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Bake Fearlessly with Erin McDowell & Our Baking Club

March  1, 2018

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:

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.)

182 Comments

familydinners September 20, 2018
Excited to explore this book!
 
Cherie R. March 5, 2018
Baking to me is escapism. I’m in my own space, my thoughts and the end product puts smiles on the faces of those around me with the delicious end results. Would love to be able to do this with the recipes from The Fearless Baker.<br />
 
Jo-Ann D. March 4, 2018
So excited to bake along! The lime sable sandwiches look amazing 😍
 
Jordan B. March 4, 2018
I QUIT my stable job to pursue my passion in baking, would love a copy!
 
Johnna S. March 4, 2018
I love baking but it hasn't always loved me. I would love to improve our relationship.
 
Julie March 4, 2018
I am not a fearless baker but I am working towards it!
 
Jillian M. March 4, 2018
Would love this book!!
 
Leah March 4, 2018
I've loved her tips about different types of icings and their uses. I'm looking forward to trying som natural food colorings, as I avoid the store-bought versions.
 
Amie N. March 4, 2018
Would love this book!
 
Tina H. March 4, 2018
As a student I would love this book!!
 
brooklynsam March 4, 2018
I have never been able to bake cookies, looking forward to getting the help I need!
 
Kaitlin K. March 4, 2018
Looking to expland my baking past cake and bread... would love to win this book!
 
Vickie F. March 4, 2018
This truly looks like the book I need to help take that bit of fear out of tackling my next baking encounter. Fear equals stress and I could sure use less stress in my life. Happy baking.
 
m March 4, 2018
This popped up, so why not try the recipes and win the book?
 
Nitza H. March 4, 2018
I need this!!!! Pretty please...
 
heyjude March 4, 2018
I love seeing every photo posted in this club.
 
Kathy F. March 4, 2018
Those cherry black pepper cookies sound amazing!
 
Jamie March 3, 2018
In to win the bandana! ;)
 
Harmeet B. March 3, 2018
What a wonderful way to de-stress after work!
 
Geraldine W. March 3, 2018
What a great variety in this book!
 
Jenn A. March 3, 2018
How fun - count me in!
 
Melissa W. March 3, 2018
I'm in! Sounds like fun!
 
Cathy G. March 3, 2018
Looking forward to Erin’s recipes!
 
Kellyjean March 3, 2018
I just joined the club and am very excited!
 
Samantha Y. March 3, 2018
I took a break from baking for the past couple of months but I'm finally ready to get back into it. Would love to add this to my library!
 
Diane S. March 3, 2018
I just joined the Baking Club. So excited!<br />
 
Maria R. March 3, 2018
OMG this sounds so amazing and so much fun!
 
Meghan E. March 3, 2018
I just bought new cookie stamps, so I can't wait to use them!!! Love cookbook club and baking club, the members are so inspiring.
 
TBryan March 3, 2018
Super exciting! I’m just now getting more into baking. This would be a great resource.
 
Rachel E. March 3, 2018
Baking is a hobby.. so is collecting new baking books. I love it all :)
 
Dara E. March 3, 2018
I just got this book on my kindle by borrowing it from the library...so excited!!! A new cookbook is always a great challenge especially since im spatially challenged living on a boat!
 
Alexandra March 3, 2018
Excited to bake!
 
Maria O. March 3, 2018
Looking forward to seeing everyone's creations!
 
ellen March 3, 2018
This is what makes Food 52 so unique-yes you are selling stuff but there is so much fun in the process of getting and receiving. Thank you!
 
Karen E. March 3, 2018
What a great choice for the month! I’m looking forward to Erin’s recipes.
 
emily March 2, 2018
Can’t wait to get baking!
 
Miró C. March 2, 2018
After watching GBBO I had a newfound interest in baking but knew I needed more instruction on the sometimes complex “basics” of pastries, meringues, etc. Em’s recipes do just that and the recipes I’ve tried have already made me more confident that they’ll come out well.
 
Kristin M. March 2, 2018
Thank you for offering the recipes and a chance to win the cookbook. I am excited to get started!!
 
Nirali March 2, 2018
LOVE her recipes!
 
Stephanie March 2, 2018
I can't wait to try some of these recipes! I've had this cookbook on my "Cookbook Wishlist" since it came out!!
 
Kati March 2, 2018
I hope I win! I've been wanting to read this book and try new baking recipes!
 
Terry G. March 2, 2018
I never met a cookbook I didn't want. I'm a good cook with a passion for baking. I worked at a bakery while in high school and fell in love with Napoleons, Eclairs, Macaroons, ... <br />I've loved baking ever since. I'd enjoy trying Erin's recipes.<br /><br />Thank you kindly for the chance.
 
