The new Best Bake Sale Cookbook by Gretchen Holt-Witt is full of stellar ideas for cookies and other snacks. Its most brilliant idea: Using bake sales as a weapon in the fight against pediatric cancer.

April 28, 2012

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I firmly believe that cookies can change the world. I learned this from my friend Gretchen Holt-Witt, a publicist for Oxo housewares, who lost her son, Liam, to cancer this past January. Soon after Liam's diagnosis in 2007, when he was two-and-a-half years old, she made it her mission to help kids battling the disease, and she decided to do it with cookies and other sweets. "In the food world, we often don't make a lot of money, but we can bake," she says. In 2008, she launched Cookies for Kids' Cancer, which helps people organize bake sales to raise money for pediatric-cancer research.

Bake Sale Tips: Prepping and Planning


» When baking, instead of buttering or greasing cookie sheets, use parchment paper; it's a great way to ease cleanup and prevent cookies from sticking.

» At the bake sale, use broken cookies for samples.

» Include mini cookies, which sell well.

» Have little boxes (with tissue paper) and bags on hand.

» For bake sale kits, logos, signs, recipes and more tips, go to or buy the Best Bake Sale Cookbook.

Irresistible Bake Sale Recipes:

Delicious Dessert Bars

Chocolate Chip Cookies

Best Cupcake Recipes