Make Ahead Desserts

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Fluffy Cranberry Cheese Pie

Fluffy Cranberry Cheese Pie

Fluffy Cranberry Cheese Pie

This pie has a light texture and zippy flavor that matches its vibrant color. It's festive for the holidays or anytime, and easy because you make it ahead.

Anniversary Cheesecake

Anniversary Cheesecake

Anniversary Cheesecake

Our test kitchen experts turned out a special treat by using tinted batter to "paint" a picture atop a basic cheesecake. You can follow our design...create your own...or leave it plain. Any way you slice it, this dessert serves up sweetness.

Raspberry Cocoa Trifle

Raspberry Cocoa Trifle

Raspberry Cocoa Trifle

"This lovely layered dessert is my husband's favorite," relates Karen Bourne of Magrath, Alberta. "I always make it for our Christmas dinner, but it's excellent after any special meal."

Festive Cranberry-Topped Cheesecake

Festive Cranberry-Topped Cheesecake

Festive Cranberry-Topped Cheesecake

When my daughter was 4 months old, my husband and I hosted both our families for Christmas dinner. I served this cheesecake for dessert. It's quite festive and was thoroughly enjoyed by the mothers and ladies of the house. —Stacy Dutka, Bienfait, Saskatchewan

Toffee Crunch Cheesecake

Toffee Crunch Cheesecake

Toffee Crunch Cheesecake

This rich, creamy cheesecake features chocolate-covered toffee bits in the crust and topping. It's the perfect dessert for any celebration.—Laura Mahaffey, Annapolis, Maryland

Tropical Rainbow Dessert

Tropical Rainbow Dessert

Tropical Rainbow Dessert

Classic ribbon gelatin salad gets an up-to-date makeover with this tropical treatment. Cream of coconut creates the creamy layers in these showstopping parfaits. I like to surprise my nieces and nephews with this Jell-O mold done in neon colors. —Dan Kelmenson, West Bloomfield, Michigan

Chocolate Bavarian Torte

Chocolate Bavarian Torte

Chocolate Bavarian Torte

"Whenever I take this torte to a potluck, I get so many requests for the recipe," notes Edith Holmstrom of Madison, Wisconsin.

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!"

Makeover Pear Cheesecake

Makeover Pear Cheesecake

Makeover Pear Cheesecake

To trim the original recipe, our crew used reduced-fat graham cracker crumbs, less butter in the crust, reduced-fat cream cheese and fat-free milk in the filling.—Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Greendale, Wisconsin

Dark Chocolate Flourless Cake

Dark Chocolate Flourless Cake

Dark Chocolate Flourless Cake

When working with such little ingredients its a good rule of thumb to use the best ingredients - such as buying a good quality bittersweet chocolate. By adding pomegranate juice it adds a subtle fruit flavor but still retains the intense chocolate flavor. —Vivian Taylor, Middleburg, Florida

Streusel-Topped Apple Cheesecake

Streusel-Topped Apple Cheesecake

Streusel-Topped Apple Cheesecake

I've always felt a special connection to my grandmother Shirley because she was the most wonderful baker. I think she would be especially proud of my cheesecakes. This apple cheesecake has come to be a family favorite. —Sarah Gilbert Hartwell, Beaverton, Oregon
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