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Chocolate Sunflower Butter Energy Bites

Packing school lunches is a whole new challenge at our house. After six weeks, these protein-packed treats have become a lunchbox favorite. Any nut butter will do, though sunflower butter makes them allergy-friendly. They’re so easy to make that they’re a great hands-on activity to do with a new kindergartener, and they never come home at the end of the day (unlike those poor rejected baby carrots).

Yield: 16 to 18 energy bites Total time: 45 minutes
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Lemon Cream Cheese Muffins

These tart-sweet lemon muffins, topped with a brown sugar crumble and lemon glaze are deliciously moist, since the cream cheese is mixed right into the batter.

Yield: 12 muffins Total time: 35 minutes
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Mom’s Rum Balls

When I was little, I remember mom making these rum balls for holiday parties. Made from crushed Nilla wafers, chopped nuts, cocoa, and light rum, they’re not for kids (but that didn’t stop us from sneaking one when the adults weren’t looking).

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Chocolate-Covered Bacon

We first tried chocolate-covered bacon at the Big Top Candy Shop on South Congress Avenue, and decided to make it for our friend Atticus’s bacon-themed first birthday party.

Making a double batch for a party on a warm Austin day wasn’t the best idea, but if you give yourself plenty of time and reserve this project for a cool day, the results are delicious.

Yield: 64 pieces Total time: 2 hours 30 minutes
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Hungarian Pastry Jam Bars

These bars have a tender pastry base, a layer of raspberry jam, a layer of browned egg whites similar to merengue, and a sprinkling of chopped walnuts. They’re the perfect dessert for girls’ night.

Yield: 12 to 16 bars Total time: 50 minutes
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Double Chocolate Quick Bread

This quick bread is moistened with apple sauce and either sour cream or Greek yogurt, and has both cocoa powder and chocolate chips.

Yield: 8 to 10 servings Total time: 1 hour 15 minutes
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Ultimate Lemon Bars

Shortbread and lemon curd are two of my favorite things, making these bars the perfect dessert.

Yield: 18 bars
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Creamy Lemon Crumb Squares

Layer a creamy mixture of sweetened condensed milk, lemon juice, and lemon zest on top of a base of sweetened oats and butter. Add a crumb layer on top, and bake. Serve these delicious creamy squares cold for a refreshing tart treat.

Yield: 12 servings Total time: 45 minutes
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Doctored Brownies

Add coffee liqueur, chocolate chips, and chopped pecans to a boxed brownie mix to make a convenient treat a little more special.

Yield: 16 brownies Total time: 45 minutes
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Warm Gingerbread with Lemon Glaze

If you’re looking for a Christmas treat to make for neighbors, this gingerbread is a relatively easy and fast (and delicious).

Yield: 12 servings Total time: 1 hour 15 minutes