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Your Favorite Make-Ahead Desserts

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Though the holidays may be winding down, there are still parties to attend—and stress to be had over your breezy offer to bring a dessert. You may not have time to whip up a memorable dessert the day-of and transporting sweets can be a very delicate affair—time and portability are of the essence. What to do?

AntoniaJames took to the Hotline to get some great ideas for make-ahead desserts. Here’s what the Food52 community had to say:

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Because we know you're wondering: In the end, AntoniaJames went with brownies with olive oil and brandy-stewed sour cherries—the day of, she added a ganache infused with the leftover brandy.

What dessert recipes do you have up your sleeve to make ahead? Tell us in the comments!


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Tags: make-ahead, desserts, sweets