The Best Treats To Make For Birthday Party Goodie Bags

Birthday parties are one of the highlights of a child's social life. These fun gatherings are usually painstakingly put together, with popular themes, beautifully wrapped presents, balloons, pizza, cupcakes, friends and classmates — and of course, goodie bags. 

Birthday party guests of all sizes usually expect to receive a small, sweet thank you from their host or hostess — and who can deny that it's pretty exciting having something to look forward to when the party fun wraps up? But when you're the party planner, it could be challenging coming up with unique goodie bag ideas that'll delight your guests. Well, part of the party planning process just got less daunting, because our team at Mashed has gathered the perfectly sweet combo of fun and yummy treats to make for those goodie bags.

These dessert suggestions will not only fill your child's goodie bags with sugary goodness, but they're also sure to be a total success when put together. They won't break the bank, either. All of these recipes are easy to prepare, they're easy-to-eat treats that'll fit nicely into goodie bags, and they'll look almost too pretty to devour.

Consider buying translucent goodie bags for this project, so everyone can see through to the delights they receive. Choose a colorful ribbon for tying the bags closed that matches your party theme, and you can even attach a personalized tag written to each guest from your child. In fact, have your child help with the baking for an extra fun time together.

Chocolate chip cookies with sea salt will be the real MVPs in your birthday party goodie bags

Who doesn't love freshly baked, chewy chocolate chip cookies? This cookie recipe is an absolute winner and a great treat choice to prepare for your child's birthday goodie bag surprises — for adults and kids alike. Trust us when we say they're called "the best chocolate chip cookies you've ever tasted" for good reason. Once you take a bite, you'll know exactly why.

You most likely have all the necessary ingredients you'll need to whip up this tasty recipe in your kitchen, including flour, unsalted butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar, baking powder, salt, baking soda, egg, vanilla extract, and flaky sea salt to sprinkle on top of each cookie. Note that you can complete this classic treat in less than an hour. Just don't forget to make some extra so you can enjoy some after the birthday celebration ends, too.

The best brownie recipe on the internet — and a goodie bag treat birthday party guests will love

Who doesn't love a fudgy, delicious brownie? These brownie delights can be whipped up in just 45 short minutes and are sure to make your guests smile. All you'll need to prepare this scrumptious, chocolatey recipe are a few basic ingredients you likely already have in your pantry. They include flour, baking soda, salt, white sugar, chocolate chips, unsalted butter, water, semisweet chocolate chips, eggs, and vanilla extract. When done, you can sprinkle the brownies with confectioner's sugar or leave them plain. Either way, they will taste as chewy and delightful as they look. This is "the best brownie recipe on the internet," after all, and that's seriously nothing to joke about.

These cake pops with rainbow sprinkles are as cute as a button — and perfect for birthday party goodie bags

Frosted cake pops with rainbow sprinkles are an ideal surprise to include in a birthday party goodie bag. They're as cute as a button to look at, and so much more fun to eat. Party guests of all sizes will be excited to receive these cake pops.

It'll take just over an hour to put these sweet bites together and bake, and you'll need to have the following ingredients on deck: flour, baking powder, powdered sugar, salt, butter, sugar, eggs, vanilla extract, milk, and powdered sugar. In addition, you'll need lollipop sticks and any creative toppings you may want to try, such as shredded coconut, rainbow sprinkles, cocoa powder, Oreo crumbs, crumbled pretzels, or mini vanilla chips. 

The white frosting and fun toppings will stand out in your goodie bags, especially if you choose clear bags to highlight the treats inside. Consider your party color theme when choosing your toppings also: You can always get solid colored sprinkles to coordinate with your decorations. Cake pops are always a great idea and will certainly be a huge party bag favorite.

Peanut butter ganache bars are great for creamy deliciousness and for birthday party goodie bags

Every single bite of a peanut butter ganache bar is as delicious as it you'd expect it would be. They are creamy, delicious peanut butter bites with a chocolate ganache topping. Truth be told, just adding ganache to the title gives this dessert an instant upgrade.

To prepare these heavenly treats, you'll pull together chocolate sandwich cookies, creamy peanut butter, dark brown sugar, unsalted butter, granulated sugar, kosher salt, confectionery sugar, milk chocolate chips, and heavy cream. This entire process only takes 15 minutes to complete, and that includes mixing and baking times. You absolutely cannot think this isn't a sweet idea to make and bake for your goodie bags ASAP. And we're calling them goodie bags, but you can also consider buying food grade gift boxes and wrapping them with ribbon that matches your party colors. Then, each guest will get their own little present, too.

Keep in mind these treats do have peanut butter in them, so if any of your guests have a peanut allergy, save this recipe to whip up on a later date for your family.

Puppy chow for some sweet and crunchy fun in birthday party goodie bags

A goodie bag filled with puppy chow by itself is a goodie bag filled with so much sweetness. Plus, this recipe is so simple to make and only takes 20 minutes of your time. All you'll need to prepare this easy puppy chow recipe is any combo of Chex cereal you'd like to include, butter, chocolate chips, peanut butter, powdered sugar, and vanilla extract. If you don't prepare this for your treat bags, be sure to make and serve it as a snack during the party! It's sure to be gone in no time and become a favorite among all the guests.

No-bake peanut butter balls are adorably delish additions to birthday party goodie bags

Our peanut butter balls are not only so darn adorable — they're delish, too. And you can make them in a total of just 35 minutes. The only caveat here is they might get eaten before you can prepare the goodie bags! So, have everything ready to complete this project, because we warned you. 

This no-bake recipe calls for peanut butter, honey, almond flour, oat flour, salt, melted coconut oil, melted chocolate, and sea salt. Whether you decide to fill your bags with these creamy peanut butter treats alone or feel you'd like to combine them with a few other chocolatey recipes, you can't go wrong either way. And if any of your guests have a nut allergy, it's best to save this recipe to enjoy on a later date, as it includes both peanut butter and almond flour.

Each confection we chose is a true winner, and every recipient will be delighted to receive their bag at the end of the birthday party.