Wondering what to bring to a bake sale? Lots of ideas here - from classic strategies to more adventurous options. Have fun!
Bake Sale Recipes: Tried and True
Every bake sale needs cupcakes, cookies, cakes and the like. So here are some options if you want to go the time-tested route:
Quick, simple and delicious. These are muffins, not dessert masquerading as a breakfast food.
My go-to cookie recipe for nearly 20 years. Very simple, not overly sweet, delicious. Feel free to gussy them up with the decoration of your choice (see suggestions).
Creamy, coconutty layer cake, with coconut cream cheese frosting. Once they taste this, people will beg you to make it for them. (Fair warning.)
Bake Sale Recipes: The Road Less Traveled
Sometimes the best sellers at the bake sale are the more unexpected offerings. The adults may wander by and say “Oh, I didn’t realize you had these!” Consider making multiple mini-pies and mini-tarts instead of one large one that will need to be cut. Or keep larger things whole so they can command a higher price. Tasty!
Miles of mangoes and flaky puff pastry make for a fairly simple but impressive dessert, especially when topped with homemade Cajeta de Leche.
The classic French fresh-fruit tart, with pastry cream and an apricot glaze.
Frozen puff pastry dough, filled with creamy honey-mascarpone and fresh fruit. The quick and easy way to pull together a beautiful fresh-fruit tart.
An all-American pie classic, bursting with blueberry flavor and bedecked with stars. You can make this any time of year with blueberries either straight from the freezer or fresh.
Dark and white chocolate layered with the subtle salty crunch of pretzel crisps and spiked with peppermint.
A simple, rustic tart made with either fresh or frozen cherries, with dried lavender petals. You can pull the cherries directly from the freezer for this.
Cinnamon apples in a rustic galette-style crust.
Like little pumpkin pies inside a pastry shell. Inspired by the Harry Potter book series, they're perfect for your Halloween or Potter-themed party, but also sophisticated enough for your Thanksgiving table.
Rustic tarts filled with ripe peaches and mascarpone cheese, with a hint of basil and cinnamon. Simple to make, and gorgeous to look at.