Wanted: Bake Sale Recipes


Like a Good Preschool Mother, I have offered my services for an upcoming bake sale.

Hmmm. What do I make? I would totally do the pumpkin brownie thing, but I don’t think the consistency will hold up well. (They want the items in plastic bags tied up with ribbons.)

Do you have an absolutely fantastic recipe for cookies, brownies or bars? Please help, as I desperately want the school moms and teachers to liiiiiiiike meeeeeeeee.

(Especially since Wito had a little accident involving poop remnants at school yesterday. Which was beyond mortifying. THE SITUATION IS DIRE, YO.)

  1. EMY

    October 7, 2009 at 10:50 am
  2. Rachelino

    October 7, 2009 at 11:15 am

    I can second the recommendation on the Snickerdoodles or the lemon bars from Smitten Kitchen.
    I can also HEARTILY recommend the brownie recipe from the Brooklyn bakery Baked (from cookbook of same name). Oprah named the brownie as one of her favorite things and catapulted the bakery’s business big time. It has won many contests. It is a fudgy thing of beauty. I ate them at their booksigning in SF (they have been sent UPS from Brooklyn) and by God they were so good, I have baked them half a dozen times since then.

    I would recommend against anything with nuts, peanut butter or the like. You don’t want to deal with nut allergy questions- you want to bake and have fun!

    Also, if the baked goods will be sitting out for a long time (and you don’t have fridge access), I would avoid anything with a cream cheese frosting or any bar with a lot of cream cheese in it (it’s probably fine, but that stuff needs to be kept chilled in a bakery. I would just avoid it.)

    I wouldn’t choose chocolate chip cookies; they are best warm.

    wow, this is long. i am a freak.

    I am with Sizzle!! I want to frame that print in my kitchen!!! Where did you find it?
    .-= Rachelino´s last blog ..Flo Braker’s Dark Chocolate Cake Recipe – Update =-.

  3. Jessica J.

    October 7, 2009 at 11:33 am

    I made some super yummy s’mores bars recently. I sent them to work with my husband and all the guys loved them!! I think they’d hold up good in a baggie too.
    My blog about them:
    Original source I found the recipe:

    Make sure you share with the blog whatever you end up making.

  4. am'ti b

    October 7, 2009 at 11:53 am

    three options-
    sheet cake w/ and w/o pecans (everyone adores these and you are an okie)
    neiman’s cookies
    those german choc things that liz makes (they sound dreamy)

  5. Sarah

    October 7, 2009 at 12:18 pm

    Lordy. so many of us worship at the altar of the Smitten Kitchen!
    .-= Sarah´s last blog ..:: p!nk, pumpkin pancakes, and sunrises :: =-.

  6. Trenches of Mommyhood

    October 7, 2009 at 12:19 pm

    Rolo cookies!
    Here’s the recipe:

    (I omit the nuts. And it rolls better if you refrigerate the batter for a few hours beforehand.)
    .-= Trenches of Mommyhood´s last blog ..Shoes Glorious Shoes =-.

  7. whoorl

    October 7, 2009 at 12:34 pm

    I’m having a bake sale-induced panic attack. How am I going to pick one thing? I WANT TO MAKE (AND DEVOUR) EVERYTHING. Y’all are totally coming through for me on this one…thank you!

    And for those of you that mentioned the photo, might I introduce you to the greatest Flickr group ever – Vintage Cookbooks. Prepare to fall in love.

  8. Nancy R

    October 7, 2009 at 1:35 pm

    Last Christmas Cooking Light Magazine printed a recipe for Butterscotch Blondies that is awesome. It called for egg substitute, but I used the same amount of real eggs. The recipe has been on my mind since I caught the last half of the Nancy Drew movie with Emma Roberts…Nancy’s Aunt Bess apparently makes some kick-ass blondies.
    .-= Nancy R´s last blog ..Beyoncé Filtered By A Four Year-Old =-.

  9. sarah

    October 7, 2009 at 1:42 pm


    (I made these for a charity bake sale this summer and they were a hit. I put two-three in a baggie.)


    majorly easy, too. they’d be even better with some drizzled chocolate on top….hoo boy. good luck!

