Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Super Easy Cookie Recipe For Your Great American Bake Sale

So you've registered to host a Great American Bake Sale, now your wondering, "What the heck should I bake?".  Some of the confections you may make will take some time - decorated cookies, cake pops, chocolate covered pretzels.  But not everything needs to be a project.  Sometimes the best sweets are the ones that take no time at all.  Below is a recipe that will cost under $2.00, take less than 15 minutes to put together, and require nothing more than what's pictured to the left.

Don't forget to check out the notes that follow the recipe. Have fun, good luck, and Thank You for helping to fight childhood hunger in America!  

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Lemon Crackles
Preheat oven to 375^
Makes approximately 36


18.25oz Yellow Cake Mix
2 Eggs
1/3 C. Vegetable Oil
1-2 tsp. Lemon Juice (your preference)
1/3 C. Powdered Sugar (for rolling)


1. Put all the ingredients EXCEPT for the confectioners sugar in a bowl. Mix.
2. Drop or use a cookie scoop to form 1-1/2" cookie balls.
3. Roll cookie balls in powdered sugar.
4. Bake for approximately 10 minutes, rotating your sheets halfway through.

  1. Duncan Hines is a HUGE supporter of Great American Bake Sale - Thrown 'em some love and buy their mix! It only costs about $1.50/box (where I am) and you also get a coupon in your Great American Bake Sale welcome packet.
  2. It's important that the cake mix is 18.25 oz.  Many are not, so if you use another brand make sure you check the box before buying.
  3. Don't freak out if your dough starts sticky!  The more you mix, the more firm it will get.  If you do, for whatever reason, find yourself with sticky cookie balls just pop them into the fridge for 10-15 minutes before rolling in powdered sugar.
  4. Plan ahead.  The unbaked cookie balls (NOT rolled in sugar) will keep in the freezer for about a month.  Make sure to use zip seal freezer bags that are labeled and dated.  Thaw completely before baking.
  5. Find some really cheap cello bags, boxes and other various packaging material at Clear Bags


  1. Great Recipe! Solo Foods is also a huge supporter of the Great American Bake Sale and makes great fruit fillings for baked goods.

    1. I know, they are fantastic! I actually have a couple of boxes of Solo Woopie Do's in the cabinet...maybe I'll blog about them next :)


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