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.

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

  2. Looking forward to the challenge….

  3. I have just recently embraced a new lifestyle: stay at home mom (my son is 11 weeks old!) And besides taking care of my baby I love to bake! I’m excited for this challenge!

  4.  As I am reading this I am waiting for my maple roasted almonds to come out of the oven! My husband and I are hooked on the new granola bars! I add some craisins and it tokk them to a new level for us! I guess it doesn’t take much! Anyway this sounds like a blast and I am up for the challenge! Thank you for making us better bakers! We love you Sally!

  5. This is going to be so much fun!! :)I’m so excited!

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

  7. I am excited for it to begin! 🙂

  8. Sounds fun!! Can’t wait!

  9. I love this idea! I will definitely be participating!!!

  10. Great idea! I’m in!

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

  12. Wow, Let’s do It.

  13. Fun Fun Fun. I am a full time working mom of 3 teenager girls so I may not always get to participate but will look forward to seeing everyone’s post about their trials and tribulations!!! Thanks for making your website fun and enjoyable and down to earth! Happy February!

  14. Love the idea! I am on maternity leave and love to bake but feel like it’s challenging to try new recipes every week so this is perfect

  15. 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!!

  16. What a fun idea!!!  This is so cute/clever and a great way to get us- your loyal readers in on the fun!!  I’m in:) 

  17. Sounds SO fun! I’m so in!

  18. Sounds fun! Can’t wait

  19. This is awesome! I can’t wait for the first recipe!

  20. Count me in! You are so right, I know the feeling of monotonously days all to well… Sounds like we’re going to have good times this year! 🙂

  21. Yippeee!! I can’t wait 🙂

  22. Sara | Last Night's Feast says:

    Cool idea Sally!

  23. Hafa Adai Sally,

    I’m super excited for the challenge, I cannot wait

  24. 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!

  25. Waaah this sounds SO fun! 😀 Reminds me of King Arthur Flour’s Bakealong. Excited to participate.

  26. I am SO excited about this!!! Can’t wait to see what kid of awesome recipes you challenge us with! 🙂

  27. Oh I love this idea so much!! Can’t wait to see what is in store for us!

  28. Super fun! i can’t wait to see your recipes, and try to convert them to gluten free for myself! always loving a new/fun baking challenge!

  29. Cynthia Lucarotti says:

    I am sooooo excited for this!!!! Thank you MUCH!

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

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