• – Get ready to bake –

    Raspberry Lemonade

    Cheesecake Bars

    Bake it. Share it. Savor it.

    Melt Hearts and win Prizes.

    How it Works

    1) Bake the recipe

    Fresh, vibrant, and tangy, this is the perfect recipe to welcome warmer months. The swirls on top will impress everyone at your next picnic, BBQ, or potluck!

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    the whole pan of raspberry cheesecake bars on a white countertop, with fresh lemons nearby and a bowl of fresh raspberries.

    2) Snap a photo

    Take a photo of your recipe using your phone, camera, iPad, or other device.

    3 ) Win Prizes!

    Submit your entry before the last day of the month at 11:59pm MST to be entered to win one of TWO Amazon $75 digital gift cards.

    How to submit your photo:

    Click here to upload your photo directly from your device (phone, camera, etc.), Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter.

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    Giving Back

    Here at Handle the Heat, we believe in spreading joy in all the ways we can and making the world a better place one day at a time.

    For each valid entry, Handle the Heat will donate $1 to The Trevor Project in celebration of Pride Month. The Trevor Project is focused on suicide prevention efforts for LGBTQ youths.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    How do you choose a winner?

    Winners are selected at random using a name picker generator from among all eligible entries received.

    When will we know who won?

    Winner will be notified and must reply with an Amazon account email address. If there’s no response within 2 business days, a new winner will be chosen. We personally contact each winner to confirm their win, so it sometimes takes a few days if we don’t receive a response.

    Do we need to submit professional photos?

    No! This isn’t a beauty contest. A photo snapped on your phone is perfectly fine to submit. Take a photo of your recipe with whatever technology is available to you.

    What are the prize requirements?

    The prize is available to any residents of the 50 United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom who can shop with Amazon. We will buy your gift card from your country’s Amazon website at the current market value equivalent to U.S. dollars

    It’s a new month, but I’m still seeing last month’s baking challenge page.

    We recommend clearing your web browser cache if a baking challenge page for a previous month is displaying.

    Control (PC) / Command (Mac) + Shift + Delete on your keyboard will clear the cache on most browsers. If you need any help with this, please email support@handletheheat.com, and we’ll take care of you.

    I’m having trouble submitting my entry.

    If you are having trouble submitting your photo, we recommend clearing your web browser cache first. Control (PC) / Command (Mac) + Shift + Delete on your keyboard will clear the cache on most browsers.

    If this doesn’t work, try entering the baking challenge using a different browser. If you need any help with this, please email support@handletheheat.com, and we’ll take care of you.

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    Past Winners

    These entrants have won prizes, secured a spot in our winner’s circle (just kidding, we don’t have one of those…yet), and, of course, captured our hearts. See their delectable bakes below!

    May Winners

    Toffee Brownies are chewy, rich, packed full of chocolate flavor, and studded throughout with toffee pieces. The perfect combination of decadent chocolate and crunchy, nutty toffee! Easy recipe, no mixer required.





    April Winners

    We celebrated HTH’s 15th Blog Birthday with THREE winners this month! Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake features a thick base of chewy and slightly gooey chocolate chip cookie topped with creamy vanilla buttercream and garnished with sprinkles.






    Meet Tessa

    I share trusted baking recipes your friends will LOVE alongside insights into the science of sweets. I’m a professionally trained chef, cookbook author, and cookie queen. I love to write about all things sweet, carb-y, and homemade. I live in Phoenix, Arizona (hence the blog name!).