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).

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

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:

Brazilian Cheesy Bread

Brazilian Cheesy Bread by Hannah Petertil

Cinnamon Rolls

Cinnamon Rolls by Erin McDowell

Roasted Strawberry Milkshake with Buttermilk and Mint

Roasted Strawberry Milkshake with Buttermilk and Mint by Kenzi Wilbur

Vanilla Rice Flour Pastry Cream

Vanilla Rice Flour Pastry Cream by Alice Medrich

Champagne Cake

Champagne Cake by Valerie Gordon

Baking Sheet Macaroni and Cheese

Baking Sheet Macaroni and Cheese by Amanda Hesser

Lemony Cream Cheese Pancakes with Blueberries

Lemony Cream Cheese Pancakes with Blueberries by ENunn

Soft Pretzels with Beer Cheese

Soft Pretzels with Beer Cheese by Nothing in the House // Emily Hilliard

Mario Batali's Double-Chocolate Pot Brownies

Mario Batali’s Double-Chocolate Pot Brownies by Mario Batali

Oatmeal Scotchies

Oatmeal Scotchies by Nicholas Day

Cheese Toasts

Cheese Toasts by Phyllis Grant

Sweet Vegan Chickpea Crêpes

Sweet Vegan Chickpea Crêpes by Gena Hamshaw

Perfect Chocolate Cake

Perfect Chocolate Cake by Posie Harwood

Fried Goat Cheese with Honey and Black Pepper

Fried Goat Cheese with Honey and Black Pepper by Alexandra Palmerton

Maya's Chocolate Fudge Sheet Cake

Maya’s Chocolate Fudge Sheet Cake by Alice Medrich

Cockney Champagne Cocktail

Cockney Champagne Cocktail by Ali Slagle

Basic Vanilla and Chocolate Cupcakes

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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