30 Sweet Bake Sale Ideas

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7-Layer Cookies With Coconut and Pecans

Claire Cohen

An old-fashioned bake sale can be a profitable fundraiser, especially when you have a worthy cause. Earn big bucks at your next event, with our winning collection of best-selling bake sale ideas. You'll find easy and delicious crowd-pleasing treats that are special enough to wow your customers, but simple enough that they won't keep you up too late baking the night before.

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    Classic Chocolate Chip Cookies

    Classic Chocolate Chip Cookies

    Diana Rattray

    Everyone loves soft, chewy chocolate chip cookies and this classic recipe makes about two dozen of them. Go ahead and tweak them with some chopped pecans or a handful of crispy rice cereal.

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    Unicorn Bark

    Unicorn Bark

    Elizabeth LaBau

    Instagrammable unicorn bark is bursting with pastel colors from rainbow sprinkles and pearl. With just four ingredients, it's super easy to make. We challenge you not to run out of this candy treat quickly at your next bake sale!

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    The Ultimate Brownies

    The Ultimate Brownies

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    Brownies may be the best-selling bake sale treat ever and for a good reason. This essential recipe for rich chocolate brownies is sure to earn you big bucks, with its fudgy texture and intensely deep cocoa flavor. Use high-quality chocolate squares for best results.

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    Banana Chiffon Cake

    Banana Chiffon Cake

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    Your customers are sure to rave about the fabulous tropical flavors and wonderfully light and moist texture of this banana chiffon cake covered in coconut frosting. Make one for the sale and another to enjoy at home.

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    Sea Salt Caramels

    Sea Salt Caramels

    Elizabeth LaBau

    Sea salt caramels make a fashionable addition to your bake sale table. This is the best-ever recipe, combining smooth, sweet caramel and crunchy fleur de sel salt crystals to make an irresistible candy treat.

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    Classic Blondies

    Classic Blondies

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    Have more fun at your bake sale with this popular recipe. Blondies are a lot like brownies, but replace the usual chocolate with brown sugar and vanilla, giving this delicious, hand-held dessert bar its signature "blonde" coloring.

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    Funfetti Cake Bars With Chocolate Glaze

    Funfetti Cake Bars With Chocolate Glaze

    Anita Schecter

    Who wouldn't love these colorful made-from-scratch funfetti cake bars with a sweet chocolate coating and rainbow sprinkles baked right into the batter? Put them out on a plate at your next bake sale and watch them get snapped up in a flash.

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    7-Layer Cookies With Coconut and Pecans

    7-Layer Cookies With Coconut and Pecans

    Claire Cohen

    These layered cookie bars are so delicious, we can almost guarantee they'll sell out quickly. They are easier to make than you might think, with chocolate and butterscotch chips, shredded coconut, sweetened condensed milk, and chopped pecans mixed in a buttery graham cracker crust.

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    Lucky Charms Marshmallow Treats

    Lucky Charms Marshmallow Treats

    Leah Maroney

    Magically delicious Lucky Charms marshmallow treats are so easy to prepare. Only three ingredients are needed for this recipe that is made entirely on your stove top and is sure to be a bake sale favorite.

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    Mini Cherry Pies

    Mini Cherry Pies

    Molly Watson

    Create stunning miniature cherry pies that look like you slaved over the pastry station all day. Nobody needs to know that you baked them easily in muffin tins, using only a handful of ingredients and store-bought pie dough! 

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    Winning Lemon Bars

    Winning Lemon Bars

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    Lemon bars are one of the best-selling bake sale treats and this easy recipe is sure to become one of your favorites. Want to make them even more fantastic? Skip the powdered sugar topping and drizzle the finished bars with melted chocolate.

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    Easy Oven Baked S'Mores Bars

    Easy Oven Baked S'Mores Bars

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    S'more is what your customers will ask for when they get a taste of these tasty dessert bars made with milk chocolate and miniature marshmallows loaded inside a crunchy graham cracker crust.

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    Rainbow Cake

    Rainbow Cake

    Leah Maroney

    Create a showstopping rainbow cake to attract customers to your bake sale table. It's not difficult to create and simply requires several layers of cake, each dyed a different color using food coloring, then stacked, and frosted.

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    Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies

    Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies

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    Win friends by offering a gluten-free option at your bake sale. Naturally gluten-free light buckwheat flour is used here, along with some more traditional ingredients, for a classic-tasting cookie.

