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Make Ahead Desserts

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This creamy cheesecake pie with a raspberry layer is a light dessert after a heavy meal. —Steve Josserand, Decatur, Illinois
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Bittersweet Chocolate Cheesecake

Bittersweet Chocolate Cheesecake

Bittersweet Chocolate Cheesecake

I'm a great-grandmother, and my whole family enjoys this dessert. I received this recipe from my niece. It's very chocolaty.

Orange Charlotte

Orange Charlotte

Orange Charlotte

"Mom prepared this light and fluffy citrus dessert whenever Dad grilled outdoors," recalls field editor Sue Gronholz of Beaver Dam, Wisconsin. "It gave our meals a fresh-tasting finish!"

Frozen Raspberry Delight

Frozen Raspberry Delight

Frozen Raspberry Delight

Light and refreshing, here's a dessert created with busy holiday hostesses in mind. It's easy, lovely, serves a crowd and can be made days ahead for convenience.
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Swirled Peppermint Marshmallows

Swirled Peppermint Marshmallows

Swirled Peppermint Marshmallows

The fluffy, airy texture of handmade marshmallows will remind you of glistening snowflakes. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen

Neapolitan Bars

Neapolitan Bars

Neapolitan Bars

The colors of the season featured in this moist bars, which are layered with cherry and apricot preserves.—Nancy Foust, Stoneboro, Pennsylvania

Lemon Ice Cream Pie

Lemon Ice Cream Pie

Lemon Ice Cream Pie

“Whenever I see the word ‘lemon’ in a recipe, it jumps out at me because lemon is my favorite flavor,” says Barbara Blickensderfer of Edgewater, Florida. “It’s rightfully up front in this refreshing pie.”

Peppermint Freezer Pie

Peppermint Freezer Pie

Peppermint Freezer Pie

Refreshing peppermint ice cream plus fudgy chocolate plus fluffy meringue equals the perfect pie for the holidays! Kelli Bucy of Red Oak, Iowa shares this lovely dessert that's become a Christmas tradition. You can make and freeze the pie well in advance.

Holiday Fig Torte

Holiday Fig Torte

Holiday Fig Torte

Meet the Cook: Since we entertain my family - around 25 people - each December, and I do most of the cooking, I appreciate dishes like this I can prepare ahead of time. I'm a home economics teacher...my husband is a teacher, too...and now our daughter, who's in her last year of college, is doing her student teaching! -Judy Trott, Goldsboro, North Carolina

Double Chocolate Fudge

Double Chocolate Fudge

Double Chocolate Fudge

If you love chocolate, here's a receipt that's sure to please. This rich treat is a favorite of our family.

Festive Ice Ring

Festive Ice Ring

Festive Ice Ring

Use this colorful, fruit-filled ice ring from our Test Kitchen to keep your favorite punch cold during a holiday party.

Chocolate Cookie Cheesecake

Chocolate Cookie Cheesecake

Chocolate Cookie Cheesecake

I used to think cheesecake sounded intimidating, but since I started making them I can’t stop! This simple but special cookie-topped version will make your family feel fussed over. Seconds, anyone? —Rose Yoder, Middlebury, Indiana
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