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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.

Luck o' the Irish Cheesecake

Luck o' the Irish Cheesecake

Luck o' the Irish Cheesecake

A highlight of the St. Patrick's Day party in Mary Berger's family is her aunt's special dessert. "Every year, she serves this elegant cheesecake all of us look forward to," Mary relates from Bernville, Pennsylvania. "I was delighted when she passed along the recipe to me. The combination of chocolate and peppermint quickly becomes a favorite of everyone who tries it."

White Chocolate Pumpkin Cheesecake

White Chocolate Pumpkin Cheesecake

White Chocolate Pumpkin Cheesecake

Although my family enjoys all of the dishes I serve on Thanksgiving Day, it's this rich and creamy cheesecake they look forward to the most.

Cranberry Sorbet

Cranberry Sorbet

Cranberry Sorbet

This sorbet's sweet-tart taste is so refreshing after a hearty meal. My mother made a batch at least once a year, either for Thanksgiving or Christmas.
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Chocolate Berry Freeze

Chocolate Berry Freeze

Chocolate Berry Freeze

This lovely make-ahead cake tastes as good as it looks. Rich, creamy and decadent, it’s perfect for company! Thanks to Lisa Ruehlow of Blaine, Minnesota for the recipe.

White Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake

White Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake

White Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake

As a dairy farmer’s wife, I have experience making cheesecake. In fact, most anything containing milk products is tasty in my book. If I’m out of cream cheese, it’s time to go to the grocery store! —Wendy Barkman, Breezewood, Pennsylvania

French Cream with Sugared Grapes

French Cream with Sugared Grapes

French Cream with Sugared Grapes

Looking for a truly elegant finale for your holiday dinner? My dessert will do the trick. It looks so regal surrounded by pretty sugared fruit, and the flavor is divine. A friend gave me this recipe several years ago, and it's been in high demand at my house ever since.

Rhubarb Swirl Cheesecake

Rhubarb Swirl Cheesecake

Rhubarb Swirl Cheesecake

I love cheesecake and my husband loves chocolate, so this is a favorite dessert of ours. The rhubarb adds a tartness that complements the sweet flavors so well. —Carol Witczak, Tinley Park, Illinois

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.

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.
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