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60 Freeze-Ahead Desserts for the Holidays

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60 Freeze-Ahead Desserts for the Holidays

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

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.

Perfect Holiday Pies

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!

Fantastic Frozen Desserts

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.

Freeze-for-Later Cookies

Bake your cookies first, then let them cool to room temperature before freezing. Defrost at room temperature for an hour or two. 

Best Holiday Brownies

Bake your brownies, let cool to room temperature, and cut into squares before freezing. Defrost at room temperature for an hour or two.

Quick Breads & Muffins

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!

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