Hello! And welcome to Holly’s Cooking Challenge.

This month I will be making Pumpkin Bread and I hope you join me!

baked Pumpkin Bread in the pan

Cooking Challenge

October 2023 Cooking Challenge

Pumpkin Bread

This homemade pumpkin bread recipe is just what you need for a cozy fall treat!

It’s light, moist, and packed with pumpkin spice and all things nice. Not only does this pumpkin bread taste amazing, but it also fills your kitchen with the most delicious aroma.

Alternate recipe: If pumpkin bread isn’t a fit for you, here is this month’s alternate recipe.

  • Easy Banana Bread – This quick bread is a no-fail recipe; it turns out perfect every time! With only a few minutes of prep and a secret ingredient to make it extra moist, this will soon be a family favorite in your house too! Or try making this classic recipe or switch it up and add chocolate chips for an extra treat!

After you make the pumpkin bread or banana bread (remember, any variations are fine!), send in a picture of your creation to cookingchallenge@spendwithpennies.com.

3 images including an ipad with a recipe in it, polaroid photos of lasagna, and an email symbol on an envelope
  1. Make the recipe of the month (or a variation of it!).
  2. Snap a photo of your creation.
  3. Email photos to cookingchallenge@spendwithpennies.com by the last day of the month at 11:59 PM PST for a chance to win a $100 Amazon gift card.

And don’t forget, for a bonus entry, leave a review on the recipe!

Share your recipe photos on social media and tag us at #HollysCookingChallenge! You could be featured in an upcoming post!

Holly’s Cooking Challenge Details

Visit the Holly’s Cooking Challenge home page for full details and a list of FAQs.

Official Contest Rules

Last Month’s Challenge

Last month we made hamburger casserole, a cozy and hearty recipe to lead us into fall.

And drumroll for the winner of Holly’s September 2023 Cooking Challenge…

Michael M.

Thank you to everyone who entered. It was so fun to be able to see all of your creations! Check them out…


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Holly Nilsson is the creator of Spend With Pennies, where she creates easy, comforting recipes made for real life. With a passion for nostalgic flavors and simplified techniques, Holly helps busy home cooks create delicious meals that always work. She is also the author of “Everyday Comfort,” which promises to inspire even more hearty, home-cooked meals.
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