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Top Handle the Heat Bakers of 2020!

Recipe By Tessa Arias
December 28th, 2020

Here are the Top 11 Bakers who joined in on our Handle the Heat Monthly Baking Challenges!

WHEW. We made it to the end of 2020!

I am absolutely ecstatic today because I am about to announce the TOP 11 HANDLE THE HEAT BAKERS OF 2020!

These bakers entered the most of our monthly baking challenges out of our entire community.

Want to join in on the fun? Our 2021 baking challenges are going to be bigger and better than ever! Find out how to join here.

Now let’s take a look at these amazing bakers and their favorite recipes of the year!

Don’t miss the infographic at the bottom of this page with a full 2020 recap that shows how many ingredients we used this year – you’re going to be shocked.

Meet the Bakers of the Year!

1. Marguerite S.

Joined ALL 12 challenges

Marguerite’s favorite 2020 challenge recipe: Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

Marguerite’s baking tip: “Weighing ingredients has improved the consistency in my baking results so much.”

Follow Marguerite on Instagram here!

2. Jones M.

Joined ALL 12 challenges

Jones’s favorite 2020 challenge recipe: Cosmic Brownies

Jones’s baking tip: “Measure your ingredients!”

Follow Jones on Instagram here!

3. Elizabeth B.

Joined ALL 12 challenges

Elizabeth’s favorite 2020 challenge recipe: Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

Elizabeth’s baking tip: “Refrigerate all dough before baking!”

Follow Elizabeth on Instagram here!

4. Lauren W.

Joined 11 challenges

Lauren’s favorite 2020 challenge recipe: Chocolate Zucchini Cake

Lauren’s baking tip: “Patience….after all the baking I’ve done & as many times as I’ve been rushed being properly prepped & patient with the process is key!”

Follow Lauren on Instagram here!

5. Christina L.

Joined 11 challenges

Christina’s favorite 2020 challenge recipe: Chocolate Zucchini Cake

Christina’s baking tip: “Read the recipe all the way through before you get started, so that there are no surprises.”

Follow Christina on Instagram here!

6. Wendy H.

Joined 11 challenges

Wendy’s favorite 2020 challenge recipe: Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

Wendy’s baking tip: “I recommend that you don’t cook all of your cookie dough at once. Only make what will be eaten that day and then you can have warm cookies another day. It also keeps you from eating too many and adding to your middle!”

Wendy was randomly selected from our top bakers to win a $50 gift card!

Follow Wendy on Instagram here!

7. Cassie D.

Joined 11 challenges

Cassie’s favorite 2020 challenge recipe: Cosmic Brownies – “I’ve brought these brownies to work and parties and always get asked for the recipe!”

Cassie’s baking tip: “Prep all your ingredients, such as measuring, brining ingredients to room temp, etc. before you even start! And of course, to do this, you must read the entire recipe first…as the first step!”

Follow Cassie on Instagram here!

8. Fithria T.

Joined 10 challenges

Fithria’s favorite 2020 challenge recipe: Cosmic Brownies

Fithria’s baking tip: “Have all the ingredients ready in the order of the recipe. Saves time later on, and helps avoid missing any ingredients.”

Follow Fithria on Instagram here!

9. Lisa W.

Joined 11 challenges

Lisa’s favorite 2020 challenge recipe: Chocolate Zucchini Cake

Lisa’s baking tip: “Definitely go with Tessa’s recommendation on equipment. I went with cheaper scoops and now need to replace them. Also parchment paper is your friend. My baking has improved so much from using the light colored sheets like Tessa said and parchment paper. Before my cookies never turned out right.. Now my mother n law buys them from me… lol”

Follow Lisa on Instagram here!

10. Sarah C.

Joined 11 challenges

Sarah’s favorite 2020 challenge recipe: Brown Butter Carrot Cake

Sarah’s baking tip: “Weighing all the ingredients – it takes the guesswork out of everything! I now have two kitchen scales – I think that is the secret of my success and I owe it all to Tessa.”

Follow Sarah on Instagram here!

11. Kayleigh B.

Joined 11 challenges

Kayleigh’s favorite 2020 challenge recipe: Giant Chocolate Chip Cookies – “My whole family loves chocolate chip cookies, and these were the best I’ve tried yet! I made them several more times since then, and it’s the only recipe I’ll use for chocolate chip cookies now!”

Kayleigh’s baking tip: I love the tip of refrigerating the cookie dough before you bake it. It really makes a difference.

Follow Kayleigh on Instagram here!

2020 Recap:

Check out the Handle the Heat Monthly Baking Challenges here!

Amazing job, everyone!! Thank you SO MUCH to everyone who joined a challenge in 2020. Getting to see your amazing photos for each challenge is one of my favorite parts of each month. I’ll see you in 2021 for some amazing new challenges!

Tessa Arias

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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