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January 2022 Baking Challenge

By Tessa Arias
January 1st, 2022

Announcing the official recipe pick(s) for the January Baking Challenge! All of the details and rules for how to participate in the challenge for a chance to win one of the PRIZES are detailed below.

Last month for the December Baking Challenge we made Soft and Chewy Sugar Cookies!

Thanks so much to everyone who joined in. It was so fun seeing everyone’s festive cookies. So many of you said you made multiple batches of these cookies throughout the month!!

Once winners are randomly drawn and then personally confirmed, they’ll be announced on the blog and on social media, as always. Each winner has 48 hours to respond before we re-pick a winner, so it sometimes can take a few days to announce.

Without further ado, I am super excited to share JANUARY’S Baking Challenge recipe pick.

To kick off the year, we’ll be making…


Choose between my Classic Pretzels, Cinnamon Sugar Pretzel Bites, or Garlic Parmesan Pretzels.

OPTIONAL: Make more than one pretzel recipe for additional BONUS ENTRIES!!

I’ve laid out ALL my pretzel baking tips for you in each of the recipe pages + on the challenge landing page.

homemade pretzels on a baking sheet after being salted

Here’s how to participate in this challenge:

(Read completely!)

Step 1: Make my Classic Pretzels, Cinnamon Sugar Pretzel Bites, and/or Garlic Parmesan Pretzels.

Step 2: Take a photo of your pretzels and share before January 31st at 11:59pm MST.

You can only upload one photo at a time. You’ll be prompted to submit your second and/or third pretzel photos (if applicable) AFTER submitting the first photo. After submitting your first photo, you CAN return at a later time to submit additional pretzel photos – just make sure to use the same name and email address.

Receive 5 bonus entry points per each additional pretzel photo submitted using the same name and email address.

Here’s how to share your photo:

Click here to access the challenge landing page.ย This is where you can get all the latest details, enter the challenge, and see other entries.

Click the button that says “SUBMIT YOUR ENTRY” – this will pop up a little widget where you can submit your photo(s):

  • You can select your entry photo(s) from Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, OR upload directly from your computer, tablet, or smart phone.

There’s also a few optional bonus entries to increase your chances of winning!


TWO $75 digital gift cards! Available to anyone in the world who can shop with Amazon. I will order the cards in your currency for the USD equivalent of $75.

The winners will be selected randomly; so donโ€™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 email the winners. Winner must reply within 2 business days or a new winner will be chosen. Official rules are listed in the entry widget.

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 American Red Cross to support those affected by the natural disasters.

So what do you think? Are you up for the challenge? I can’t wait to see your pretzels!

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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