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Make Ahead Desserts

Looking for more make ahead desserts? Find many more make ahead desserts, make ahead holiday desserts, and easy make ahead desserts.

Toffee Cheesecake Bars

Toffee Cheesecake Bars

Toffee Cheesecake Bars

These melt-in-your-mouth treats are absolutely delicious, and everyone will want seconds. A must for Christmas gift giving. No one would ever guess they’re lighter. —Edie DeSpain, Logan, Utah

Limoncello Tiramisu

Limoncello Tiramisu

Limoncello Tiramisu

We love everything about this wonderful dessert—from the light lemon flavor and creamy Mascarpone to the crunchy, crushed macaroon on top. We think you'll enjoy it too.—Taste of Home Test Kitchen

Cappuccino Cheesecake

Cappuccino Cheesecake

Cappuccino Cheesecake

Instead of pouring the decadent ganache over the top of this coffee-flavored cheesecake, I use most of it to cover the chocolate crust.—Linda Stemen, Monroeville, Indiana
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Caramel Pumpkin Tiramisu

Caramel Pumpkin Tiramisu

Caramel Pumpkin Tiramisu

"I'm not fond of traditional tiramisu, so I used pumpkin and bourbon in place of coffee and it's absolutely fabulous. I always make extra sauce and eat it over vanilla ice cream. It's so good, I can't leave it alone!" – Mary Filipiak, Fort Wayne, Indiana

Holiday English Trifles

Holiday English Trifles

Holiday English Trifles

This recipe has everything I want in a holiday dessert. It's yummy, easy to prepare and beautiful. —Bonnie Cameron, Colbert, Washington

Strawberries and Champagne Cheesecake

Strawberries and Champagne Cheesecake

Strawberries and Champagne Cheesecake

I bake from scratch because I believe that love—and sweetened condensed milk—are the best ingredients. —Kathryn Work, Louisville, Kentucky

Triple Mousse Torte

Triple Mousse Torte

Triple Mousse Torte

The layers of this three-times-as-nice torte include an English toffee dessert that was passed down from my grandmother. For the base, I used a brownie crust--another family favorite!

Chocolate-Swirled Peanut Butter Cookies

Chocolate-Swirled Peanut Butter Cookies

Chocolate-Swirled Peanut Butter Cookies

Our kids most requested cookies are peanut butter and chocolate chip, so I came up with this recipe combining those favorite flavors. The two doughs swirled created a lovely pattern on the cookie. There's no need for additional decoration.—Lori Kesinger, Baker, Montana

Neapolitan Fudge

Neapolitan Fudge

Neapolitan Fudge

If you like Neapolitan ice cream, you will devour my fudge version of the vanilla, strawberry and chocolate favorite. It makes a great addition to any Christmas candy platter, but is equally well received any time of year. —Faith Leonard, Delbarton, West Virginia

Pineapple Upside-Down Cheesecake

Pineapple Upside-Down Cheesecake

Pineapple Upside-Down Cheesecake

My mom often made pineapple upside-down cake, but I prefer something creamier. This recipe looks just like her cake, but gets even tastier as pineapple upside-down cheesecake. —Marilyn McGinnis, Citrus Heights, California

German Chocolate Tres Leches Cake

German Chocolate Tres Leches Cake

German Chocolate Tres Leches Cake

I first tried tres leches cake several years ago while in Ecuador. Since then, I’ve changed it up by adding some of my favorite ingredients, namely chocolate and coconut. This version also has a bit of rum for an adults-only treat. —Lisa Varner, El Paso, Texas
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