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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.

Freezer Mud Pie

Freezer Mud Pie

Freezer Mud Pie

We enjoyed this pie while on a trip to California more than 20 years ago. I came home and developed my own recipe. It's always a hit!

Red-White-and-Blue Berry Delight

Red-White-and-Blue Berry Delight

Red-White-and-Blue Berry Delight

Loaded with fresh strawberries and blueberries, this luscious JELL-O is perfect for any Fourth of July celebration! —Constance Fennell, Grand Junction, Michigan

Snowy Raspberry Gelatin Mold

Snowy Raspberry Gelatin Mold

Snowy Raspberry Gelatin Mold

This mold is always on our holiday table. The raspberry layer makes an eye-catching base for the creamy cream cheese layer. —Lily Julow, Lawrenceville, Georgia
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Blueberry Cheesecake

Blueberry Cheesecake

Blueberry Cheesecake

Savor the best of the blues with this crowd-pleasing blueberry cheesecake from Dick Deacon of Lawrenceville, Georgia. “Dick and I became highly desired members of a supper club group in anticipation of his contributions,” notes his wife, Sybil.

Raspberry Pastry Twists

Raspberry Pastry Twists

Raspberry Pastry Twists

Our Test Kitchen home economists give regular round cookies a tasty twist in this recipe.

Ricotta Cheesecake

Ricotta Cheesecake

Ricotta Cheesecake

When I was a nurse, my coworkers and I regularly swapped recipes during lunch breaks. This creamy cheesecake was one of the best I received.

Cherry-Chip Ice Cream Sandwiches

Cherry-Chip Ice Cream Sandwiches

Cherry-Chip Ice Cream Sandwiches

Sally Hook MONTGOMERY, TEXAS You can make these marvelous ice cream treats days ahead. Just wrap and freeze! My kids created them one afternoon after I made the ice cream.

Chocolate Cranberry Cheesecake

Chocolate Cranberry Cheesecake

Chocolate Cranberry Cheesecake

“I think the ultimate dessert anytime of the year is cheesecake,” writes Darlene Brenden of Salem, Oregon. “I worked at a specialty bakery that offered 23 different cheesecakes, but not a chocolate cranberry flavor like this one. I like to top it with a thick chocolate glaze for a finishing touch.”

Mint Ice Cream Torte

Mint Ice Cream Torte

Mint Ice Cream Torte

Wouldn't it be great to have an impressive dessert on hand for unexpected company over the Christmas season? Try our Test Kitchen's recipe for a from-the-freezer favorite!

Cinnamon Apple Cheesecake

Cinnamon Apple Cheesecake

Cinnamon Apple Cheesecake

An attractive topping of cinnamon-spiced apple slices and a homemade oat-and-walnut crust make this creamy dessert a definite show stopper. —Emily Ann Young, Kenai, Alaska

Double Nut Baklava

Double Nut Baklava

Double Nut Baklava

It may take some time to make this rich, buttery treat, but it's well worth the effort! The blend of coconut, pecans and macadamia nuts is irresistible. —Kari Caven, Coeur d'Alene, Idaho
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