10+ Make-Ahead Thanksgiving Desserts

Your fall holiday season can be as easy as pie (and more!) with my favorite 10+ Make-Ahead Thanksgiving Desserts!
A spread of Thanksgiving Desserts

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Hi Bold Bakers!

Being prepared means you are setting yourself up for success! When you plan in advance, you allow yourself more time just in case something doesn’t go to plan (and it will). Such is life. Anywho, I have made a few lists of desserts that you can choose from for your big Thanksgiving feast that can be planned and made at different stages freeing you (and your oven) up for something else.

Check out my list below and you’ll find a dessert tested by me and perfected so you don’t have to for your Thanksgiving occasions, I know it.

My Favorite CrockPot Desserts

One fantastic way to get ahead is to mix up a dessert in a crockpot the night before, store it in the fridge overnight and cook it off the next morning. This means you as you are prepping your mashed potatoes and turkey your dessert will be cooking away by itself and also not taking up space in your oven.

No-Bake Desserts For Thanksgiving

If you want to avoid anything hot at all for your dessert then there are plenty of No-Bake desserts that can be made up to 2 days in advance getting you way ahead of the game and freeing you up to baste ham and drink wine.

Pies You Can Bake In Advance

If you’re not making and prepping your pies the day before Thanksgiving, you’re not doing it right! A lot of pies are just fine the next day… but there are even some you can prep in their shells the night before as well, so all you’re doing is baking them off early the next day so your oven is free and clear for other things you need to make!

For more holiday baking help, head to your #1 holiday baking destination — my Holiday Baking Headquarters! You’ll find pies, cookies, desserts, tips, and guides to make your holiday stress-free.

And don’t forget to buy my Bigger Bolder Baking Cookbook!

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2 years ago

Help! I’m catering my daughter’s wedding in September and need to find out what pastries can be frozen ahead of time without turning soggy or dry.

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Hi Bold Bakers! I’m Gemma Stafford, a professional chef originally from Ireland, a cookbook author, and the creator of Bigger Bolder Baking. I want to help you bake with confidence anytime, anywhere with my trusted and tested recipes and baking tips. You may have seen one of my 500+ videos on YouTube & TikTok or as a guest judge on Nailed It! on Netflix or the Best Baker in America on Food Network. No matter your skills, my Bold Baking Team & I want to be your #1 go-to baking authority.


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