Make-ahead desserts

By Shelby Morrison, Order Up blog
March 2, 2016

Preparing dinner, no matter how big or small the crowd, can get quite busy. Especially if you are having a dinner party, cooking at a restaurant or preparing for the holidays, it seems as if there are always a million things to do. On the day of the event, you may be busy cooking all day long without even having time to think about dessert. Being able to prepare a make-ahead dessert will ensure you a little stress relief. Even if you do love cooking and baking, like many of us do, simply doing some prep work in advance is always a great idea.

Many desserts can be made days or even weeks ahead of time and then frozen. Others can be made up to two days in advance and refrigerated until the day it needs baking. Check out these make-ahead dessert ideas below to help save you time and stress.


These may sound like an intimidating recipe to tackle, but it is actually easier than you think. With just a few simple ingredients such as flour, butter, sugar, buttermilk or cream and your mix-ins of choice, these come together quite quickly. Many scone recipes actually require you to freeze them for about an hour or two before baking. Scone dough may be frozen up to one month before baking. Mix-ins can include blueberries, chocolate chips, cranberries or anything else you want to add in.


This may be the perfect make-ahead dessert because the longer it sits, the better it tastes. A trifle is a layer of any type of cream, a layer of cake and toppings such as fruit or cookies. Once you layer everything together, the flavours will settle into each other and get better over time. This is best made the day before it will be eaten.

Shortbread cookies

These delicious, buttery cookies are always a crowd-pleaser. Slaving away in the kitchen at home or the restaurant may get extremely busy, so these cookies can be made ahead of time. Simply prepare the dough and put it unbaked in the freezer. When you are ready to bake the cookies, remove the dough from the freezer and bake as normal for a fresh, warm treat.

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