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Make Ahead Recipes

Whether or not you enjoy the time and creativity involved in cooking and baking, there are times when having a meal, a dessert, or a snack ready in advance is necessary. That's where our Make Ahead Recipes come in handy. These recipes can all be prepared and cooked or baked ahead of time, leaving you one less thing to do. Now, doesn't that sound nice?!


Icebox Cake

This recipe is fast, easy, and makes a delicious dessert! It's perfect for feeding a crowd gathered for a holiday or celebration. Just decorate the top with holiday-themed...
Lunchbox Deconstructed Sandwiches

Lunchbox Deconstructed Sandwiches

If desired, use mini cookie cutters (about the same size as the crackers) to cut the lunch meat pieces into fun shapes before packing the lunch box. Your child can then "construct"...
Pumpkin Cream Cheese with Bagels

Pumpkin Cream Cheese with Bagels

This is a terrific recipe for any day of the year, but is especially well-suited to Halloween! Start the day off right with a festive breakfast of bagels, pumpkin cream cheese,...
Kiwi Wraps

Kiwi Wraps

These wraps can be served as traditional wrap sandwiches or they can be sliced into pieces, like a sushi roll, for bite-sized treats.

Strawberry Jam Thumbprint Cookies

They are easy to make and even yummier to eat. They're perfect and decorative for feeding a crowd at a family holiday get-together or celebration.
Vegetable Salsa

Vegetable Salsa

This dip really has it all: It's chock full of vegetables, made with heart-healthy canola oil, and sooo easy to make. It's a perfect summertime appetizer and a great dish...
Emergency Chocolate Cookie Fix

Emergency Chocolate Cookie Fix

Quick and Easy Shepherd’s Pie

Quick and Easy Shepherd’s Pie

This simple recipe is packed with vegetables and can easily be adapted to your family's tastes. Use whatever canned vegetables you find in the pantry or change it up by steaming...
French Bread Bake

French Bread Bake

Since this recipe must chill in the refrigerator for at least one hour—or overnight—it's perfect to assemble in advance and then place in the oven to bake just in time...

Spinach Lasagna

Though this recipe calls for baking the lasagna, the oven should not be preheated! Instead, the dish is placed in a cold oven, which is then heated to 350 F—the preheating...
Mediterranean Dip

Mediterranean Dip

This dip is unusual...but so delicious! It makes an easy yet tasty appetizer for a summer gathering. 
Peanut Butter Blossom Cookies

Peanut Butter Blossom Cookies

My boys love helping with this easy cookie recipe. They especially love unwrapping the "Kisses" and putting them on top, one cookie at a time. They also enjoy putting the...
Nutty Noodle Kugel

Nutty Noodle Kugel

Noodle kugel is often made with things like butter, sour cream, cream cheese, and sugar. It’s a Yom Kippur break-the-fast favorite, but can fill up empty stomachs in seconds...
Homestyle Chicken Potpie

Homestyle Chicken Potpie

This delicious time-saving recipe begins with a batch of Carissa's Simple White Sauce, and uses a purchased rotisserie chicken as well as a pre-made pie crust. Make this...
Autumn Cream Cheese Dip

Autumn Cream Cheese Dip

This tasty dip is quick and easy.
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