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15 Treats to Celebrate Filing Your Taxes—Because You’re Worth It

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Around this time of year, I start playing The Notorious B.I.G.’s “Mo Money, Mo Problems” to soothe myself as I enter one of my most dreaded tasks: taxes.

Filing tax returns is one of those no-fun, stress-inducing parts of being an adult I feel like no one told me about as a kid. When I filed my first return with an at-home service years ago, I kept my dad on speakerphone the entire time, terrified I’d mess up and invite the wrath of the IRS. It hasn’t gotten better. Every year, there’s always the hassle of remembering where I’ve put my W-4 or 1099, or tracking down donation receipts. It requires a level of organization that, frankly, I’m surprised the federal government trusts its citizens to accomplish.

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Maybe you’ve squared everything away weeks ago. Or (like me) you could be taking advantage of those two whole extra days from the IRS. Either way, you’ll want a treat for your hard work—here are 15 that are even sweeter than a refund.

Cookies & Bars

Salted Chocolate Shard Shortbread
Salted Chocolate Shard Shortbread
Toasted Cashew and Marzipan Blondies

Toasted Cashew and Marzipan Blondies by Posie Harwood

Olive Oil Sugar Cookies

Olive Oil Sugar Cookies by sarah kieffer | the vanilla...

Chinese Peanut Cookies

Chinese Peanut Cookies by Andrea Nguyen

Lemon Bars

Lemon Bars by Yossy Arefi

Malted Chocolate Chunk Cookie Bars
Malted Chocolate Chunk Cookie Bars

Simple Cakes

Nigella Lawson's Very Smart Strawberry Streusel Cake

Nigella Lawson's Very Smart Strawberry Streusel Cake by Sarah Jampel

Noma-Approved Do-It-All Cake

Noma-Approved Do-It-All Cake by Food52

Sunset's Whole Orange Cake

Sunset's Whole Orange Cake by Genius Recipes

No-Measure Chocolate Cake

No-Measure Chocolate Cake by Grant Melton

I-Want-It-Right-Now Bites

Champagne Marshmallow Treats
Champagne Marshmallow Treats
Salted Dark Chocolate Puppy Chow

Salted Dark Chocolate Puppy Chow by Riddley Gemperlein-Schirm

Matcha Posset

Matcha Posset by mrslarkin

Mango Fool
Mango Fool
5-Minute Bittersweet Chocolate Pudding
5-Minute Bittersweet Chocolate Pudding

Have you already filed your tax return? What did you do to celebrate?

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