Welcome to Handle the Heat,

where you’ll find sweet treats with a sprinkling of baking science. With almost 1,000 posts, recipes, tutorials, and more, there’s SO much to be discovered here.
Let me help you navigate it all.

I’m so happy you’re here!

My name is Tessa and I’m the creator of Handle the Heat. I’m also a professionally trained chef and cookbook author who’s obsessed with all things sweet, carb-y, and homemade. You can learn more about me here.

Monthly Baking Challenge

We do a baking challenge every month and one randomly drawn winner gets a PRIZE! It’s super fun and inspiring. To participate, be sure to join my email list so you know when every challenge is.

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Baking Science & Tips

  • Best Baking Pans
    Best Baking Pans
  • Baking Soda vs. Baking Powder
    Baking Soda vs. Baking Powder
  • Butter vs Shortening: Which is Better?
    Butter vs Shortening: Which is Better?

All Things Cookies

Cookies are what I’m known best for.

You may have seen my Ultimate Guide to Chocolate Chip Cookies comparison photo floating around the Internet.

Check out my
Bakery-Style Chocolate Chip Cookie Video

If you want to watch me demonstrate how to make great chocolate chip cookies LIVE, with all of my scientific explanations, tips, and tricks, check out the Facebook LIVE video I did a while back! comparison photo floating around the Internet. Click Here to see more videos!

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Cookie Customization Guide

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Learn how to create your OWN cookie recipe that everyone will beg you to share!

Best Recipes
New Recipes, Videos, How-to's and More
  • Ultimate Brownies
    Ultimate Brownies
  • Best Ever Chewy Brownies
    Best Ever Chewy Brownies
  • Nutella Brownies
    Nutella Brownies
  • How to Make the Best Buttercream
    How to Make the Best Buttercream
  • The Best Chocolate Cupcakes
    The Best Chocolate Cupcakes
  • How to Make Perfect Swiss Meringue Buttercream
    How to Make Perfect Swiss Meringue Buttercream
  • Ultimate Dinner Rolls
    Ultimate Dinner Rolls
  • No Knead Rosemary Parmesan Skillet Bread
    No Knead Rosemary Parmesan Skillet Bread
  • How to Knead Dough
    How to Knead Dough

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The Magic of Baking is an online baking class with tons of videos, PDFs, and photos that will teach you the secret fundamentals and science of baking in a fun and visual way.

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