Peanut butter cookies
Or anything at all with nuts! Especially if kids will be shopping at your bake sale, it’s just not worth it to offer treats containing peanuts or tree nuts. How would you feel if your sale caused a potentially deadly allergic reaction? If you do go ahead and bring a nutty treat for whatever reason, be sure to label it clearly, noting exactly what kind of nuts are in your recipe. Find out the best candy treats for kids with nut allergies.
Treats with surprise ingredients
Maybe your favorite recipe is naturally nut-free, but contains an unexpected ingredient (like these black bean brownies). Since you never know what someone could be allergic to, and you may not be present to answer questions, it’s best to label your treat accordingly. That goes double for baked goods containing any of the seven most common food allergens. It’s probably OK to bring treats with these ingredients, but just be extra transparent about what they are and what they contain.
Raw cookie dough
Admit it, you like to eat uncooked dough at home—or at least lick the spoon. But you probably know it’s not a good idea. And it’s definitely not a good idea to bring it to a bake sale, even though it might be a good money-maker. You don’t want your sale to get a reputation for serving up salmonella or E. coli to the whole community!