Photo Credit: Robin Harrington/keephomesimple.blogspot.com
Bake sales are a great way for your kid's school or organization to make some much-needed cash, but let's face it: Some nights you can barely get dinner on the table, let alone make a dozen or more fancy treats, too. If store-bought contributions leave you riddled with guilt, and plain old cookies seem like you're not trying hard enough, try these sweet bake sale recipes -- they look and taste great and are super easy to make.
Courtesy of Make and Takes
If giving an apple to a teacher makes you the teacher's pet, then this apple-shaped cupcake idea from Make and Takes will earn even more brownie (er, cupcake?) points. To bake the cupcakes into an indented apple-like shape, just put a marble (or a marble-size ball of tin foil) between the red cupcake liners and the pan before you bake them. Add red frosting, a pretzel-stick stem and a green gumdrop leaf, and these goodies will be the apple of everyone's eye at the bake sale table.
Courtesy of Robin Harrington/keephomesimple.blogspot.com
So simple it's genius, these colorful, microwave-only Trix on Stix from Keep Home Simple are so easy to make, you can handle making them at midnight (when you suddenly remember that the sale is tomorrow!). Microwave one package of small marshmallows and three tablespoons of butter for three minutes, stir together with a buttered spatula, and add in about three-quarters of a box of Trix. After the mixture has cooled slightly, roll handfuls into firm balls and stick a popsicle stick into each. Wrap each treat in a cello bag for easy-peasy bake-sale delivery and display.
Courtesy of Cupcake Project
Your less-than-perfect cupcake-frosting skills don't matter when you smoosh a chocolate chip cookie on top! Kids will go crazy for these chocolate chip cookie cupcakes (they're made with cookie dough and topped with cookie dough frosting!) from the Cupcake Project. Just mix up your favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe and use it to fill cupcake liners almost to the top. (Save enough batter to make small cookies to top the cupcakes later.) For the frosting, use the same recipe you did for the cupcakes and cookies, but leave out the eggs, baking soda or baking powder, and chocolate chips. Talk about a triple-threat!
Courtesy of Petite Social
This updated Rice Krispie treat from Party Wagon makes the classic goodie even yummier (and frankly, more appealing) than plain old squares. After making standard Rice Krispie treats, cut into blocks, insert a lollipop stick into each and dip them in melted chocolate or candy coating. Add some sprinkles and a sweet ribbon, and watch them fly off the table.
Courtesy of Lizard n Ladybug
Create a bake sale buzz with these chic cupcakes in a cup from Lizard & Ladybug. Stock up on plastic cups with lids -- the 9-ounce size works best -- so you can stack two cupcakes in each cup. Pipe a layer of frosting between each cupcake and on top. Add sprinkles for a pop of color and attach a ribbon-tied spoon to each cup with a dab of glue (or tie the ribbon all the way around the cup). Pop on the cup lids and these self-contained treats are easy for you -- and the kids -- to transport to or from the sale.
Courtesy of Cooking Classy
Feeling too pressed for time to bake and frost a dozen (or more!) individual cookies? Forget the pain-in-the-butt cookie cutters and make these genius sugar cookie squares from Cooking Classy instead. You spread, bake and frost your sugar cookie dough all in the same pan. So. Much. Easier!
Courtesy of Joyful Abode
These chocolate-covered pretzel rods from Joyful Abode are the perfect combination of sweet and salty -- and so easy to make and take. Simply dip pretzel rods halfway into melted chocolate and sprinkle or spoon pieces of candy bars, candy canes or sprinkles onto the chocolate. Set on wax paper to harden, and then wrap individually in cello treat bags.