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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.

Spice Cookies with Pumpkin Dip

Spice Cookies with Pumpkin Dip

Spice Cookies with Pumpkin Dip

My husband and two kids are sure to eat the first dozen of these cookies, warm from the oven, before the next tray is even done. A co-worker gave me the recipe for the pumpkin dip, which everyone loves with the cookies. —Kelly McNeal, Derby, Kansas

Cherry Cream Torte

Cherry Cream Torte

Cherry Cream Torte

When you set this gorgeous dessert on the table, your guests will sing your praises. You're the only one who has to know how simple it is to prepare. -Mary Anne McWhirter, Pearland, Texas

Girl Scout Cookies

Girl Scout Cookies

Girl Scout Cookies

To commemorate the 60th anniversary of the first nationwide sale, the Girl Scouts are pleased to share the original sugar cookie recipe used when the troops made their own cookies.—Girl Scout Council, Girl Scout Council
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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. —Edith Holmstrom, Madison, Wisconsin

Chocolate Angel Food Dessert

Chocolate Angel Food Dessert

Chocolate Angel Food Dessert

"Yum!" and "Wonderful!" are typical reactions to this make-ahead dessert, which field editor Norma Erne serves in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Sweetheart Mousse

Sweetheart Mousse

Sweetheart Mousse

Field editor Adeline Piscitelli molds refreshing flavor into a pretty Valentine's Day presentation at her Sayreville, New Jersey home.

Rich Raspberry Trifle

Rich Raspberry Trifle

Rich Raspberry Trifle

Meet the Cook: The first time I served my trifle was for a family dinner. Everyone loved it! I've since found that it also goes over well at potlucks and at buffet dinners. Both of our children are grown. My husband and I have a market garden. -Betty Howlett, Elmira, Ontario

Holiday Fig Torte

Holiday Fig Torte

Holiday Fig Torte

Meet the Cook: Since we entertain my family - around 25 people - each December, and I do most of the cooking, I appreciate dishes like this I can prepare ahead of time. I'm a home economics teacher...my husband is a teacher, too...and now our daughter, who's in her last year of college, is doing her student teaching! -Judy Trott, Goldsboro, North Carolina

Strawberry Dessert

Strawberry Dessert

Strawberry Dessert

This recipe yields a large volume, so it's great to take to a potluck or family gathering. The cool, creamy pudding pairs well with the angel food cake and strawberries.

Raspberry Ribbon Cheesecake

Raspberry Ribbon Cheesecake

Raspberry Ribbon Cheesecake

Here's a mouthwatering dessert that's sure to impress family and friends. Not only does it taste wonderful with its chocolate cookie crust, rich creamy cheesecake and tangy raspberry center and topping...it also looks lovely!—Peggy Frazier, Indianapolis, Indiana

Peanut Butter Cream Pie

Peanut Butter Cream Pie

Peanut Butter Cream Pie

During the warm months, it's nice to have a fluffy, no-bake dessert that's a snap to make. Packed with peanut flavor, this pie gets gobbled up even after a big meal! —Jesse & Anne Foust, Bluefield, West Virginia
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