October Baking Challenge

pumpkin spice toffee on a gold plate


October 2018 Sally’s Baking Challenge Recipe: Pumpkin Spice Toffee

Celebrate the fall season with a quick, delicious, and wonderfully spiced homemade candy recipe.


Everyone who participates in the October 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 September Baking Challenge

September 2018 Sally’s Baking Challenge Recipe: Choux Pastry

Every month shows more participation than the last! September 2018 brought in the most bakers, all trying their hand at homemade pâte à choux. And what delicious creations you all made! I witnessed hundreds of you challenge yourself with this delicate French pastry, whipping up such indulgences as eclairs with pumpkin mousse, churro cream puffs, salted caramel apple cream puffs, fig jam cream puffs, cheesy gougères, and cookies ‘n’ cream profiteroles. You had complete creative control and totally ran with it. This was a more involved challenge and I loved hearing about your sense of accomplishment after you finished. I hope you’re all so proud of yourselves!

One of my favorite recipe reviews came from reader Alicia:

“Lovely recipe, just made it with my 8 year old son and couldn’t be more pleased with how they turned out. We used your homemade vanilla whipped cream recipe with it. Thank you! We will definitely be making again!”

We gathered as many choux pastry photo entries as we could and included them below. (Email is the best way to guarantee your photo will be included!)

collage of choux pastry images

collage of choux pastry images

collage of choux pastry images

collage of choux pastry images

collage of choux pastry images

collage of choux pastry images

collage of choux pastry images

collage of choux pastry images

collage of choux pastry images

collage of choux pastry images

collage of choux pastry images

Giveaway winner for September is Caitlin and she has been notified. 🙂

choux pastry winner image


  1. Sally I love all your cupcake recipes with some good frosting in my mouth and I love all the chocolate of the world recipes you provide us ,especially dark chocolate melting in my mouth yum 🙂

  2. omg, pumpkin spice toffee sounds absolutely fabulous. And easy too 🙂
    Perfect for fall. I can’t wait to try it!

    1. So happy you’ll join the challenge this month!!

  3. omg, pumpkin spice toffee sounds absolutely fabulous. And easy too 🙂
    Perfect for fall. I can’t wait to try it!

    1. It’s seriously amazing! Thanks for joining the challenge this month 🙂

  4. Elinor Terrell says:

    This will be a big challenge for me.

  5. Laura ~ Raise Your Garden says:

    Pumpkin spice toffee sounds FABULOUS! Want to hand out toffee for Halloween….or Halloweiner as we call it around here because we raise and and rescue Dachshunds! Can you imagine how popular out house would be with your toffee recipe and maybe some hot mulled cider? I’m dressing up as a bee this year =)

    1. Your Halloween celebration sounds incredible!!

  6. I have your fabulous cookbook, I just couldn’t decide which recipe to try first…This is it ..Thank you!

    1. Hope you love this toffee!

  7. Christina Zoellner says:

    This will be the first challenge I participate in (I just found these challenges) and I am so excited! I cannot wait for the recipe!

    1. I’m thrilled you’ll be joining the challenge this month! Welcome 🙂

  8. I can’t wait to try this!!!! I love making toffee, especially your chocolate peanut butter saltine toffee!

    1. That chocolate PB toffee is so good- and so addicting!!

  9. Been following you for awhile and have tried some of your fabulous cupcakes. Never attempted toffee before so bring on the challenge.

  10. Anything pumpkin! This sounds pumpkin toffee sounds delish!

    1. Thank you!!

  11. Krissie Weber says:

    This toffee recipe is perfection!! I make dozens of batches every year to give as gifts and take to parties as a hostess gift. It’s also very versatile…sometimes I use cashews, coat with dark chocolate, top with sea salt, top with Christmas sprinkles for the holidays….so delicious! Thank you Sally for all your hard work on so many amazing recipes!!

  12. This will be my first baking challenge that I am participating in. Its perfect that it is pumpkin. Cannot wait to give it a try. Going to a dinner party this weekend and I think the toffee along with a bouquet of flowers will make a great hostess present!!

    1. Oh how sweet! What a perfect hostess gift- I’m thrilled you are joining the challenge this month!

  13. Someday I hope you’ll publish a recipe for penuche candy. Love it!

  14. Kristine Volmar says:

    Congrats to Caitlin on winning the September challenge! I can’t believe how many people participated. They all look great! This month’s challenge will be the first time making candy for me. That’s why I love these challenges. Always trying something new that I never though I would.

    1. I’m so happy you love these challenges, Kristine! Thanks for participating 🙂

  15. I love toffee! Wish autumn never ended, all these delicious calories to be baked 😀 Cannot wait to try it!

  16. Yay, something gluten free! Thanks, Sally!

  17. Is baking challenge open to canadian residents ? Last giveaway was only open to Amercians so I figured I would ask. My new years resolution was to try to cook/bake out of my comfort level / new things to try and your monthly challenge has been great excuse.

    1. Hi Cora! The America’s Test Kitchen giveaway was only open to the US, you’re right. The baking challenges that I host on my website are open to the whole world, so please participate if you’d like!

  18. This is the recipe from your candy book I’ve made over and over again. It’s such a unique treat to bring to holiday gatherings, and I love the combination of white chocolate and fall spices.

  19. Patricia Oleson says:

    The “Jump To Recipe” link is not working.

    1. Hi Patricia! There is no recipe today, it’s coming tomorrow 🙂

  20. Jaime Patrick says:

    I think that I will choose this one to be the first challenge I participate in!!! I absolutely adore toffee, and all things pumpkin spice and white chocolate!! I can’t wait!!! And I have all three of your incredible cookbooks! LOVE THEM!!

  21. Oh this looks amazing going by the picture i think it’s something I’m definitely going to enjoy making ……and eating ….obviously . I might even enter the challenge .

  22. I actually just made toffee on Sunday and it was a huge fail because my heat proof spatula melted into it! Do you have one you reccomend!

  23. Hi, Sally-

    Is the Butter Cookie with Orange & Chocolate Ganache the alternate challenge? Thanks!

    1. Hi Lisa! You guessed right, it sure is! The blog post will be publishing in a little over 1 hour, so check back.

  24. Kelly Kardos says:

    Can’t wait for the recipe-this looks delicious and perfect for fall!

  25. Brittany Audra @ Audra's Appetite says:

    I’ve never tried making homemade toffee before, but I love how approachable you make these challenges!! 🙂

    1. Thanks Brittany! I hope you have the chance to participate this month. 🙂

  26. Oh.my.god!
    I just started trying to eat super healthy and cut down the sweets, but I think I’ll have to make an exception for this!!! Looks way too good not to try!!

    1. A few pieces of this is so worth it, promise.

  27. Greta Miranda says:

    Hi Sally,

    Can you help with the alternative receipe for the challenge please?


    1. Hi Greta! The alternate baking challenge recipe will be listed tomorrow with the pumpkin spice toffee recipe. 🙂

      1. Greta Miranda says:

        Oh, thank you. Will keep a check!

  28. That feeling when you see your photo featured in the monthly challenge picture compilation

    1. 🙂 Thank you so much for participating!

  29. Hi! How do you join?

    1. Hi Dawn! Here is the recipe for the October Baking Challenge. Pumpkin Spice Toffee. See the instructions right above the recipe to join. All you have to do is make the recipe and share the photo 🙂

  30. Sandra Roberts says:

    Going to have to skip this one I can’t stand pumpkin in any form neither can my husband

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