Bake Sale Favorites: 40+ Recipes, Packaging Tips & Ideas

DisplayLooking 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!
Lollipop Pies: Using pastry and filling of your choice, learn how to make these fun pies.

Brownie Pops: Simply cut squares of brownies, add a stick and dip in chocolate and sprinkles.
Gumdrop Cupcakes: Impressive! A star tip is used to pipe starbursts then each is embellished with a gumdrop.

Chex Lemon Buddies: Made with Rice Chex cereal, white vanilla baking chips, butter, grated lemon peel, fresh lemon juice and powdered sugar.
ROLO Pretzel Delights: Small round pretzels are topped with a Rolo Chewy Caramel, baked for a few minutes then finished with a pecan half.

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.
Mint Patty Cakes: Batch yields 24, these are covered with layers of minty icing and a glaze.

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.
Cookie Pops: Made with vanilla wafers, peanut butter, milk chocolate candy coating and M&M’s miniature baking bits.

Tie-Dye Bars: Includes both recipe for the bars & instructions for frosting, these are done in a jelly-roll pan then sliced into bars.
Cute Pops: Sandwich cookies (Oreos) are covered with red tinted (vanilla) frosting and decorated with pretzel sticks, chewy candies and M&Ms.

Frog Bites: Two-bite brownies are placed in paper liners and decorated with frosting, sprinkles and candy pieces (held in place with toothpicks).
M&M Chocolate Chip Cookies: Done in a muffin top pan so they’re nice ‘n thick.

Peanut Butter Cup Cookies: Mini-peanut butter cups are pressed into each ball (when hot from the oven).
Pink Meringues: Yields approximately 16 meringues, tinted with rose pink food colouring and dusted with icing sugar.

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.
Chocolate Covered Pretzels: Both regular shaped and pretzel sticks will work well.

Layered Bars: A 5-ingredient recipe (uses a fudge cake mix), miniature candy-coated chocolate and caramels.
Butter Toffee Flower Sandwiches: Dough is cut into flower shapes with a cookie cutter and filled with whipped buttercream frosting and toffee bits.

Mini Whoopie Pies: Made with Devil’s Food Cake Mix, filled with cream cheese and vanilla frosting.
Chocolate Covered Saltine Crackers: These are different and promises to please, Saltine crackers are baked for a few minutes with butter & brown sugar then covered with melted chocolate and sprinkles of nuts, toffee bits and sprinkles.

Peppermint Bark: Always a hit and so easy to make! Here are a few different versions to try.
Popcones: Cones filled with marshmallow-almond popcorn stand in a paper-wrapped aluminum-foil box with small holes. Paper cherries glued to a toothpick form the price tag.

Deluxe Caramel Corn: A colorful crunchy snack made with popcorn, miniature pretzels, salted peanuts, gumdrops, Skittles and more.
Crunchy Sweet Snack Mix: Crispy corn & rice cereal is covered with a caramelized syrup mixture, after baking stir in peanuts and candy then cool.

Sugar Cookie Bars: Easy to make and they look pretty too!
Dipped Spoons: Great for coffee lovers, this will melt a bit of chocolate in hot coffee while stirring the spoon.

Cupcake Ice Cream Cones

*First published April 3, 2008 and moved to this page for better organization


Exampleswafer ice cream cones with flat bottoms (12)
1 box cake mix (1)
1 can prepared vanilla frosting (1)
food colouring
sprinkles, optional


  • 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).

Yield: 12

Source: Clipping from HomeBasics Magazine, Summer 2005

Rice Krispies Dippers: Bars are cut, popsicle sticks inserted then dipped in melted chocolate and sprinkles.

Batter Twist: Adds a little something extra to the usual crispy squares (incorporates boxed cake mix), loaded with sprinkles.
Oversized Pops: M&Ms are added to the usual recipe (which is tripled), pressed into deep pan, cut in squares and insert popsicle sticks.

Peanut Butter Cup Krispies: Yum! A concoction of peanut butter cups, peanut butter chips, creamy peanut butter, mini-marshmallows, butter and puffed rice cereal.
Butterfly: Cut into shape with a cookie cutter then decorate with frosting and assorted candies.

Fruity Pebbles: Made with Fruity Pebbles cereal (or Captain Crunch) instead of Rice Krispies and dipped in white chocolate.
Krispies & Fruity Pebbles: A little bit of everything in this one!


Tipnut is loaded with organized collections of recipes, here are a few that feature dozens of goodies that will work well for bake sales:


  • 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.
Paper Plate Baskets: A charming container with a paper plate and decorative washi tape (also try ribbon and an elastic band).

Mix & Match Tins: Simple way to present an assortment of goodies in a plain box (always a hit at sales).
Favor Sleeves: Jumbo cookies are popular, pack them in paper cd sleeves and attach with a fun label (free pdf printable available).

Envelope Wraps: Another free printable for jumbo cookies (includes envelope template and snowflake stickers).
Goody Bags: You can dress things up with a strip of decorative paper.

Felt Flags: An easy way for cupcakes stand out, made with toothpicks, scraps of felt and a dab of glue.
Trendy Toppers: A few different ideas presented here, paper pinwheels, washi tape flags, edible toppers and a quirky mustache.

Ribbons & Bows: You’ll need clear cellophane bags, pretty cardstock and colorful ribbon for these.
DIY: Made with baking paper, glue, washi tape and baker’s twine. Free printable labels to download (jpg file).

Printable Bags: Two designs per sheet (via pdf download).
Labels Set: Lots of goodies in this bunch! Announcement/flyer; table menu; signs; assorted labels and stickers.

Sealing Cellophane: Here’s a nifty trick, use a curling iron to seal cellophane bags.

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    • Elizabeth

    I’m having a school fundraiser and I need simple easy recipies I can make without alot of hastle and without a microwave. 🙁 PLEASE HELP!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • Elizabeth

      I don’t know. I serioulsy can’t make rice crispies…

      • Tipnut

      Hi Elizabeth, check out the snack mixes on this page: click here. There are several easy recipes and I find they usually go over really well at bake sales. Good luck!

    • Fabiola

    I’m making a bake sale and I’m going to make all of these!

    • Theresa

    There were so many great ideas it’s hard to know which one to start with. They all look very simple to make. I’m going to start right away.

    • Ruth

    Cupcake Ice Cream Cones will cook in less than 1 minute in the microwave!

      • Elizabeth

      don’t have a microwave…. that’s works

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