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31 Lunchbox Desserts That Will Stand up to Swinging Backpacks (or Your Commute)

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In the evening, dessert—when you're lucky enough to have it—almost always comes at the very end: after dinner is finished, after the plates are cleared, and possibly even after the dishes are loaded into the dishwasher.

This is why the lunchbox dessert reigns supreme. Since everything is packed together, the timing of dessert completely within your control: Eat it first (you know your five-year-old is), maintain willpower and eat it last, or go rogue and eat it halfway through. But whatever you do, make sure to choose one of these 31 lunchbox-ready desserts—one that won't smoosh and doesn't require utensils:

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Bars

Cook's Illustrated's Blondies
Cook's Illustrated's Blondies
Scotcheroos (Rice Krispies with Peanut Butter, Butterscotch & Chocolate)
Scotcheroos (Rice Krispies with Peanut Butter, Butterscotch & Chocolate)
Grandma Reilly's Congo Bars
Grandma Reilly's Congo Bars
Cinnamon Spice Rice Krispie Treat S'mores

Cinnamon Spice Rice Krispie Treat S'mores by Kendra Vaculin

Hippie Crispy Treats

Hippie Crispy Treats by Alanna

Carrot-Halwa Blondie Bars
Carrot-Halwa Blondie Bars
Blueberry Cake Donut Bars
Blueberry Cake Donut Bars
Chocolate Caramel Walnut Bars
Chocolate Caramel Walnut Bars
Raw Vegan Chocolate Coconut Bars

Raw Vegan Chocolate Coconut Bars by Kendra Vaculin

Homemade Twix Bars

Homemade Twix Bars by Kristin Rosenau

Chocolate Chip Cookies

Ovenly's Secretly Vegan Salted Chocolate Chip Cookies
Ovenly's Secretly Vegan Salted Chocolate Chip Cookies
The Almond Lover's Chocolate Chip Cookie
The Almond Lover's Chocolate Chip Cookie
Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Cookies
Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Cookies
Nestle Toll House Classic Chocolate Chip Cookies

Nestle Toll House Classic Chocolate Chip Cookies by Posie Harwood

Jacques Torres' Chocolate Chip Cookies

Jacques Torres' Chocolate Chip Cookies by Posie Harwood

All of the other Cookies

Homemade Dunkaroos
Homemade Dunkaroos
Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
Cardamom Currant Snickerdoodles
Cardamom Currant Snickerdoodles
Nutella Stuffed Snickerdoodles

Nutella Stuffed Snickerdoodles by Yossy Arefi

Fig Keplers

Fig Keplers by petitbleu

Homemade Pocky
Homemade Pocky
Soft Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies
Soft Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies
Nutter Butters
Nutter Butters
Peanut Butter Cookies

Peanut Butter Cookies by Merrill Stubbs

Great Graham Crackers

Great Graham Crackers by Alice Medrich

Almond Thumbprint Cookies with Dark Chocolate and Sea Salt
Almond Thumbprint Cookies with Dark Chocolate and Sea Salt
Homemade Samoa-Inspired Cookies
Homemade Samoa-Inspired Cookies
Alice's Right-Brain Nutty Butter Cookies
Alice's Right-Brain Nutty Butter Cookies
Cream Cheese Cookies

Cream Cheese Cookies by Merrill Stubbs

Pretzel Shortbread Cookies

Pretzel Shortbread Cookies by molly yeh

And one more for good measure

Last-Minute Fall Hand Pies
Last-Minute Fall Hand Pies

Tell us: What's your favorite lunchbox dessert?

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