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Eat Dessert First! 10 Irresistible Spring Sweets

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Yes, life is uncertain but some studies also suggest that eating dessert first makes you feel more satiated and, therefore, you’re likely to eat smaller, healthier meals. I’m on board with that theory! From a gorgeous berry trifle to creamy chocolate pudding sundaes, there’s not enough willpower in the world to resist these scrumptious sweets.

Berry trifles are wonderful warm weather desserts — they’re simple, gorgeous and you can make them ahead of time. Here’s the key to making them taste as good as they look: don’t use imitation whipped cream, instant pudding or store bought cake! GET THE RECIPE

With a buttery shortbread crust, luscious lemon filling and dusting of powdered sugar, these bars are as pretty as they are delicious. GET THE RECIPE

Everything you need for this buttery and crisp shortbread is probably already in your pantry. The cookies are wonderful with coffee or tea any time of day, and any time of year. GET THE RECIPE

Silky chocolate pudding sundaes topped with whipped cream and sprinkles make the perfect after school treat for the kids. And, if you’ve never had homemade pudding, you’re in for a treat! GET THE RECIPE

In this classic Southern dessert, sweet summer peaches are topped with a buttermilk biscuit batter, then baked until the fruit is tender and the topping is crisp. GET THE RECIPE

If you’ve been searching for the perfect peanut butter cookie, look no further. This recipe, adapted from My Father’s Daughter by Gwyneth Paltrow is the best I’ve tried. The cookies are thick and soft with a rich peanut butter flavor and almost sandy texture. GET THE RECIPE

One of the easiest and best desserts I know: tart rhubarb and sweet strawberries bubbling away in their own juices beneath a crunchy oat streusel lid. Serve it warm out of the oven with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Leftovers are also delicious for breakfast. GET THE RECIPE

Also known as Snowballs, Butter Balls or Russian Tea Cakes, Mexican Wedding Cookies are crisp, shortbread-like cookies made from ground nuts, flour, butter and sugar. This version is flavored with lime, pecans and ground coconut. GET THE RECIPE

Sweet, tart and gooey, these bars are a happy marriage of blondies and raspberry jam. And they’re just as good with your morning coffee as they are for dessert. GET THE RECIPE

This is my go-to recipe when I need to whip up a quick batch of birthday cupcakes. The buttermilk adds a subtle, pleasant tang and also keeps the cupcakes moist. GET THE RECIPE