Here’s What Handle the Heat Is All About

Hi. I’m Tessa Arias, founder of Handle the Heat and a 20-something culinary school graduate, recipe developer, and cookbook author living in Phoenix, Arizona. I’m here to make your life more delicious.

Have you ever asked yourself: “How can I make that from scratch?” “Why do my cookies never turn out?” “Where can I find TRUSTED recipes?”

If so, you’re in the RIGHT PLACE!

Here’s the deal.

I started this blog in 2009 to help people make homemade food in their kitchens because I believe homemade food is the best food. Since then I’ve shared hundreds of kitchen articles and delightful indulgences. I love dissecting recipes to show you exactly how they work in my Ultimate Guide series. If you’re looking for cake mix and Cool Whip recipes you’ve come to the wrong place.

The Ultimate Cookie Handbook

The Ultimate Cookie Handbook is available for purchase! It is an eBook dedicated to helping you bake perfect cookies every time by teaching you the science of baking in a totally easy visual way. If you’ve ever wondered what certain ingredients do (brown sugar vs. granulated), how to customize your cookies, how to troubleshoot them when they turn out wrong, or even how to create your very own recipes, this shows you how!


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My print cookbook is called Cookies & Cream: Hundreds of Ways to Make the Perfect Ice Cream Sandwich and 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!

Do you want a more delicious life?

Instead of digging through cookbooks and magazines and searching the internet for amazing recipes, subscribe to Handle the Heat to receive new recipe posts delivered straight to your email inbox. You’ll get all the latest recipes, videos, kitchen tips and tricks AND a *free* e-cookbook filled with the most beloved dessert recipes from Handle the Heat.

I hope you enjoy your time here on my blog and find a recipe (or a few) that become family favorites. If you have any questions, comments, recipe requests, or are interested in working with me please contact me.


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