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25 Brownies, Blondies & Other Desserts That Won't Smush in Your Bag

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What I've carried on the subway from Manhattan to Brooklyn:

  • A 12-layer Napoleon cake
  • A giant Ikea mixing bowl full of gummed-together soba noodles along with every single vegetable in my apartment, each cooked in a different way
  • All five Ottolenghi books and a plant called Xanadu
  • A sheepskin rug, a bag of extremely pungent Brussels sprouts, and three flattened cardboard boxes
  • Rising cinnamon bun dough, to be shaped and baked at my friend's apartment
  • A vat of burbling sourdough

The other people in the train car—they love me!

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Gingery Olive Oil Zucchini Cake with Poppy Seeds and Lemon Crunch Glaze
Gingery Olive Oil Zucchini Cake with Poppy Seeds and Lemon Crunch Glaze

Unless you've figured out how to apparate or you're brave enough to host the party yourself, you've probably got travel in store for you this summer. So I beg you: Learn from my mistakes! Make desserts that are easily-transportable, that will not have you gripping the steering wheel for the dear life of the bubbling-hot pie on the floor in the backseat, or massaging your sore biceps the next day.

These 25 treats, including the one above, fit the bill. They're good for making ahead and they don't threaten to fall apart, topple over, or deflate. If you're worried that they'll melt, freeze them before you start your journey! If you take them out of the pan to cool, just put them back in the pan from whence they came to transport.

Chocolatey:

Crispy Pretzel-Peanut Butter Bars

Crispy Pretzel-Peanut Butter Bars by Riley Wofford

Hippie Crispy Treats

Hippie Crispy Treats by Alanna

Alice Medrich's Best Cocoa Brownies

Alice Medrich's Best Cocoa Brownies by Genius Recipes

Dark Chocolate and Walnut Zucchini Bread

Dark Chocolate and Walnut Zucchini Bread by Thalia

Chocolate Mochi Snack Cake

Chocolate Mochi Snack Cake by Sarah Jampel

Mable's Texas Sheet Cake

Mable's Texas Sheet Cake by Gibson2011

Maya's Chocolate Fudge Sheet Cake

Maya's Chocolate Fudge Sheet Cake by Alice Medrich

Dark Chocolate Brownies

Dark Chocolate Brownies by Jennifer Perillo

P.S. The last two are gluten-free!


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Vanilly & Chocolate-Chippy

Cook's Illustrated's Blondies

Cook's Illustrated's Blondies by Genius Recipes

Brown Butter Blondies

Brown Butter Blondies by Phyllis Grant

Grandma Reilly's Congo Bars
Grandma Reilly's Congo Bars

Nutty & Coconutty

Coconut Dream Bars

Coconut Dream Bars by Posie Harwood

Almond Coffee Cake

Almond Coffee Cake by Sarah Jampel

Chocolate Caramel Walnut Bars

Chocolate Caramel Walnut Bars by Posie Harwood

Granola Peanut Butter Icebox Bars with Oatmeal Cocoa Streusel

Granola Peanut Butter Icebox Bars with Oatmeal Cocoa Stre... by Kristin Irani Myruski

Fruity

Apricot-Oat Crumb Bars

Apricot-Oat Crumb Bars by Kendra Vaculin

Gluten-Free Strawberry Tart Bars

Gluten-Free Strawberry Tart Bars by Sarah Jampel

Brooke Dojny's Blueberry Snack Cake with Toasted Pecan Topping

Brooke Dojny's Blueberry Snack Cake with Toasted Pecan To... by Genius Recipes

Mixed Berry and Walnut Crumble Bars

Mixed Berry and Walnut Crumble Bars by EmilyC

Berry Butter Cake

Berry Butter Cake by Posie Harwood

Blackberry Cornbread Buckle

Blackberry Cornbread Buckle by janeofmanytrade

Banany

Banana, Coconut, Chocolate Chip Snack Cake

Banana, Coconut, Chocolate Chip Snack Cake by ATG117

Banana Bread Blondies

Banana Bread Blondies by Laura Dembowski

Brown Butter Bourbon Banana Bread
Brown Butter Bourbon Banana Bread

Is there one dessert you always bring to parties? Tell us in the comments!


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