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    One-Bowl Chocolate Cake

    One-Bowl Chocolate Cake

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    Make life easier with this one-bowl recipe that produces a decadent layered chocolate cake. It's easily made with ingredients from your pantry, plus your favorite store-bought frosting—and clean up is a breeze.

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    Gluten-Free Carrot Cupcakes With Cream Cheese Frosting

    Gluten-Free Carrot Cupcakes With Cream Cheese Frosting

    Diana Rattray

    Miniature carrot cupcakes with cream cheese frosting taste just like everyone's favorite dessert from the bakery, but are suitable for gluten-free diets thanks to this clever recipe that's sneakily nutritious, too.

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    Fruity Popcorn

    Fruity Popcorn

    Elizabeth LaBau

    Whip up a big batch of colorful, fruity, peanut-studded popcorn for your next event. Make it quickly on the morning of the sale and package in clear cellophane bags tied with a pretty ribbon, for easy selling.

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    Oreo Rocky Road Bark

    Oreo Rocky Road Bark

    Elizabeth LaBau

    Oreo cookies make all the difference in this irresistible rocky road bark. With just four ingredients, this candy has something for everyone to love, including cream-filled cookies, gooey marshmallows, crunchy nuts, and course, a rich layer of chocolate holding it all together.

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    Strawberries and Cream Muffins

    Strawberries and Cream Muffins

    Diana Rattray

    Add a touch of grown-up elegance to your table with an array with these delightful cake-like strawberry and cream muffins topped with a crumbly, sweet cinnamon streusel topping. Serve in pink muffin tin liners for a pretty presentation.

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    Snickers Candy Bar Fudge

    Snickers Candy Bar Fudge

    Elizabeth LaBau

    Visitors are sure to go nuts for Snickers fudge bars loaded with all the awesome tastes of their namesake candy bar, including thick layers of chocolate fudge, creamy caramel, salty peanuts, peanut butter, and marshmallow nougat.

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    Best Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

    Best Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

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    Chocolate chip banana bread is a popular snack for adults and kids alike. Bake up a tender, wonderful-smelling loaf to slice for your next bake sale. Use overripe bananas for best results.

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    Peanut Blossom Bars

    Peanut Blossom Bars

    Claire Cohen

    Peanut lovers will flip for these nutty dessert bars with plenty of sweetness and crunch. Peanut blossom bars have a fabulously nutty cookie base and are topped with a decadent chocolate peanut butter ganache.

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    Hand-Held Apple Pies

    Hand-Held Apple Pies

    Diana Rattray

    Be the hit of the bake sale circuit with these adorable individual apple pies. A flaky butter crust envelops a sweetened apple filling that's lightly spiced with cinnamon and nutmeg.

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    Tiger Fudge

    Tiger Fudge

    Elizabeth LaBau

     

    Drive customers wild when you set out gorgeous homemade fudge with luscious stripes of peanut butter and chocolate. It couldn't be quicker or easier to make in the microwave, with only three ingredients!

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    Sour Cream Lemon Cake

    Sour Cream Lemon Cake

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    Coffee cakes are popular bake sale items and stand up well on hot summer days. Tempt passersby with this lovely lemon sour cream coffee cake that's easily baked in a bundt pan.

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    Chewy Coconut Chocolate Chunk Blondies

    Chewy Coconut Chocolate Chunk Blondies

    Diana Rattray

    Chunks of gooey, melting chocolate and coconut flakes team up in these scrumptious blondie bars. Brown sugar and vanilla add wonderful richness and bring out the tropical flavor of the coconut.

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    Caramel-Wrapped Pretzel Rods

    Caramel-Wrapped Pretzel Rods

    Elizabeth LaBau

    Chocolate dipped and caramel wrapped pretzel rods are gorgeous to look at and boast a fantastic combination of sweet and salty flavors. Kids and adults will like to crunch on them. Package them individually or in batches in cellophane bags for a top-selling treat.

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    Angel Food Cupcakes-

    Angel Food Cupcakes-

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    Orange zest flavors these simply heavenly angel food cupcakes. Decorate them with your favorite homemade or store-bought vanilla frosting and top with rainbow sprinkles, colored sugar, or candy pearls.

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    Easy Blueberry Cake Bars

    Easy Blueberry Cake Bars

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    Easy blueberry bars bundles up the classic summer pie in a portable dessert. Plenty of fresh blueberries go into these tasty bars, along with just a few other pantry ingredients.

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    Apple Pecan Muffins with Coconut

    Apple Pecan Muffins with Coconut

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    These lightly-spiced apple muffins with coconut flakes and crunchy pecans offer your bake sale visitors a healthy-ish option without sacrificing any flavor.