The start of the school year means summer fun is over and it’s time to hit the books. But it also means spirit rallies and fund-raisers, and there’s no better way to raise spirits (and funds) than with a bake sale. These classic childhood treats have been tamed on the sugar front, and are easy to make. Even if you don’t have kids in school, you’ll want to give them a try.
If you are actually prepping for an event, check out our Bake Sale Tips & Tricks to help you pull it off with ease. (And if your kids are heading back to class, see our Back-to-School Headquarters for everything else you need to know.)
Skip chocolate chip cookies and make these much-more-fun-to-say snickerdoodles instead. Sweet and cinnamony, these soft, buttery cookies get a balancing tang from cream of tartar (which also serves as a leavening agent). Get our Snickerdoodle recipe.
One of the easiest no-bake desserts around, rice cereal treats are beloved by pretty much all kids (and many adults as well). Swap in vegan marshmallows to make it crowd-friendly. Get our Double Marshmallow Rice Krispie Treat recipe.
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This rich and chewy chocolate peanut butter fudge is easy even for beginners, because there’s no candy thermometer required. Instead, it uses condensed milk and melted marshmallows to achieve the rich, thick texture. Use a darker chocolate to cut down on the overall sweetness if you like. Get our Peanut Butter Chocolate Fudge recipe.
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You can’t go wrong with cupcakes, at a bake sale or in general, and we have enough cupcake recipes to supply you for life (or at least for several months). These classic vanilla cupcakes are simple and sweet, which is sometimes all you need. We capped them off with salted caramel frosting, but they’re just as good with vanilla buttercream, milk chocolate buttercream, or even maple buttercream (in which case, feel free to garnish with a piece of candied bacon). Get our Vanilla Bean Cupcake recipe.
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Last but certainly not least, these sunny lemon bars have a crumbly, buttery shortbread base and a bright and tangy topping. The sweet shortbread tempers the lemon curd’s acidity, but if you want to cut it even more, lightly dust (or generously shower) these with powdered sugar. Get our Shortbread Lemon Bar recipe.
What’s your go-to bake sale treat? Let us know in the comments!