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17 Sweet Treats Because Lunch Deserves Dessert, Too

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I’m not sure if it’s socially acceptable to pack a lunch dessert after graduating elementary school, but I just don’t feel like a meal is done until I take a sweet bite. Even at my previous job, where cakes and pies and cookies weren’t constantly floating out of a test kitchen, I would circle back through the cafeteria just before heading to my desk. I fell for a 60 cent, warm, chewy chocolate chip cookie almost daily. There are worse habits.

As much as I love bread pudding, cake, and ice cream, they’re not work-friendly. A midday dessert needs to be portable, minimal-mess, and preferably utensil-free. It also helps if they’re shareable; your coworkers are bound to want a bite. Plus, if you make a big batch, you get a lunch dessert all week long.

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Want something sweet in your lunch bag? Here’s some inspiration:

Salted Dark Chocolate Puppy Chow
Salted Dark Chocolate Puppy Chow
Homemade Junior Mints (a.k.a. Teeny Peppermint Patties)
Homemade Junior Mints (a.k.a. Teeny Peppermint Patties)
Almond Butter Buckeyes

Almond Butter Buckeyes by Sarah Jampel

How to Make Any Cereal Treats Without a Recipe

How to Make Any Cereal Treats Without a Recipe by Amanda Shulman

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Samsa (Almond-Orange Triangles)

Samsa (Almond-Orange Triangles) by Anissa Helou

Mango Melting Moments

Mango Melting Moments by Emiko

Fudgy Pecan Brownies
Fudgy Pecan Brownies
Patti LaBelle's Two-Fruit Almond Crumble Bars
Patti LaBelle's Two-Fruit Almond Crumble Bars
Coconut Milk Fudge (Topra Pak)

Coconut Milk Fudge (Topra Pak) by Meera Sodha

Salted Caramel Bars for Two

Salted Caramel Bars for Two by DessertForTwo

Lemon Bars

Lemon Bars by Yossy Arefi

Yogurt White Chocolate

Yogurt White Chocolate by Alice Medrich

Cornmeal Toffee Chocolate Chip Cookies
Cornmeal Toffee Chocolate Chip Cookies
Chocolate Sprinkle Cookies
Chocolate Sprinkle Cookies
Fig Keplers

Fig Keplers by petitbleu

Nutter Butters

Nutter Butters by Hillary Pollak

Vanilla Fudge
Vanilla Fudge

Do you pack lunch desserts? Do you wait until dinner? Do you power through the day without any sugar?

Tags: midday dessert, lunch dessert, brownies, bars