Bake Sale Favorites: 40+ Recipes, Packaging Tips & Ideas
Looking for some inspiration on what to make for a bake sale? This is the list for you!
If you have children in school, involved with team sports or support local community groups and churches, chances are you’ll take part in this popular method of fundraising.
Here are dozens ideas that I’ve handpicked from around the net with many that are quick & easy to whip up.
I’ve also tucked in a few suggestions for packaging (including a few free printables), you’ll find those at the bottom of the page. Have fun!
Brownie Pops: Simply cut squares of brownies, add a stick and dip in chocolate and sprinkles.
Chex Lemon Buddies: Made with Rice Chex cereal, white vanilla baking chips, butter, grated lemon peel, fresh lemon juice and powdered sugar.
Lollipop Cookies: A batch of dough is divided into thirds to be tinted in the colors of your choosing then stacked and rolled together before baking.
Pink Peanut Butter Hugs: Based on a peanut butter ball, dough is tinted with red food coloring, coated with pink sugar and topped with a Hershey’s hug.
Tie-Dye Bars: Includes both recipe for the bars & instructions for frosting, these are done in a jelly-roll pan then sliced into bars.
Frog Bites: Two-bite brownies are placed in paper liners and decorated with frosting, sprinkles and candy pieces (held in place with toothpicks).
Peanut Butter Cup Cookies: Mini-peanut butter cups are pressed into each ball (when hot from the oven).
Lemon Coconut Crackles: Made with a box of cake mix and Cool Whip, dough is shaped into balls and rolled in powdered sugar before baking.
Layered Bars: A 5-ingredient recipe (uses a fudge cake mix), miniature candy-coated chocolate and caramels.
Mini Whoopie Pies: Made with Devil’s Food Cake Mix, filled with cream cheese and vanilla frosting.
Peppermint Bark: Always a hit and so easy to make! Here are a few different versions to try.
Deluxe Caramel Corn: A colorful crunchy snack made with popcorn, miniature pretzels, salted peanuts, gumdrops, Skittles and more.
Sugar Cookie Bars: Easy to make and they look pretty too!
Cupcake Ice Cream Cones
*First published April 3, 2008 and moved to this page for better organization
wafer ice cream cones with flat bottoms (12)
1 box cake mix (1)
1 can prepared vanilla frosting (1)
- Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C).
- Prepare batter according to directions.
- Fill cones three-quarters full with batter.
- Set cones on a baking sheet or in a muffin tin and place in oven. Careful – do not let them tip over.
- Bake 15 to 20 minutes until done (insert a toothpick in the cake to test, when it comes out clean they’re done).
- Tint frosting with food colouring so colours look like ice cream (pink, brown, mint green). Can do in separate bowls to make a variety of colours.
- Spoon icing into a pastry bag fitted with a large tip. Swirl frosting onto the cone so it looks like soft-serve ice cream. Or frost with a butter knife for a scooped ice cream look.
- Add sprinkles (optional).
Source: Clipping from HomeBasics Magazine, Summer 2005
Batter Twist: Adds a little something extra to the usual crispy squares (incorporates boxed cake mix), loaded with sprinkles.
Peanut Butter Cup Krispies: Yum! A concoction of peanut butter cups, peanut butter chips, creamy peanut butter, mini-marshmallows, butter and puffed rice cereal.
Fruity Pebbles: Made with Fruity Pebbles cereal (or Captain Crunch) instead of Rice Krispies and dipped in white chocolate.
Tipnut is loaded with organized collections of recipes, here are a few that feature dozens of goodies that will work well for bake sales:
- Refrigerator Cookies
- Squares, Slices & Tarts
- Cake Mix Cookies
- Coconut Macaroons
- Sweet & Tangy Lemon Bars
- Easy Cookies (No-Bake)
- Homemade Fudge
- Festive Candy Cane Treats For The Holidays
- These pages include those with a holiday theme: Halloween, Thanksgiving and Valentine’s Day
- Tie closed or wrap with bits of colorful ribbon, yarn, decorative tape, twine or string.
- Stack cookies, snack mixes and squares in pretty paper cups (or wrap cups with decorative wrapping paper or scrapbook paper).
- Cupcakes will stand out with mini-flags and toppers (see ideas below).
- Favor bags can be made with cellophane, plastic baggies and even paper lunchbags (arrange a sample display so customers will know what’s inside).
- Label items clearly and note if they are gluten-free or peanut-free (some folks will be scooping those up in a hurry).
- Arrange squares of wax paper between sticky treats so buyers won’t be disappointed with a gooey mess.
- Clear plastic cups filled with snack mixes are an inexpensive method of packaging (wrap in cellophane).
- Line washed coffee and cookie tins with waxed paper and fill with treats, wrap outside with decorative paper and seal with plastic or metal lid.
Mix & Match Tins: Simple way to present an assortment of goodies in a plain box (always a hit at sales).
Envelope Wraps: Another free printable for jumbo cookies (includes envelope template and snowflake stickers).
Felt Flags: An easy way for cupcakes stand out, made with toothpicks, scraps of felt and a dab of glue.
Ribbons & Bows: You’ll need clear cellophane bags, pretty cardstock and colorful ribbon for these.
Printable Bags: Two designs per sheet (via pdf download).
Sealing Cellophane: Here’s a nifty trick, use a curling iron to seal cellophane bags.