So, You’ve Been Asked to Bake for the School Bake Sale. Now What?

One mom shares go-to recipes that are ideal for the school bake sale.
By: Foodlets
Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Matt Armendariz, 2013, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Bake sales are about appealing to the mini masses, so you want to choose a winning recipe from the start. It should be something simple enough to make without a fuss, familiar-looking (don’t forget that most of your customers are kids) and presented with a little flair. Here’s our best advice for a sold-out sale.

What you’ll need

Get a platter or nice basket to display your goods. Both are universally available at every dollar store in town, so buy it there. (That way, if it never makes its way back to you, there’s no harm done.)

Small cellophane bags with twist ties are a great way to display anything from bar cookies to small treats that might come two or three to a serving.

Make a sign. Using big, clear letters, write out the name of your dish and, if possible, the main ingredients.

Great recipes for bake sales

Chocolate Chip Cookies: You can’t go wrong with cookies, ever. Here are four tasty twists on the most-popular cookie of all, chocolate chip.

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies (pictured above)

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Matt Armendariz, 2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Homemade Strawberry Cereal Bars with Whole Oats

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Bar Cookies: The easiest sweets are always bar-shaped. No rolling individual balls or cookie sheets needed — just bake in one big pan and cut. From healthy choices to downright decadence, here are our favorites.

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And if that’s not enough, click through Food Network Magazine's collection of 50 Bar Cookie recipes here!

Maple Syrup-Sweetened Sweet Potato

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Muffins & Quick Breads: Not every kid has a sweet tooth, and some parents like buying for breakfast the next day, so I always bring a batch (or two) of low-sugar homemade muffins or bread like these.

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Sweet Treats: Most of these do best packed in a cellophane bag, and again the choices range from pretty darn healthy to devilishly sweet.

Adorable Apple-Shaped Cake Pops

Charity Curley Mathews is the founder of Foodlets.com, a site about raising kids who eat (and enjoy) all the foods. Follow her on Facebook and you’ll never miss a new recipe kids can’t resist.

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