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Looking for more make ahead desserts? Find many more make ahead desserts, make ahead holiday desserts, and easy make ahead desserts.

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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 all. —Stacy Dutka, Bienfait, Saskatchewan
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Danish Christmas Cake with Orange Coconut Topping

Danish Christmas Cake with Orange Coconut Topping

Danish Christmas Cake with Orange Coconut Topping

If you're not a fan of fruitcake, you will be after trying this cake! By letting it stand overnight before serving, the fabulous flavors are really enhanced.—Gail Sellers, Maiden, North Carolina

Brownie Chunk Ice Cream

Brownie Chunk Ice Cream

Brownie Chunk Ice Cream

“Each time I make brownies, half the batch goes to friends and the rest ends up in this ice cream," says Agnes. "For crunch, I sometimes add a half-cup of chopped nuts.”

Pretzel Log Cabin

Pretzel Log Cabin

Pretzel Log Cabin

Longing to live in a log cabin? The house plans on these pages put the next best thing at your fingertips. And a kitchen, not a contractor, is all you need to do the construction! This miniature abode, created by the CW Test Kitchen staff, consists mostly of ready-made ingredients. It's so easy to put together that kids (or grandkids) will love to "hire on" as part of your holiday building crew. So, if a real log cabin's not in your immediate future, why not put up this cozy rep
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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.

Pineapple Upside-Down Cheesecake

Pineapple Upside-Down Cheesecake

Pineapple Upside-Down Cheesecake

My mom often made pineapple upside-down cake, but I prefer something creamier. This recipe looks just like her cake, but gets even tastier as pineapple upside-down cheesecake. —Marilyn McGinnis, Citrus Heights, California

Holiday Ribbon Gelatin

Holiday Ribbon Gelatin

Holiday Ribbon Gelatin

Layers of red and green make this festive salad a favorite during the Christmas season. Kids are sure to find it fun to eat, and adults will enjoy the combination of sweet-tart flavors. —Jenny Hughson, Mitchell, Nebraska

Bagel Bread Pudding with Bourbon Sauce

Bagel Bread Pudding with Bourbon Sauce

Bagel Bread Pudding with Bourbon Sauce

I worked in a health club where bagels arrived daily, so I experimented with leftovers. I wasn’t a bread pudding fan until I tried it with bagels. —Kathy Hawkins, Gurnee, Illinois

Lemon Ice Cream Pie

Lemon Ice Cream Pie

Lemon Ice Cream Pie

“Whenever I see the word ‘lemon’ in a recipe, it jumps out at me because lemon is my favorite flavor,” says Barbara Blickensderfer of Edgewater, Florida. “It’s rightfully up front in this refreshing pie.”

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."

Frosty Lemon Pie

Frosty Lemon Pie

Frosty Lemon Pie

Meet the Cook: This pie is a nice light and refreshing finish to a summer picnic or patio supper. I like that it can be made ahead. Married for 35 years, I've always enjoyed cooking. We have two grown sons and three small granddaughters. -Judith Wilke, Dousman, Wisconsin

German Chocolate Ice Cream

German Chocolate Ice Cream

German Chocolate Ice Cream

I found this recipe years ago and have been taking it to ice cream socials ever since. But you won't want to wait for a get-together to enjoy it. The cool combination of chocolate, coconut and pecans is delicious anytime. -Peggy Key, Grant, Alabama
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