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.

Sally's Baking Challenge logo image

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.

Hopefully I can work in fun giveaways each month to correspond with the Baking Challenge. 🙂 And, of course, I will still be posting new recipes each week along with coffee breaks and Saturday Sevens. Nothing is changing there! But the recipe published on the 1st will be that month’s 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. DessertForTwo says:

    This is so exciting!!! I can’t wait!

  2. This sounds so fun!! Can’t wait to start baking, Sally!

  3. I love this. I love even more that you have another cookbook coming out. So exciting. Congratulations. Can’t wait to bake

  4. Karen Petersen says:


  5. Thank you Sally- fabulous idea. Looking forward to baking! Great to hear you are taking breaks for you! Love your website, recipes, cookbooks, etc.  Thank you for all your work!

  6. Im keen to tackle this challenge! Even though im on the other side of the world.

  7. Oh this sounds fun, can wait to start the challenges

  8. AHH, this is so exciting!!

  9. Kaitlin Bourassa says:

    I love this idea! I can’t wait to join in on the fun

  10. What a great idea! I’m excited to participate!

  11. Andrea @ Cooking with a Wallflower says:

    I can’t wait! Baking always feels like a hit or miss for me so a baking challenge will definitely help get me better at it.

  12. What a fun idea! I can’t wait to see what you come up with 🙂

  13. So exciting! I love this idea, it’s a great way to break out of the “baking rut”- when you bake the same things over and over…

  14. Hi Sally
    I’m a portuguese big fan of you. I ‘m following you for years!
    So I’m going to participate in your challenge. Although I do not have all of yours ingredients, I’m going to try and tell how is going on.
    Sorry about my english…..

  15. So much fun! 

  16. Count me in! Love the idea and concept of this challenge. Whenever I can learn something new, I’m excited and ready to learn.

  17. I’m so excited for this Sally!!! I just love this idea!!!! 

  18. Marina @ A Dancer's Live-It says:

    *Literally jumps for joy* YAYYYY!! I’m so excited for this!! 🙂

  19. Patricia @Sweet and Strong says:

    Yay I’m excited, I will obviously be participating =)

  20. This is so exciting! I can’t wait!

  21. This is a great idea, so exciting!! 

  22. I can’t wait! 🙂

  23. Hi Sally! I’m so excited for this challenge! What a great idea! This should be a lot of fun!

  24. Wow! This is so fun, I’m very excited for this challenge. Can’t wait! I’ll definitely be checking back tomorrow!

  25. Omg this is so exciting! Can’t wait!

  26. I am so excited for this! One of my New Year’s goals is to spend more time in the kitchen (like, actually do meal prep like a grown-up), so I’m going to need some fun baking time too!

  27. Awesome…. maybe this will spark my intrest again. Since last Feb when my Grammy passed I have lost intrest in baking. So your starting this in February so I’m gonna take it as a sign I need to bake again. So thank you again for such a great inspiring idea. Your hard work does not go un-noticed.

  28. Are the recipes going to be ones that have been on your website/in your cookbook, or will they be new ones? Also, this is really exciting!!!!

    1. They’re all NEW recipes! 🙂

  29. Shannon Gyarmathy says:

    I’m so excited for this!! I love the idea of using seasonal ingredients and learning new techniques! Thank you for inspiring me to be a better baker, Sally!

  30. I love this idea and can’t wait to get started!

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