Picnics are great in theory, yet can be a little less than ideal to execute. There's a reason that we dine indoors, because we have everything we need to make eating a meal a smooth experience: a flat surface to balance our plates, a steady supply of napkins in case we knock over our glass, and an environment with a steady temperature. But when the weather's nice, it's hard to resist the urge to picnic. And so, to make the inevitable outdoor lunching experience easier, it's a good idea to choose picnic-friendly foods -- desserts being a high priority. Click through the slideshow below for 40 picnic-friendly, and delicious, dessert recipes.

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  • Chocolate-Chip-Pecan Cookie Bars

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/chocolate-chip-pecan-cook_n_1061076.html" target="_hplink">Chocolate-Chip-Pecan Cookie Bars recipe</a></strong><br>Feel free to swap walnuts or almonds for the pecans in this recipe, or use half nuts and half dried cranberries for a tart, chewy version.

  • Nutella-Swirl Pound Cake

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/nutella-swirl-pound-cake_n_1058578.html" target="_hplink">Nutella-Swirl Pound Cake recipe</a></strong><br>What isn't better with the addition of Nutella? We haven't come across anything, and this pound cake is no exception.

  • Chocolate-Chocolate Cookies

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/12/12/chocolate-chocolate-cooki_n_1144275.html" target="_hplink">Chocolate-Chocolate Cookies recipe</a></strong><br>As rich and chocolatey as the fudgiest of brownies, yet with the texture of a perfectly moist cookie, this recipe is for those of us who can never get enough chocolate.

  • Salted Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cup Cookies

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/salted-chocolate-chip-pea_n_1062598.html" target="_hplink">Salted Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cup Cookies recipe</a></strong><br>Peanut butter and chocolate is a combination that has won over millions. Adding the sugary richness of a cookie makes this a sure-fire hit for any occasion.

  • Jumbo Brownies

    <strong>Get the<a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/jumbo-brownies_n_1058509.html" target="_hplink"> Jumbo Brownies recipe</a></strong><br>Brownies are a real crowd pleaser, especially when they're jumbo sized. The recipe calls for walnuts, though omit them if you're not a fan.

  • Blondie Cake

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/04/17/blondie-cake_n_1432339.html" target="_hplink">Blondie Cake recipe</a></strong><br>This blondie is a peanut butter treat. It has Reese's Peanut Butter Cups, roasted peanuts and creamy peanut butter in the batter.

  • Salted Shortbread Cookies

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/salted-shortbread-cookies_n_1058663.html" target="_hplink">Salted Shortbread Cookies recipe</a></strong><br>The combination of salty and sweet is one that's hard to resist. And when you add buttery, melt-in-your-mouth cookie to that mix you know you've found a winning cookie.

  • Back-To-School Raspberry Granola Bars

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/back-to-school-raspberry-_n_1058213.html" target="_hplink">Back-to-School Raspberry Granola Bars recipe</a></strong><br>These sturdy bars travel well; they make a perfect treat for a picnic. Filled with raspberry jam (though feel free to substitute for your favorite flavor), they hit the spot for an afternoon sweet treat.

  • Chocolate And Pecan Macaroons

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/chocolate--pecan-macaroo_n_1062315.html" target="_hplink">Chocolate And Pecan Macaroons recipe</a></strong><br>These cookies include rich dark chocolate, flaked coconut and pecans. Their chewy texture is like a cross between coconut macaroons and French egg-white macarons.

  • Double Nut And Date Tassies

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/double-nut--date-tassies_n_1062080.html" target="_hplink">Double Nut and Date Tassies recipe</a></strong><br>This recipe makes a cookie that tastes like pecan pie; it doesn't really get much better than that.

  • Raspberry-And-Fig Cake

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/raspberry-and-fig-cake_n_1058637.html" target="_hplink">Raspberry-and-Fig Cake recipe</a></strong><br>Limes, raspberries and figs flavor this summery cake. And since there's no frosting on this cake, it makes a versatile dessert appropriate for any occasion.

  • Viennese Cookies

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/viennese-cookies_n_1061449.html" target="_hplink">Viennese Cookies recipe</a></strong><br>These Viennese-style cookies have a tender texture from ground almonds and are sandwiched together with apricot jam.

