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Make Ahead Desserts

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Cookies and Cream

Cookies and Cream

Cookies and Cream

"This rich and fluffy no-bake dessert has a proven track record in our family," reports Teena Lang from Mt. Vernon, Ohio. "It's easy to make the night before a reunion or church supper. Then just take it out of the fridge and go."

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

Frozen Strawberry Shortbread Dessert

Frozen Strawberry Shortbread Dessert

Frozen Strawberry Shortbread Dessert

This is a cool and refreshing dessert. Strawberry flavor comes through in this fresh-tasting dessert with a nice chewy shortbread crust and crumbled topping. —Gayleen Grote, Battle View, North Dakota

Caramel Pumpkin Tiramisu

Caramel Pumpkin Tiramisu

Caramel Pumpkin Tiramisu

"I'm not fond of traditional tiramisu, so I used pumpkin and bourbon in place of coffee and it's absolutely fabulous. I always make extra sauce and eat it over vanilla ice cream. It's so good, I can't leave it alone!" – Mary Filipiak, Fort Wayne, Indiana

Fluffy Cranberry Cheese Pie

Fluffy Cranberry Cheese Pie

Fluffy Cranberry Cheese Pie

This pie has a light texture and zippy flavor that matches its vibrant color. It's festive for the holidays or anytime, and easy because you make it ahead.

Anniversary Cheesecake

Anniversary Cheesecake

Anniversary Cheesecake

Our test kitchen experts turned out a special treat by using tinted batter to "paint" a picture atop a basic cheesecake. You can follow our design...create your own...or leave it plain. Any way you slice it, this dessert serves up sweetness.

Raspberry Cocoa Trifle

Raspberry Cocoa Trifle

Raspberry Cocoa Trifle

"This lovely layered dessert is my husband's favorite," relates Karen Bourne of Magrath, Alberta. "I always make it for our Christmas dinner, but it's excellent after any special meal."

Festive Cranberry-Topped Cheesecake

Festive Cranberry-Topped Cheesecake

Festive Cranberry-Topped Cheesecake

When my daughter was 4 months old, my husband and I hosted both our families for Christmas dinner. I served this cheesecake for dessert. It's quite festive and was thoroughly enjoyed by the mothers and ladies of the house. —Stacy Dutka, Bienfait, Saskatchewan

Tropical Rainbow Dessert

Tropical Rainbow Dessert

Tropical Rainbow Dessert

Classic ribbon gelatin salad gets an up-to-date makeover with this tropical treatment. Cream of coconut creates the creamy layers in these showstopping parfaits. I like to surprise my nieces and nephews with this Jell-O mold done in neon colors. —Dan Kelmenson, West Bloomfield, Michigan

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," notes Edith Holmstrom of Madison, Wisconsin.

Orange Charlotte

Orange Charlotte

Orange Charlotte

"Mom prepared this light and fluffy citrus dessert whenever Dad grilled outdoors," recalls field editor Sue Gronholz of Beaver Dam, Wisconsin. "It gave our meals a fresh-tasting finish!"
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