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.

Zucchini Brownies

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

From Midwest Living

Zucchini Brownies

Luscious Lemon Bars

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

From Midwest Living

Luscious Lemon Bars

Autumn Pumpkin Bars

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.

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Autumn Pumpkin Bars

Brown Sugar Lunch Box Drops

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

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Brown Sugar Lunch Box Drops

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.

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Vanilla Rooibos Tea Meltaways

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

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

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.

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Peanut-Pretzel Bars

Caramel Apple Cookies

Fresh apples and plump raisins help to make these cookiesóthat get topped with caramel frostingófit for the whole family. Tip: stir in a small amount of fat-free milk to keep the frosting at a spreading consistency.

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Caramel Apple Cookies

Brownies with Brandied Cherries

Simmer brandy, cherries and sugar to create a simple homemade sauce that makes these decadent chocolate brownies look restaurant-worthy.

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Brownies with Brandied Cherries

Fresh Strawberry Bars

The rich peanut butter base for these delicious bars can be made ahead and frozen according to the recipe. Before guests arrive, simply thaw and top with jam and strawberries for a last-minute dessert.

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Fresh Strawberry Bars

Mystery Cookies

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Mystery Cookies

Pistachio Cranberry Icebox Cookies

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Pistachio Cranberry Icebox Cookies

Hudson Bay Bread

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Hudson Bay Bread

Chocolate-Cherry Pockets

This cookie recipe version of chocolate-covered cherries is delicious. Top with almonds and melted chocolate for a finishing touch.

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Chocolate-Cherry Pockets

Peppermint-Fudge Brownie Bites

These Christmas bars are easy to make when you use refrigerated cookie dough. The favorite combination of fudge and peppermint make these bars a holiday favorite.

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Peppermint-Fudge Brownie Bites

Incredible Apple Tart

Jonathan, Rome Beauty, Winesap, and York Imperial are all great choices for the apples in this party-special tart.

From Diabetic Living

Incredible Apple Tart

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

Oatmeal and More Cookies

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

From Midwest Living

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.

From Better Homes and Gardens

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.

From Better Homes and Gardens

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.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Cinnamon-Almond Slices

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