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Make Ahead Thanksgiving Desserts

make ahead Thanksgiving Desserts

Reduce your holiday stress with these make ahead Thanksgiving desserts. These desserts can be prepped and frozen or set aside for the big day!

Let’s get started with some delicious, showstopper desserts!

Make Ahead Desserts

Orange Fluff Jello Salad can be partially made up to two days ahead of time. Before serving, fold in the whipped topping and crushed pineapple.

As with any jello recipe, I don’t recommend you freeze this one!

large bowl of orange fluff jello salad
Orange Fluff Jello Salad
Growing up Orange Fluff Jello Salad was also on the table for special occasions. Now it’s time to share this mandarin orange and pineapple delight with the next generation!
Check out this recipe
large bowl of orange fluff jello salad

Apple Slab Pie is an awesome dessert for a potluck get together or when you’re feeding a hungry crowd.

The apple pie can be assembled, covered with the pie crust and then frozen, covered until it’s time to bake.

The same goes for regular apple pie, too! You can freeze an unbaked pie and bake the day before your gathering.

apple slab pie make ahead dessert for a crowd
Mom’s Apple Slab Pie
Apple Slab Pie is the perfect dessert for a crowd. Here's how to make mom's easy dessert recipe with tender apples, flaky crust and a glazed top.
Check out this recipe
apple slab pie

This pumpkin roll cake practically screams Thanksgiving with all the fragrant fall inspired spices.

Make the cake a day or two ahead of time and refrigerate. Top with powdered sugar just before serving.

Make Ahead Thanksgiving Desserts
Pumpkin Roll Cake
Moist, spiced cake with rolled layers of cream cheese icing – pumpkin roll cake is a must try recipe for your Thanksgiving season!
Check out this recipe
homemade pumpkin roll cake with cream cheese frosting

No bake bourbon balls are a boozy, adult only treat! They’ll keep in the refrigerator for a month or so. Just dust them with powdered sugar or cocoa powder before serving.

No Bake Bourbon Balls Recipe
A classic holiday recipe, no bake bourbon balls are an easy recipe to make during the holiday season.
Check out this recipe
no bake bourbon balls dusted with sugar

More Make Ahead Thanksgiving Desserts

This gluten free apple crisp recipe is unbelievably tasty and sugar free! Assemble head of time in a 9×9 baking pan and refrigerate or freeze, covered in foil, before baking.

The oats will toast up nice and golden when you bake this for your holiday gathering.

Make Ahead Thanksgiving Desserts
Gluten Free Apple Crisp Recipe
One taste of this delicious dessert and you’ve won’t believe it is both gluten and refined sugar free. The addition of fresh thyme adds a subtle savory note to the otherwise sweet flavor profile of this classic recipe.
Check out this recipe
Gluten Free Apple Crisp Recipe

Cranberry Orange Scones have a delicious citrus and bright cranberry flavor. Bake a batch of these and freeze after cooling.

To serve, warm slightly and then top with citrus glaze. Yum!!!

cranberry orange scones
Orange Cranberry Scones
The holidays wouldn’t be complete without easy Cranberry Orange Scones! Extra glaze tops these tender and flaky scones made with dried cranberries and orange flavors.
Check out this recipe
cranberry orange scones

I love a sugar cookie recipe just as next as the next person. But when they’re easy sugar cookies – well, now you’re talking my love language!

This sugar cookie dough goes straight from the mixer onto a greased sheet pan. There’s no refrigeration time like a classic sugar cookie recipe. Drop sugar cookies onto the pan and get baking!!

Check out my tips for making the sugar cookie dough ahead of time and freezing it!

no roll sugar cookies
No Roll Sugar Cookies Recipe
This no roll sugar cookies recipe is a breeze to make! No rolling pin, no chill time and no fuss. Just easy soft sugar cookies you’re sure to love!
Check out this recipe
no roll sugar cookies recipe

We love these mini pumpkin pies made in a muffin tin! Bake up a batch and cool, then freeze for later.

Thaw and top with whipped cream and a touch of cinnamon for a pumpkin treat!

Farm Girl Tip: I love to serve mini-desserts on this three tier platter. It collapses for easy storage, too!

make ahead mini pumpkin pies desserts
Mini Pumpkin Pies in a Muffin Tin
Check out this easy recipe for mini pumpkin pies made in a muffin tin. They're the perfect bite-sized, individual pumpkin dessert for Thanksgiving!
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Old Fashioned Ginger Snap Cookies are my Grandma’s recipe and they’re spicy and crunchy! Make a batch of dough and stash it in the freezer for just baked cookies for your guests!

old fashioned ginger snap cookies
Old Fashioned Ginger Snap Cookies
I love baking batches of Grandma’s Old Fashioned Ginger Snap Cookies recipe. Her recipe makes spicy and crunchy gingersnap cookies!
Check out this recipe
old fashioned ginger snap cookies

I hope these make ahead Thanksgiving desserts allow you to enjoy all the season has to offer.

Remember, the day is not about perfection, it’s about gathering around the table in community and giving thanks for what we have!

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