28 of the Most Delicious Easter Desserts

Chocolate, Spring Fruits, Decadent Cakes, and Fun Kiddie Treats

Strawberry cupcakes recipe

​The Spruce 

Easter is our spring excuse to indulge in all things sweet and delicious. Bright flavors, loads of chocolate, ornate decorations, and fun treats are par for the course with Easter desserts and goodies.

Whether you're in the mood for bunny-themed treats for the kids, sweet breads for brunch, or decadent cakes for dinner, we have many fun recipes to try. Some are easy and others will challenge your baking skills, though all are delicious and perfect for the Easter holiday season.

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    Lemon Bars

    Tempting Lemon Bars Make an Excellent Spring Dessert for Easter

    Nadine Greeff / Stocksy United

    The sweet flavor of lemon is ideal for a spring occasion. A perfect way to enjoy that taste is with delightfully delicious lemon bars. This particular recipe is heavy on the lemon, so they have a great zing trapped inside the fluffy cake.

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    Chocolate Peanut Butter Easter Eggs

    Chocolate Peanut Butter Easter Eggs

    The Spruce / Leah Maroney

    Among the great temptations of the Easter holiday are those delicious chocolate peanut butter Easter eggs. There's no need to buy them, though. If you're in the mood for some candy making time, you'll enjoy creating and decorating these delicious sweets.

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    Easter Egg Cake Pops

    Fun Easter Egg Cake Pops

    The Spruce / Elizabeth LaBau

    Easter egg cake pops are tiny bites of moist cake on a stick. Kids love them and it's the perfect excuse to give them a try. They're especially fun for this holiday because you can use your imagination to decorate the lemony eggs with all sorts of spring colors and designs.

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    Easter Bunny Cookies

    Easter Bunny Cookies

    The Spruce / Elizabeth LaBau

    So cute and very easy to make, Easter bunny cookies are too much fun to pass up. It's a kid-friendly kitchen project that requires no baking. Instead, you'll simply dip Milano cookies in white chocolate and decorate them with candies and marshmallows.

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    Deep Fried Creme Eggs

    Deep Fried Creme Eggs

    The Spruce / Elizabeth LaBau

    Admit it, you can't resist picking up some Cadbury Creme Eggs at the store each year. They're sweet, tempting, and messy fun. If you want to take them to a new level of deliciousness, try deep-fried creme eggs. And, yes, they are as fantastic as the sound.

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    Bird's Nests

    Easter Bird's Nests With Peeps Candy

    The Spruce / Elizabeth LaBau

    Adorable and delicious, bird's nests are a classic Easter treat. They're also very easy to make. Those delightful marshmallow Peeps sit on top a nest of candy eggs and chow mein noodles or your favorite cereal. This is a great recipe for kids to get some time in the kitchen as well.

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    Sparkling Jello Easter Eggs

    Sparkling Jello Easter Eggs
    The Spruce / S&C Design Studios

    Another family project, sparkling jello Easter eggs are colorful treats that are a lot of fun to make. Three flavors of gelatin are enhanced with lemon soda and yogurt and layered in an egg-shaped mold. They're the perfect jiggly delight for the holiday.

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    Solid Chocolate Easter Eggs

    Solid Chocolate Easter Eggs

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    Real egg shells are the only mold you need to make solid chocolate Easter eggs at home. The only ingredient is semi-sweet chocolate and a few tips will help you pull it off. If you're seeking a little gift for true chocolate lovers, this one is absolutely perfect.

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    Peeps S'mores

    Peeps S‘Mores for Easter

    The Spruce / Elizabeth LaBau

    Who said s'mores should be reserved for summer campfires? Using the best marshmallows of the Easter season, you can bring these family favorites into your Easter celebration and create Peeps s'mores. It's just one of the many fun ways to use Peeps.

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    Strawberry Cupcakes

    Strawberry cupcakes recipe

    ​The Spruce 

    Strawberries are among the best fruits of the spring season. Take advantage of the early crop and create tempting strawberry cupcakes. This recipe is all about the sweet taste of fresh strawberries. They're even used to create the pretty pink frosting.

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    Chocolate Macarons

    Easy Classic Chocolate Macaron

    The Spruce

    Macarons are little delicacies that are surprisingly easier to make than you may think. These chocolate macarons are sure to impress anyone at Easter dinner.

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    Easter Egg Cake

    easter egg cake

     Leah Maroney

    Make a big impression with little effort with this fun Easter egg cake. The homemade yellow cake batter is easy to make, and once the layers are baked (one square, one round), they are simply cut up and arranged into the shape of an egg. Decorate with colored frosting, jelly beans, and other candy as you wish.

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    Easter Egg Malted Chocolate Fudge

    Easter Egg Malted Chocolate Fudge

    The Spruce / Elizabeth LaBau

    Easter is the perfect occasion to indulge your chocolate fantasies. Few recipes can fulfill your dreams like this scrumptious Easter egg malted chocolate fudge. It incorporates malted eggs into a simple malted chocolate fudge, creating a melt-in-your-mouth treat with a sweet little crunch.

