Start Here - Handle the Heat

Welcome to Handle the Heat,

where you’ll find sweet treats with a sprinkling of baking science because we’re on a mission to fill your life with more joy. With almost 1,000 posts, trusted recipes, tutorials, and more, there’s SO much to be discovered here.
Let me help you navigate it all.

I’m so happy you’re here!

My name is Tessa and I’m the creator of Handle the Heat. I’m also a professionally trained chef and cookbook author who’s obsessed with all things sweet, carb-y, and homemade. You can learn more about me here.

Monthly Baking Challenge

We do a baking challenge every month and one randomly drawn winner gets a PRIZE! It’s super fun and inspiring. To participate, be sure to join my email list so you know when every challenge is.

You’ll get a special gift for subscribing: my baking secrets guide!

Jump to a challenge  

All Things Cookies

Cookies are what I’m known best for.

You may have seen my Ultimate Guide to Chocolate Chip Cookies comparison photo floating around the Internet.

Check out my
Bakery-Style Chocolate Chip Cookie Video

YouTube video

If you want to watch me demonstrate how to make great chocolate chip cookies LIVE, with all of my scientific explanations, tips, and tricks, check out the Facebook LIVE video I did a while back! comparison photo floating around the Internet. Click Here to see more videos!

Not a member?

We have a thriving private community on Facebook where you can befriend other baking enthusiasts and get tips and inspiration. Request to join (you must answer the questions to be added).

My Cookbooks

The Ultimate Cookie Handbook (hardcover) is available to order! The book contains over 50 cookie recipes (with photos of each recipe!) as well as an entire section on the SCIENCE of cookie baking. Learn how to easily troubleshoot cookie conundrums and customize your cookies to achieve the sweets of your dreams.

Cookies & Cream: Hundreds of Ways to Make the Perfect Ice Cream Sandwich (hardcover) features 50 recipes for homemade ice cream sandwiches with fabulous flavors like Red Velvet Cheesecake, Boston Cream Pie, and Cookies and Cream. It’ll make you feel like a kid again!your very own recipes, this shows you how!

Cookie Customization Guide

Free Cookie Customization Guide

Learn how to create your OWN cookie recipe that everyone will beg you to share!

Take Your Baking to the Next Level

Join My Online Baking Class


Bake with complete confidence,
every single time.

The Magic of Baking is an online baking class with tons of videos, PDFs, and photos that will teach you the secret fundamentals and science of baking in a fun and visual way.

10 Baking Secrets You Need to Know

Want to Bake Like a Pro?

Join 60,000 others and receive my FREE visual guide: 10 Baking Secrets You NEED to Know!

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.


As Seen On....
NPR People Time Glamour Readers Digest The Huffington Post BuzzFeed