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50 Portable, Make-Ahead Desserts for Labor Day Traveling

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Yes, we love day-long baking projects, and you can bet we’re going to labor over stunning cakes and pies worthy of Instagram stardom. But over holiday weekends, what we love even more than a pièce de résistance is a crowd-pleaser that can handle the jolts and jerks of travel. Labor Day is nigh, and we know that portability and time-saving recipes are of the essence, so here are 50 no-fuss, totally delicious, make-ahead desserts that will be ready to get in the car before your pokey family. Save your strength for traffic jams.

Brownies, Bars, & Cookies

Lemon-Ricotta Bars

Lemon-Ricotta Bars by Kukla

Magic Cookie Bars

Magic Cookie Bars by Posie Harwood

Hippie Crispy Treats

Hippie Crispy Treats by Alanna

Vanilla Rooibos Tea Cookies

Vanilla Rooibos Tea Cookies by Rivka

Coconut PB&J Sandwich Cookies

Coconut PB&J Sandwich Cookies by Alice Medrich

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies by Posie Harwood

12 Ways to Take Brownies Where They've Never Been Before
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12 Ways to Take Brownies Where They've Never Been Before
Quick Peanut Butter and Chocolate Squares
Quick Peanut Butter and Chocolate Squares
Dorie Greenspan's 3-Ingredient Almond Crackle Cookies
Dorie Greenspan's 3-Ingredient Almond Crackle Cookies
Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chocolate Chip Cookies by Phyllis Grant

Cinnamon Spice Rice Krispie Treat S'mores

Cinnamon Spice Rice Krispie Treat S'mores by Kendra Vaculin

Patti LaBelle's Two-Fruit Almond Crumble Bars

Patti LaBelle's Two-Fruit Almond Crumble Bars by Food52

Peanut Butter Cookies

Peanut Butter Cookies by Merrill Stubbs

Banana Bread Blondies
Banana Bread Blondies

Cake Cake Cake

Maya's Chocolate Fudge Sheet Cake
Maya's Chocolate Fudge Sheet Cake
Neva Tee's Carrot Cake
Neva Tee's Carrot Cake
Angel Food Cake

Angel Food Cake by Erin McDowell

Rose Levy Beranbaum's Chocolate Oblivion Truffle Torte

Rose Levy Beranbaum's Chocolate Oblivion Truffle Torte by Genius Recipes

Maialino's Olive Oil Cake
Maialino's Olive Oil Cake
Brown Sugar Pound Cake

Brown Sugar Pound Cake by Posie Harwood

Classic Tiramisu

Classic Tiramisu by Emiko

Rhubarb Upside-Down Cake

Rhubarb Upside-Down Cake by Kenzi Wilbur

Candied Lemon Sheet Cake

Candied Lemon Sheet Cake by thirschfeld

Chocolate Chip Sour Cream Coffee Cake with Apples

Chocolate Chip Sour Cream Coffee Cake with Apples by Risa Jampel

Gluten-Free Sponge Cake

Gluten-Free Sponge Cake by Emiko

Anita Shepherd's Vegan Chocolate Birthday Cake With Super-Fluffy Frosting
Anita Shepherd's Vegan Chocolate Birthday Cake With Super-Fluffy Frosting

Pies, Tarts, & Crumbles

A Genius Slab Pie Template, for Any Fruit Growing Near You
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A Genius Slab Pie Template, for Any Fruit Growing Near You
Blueberry Plum Crumble

Blueberry Plum Crumble by newRDcook

Bill Smith's Atlantic Beach Pie

Bill Smith's Atlantic Beach Pie by Genius Recipes

Oreo Pie (!!!!)

Oreo Pie (!!!!) by Sarah Jampel

How to Make a Summer Fruit Galette (And Why You Should)

How to Make a Summer Fruit Galette (And Why You Should) by Marian Bull

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Rose Levy Beranbaum's Fresh Blueberry Pie
Rose Levy Beranbaum's Fresh Blueberry Pie
Rhubarb Cherry Hibiscus Crumble
Rhubarb Cherry Hibiscus Crumble
Vegan Apple Crisp
Vegan Apple Crisp
Yogurt and Berry Tart with a Pecan Crust

Yogurt and Berry Tart with a Pecan Crust by fiveandspice

Lindsey Shere’s Almond Tart

Lindsey Shere’s Almond Tart by Genius Recipes

All the Puddings

Helen’s Summer Berry Pudding with Rose Cream

Helen’s Summer Berry Pudding with Rose Cream by Alice Medrich

Julia Turshen's Angel Food Bread Pudding with Butterscotch Sauce

Julia Turshen's Angel Food Bread Pudding with Butterscotc... by Julia Turshen

Rice Pudding with Sesame Crumble and Blueberries

Rice Pudding with Sesame Crumble and Blueberries by Sarah Jampel

Banana Butterscotch Pudding

Banana Butterscotch Pudding by Yossy Arefi

Chocolate-Hazelnut Mousse
Chocolate-Hazelnut Mousse
Coconut Milk Rice Pudding with Citrus and Ginger

Coconut Milk Rice Pudding with Citrus and Ginger by Gena Hamshaw

Salted Caramel Custard

Salted Caramel Custard by fiveandspice

Candy, Truffles, & Fudge

Homemade Cracker Jack
Homemade Cracker Jack
Rocky Road

Rocky Road by Alice Medrich

White Chocolate Fennel Truffles

White Chocolate Fennel Truffles by Sophia R

Salted Maple Honeycomb Candy

Salted Maple Honeycomb Candy by Merrill Stubbs

Sage-Candied Walnuts

Sage-Candied Walnuts by Cristina Sciarra

Alice's House Truffles 4.0

Alice's House Truffles 4.0 by Alice Medrich

Andrea Nguyen's Cashew and Cardamom Fudge (Kaju Barfi)

Andrea Nguyen's Cashew and Cardamom Fudge (Kaju Barfi) by Genius Recipes


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