  10. Mary

    October 7, 2009 at 1:53 pm

    My mom has always been a great baker, but is most famous for her caramel bars. They’re pretty easy to make, basically a layer of dense chocolate cakeish, layer of chocolate chips, layer of melted caramel mixture, and more dense chocolate cakeish stuff on top. Recipe:

    1 box German chocolate cake mix
    1/3 c. evaporated milk (lowfat, not condensed)
    1/2 cup melted butter/margarine
    1 tsp. vanilla

    –stir together above ingredients to make chocolate mixture

    14 oz package of carmels (Kraft or Brach)
    1 cup chocolate chips

    –unwrap carmels for melting
    –melt on low heat 1/3 c. evaporated milk
    –stir occasionally
    –use half of choc mixture to pad into bottom of 9×13 pan
    –bake at 350 for about 6-8 minutes, it should rise a little bit
    –sprinkle over layer a cup of chocolate chips
    –pour melted carmel over layer of choc chips
    –pad small spoonfuls of second layer on top, flatten and lay on with hands
    –back in oven for 18-22 minutes on 350
    –cool completely before cutting
    –cut in straight vertical lines and then diagonal to make a sort of diamond shape for each bar (I can send pictures if this is confusing)

  11. Cole

    October 7, 2009 at 1:56 pm

    These brownies are to die for! If I ever quit my un-lucrative marketing career these are my moneymaker…easy and delicious

    Triple Chocolate Brownies

    185g (6 oz) butter
    185g (6 oz) dark chocolate, chopped
    3 eggs
    1¼ cup caster sugar (superfine)
    2/3 cup plain flour (all purpose)
    ½ cup cocoa powder
    ¾ cup roughly chopped milk chocolate
    ¾ cup roughly chopped white chocolate

    1. Preheat oven to 180’C (350’F). Grease a 23cm (9 inch) square cake tin and line base with baking paper.
    2. Place the butter and dark chocolate in a saucepan over a low heat and stir until just smooth. Allow to cool.
    3. Place eggs and sugar into a bowl and beat with electric mixer until light and creamy.
    4. Fold chocolate mixer into egg mixture.
    5. Sift in the flour, cocoa and mix to combine.
    6. Add the milk and white chocolate then pour into cake tin.
    7. Bake for 35 – 40 minutes or until set.
    8. Allow to cool then cut into squares.

  12. jennP

    October 7, 2009 at 2:18 pm

    when i was younger, my mom always made cake in a cone. Just bake a regular cake mix in flat bottomed ice cream cones! then you ice and add sprinkles. They were always the hit of the school!! and very easy :)

  13. Robin

    October 7, 2009 at 2:20 pm

    Fancy Rice Krispie Treats
    1 (12 oz.) pkg. butterscotch chips
    1 c. chunky peanut butter
    7 cups Rice Krispies
    1 (14 oz.) bag (or 2 cups) M&M’s (plain)

    Melt chips and peanut butter over a very low heat. Stir until chips are melted and mixture is smooth and creamy. Pour into a large mixing bowl and add Rice Krispies and M&M’s. Stir well. Press into aluminum foil lined 13 x 9 x 2 inch pan. Chill in refrigerator for 1 hour. Cut into 1 ½ inch squares.
    .-= Robin´s last blog ..Can’t wait to see what she names her kids =-.

  14. Andrea

    October 7, 2009 at 3:03 pm

    The BEST chocolate chip cookies ever: http://orangette.blogspot.com/2008/07/bold-statement.html

    Also, pumpkin bars or bread (as everyone above me mentioned) are perfect for the ‘season.’
    .-= Andrea´s last blog ..Tis The Season =-.

  15. cardiogirl

    October 7, 2009 at 3:18 pm

    Chocolate Peanut Butter No bake cookies are always easy and tasty.

    * 2 cups sugar
    * 4 tablespoons cocoa
    * 1 stick butter
    * 1/2 cup milk
    * 1 cup peanut butter
    * 1 tablespoon vanilla
    * 3 cups oatmeal

    In a heavy saucepan bring to a boil, the sugar, cocoa, butter and milk. Let boil for 1 minute then add peanut butter, vanilla and oatmeal. On a sheet of waxed paper, drop mixture by the teaspoonfuls, until cooled and hardened.

    Hey, you could probably make a small dessert recipe book off these comments. Call it the Virtual Cookie Book and charge $2 for each copy.
    .-= cardiogirl´s last blog ..He jumps on my back every time I turn down overtime =-.