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Hey, I’m Tessa Arias. I help people who crave a more delicious life. I show them how to bring more sweetness to their lives and impress their friends and family with the best homemade recipes. All while sprinkling in my favorite tips, tricks, and a little baking science to all but guarantee your success in the kitchen. 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.

I’ve got a culinary degree, over six years of food writing experience, and a published cookbook (and an eBook). When I’m not in the kitchen I can be found playing with my two dogs, trying out new makeup looks, or exploring downtown Phoenix.

If you’re dying to know more, here are the top 3 things you didn’t know about me:

1. I’m half Dominican (but am as white white white as can be).
2. That’s because I got all my genes from my mom and actually have triple citizenship thanks to her (U.K., AUS, U.S.)!
3. I hate pickles and peas.

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My Cookbooks:

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!




Tessa's Christmas Cookies

Tessa’s Christmas Cookies is a collection of my all-time favorite holiday recipes paired with baking secrets, decorating tricks, and creative ideas for packaging treats. Because who doesn’t love homemade edible gifts?!




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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!

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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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