Yum Hey What's for Dinner Mom?: A Few Bake Sale Recipes**UPDATED**


A Few Bake Sale Recipes**UPDATED**

I had several requests for recipes from my bake sale and I am happy to oblige. I am going to go ahead and post the recipes previously posted in my blog so there's no clicking around looking for them. I know some of you are here looking for a winner of the loaf pan. I forgot to have my boys help me cut slips of paper etc for drawing so sometime later I will post the winner after we have 'school' practicing cutting and writing letters. I love to make lessons into things that need to be done, hmmmm wondering if they can 'learn' to give pedicures, nahh that's probably a BAD idea.

I spent part of my Monday sitting in the doctors office(instead of cutting slips of paper) finding out why I can't here in my left ear. I have fluid built up behind my ear drum. If it's not gone in 3 months we can 'do' something about it. Something which involves a hole in my ear drum and a tube. FUN. It's been about 10 days of hearing impaired living and I don't care for it, at times all I can hear is my self breathing, like Darth Vader. On the upside, I'm starting to read lips and I can only hear shrieks from kids part of the time. Silver linings right?

First up from the bake sale Orange Cranberry Muffins. My kids loved these in the mini muffin form, my mom made them and boy we sold a lot of them.

Orange Cranberry Muffins oven 400˚

2 cups flour
3/4 cup of sugar
1 teaspoons of baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup craisins

1 egg, beaten
3/4 cup of orange juice
1/4 vegetable oil
1 Tablespoon orange zest

grease a muffin pan of line with papers, use several mini muffin pans if desired
mix dry ingredients through craisins, set aside
mix the wet ingredients through zest
make a well in the dry ingredients and pour in the wet ingredients
stir only until mixed, don't over mix
pour into prepared muffin pan
bake large muffins 15-20 minutes
mini muffins around 10 minutes

Next I want to share the Cookie Dough Truffles recipe, I wish I had pictures of these babies. They were GOOD!

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Truffles

2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup (2 sticks) butter or margarine, room temperature
3/4 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/3 cup milk
1 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips
2 cups milk chocolate candy coating

beat butter and sugars and in large bowl with electric mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy
add milk and vanilla, beat well
stir in flour, baking soda and salt and mix on low speed (or by hand) until incorporated
stir in chocolate chips.
cover and chill dough for at least 1 hour, I left mine for two days so I let it warm up a bit
form dough into 1inch balls and arrange on a baking sheet lined with waxed paper
place sheets in freezer and let chill for 30 minutes or over night in refrigerator
melt chocolate candy coating in a double boiler according to package directions
dip cookie balls into candy coating to cover
tap fork on side of pan to remove any excess coating, and return to baking sheets
chill until set
store in the refrigerator for up to a week

Cake pops were a great seller priced at a dollar a piece parents were happy to buy one for their kids and let them pick it out.

Cake Pops

1 plain baked chocolate cake homemade or mix
2 cups cream cheese frosting, homemade or otherwise
2 cup milk chocolate candy coating
assorted sprinkles
lollipop sticks

once cake has cooled crumble it in to a bowl
make sure you completely crumble it any big crumbs will cause you grief
stir in the frosting until it is completely mixed in
start forming the 'goo' in to balls and place on waxed paper covered cookie sheet
after all the balls are formed wash your hands
then insert a lollipop stick in each ball
chill for at least an hour
meanwhile melt chocolate coating according to package directions
carefully and quickly dip a cake pop in the coating
use a fork to help completely cover
let it drip off any extra
then add a dash of spinkles
and plop it back down on the cookie sheet
repeat, repeat, repeat

These are the BEST cinnamon rolls EVER. Originally I made these with peanuts but I was out of peanuts so I used pecans, great, but peanuts are even better. Oh and these were the first to sell out too!

