Monthly Baking Challenge

image of sprinkle cookie dough with the Sally's Baking Challenge logo

2017 is the year of new beginnings. I’ve been blogging for 5 years now, cookbook #3 is on its way, and I’m ready to completely shake things up. I talked about this at length at the start of the year, but work/life balance is on the forefront of my mind in 2017. Going through the same routine, week after week, is monotonous. To stay inspired and continue to *thrive* while similtaneously bringing you my best possible recipes, photography, and content– I’m not only giving myself more breaks, I’m embracing new and different approaches to SBA.

Today is the start of a new project where we can all, as a group eager to learn and bake, come together and do what we enjoy most. And why we are all here: BAKING.

Welcome to my Monthly Baking Challenge.

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What You Need to Know:

  • On the 1st of every month, I will post a new recipe complete with a quick how-to video, plenty of tips, tricks, and photos.
  • I want you to bake the recipe yourself during that month! Come back and tell me how it went.
  • If you’d like, 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. I want you all involved!

4 More Things:

  • The carefully chosen recipe will be seasonal based on the time of year.
  • The recipes will be approachable, while still being a little challenging so you can *learn* a new technique or method.
  • If you don’t like a particular flavor in that month’s recipe, there will be an alternate Monthly Baking Challenge recipe.

February is the first month and the February Baking Challenge recipe is coming TOMORROW!! Let me know if you have any questions in the meantime.

*The pictured sprinkle cookie dough has nothing to do with tomorrow’s 1st Monthly Baking Challenge recipe. It’s just.. delicious. And pretty.


  1. Terrific idea! This gives us all a chance to feel involved in the process…how fun! I bet you end up with lots of flavor tweak ideas too. Pretty cool, Sally!

  2. I absolutely love this idea! Lately I’ve been baking only when I “need” to, for some event or meeting. This will give me encouragement to bake more often and bring a little more joy into the lives of my family and everyone else around me. I can’t wait to get started! 🙂

  3. This sounds like so much fun!

  4. So excited to join you in learning new exciting baking techniques!  What a fabulous idea!!!!

  5. FUN, FUN, FUN!!!!!! This is a great idea!!! Thanks for involving us and making this interactive….No wonder this is my favorite baking website! 🙂

  6. This has totally made my morning! I’ve been baking your recipes for a year now, taking them to my church’s high school group where my husband and I volunteer. My girls small group really looks forward to what I bring each week and they are always impressed. My file folder of printed recipes from your site is quite thick now! And out of any cake I’ve ever made, (from any website) your red velvet was by far, the VERY BEST. I have a friend from the Napa Valley area say that it was literally the best cake she has ever tasted- and she has tasted many a delicious sweets from one of the best places in the world to eat. I agree with her. In fact, I think I’ll be making that a Blue Velvet for my brothers birthday in a few days. I just wrote a novel, but needless to say, I will be doing this challenge! Great idea!

  7. Julie Bailey Turner says:

    Best idea yet! I CAN’T WAIT!!! 🙂

  8. So excited!!! Love this idea! You are brilliant! I can’t wait to improve my cooking and baking techniques!!!! 

  9. How fun!!! I love this idea! I can’t wait to start. Thank you for interacting with your readers!

  10. Colleen Delaney says:

    Yay, Sally, I’m so excited!! Thanks for all you do to make baking approachable and F.U.N.

  11. FUN!!!! Oh my gosh, I cannot wait to be involved in this. LOVE this idea

  12. This is such a fantastic idea! SO FUN! I’m really looking forward to challenging myself! You rock Sally – your blog is my favorite!

  13.  Sally, this is a fantastic idea! Let’s get this baking party started! 

  14. Austria Azaceta says:

    Hi Sally!
    I love love love this baking challenge idea!! So fun!! I started making pie crusts & delicious pies because of you & have learned so many things.  Can’t wait to continue learning and baking!!

  15. I’m in on the Monthly Baking Challenge and am looking forward to trying NEW fun recipes with everyone else! This is definitely a great idea for all of us that want to increase our baking skills and try new techniques all at one time! Thanks for the wonderful opportunity that you are providing to all of us readers!

  16. My kiddos and I can’t wait for the first challenge! We are super excited to get started!

  17. I absolutely love this idea! Hoping it will be just what I need to get motivated and make more time for baking 🙂 can’t wait for the first challenge, I’m sure it will be a delicious one! 

  18. This is so exciting. I adore your blog and have your cookbooks so this will be a lot of fun. You are so awesome. 

  19. I’m pretty sure this a challenge I can manage 🙂 Looking forward to trying out some new recipes and honing my “skills”

  20. So excited for this fun new challenge!!!! Looking forward to having lots of fun!

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