Refreshment Stand Recipes

At a loss for what refreshments to make for your next yard sale?  Look no further than this list of delicious goodies that are sure to please the palates of your clientele!

A plate full of cookies.

Brownies From Scratch

For two 8x8 pans, you will need:

- 1 cup of butter/margarine

- 2 cups white sugar

- 1 tsp vanilla

- 2 eggs

- 1/2 cup cocoa

- 2 cups flour

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.  Cream together the margarine and the sugar; you can use a hand mixer if desired.  Add the vanilla and the eggs, stirring with a spoon until just smooth, then add the cocoa and flour, mixing until there are no longer lumps.  (Don't overdo the mixing, or your brownies will get tough!)  Place batter into greased pans and bake for 18-20 minutes until a toothpick pushed through the center comes out clean.

Let cool, then slice into ninths and removed with a spatula or fork -- be careful not to touch the brownies! -- and place on a cooling rack to completely cool.  Wrap individual brownies in plastic wrap.

Homemade Nilla Wafers

For 50 cookies, you will need:

- 1/2 cup powdered sugar

- 1/3 cup white sugar

- 1/3 cup shortening or margarine

- 1 egg

- 1 teaspoon vanilla

- 1/8 teaspoon salt

- 1 1/2 cups flour

- 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

- 1 tablespoon water

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.  Cream together the sugars, shortening/margarine, egg, vanilla, and salt.  Add the flour and baking powder and stir to combine until lumps are gone.  Add water and continue mixing until dough becomes a workable ball.  Separate dough into 3/4-inch balls, flattening slightly onto a greased cookie sheet.  Bake for 15-18 minutes, until cookies are light brown.

Remove from cookie sheet and let cool on a baking rack.  Place 5-10 cookies in sandwich bags and tie with string or ribbon.

Creamy Orange Smoothies

Though these are a bit more expensive to make, you can sell them for a pretty penny!

For each smoothie, you will need:

- 3 oz frozen orange juice concentrate

- 1/2 cup milk (make sure you warn customers that the drinks contain dairy!)

- 1/2 cup water

- 2 tablespoons sugar

- 1 teaspoon vanilla

- 1/2 banana (if desired; you can charge extra for banana)

- 6 ice cubes

Blend all ingredients except ice for one minute.  Add the ice cubes, blending in one at a time, until mixture is smooth. Pour into a disposable cup, add a straw, and serve.

Tip: keep all the ingredients in a cooler nearby so you aren't running back to the house to retrieve them, but so they stay nice and cool!

Cinnamon Bun Cookies

This recipe has a few more steps, but don't be daunted -- they're simple and delicious!

For two dozen cookies, you will need:


- 1/2 cup powdered sugar

- 3/4 cup butter

- 1/2 teaspoon salt

- 1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla

- 1 1/2 cups flour


- 1 large egg white

- 1 tablespoon water

- 1/4 cup sugar

- 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon

Cream together the sugar, butter, salt, and vanilla.  Add the flour and stir by hand until dough forms.  Flatten the dough, wrap it, and put it in the refrigerator for at least an hour and until you are ready to make the cookies.  (Yes, this means you can make it ahead of time!)

Transfer the chilled dough to a piece of lightly floured wax paper and roll it into a 9x12 rectangle.  Whisk together the egg white and water until foam forms, then brush it out evenly onto the rolled dough.  Whisk together the cinnamon and sugar (use a dry whisk!) and sprinkle it evenly over the dough.  Roll the dough into a log the long way, sealing the edge with any leftover egg white mix.  Wrap it in the wax paper and freeze until firm.

Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.  Grease two cookie sheets, then unwrap the dough and carefully slice it into 1/2-inch slices.  (You're going for little circles of spiral dough here!)  Place the cookies on the sheets and bake for 12-15 minutes, until golden brown.  Transfer to a rack to cool, then place two to three cookies in a baggie and seal with string or ribbon.

Have any great refreshment recipes to share?  Let us know in the comments!






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