October 2022 Baking Challenge - Handle the Heat
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October 2022 Baking Challenge

By Tessa Arias
October 1st, 2022

Announcing the official recipe pick for the October 2022 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 September Baking Challenge, we made Apple Crisp! Thanks so much to everyone who joined in. We loved seeing all your delicious Crisps!

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.

I am super excited to share OCTOBER’S Baking Challenge recipe pick!

This month, we’ll be making…


This recipe features my easy sugar chocolate cut out cookies with homemade cream cheese frosting. Sooo delicious, and just the absolute cutest Halloween dessert! Plus, you can totally customize the shape of the cookie or the color of the frosting for your version of perfect Halloween cookies.

I’ve laid out ALL my baking tips for you in the pink tip box on the recipe page + on the challenge landing page.

Here’s how to participate in this challenge:

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Step 1: Make my Jack-o’-Lantern Chocolate Sugar Cookies recipe. Get your cookie cut out template here.

Step 2: Take a photo of your Jack-o’-Lantern Chocolate Sugar Cookies and share before October 31st at 11:59pm PT.

Here’s how to share your photo(s):

Click here to access the challenge landing page. 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:

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

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


TWO $75 Amazon.com 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 don’t worry about taking a perfect picture. Your photo 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 Team Rubicon – a veteran-led humanitarian organization that serves global communities before, during, and after disasters and crises.

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

Tessa Arias
Author: Tessa Arias

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!)

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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    Elizabeth — October 5, 2022 at 6:12 am

    Hello! I am having trouble submitting my entry for the challenge. I’ve been trying to click “submit your entry” and it won’t do anything. Any ideas? Thanks for all your help!

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      Kiersten @ Handle the Heat — October 6, 2022 at 7:44 am

      Hi Elizabeth! I’m sorry to hear that you’re experiencing issues entering this month’s challenge. Have you tried using a different browser to see if that helps, or clearing your cache? Is you popup blocker maybe on? The entry widget might not be able to popup if you have a popup blocker turned on. Alternatively, you could try entering from an Incognito window. If those fixes don’t work, if you could actually contact Gleam, who is our baking challenge platform, and they’ll be able to troubleshoot further on their end. Here is the link to contact them. They’re quick to respond and very helpful! Good luck!! 🙂

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        Elizabeth — October 6, 2022 at 10:58 am

        Thank you! I got it to work! You’re the best! Thank you so much for your patience!

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    Cassie — October 2, 2022 at 3:31 pm

    Hello! I have requested the pumpkin template a few times but the email isn’t coming. Can it be sent to me?

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      Kiersten @ Handle the Heat — October 4, 2022 at 9:34 am

      Hi Cassie! I took a look in our system, and it appears that you signed up for that template a year ago. Our system is a little wonky and won’t let you request it with the same email address twice. Not to worry – I will be more than happy to email the direct link to you! Happy baking 🙂

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