Don’t you find that every time you do something for a great cause, even if it takes a big chunk of your day, you feel richer afterwards? That’s how I felt a couple of weeks ago when I was part of a massively successful bake sale for Share our Strength, where we raised over $3,500 to alleviate and prevent childhood hunger! That’s 35,000 healthy meals for kids who need them.

Food writer, blogger and master of charcuterie and canning, Cathy Barrow, aka Mrs. Wheelbarrow, pulled together about 25 food bloggers in the DC area to host a giant bake sale as part of Share our Strength’s Great American Bake Sale .

We set up shop in the Washington Post building, and Cathy even recruited a guy to dress up as a giant cookie to bring in additional buyers off the street. Cathy didn’t realize when she scheduled the sale that it coincided with Take Your Child to Work Day , so that meant  lots of parents buying goodies for the kids that had accompanied them to work that day (and maybe a goody or two for themselves)!

Photo by Cecilia Stoute of One Vanilla Bean

Because these were food bloggers, the delicacies weren’t your typical Rice Krispie treats and chocolate chip cookies. At this sale, you could buy hibiscus syrup, jam tartlettes, lemon and lime- sugar cookies, chili chocolate caramels, cherry chocolate macadamia nut granola, pine nut brittle, and alfajores (South American dulce de leche cookies).

Photo by Cecilia Stoute of One Vanilla Bean

You might also like to try Mrs. Wheelbarrow’s recipe for Jam Tartlettes, one of which I devoured later that day.

This summer, perhaps you and your child and their friends could pull together your own bake sale to support Share our Strength or another great cause. Sure, it takes some doing, but the rewards and memories are limitless. You can find suggestions for hosting a successful bake sale, plus additional recipes, here.

Because I knew that this crowd was likely to make some pretty unusual treats, and because I favor recipes that deliver a lot of pleasure for very little effort, I made these peanut butter bars, adapted from a recipe that has long been passed around my temple for special events. I was a little nervous to be baking with this talented crew, so I was relieved to find that my bars sold out quickly.

What are your favorite recipes to make for a bake sale? 

Recipe: Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars

  • Prep Time: 20 min(s)
  • Cook Time: 30 min(s)
  • Total Time: 50 min(s)
  • Servings: 12

An easy bake sale recipe.


    • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
    • 1 1/2 cups peanut butter or other nut butter
    • 1 3/4 cup confectioner’s sugar
    • 1 1/2 cup graham cracker crumbs
    • 12 oz. chocolate chips
    • 1 cup mini-marshmallows (optional)
    • 1/4 cup chopped peanuts (optional)


    • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9 x 13-inch baking pan with nonstick cooking spray. Melt the butter.
    • In a mixing bowl, combine the butter, peanut butter, sugar and graham cracker crumbs until thoroughly combined. Pat them into the baking pan.
    • Sprinkle the chocolate chips on top and transfer it to the oven for 2 – 3 minutes until the chips are soft. With a spatula, spread the chocolate evenly over the graham crust. Top it with the marshmallows, pressing them down slightly so they stick, or the peanuts, if desired.
    • Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes until they are hard, then cut them into squares to serve.

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