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60 Freeze-Ahead Desserts for the Holidays

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60 Freeze-Ahead Holiday Desserts
There's no question that the holidays are the busiest time of year...a good kind of busy, but busy nonetheless! We can all use a few shortcuts during this time, and one of our Test Kitchen's favorite tricks is making desserts ahead-of-time that you can freeze and save for later. We've got super holiday cakes, pies, cookies, and more — and great tips for freezing and thawing, too. Now, it's time to get bakin' and freezin' so you have one less thing to do this holiday season!

Test Kitchen Tip


Don't forget to double-wrap and label everything! One thing we like to do is bake several batches of cookies, brownies, and muffins — and then freeze them in separate containers. This way, we can grab a few of each here and there and enjoy throughout the season.

 

Holiday-Special Cakes
Coconut Cake Always frost and decorate your cake after thawing. And if you're freezing a layer cake, double-wrap each layer separately. For cheesecake, freeze for about 30 minutes so that it hardens enough for you to wrap it without damaging it.
Coconut Cake
Pumpkin Pie Cake
Flourless Chocolate Torte Lemon Pudding Cake
Butterscotch Spice Cake
Chocolate Chip Pound Cake
Holiday Sponge Cake
Buttermilk Carrot Cake
Chocolate-Raspberry Cheesecake
Bourbon Fruitcake
 
Perfect Holiday Pies
Four-Layer Pecan Pie Most pies should be frozen before baking, except for pecan pie which can be frozen after baking. Most cream pies cannot be frozen, except for shortcut cream pies using pudding!
Four-Layer Pecan Pie
Cherry Berry Pie
Classic Deep Dish Apple Pie
Macadamia Pie
Brownie Mint Pie Chocolate-Peanut Butter Cream Pie
Lemon Crunch Pie Sweet Potato Pie
Cranberry-Pecan Pie Walnut Brownie Pie
 
Fantastic Frozen Desserts 
Frozen Turtle Pie Wrap these desserts tightly in plastic and then in a 2-gallon freezer bag and freeze for up to 1 month. Add whipped cream or any other toppings just before serving.
Frozen Turtle Pie
Tortoni Squares
Rasberry 'n' Cream Brownies Frozen Pumpkin Pie
Cherry Cordial Dessert
Elegant Cookie-Cream Torte
Mocha Mud Pie
Cherry Ice Cream Cake
Caramel Frozen Squares
Minty Ice Cream Pie
 
Freeze-for-Later Cookies
Grandma's Spice Cookies Bake your cookies first, then let them cool to room temperature before freezing. Defrost at room temperature for an hour or two.
Grandma's Spice Cookies
Chewy Fudge Cookies
Easiest Peanut Butter Cookies
Blonde Macadamia Nut Cookies
Almond Cookies
Chunky Hazelnut Toffee Cookies
Chocolate Shortbread Cookies
Maple Walnut Drops
Cinnamon-Pecan Cookies
Gingerbread Cookies
 
Best Holiday Brownies
Marbled Brownie Bars Bake your brownies, let cool to room temperature, and cut into squares before freezing. Defrost at room temperature for an hour or two.
Marbled Brownie Bars
Brownie Point Brownies
Nutty Rocky Road Brownie Bars
Speckled Blonde Brownies
Dark Chocolate Mint Brownies Chocolate-Rum Raisin Brownies
Caramel Walnut Brownies
Peanut Butter Cup Brownies
Brown Sugar Brownies
Almond Toffee Brownies
 
Quick Breads & Muffins
Cherry Nut Bread Bake quick breads and muffins, let cool to room temperature and then freeze. And if you freeze muffins individually, you can thaw 'em as you need them!
Cherry Nut Bread
Nutty Pear Muffins
White Chocolate Macadamia Muffins Cape Cod Cranberry Loaf
Blueberry Lemon Loaf
Orange Pecan Muffins
Holiday Quick Bread
Applesauce 'n' Spice Bread
Cinnamon Loaves
Country Sweet Potato Muffins

 

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