15 One-Bowl Treats for Bake Sales & Weeknights

15 One-Bowl Treats for Bake Sales & Weeknights

Kelli Foster
May 3, 2018
(Image credit: Samantha Bolton)

I think I speak for most of us when I say the time for complicated baking projects is not during the week, after work. Weeknight baking demands simplicity and instant gratification. And my go-to, surefire way to get there is with sweet dessert recipes that come together in a single bowl. One-bowl recipes are basically the sheet pan or skillet suppers of the dessert world. They come with the promise of ease, simplicity, and quick cleanup, with a sweet reward at the end.

Whether it's a last-minute scramble to pull something together for tomorrow's bake sale or you have an immediate hankering for dessert, these are the one-bowl recipes that will get you there.


Cookies are my favorite thing to bake on weeknights. You can pull a batch together in a single bowl, and they feel like an instant-gratification treat. They're also ideal for gifting or for bake sales since they're super easy to package up.

Brownies and Bars

Who can say no to a stack of brownies? No one! Brownies and bar cookies always feel like the hero of the bake sale. And each of these weeknight-friendly treats comes together in a single bowl. If you're not so keen on firing up the oven, go for a batch of gooey Rice Krispies treats.

Cake and Cupcakes

When it comes to weeknight baking, do not rule out cake. While layer cake can prove kinda tricky in this situation, cupcakes are a natural choice. Sheet cakes and Bundt cakes are also fair game.

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