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March Baking Challenge

Recipe By Tessa Arias
March 1st, 2018

Announcing the official recipe for the March Baking Challenge! All of the details and rules for how to participate in the challenge for a chance to win the prize are detailed below.

February’s baking challenge was on my Biscuit recipe, and I challenged you to have fun with your flavor combinations and variations. I LOVE just how creative you got with this challenge!

This month’s challenge recipe is…. BAKERY STYLE CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES! This recipe has become one of my most instantly popular recipes since I first started blogging in 2009. That makes me SO happy. I love how much we’re all obsessed with cookies.

This easy recipe produces thick cookies with golden brown edges and ooey gooey centers. It’s much simpler than my Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe. If you have the time to allow the dough to “marinate” for 24-72 hours, I would definitely suggest trying it! Though the chilling time isn’t required. I can’t wait to see even more of you guys make this recipe this month!

Find the Bakery Style Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe here. Watch the video below to get all my best chocolate chip cookie baking tips & secrets:

How to Get THICK Cookies:

There are more tips in the above video and the recipe post for these cookies, but here are some quick tips.

1. Make sure your butter is at a COOL room temperature (about 67°F).
2. If your dough is too warm when it enters the oven, the cookies will spread more. Try chilling or even freezing your dough while the oven preheats.
3. If you live in a humid climate or high altitude, you’ll likely need to add a few more tablespoons of flour.

Cookie Tools:

If you want more tips for customizing your cookies, check out this free Cookie Customization Guide:

Here’s how to participate in this challenge:

Step 1: Make a batch of Bakery Style Chocolate Chip Cookies.

Step 2: Take a photo of your cookies and share it before March 31st 11:59pm MT. You have TWO ways to share your photo to be eligible for the prize:


Upload your photo to your PUBLIC Instagram account and tag me @handletheheat AND use the hashtag #handletheheat

Facebook community

Share your photo inside my private Handle the Heat Facebook community. If you’re not already inside, click here to request access (you must answer the questions to join).

You can submit to one or the other, or to BOTH for two entries.

Note: If you’ve recently made the cookies, you can use that photo but you MUST POST IT DURING THE MONTH OF MARCH! Any other photos will not qualify for the prize.


Every person who submits a photo following those directions will be entered into a random giveaway to win one $75 Amazon gift card! No purchase necessary.

This is open to anyone in the world who can shop with Amazon, I will purchase a digital gift card from your country’s Amazon website and email it to you.

The winner will be selected randomly; so don’t worry about taking a perfect picture. Your photos may be put on display to share with my entire audience – that’s hundreds of thousands of people! I will message the winner via the platform they posted the photo on (Facebook or Instagram). If there’s no response within 48 hours a new winner will be chosen.

So what do you think? Are you up for the challenge?

PS: The winner of the February challenge will be announced by the second week of March. Hopefully sooner, but we’re leaving for vacation soon!

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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    Julia — March 1, 2018 at 10:05 pm

    Do I have to follow the recipe to the T or can I submit cookies I’ve made slight adjustments to? I’d love to add a filling in the center!

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    analisislibre — March 6, 2018 at 9:29 am

    I”msorry to hear that your cookies spread. I have 7 step by step instructions listed in the recipe, as well as tips to keep the cookies from spreading in the notes section. I have copied and pasted that text below. The cookies will absolutely spread if the butter is too soft. I specifically state that the butter should be slightly softened. Of course I tested this recipe before posting. I have made these cookies multiple times and I have a video showing the process. Regardless, I”m sorry that they didn”t turn out for you. I know that it”s frustrating to make something and have it not turn out as planned. Notes from the recipe: “If your ingredients are too warm (butter specifically) these cookies might come out flatter than they should. The butter should be softened just slightly. If your butter is too soft, or the cookies spread more than you would like, you can refrigerate the dough for 30 minutes. I do not recommend chilling for longer that that or the cookies won”t spread enough and they”ll be quite thick.

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    Jane — March 7, 2018 at 12:49 pm

    I followed every step of the recipe as you wrote it Tessa and the cookies could not be more perfect! They and taste fantastic. Cannot wait to post my photo because it is pretty unique (like the cookies!)

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    info — March 10, 2018 at 3:30 am

    Thanks againreally appreciate your updateonline

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    Kiesha — April 16, 2018 at 6:25 pm

    I made this dough and baked mine from completely frozen dough balls and they still spread like wildfire lol. Kids still devoured them. They don’t seem to care if they are flat or thick, as long as they are chocolate chip.
    I’ve tried a lot of recipes and methods and can never get a really thick cookie unless I use markedly more flour…..but that results in a sad, dry, flour tasting cookie.

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