  • Dark Chocolate-Filled Florentines

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/dark-chocolate-florentine_n_1061857.html" target="_hplink">Dark Chocolate-Filled Florentines recipe</a></strong><br>Oats, chopped nuts and very little whole-wheat flour create these flat, crisp lace-like cookies. Sandwich together two cookies by spreading one half with melted chocolate and the other with apricot preserves.

  • Chocolate-Hazelnut Baklava

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/chocolate-hazelnut-baklav_n_1058317.html" target="_hplink">Chocolate-Hazelnut Baklava recipe</a></strong><br>While we like traditional honey and pistachio baklava, we can't refuse a chocolate hazelnut version.

  • Double-Chip Cookies

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/double-chip-cookies_n_1056922.html" target="_hplink">Double-Chip Cookies recipe</a></strong><br>The double-chip cookie calls for one part chocolate chips and one part potato chips. Two of our favorite foods mixed together in a cookie -- this is a trend we hope is here to stay.

  • Take 5 Carrot Cupcakes

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/take-5-carrot-cupcakes_n_1060866.html" target="_hplink">Take 5 Carrot Cupcakes recipe</a></strong><br>When carrot cake can't be had, carrot cupcakes do the trick. And the best part is, with the cupcakes you get even more of that delicious cream-cheese frosting.

  • Brutti Ma Buoni

    <strong>Get the<a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/brutti-ma-buoni_n_1059509.html" target="_hplink"> Brutti Ma Buoni recipe</a></strong><br>These odd-shaped cookies, which translate from Italian to ugly but good, are very popular in Italy. Made with hazelnuts and egg whites, they're delightfully light and nutty.

  • Great-Grandmother Pearl's Angel Food Cake

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/great-grandmother-pearls_n_1058421.html" target="_hplink">Great-Grandmother Pearl's Angel Food Cake with Peaches recipe</a></strong><br>Pound cake is one of the best desserts for a hot summer day. It's got just the right amount of sweet, yet is still light and fluffy.

  • One Nutty Date

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/one-nutty-date_n_1061623.html" target="_hplink">One Nutty Date recipe</a></strong><br>Peanut butter and crunchy walnuts make these buttery date cookies rich and seductive.

  • White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/white-chocolate-macadamia_n_1059852.html" target="_hplink">White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies recipe</a></strong><br>Macadamia nuts add a hint of Hawaiian flavor to these chewy white chocolate cookies.

  • Apricot, Almond And Brown Butter Tart

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/apricot-almond-and-brown_n_1058200.html" target="_hplink">Apricot, Almond and Brown Butter Tart recipe</a></strong><br>Dried apricots pair nicely with the nuttiness of the almonds -- which is further accented by the use of brown butter.

  • Lemon Angel Wings

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/lemon-angel-wings_n_1061442.html" target="_hplink">Lemon Angel Wings recipe</a></strong><br>Some call these angel wings others refer to them as elephant ears. But regardless of their name the light, lemony flavor of these treats is, well, divine.

  • Seven-Layer Bars

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/seven-layer-bars_n_1056928.html" target="_hplink">Seven-Layer Bars recipe</a></strong><br>Coconut, chocolate, butterscotch and potato chips make up this seven-layer bar recipe. The potato chips are used in place of the more traditional graham cracker crust, and offer a nice savory element to this super-sweet treat.

  • Thousand-Layer Chocolate Chip Cookies

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/02/09/thousand-layer-chocolate-_n_1266389.html" target="_hplink">Thousand-Layer Chocolate Chip Cookies recipe</a></strong><br>This recipe is not the one you turn to if you want a cookie in a hurry. No, this cookie requires time and patience. But if you want a chocolate-chip cookie that is full of chocolate flavor, this is the recipe you're looking for.

  • Chocolate-Chocolate Cherry Cookies

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/chocolate-chocolate-cherr_n_1057240.html" target="_hplink">Chocolate-Chocolate Cherry Cookies recipe</a></strong><br>These chocolate cookies have everything going for them. They're chewy and loaded with chocolate chips and dried cherries. Use an ice cream scoop to make the dough easier to drop onto baking sheets.

  • Cranberry-Honey Spice Pinwheel Cookies

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/cranberry-honey-spice-pin_n_1049368.html" target="_hplink">Cranberry-Honey Spice Pinwheel Cookies recipe</a></strong><br>These cookies have a bright, zesty filling and spicy aroma. They're convenient because you can make the logs of cookie dough ahead, then pull them out of the freezer and slice and bake as you need.

