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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.

Blackberry Nectarine Pie

Blackberry Nectarine Pie

Blackberry Nectarine Pie

Blackberries are a big crop in my area, so I've made this pretty double-fruit pie many times. I can always tell when my husband wants me to make it because he brings home berries that he picked behind his office. —Linda Chinn, Enumclaw, Washington

Cranberry Mocha Cheesecake

Cranberry Mocha Cheesecake

Cranberry Mocha Cheesecake

"I've made this delicious dessert for quite a few occasions, and it is always a hit," says Anissa Bednarski of Oronoco, Minnesota. The cranberries make it a perfect finale to a holiday dinner.

Apricot White Fudge

Apricot White Fudge

Apricot White Fudge

"This fudge has become a family favorite because of the luscious blending of flavors," notes Debbie Purdue of Freeland, Michigan. "I try to make it for gifts at Christmastime." Use a candy thermometer or the cold-water test to make sure the mixture reaches soft-ball stage; then chill until set.
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Coffee Ice Cream Torte

Coffee Ice Cream Torte

Coffee Ice Cream Torte

Not only does this make-ahead dessert go over big with company, but it calls for only four ingredients. If you can't find coffee-flavored ice cream, dissolve instant coffee granules in warm water and stir into vanilla ice cream.

Grape Ice

Grape Ice

Grape Ice

When I was growing up , this slushy dessert was a popular request at our house, and Mom stirred it up in no time. Loaded with grape flavor, frosty servings are perfect for entertaining.

Seven-Layer Gelatin Salad

Seven-Layer Gelatin Salad

Seven-Layer Gelatin Salad

By alternating fruity layers of gelatin in harvest colors with sweetened sour cream, Melody Mellinger of Myerstown, Pennsylvania created one eye-catching treat. "Kids really fall for it," she says with a laugh, "but it's impressive enough to satisfy any adult."

Lemon Pudding Cups

Lemon Pudding Cups

Lemon Pudding Cups

Love lemon? This delightful dessert from Dolly Jones of Highland, Indiana is sure to satisfy. "This recipe is a favorite from my mother's church cookbook," notes Dolly. The sherbet-gelatin mixture, with little flecks of lemon peel, is light and creamy. With a dollop of reduced-fat whipped topping, the fast-to-fix cups are attractive enough to serve guests.

Danish Crispies

Danish Crispies

Danish Crispies

These crispy treats are like a bread, but more like a cookie! They're a tasty and delicious addition to a breakfast or bunch with coffee. —Martha Nelson, Zumbrota, Minnesota

Pineapple Icebox Dessert

Pineapple Icebox Dessert

Pineapple Icebox Dessert

"While living in Italy, I fell in love with Italian tiramisu, but I didn't like all the fat and calories it contains," remarks Julie Vyska of North Las Vegas, Nevada. "So I substituted healthier ingredients to make this pineapple version."

Blueberry Ice Cream

Blueberry Ice Cream

Blueberry Ice Cream

The wild blueberries on our property spark recipe ideas. When my daughter and I made this ice cream at a Girl Guide meeting, it was well received. Even today, our 10 children, 19 grandkids and 4 great-grandchildren think it tastes great. —Alma Mosher, Mohannes, New Brunswick

Contest-Winning Blueberry Swirl Cheesecake

Contest-Winning Blueberry Swirl Cheesecake

Contest-Winning Blueberry Swirl Cheesecake

This is my favorite blueberry recipe, which I often make for family get-together.—Cathy Medley, Clyde, Ohio
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