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Make-Ahead Thanksgiving Desserts

Save time this holiday with these make-ahead dessert recipes.

Maple Pumpkin Pie Recipe

Maple Pumpkin Pie Recipe

With the oven full making your Thanksgiving meal, these recipes are the perfect solution to free up space—they can be made the day before or refrigerated overnight. The delicious desserts are sure to please your guests…and leave plenty of time for busy holiday dinner preparations.

Gingersnap Pumpkin Pie
The fantastic flavor from this pie comes from butterscotch pudding and canned pumpkin, which work surprisingly well together. Kids will go wild over the cream cheese layer! The pie is sent to us from Liz Raisig of New York City.

Frosty Pistachio Delight
"I love the simple make-ahead convenience of this refreshing dessert drizzled with fudge topping," writes Sandie Davenport from Farmer City, Illinois. "Being able to make this pie the night before and then freeze gives me time to work on all those last-minute holiday dinner details!"

Streusel Squash Dessert
"I call this my 'I Won't Tell Them It's Squash if You Don't' Dessert," chuckles Teri Rasey-Bolf of Cadillac, Michigan. Her holiday treat features a praline-like topping.

Maple Pumpkin Pie
Tired of traditional pumpkin pie? "The maple syrup in this special pie provides a subtle but terrific enhancer," says field editor Lisa Varner of Greenville, South Carolina.

Pear-Lime Gelatin Salad
A "must" at our family reunions is this easy make-ahead gelatin salad. Try decorating the top with maraschino cherries. The red and lime-green color is especially pretty for the holidays.

Coffee Ice Cream Torte
Not only does this make-ahead dessert from Janet Hutts of Gainesville, Georgia go over big with company, but it calls for only four ingredients. If you can't find coffee-flavored ice cream, dissolve instant coffee granules in warm water and stir into vanilla ice cream.

Caramel Stripe Cheesecake
"I love to bake cheesecakes, and this recipe is one of the best I've tried," says Brenda LaBrie of Clark, South Dakota. "For a nice change of pace, try it with a creamy cherry topping in place of the chocolate."

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