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

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.

When I’m not in the kitchen I can be found playing with my dog, 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:

  • I have chocolate every single day. That’s not an exaggeration.
  • I believe food is one of the most powerful ways to express and receive love.
  • With that being said… I hate pickles and peas (unless they’re already mashed up!). No love for those here.

I hope you 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.