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December Baking Challenge

Christmas butter cookies


December 2019 Baking Challenge: Homemade Butter Cookies (recipe coming tomorrow)

Did you know that the December Baking Challenge always lands during another tradition of mine, Sally’s Cookie Palooza? Yes! My annual Christmas cookie countdown, Sally’s Cookie Palooza, begins tomorrow and we’re kicking it off with the December Sally’s Baking Challenge recipe: butter cookies! If you’ve ever tasted a bland or boring butter cookie– you’ll be THRILLED to know that this recipe promises a soft texture, buttery vanilla flavor, and features a festive dunk into dark chocolate and sprinkles. Plus that lovely piped design!

(I’m sharing the recipe and details tomorrow, but if you want to get ready, I use and recommend any large open star piping tip. I actually like Ateco #849, which is a closed star tip but it’s large enough and works well!)


Everyone who participates in the December Baking Challenge is automatically entered. See below for How to Join Sally’s Baking Challenge. My assistants and I keep track of your photos and randomly select 1 winner at the end of the month. This giveaway is open to the whole world. Giveaway ends on December 30th 2019 at 5pm ET.

1 winner will receive: $250 Amazon Gift Card. Winner will be selected at random and posted in the January Baking Challenge blog post on December 31st 2019.

How to Join Sally’s Baking Challenge

  1. Recipe: On or around the 1st of each month, I publish a new challenge recipe. Sign up for Sally’s Baking Challenge emails so you’re alerted as soon as a new challenge recipe is published!
  2. Bake & Comment: Bake the recipe during that month.
  3. Share: Share your recipe photo using #sallysbakingchallenge and tagging me (@sallysbakeblog) on your public Instagram or Twitter. (Instagram direct messages are hard to track, so please email me your recipe photo instead.) You can also email me your recipe photo or upload your recipe photo to my Facebook page or Facebook group. By sharing your photo with me, you are automatically entered in the giveaway. For a bonus entry, leave a review on the challenge recipe.

Want to subscribe? Sign up for Sally’s Baking Challenge emails so you’re alerted as soon as a new challenge recipe is published.

Let’s Review the November Baking Challenge

November Baking Challenge: Pecan Praline Pumpkin Pie

I had a feeling this pie would be a popular one! We all had pumpkin pie on the mind this month and you certainly didn’t disappoint with all your praline pumpkin pies. Featuring a sweet candied pecan topping, this smooth and creamy pumpkin pie was the star of so many Thanksgiving dessert tables this year! I’m truly honored to be part of your holiday tables. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. ♥

So many of you conquered your fear of pie crust this month, too!

One of my favorite comments came from reader Tessa:

“This pie is perfection! I’ve made your regular pumpkin pie before (although the word “regular” doesn’t do it justice!) and this is an amazing upgrade. I loved the combination of the slightly salty and flaky crust, the smooth spiced filling, the sweet crunchy topping and the creamy whipped cream. All of those textures and flavors pair together wonderfully!”

We gathered as many pecan praline pumpkin pie photo entries as we could and included them below. (Email is the best way to help guarantee your photo will be included!)

Giveaway winner for November is Lauri and she has been notified. ?

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