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.

Salted Peanut Bars

This treat contains all the yummy goodness of a salted-nut candy bar with the added bonus of a luscious caramel topping.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Salted Peanut Bars

Strawberry-Rhubarb Bars

The combination of rhubarb and strawberries epitomizes springtime flavor. In this tender dessert, rolled oats add texture, and a ginger glaze finishes it off sweetly.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Strawberry-Rhubarb Bars

Cappuccino-Caramel Oat Bars

Rolled oats in this cookie recipe give these bars a chewy texture. The blend of coffee, caramel, and oats make these a perfect Christmas treat.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Cappuccino-Caramel Oat Bars

Pecan Pie Bars

From Heart-Healthy Living

Pecan Pie Bars

Classic Peanut Butter Cookies

The simple combination of savory but sweet peanut butter incorporated into a smooth, buttery dough gives this cookie its signature nutty flavor.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Classic Peanut Butter Cookies

Christmas Ornament Cupcakes

Decorate your choice of cake mix to create flavorful Christmas ornament cupcakes. Tint creamy white frosting with different colors, cut white rolled fondant icing into shapes, and add luster dust for a light sheen.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Christmas Ornament Cupcakes

Sunrise Parfaits

Whole wheat couscous makes this fruit and yogurt snack or dessert even more healthy.

From Parents

Sunrise Parfaits

Red Velvet Shortbread Cookies

These chocolate cookies get their inspiration from the classic cake. Dipped in white chocolate, they look fantastic on a dessert tray.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Red Velvet Shortbread Cookies

Chai-Spiced Compote

From Midwest Living

Chai-Spiced Compote

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

Oatmeal-Apricot Cookies

Dried apricots brighten this oatmeal cookie. Bake a batch for lunch box treats or after-school snacks.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Oatmeal-Apricot Cookies

Nutty Cheese-Topped Figs

When you have a craving for a bit of something sweet, try one of these bite-size treats. The combo of figs, nuts, and cream cheese will satisfy you--at only 3 g carbs per bite.

From Diabetic Living

Nutty Cheese-Topped Figs

Oatmeal-Applesauce Cake

This hearty whole grain cake is perfect for dessert or a snack. The applesauce imparts flavor, moisture, and replaces some of the fat.

From Diabetic Living

Oatmeal-Applesauce Cake

Lunch Box Oatmeal Cookies

This cookie recipe combines two kids' favorites--oatmeal and peanut butter--in one great tasting dessert or snack.

From Diabetic Living

Lunch Box Oatmeal Cookies

Orange-Pecan Shortbread Cookies

Dunk the bottoms in melted white chocolate for cookies that have their "frosting" flipped.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Orange-Pecan Shortbread Cookies

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

Minty Cocoa Fudge Sandwich Cookies

Complete your Christmas tray with this delicious cookie recipe that offers a creamy mint chocolate frosting sandwiched between rich chocolate cookies.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Minty Cocoa Fudge Sandwich Cookies

Spearmint Whoopie Pies with White Chocolate-Mascarpone Filling

Looking for a quick, foolproof holiday dessert? Give these spearmint whoopie pies a try. Spread a thick layer of white chocolate-mascarpone filling on the bottom half of the cookies and combine. Roll in crushed spearmint candies for an added touch.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Spearmint Whoopie Pies with White Chocolate-Mascarpone Filling

English Lemon Curd Sandwich Cookies

Perfect for a spring or summer dessert, these sweet sugar cookie sandwiches have tart lemon curd peeking out from inside.

From Better Homes and Gardens

English Lemon Curd Sandwich Cookies

Sweet Potato-Pecan Cookies

Mashed sweet potatoes mix with cinnamon and brown sugar to give these scone-like cookies perfect flavor. Top with cream cheese frosting and toasted pecan halves.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Sweet Potato-Pecan Cookies

Candied Ginger and Orange Icebox Cookies

These refreshing bite-size cookies are the perfect snack with an afternoon coffee or tea. Ginger and orange combine for a zesty treat sure to lift your spirits–and your energy level.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Candied Ginger and Orange Icebox Cookies

Cinnamon-Almond Slices

These cinnamon-almond slices are the perfect mate for your afternoon cup of coffee. Combine toasted almonds, ground cinnamon, and almond paste for a nutty, flavorful bite.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Cinnamon-Almond Slices

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

Spearmint Dips

These two-toned spearmint dips are great for entertaining. Individually dip each minty triangle into white baking chocolate, add green sprinkles, and place on a tray for your guests to enjoy.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Spearmint Dips

Peppermint Palmiers

Looking for a light dessert? These minty pastries are a perfect break after a hardy meal. Made from puff pastry, these cookies are called palmiers or elephant ears because of their distinct shape.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Peppermint Palmiers

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