Freezer-Friendly Cookies, Bars, & Brownies for Last-Minute Dessert

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 by Genius Recipes

Carrot-Halwa Blondie Bars

Carrot-Halwa Blondie Bars

by Panfusine

Coconut Dream Bars

Coconut Dream Bars

by Posie Harwood

Crispy Pretzel-Peanut Butter Bars

Crispy Pretzel-Peanut Butter Bars by Riley Wofford

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 by Kendra Vaculin

Earn Brownie Points

Alice Medrich's Best Cocoa Brownies

Alice Medrich’s Best Cocoa Brownies by Genius Recipes

Super Fudgy Brownies

Super Fudgy Brownies by Merrill Stubbs

Pumpkin Swirl Brownies

Pumpkin Swirl Brownies

by Posie Harwood

Fudgy Sweet Potato Brownies

Fudgy Sweet Potato Brownies

by Posie Harwood

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 by Lauren Kretzer

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 by Regan Baroni

Molasses Sugar Cookies

Molasses Sugar Cookies

by Posie Harwood

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 by Kendra Vaculin

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

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