Anti-Baked Goods

Ok, for all you mom’s OR overly involved students out there who might find themselves the victim of the dreaded bake sale to raise money for one cause or another, I feel your pain. I recently participated in a dance benefit fundraiser where each participant was responsible for brining 3 dozen baked goods to be sold throughout the day. (p.s. there were like 100 dancers, which means we had over 3000 baked goods, because I am sure some people didn’t bring them…but what are you going to do with all of those cookies?!?!) Ok, thats not the point, the point is that I refuse to become a slave to the kitchen to make 3 dozen baked goods… or 6 because I may or may not have volunteered to make someone else’s since they were making the silent auction baskets, I KNOW, I KNOW, I am a wonderful friend. Well, for two reasons I went ANTI-baked good for this little bake sale. 1. Everyone is all about some slice and bake cookies, so who knows how many of those were there and 2. Again, I am NOT spending all day in the kitchen to make something I don’t even get to enjoy (and I like to make things homemade, and last time I made homemade cookies for a friends bridal shower I forgot an ingredient and they just tasted like flour. OOPS!) Anywho, These two treats took about 45 minutes total to make (not including the cooling or setting time, which doesn’t involve human interaction), so they were right up my ally. So, next time you’re in need of baked goods for a class party, a bake sale, or whatever reason, here are  two good treats to make to minimize your kitchen time and maximize the level of deliciousness of your treats.

1. OBVIOUSLY Rice Krispie Treats.
These little squares of marshmallow and cereal deliciousness are always a hot item at the baked goods table, and though they are messy to make, it only takes about 20 minutes from stove to pan, then you just let them cool and and cut them into squares and serve up some smiles. Also, if you’re feeling adventurous, you can add little treats like sprinkles, chocolate chips, m&ms, or tiny marshmallows, ya know if you’re feeling fancy and are trying to show up the other moms (unless one shows up with cake pops, then your S.O.L) But here is my quick and easy rice krisipie treat recipe.

1/4 cup butter
1 (10 oz., about 40) pkg. regular marshmallows or 3 cups miniature marshmallows
6 cups Kellogg’s Rice Krispies cereal

In a large saucepan, melt butter over low heat. Add the marshmallows and continue to stir until the marshmallows have completely melted. Remove from heat.

Stir in the Kellogg’s Rice Krispies cereal coating them well with the melted marshmallow mixture.

Using a buttered or silicone spatula, press the mixture evenly into a 13 x 9 x 2 inch pan which has been buttered or sprayed with non-stick spray or lined with wax paper.

Cut into squares when the mixture cools.

Makes 24 large squares… or if you’re me, 36+ small ones!


2. Peanut Butter Stomper Bars.
Ok, FIRST of all these are not just for bake sales, they are a huge hit at parties, lake days, and family gatherings because my family is a bunch of peanut butter loving sweets eaters. SO, again this is no bake, and a great arm work out if you are NOT using a hand mixer and are in fact stirring the peanut butter mixture with a spoon. Again, everyone will love this treat as long as they have no allergies. My mom is famous for making these, and now were sharing the wealth. Lucky you. Ps. if you are on a diet or counting calories, this sweet treat is not for you, but it tastes good, as do most fattening foods!

1 cup margarine
1 1/4 cups peanut butter
1 lb. confectioners sugar
1 2/3 crushed graham crackers
1 -11.5oz pkg milk chocolate morsels
Melt margarine in microwave safe dish. Add other ingredients, mixing thoroughly. Spread mixture into a 9×12 pan. Melt the morsels in a microwave safe dish on medium power for 2-4 minutes. Spread on top of base mixture. Chill for one hour, then cut into squares.




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