Mchan March 2, 2018
Can’t wait to try these recipes!
 
Basak March 2, 2018
I’m crossing my fingers 👈😃
 
steve March 2, 2018
Whimsy+ great technique = wow
 
Saskia M. March 2, 2018
The recipes sound yummy!
 
Rachelwrites March 2, 2018
I'm so excited for this month!
 
Katie K. March 2, 2018
Looking forward to baking fearlessly!
 
Maysee X. March 2, 2018
Would love to win a copy and make some cookies. They look SO good!
 
Melody J. March 2, 2018
These recipes seem fun.
 
Marzena T. March 2, 2018
Would love to win. Sounds like a must-have in any kitchen.
 
Cindi W. March 2, 2018
Love her advice and tips from here so the cookbook sounds like a must-have!
 
Jessica L. March 1, 2018
Fun a great give-away! Here’s hoping I’m one of the two winners!
 
Lily March 1, 2018
I would love to try some recipes from the book!
 
Stephanie Y. March 1, 2018
Would love to win - thanks for the chance!
 
Kimberly O. March 1, 2018
I can't wait to try some of the recipes
 
Lindsay M. March 1, 2018
I’d love a copy!
 
Elaine March 1, 2018
All the recipes look so good!
 
sunnycooksandhow March 1, 2018
Woot! I love Erin's style!
 
Jo A. March 1, 2018
Oh my these cookies look delicious. Love the opportunity to win a copy of her delicious book.
 
Marcia L. March 1, 2018
I can't wait to win this book and become fearless! It looks AMAZING!!!
 
Colleen G. March 1, 2018
I want to be fearless like Erin
 
Peggy G. March 1, 2018
I don’t have a cookbook dedicated to desserts. Could use one .
 
Kathleen K. March 1, 2018
Can't wait to bake from this book!
 
Jessy S. March 1, 2018
LIME. SABLE. ALL THE YASS!
 
erica March 1, 2018
ooo sablés are the best! can’t wait to try this recipe
 
katy March 1, 2018
Those lime sables look delectable! I'd love to bake through this book, but I don't have a copy... hint hint... ;-)
 
Rachel March 1, 2018
Ooh I’d love to win a copy! I really shouldn’t be buying more cookbooks, but since I wouldn’t actually be buying it...
 
Cindy March 1, 2018
I loved the book trailer! I would love to own a copy of the book!
 
rushyama (. March 1, 2018
I'd love a copy of Erin's book! Our library doesn't carry it yet.
 
Lyn March 1, 2018
I’m looking forward to trying a few recipes from this book! First up is the lemon curd (all those eggs!). Hopefully I will be the lucky winner of my own copy since I’m using a book from the library right now 🙃
 
Alexandra C. March 1, 2018
Oh Erin! So overjoyed to be trying her book out. Her recipes are so unique and beautiful. A lovely, fresh voice in the baking community!
 
Christine March 1, 2018
I googled this book and found a recipe for brownies baked in a pie crust that looked just amazing. Can’t wait to make!
 
Elizabeth G. March 1, 2018
I love baking, and have ever since I was a kid! More baking cookbooks are always welcome in my house!
 
Ellen W. March 1, 2018
Excited!
 
Paige B. March 1, 2018
I "borrowed " a copy from my mother. Hoping she forgets.
 
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Lindsay-Jean H. March 1, 2018
Ahaha I do that with my mom's stuff, too. :)
 
Sarah M. March 1, 2018
Yes please! This book is amazing and I'd love to give one to a friend!
 
Nanda G. March 1, 2018
Yippee!
 
Stephanie March 1, 2018
I'm going to make an effort to join in the baking... don't like getting on Facebook much though...I follow you through Blogger.
 
Janna March 1, 2018
Can't wait to bake through this book!
 
Alissa D. March 1, 2018
Looking forward to reading this one!
 
feather3weight March 1, 2018
Looking forward to reading recipe reviews from this book.
 
Judy Z. March 1, 2018
This looks like a great book!
 
Liz March 1, 2018
Awesome!
 
Atiya S. March 1, 2018
I would love to join the Baking Club, but I am not Facebook. Is there a way to bake with you guys without a Facebook account? Thanks, Atiya
 
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Lindsay-Jean H. March 1, 2018
Hi Atiya - you can keep up with what book we're on with the book lineup here: https://food52.com/blog/21669-7-rich-chewy-blondies-to-rival-your-favorite-brownies And if you're on Instagram, we share there with the hashtag #f52bakingclub
 
Atiya S. March 1, 2018
Hi Lindsay, thanks. This helps.
 
Picot March 1, 2018
This is surely a drool worthy book.
 
Katya S. March 1, 2018
Ayyy!!! This would be great to win!
 
