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44 Extraordinary Make-Ahead Desserts

Are you craving that unbeatable taste of a homemade dessert, but 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. These make ahead desserts are even perfect for a weekend party or a family dinner. Just whip up these popular desserts when YOU have the time!

Simple Bar Cookies and 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!

Easy as 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!

Homemade 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.

Amazing Cakes

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.

Delightful Frozen Desserts

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!

Soft, Creamy 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!

Fun 'n' Jiggly Gelatin

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!

Classic Puddings

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!

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!

Check out more potluck favorites with our popular recipe collection, Party Pleasers: 58 Easy Potluck Recipes and don't forget to check out our Homemade Frosting Recipes, to help dress up your cakes, cupcakes, and more!

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