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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Owl Cupcake

From Ladies' Home Journal

Use a variety of bright and colorful candy to make the owl face to top these vanilla cupcakes.

Owl Cupcake

Quick Chocolate Cake

From Better Homes and Gardens

This super easy chocolate dessert is made without eggs, butter, or milk. And you can whip it up in just 5 minutes!

Quick Chocolate Cake

Double Thumbprint Cookies

From Heart-Healthy Living

Cherry jam fills these lower-fat sugar cookies which are shaped into a heart to make a sweet dessert for Valentine's Day.

Double Thumbprint Cookies

Rich Cocoa Bars

From Family Circle

Pureed prunes replace the fat in this chocolate bar cookie. To cut the fat even more, skip the frosting and sprinkle the bars with sifted powdered sugar.

Rich Cocoa Bars

Luscious Lemon Bars

From Midwest Living

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

Luscious Lemon Bars

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

Peach-Blueberry Ginger-Oat Crisp

From Diabetic Living

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.

Peach-Blueberry Ginger-Oat Crisp

Chocolate Chip Cookies

From Fitness

Canola oil is used in place of butter to make these cookies. It has healthy fats, making this cookie recipe a good alternative to the typical butter-filled version.

Chocolate Chip Cookies

Key Lime Cheesecake Bars

From Better Homes and Gardens

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.

Key Lime Cheesecake Bars

Red Velvet Cupcakes

From Family Circle

With its bright red color, Red Velvet Cake always invokes a reaction. For more fun, turn this chocolate cake recipe into cupcakes by baking the batter in muffin cups. Frost them with chocolate or vanilla icing, or some of each.

Red Velvet Cupcakes

Classic Vanilla Ice Cream

From Better Homes and Gardens

Wholesome, rich, and delightfully creamy, this homemade ice cream is sure to be a family favorite dessert.

Classic Vanilla Ice Cream

Coffee and Cookie Brownies

From Better Homes and Gardens

Use refrigerated sugar cookie dough to create the crust for this simple coffee-flavored brownie dessert.

Coffee and Cookie Brownies

Peach Crisp

From Better Homes and Gardens

This dessert recipe brings out the best in any peach. Some people like it just for the rolled oats, cinnamon, and crushed graham cracker topping.

Peach Crisp

Apple Breakfast Bars

From Better Homes and Gardens

This no-bake cookie bar is great for a snack or breakfast on the go.

Apple Breakfast Bars

Pineapple-Macadamia Triangles

From Family Circle

Studded with macadamia nuts and dried pineapple, shortbread cookies take on Hawaiian style.

Pineapple-Macadamia Triangles

White Chocolate Brownies

From Better Homes and Gardens

Here is a new spin on a brownie recipe that combines white chocolate and chopped macadamia nuts.

White Chocolate Brownies

One-Bowl Brownies

From Family Circle

Make this easy brownie recipe to welcome your kids home from school. Melted chocolate chips make a delicious topping.

One-Bowl Brownies

Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars with Chocolate Topping

From Better Homes and Gardens

Here's a winner! While they photographed these sweets, the staff couldn't keep their hands off these bars. These bars are a must for any holiday from Halloween through Christmas.

Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars with Chocolate Topping

Slice-and-Bake Peanuts

From Family Circle

These peanut butter cookies are shaped to look like peanuts by placing two rounds of dough so they bake together. To further enhance the look, drizzle melted peanut butter chips in a crisscross pattern over the cookies to resemble peanut shells.

Slice-and-Bake Peanuts

Friendship Cookies

From Parents

For a truly multicultural dessert, make all three shades of cookie dough.

Friendship Cookies

Orange-Almond Slices

From Diabetic Living

These twice-baked almond- and orange-flavored treats are wonderful on cookie trays or served with fresh fruit or ice cream. Dip one edge of the crunchy slices into melted chocolate to dress them up for a special celebration.

Orange-Almond Slices

McCormick® Red Velvet Cupcakes

From McCormick®

This mini version of the classic Red Velvet Cake is one of the more popular offerings in bakeries all across the country. Whip up a batch this holiday season.

McCormick® Red Velvet Cupcakes

Decorator Icing

From EatingWell

This versatile icing is ideal for piping, but it can also be thinned with water and painted over cookies; it dries to a beautiful matte finish. To avoid health concerns about uncooked eggs, use pasteurized egg whites. You can find both refrigerated cartons of pasteurized egg whites and convenient pasteurized dried egg whites in most supermarkets.

Decorator Icing

Raspberry Oatmeal Bars

From Vegetarian Times

Feel free to try this recipe with different jams (blueberry and apricot work well). You can also add 1/2 cup nuts to the batter for extra protein and energy on long hikes.

Raspberry Oatmeal Bars

Double-Stuffed Oatmeal Cookies

From Parents

Why not let your kid have a cookie for breakfast? These treats are packed with whole grains, fruits, and even veggies!

Double-Stuffed Oatmeal Cookies

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