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.

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

1. Salted dark chocolate puppy chow

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2. Homemade junior mints (a.k.a. teeny peppermint patties)

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3. Almond butter buckeyes

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4. How to make any cereal treats without a recipe

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5. Samsa (almond-orange triangles)

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6. Mango melting moments

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7. Fudgy pecan brownies

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8. Patti LaBelle's two-fruit almond crumble bars

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9. Coconut milk fudge (topra pak)

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10. Salted caramel bars for two

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11. Lemon bars

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12. Yogurt white chocolate

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13. Cornmeal toffee chocolate chip cookies

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14. Chocolate sprinkle cookies

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15. Fig keplers

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16. Nutter butters

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17. Vanilla fudge

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This story was originally published on Food52.com: 17 sweet treats because lunch deserves dessert, too.