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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.

Mousse-Topped Lime Cheesecake

Mousse-Topped Lime Cheesecake

Mousse-Topped Lime Cheesecake

I created this mouthwatering cheesecake by combining a few different dessert ideas. Chocolate pairs well with the tropical flavors of lime and coconut.—Jessie Covey, Pikeville, Tennessee

Mocha-Fudge Ice Cream Dessert

Mocha-Fudge Ice Cream Dessert

Mocha-Fudge Ice Cream Dessert

This recipe looks and tastes like you spent lots of time and effort, but it's super easy. And you can use any kind of ice cream. My kids like chocolate chip ice cream the best. In addition to its flavor versatility, this recipe is a great make-ahead choice and you don't need to heat up the oven. —Carrie Burke, Conway, Massachusetts

Low-Fat Vanilla Ice Cream

Low-Fat Vanilla Ice Cream

Low-Fat Vanilla Ice Cream

Field editor Rebecca Baird of Salt Lake City, Utah shares her recipe for yummy "light" ice cream. It's smooth and creamy with wonderful vanilla flavor.
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Milk Chocolate Ice Cream

Milk Chocolate Ice Cream

Milk Chocolate Ice Cream

I've relied on this dessert for more than 30 years. It's a delicious ice cream for chocolate lovers.

Freezer Mud Pie

Freezer Mud Pie

Freezer Mud Pie

We enjoyed this pie while on a trip to California more than 20 years ago. I came home and developed my own recipe. It's always a hit!

Red-White-and-Blue Berry Delight

Red-White-and-Blue Berry Delight

Red-White-and-Blue Berry Delight

Loaded with fresh strawberries and blueberries, this luscious JELL-O is perfect for any Fourth of July celebration! —Constance Fennell, Grand Junction, Michigan

Snowy Raspberry Gelatin Mold

Snowy Raspberry Gelatin Mold

Snowy Raspberry Gelatin Mold

This mold is always on our holiday table. The raspberry layer makes an eye-catching base for the creamy cream cheese layer. —Lily Julow, Lawrenceville, Georgia

Blueberry Cheesecake

Blueberry Cheesecake

Blueberry Cheesecake

Savor the best of the blues with this crowd-pleasing blueberry cheesecake from Dick Deacon of Lawrenceville, Georgia. “Dick and I became highly desired members of a supper club group in anticipation of his contributions,” notes his wife, Sybil.

Raspberry Pastry Twists

Raspberry Pastry Twists

Raspberry Pastry Twists

Our Test Kitchen home economists give regular round cookies a tasty twist in this recipe.

Ricotta Cheesecake

Ricotta Cheesecake

Ricotta Cheesecake

When I was a nurse, my coworkers and I regularly swapped recipes during lunch breaks. This creamy cheesecake was one of the best I received.

Cherry-Chip Ice Cream Sandwiches

Cherry-Chip Ice Cream Sandwiches

Cherry-Chip Ice Cream Sandwiches

Sally Hook MONTGOMERY, TEXAS You can make these marvelous ice cream treats days ahead. Just wrap and freeze! My kids created them one afternoon after I made the ice cream.
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