Make-Ahead Treats for the Holidays

by Karen on December 15, 2017



Winter Wonderland: Make-Ahead Treats for the Holidays

The holidays are a busy and indulgent time of year. Visiting friends and family, eating delicious meals, and treating yourself to flavors of the holidays. For us, the holidays include warm cinnamon, cranberry citrus flavors, chocolate, and caramel galore. We’ve found four recipes keeping these holiday flavors in mind, as well as your schedule. All are make-ahead and simple for dessert on the fly!


Apple Crisp

Food Network Apple Crisp: Make-Ahead Treats for the Holidays


Apple crisp is a staple dessert in our book. All of the ingredients are most likely already in your pantry and it’s simple and fast to make. To prepare the perfect apples in your apple crisp all you need are some apples, lemon juice, sugar, butter, heavy cream, flour, cinnamon and salt. For the beloved crisp topping you just need flour, rolled oats, walnuts (if you like them), sugar, butter, and vanilla ice cream (we sincerely hope you like ice cream). Check out this recipe from Food Network that we found. It’s freezer friendly and time conscious.


Citrus Shortbread Cookies

Citrus Shortbread Cookies: Make-Ahead Treats for the Holidays


Cookies are almost at all holiday get-togethers and loved by most. The great thing about cookies with thicker cookie dough is that you can make the dough ahead of time and freeze it. When you need cookies in a pinch, you can defrost the dough and have cookies ready to serve before your friends or family arrive. We found this citrus shortbread cookie recipe online from, and not only does it remind us of the holidays, but the dough is perfect to freeze. The owner of the recipe even mentions that it was “given to [her] by [her] mother-in-law, one of the best cooks that [she] know[s].” Sound like a winner in our books.

Chocolate Espresso Mousse

Chocolate Espresso Mousse: Make-Ahead Treats for the Holidays

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Decadent and heavy desserts during the holidays are a given, but everyone needs a break from the heavy meals sometimes. Lighten things up with this delicious mousse recipe that we found. This chocolate espresso mousse only has five ingredients, and can be whipped up in advance. The only time consuming portion of this recipe is the time spent melting the chocolate, letting it cool, and then letting the mousse refrigerate for 30 minutes after it’s been individually portioned. To decrease time spent in the kitchen the day of a big get-together, make this dessert a day ahead. That way, on the day of the big event, you can focus solely on the decadent meals, and surprise your guests with a light, stress free dessert.




Magic Caramel Bars

Magic Caramel Bars: Make-Ahead Treats for the Holidays


Need a dessert that travels well and looks like you’ve put a lot of effort into making it? Then these magic caramel bars might be the holiday treat for you. Recommended by the always-reliable Oprah Winfrey, these bars look like you’ve painstakingly made the effort to layer each ingredient perfectly. The trick with these caramel bars is that you bake the crust first, and then sprinkle each ingredient over the crust once it’s baked giving the illusion of perfect layers once the bars are cut. These are also perfect for traveling because they will keep well in an airtight container for up to 2 days and can be easily transported.


We hope that we’ve inspired you with some easy holiday treat options for the holidays. Let us know if you make any of the desserts and share pictures on our social media! We’d love to see how they turn out for you.

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