Chocolate&Coffee March 1, 2018
I have Erin's book checked out from the library, but would love to win my own copy. So much deliciousness!
 
Vanessa B. March 1, 2018
Looking forward to this month!
 
Melissa G. March 1, 2018
Awesome blossom.
 
Spork March 1, 2018
This would be so cool to win!
 
Lindsey S. March 1, 2018
Looking forward to trying the brownie recipe
 
Valeria M. March 1, 2018
Ouhhh!! I would love to win and get back into the baking game :)
 
Daphne M. March 1, 2018
This is the best adventure since sliced bread thank you f52
 
Andrea March 1, 2018
I'm excited to bake from this book this month!
 
Kim March 1, 2018
I'd love to win! I could really use the help - AND purple is my favorite color!
 
Kelsey S. March 1, 2018
Those chocolate/cherry/black pepper cookies look AMAZING! I have always loved following Erin’s recipes here on F52 and would love to have her book!
 
Kelly W. March 1, 2018
Yes please and yum!
 
Holly March 1, 2018
I'd love to have a copy! Can't wait to dig into these recipes.
 
Terrill March 1, 2018
Can’t wait to bake through some of these recipes and thanks for the chance to win this book.
 
Terrill March 1, 2018
So fun. Can’t wait to bake through some of these recipes, thanks for chance to win the book!<br />
 
Stacey March 1, 2018
I can’t wait to try these recipes!
 
klok March 1, 2018
Can’t wait to dive into these recipes!! Fearless!!!
 
Rachel W. March 1, 2018
Love this club! So glad I found it! 🍞🥖🥐
 
Hillary March 1, 2018
I'm so excited that the baking club chose this book! I've had my eye on it since Erin's write up about Camp Cookbook!
 
Kate March 1, 2018
I've been looking for a book to do a bake-along with friends - this seems like a perfect fit!
 
3jamigos March 1, 2018
I would love a copy of this book! Trying the lime sables today!
 
Dee March 1, 2018
Looking forward to baking from it!
 
Christine H. March 1, 2018
This has quickly become a must-have classic among my cookbooks. I'd love to have my own copy so I can return my borrowed version back to my local library :-)
 
Stephanie P. March 1, 2018
Learning how to decorate cookies with royal icing is on my baking to-do list for the year! Looks like March is going to be a good time to try it out
 
YMS March 1, 2018
Im really excited about this book. The Lime Sable Sandwich Cookies sound like just what the doctor ordered for winter blues.
 
ritika March 1, 2018
So excited for this book.
 
Susie C. March 1, 2018
As a baker, I can only improve. Would love guidance with Erin's new book!
 
Cindy S. March 1, 2018
Stormy weather=perfect time to keep our fingers busy baking! I’d love to have a copy of Erin’s book!
 
Michi March 1, 2018
I read the intro to your book and I’m already hooked! So excited to bake Erin’s recipes this month!
 
Elizabeth K. March 1, 2018
Would love to win!
 
Jackie March 1, 2018
Cookies cakes and brownies oh my!! Yes please and thank you :)
 
Alex March 1, 2018
Yes please!
 
Betty T. March 1, 2018
I'm looking forward to trying out these recipes. I would love to add this to my cookbook library.
 
PistachioDoughnut March 1, 2018
I am so excited to try out Erin’s recipes from the book. Since I saw that video I have been drooling to make some of her bakes!
 
Anya L. March 1, 2018
I can't resist another fudgy brownie recipe!
 
Lisa March 1, 2018
So excited to check this book out! The recipes I’ve seen look sooooo good.
 
Patricia March 1, 2018
Would love to win this cookbook! Looking forward to trying new recipes this month!
 
Laurel I. March 1, 2018
Looks like a great cookbook to add to my collection. Would love to bake from it!
 
Lauren K. March 1, 2018
This is amazing! Can’t wait to get into this bakebook!!!
 
Nora C. March 1, 2018
Love Erin’s recipes!
 
Ann N. March 1, 2018
Gotta try those cherry-chocolate-pepper cookies! Thanks for sharing a few recipes to get us started!
 
Jessica L. March 1, 2018
I’m so excited for this book!!
 
DSV March 1, 2018
Would love to add this to my cookbook baking rotation- thanks for posting a few of the recipes to get us started!
 
qktiles March 1, 2018
Must make those chocolate-cherry-pepper cookies forthwith.
 
Rachel R. March 1, 2018
Erin's recipes are some of my favorites! From croissant rolls to black forest donuts, every recipe is so clear and easy to follow. So excited to learn more from Erin through this book!
 
Brenda B. March 1, 2018
I am so looking forward to trying her recipes! I was getting ready to order her book, but it would great to win one!
 
