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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.

Not-Fried Ice Cream Cake

Not-Fried Ice Cream Cake

Not-Fried Ice Cream Cake

We created this ice cream cake to mimic the popular dessert in many Mexican restaurants without the deep frying. It’s a no-fuss treat that feeds a crowd. Plus, it’s conveniently made ahead. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen

Toasted Pecan Dainties

Toasted Pecan Dainties

Toasted Pecan Dainties

These melt-in-your-mouth delights have an irresistible nutty taste and light, airy texture. The dough is made ahead of time and chilled overnight, leaving just the baking to be done the next day.—Connie Wagler, Cross Hill, South Carolina

Chocolate Mousse with Cranberry Sauce

Chocolate Mousse with Cranberry Sauce

Chocolate Mousse with Cranberry Sauce

A pretty, tart cranberry sauce complements the sweet, fudgy mousse in this outstanding dessert from Barbara Nowakowski of North Tonowanda, New York. Make it the day before the party—how convenient!
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German Pfeffernuesse

German Pfeffernuesse

German Pfeffernuesse

I remember having friends at school bring these fun, marble-sized cookies in their lunchboxes. They're of German origin and taste very good.—N.R. Urie, Pueblo, California

Crisp Cherry-Topped Cookies

Crisp Cherry-Topped Cookies

Crisp Cherry-Topped Cookies

I make hundreds of cookies each Christmas to share with family and friends. With red and green candied cherries, these look so lovely on a holiday cookie tray.

Ribbon Icebox Cookies

Ribbon Icebox Cookies

Ribbon Icebox Cookies

Three ribbons of flavor—cherry, chocolate and poppy seed—combine into one tender, Neapolitan-style cookie. My mom made these when we were kids. They are so good. —Karlyne Moreau, Yakima, Washington

Almond-Topped Pumpkin Cheesecake

Almond-Topped Pumpkin Cheesecake

Almond-Topped Pumpkin Cheesecake

“You really must try this luscious cheesecake that my family requests for every holiday dinner,” writes Carmel Mooney of Dobbins, California. “I won a blue ribbon when I entered it at the state fair a few years ago.”

Tart 'n' Frosty Limeade Dessert

Tart 'n' Frosty Limeade Dessert

Tart 'n' Frosty Limeade Dessert

Luscious with lime juice, this frozen treat is so lovely and light that it melts all resistance to dessert—even after hearty holiday meals! Thanks to Pewaukee, Wisconsin’s Pam Peirce for sharing a real winner.

Cheesecake with Berry Sauce

Cheesecake with Berry Sauce

Cheesecake with Berry Sauce

This creamy cheesecake is a family tradition; I've even shipped it to my daughter as a special treat. Using seasonal berries, it's an excellent dessert any time of year. —Jeanette Volker, Walton, Nebraska

Double Chocolate Almond Cheesecake

Double Chocolate Almond Cheesecake

Double Chocolate Almond Cheesecake

This cheesecake is easy to make—but it's definitely not easy to wait till the next day to eat it! The recipe is from a friend I used to work with.—Darlene Brenden, Salem, Oregon

Frozen Brownie Cheesecake

Frozen Brownie Cheesecake

Frozen Brownie Cheesecake

Vanilla ice cream was in this cheesecake the first time we had it at a friend's. When I decided to make it I could only find chocolate ice cream, and I've made it that way ever since! Our kids especially love this for their birthdays because it combines cake and ice cream.
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