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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.

Classic Cheesecake

Classic Cheesecake

Classic Cheesecake

MY husband and I love desserts and this is one of our favorites. It is delicious and there are no leftovers...extra calories, you know! Sometimes I top each piece with fresh seasonal berries.

Citrus Tartlets

Citrus Tartlets

Citrus Tartlets

"This little dessert is always popular at church bake sales and family gatherings," notes Sandra Kea of Nashville, North Carolina. "The men in my family are sometimes hard to please, but they really enjoy these. Even when I make extra tarts, they all disappear."

Caramel Pecan Cheesecake

Caramel Pecan Cheesecake

Caramel Pecan Cheesecake

I created this creamy cheesecake using two favorites—caramel and pecans. It's a stunning cake and rivals any I've tasted.
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Orange Mousse Chocolate Torte

Orange Mousse Chocolate Torte

Orange Mousse Chocolate Torte

I always get compliments from the chocolate lovers at my table when I serve them this cool tangy torte with its rich flourless chocolate cake.

Gift-Wrapped Chocolate Cake

Gift-Wrapped Chocolate Cake

Gift-Wrapped Chocolate Cake

Family and friends will be impressed when you present this rich, glazed cake from our Test Kitchen.

Layered Coffee Ice Cream Dessert

Layered Coffee Ice Cream Dessert

Layered Coffee Ice Cream Dessert

Family and Friends won't believe it when you tell them this attractive layered dessert has only four ingredients. Our Test Kitchen home economists created this make-ahead recipe with your busy day in mind.

Chocolate Peppermint Ice Cream Dessert

Chocolate Peppermint Ice Cream Dessert

Chocolate Peppermint Ice Cream Dessert

With pudding, ice cream and whipped topping, this cool and creamy dessert is the perfect complement to a rich holiday meal. You'll appreciate its make-ahead convenience.

Caramel Chocolate Mousse Pie

Caramel Chocolate Mousse Pie

Caramel Chocolate Mousse Pie

Busy cooks will love the make-ahead convenience of this no-bake pie. I prepare it the night before I'm expecting company, then garnish just before serving.

Lemon Ricotta Cheesecake

Lemon Ricotta Cheesecake

Lemon Ricotta Cheesecake

I'm an avid recipe collector and can't recall where I found this one. I do know its delicate flavor is well received whenever I make it for a special occasion.

Three Milk Cake

Three Milk Cake

Three Milk Cake

With a large Hispanic population here, I have found the best recipes for Mexican food. This traditional Tres Leches Cake is a cross between cake and pudding.

Cheesecake Dessert Squares

Cheesecake Dessert Squares

Cheesecake Dessert Squares

These creamy squares are a nice alternative for folks who are invited to made a cheesecake or other fancy dessert. Fresh fruit on top gives them a little more elegance.
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