Bake Sale Goodies
School has started and you will be getting an alert about upcoming bake sales, if you haven’t already. Church groups, non-profits and other organizations love a good bake sale and they depend on the quality of the items offered. What makes a good bake sale goody? We think it should be portable, have a pretty good shelf-life, not need refrigeration and just make you want to buy it. With that in mind we asked some of our favorite bloggers for their ideas, taking all of the above into account as well as special needs diets. We think you will find what you are looking for here. We would love to see pictures of your Bake Sale event! Send them along and we will profile them on our Facebook page.
Cheesecake is always popular, but at a bake sale? Look at that top image. See the creamy swirls of cheesecake? Bars are such a great way to go for bake sales. You make one pan and voila! You’ve got many servings. Put cheesecake and bars together and you’ve got these Cheesecake Cookie Bars from What’s Gaby Cooking. They combine a chocolate chip style cookie layer topped with a cheesecake layer for a powerhouse of flavor and texture.
How about something healthy. That contains chocolate! These Skinny Double Chocolate Banana Muffins from Krista at Joyful Healthy Eats pack whole wheat flour, cocoa and mini chips into gorgeous, easy to eat, domed muffins
From Marcie at Flavor The Moments we have Key Lime Cooler Cookies. Yes, the powdered sugar can get a bit messy, but why not make little bags of a half-dozen or so and charge a premium! Perfect for kids to give as a gift for teachers.
Callie Mae and Kelly Bejelly from A Girl Worth Saving always have interesting paleo options and these days you should have some paleo sweets at your Bake Sale table. But that doesn’t mean deprivation! These Paleo Brownies feature coconut oil, coconut sugar (they are very gently sweetened) cocoa powder, and both tapioca flour and coconut flour. They do contain eggs for binding,
Lisa Menichello Huff from Snappy Gourmet appears often in our roundups and for good reason. We love her style! These Easy S’Mores Bars are jam packed with gooey deliciousness. Bars, again, to the rescue.
Signage is important at your bake sale. Sometimes the name of something will bring in the big bucks. Marly from Namely Marly brings us these Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Sandwich Cookies. Folks go crazy for PB cups and – wait for it – these are vegan! Look at that mouthwatering image…you have to check these out.
Any recipe with “butterscotch” in the title gets our attention and these Marianne’s Butterscotch Chocolate Bars from Sarah’s Cucina Bella are easy enough for the kids to make. A layer of chocolate settles near the bottom leaving the butterscotchy, salt spiked tender layer on top.
Having a no-bake option is always good. These No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies from Melissa’s Southern Style Kitchen have some chocolate, some peanut butter for protein and oatmeal for fiber. Almost a virtuous choice as well as easy. Make sure to use the quick cooking oats that she recommends for best results.
We knew we had to have a rice krispie treat variation and this one is an eye-catcher! Camille from Growing Up Gabel offered her Watermelon Rice Krispie Treats that use a little bit of green and pink food coloring to make this visual treat. And they are so much easier to make than you might think.
Okay here’s a mouthful: Mini Baked Samoa Donuts with 5 Minute Caramel Sauce. Don’t let the title fool you. These are doable – albeit a tad fancy. But if you want to be the one that blows the rest of the bake sale items out of the water, you might want to give these a try. They are from Megan from her blog With Salt & Wit and these happen to be vegan as well.
Read this: Fudgy Mocha Chip Brownies with Espresso Sea Salt. Yes, you read that right. Espresso Sea Salt. Lauren from Keep It Sweet Desserts shows us how. These are a sophisticated option that will shine among the more, ahem, expected bake sale treats.
Granola type bars always make a good offering because they pack so easily into a lunchbox and can be saved for later or the next day. Arman of the blog The Big Man’s World brought us his No Bake Sunbutter Granola Bars featuring oats, oat bran, sunflower seed butter and brown rice syrup among other healthful ingredients.
As much as we are still thinking it is the end of summer (and it is technically) the fall recipes and flavors are creeping in. Like apples! These Apple Crumb Cakes from Erren’s Kitchen bring us what we are cravings now…apples, cinnamon, a texture filled, brown sugar crumb topping. And we have built in portion control. That is if you eat just one.
Speaking of fall, yes it is time for pumpkinpalooza (we just made that up). Fall means pumpkin baked goods. Bobbi’s Kozy Kitchen brings us Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffins with a tender pumpkin flavored batter and a creamy cheesecake center.
And last but not least Julie from Julie’s Eats & Treats from brings us a Salted Nut Roll Bar. We don’t think the salty and sweet theme is going away anytime soon because it is so darn delicious. Here Julie begins with a boxed cake mix and adds in marshmallows, rice krispies, peanuts and peanut butter chips.