Sierra F. March 1, 2018
It would be such a blessing to receive not only this baking cookbook, but my very first one! I’ve been baking for a while but have always used online recipes. I’m ready for some change!
 
Elizabeth E. March 1, 2018
400 pages of YUM to try?I’m in!
 
Carol O. March 1, 2018
I am a great cook but I struggle with baking because of the precise nature. I am looking forward to trying the brownies and the royal icing. I have owned Rose Birnbaum’s Book on cookies for over 30 years and love it and I’m looking for the opportunity to learn more exciting recipes. Would love to win the cookbook.
 
Maggie March 1, 2018
Love Erin's recipes! I'm sure I'd love the book too :)
 
CecilyTechuan March 1, 2018
My library doesn't have a copy! :( <br /><br />I'll definitely make a few of the ones published above (it's musical season for my kids here so lots of goodies are being sent in to rehearsals). I haven't made whoopie pies in a while; that might be my first! Thank you for the giveaway!
 
Sandy March 1, 2018
New to this site and enjoying all the comments and recipes. Looking really hard at the sugar cookies.
 
Amanda L. March 1, 2018
I would love, love this book!! 💜❤️💕 good luck to everyone!
 
Melanie R. March 1, 2018
The lime sable sandwiches look amazing! I’d love to work my way through all the recipes!
 
Caterina B. March 1, 2018
Definitely going to try my hand at those whoopie pies first chance I get!
 
Jennie D. March 1, 2018
I would love a copy! I've been reading one from the library in anticipation of this month :)
 
Staci P. March 1, 2018
Those chocolate cherry cookies with black pepper sound amazing! I'm going to have to try those.
 
Elisabeth March 1, 2018
I hope I win! Her book looks amazing!
 
Jocelyn G. March 1, 2018
I would love to conquer some of the baking challenges I have!
 
Eriden March 1, 2018
Ready to bake fearlessly!
 
Shelley S. March 1, 2018
Looks like fun!
 
Caron B. March 1, 2018
New to the club. In excited to join and would love the book!
 
Jillian M. March 1, 2018
Excited for this cookbook!
 
cgilsbach March 1, 2018
I love the Food52 baking club, and would love to win this book!
 
Stephanie B. March 1, 2018
I would love to win this book and participate this month!
 
Alex I. March 1, 2018
Can’t wait to check out her new recipes!!
 
Paula March 1, 2018
I already cleared a spot on my bookshelf for this one.
 
Hannah T. March 1, 2018
I’m really excited to expand my baking universe! Would love to be considered for a copy of this book!
 
Sheryl March 1, 2018
Count me in!
 
Dona March 1, 2018
I can’t wait for this book!
 
Michele March 1, 2018
I definitely need to work my way through this book, my skills need improving!!
 
Molly B. March 1, 2018
Would love to win this book - it looks amazing and I love the baking club!!!
 
egam March 1, 2018
i've been a member of the baking club on fb for a while now - would love to have the chance to cook with this one! <br />
 
Ro March 1, 2018
Baking fearlessly in a purple bandana sounds like the perfect way to kick off March!
 
Sarah H. March 1, 2018
Yes, please! I could definitely use this book!
 
mvtshops March 1, 2018
The recipes look amazing!
 
jude1 March 1, 2018
And a matching purple bandana!
 
Renee March 1, 2018
I can’t wait to up my baking game this month!
 
Kym N. March 1, 2018
This looks like a great book to bake our way through March and into spring.
 
Mike M. March 1, 2018
Count me in!
 
[email protected] March 1, 2018
Wow thx for this opportunity..
 
Temperance W. March 1, 2018
Me!! Me!! I can't afford new cookbooks for at least 6 months because school!
 
Dava March 1, 2018
This is my birthday month and I am baking all month long as a gift to me!
 
Melody March 1, 2018
So excited to bake this month!
 
Mary J. March 1, 2018
Ohhh, would love to win a copy!
 
Sarah D. March 1, 2018
I would love to win a copy of this book!!!
 
cindy March 1, 2018
Love to bake and purple is my signature color!
 
Cynthia W. March 1, 2018
Me! Me! The tomato upside down cake so eone posted on the baking club makes it look worth adding to the bookshelf!
 
Linsey March 1, 2018
Cant wait to dig into this book further!!!
 
Joy H. March 1, 2018
I borrowed a copy from the library, but I'd love to win a copy, too!
 
Madelien March 1, 2018
Wow - would love to try our some of her recipes and join the Baking Club! Hope to get a copy of this fabulous sounding new book!
 
Lauren D. March 1, 2018
Oh wow! This sounds like the most perfect post-work ritual. I would love to get in on the baking club and go through her book (which I don't have, yet!)!
 
honeyogurtoast March 1, 2018
Yay! Congratulations, Erin! Excited to bake fearlessly with you!