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.

Phyllo-Crusted Melon Cheesecake

Thin wedges of melon and fresh raspberries make the perfect topper for this creamy cheesecake cradled in a flaky phyllo crust.

From Diabetic Living

Phyllo-Crusted Melon Cheesecake

Gingerbread Cupcakes

From Parents

Gingerbread Cupcakes

Stuffed Baby Watermelon

Watermelon will never taste better than in this lime- and honey-tossed medley of melon, peaches, and grapes.

From Diabetic Living

Stuffed Baby Watermelon

Red, White and Blue Parfaits

This heart-healthy dessert is loaded with antioxidant- and fiber-rich berries. You can use any flavored yogurt in place of the vanilla.

From Heart-Healthy Living

Red, White and Blue Parfaits

Coffee-Chocolate Marble Cake

Using a light coffee drizzle in place of frosting adds flavor and moistness to this carb-trimmed cake recipe yet keeps the fat and calories in check.

From Diabetic Living

Coffee-Chocolate Marble Cake

Fig-Orange Hand Pies

Forget the fork! Just pick up one of these fruit-filled pastries and bite in.

From Diabetic Living

Fig-Orange Hand Pies

Raspberry-Oatmeal Wedges

Whole wheat flour and oats add a nutty flavor to the crust. It pairs well with the luscious raspberry filling in this sweet dessert.

From Diabetic Living

Raspberry-Oatmeal Wedges

Peach-Blueberry Ginger-Oat Crisp

Take a bite of this irresistible crisp to discover how the ginger in both the fruit and crust makes the flavor of summer-fresh peaches pop.

From Diabetic Living

Peach-Blueberry Ginger-Oat Crisp

Black and White Meringue Bites

At just 7 calories per bite, and with no cholesterol or fat, these tasty treats can be a guilt-free dessert after dinner.

From Heart-Healthy Living

Black and White Meringue Bites

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

Blondies

From Better Homes and Gardens

Blondies

Cinnamon Streusel Fresh Apple Bars

Top these lower sugar bars with a couple spoonfuls of Greek yogurt at breakfast or a dollop of whipped cream for dessert.

From Diabetic Living

Cinnamon Streusel Fresh Apple Bars

Pumpkin-Spiced Whoopie Pies

A festive take on the classic sandwich cookie, these whoopie pies feature spiced cookies with a mouthwatering pumpkin-ricotta filling.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Pumpkin-Spiced Whoopie Pies

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

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.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Coconut Cream Pie Bars

Salted Caramel Blondie Bites

Salty and sweet make for one super-tasty pair in these cookie bars.

From Parents

Salted Caramel Blondie Bites

Chock-Full O' Chocolate Cupcakes

Nothing will please chocolate-lovers more than these chock-full-of-cocoa cupcakes topped with rich and creamy frosting.

From Parents

Chock-Full O' Chocolate Cupcakes

Easy Monster Cookie Bars

Start with refrigerated peanut butter cookie dough to prepare these bar cookies in minutes. Try them for your next bake sale or party!

From Better Homes and Gardens

Easy Monster Cookie Bars

Lemony Glazed Shortbread Bars

These delicate butter cookies are packed with lemon flavor.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Lemony Glazed Shortbread Bars

Fudgy Brownies with Strawberries

Brownies in a slow cooker? Oh yes! This rich dessert is surprisingly low in fat, yet still thick and fudgy, thanks to applesauce and berry jam in the batter.

From Diabetic Living

Fudgy Brownies with Strawberries

Key Lime Cheesecake Bars

These dazzling bars are a takeoff of the popular pie recipe. This version uses a graham cracker crust and a filling that blends lime-flavored gelatin, cottage cheese, cream cheese, and whipped topping.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Key Lime Cheesecake Bars

Lemon Curd Bars

Here's a quick and updated version of the classic lemon bar. It uses jarred lemon curd instead of a homemade filling and then adds a coconut and almond topper.

From Midwest Living

Lemon Curd Bars

Gingerbread Cutouts

Looking for something to do on a rainy day? Bake up a batch of these cutouts using people and animal cookie cutters and let the kids decorate them.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Gingerbread Cutouts

Chocolate-Cherry Pockets

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

From Better Homes and Gardens

Chocolate-Cherry Pockets

Pecan Shortbread Logs

You may want to make more than one batch of theae jewel-toned cookies to give away to cooking-loving friends. Make some with raspberry jam and some with apricot preserves.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Pecan Shortbread Logs

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