27 Spring Dessert Recipes That Are Perfect for Easter

Chocolate bunnies not included.

March 21, 2023
Photo by Rocky Luten

From a distance, it would seem as if brunch and Easter’s prolific relationship would complicate the holiday’s dessert situation. Of course, this is decidedly false. Dessert’s wonder is not bound to time constraints or specific holidays. Dessert is omnipotent, strong, always sweet, and certainly stealing the show on Easter Sunday. So, yeah, Easter dessert is something to get excited about.

1. Easter Egg Macarons With Malted Chocolate & Caramel Filling

Inspired by classic Easter basket candy, these macarons are bright in color and big on flavor. Filled with chocolate ganache and caramel, these cookies are like the eggs in your basket—but better.

2. Lemon Meringue

Layered with meringue, pistachios, and lemon curd, this cake is complex in flavor and texture.

3. Meyer Lemon Cheesecake With Biscoff Crust

Meyer lemon, cheesecake, Biscoff cookies—three of my favorite things, all in one cake. Also, this requires just ten minutes of prep.

4. Banana Cake with Penuche Frosting

Think banana bread, but lighter, fluffier, and frosted in brown sugar.

5. Aunt Mariah's Lemon Sponge Cups

Like how a diagonal cut improves any sandwich, desserts served in ramekins simply taste better. This lemon sponge cake is easy to shop for (seven ingredients), quick to prepare (15 minutes), and obviously delicious (served in a ramekin).

6. Monkey (Ginger)Bread

Much like Martha and Snoop, monkeybread and gingerbread is a partnership we never knew we needed. Of course, combining fragrant ginger with the richness of monkey bread isn’t exactly a tough sell.

7. Louisa's Cake

This cake is airy and light, but not without integrity. Ricotta, eggs, and plenty of butter give it richness, grated apple lends heft, and lemon zest prevents it from being bland.

8. Easier Chocolate Truffles

With no butter, shortening, vanilla, or tedious hand rolling required, these are chocolate truffles in their easiest form. Top with a salty, crunchy snack like pretzels or peanuts.

9. Torrone Siciliano (Sicilian Almond Brittle)

If you’ve got almonds, sugar, and olive oil, you’ve got everything you need to make this crowd-pleasing brittle. Fun fact: In Sicily, this almond treat is a holiday staple.

10. Tartine Bakery's Lemon Cream

Re: ramekin desserts being the best desserts. Also, this lemon cream comes together in under 30 minutes, meaning you could even whip it up after your main course.

11. Cookie Butter Sweet Rolls

A fun riff on the classic cinnamon roll, these cookie butter treats are an ideal brunch dessert.

12. Perfect Coconut Cream Pie

If you’re not sold on coconut cream, watch this, and you will be.

13. Rhubarb Coffee Cake With Cardamom-Ginger Crumble

Similar to the cookie butter rolls, this lemony, gingery, rhubarb coffee cake is best served as a post-brunch sweet. Serve with a cup of Irish coffee, because why not?

14. Candied Lemon Sheet Cake

Inspired by classic Texas sheet cakes, this gluten-free, lemon-forward remix is bright, moist, and big enough to serve an entire family (plus in-laws).

15. Maialino's Olive Oil Cake

Olive oil cake is the light beer of dessert. This is a compliment, of course, because—just like light beer—you’ll never get sick of spending a whole afternoon with this cake.

16. Uncle Fester on a Faster Vespa (espresso-chocolate gelato, Roman style)

Rich, decadent, flavorful, and not-too-sweet, this chocolate-espresso gelato is everything it needs to be. Also, the Uncle Fester shoutout is appreciated.

17. Homemade Crackly Milk Chocolate Candy Bars

If you want to mix it up this year, consider making your own chocolate bars—especially since this recipe mixes caramel puffed rice with milk chocolate to create something that is sweet, crunchy, and creamy.

18. Lavender-Chocolate Chunk Pancakes with Crème Fraîche

We’ve covered brunch dessert, but we also need a dessert that doubles as brunch—and that’s what these elegant, well balanced, lavender-and-crème-fraîche-having flapjacks are for. Top with your favorite maple syrup and pair with your preferred morning cocktail.

19. Sunset's Whole Orange Cake

As the name suggests, whole chunks of orange (with the skin on) give this cake a flavor that is like marmalade, but brighter. It’s worth noting that you will need a food processor to make this recipe.

20. Brown Butter Banana Bread With Peanut Streusel

Peanut and banana are a prolific team but rarely do you seem together on a single loaf—let’s change that. Sweet, salty, crunchy, and always moist, this brown butter banana bread is your morning dessert.

21. Chocolate Caramels

Perfect for grazing, these salty, sweet chocolate caramels are great if you don’t want to make an entire meal out of dessert. Bonus: this recipe makes about 60 caramels.

22. Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies With Maple & Olive Oil

Maple, olive oil, chocolate, and sea salt combine to give these vegan cookies a balanced, heavy-hitting flavor.

23. No-Bake Pistachio Mini Cheesecakes

These mini cheesecakes nail every aspect of the Easter dessert criteria: they’re bright in color, rich in flavor, and perfect for hosting. Top with chopped pistachios for an added crunch.

24. Orange Sherbet With Salted Whipped Cream

Homemade orange sherbet sells itself.

25. Oreo Ice Cream Dessert

A community favorite, this no-bake, frozen, oreo treat is a crowd pleaser that—if made once—will likely be made again many, many times.

26. Puffy Pillow Beignets

Fact: You can enjoy beignets outside of New Orleans. While it takes quite a bit of work to properly recreate this classic dessert, if you want dessert to be the highlight of your holiday, the effort needed for this recipe will certainly pay off. Plus, how many people do you know that can say they’ve made beignets at home?

27. Soft Yogurt Cookies with Raspberry Glaze

Striking a delightful balance between yogurt’s tang, vanilla’s warmth, raspberry’s bite, and almond’s crunch, these cookies are both delicious and vibrant. Think of them as black and white cookies, dressed up for Easter.

Let us know which Easter dessert you'll be making in the comments below!

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Raks March 27, 2023
Would love to see some top shelf picks from across the premium bakeries
Kathy March 26, 2023
I want to make the dessert that was pictured with the post but alas it’s not there. Help!
[email protected] March 26, 2023
Linda & Kathy, read my post
[email protected] March 26, 2023
Disappointing glitch about that missing recipe! I too, searched for it but some detective work resulted in my discovery of the missing recipe: 52 named it “Worlds Best Cake” & you, too can discover it by selecting to search. Worlds Best cake with coconut & Banana.
Linda R. March 27, 2023
Thank you Margaret!
Linda R. March 26, 2023
My luck! The pictured dessert in the email that lead me to this article does not seem to be on the list. Snif snif
Kyle March 26, 2023
I’m disappointed too! Is it possible that the “editor(s)” will out the recipe up for all of us? Please
Linda R. March 27, 2023
Search for 'World's Best Cake' With Banana & Coconut‘ as discovered by Margaret on another thread
[email protected] March 26, 2023
27 dessert article says we’re too lazy to write a clean, thoughtful piece about a particularly appropriate effort, so here’s a filler from cut and paste…..enjoy.
Michele March 26, 2023