Bake sale recipes & tips

Aug 16, 2010 at 5:53 p.m. ET

Back to school means back to bake sales! Fund raising will be a breeze with these delicious gourmet treats. Wrap each treat in a cellophane bag, tie with a colorful ribbon and attach with a printed label. Just be sure to make extras, these baked goods are going to sell out fast!


Cinnamon sugar pinwheels

Makes 24 servings


  • 1 refrigerated Pillsbury pie crust (2 crusts per package)
  • 6 tablespoons sugar
  • 4 tablespoons cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup butter, room temperature


  1. Unroll the pie crusts according to the package directions.
  2. Combine the sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg until well mixed.
  3. Spread 1/4 cup butter on each pie crust, all the way to the edges.
  4. Divide and sprinkle the cinnamon sugar mixture on top of the butter.
  5. Gently roll up each pie crust into the shape of a log, jelly roll style.
  6. Slice the cinnamon pinwheels 1/4-inch thick and place on a greased cookie sheet.
  7. Bake at 350 degrees F for 12 to 14 minutes.
  8. Remove from the oven and cool.

Mini brown sugar pies

Makes 24 servings


  • 1 refrigerated Pillsbury pie crust (2 crusts per package)
  • 1 pound light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla


  1. Using a rolling pin, roll each crust out slightly.
  2. Using a 2-inch biscuit cutter, cut the mini crusts.
  3. Brush the inside of a mini muffin tin with butter and then carefully fit the crust rounds into the mini muffin tins.
  4. Brush the inside of the crust cups with a little butter.
  5. Combine the brown sugar, butter, eggs, and vanilla; mix until well blended.
  6. Fill each mini crust with 1 to 1 1/2 teaspoons brown sugar mixture.
  7. Bake at 375 degrees F for 12 to 15 minutes.
  8. Serve at room temperature.

Citrus almond cookies

Makes 36 servings


  • 1 cup butter
  • 1/3 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 1/4 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup cornstarch
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon orange extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon lemon extract

Glaze Ingredients

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon melted butter
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon fresh orange juice
  • Mix well and drizzle on the warm cookies.


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Cream the butter and sugar until fluffy.
  3. Sift the flour and cornstarch together and mix well with the butter and sugar.
  4. Add the extracts and blend thoroughly.
  5. Press dough through a cookie press onto a greased baking sheet. If you do not have a cookie press, dough may be chilled and rolled into small balls and flattened with a fork onto the baking sheet.
  6. Bake at 350 degrees F for 8 to 10 minutes, but do not brown.
  7. Glaze while the cookies are warm.

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