe to my Facebook page.
  • If you don’t like a particular flavor in that month’s recipe, there is an alternate challenge recipe.
  • Here is where you can find all the recipes that have been baking challenges: Sally’s Baking Challenge page


June Baking Challenge recipe: Brownie Baked Alaska

The June 2018 baking challenge came from many of your requests! Baked Alaska was a new-to-me dessert and though I’ve enjoyed it a couple times before, I’ve never prepared it myself. Many of you were eager to make it for the first time too! Instead of the traditional sponge cake, I chose a brownie base (heck yeah brownies and ice cream!!!!). The marshmallow meringue is a Swiss meringue and I included it in another recipe last month: no-bake s’mores cake. I love all of your brownie baked Alaskas using different ice cream flavors and assembled in different sizes. A lot of time, effort, and creativity went into this challenge. Thank you so much for the incredible participation this month and I hope you feel more confident with Swiss meringue and ice cream cakes/cupcakes!

Take a look at some of your photos on Instagram. And here’s a bunch that are either there, sent to me, posted on my Facebook page, or in my Facebook group.

Giveaway winner for June is Laura from the Facebook group and she has been notified. 🙂

Brownie baked Alaska cupcakes


July 2018 Baking Challenge is Apple Hand Pies.

The July 2017 Baking Challenge was cherry pie and the November 2017 Baking Challenge was creative pie crust designs. Pie is taking on a new shape this month and we’re downsizing to single serving hand pies. The 2018 July Baking Challenge coincides with my annual tradition of posting an apple pie recipe during July 4th week. If apple isn’t your favorite, I’m including a few suggestions for alternate fillings. Cut the hand pies any shape you want– as long as you bake some sort of hand pie, you’re participating! Get your pie dough prepared and rolling pin ready!

Mini apple hand pies July Baking Challenge recipe on sallysbakingaddiction.com


Everyone who participates in the July Baking Challenge and shares their photo on my Facebook page, in my Facebook groupemails it to me, or on your public Instagram account using the hashtag #sallysbakingchallenge is automatically entered. My assistants and I will keep track of your photos and randomly select a winner at the end of the month. This giveaway is open to the whole world. Giveaway ends on July 31st 2018. A winner will be selected at random and posted on the August Baking Challenge blog post on August 1st.

1 winner will receive: $250 Amazon Gift Card

Check my blog tomorrow for the Apple Hand Pies recipe (update: here is the apple hand pies recipe), step-by-step pictures, a video, and the alternate July recipe.


  1. Oh! What perfect timing! My son in law is graduating from the police academy. He has requested these as part of the dessert table.
    Something that is not my strong suit!
    Sally, you saved the day again!
    Thank you

  2. I’ve been wanting to make hand pies ever since I had one about 5 years ago made by a lady at my church. Yum! Can’t wait.

  3. I tried to make apple hand pies once and my ratio of crust to filling was waaay off. Hoping to have great success with this. (pie crust in any size HATES me)

  4. I can’t wait to try this recipe. I’m also going to try your chocolate chip cookies! Thanks so much for sharing your delicious recipes!!

  5. These apple hand pies look amazing! I can’t wait to make some when all the apples from our apple tree our ripe!


  6. Looks so yummy! My daughter loves anything apple pie. My 11 year old granddaughter is my baking partner and she said we are definitely doing this challenge and when I showed the picture to my 8 year old grandson, he said “looks like something we need to make” , so we can’t wait! This will be our first time with pie dough as well. We chickened out last time.

    1. Hi Charlotte! I will be posting the recipe tomorrow – this was a preview of this month’s baking challenge 🙂

  7. I made the Bourbon Cherry Crumble. Everyone loved it. Complex tastes of sweet and sharp. I will make it again.

  8. My husband’s favorite dessert is pie…and he’s always talking about how his grandmother used to make hand pies!! I’ve never made (or had!) them before…but I’d love to surprise him with these! 🙂

  9. I love apple pie, it is one of my favorites! These are so adorable, I am so excited to give this a shot for the contest! I love baking so much, Sally has the best recipes on the whole internet every single one I have tried is amazing!! I am sure these will be delicious

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