17 Treats to Celebrate Making It to Tax Day

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We originally ran this article on 2016’s Tax Day, but it’s that time of year again. Welcome back, gold leaf-garnished cake.

Now that you’ve spent enough quality time with your online tax program, accountant, or—power to you!—paper forms to last you until next April, it’s time to celebrate! Why? Because submitting your taxes is no small feat, your tax return is en route, and rumor has it the IRS never audits treat-eaters (okay, we have no evidence to support this last claim, but we’ll take any excuse to dive into some well-earned treats).

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Go ahead and put gold flakes on your cake—that's what tax refunds are for.
Photo by James Ransom

Here’s what we recommend: Two cakes in honor of tracking down your W2, fifteen cookies for completing 2015 taxes, a serving of cheesy bread for every deductible receipt your tracked down, and a Champagne cocktail to toast to the return that’s on its way (!!).

Here are some treats to get you started:

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Brazilian Cheesy Bread
by Hannah Petertil
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Cinnamon Rolls
by Erin McDowell
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Roasted Strawberry Milkshake with Buttermilk and Mint
by Kenzi Wilbur
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Vanilla Rice Flour Pastry Cream
by Alice Medrich
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Champagne Cake
by Valerie Gordon
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Baking Sheet Macaroni and Cheese
by Amanda Hesser
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Lemony Cream Cheese Pancakes with Blueberries
by ENunn
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Soft Pretzels with Beer Cheese
by Nothing in the House // Emily Hilliard
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Mario Batali’s Double-Chocolate Pot Brownies
by Mario Batali
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Oatmeal Scotchies
by Nicholas Day
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Cheese Toasts
by Phyllis Grant
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Sweet Vegan Chickpea Crêpes
by Gena Hamshaw
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Perfect Chocolate Cake
by Posie Harwood
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Fried Goat Cheese with Honey and Black Pepper
by Alexandra Palmerton
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Maya’s Chocolate Fudge Sheet Cake
by Alice Medrich
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Cockney Champagne Cocktail
by Ali Slagle
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Basic Vanilla and Chocolate Cupcakes
by Erin McDowell

What will you be, ahem, investing your tax return in? (Fancy imported olives? Us too.) Tell us in the comments.

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