Welcome to Handle the Heat

I share trusted baking recipes your friends will LOVE alongside insights into the simple science of sweets to ensure everything you bake is a hit.
If the kitchen is your “happy place,” if you love to experiment and get creative, and if you love to watch the joy on someone’s face when they bite into your treats, then this is the right place for you. Simply put? Baking is nothing short of magical. Let’s make everyone’s life a little sweeter, one recipe at a time.
So happy to have you here, because bakers are the best kinds of people!
Tessa Arias
Meet Tessa
Sweet treats with a sprinkle of science.
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, binge watching a new TV show, 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 have chocolate every single day. That’s not an exaggeration.
  2. I believe food is one of the most powerful ways to express and receive love.
  3. With that being said… I hate pickles and peas. No love for those here.
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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My Cookbooks

Ultimate Cookie Handbook
The Ultimate Cookie Handbook (e-book) 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 (e-book) 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?!
Cookies & Cream Cookbook
Cookies & Cream: Hundreds of Ways to Make the Perfect Ice Cream Sandwich (hardcover) 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!your very own recipes, this shows you how!

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