Popular Lunch Desserts Recipes

Who said lunch couldn't have dessert? We say it should and offer these recipes for the best desserts that have that lunch quality--easy to make, easy to eat, and not too heavy.

Maple-Raisin Oatmeal Cookies

A bit of maple syrup gives these cookies a deeply sweet flavor. Oats and raisins add hearty texture—and add nutritious value to boot.

From Family Circle

Maple-Raisin Oatmeal Cookies

Almond Lace Cookies

Paper-thin but intensely flavorful, these dainty lace cookies are a snap to make. Simply combine five ingredients, mix in sliced almonds, and bake.

From Family Circle

Almond Lace Cookies

Luscious Lemon Bars

Sweet and tart, these moist, powdered-sugar-topped dessert bars will disappear fast.

From Midwest Living

Luscious Lemon Bars

Raspberry Cheesecake Bars

Layers of cheesecake and raspberry filling combine in an almond crust for these pretty dessert bars.

From Midwest Living

Raspberry Cheesecake Bars

Peppermint Cream Bites

These chocolate and mint layered dessert bars are cut into shapes after they're baked. Choose circles, squares, or even stars!

From Better Homes and Gardens

Peppermint Cream Bites

No-Bake Pumpkin Swirl Cheesecake

Instead of traditional pumpkin pie, try this pretty dessert for your holiday dinner. A narrow, thin-bladed spatula or a table knife works best for swirling the layers.

From Better Homes and Gardens

No-Bake Pumpkin Swirl Cheesecake

Almond Red Velvet Cupcakes

Almond extract amplifies the sweetness in both the batter and the frosting of these red velvet cupcakes. Cocoa powder lends tons of chocolate flavor for very few calories.

From Diabetic Living

Almond Red Velvet Cupcakes

Peanut-Pretzel Bars

Inspired by childhood snacks, these peanut-pretzel bars can be prepped in a half hour. Peanut butter, quick oats, and sweetened condensed milk combine to make a sweet, salty, chewy treat.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Peanut-Pretzel Bars

White Chocolate, Coconut, and Pecan Brownies

A myriad of decadent ingredients combine to form these blonde brownies. Sweet white chocolate, flaky coconut, and crunchy chopped pecans make the dessert a standout snack.

From Better Homes and Gardens

White Chocolate, Coconut, and Pecan Brownies

Dulce de Leche Snappers

Make these unique Dulce de Leche cookies in less than 30 minutes. Press dough into pecans, walnuts, or almonds for a dessert that suits your taste.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Dulce de Leche Snappers

Vanilla Rooibos Tea Meltaways

Steep tea leaves in butter to make these delicious meltaway cookies. Vanilla rooibos tea can be found at specialty tea stores.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Vanilla Rooibos Tea Meltaways

Almond-Chocolate-Cherry Cookies

Dried cherries and sliced almonds give these chocolate cookies a sweet and crunchy kick. Topped with chocolate-almond glaze, they're just 88 calories per serving, making them a treat you can feel good about.

From Diabetic Living

Almond-Chocolate-Cherry Cookies

Rosemary-Kissed Orange Thumbprint Cookies Tuscano

Give a nod to tea time with these thumbprint cookies. Made with fresh rosemary, they're topped with orange marmalade before baking to create a chewy jelly center.

From Diabetic Living

Rosemary-Kissed Orange Thumbprint Cookies Tuscano

Brown Sugar Lunch Box Drops

Pick your own mix-in for these super-soft vanilla and brown sugar cookies—we like walnuts or chocolate chips.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Brown Sugar Lunch Box Drops

Apple Spice Bars

Spiced apples and dried cherries layer perfectly between crumb crusts in these decadent bars. Serve warm with a scoop of ice cream for a crowd-pleasing dessert.

From Diabetic Living

Apple Spice Bars

Spiced Chocolate-Pistachio Cookies

Bright green pistachios and spice give this buttery chocolate cookie plenty of personality. It's like shortbread, perfect for pairing with a cup of coffee.

From Midwest Living

Spiced Chocolate-Pistachio Cookies

Pistachio Cranberry Icebox Cookies

From Midwest Living

Pistachio Cranberry Icebox Cookies

Spiced Apple Drops

An apple a day tastes even better in cookie form, especially with frosting on top!

From Midwest Living

Spiced Apple Drops

Sweet Potato Cupcakes

Turn a yummy side dish into a delicious dessert. This quick and easy recipe will keep everyone wanting more.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Sweet Potato Cupcakes

Nutty-Caramel Pumpkin Bars

For a simpler and more seasonal alternative to a cinnamon roll, bake up a pan of these pecan-studded pumpkin bars. The browned butter frosting used in this recipe would be equally delicious on cookies.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Nutty-Caramel Pumpkin Bars

Shooting Star Cookies

Square almond cookies make the perfect canvas for showing your artistic skills. Gold luster dust and vodka add a shimmer to these shooting star cookies.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Shooting Star Cookies

Concentric Star Sugar Cookies

Use a decorating bag to create the concentric star shapes, and sprinkle with yellow-colored sugar for a sparkling finish. Hint: Store extra, unfrosted cookies in the freezer for up to 3 months.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Concentric Star Sugar Cookies

Snowflake Stack Cookies

Stack star-cutout cookies in three sizes to create these layered snowflake cookies. Add blue and white nonpareils for a decorative touch.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Snowflake Stack Cookies

Diamond Snowflake Christmas Cookies

Keep it sweet and simple with this diamond snowflake Christmas cookies recipe. Icy blue frosting and a light dusting of white sanding sugar give these festive treats a frosty feel.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Diamond Snowflake Christmas Cookies

Round Snowflake Cookies

Serve a batch of warm almond cookies for a delicious afternoon treat. These round snowflake cookies are tasty and fun to decorate.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Round Snowflake Cookies

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