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The holidays are a baker's paradise. It's a time of the year when apple pies, gingerbread, and festively-frosted sugar cookies are always welcome, especially with a mug of after-dinner coffee or cardamom hot chocolate.

The holidays are also a time when friends and family gather, sometimes in greater numbers or frequency than expected. Even the best bakers can get overwhelmed. In these cases, you will need dessert (and maybe wine, too). But who's got time to whip up a butternut squash cheesecake or gorgeous galette in between all that entertaining, gift-making (and wrapping), and holiday merriment? Instead, make a batch of salty butterscotch bars, fudgy brownies, or festive spritz cookies now, and keep them in the freezer for last-minute guests, after-dinner noshing, or just as a solo late-night snack. Here are 26 sweet, freezer-friendly recipes to get you started:

Setting the Bar

Cook's Illustrated's Blondies
Cook's Illustrated's Blondies
Carrot-Halwa Blondie Bars

Carrot-Halwa Blondie Bars by Panfusine

Coconut Dream Bars

Coconut Dream Bars by Posie (Harwood) Brien

Crispy Pretzel-Peanut Butter Bars
Crispy Pretzel-Peanut Butter Bars
Cranberry Cookie Bars

Cranberry Cookie Bars by simplycooking101

Miso Butterscotch Bars

Miso Butterscotch Bars by Aliwaks

Grandma Reilly's Congo Bars

Grandma Reilly's Congo Bars by Abbie C

Granola Peanut Butter Icebox Bars with Oatmeal Cocoa Streusel

Granola Peanut Butter Icebox Bars with Oatmeal Cocoa Stre... by Kristin Irani Myruski

Raw Vegan Chocolate Coconut Bars
Raw Vegan Chocolate Coconut Bars

Earn Brownie Points

Alice Medrich's Best Cocoa Brownies
Alice Medrich's Best Cocoa Brownies
Super Fudgy Brownies
Super Fudgy Brownies
Pumpkin Swirl Brownies

Pumpkin Swirl Brownies by Posie (Harwood) Brien

Fudgy Sweet Potato Brownies

Fudgy Sweet Potato Brownies by Posie (Harwood) Brien

Dark Chocolate Brownies with Medjool Dates and Almond Butter

Dark Chocolate Brownies with Medjool Dates and Almond Butter by Sophia R

Brown Butter Cupcake Brownies

Brown Butter Cupcake Brownies by Phyllis Grant

Vegan Apple Brownies
Vegan Apple Brownies
Craggle-Top Buckwheat Brownies

Craggle-Top Buckwheat Brownies by Coco et Cocoa

Basic Fudgy Brownies

Basic Fudgy Brownies by Erin McDowell

Smart Cookies Plan Ahead

Holiday Crinkle Cookies
Holiday Crinkle Cookies
Molasses Sugar Cookies

Molasses Sugar Cookies by Posie (Harwood) Brien

Soleils (Parisian Butter Cookies)

Soleils (Parisian Butter Cookies) by Catherine Lamb

Salted Double Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies

Salted Double Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies by Food Blogga

Alice's Right-Brain Nutty Butter Cookies

Alice's Right-Brain Nutty Butter Cookies by Alice Medrich

Crispy Crunchy Oatmeal Cookies

Crispy Crunchy Oatmeal Cookies by Merrill Stubbs

My Ginger Cookies

My Ginger Cookies by Alice Medrich

Spritz Butter Christmas Cookies
Spritz Butter Christmas Cookies

What sweet treats do you freeze in anticipation of the holidays? (Or just as a midnight snack for yourself?) Share in the comments!

Automagic Holiday Menu Maker!
Automagic Holiday Menu Maker!

Tags: Cookie, Dessert, Entertaining, Holiday, Holiday Entertaining