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44 Extraordinary Make-Ahead Desserts

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44 Extraordinary Make-Ahead Desserts
Are you craving that unbeatable taste of a homemade dessert, but you don't have time during the week to even think beyond dinner? We've got the solution for you with this collection of 44 Extraordinary Make-Ahead Desserts! No longer will you have to shamefully lay out that grocery store pie or those brand name cookies. Perfect for a weekend party or a family dinner, whip up these popular desserts when YOU have the time!

Test Kitchen Tip


Make sure you wrap up all of your treats to keep them extra fresh! We suggest dividing everything into smaller portions and wrapping them up individually so you can eat as much or as little as you want!

 

Classic Puddings
Old Fashioned Bread Pudding While unopened pudding mixes can last for 3-4 weeks, homemade pudding can only last for about a day in the pantry and 5-7 days in the refrigerator. Make sure the container remains tightly sealed to prolong that fresh, creamy taste!
Old Fashioned Bread Pudding  
Very Banana Pudding  
Creamy Rice Pudding  
Almost Belgian Chocolate Mousse  
Panna Cotta  
 
Fun 'n' Jiggly Gelatin
Pot of Gold How could you ever go wrong with a gelatin mold recipe? This party dessert can stay fresh for 1-3 days in your refrigerator. Make sure to wait to add any fruity garnishes until you're ready to eat!
Pot of Gold  
Cherry Surprise  
Nutty Pineapple Lime Mold  
Pomegranate Fruit Mold  
Coffee Gelatin  
 
Homemade Cookies
Doubly Chocolate Cookies Freshly baked cookies are the perfect make-ahead dessert! Soft cookies will stay good for 2-3 days in the pantry while hard cookies can stay fresh for 2-3 weeks! You can even keep them fresh for 4-5 months if you put them in the freezer! If you want to freeze your homemade cookies, make sure you let them cool to room temperature first and defrost for an hour or two before chowing down.
Doubly Chocolate Chip Cookies  
Easy Peanut Butter Cookies  
Grandma’s Spice Cookies  
Chunky Hazelnut Toffee Cookies  
Chocolate Biscotti  
 
Easy as Pie
Strawberry Pie You can't go wrong with a gourmet pie recipe! Most homemade pies stay fresh for about 2-4 days in your fridge and can even last 6 months in the freezer! Keep it well covered, and make sure not to add any whipped cream or fruit toppings until you're ready to scarf it down!
Strawberry Pie  
Amish Molasses Pie  
Awesome Blueberry Pie  
Cookies ‘n’ Cream Pie  
Peanut Butter Cup Pie  
 
Amazing Cakes
Candy Bar Cake A simple cake recipe can work easily in any event based on how you decide to decorate it! Most cakes can last a day or two in your pantry, 2-4 days in your fridge, or 2-4 months in your freezer. If you're going to freeze it, don't add the frosting until after you've defrosted it to keep your dessert as fresh as possible.
Candy Bar Cake  
Easy Peach Fancy  
Banana Chocolate Swirl Cake  
Vanilla Cake with Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting  
All in One Carrot Cake  
 
Delightful Frozen Desserts
Pineapple Freezer Cake Frozen desserts are the ultimate make-ahead option. You know these classic treats going to stay good for several weeks, if not months, and be the perfect option to whip out at your next big get-together. It's a good idea to store these in smaller portions as well so you're not putting a half-melted, unfinished dessert back in the freezer!
Pineapple Freezer Cake  
Frozen Margarita Pie  
Brownie Bowl Sundae  
Crispy Ice Cream Bars  
Frozen Chocolate Coconut Mounds  
 
Simple Bar Cookies
Fudgy Brownies Brownies and fruit bars are great on-the-go, make-ahead dessert options. These yummy treats usually last about 3-4 days in your pantry or about 5 days in your fridge. Be cautious about putting them in your freezer as it could affect the texture. It may be a good idea to individually wrap them before storing so you don't have to eat the whole batch at once!
Fudgy Brownies  
Speckled Blonde Brownies  
Brownie Cheesecake Bars  
Raspberry Bars  
Sunny Lemon Squares  
NEW! Seven Layers of Heaven  
NEW! Chocolate Rainbow Bars  
 
Soft, Creamy Cheesecake
New York Cheesecake A simple cheesecake recipe is just what you need to please even the pickiest of eaters. You can keep one of these tasty treats in the fridge for about 5-10 days or in the freezer for 2-3 months. Bonus tip: Cut the cheesecake into slices after you cook it. Put half in the freezer and half in the fridge for the ultimate space-saver!
New York Cheesecake  
Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake  
Simple Cheesecake Pie  
Italian Meringue Cheesecake  
Black Forest Cheesecake  
NEW! Sunshine Cheesecake  
NEW! Tasty Toffee Cheesecake  

 

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