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Apr 27, 2012 07:19 AM

Bake sale? What should i bake?

My daughter's gym is having a local meet and they are offering some baked goods along with drinks. The gym is asking parents to bring a little something. I'm not sure what to bake though and was wondering if anyone had any good recipes that they themselves ( and would make again) for either bar treats or cookies.

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  1. I am a 14 year veteran of school bake sales, and here is my advice: don't be creative. There are three things that sell reliably -- chocolate chip cookies, or the bar version made from the chocolate chip bag, brownies, and cupcakes, either minis of full sized. I have tried other many other cookie recipes and they languish.

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    1. re: roxlet

      I'd actually add Rice Krispie treats to that. Especially if they're made big (very thick) with extra non melty mini marshmallows

      1. re: Savour

        Yep: Rice Krispie treats are a bake sale classic.. everyone loves them.

        1. re: rstuart

          I'm not usually a huge fan of Rice Krispie treats, but recently we had some from a local cafe that were topped with a layer of peanut butter cream and then a layer of chocolate ganache and they were delicious.

          1. re: cookie monster

            If there's one thing that I've learned from several years of reading way, way too many food blogs, it's that there is a seemingly infinite number of things that can be done to Rice Krispie Squares!

        2. re: Savour

          I am always surprised at how quickly rice krispie treats go. Not doctored up, just plain squares.

          For the OP, my go-to bake sale give away is whoopie pies. Individually wrapped in plastic so easy to sell, people know what they are but you don't see them often so they go quickly. To me, they're like cupcakes w/ a better ratio of cake to frosting.

          1. re: chowser

            My kids' last school never held bake sales so I've only become a bake sale veteran the last few years. Thanks to advice received here I package everything individually and make either whoopie pies or sandwich cookies (reverse oreos) for most of their sales and they always sell out.

            I was caught short on time for the last sale and made jello aquariums, packaging them in sundae cups with a lid and spoon-those went quick too but it felt like cheating :)

              1. re: alkapal

                yep. they're actually really cute. you can also add star-shaped gummies (or cut marshmallows into stars) to mimic starfish.

                1. re: alkapal

                  Sure is...not sure if you have swedish fish-they're a little sturdier than gummy bears. I used the quickset method, and added a fish to the bottom using a skewer and a few peeking out the top heads/tails up. I think Maynard's Swedish Fish are Canadian but a quick google shows there are other brands-and an "Aquatic Life" mix that would make for interesting aquariums:

          2. re: roxlet

            I agree with roxlet - the brownies with m&ms on top were the first thing to sell out at the last bake sale. Keep it basic.

          3. chocolate biscotti.

            at least that's what i'd buy. LOL

            there have been a couple of "bake sale" threads here on chowhound. you might get inspiration there.

            i tend to agree with roxlet here. don't make "strange" things. if i pass by a bake sale, and they don't have my biscotti (ha!), then i'll opt for some large chocolate chip & nut cookies.

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            1. re: alkapal

              Sad but true...I once worked the pantry station in a popular local restaurant, and nine times out of ten the customers ordered chocolate desserts, leaving my lovely fruit creations to languish...the chef finally turned them into chutney!

            2. Chocolate Chip Brownies. Make any chocolate chip cookie recipe but leave out the chocolate chips. Spread dough in brownie pan. Put chocolate chips on top. Put pan in oven for 3-4 minutes until chips soften then take a knife and run it through the dough a few times to marbleize the chocolate in ribbons throughout. Continue baking. Cool. Cut into squares.

              This is quicker than making chocolate chip cookies. A recipe that uses the 12-oz bag of chocolate chips will make a 9 x 13 pan of chocolate chip brownies.

              1. neopolitan rice krispie treats

                1. cupcakes baked in ice cearm cones and then frosted. (so they look like ice cream)They are always the first things to go at our bake sales. The kids beg for them.

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                  1. re: ctfoodie

                    cute idea. do you rig up a "stand" by using a box and cutting holes in it for the cones?

                    1. re: alkapal

                      You could if you were crafty (which i am not). I just stand them up in muffin pans :)

                      1. re: alkapal

                        you can also use a thick chunk of styrofoam.

                        1. re: alkapal

                          You can turn a shirt box upside down and cut X's in it. One thing with these is that the cones get soggy overnight so not something you want to make in advance.