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You could stuff your face with chocolate eggs all weekend long (hey, no judgment), but along with Easter comes new seasonal produce and fresh flavors, and it would be a shame not to let those ingredients shine. Here, 65 Easter dessert recipes—from strawberry cupcakes to chocolate candy to carrot cake—that will make your springtime celebration. Looking for recipes to serve before dessert? We've got you covered with these easy Easter brunch ideas and fabulous sides for ham.
Our light-as-air take on classic Swedish semlor.
Tell your oven to sit this one out—the fridge and freezer have it covered.
Any cookie that comes together in 30 minutes is our kind of cookie.
Sweet, tangy and basically born to be Instagrammed.
Your favorite childhood lunchbox snack is all grown up.
Your cast-iron skillet guarantees crispy edges and a soft, fluffy center.
The secret to the filling? Greek yogurt and condensed milk.
Vanilla ice cream is *technically* optional...
Ice cream machine? Never heard of it.
Just like its namesake, from the walnuts to the chocolate chips to the butterscotch.
Giant baking sheet > dainty pie plate.
Proof that sometimes, less is more.
Just roll, chill, slice, bake and devour.
Start with the ripest, sweetest pineapple you can find.
Aka the easiest way to dress up boxed cake mix.
Is it breakfast or dessert? Doesn’t matter: It’s delicious.
There’s just enough frosting to sweeten up this tender, moist cake, but not so much that it becomes cloying.
It’s like two desserts in one, and what could be wrong with that?
Everything can be prepared a day ahead, so assembling them is a breeze.
You don’t even have to turn on the oven. The secret? Store-bought ladyfingers.
It’ll take you less time to make these than it will to find those hidden Easter eggs.
It looks fancy and everyone will think it took *so* much effort. Don’t tell them the truth.
The topping gets its color from freeze-dried blueberries, just the match for tart lemon filling.
It takes 40 minutes from start to finish and any leftovers will make a great breakfast. (Not that we would know or anything.)
The lemon zest in the batter is key to keeping this decadent number from tasting too sweet.
If you’re looking for oohs and ahhs, take it a step further with sprinkles or edible flowers.
There’s a little ray of sunshine in every bite.
Which would you rather: a bunch of store-bought Easter candy or a homemade cake that tastes like candy?
Rhubarb's tart flavor is just the thing to complement creamy rice pudding.
No need to stop by that fancy, expensive bakery. You can make the same treats at home.
Fluffy meringue + creamy lemon custard + sugar cookie crust = dessert magic.
Don’t tell anyone you used pre-made pie dough and they’ll be none the wiser. (Psst: You only need five ingredients.)
Store-bought angel food cake gets gussied up with a few simple fixings, and suddenly it’s a fancy dessert.
Enter this pretty-in-pink dessert that’ll blow everyone away. Worth the effort? We think so.
On the other hand, you could whip up a 20-minute classic and still please everyone.
They’ll think you’re some kind of fancy pastry chef or something.
Wait, you’re telling us these are gluten-free, vegan, sugar-free and delicious? How is this possible?
It’s light and airy and looks like something from The Great British Bake-Off. What’s not to love?
Make sure you don’t over-bake the cakes, so they can be their softest, most delightful selves.
The key to a successful soufflé is in the mixing. Don’t overdo it and you’ll be juuust fine.
This is so much better than those mediocre chocolate eggs you’ve been snacking on.
It looks decadent but is light enough that you could eat two slices if you wanted. (You’ll want to.)
A chunk of milk chocolate is pressed into the middle of each of these cuties, because sometimes more really is more.
What looks whimsical and fancy but is actually so simple to make? This guy.
If you want to swap the raspberry for strawberry, be our guest. It’ll still take 25 minutes to make.
This beats drugstore candy any day.
Match your dessert to your blossoming garden.
Brunch favorite meets dessert favorite. Bonus: They’re so damn cute.
If you’re more of a traditionalist, festively frosted sugar cookies are always a good idea.
Keep it simple and frosted or adorn it with elegant edible flowers. Either way, the cream cheese frosting is not optional.
We love the look of candied fruit and pistachios on these simple cookies, but sprinkles would be cute (and kid-friendly) too.
Maybe next year, Cadbury eggs.
When you cut a slice, the candy eggs will pour out like a piñata.
Confession: We’d eat these any time of year. But they feel especially appropriate as winter turns to spring.
Make it festive but also chic.
Set this stuff out in a candy dish and watch it disappear. Everyone will be in disbelief when they learn how easy it was to make.
We always had a hunch banana bread would be better with frosting...
They’re just like the ones your mom used to make, but so much easier.
Leave the stuffy crystal trifle bowl to your Aunt Sandy. (After a few mimosas, she won’t even notice.)
Name a recipe that cream cheese hasn’t improved. We’ll wait.
Gooey caramel, soft bananas, airy whipped cream and crisp graham cracker crumbles? This will do quite nicely.
A galette is just a freeform pie, so it’s easy to assemble and bake—even if you’re having company.
Experiment by swapping the vanilla extract in the recipe for other flavors, like coffee or peanut butter.
Swap the Meyer lemons for easier-to-find regular lemons and you’re in business.
We’ve moved on from coloring eggs. We’re coloring doughnuts now.
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