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Bake Fearlessly with Erin McDowell & Our Baking Club

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Our Baking Consultant at Large (and former Test Kitchen Manager) Erin McDowell recently published her first cookbook, The Fearless Baker: Simple Secrets for Baking Like a Pro. Erin's been a Food52er since the beginning, and over the years, she's shared many tricks of the trade and hundreds of recipes with us. She's packed her book full of some of those tips and tricks (and many, many more new ones) and recipes, of course—so it's no surprise that The Fearless Baker clocks in at nearly 400 pages!

We'll be baking through her book it all month long in our Baking Club and learning from Erin along the way. And, not to worry if you don't have a copy of her book yet, we've got plenty of recipes to get you started (and a giveaway below!). Her book starts off with cookies and bars, so we will, too. Here are 7 of Erin's recipes for them:

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Lime Sablé Sandwiches
Lime Sablé Sandwiches
Basic Fudgy Brownies

Basic Fudgy Brownies by Erin McDowell

Great-Great-Grandma McCracken's Sugar Cookies

Great-Great-Grandma McCracken's Sugar Cookies by Erin McDowell

How to Make Whoopie Pies—& A Reason to Say "Whoopie!" a Whole Lot
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How to Make Whoopie Pies—& A Reason to Say "Whoopie!" a Whole Lot
Ginger Stamp Cookies

Ginger Stamp Cookies by Erin McDowell

Chocolate-Cherry Cookies with Black Pepper

Chocolate-Cherry Cookies with Black Pepper by Erin McDowell

Royal Icing and Natural Food Colorings
Royal Icing and Natural Food Colorings

Ready to join in the fun with the Baking Club? We're giving away two copies of The Fearless Baker, each with a matching purple bandana, so you can channel your inner Erin. To enter, simply leave a comment on this post by Sunday night—winners will be selected Monday morning. (Giveaway open to US addresses only.)

Tags: Community, Books, Baking Club