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 well before dessert time.

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    Eggnog and Rum Fudge Pie

    Mimic the flavor of your favorite Christmastime drink with our delicious eggnog and rum pie recipe. The fudgy ice cream cake is a fantastic make-ahead option thanks to the 24 hours it spends in the freezer before serving.

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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 treat year-round. A crushed-peanut crust adds even more yummy flavor to the make-ahead cake recipe.

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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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    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. Alternating red and white layers dressed with white chocolate frosting decorate every slice of the make-ahead dessert recipe, and 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 our rustic apple tart: The savory add-in is featured in both the flaky crust and the crunchy crumb topping. After just one bite, you'll be adding the delicious flavor combo of sweet apples and sharp cheddar to your baking again and again.

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    How to Make Pie Dough

    The base of every delicious pie starts in one place: a standout piecrust. Learn how to make the dough like the pros!

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    White Chocolate Cheesecake with Triple-Raspberry Sauce

    Just one bite of our delightfully rich white chocolate cheesecake and your guests will be clamoring for more. A sweet raspberry sauce tops the make-ahead cake recipe.

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    Rum-Vanilla Bean Bundt Cake

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

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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.

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    Coconut Layer Cake

    Rich and midly sweet coconut fills the layers of our impressive cake recipe. To make the scrumptious dessert in advance, freeze the layers for up to one month.

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    Pretzel-Crusted Lime Mousse Tart with Blackberry Sauce

    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. Layers of peppermint ice cream and homemade fudge sauce are topped with fluffy meringue in our showstopping dessert.

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    Crumb-Topped Apple Slab Pie

    This streusel-topped pie is easily one of our top pie 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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    Triple-Citrus Pound Cake

    Packed with the zesty influences of grapefruit, lime, and orange, this pound cake combines richness and freshness in a party-perfect package. Top the delicious cake recipe with an easy powdered sugar drizzle to finish.

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    Chocolate and Vanilla Red Velvet Cake

    Pretty chocolate ganache envelops a gorgeous red velvet cake with layers of mascarpone and vanilla bean filling. We love the fact that the cake can be made ahead and frozen for up to three months.

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    Dulce de Leche Cake

    Guests will love the hint of citrus that kisses this rich, caramel-inspired 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 exotic appeal to this autumnal favorite. We love the tantalizing aroma that fills the air as the apples and herbs bake together.

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    Frosted Apple Slab Pie

    Part pie, part bar cookie, this tasty apple dessert 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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    Brownie Walnut Pie

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

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    Raspberry Pie

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

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    Mason Jar Desserts That Leave Bowls Behind

    Leave the bowls in your cupboard--these yummy individual desserts are best served in a Mason jar. With trifles, pudding, and even pie, these picture-perfect Mason jar desserts are easy to make and take on the go.
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