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Make Ahead Desserts

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Island Crunch Cheesecake

Island Crunch Cheesecake

Island Crunch Cheesecake

Inspiring ideas come from many places, and often when we least expect them. I enjoy making cheesecakes for family and friends, and I came up with this recipe after eating ice cream on vacation. Featuring pineapple and coconut, this cheesecake will remind you of a trip to an island paradise. —Ellen Batenhorst, Omaha, Nebraska

Raspberry Swirl Cheesecake Pie

Raspberry Swirl Cheesecake Pie

Raspberry Swirl Cheesecake Pie

I use jam made from plentiful wild raspberries on our farm to give this pretty dessert its marbled effect. While the cheesecake refrigerates overnight, its flavors blend beautifully.

S'mores Cheesecake

S'mores Cheesecake

S'mores Cheesecake

This sweet and decadent cheesecake features graham crackers, chocolate and marshmallows. Enjoy! —Kurt Anderson, Minong, Wisconsin
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Strawberry French Toast

Strawberry French Toast

Strawberry French Toast

Fresh berries and cream cheese create the creamy middle in these French toast sandwiches. "Because you prepare this breakfast bake the night before, it's perfect for overnight guests," writes Karen Sharp from Harvard, Illinois. "Serve it with bacon and fresh fruit."

Cranberry Mocha Cheesecake

Cranberry Mocha Cheesecake

Cranberry Mocha Cheesecake

"I've made this delicious dessert for quite a few occasions, and it is always a hit," says Anissa Bednarski of Oronoco, Minnesota. The cranberries make it a perfect finale to a holiday dinner.

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

Peanut Butter Puddingwiches

Peanut Butter Puddingwiches

Peanut Butter Puddingwiches

If you like frozen ice cream sandwiches, you'll love the homemade goodness of these peanut buttery pudding treats. The filling is smooth and scrumptious, and the graham crackers stay crisp. They're handy to have in the freezer for when the munchies strike.

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."

Special Pleasure Chocolate Cheesecake

Special Pleasure Chocolate Cheesecake

Special Pleasure Chocolate Cheesecake

"When I have time, I enjoy making cheesecakes," says Benjamin Clark of Warsaw, New York. "In fact, I’ve come up with a couple of my own recipes, and one of them won second prize at a local bake-off contest. I like this fail-proof dessert because it’s so easy to prepare and has just the right mix of ingredients to make it a “special pleasure” for any palate!"

Turtle Cheesecake

Turtle Cheesecake

Turtle Cheesecake

"Our guests love this rich, delicious make-ahead dessert," field editor Jo Groth of Plainfield, Iowa relates.

Apricot White Fudge

Apricot White Fudge

Apricot White Fudge

"This fudge has become a family favorite because of the luscious blending of flavors," notes Debbie Purdue of Freeland, Michigan. "I try to make it for gifts at Christmastime." Use a candy thermometer or the cold-water test to make sure the mixture reaches soft-ball stage; then chill until set.
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