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Make Ahead Desserts

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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. —Deidre Sizer, Cedarville, Ohio

Peanut Butter Pies

Peanut Butter Pies

Peanut Butter Pies

I absolutely love peanut butter and peanut butter pie is one of my favorites. But I'm a Registered Dietitian, so I knew just how high my original recipe was in fat and calories. I cut down on several critical things, and the resulting pie is great! —Lisa Varner, Charleston, South Carolina

Caramel Praline-Topped Cheesecake

Caramel Praline-Topped Cheesecake

Caramel Praline-Topped Cheesecake

This cheesecake is a showstopper with its pretty wafer crust, creamy center and the ooey-gooey carmel-pecan topping cascading down the sides. —Laurel Leslie, Sonora, California
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Coconut Crunch Delight

Coconut Crunch Delight

Coconut Crunch Delight

I tasted this light dessert 7 years ago at a potluck and got the recipe from my mom's dear friend. I've made it dozens of times since for my family and friends, who go wild over it. This is a terrific way to end a heavy meal. -Debby Chiorino, Pt. Hueneme, CA

Chocolate Cookie Cheesecake

Chocolate Cookie Cheesecake

Chocolate Cookie Cheesecake

I used to think cheesecake sounded intimidating, but since I started making them I can’t stop! This simple but special cookie-topped version will make your family feel fussed over. Seconds, anyone? —Rose Yoder, Middlebury, Indiana

Pina Colada Cheesecake

Pina Colada Cheesecake

Pina Colada Cheesecake

I took this recipe from a magazine several years ago. I love anything with coconut and pineapple and this is one of my favorite cheesecakes! —Peggy Key, Grant, Alabama

Pots de Creme

Pots de Creme

Pots de Creme

Looking for an easy recipe to make for your sweetheart? Served in pretty, stemmed glasses, this chocolaty custard is sure to set the mood for a special evening.—Connie Dreyfoos, Cincinnati, Ohio

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

Peach Bavarian

Peach Bavarian

Peach Bavarian

Fruit molds are my specialty. This one, with its refreshing peach taste, makes a colorful salad or dessert. —Adeline Piscitelli, Sayreville, New Jersey

Strawberry Tunnel Cake

Strawberry Tunnel Cake

Strawberry Tunnel Cake

My son doesn’t like traditional birthday cakes and always asks for something with strawberries for the occasion. I hit the jackpot when I dreamed up this delicious cake with a “surprise” inside. —Janis Borstad, Ponsford, Minnesota

Blueberry Gelatin Salad

Blueberry Gelatin Salad

Blueberry Gelatin Salad

People request this layered treat for potlucks all the time. This dish can be served as either a salad or a dessert. And preparing it a day ahead makes it taste even better! —Mildred Livingston, Phoenix, Arizona
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