  • Pecan-Cinnamon Wafers

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/pecan-cinnamon-wafers_n_1062301.html" target="_hplink">Pecan-Cinnamon Wafers recipe</a></strong><br>Pecans add a hint of nuttiness to this sugary, cinnamon cookie

  • Hazelnut, Cinnamon And Coconut Cake

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/hazelnut-cinnamon-and-co_n_1057577.html" target="_hplink">Hazelnut, Cinnamon and Coconut Cake recipe</a></strong><br>This moist yogurt cake is flavored with flaked coconuts and roasted chopped hazelnuts -- it makes for a satisfying dessert.

  • Cranberry Orange Nut Cookies

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/cranberry-orange-nut-cook_n_1061626.html" target="_hplink">Cranberry Orange Nut Cookie recipe</a></strong><br>Crisp, moist and chewy, this cookie has all the essential ingredients of a top-notch treat: citrus, nuts and fruit.

  • Chocolate Coconut Meringues

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/chocolate-coconut-meringu_n_1062079.html" target="_hplink">Chocolate Coconut Meringues recipe</a></strong><br>These light and airy meringue cookies use three extracts (coconut, almond and vanilla) to give it a full flavor. For a finishing flair, decorate them with melted semisweet chocolate and white chocolate, piped across each cookie.

  • Poppy Seed Cake

    <strong>Get the<a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/poppy-seed-cake_n_1058621.html" target="_hplink"> Poppy Seed Cake recipe</a></strong><br>This poppy seed cake is moist and crunchy thanks to the use of poppy seeds. Dusted with confectioner's sugar, it's a simple yet delectable cake.

  • Rocky Road Brownies

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/rocky-road-brownies_n_1062377.html" target="_hplink">Rocky Road Brownies recipe</a></strong><br>These brownies have it all. Chopped nuts, marshmallows and chocolate baked atop a cakey chocolate layer.

  • Ganache-Stuffed Chocolate-Chip Cookies

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/ganache-stuffed-chocolate_n_1058402.html" target="_hplink">Ganache-Stuffed Chocolate-Chip Cookies recipe</a></strong><br>While these cookies may require an extra step than most chocolate chip cookie recipes, it's well worth your time and effort. Sandwiching freshly baked cookies with chocolate ganache is possibly the best way to enjoy this type of cookie.

  • Honey Spice Beer Cake

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/honey-spice-beer-cake_n_1061333.html" target="_hplink">Honey Spice Beer Cake recipe</a></strong><br>Use your favorite beer in this recipe, the flavor will really shine through. The honey, lemon and spices make this one recipe you won't be able to resist.

  • Lava Rocks

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/lava-rocks_n_1061856.html" target="_hplink">Lava Rocks recipe</a></strong><br>The name says it all. These cookies are dangerously rich with a triple dose of chocolate from cocoa powder, grated bittersweet chocolate and cocoa nibs. Pecans add a rocky crunch.

  • Nana's Creole Pecan Cake Bars

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/nanas-creole-pecan-cake-_n_1062291.html" target="_hplink">Nana's Creole Pecan Cake Bars recipe</a></strong><br>Dates and raisins dot this pecan bar adding a hint of fruity sweetness throughout. This treat will keep for a few days so feel free to make it a ahead of time and store in an airtight container.

  • Citrus-Kissed Honey Buttons

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/citrus-kissed-honey-butto_n_1062290.html" target="_hplink">Citrus-Kissed Honey Buttons recipe</a></strong><br>Honey is the perfect foil for the orange and lemon zest in these buttery cookies.

  • Coconut Chocolate Chip Cupcakes

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/coconut-chocolate-chip-cu_n_1056831.html" target="_hplink">Coconut Chocolate Chip Cupcakes recipe</a></strong><br>These cupcakes are easy to take on the road. And when they're chock-full of flaked coconut and chocolate chips, why wouldn't you?

  • Raspberry-Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/raspberry-chocolate-thumb_n_1049794.html" target="_hplink">Raspberry-Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies recipe</a></strong><br>Chocolate and cherries go well together, and so do chocolate and raspberries!

  • Banana Multigrain Bars

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/banana-multigrain-bars_n_1061381.html" target="_hplink">Banana Multigrain Bars recipe</a></strong><br>While these banana bars may be healthy -- full of good-for-you grains -- they are also delicious and make a nice change from the traditional chocolate bar brownie.


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