Delicious Make-Ahead Pies, Cakes, and Tarts

Create a scrumptious dessert that pleases family and guests without adding to your dinnertime workload with one of our make-ahead dessert recipes. Our delicious make-ahead cakes, pies, and tarts will help you finish most of the preparation early.

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    Salted Almond Praline Tart

    Not your usual dessert recipe, this make-ahead tart features a cinnamon-almond crust filled with cream cheese and white chocolate. Top with crunchy slabs of salty almond praline and fresh raspberries before serving.

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    Crumb-Topped Apple Slab Pie

    This streusel-topped pie is easily one of our most popular dessert recipes ever. Use tart cooking apples, such as Rome Beauty or Granny Smith. Their firm texture holds up better than sweet apples, and they get sweeter as they bake.

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    Peanut Butter Blossom Cheesecake

    Peanut butter blossoms are a classic holiday cookie, but when paired with rich and creamy cheesecake, they're a delightful dessert recipe year-round. A crushed-peanut crust adds even more yummy flavor to this make-ahead dessert.

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    Double-Chocolate Mascarpone-Raspberry Pie

    Double the deliciousness of regular raspberry pie, and you've got our chocolaty dessert. Raspberry liqueur, a white chocolate topping, and mild mascarpone cheese add elegance to the make-ahead pie.

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    Eggnog and Rum Fudge Pie

    Mimic the flavor of your favorite Christmastime drink with our delicious eggnog and rum pie. The fudgy ice cream cake is a fantastic make-ahead Christmas dessert option. 

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    Grown-Up S'mores Cake

    Our frozen make-ahead cake recipe features the ooey-gooey flavors of your favorite campfire treat. Dulce de leche and coffee ice cream paired with marshmallow creme update the classic dessert.

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    Peppermint Dream Cake

    Our frosty peppermint masterpiece is the perfect finale to any feast. A standout from other dessert recipes, this cake has alternating red and white layers dressed with white chocolate frosting. The festive colors make it a stunning Christmas cake.

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    Apple Tart with Cheddar Cheese Crust

    Get a double dose of cheddar cheese in this make-ahead tart: The savory add-in is in both the flaky crust and the crunchy crumb topping. After a bite, you'll be craving the delicious flavor combo of sweet apples and sharp cheddar again and again.

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    White Chocolate Cheesecake with Triple-Raspberry Sauce

    One bite of our delightfully rich white chocolate cheesecake will have your guests clamoring for more. A sweet raspberry sauce tops the make-ahead dessert recipe.

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    Apple Pear Tart

    You can bake the crust for this tasty tart up to 24 hours in advance, then top with fruit and a drizzle of caramel when it's dessert time.

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    Rum-Vanilla Bean Bundt Cake

    We love the classically elegant flavors in this make-ahead Bundt cake. Rich vanilla bean, warming rum, and a topping of powdered sugar upgrade a basic vanilla cake into a stunning and flavorful dessert recipe.

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    Coconut Layer Cake

    Rich and midly sweet coconut fills the layers of our impressive cake recipe. Plus, you can freeze the layers of this easy make-ahead dessert for up to one month.

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    Pumpkin Tiramisu Cake

    Classic tiramisu earns a fall flourish as pumpkin cake and a maple-infused mascarpone cream transform the traditional Italian dessert. Bonus: This cake recipe can be frozen for a full month, making it one of our favorite make-ahead recipes and a great make-ahead Thanksgiving dessert.

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    Cranberry Cream Tartlets

    Go beyond cranberry sauce and serve these individual make-ahead Thanksgiving desserts. We used dried and sugared cranberries to fill these tartlets with plenty of fruity flavor.

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    Pretzel-Crusted Lime Mousse Tart with Blackberry Sauce

    Dinner-party desserts to make ahead of time need to be impressive, and this gorgeous tart fits the bill. Key lime pie-lovers will adore our creamy blackberry-lime tart. Crushed pretzels add a hint of salty flavor to the bright, citrusy tart.

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    Peppermint-Fudge Pie

    Forget ice cream cake and try our frozen ice cream pie instead.  Fluffy meringue tops layers of peppermint ice cream and homemade fudge sauce in our showstopping make-ahead dessert.

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    Triple-Citrus Pound Cake

    Packed with the zesty influences of grapefruit, lime, and orange, this make-ahead cake combines richness and freshness in a party-perfect package. Finish the delicious cake with an easy powdered sugar drizzle.

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    Peppermint Cream Tart in a Chocolate Crust

    A chocolate cookie crust is already a great start to this make-ahead dessert, and a creamy peppermint filling makes it even better. Thanks to the pretty peppermint swirls, this recipe is a great  Christmas dessert to whip up two days before the holiday.

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    Chocolate and Vanilla Red Velvet Cake

    Silky chocolate ganache envelops a gorgeous red velvet cake with layers of mascarpone and vanilla bean filling. We love the fact that this dessert recipe can be made in advance and frozen for up to three months.

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    Dulce de Leche Cake

    Guests will love the hint of citrus kissing this rich, caramel-inspired make-ahead cake. You'll love how easy it is to make the day before your big event.

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    Berry Slab Pie

    A bit of crystallized ginger adds mellow sweetness to this tender, flaky mixed-berry pie. We can't get enough of the variety of berries that fills and tops the make-ahead pie recipe.

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    Rosemary Apple Pie

    A rosemary-flecked sugar syrup adds appeal to this autumnal favorite. We love the tantalizing aroma that fills the air as the apples and herbs bake together in this make-ahead dessert.

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    Frosted Apple Slab Pie

    Part pie, part bar cookie, this tasty apple dessert recipe takes more than 2 pounds of sliced apples. But the results are sooo worth it. Cool the make-ahead pie completely before drizzling with powdered sugar icing.

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    Tangy Grapefruit Tart

    If you like your dessert recipes to have a little tang, this make-ahead tart is for you. There's no need to wait until grapefruits are in season, because this tart gets its flavor from over a cup of grapefruit juice.

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    Brownie Walnut Pie

    A rich and chewy brownielike filling tops flaky pastry crust in our scrumptious make-ahead pie recipe. Hot fudge sauce and chopped nuts make a tasty topper.

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    Raspberry Pie

    Tart lemon zest balances the sweetness of the raspberry filling in our make-ahead pie. The delicious combination of sweet and citrus is a delicious update to the classic dessert recipe.

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