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Bake sale favorites time again

I ask every year, and every year you CH'ers come through fabulously, so here goes again.....
My children's elementary school has a Christmas festival, they ask parents to contribute by making a baked good to donate to a silent auction. The baked goods need to be a little more than rice krispies treats because they raise money by people bidding on the tastiest looking goodies. I love to bake and have some extra time so I was hoping you could steer me in the direction of some recently made big hits from your repertoire. Thank you, again this year!

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  1. I've been making Melissa Clark's Banana Blondies. Always a hit.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/17/din...

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    1. re: susan1353

      Those look great! How long ahead can they be made - and can they be frozen?

      1. re: dalcook

        I would think that they'd freeze just fine.

    2. There's a recent thread on buche de noel which would be seasonal and eye catching.

      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/926484#

      1. One of the best presentations I saw was a basket with individually wrapped choco dipped pretzel rods and large cookies baked onto lollipop sticks (not those new cake pop things) these were atleast 6 inch round oatmeal, choco chip, M&M cookies impaled on sturdy tall sticks. the rods were decorated in festive sprinkles, coconut etc. I saw several sized baskets, a smallish one had about 1/2 dozen assorted treats, larger one had 10 and so on. The bigest basket had about 2 dozen treats in it. they are great becuase each is wrapped in clear cellophane, tied with a pretty ribbon and arranged in the basket to look like a flower display.

        1. I made these cupcakes for my daughter's bday and everyone went nuts for them. They are impressive. I thought they were too sweet but the kids loved them. I used Annie eats recipe but her site is down but this is the same recipe.
          http://www.madeinmelskitchen.com/2011...

          1. Look on Pinterest and search for Christmas cookie pops. I found a picture of a pretty tree and it looks quite easy when you break it down. I'll try to attach the picture here.

             
            1. Then there's always chocolate spoons.

              http://www.abeautifulmess.com/2011/12...

              Or button cookies tied with twine, in cellophane bags.

              http://www.pinterest.com/jinab/cute-a...

              And momoftwo beat me to the chocolate-covered pretzels!
              I use rods, dip first in melted caramel, then chocolate, then sprinkled with anything from sunflower seeds to mini M&M's, or drizzled with melted white chocolate. Momoftow's presentation looks like a money-maker!

              http://family.go.com/food/pkg-family-...

              1. The presentation styling of the Gingerbread Snow Globe City bhg.com /houses in the Dec 2013 Better Homes and Gardens has my eye. I'm planning to try these half-scale, to fit in a large canning jar. As shown, the approx $18 cost of the 8 x 10 jar (I found at containerstore.com) might put it out of reach for your fundraiser, but you might get some good bids, especially if you packaged it with "replacement" house pieces.

                1. Layer cake, like Dorie Greenspan's devil's food white out cake. People don't need a special occasion for it but love to splurge on layer cake.

                  http://www.npr.org/templates/story/st...

                  1. HELLO DOLLY BARS
                    1 cube butter
                    1 c. graham cracker crumbs
                    1 c. coconut
                    1 c. chocolate chips
                    1 can Eagle Brand sweetened condensed milk
                    1 c. nuts, chopped

                    Melt butter in 9x12 inch pan. Sprinkle crumbs and pat, making a crust, layer coconut, chocolate chips, pecans. Pour over Eagle Brand milk. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Cool. Cut in squares.

                    1. Some sugar cookies or shortbread, decorated and wrapped individually placed in a basket might be popular. Lots of nice designs online.

                      Maybe poke holes in them and run ribbon so that they can be ornaments.

                      1. I just made some caramel-stuffed sugar cookies... just make your favourite sugar cookie recipe, and put a rolo into the middle of each ball. Then if you want to get fancy you can drizzle caramel and/or chocolate over the finished cookies and sprinkle them with a little sea salt.

                        Another super-easy but delicious treat was caramel pretzel brownies - mix crushed pretzels into the brownie mix then generously drizzle caramel on top (bottled caramel works fine) and add crushed heath bars and a few more crushed pretzels.

                        The great thing about both these recipes is they're super easy but they taste great and look like a million bucks... you can even make them with boxed mixes as a base (especially Pillsbury brownies) and nobody will bat an eyelid.

                        1. This chocolate ginger bundt cake was popular last year- you could swap in a regular chocolate glaze if you want to omit the burbon (but the burbon glaze will get more $$ at auction!)
                          http://www.marthastewart.com/338997/c...