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Freeze Ahead Dessert Recipes



Strawberry Mint Dessert

Linda Larsen

Peanut Chocolate Parfait Bars

Linda Larsen

Buster Bars

Linda Larsen

These delicious and easy freeze ahead dessert recipes are something special for the holidays. Some are served still frozen; others will need some thawing time.

Always choose a dessert that will complement the rest of your meal. If your main dish is rich and heavy, choose a dessert that is lighter and cool, like the Sherbet Cake or some meringues. These freeze ahead dessert recipes will add a special touch to any meal, whether it's a special get-together or a simple family meal.


Freeze Ahead Dessert Recipes

  • Ribbon Angel Food Sherbet Cake
    This beautiful cake is so simple to make, using a purchased angel food cake and different flavors of sherbet. Let it stand at room temperature for 20-30 minutes to soften before cutting and serving.
  • Buster Bars
    These delicious ice cream bars are named after the Dairy Queen favorite confection. Well wrapped, this dessert will keep its quality up to 4 months. Let it stand at room temperature for 20 minutes before slicing.
  • Fluffy Raspberry Dessert
    Just make this super simple dessert as directed, wrap it well, label it, and freeze. Take it out of the freezer 30 minutes ahead of time so it softens slightly before slicing and serving.
  • Chocolate Crepes with Caramel Sauce
    Make and cool the crepes. Stack them, about 10 crepes to a package, with waxed paper separating the crepes. Wrap well, label, and freeze. For the easiest dessert, thaw the crepes on the counter for about an hour. Fill them with your favorite ice cream and drizzle with warmed caramel ice cream topping.
  • Frozen Strawberry Mint Dessert
    This recipe is made in two steps; the first day, you combine a few ingredients and chill them overnight. The second day you finish the dessert and freeze it. I love the combination of butter mints, strawberries, and a crunchy nut crust.
  • Easy Strawberry Shortcake
    You can make your own Pound Cake, cool it, wrap, label, and freeze, or you can buy a Sara Lee Pound Cake. Thaw the cake, and follow the recipe instructions to assemble. You can use other fruits too - fresh raspberries or mangoes would be spectacular.
  • Chocolate Chip Coffee Cake
    Thinly sliced, this coffee cake makes a wonderful dessert; drizzle it with some chocolate ice cream topping. To freeze it, bake and cool the coffee cake, then cut it into quarters, wrap well, and freeze. To thaw, loosen the wrapping and thaw on the counter for 2-3 hours.
  • Kahlua Mousse
    This simple recipe uses just three ingredients! It freezes beautifully and makes a fabulous dessert topped with a dollop of whipped topping and some toasted pecans.
  • Frozen Strawberry Margarita Dessert
    This delicious recipe has a pretzel crust for great salty, crunchy contrast. Prepare just as directed and freeze. Let stand at room temperature for 10-15 minutes before slicing and serving.
  • Fruit in a Cloud
    No, the cloud isn't pudding - it's a combination of cream cheese, marshmallows, and whipped topping. Keep a bunch of these little shells in the freezer and top with any fresh fruit mixture.
  • Peanut Chocolate Parfait Bars
    This dessert is unbelievably rich. Let it stand for a few minutes at room temperature before slicing, or you can thaw it overnight in the refrigerator; the mixture will keep its texture and shape.

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