Salted Caramel Peanut Rolls
4 - 4 1/3 cups bread flour divided
2 TBSP yeast-I love SAF instant yeast (5 dollars at Natural Pantry in Anchorage makes 97 loaves of bread!)
1 cup warm water
2 TBSP oil
1/3 cup of sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 eggs
3 TBSP butter
1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
caramel peanut topping
2/3 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup butter
2 TBSP corn syrup
1 cup pecans
2 teaspoons Celtic sea salt or kosher salt divided-use less as tastes differ

add flour, yeast, water, oil to bowl of a stand mixer, pulse 3-4 times
add sugar and salt
mix for 30 seconds
scrape sides, then add eggs mixing well for one minute
add flour by the 1/2 cup full, mixing well after each addition
when a smooth dough has been formed let the machine knead for 5 minutes or so
I always err on the side of less flour figuring I can add a bit more but it's really hard to take too much out again
check your dough, does it seem too sticky and soft? add a sprinkle of flour and knead a bit more
then remove to a greased bowl, cover and let rise until doubled, with instant yeast it takes about 30-40 minutes
meanwhile make the filling, melt the butter and set aside
mix the sugar and the cinnamon also set aside
then make your caramel topping
melt together the butter, sugar and corn syrup
cook and stir for 2 minutes
divide evenly between to round 8 inch cake pans
sprinkle on the pecans dividing also between the two pans
sprinkle each pan with 1/2 teaspoon of Celtic sea salt, set aside
when dough is doubled punch down
divide in half, working with one half roll it evenly in to a 12x8 rectangle
brush with half the butter, sprinkle with half the sugar mix
roll up from the long side, cut into 12 rolls
arrange in one of the round pans
repeat with the remaining dough
cover and let rise 20 minutes
bake in a 325˚ oven until done, approximately 25-30 minutes, do not over bake
be careful these have a tendency to be so tempting you often forget they are MOLTEN LAVA upon removal from the oven
let cool five minutes then invert on a plate
sprinkle remaining salt on if desired

And last but not least my rendition of a Twix bar.

Twix Copycat Bar--oven 350˚

shortbread base

1 cup cold butter
2 cups flour
1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
whirl these in a food processor
they will clump up a bit but won't make a "real" dough, that's OK
simply press the crumbles into a 9x13 pan
bake for 20-25 minutes

meanwhile make the caramel filling

in a heavy sauce pan over medium heat cook together:
3/4 cup of butter
1/2 cup brown sugar
3 Tablespoons corn syrup
1 can sweetened condensed milk
cook and stir, always stirring
until it boils
then reduce heat and simmer for 7 minutes, keep stirring don't stop!
remove from heat until cookie base comes out
pour over hot cookie
chill in the fridge until firm
then melt together:
2 cups c
hocolate chips
1 teaspoon butter
spread over the cooled base and caramel
sprinkle with sea salt

So those are a few of the recipes from my bake sale, anymore you need to know? Just leave me a comment or drop me an email. And remember I'll be posting an update to this post as soon as we get the drawing done.

Update-writing the slips

drawing the winner!

 And the winner is.....Katie!!! Not a blogger but a very good online friend! Katie drop me an email with your address in it and I'll mail it out asap!
 Thanks to all who donated via paypal this really boosted my total donation to Share Our Strength!

Peace and Love-



  1. Congrats to your winner..
    I just want to jump in and eat the food..

  2. I SEE MY INITIALS IN THE PILE!!! (wow, why did that excite me so much?)

    Congrats to Katie! Your ADORABLE little son holding her name greatly softens the blow that I did not win - so smart move Laura! He is so stinkin' cute I don't know how you stand it. I pray my kids inherit my curly hair genes.

  3. Also congratulations to the winner.... We got to spend the afternoon at the doctor today too... not for me but for one of the little ones.... seems like all I am hearing is shrieking! I think I may just voluntarily pour some liquid in my ears.

  4. THANKS Laura!
    Sorry about your ear.

  5. HEEHEE!! glad you saw it Katie :D

  6. What a cute way to capture the drawing! Thanks for hosting the bake sale again and for coming up with fun ways to fundraise.

  7. I was glad to see that you enjoyed my twix cookie bar recipe enough to put it in the bake sale. Your addition of sea salt was interesting. Your little boys are so cute.

  8. I hope you get your hearing back soon. I hate when I have water in my ear, so I feel your pain :-(

    Thanks for the recipes!


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