One of my favorite hobbies is to bake and decorate sugar cookies. When the Christmas holidays come around, I always spend a few days decorating cookies. Last Christmas, I took decorated Christmas cookies to a holiday party, and people were asking me if they could buy cookies from me! That’s when I could turn my cookie decorating hobby into delicious craft fair treats to sell!
While I love decorating cookies, I know there are more craft show treats that would do really well. This list is a lineup of the best-baked goods to sell at craft fairs, so you can reference it any time you want to add something new to your craft table or booth! I plan to keep the majority of my craft fair table full of sugar cookies, but I like the idea of adding some simple but tasty bake sale ideas to add some variety.
Health Department Regulations
Before you jump into selling food at a craft fair (or anywhere for that matter), is that they will be certain rules and regulations the State Department of Public Health or local Health Department and possibly the venue will require you to follow. These regulations are in place to ensure food safety and protect the public from potentially hazardous foods.
Each state and even county is different, so it is important to not only be legal not only where you are making the food, but also at the venue location. Some areas allow lesser regulations of homemade food products under Cottage Food Laws, where you can prepare food from a home kitchen (some states though require a health inspector to randomly inspect kitchens (while others don’t) if you are making a small amount of products. However other states will require a Food Sanitization Certification and operate out of a licensed commercial kitchen.
Selling food as a food vendor without the proper licenses, helth permits, or certifications opens you up personally if you are caught or someone gets sick from eating your goods.
Top Selling Baked Goods at Craft Shows
This list of sweet food items for craft shows comes from a few of my blogging friends! They have some amazing recipes and ideas for creating crafted food that is delicious and festive for a holiday craft fair or bazaar.
Remember to hit the “pin it” button so you can get to ALL the recipes quickly!
Holiday Oreo Cookie Pops from Mama Likes to Cook
Christmas Chocolate Bark with Christmas Candy by Erhardts Eat
Double Chocolate Espresso Cookies by Savory and Savvy
Rice Krispy Christmas Tree by Kitchen Frau
Easy Grinch Sugar Cookies by Mommy Made That
Rice Krispy Reindeer Treat by She Saved
Peppermint Oreo Bark Recipe by The Gingerbread House
Christmas Chocolate Chip Sprinkles Butter Cookies by Moore or Less Cooking
Santa Cupcakes by The Country Chic Cottage
M&M Cookie Bars by Blinky’s Culinary Carnival
More Delicious Christmas Fair Food Ideas
- Holiday Biscotti by Food Meanderings
- Snickerdoodle Recipe by The Banana Diaries
- Pumpkin Spice Sugar Cookies by Daily Appetite
- Saltine Toffee by Amanda’s Cookin’
- Eggnog Gooey Butter Cookies by The Flying Couponer
- Chocolate Brioche Bread Wreath by A Baking Journey
- Gingerbread Christmas Trees by Sweet and Savory Food
- Almond Bark Nut Goodies by Mission to Save
- Easy Peppermint Fudge by The Monday Box
- Peanut Butter Maple Fudge by The Mad Mommy
- White Chocolate Cranberry Fudge by Dancing Through the Rain
- Chocolate Brownie Christmas Tree with Mint Frosting by The Toasty Kitchen
- Sour Cream Sugar Cookies with Cream Cheese Frosting by Saving Talents
- Salted Chocolate Honey Comb by Veggie Desserts
- Easy Oatmeal Cookies by This Mama Cooks
- Holy Cannoli Cookies by The Snappy Gourmet
- Mickey Mouse Nutcracker Cookies by In the Kids Kitchen
- Christmas Wreath Cupcakes by The Soccer Mom Blog
Christmas Market Ideas to Sell More Treats This Year
Selling baked goods at a craft fair is a great idea, as most of the other vendors will be selling crafts or artisan goods. When people shop they usually get hungry, and no one can pass up the sweet smell of baked goods! Here are a few tips to help you sell more Christmas goodies this year!
No one can resist a free sweet treat! Make a plan to have samples sitting out on your table or stand with a tray in the walkway as people are passing by. As soon as they taste your yummy treats, you will have more buyers!
Individually Wrapped Goods
Have a selection of items that can be purchased as a snack while your customers are shopping.
Offer a Variety of Size Options
Make sure you offer to sell items in packages of half dozen and dozen. Think of unique ways you can sell your treats. Offer sample size packages, thumbprint size cookies, etc.
Take Special Orders
Let customers know that you can make desserts or treats for parties. Take their order, schedule a delivery/pickup date and time, and let customers personalize their order.
Email Sign Up
Have people sign up for your email list so you can let them know of special deals you are offering throughout the year. This is a great way to build your business beyond the craft fair.
Set Up Social Media
Make sure your customers and potential customers can find you on social media! They can follow along with your latest treats, and it’s another way they can contact you to place an order.
Let us know how your next craft fair goes! Share in the comments below!