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.

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Spiced Chocolate-Pistachio Cookies

From Midwest Living

Spiced Chocolate-Pistachio Cookies

Pistachio Cranberry Icebox Cookies

From Midwest Living

Pistachio Cranberry Icebox Cookies

Quadruple Ginger Cookies

From Midwest Living

To make ginger juice, Patty Erd of the Spice House in Evanston, Illinois, squishes coarsely chopped fresh ginger in a clean garlic press.

Quadruple Ginger Cookies

Spiced Apple Drops

From Midwest Living

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

Spiced Apple Drops

Peppermint Cream Bites

From Better Homes and Gardens

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

Peppermint Cream Bites

Chocolate-Mint Snow-Top Cookies

From Better Homes and Gardens

These minty cookies are a chocolate lover's delight. For a sweet snack at your fingertips, make ahead and freeze up to 3 months.

Chocolate-Mint Snow-Top Cookies

Sugar Cookies

From Better Homes and Gardens

At Christmas try making this soft, lightly lemony cookie recipe and serve them with hot cocoa for dipping. Chill the dough at least 1 hour to ensure that it's easy to roll out and cut.

Sugar Cookies

Essential Chocolate Chip Cookies

From Better Homes and Gardens

With morsels of semisweet chocolate nestled in rich butter cookie dough, these drop-and-bake cookies have become a longtime favorite.

Essential Chocolate Chip Cookies

Brown Sugar Icebox Cookies

From Better Homes and Gardens

A roll in chopped nuts and a drizzle of milk chocolate adds a pretty touch to these simple but very delicious cookies.

Brown Sugar Icebox Cookies

Golden Butterscotch Icebox Cookies

From Better Homes and Gardens

Rich and buttery, these melt-in-your-mouth cookies make a delicious snack or dessert.

Golden Butterscotch Icebox Cookies

Autumn Pumpkin Bars

From Better Homes and Gardens

If you've been looking for a spicy, moist and easy-to-make pumpkin bar recipe, look no further, because this is it. When making spice-dependent baked goods, be sure that your spices are fresh. Ground spices have a shelf life of only one year.

Autumn Pumpkin Bars

Mexican Chocolate Icebox Cookies with Dulce De Leche Filling

From Better Homes and Gardens

For this dessert, two chocolate cookies surround a filling of dulce de leche, a caramel sauce popular in Central and South America.

Mexican Chocolate Icebox Cookies with Dulce De Leche Filling

Mexican Chocolate Icebox Cookies with Dulce De Leche Filling

From Midwest Living

Mexican Chocolate Icebox Cookies with Dulce De Leche Filling

Three Pepper Spiced Cookies

From Better Homes and Gardens

These easy icebox cookies get their "bite" from a combination of spicy ginger, several peppers, and some ground chile.

Three Pepper Spiced Cookies

Chocolate Chip Cookies

From Better Homes and Gardens

This classic cookie is an updated version of the recipe that appeared in the 1941 edition of the Better Homes and Gardens cookbook.

Chocolate Chip Cookies

Blueberry Cheesecake Cupcakes

From Midwest Living

Blueberry Cheesecake Cupcakes

Squash Cheesecake Bars

From EatingWell

Pureed winter squash gives most of the body to these leaner cheesecake bars.

Squash Cheesecake Bars

Raspberry-Chocolate Chip Frozen Yogurt

From EatingWell

Jammy raspberries and rich chocolate combine for a delicious, tart frozen yogurt. It is quick and easy to prepare, but plan ahead if you're using fresh berries - they take a little longer to freeze. Mini chocolate chips give you the most chocolate in every bite, but any kind of chip will work - dark-chocolate lovers should try bittersweet chips.

Raspberry-Chocolate Chip Frozen Yogurt

Raspberry Bars

From EatingWell

Tart raspberry filling is swirled into a low-fat cream filling in these beautiful bars. They're a festive treat for a summer picnic or party.

Raspberry Bars

Yummy Molasses Crackles

From EatingWell

Nancy Caverly gave her grandmother's recipe for ginger molasses cookies a little makeover - reducing the butter and adding crystallized ginger for a spicy jolt.

Yummy Molasses Crackles

Pineapple Coconut Bites

From EatingWell

A retired writing professor and mother of two daughters, Jessie Grearson got inspiration for these mini tarts from a pineapple-coconut bar that her mother used to make. Her version successfully uses whole-wheat pastry flour and less butter and sugar.

Pineapple Coconut Bites

Lusciously Nutty Holiday Logs

From EatingWell

Registered Dietitian Mary LaRock flavored these phyllo rolls with orange and dark chocolate for a winning cookie that will be a lovely addition to any holiday cookie platter.

Lusciously Nutty Holiday Logs

Lava Rocks

From EatingWell

Strategy and operations director Josh Gitlin gave this low-fat cookie three layers of chocolate flavor with cocoa powder, grated bittersweet chocolate and cocoa nibs.

Lava Rocks

Dark Chocolate Florentines

From EatingWell

Master of Fine Arts student Allyson Lea Smith consulted with her mother and baked at least six variations to create this healthier version of an oat-chocolate sandwich cookie.

Dark Chocolate Florentines

Italian Hazelnut Cookies

From EatingWell

These crispy cookies are made with Piedmontese staples--hazelnuts and eggs--and called Brutti Ma Buoni: literally, "Ugly But Good." But they are really more plain-looking than "ugly," and pack a powerful, sweet, nutty burst of flavor, making them welcome at any table.

Italian Hazelnut Cookies

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