50 Sweet Bake Sale Ideas

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The Spruce Eats / Victoria Heydt

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 cookie bars

    The Spruce Eats / Victoria Heydt

    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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    Andes Mint Cookies

    Andes Mint Cookies

     Kristina Vanni

    For a top-seller, try Andes Mint cookies. The famous little chocolate mint candies are one of the easiest ways to add flavor to the average cookie dough. A little melts right into the buttery drop cookie while a few mints are reserved to add chunks of mint-chocolate goodness to each bite.

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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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    M&M Christmas Cookie Bars

    M&M Christmas Cookie Bars

    The Spruce Eats / Gwen Squires

    Cookie bars are a quick alternative to individual cookies, and this M&M Christmas cookie bar recipe is an easy option. Red and green M&M candies are folded into the batter along with dark chocolate chips, so they have a festive look for the holidays. It works any time of the year, though, when you switch to regular M&Ms.

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    Red Velvet Sandwich Cookies with Vanilla Buttercream

    Red Velvet Cookies

    Elaine Lemm

    The picture-perfect red velvet sandwich cookies with creamy, vanilla buttercream filling will be too tempting to resist at your next bake sale.

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    Black and White Cookies

    Black and White Cookies

    The Spruce Eats / Kristina Vanni

    The frosting alone will catch everyone's attention, and that's why black and white cookies are a perfect pick for a bake sale. This recipe breaks down the steps for making the famous New York City cookies, complete with the signature vanilla and chocolate frosting. Underneath is a lemon and vanilla cookie that's soft and irresistible.

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    Crock Pot Candy

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    The Spruce Eats / Leah Maroney

    Crock pot candy is a fun and easy project that makes treats everyone will love. For this recipe, you'll melt almond bark and chocolate chips in the slow cooker along with peanuts. Spoon them out onto parchment to cool and add coconut or colorful sprinkles to dress them up a bit for the sale.

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    S'mores Cookies

    S'Mores Cookies

    The Spruce Eats / Kristina Vanni

    They're familiar and unusual, so s'mores cookies are sure to grab some attention on the table. These graham cracker cookies are topped with soft chocolate pieces and toasted marshmallows. They're simultaneously gooey, sweet, and crunchy, and everything that's great about the favorite summertime treat.

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    Christmas Tree Cupcakes

    Christmas Tree Cupcakes

    The Spruce Eats / Katarina Zunic

    Christmas tree cupcakes are perfect for holiday bake sales. The sweet chocolate cupcake batter includes sour cream and buttermilk to ensure they're super moist, and a hint of coffee gives the flavor a nice boost. Practice your piping skills with the green frosting, then add festive sprinkles to complete the look.

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    Unicorn Cupcakes

    Unicorn Cupcakes

     Kristina Vanni

    Transform a classic vanilla cupcake into an impressive mythical unicorn cupcake with just a couple of marshmallows, a dash of sprinkles, and a perfectly placed candle. These make a great substitute for a birthday cake when the party includes a picnic or takes place in a classroom, or you can replace the candle with a twisty lollipop for an everyday treat.

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    Maple Cookies

    Maple Cookies

    The Spruce Eats / Jennifer Perillo

    For an autumn or winter bake sale, maple cookies are a guaranteed top seller. The recipe makes six dozen leaf-shaped cookies that are delicate and crispy. You only need five ingredients, and they're best when made with pure maple syrup, which ensures a rich, warm, and inviting sweetness in each bite.

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    Football Cupcakes

    Football Cupcakes

     The Spruce Eats / Leah Maroney

    These cute football cupcakes are also yummy. The chocolate cake batter is baked just like any other cupcake. The football shape comes from your piping skills, as you'll create zigzags of chocolate frosting then add a few simple lines for the laces.

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    Football Cookies

    Chocolate Football Cookies

    The Spruce Eats / Jessie Sheehan 

    Football cookies are fun to make and a great addition to any fundraiser. The delicious chocolate cookies are easy to make, too. You'll make the chocolate dough, roll it out, use a football-shaped cookie cutter, then pipe on the laces with royal icing.

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    Unicorn Pretzels

    Unicorn Pretzels

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    Sweet and salty pretzel rods with a kaleidoscope of color make a perfect treat for a unicorn-themed party. Let the kids help dip and decorate for tasty family fun.

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    Pretzel Bark

    Pretzel Caramel Bark

    Elaine Lemm

    Pretzel bark is a favorite for the holidays, but this simple recipe can work at any time of the year. The melted chocolate bark, sugar, butter, and heavy cream is topped with mini pretzels. Add other decorations if you like, let it set up, then break it into pieces and package in small bags.

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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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    Raspberry Red Velvet Bundt Cake with Cream Cheese Glaze

    Raspberry Red Velvet Bundt Cake with Cream Cheese Glaze

     Elaine Lemm

    This bright red velvet bundt cake with a drizzle of cream cheese icing will catch everyone's eyes. The addition of sweet raspberries makes it extra special.

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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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    Lofthouse Cookies

    Lofthouse Cookies

    These favorite supermarket-bakery pillowy soft sugar cookies are easy to make at home. The delicate texture is due to the sour cream and cake flour in the batter. Feel free to decorate to coordinate with the bake sale theme.

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    Lemon Chiffon Cake

    Lemon Chiffon Cake

    Kristina Vanni

    A big bundt cake is an impressive bake sale centerpiece and makes lots of easy-to-serve slices. This lemon chiffon cake is always a favorite.

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    Fresh Strawberry Buttercream

    Strawberry Buttercream

    The Spruce Eats / Elaine Lemm

    Add instant pizazz to any baked good with strawberry buttercream. Made with fresh strawberries, it's a delicious and all-natural frosting recipe that will have cupcakes flying off the bake sale table.

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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

    The Spruce Eats

    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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    Peanut Butter Blossoms

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    The Spruce / Jessie Sheehan

    Everyone loves peanut butter and chocolate, and these cute little cookies are sure to be popular at any bake sale. Peanut butter blossoms are fun to make with kids, too.

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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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    Honey Roasted Pecans

    Honey Roasted Pecans

    The Spruce Eats / Pete Scherer 

    For a healthy, grab-and-go option, whip up some honey roasted pecans. Sweet and salty, they'll be a hit for health-conscious and gluten-free visitors.

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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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    Gingerbread Biscotti

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    The Spruce Eats / Pete Scherer 

    Biscotti is a crisp Italian cookie that pairs wonderfully with coffee, espresso, or hot tea. It also packages and keeps well, and looks pretty, too. Gingerbread biscotti is a flavorful take on the treat, with warm notes of ginger and spice.

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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.