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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.

Lemony White Chocolate Cheesecake

Lemony White Chocolate Cheesecake

Lemony White Chocolate Cheesecake

Although it takes some time to prepare this eye-catching cheesecake, the combination of tangy lemon and rich white chocolate is hard to beat. It's always a hit! —Marlene Schollenberger, Bloomington, Indiana

Caramel Toffee Ice Cream Pie

Caramel Toffee Ice Cream Pie

Caramel Toffee Ice Cream Pie

This caramel toffee ice cream pie is easy to make and so pretty. It comes together in under 30 minutes and since you can make it in advance, it's ideal for entertaining. —Diane Lombardo, New Castle, Pennsylvania

Watermelon Bombe

Watermelon Bombe

Watermelon Bombe

Says Mary Ann Dell of Phoenixville, Pennsylvania: “I can’t count the times I’ve made this wonderful dessert. It’s a favorite at our summer barbecues. People think you really fussed, but it couldn’t be easier—and there are never any leftovers!”
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Swirled Sherbet Dessert

Swirled Sherbet Dessert

Swirled Sherbet Dessert

“Lemon and orange sherbet are swirled over a coconut-and-pecan crust in this lovely, refreshing dessert,” says Agnes Ward of Stratford, Ontario. It has a tropical kind of appeal on warm, breezy days.

Snappy Pumpkin Cheesecake

Snappy Pumpkin Cheesecake

Snappy Pumpkin Cheesecake

I won first place in a pumpkin baking contest with this snappy dessert. The judges gave high marks to its gingersnap-pecan crust and creamy marbled filling. If you wish, substitute cinnamon graham crackers for the gingersnaps. —Lisa Morman, Minot, North Dakota

Peaches and Cream Torte

Peaches and Cream Torte

Peaches and Cream Torte

This is the dessert I make when I'm craving something cool and fruity. It's a lovely ending to any meal. The cream cheese adds zing to the fluffy filling. —Elva Roberts, Summerside, Prince Edward Island

Tiramisu Cheesecake Dessert

Tiramisu Cheesecake Dessert

Tiramisu Cheesecake Dessert

Tiramisu didn't do it for me until I tried this recipe, with its luscious layers of cheesecake and coffee. It's one of my favorite desserts to make this time of year. —Christie Nelson, Taylorville, Illinois

Pecan-Peach Ice Cream Cake

Pecan-Peach Ice Cream Cake

Pecan-Peach Ice Cream Cake

This is wonderful dessert for the winter months. The taste of summertime peach is always welcome during the long winter.—Teri Rasey, Cadillac, Michigan

Malted Chocolate Cheesecake

Malted Chocolate Cheesecake

Malted Chocolate Cheesecake

With an impressive presentation and a scrumptious, classic malt flavor, this downsized dessert will make anyone feel special. —Anna Ginsberg, Austin, Texas

Lovely Lemon Cheesecake

Lovely Lemon Cheesecake

Lovely Lemon Cheesecake

Watch for the oohs and ahs when you present this luxurious cheesecake. The lemon flavor gives it a bright and tangy flair. —Margaret Allen, Abingdon, Virginia

Cherry Pineapple Bars

Cherry Pineapple Bars

Cherry Pineapple Bars

"These bars are a holiday favorite in our family," says Barbara McCollum, Waynesburg, Pennsylvania. "I crush the graham crackers by placing them in a plastic zippered bag and using one of my 78 rolling pins!"
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