Make Ahead Desserts

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Blackberry Nectarine Pie

Blackberry Nectarine Pie

Blackberry Nectarine Pie

Blackberries are a big crop in my area, so I've made this pretty double-fruit pie many times. I can always tell when my husband wants me to make it because he brings home berries that he picked behind his office. —Linda Chinn, Enumclaw, Washington

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.

Danish Crispies

Danish Crispies

Danish Crispies

These crispy treats are like a bread, but more like a cookie! They're a tasty and delicious addition to a breakfast or bunch with coffee. —Martha Nelson, Zumbrota, Minnesota

Fresh Strawberry Mousse

Fresh Strawberry Mousse

Fresh Strawberry Mousse

With a whipped topping, this strawberry treat from Mary Jo Vanderwest of Grant, Michigan makes a sweet, elegant dessert.

Chilled Raspberry Cheesecake

Chilled Raspberry Cheesecake

Chilled Raspberry Cheesecake

This berry luscious cheesecake from Amber Cook of Low Point, Illinois makes a sweet finale to a romantic dinner. “Everyone who tries this cake requests the recipe,” Amber shares.

Orange Jelly Candies

Orange Jelly Candies

Orange Jelly Candies

Making candy is my favorite thing to do. I've been collecting candy recipes for more than 40 years and have taken several candy-making classes. These soft confections are fantastic. —Leah Jackson, Washington, Utah

Raspberry Cream Cheesecake

Raspberry Cream Cheesecake

Raspberry Cream Cheesecake

This creamy cheesecake pie with a raspberry layer is a light dessert after a heavy meal. —Steve Josserand, Decatur, Illinois

Contest-Winning White Chocolate Cheesecake

Contest-Winning White Chocolate Cheesecake

Contest-Winning White Chocolate Cheesecake

“This is my all-time favorite cheesecake recipe,” confides Janet Gill in Taneytown, Maryland, “and I have a lot of them! A friend gave it to me years ago and I’ve made so many of these delicious cakes over the years—even had them requested as birthday cakes. They always bring me compliments.”

Maple Praline Cheesecake

Maple Praline Cheesecake

Maple Praline Cheesecake

Our Test Kitchen home economists created this cheesecake filled with maple syrup and toffee bits.

Cheese-Filled Shortbread Tartlets

Cheese-Filled Shortbread Tartlets

Cheese-Filled Shortbread Tartlets

Bite-size treats are a nice addition to a dessert buffet. You can store cooled, baked tart shells in an airtight container at room temperature overnight or in the freezer for a few weeks.

Ricotta Nut Torte

Ricotta Nut Torte

Ricotta Nut Torte

This pretty layered Italian cake is called cassata. It takes some time to prepare this eye-catching dessert but it conveniently chills overnight.—Karen Albert, Prineville, Oregon
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