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January Baking Challenge

Recipe By Tessa Arias
December 29th, 2017

Announcing the official recipe for the January Baking Challenge! All of the details and rules for how to participate in the challenge for a chance to win the prize are detailed below.

Happy New Year! December’s baking challenge was on my Easy Cut Out Sugar cookies. I am OBSESSED with all of your stunning cookies. They were works of art! More on that below.

This month’s challenge recipe is…. ULTIMATE MUFFINS!

Ultimate Muffin Challenge

Ultimate Muffin Recipe

The below FREE muffin guide has the master muffin recipe, as well as tons of flavor ideas and muffin tips & tricks:

If you’d prefer not to download the guide, the muffin recipe can be found here. Also, here’s a fun video where I show you how to make these muffins, as well as 3 of my favorite flavor customizations!

Here’s how to participate in this challenge:

Step 1: Make a batch of my Ultimate Muffins. Make them any flavor you like, feel free to have fun and get creative!

Step 2: Take a photo of your muffins and share it before January 31st 11:59pm MT. You have TWO ways to share your photo to be eligible for the prize:


Upload your photo to your PUBLIC Instagram account and tag me @handletheheat AND use the hashtag #handletheheat

Facebook community

Share your photo inside my private Handle the Heat Facebook community. If you’re not already inside, click here to request access (you must answer the questions to join).

You can submit to one or the other, or to BOTH for two entries.


Every person who submits a photo following those directions will be entered into a random giveaway to win one $75 Amazon gift card! No purchase necessary.

This is open to anyone in the world who can shop with Amazon, I will purchase a digital gift card from your country’s Amazon website and email it to you.

The winner will be selected randomly; so don’t worry about taking a perfect picture. Your photos may be put on display to share with my entire audience – that’s hundreds of thousands of people! I will message the winner via the platform they posted the photo on (Facebook or Instagram). If there’s no response within 48 hours a new winner will be chosen.

So what do you think? Are you up for the challenge?

January Baking Challenge

Sugar Cookie Baking Challenge
Sugar Cookie Baking Challenge

How amazing are all of these gorgeous cookies?! And this is just a sampling of the submissions! I’m so glad everyone loved the Cut Out Sugar Cookie recipe. It was such a pleasure getting to see so many people baking these cookies for their Christmas celebrations. It’s like I got to celebrate the holidays with each and every one of you!

Since I’m publishing this post while it’s still December, the winner will be selected and notified by the first week of January. Good luck!

Tessa Arias

About 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!)

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