• Lemon bars are a bake sale tradition. For a festive look, you can add a drop of red food coloring to the filling for “pink lemonade bars” or add food coloring in your school colors.

  • Rice Krispies treats are also surefire sellers. Make several varieties, including ones with cocoa-flavored cereal and chocolate marshmallows. If your bake sale is tied to a football game, shape them like footballs. Get a head start by using store-bought treats and dipping one corner in melted chocolate. Roll in sprinkles.

  • Check out what fruit is in season and consider a bar treat featuring that fruit. Blueberries, raspberries, and strawberries make excellent bar treats. Many recipes call for preserves rather than fruit and may be made year-round. Try this classic, buttery recipe for raspberry bars.

  • Consider a variation on traditional chocolate chip cookies by making pan cookies and cutting them in squares. Or, make in a pizza pan and cut into wedges.

  • Pumpkin bars are a great fall treat.

  • Take the baking out of bake sale with no-bake treats like these chocolate oat bars. You can bypass the sweltering kitchen. No-bake bar cookies are great for volunteers who aren’t experienced cooks. You really can’t mess them up.

  • Sell bars in full and and half sizes.

  • Cut your bars uniformly and neatly.

Bar treats are addictive. They’re easy to make. And they sell! Assign a variety of bar treats to volunteers or challenge them to come up with their own delicious bake sale bar.