When I was a little girl, I’d find any excuse to bake cookies. After I baked a batch of peanut butters or chocolate chips, usually from recipes in my “Peanuts Cook Book”, I’d make a pitcher of lemonade and drag a card table and chair down to the street corner, where I’d sell cookies and lemonade to passing neighbors. I don’t remember how long I sat out there, or how much money I made from these early entrepreneurial ventures, but that really wasn’t the point. I loved tending my own little business, trading coins for cookies and cups of lemonade.
There is something magical about setting up a bake sale or a lemonade stand and letting kids see people take joy from (and pay for) something they created. Last year, my daughter, Celia, gathered together four of her friends to take the bake sale concept a step further. The girls spent the morning baking and making lemonade, and then we drove them to a pedestrian-heavy part of town, where they sold their goods to help end childhood hunger in the U.S. through Share our Strength’s Great American Bake Sale.
Kitchen Sink Cookies from Sweet Potato Chronicles.
Blueberry White Chocolate Cookies from Sarah’s Cucina Bella
Chocolate Cherry Truffles from J.M. Hirsch.
Gluten-Free Layered Choco-Coco-Nut Bars from What’s Cooking.
Oat Surprise Cookies from Today I Ate a Rainbow.
Fudgy Brownies from GoodLifeEats.
Walnut-Pecan Shortbread from Mollie Katzen.
Vegan Blondies from Allergic Kid.
Here are some past Kitchen Explorer posts with great cookie recipes:
Do you have any tips for planning and executing a successful bake sale, or any favorite recipes? Please share in the comments below.