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.

Tangerine Butter Cookies

Brightly colored tangerine zest makes these cookies stand out from the rest. Cornmeal gives them a slightly crunchy but tender texture.

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Tangerine Butter Cookies

Twixy Shortbread Bars

These three-layer dessert bars have a cookie crust, creamy filling, and chocolate top.

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Twixy Shortbread Bars

Zucchini Brownies

Sneak vegetables into dessert! Shredded zucchini lends a lot of moistness but no vegetable taste to these chocolate brownies.

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Zucchini Brownies

Luscious Lemon Bars

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

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Luscious Lemon Bars

Oatmeal and More Cookies

Chocolate and coconut turn oatmeal cookies into an even sweeter dessert.

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Oatmeal and More 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.

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Christmas Ornament Cupcakes

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.

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Peppermint Palmiers

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.

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Spearmint Dips

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.

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Sweet Potato-Pecan 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.

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Cinnamon-Almond Slices

Coconut Cream Pie Bars

Brighten up a dreary winter day with these zesty coconut cream pie bars. Top with whipped cream and toasted fresh coconut curls for added flavor.

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Coconut Cream Pie Bars

Cinnamon-Coffee Cookies

Kick-start your cookies with the punch of coffee!

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Cinnamon-Coffee Cookies

Patchwork Candy Cane Cookies

Two holiday classics come together with this festive and easy patchwork candy cane cookie recipe. Simply stack alternating red and white mini cookies in a candy cane shape and top off with powdered sugar icing.

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Patchwork Candy Cane Cookies

Wheel of Candy Canes Cookies

Molasses, ginger, and cinnamon combine to create the perfect sweet treat. Give the cookie a minty bite by filling the impressions with crushed up candy canes.

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Wheel of Candy Canes Cookies

Peppermint Circle Sugar Cookies

Get the family together to bake and decorate these peppermint circle sugar cookies that are perfect for holiday gatherings or a sweet treat on the go.

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Peppermint Circle Sugar Cookies

Traditional Snowflake Sugar Cookies

Use a snowflake-shape cutter to form classic sugar cookies. Once baked, use a decorating bag with a small round tip to precisely apply Royal Icing to create a unique design. Sprinkle on white sanding sugar for a glistening finish.

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Traditional Snowflake Sugar Cookies

Scalloped Snowflake Sugar Cookies

What's winter without a little snow? We prefer the warm, tasty kind. Crushed blue fruit-flavor hard candies fill the gaps of these scalloped snowflake sugar cookies for a glacial effect.

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Scalloped Snowflake Sugar 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.

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Round Snowflake 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.

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Diamond Snowflake Christmas 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.

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Snowflake Stack 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.

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Concentric Star Sugar Cookies

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.

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Shooting Star Cookies

Traditional Tree Gingerbread Cutouts

Use green-tinted Royal Icing to frost gingerbread tree cutouts and top with twinkling white pearl candies and a yellow candy-coated chocolate piece. Tip: These cookies make for a great decorative add-on to a gingerbread house.

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Traditional Tree Gingerbread Cutouts

Square Sugar Cookie Cutouts with Tree Branches

Put your frosting skills to the test with these tree branch designs. Cut sugar cookies into scalloped squares, flood with Royal Icing, and paint on green food coloring.

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Square Sugar Cookie Cutouts with Tree Branches

Spiky Monster Cupcakes

With bright orange and radiant red frosting piped with a simple pastry tip, these cute, menacing monster cupcakes are fun to eat.

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Spiky Monster Cupcakes

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