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    Strawberry Bread

    strawberry bread

     Leah Maroney

    Perfect for your Easter brunch, this strawberry bread is a fresh and flavorful addition to the holiday table. Chopped strawberries and orange juice are incorporated into a quick bread batter and baked; a tangy cream cheese frosting drizzle is the finishing touch.

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    Chocolate Matzo

    Chocolate Matzo

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    A favorite for Passover, chocolate matzo is another simple, fun, and delicious nibble you'll enjoy making. There's no dipping, either. Simply melt chocolate over matzoh in the oven and top with nuts and salt for a sweet and salty treat.

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    Bunny Butt Cake

    bunny butt cake

     Leah Maroney

    Easy to make and adorable to look at, this bunny butt cake will please all ages alike, especially those who love coconut. A coconut-flavored batter is baked and assembled and then covered in frosting and shredded coconut. Crushed Oreos are used as the dirt, green-tinted coconut is the grass, and pink jelly beans become pads on the bunny's feet. It may just be too cute to eat.

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    Coffee Meringues

    Coffee meringues recipe

    The Spruce / Julia Estrada

    A light dessert that is easy to serve for Passover or Easter, these coffee meringues are sure to become a new family favorite. You can make these little cookies a few days in advance and they require just a few basic ingredients.

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    Greek Butter Cookies

    Greek Butter Cookies With Sesame (Koulourakia) Recipe

     The Spruce

    These Greek butter cookies are traditional and perfect if you're looking for a recipe that's not too sweet. You can braid, twist, or create an "S" shape of the dough. They're best dunked into coffee or milk, making them ideal for dessert after dinner or with an Easter brunch.

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    Dried Fruit Compote

    Dried Fruit Compote for Easter
    Wael Hamdan / Getty Images

    Plums, apricots, and raisins are stewed in a spiced syrup with a hint of lemon to create a dried fruit compote. It's filled with flavor and the perfect way to finish off Easter dinner or a Seder feast.

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    Romanian Easter Bread

    Romanian Easter and Christmas Bread (Cozonac)
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    Romanian Easter bread is a sweet bread that is a baker's dream. Traditionally served at Easter and Christmas, this yeasted bread recipe includes raisins, rum, and walnuts in a beautiful loaf to adorn your dinner table.

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    Italian Easter Bread

    Traditional Italian Easter Bread

    The Spruce / Julia Estrada

    A festive recipe with a delightful icing, an Italian Easter bread is a fantastic way to show off your baking skills. You can form small loaves or have fun braiding this bread. Either way, you'll love the sweet taste of lemon and anise inside each bite.

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    Orange Chess Pie

    Orange Chess Pie

    The Spruce / Diana Rattray

    The brilliant flavors of citrus are an excellent choice for a spring pie. The orange chess pie is one of the easiest recipes you'll find and the taste is unforgettable. Make your own crust or buy one ready to go, then fill it with a sweet blend of fresh orange and lemon. 

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    Chocolate Mousse Meringue Layered Cake

    Chocolate Mousse Cake
    Francesco Perre / EyeEm / Getty Images

    This chocolate mousse meringue layered cake is truly luscious. It's sure to please all the chocolate lovers in your family. This decadent dessert is fun to make and it's dairy-free. This makes it ideal as a pareve dessert and for anyone with dairy or flour diet restrictions.

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    Babka Wielkanocna

    Babka (Easter cake, Poland) on an Easter table
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    Babka is a traditional Polish cake with a name that's as much fun to say as it is to eat. While there are many babka recipes, Babka Wielkanocna is specifically an Easter babka. It's a perfect introduction for any baker who has not tried to make these tempting leavened cakes before.

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    Banana Walnut Sponge Cake

    Cranberry Walnut Espresso Cake
    Alexandra Grablewski / Getty Images

    Enjoy a banana walnut sponge cake with the intriguing flavor combination. It's just sweet enough to take your favorite icing or it can be dusted with powdered sugar. This could easily be the star dessert for your Easter brunch.

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    Easter Lamb Pound Cake

    Easter lamb cake recipe

    The Spruce / Julia Hartbeck

    An adorable cake, this Easter lamb pound cake recipe is incredibly easy. There's no shaping or special baking skills required, you'll simply need a lamb-shaped mold and a box cake mix. Finish it with cream cheese frosting and coconut and it makes a sweet decoration for your dinner table.

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    Florentine Easter Cake

    Florentine Easter Cake
    Tastyart Ltd Rob White / Getty Images

    Creating a beautiful, orange-flavored cake may be easier than you think. Florentine Easter cake is an Italian classic and this particular recipe has been adapted for the average kitchen, requiring just a few standard ingredients. If you want to get fancy, fill it with whipped cream.

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    Argentinian Easter Ring Cake

    Bundt cake and fruit

    Allan Rosenberg / Cole Group / Getty Images

    If you enjoy a New Orleans king cake, you'll love this Argentinian Easter ring cake. The recipe is rather simple and, like babka, it's a leavened cake, giving it a wonderful bread-like texture. It's traditionally topped with pastry cream, cherries, and chocolate eggs, so you can have a lot of fun decorating it.