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Make ahead desserts & sweets- Suggestions?

gulfcoastfoodie | Dec 1, 201006:51 PM

Traditionally, my husband and I have a huge Christmas party known for its fabulous food. This year, however, I'm 8 months pregnant and can't pull it off. Instead, we are doing an open house cocktails, sweets and desserts. While I do candies every year, baked goods and desserts are not really my realm of expertise. I've got lots of homemade candies and ideas for items that can be made 1-2 days in advance (mini creme brulees, dessert shots, mini cheesecakes, etc.), but in order to "pace myself", I need to know which types of desserts I could get away with making 3-4 days in advance without comprimising taste/freshness. I know that there are some baked goods that can be frozen, but will they really taste the same? How far in advance can cookies, brownies or bars be made? Are there some recipes that will keep better than others? Magical storage methods to really keep them fresh? Also, simple is better at the moment (I love a challenge...but I'll be 3 weeks away from birth, that is challenge enough!)

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