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70 Easter Desserts That Are *Almost* Too Pretty to Eat

Photo: Matt Dutile/Styling: Erin McDowell

You could stuff your face with jellybeans 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 put those ingredients in the spotlight. Here, 70 Easter dessert recipes—from strawberry cupcakes to chocolate candy to carrot cake—that will make your springtime celebration one your guests will never forget. (And if you’re looking for recipes to serve before dessert, we’ve got you covered with these easy Easter brunch ideas, crowd-pleasing dinner recipes and fabulous sides for ham.)

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1. Cardamom Cream-Filled Bundt Cake

Our light-as-air take on classic Swedish semlor.

Photo: Eric Moran/Styling: Erin McDowell

2. No-Bake Coconut Cream Pie

Tell your oven to sit this one out—the fridge and freezer have it covered.

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3. Cheesecake Thumbprint Cookies

Any cookie that comes together in 30 minutes is our kind of cookie.

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4. Gluten-Free Pistachio Apricot Tart

Sweet, tangy and basically born to be Instagrammed.

Erin McDowell

5. Oatmeal Cookie Cream Pies

Your favorite childhood lunchbox snack is all grown up.

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6. Easy Cherry Skillet Cake

Your cast iron skillet guarantees crispy edges and a soft, fluffy center.

Lomelino's Pies: A Sweet Celebration of Pies, Galettes & Tarts

7. Key Lime Pie with Coconut and White Chocolate

The secret to the filling? Greek yogurt and condensed milk.

8. Puff-Pastry Plum and Thyme Galette

Vanilla ice cream is *technically* optional...

Matthew Septimus/Rose's Ice Cream Bliss

9. Lemon Ginger No-Churn Ice Cream

Ice cream machine? Never heard of it.

Ashley Maxwell/Milk Jar Cookies Bakebook

10. Banana Split Cookies

Just like its namesake, from the walnuts to the chocolate chips to the butterscotch.

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11. Cherry Slab Pie

Giant baking sheet > dainty pie plate.

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12. Angel Food Cake

Proof that sometimes, less is more.

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13. Lemon Icebox Cookies

Just roll, chill, slice, bake and devour.

Benito Martin/Always Add Lemon

14. Pineapple and Ginger Upside-Down Cake

Start with the ripest, sweetest pineapple you can find.

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15. Lemon-Blueberry Poke Cake

Aka the easiest way to dress up boxed cake mix.

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16. Carrot Cake Doughnuts with Cream Cheese Glaze

Is it breakfast or dessert? Doesn’t matter: It’s delicious.

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17. Naked Lemon and Olive Oil Layer Cake

There’s just enough frosting to sweeten the deal, but not so much that it becomes cloying.

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18. Strawberry Shortcake Cupcakes

It’s like two desserts in one, and what could be wrong with that?

Erin McDowell

19. Mini Carrot Cakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

Everything can be prepared a day ahead, so assembling them is a breeze.

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20. No-Bake Berry Tiramisu

You don’t even have to turn on the oven. The secret? Store-bought ladyfingers.

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21. 30-Minute Angel Food Cupcakes

It’ll take you less time to make these than it will to find those hidden Easter eggs.

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22. Mini Strawberry Ice-Cream Pies

It looks fancy and everyone will think it took *so* much effort. Don’t tell them the truth.

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23. Lemon Pie with Blueberry Meringue

The topping gets its color from freeze-dried blueberries, just the match for tart lemon filling.

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24. Glazed Blueberry Cake

It takes 40 minutes from start to finish and the leftovers will make a great breakfast.

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25. No-Bake Cheesecake with Raspberry Compote

The lemon zest in the batter is key to keeping this decadent number from tasting too sweet.

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26. Easy Lemon-Hibiscus Layer Cake

If you’re looking for oohs and ahhs, take it a step further with sprinkles or edible flowers.

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27. Lemon Meringue Cookies

There’s a little ray of sunshine in every bite.

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28. Snickerdoodle Chocolate-Chunk Bundt Cake

Which would you rather: a bunch of store-bought Easter candy or a homemade cake that tastes like candy?

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29. Coconut Rice Pudding with Rhubarb Compote

Rhubarb's tart flavor is just the thing to complement creamy rice pudding.

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30. Cheater’s Brioche Buns with Fruity Glaze

No need to stop by that fancy, expensive bakery. You can make the same treats at home.

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31. Muffin-Tin Lemon Meringue Tarts

Fluffy meringue + creamy lemon custard + sugar cookie crust = dessert magic.

32. Cheater’s Mini Rhubarb Galettes

Don’t tell anyone you used pre-made pie dough and they’ll be none the wiser. (Psst: You only need five ingredients.)

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33. Grilled Angel Food Cake with Blueberry Sauce

Store-bought angel food cake gets gussied up with a few simple fixings, and suddenly it’s a fancy dessert.

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34. Strawberry Pie with Strawberry Crust

Enter this pretty-in-pink crowd-pleaser that’ll blow everyone away.

Christopher Hersheimer/Canal House Cook Something

35. Lemon Curd with Whipped Cream

On the other hand, you could whip up a 20-minute classic and still please everyone.

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36. Strawberry, Cardamom and Pistachio Pavlova Bites

They’ll think you’re some kind of fancy pastry chef or something.

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37. No-Bake, Gluten-Free Rose Petal Brownies

Wait, you’re telling us these are gluten-free, vegan and delicious? Believe it, friends.

Mark Roper/So French So Sweet

38. Strawberry Sponge Cake

It’s light, airy and looks like something from The Great British Bake-Off. What’s not to love?

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39. Lemon-Raspberry Whoopie Pies

Make sure you don’t over-bake the cakes, so they can be their softest, most delightful selves.

40. Blueberry, Blackberry and Raspberry Soufflés

The key to a successful soufflé is in the mixing. Don’t overdo it and you’ll be juuust fine.

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41. Easy Nutella Mousse

This is so much better than those mediocre chocolate eggs you’ve been snacking on.

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42. Gluten-Free Lemon-Raspberry Pavlova

It looks decadent but is light enough that you could eat two slices if you wanted. (You’ll want to.)

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43. Chocolate-Stuffed Brownie Bites

A chunk of milk chocolate is pressed into the middle of each of these cuties, because sometimes more really is more.

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44. Grapefruit Meringue Stacks

What looks whimsical and fancy but is actually so simple to make? This guy.

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45. Chocolate Raspberry Fool

If you want to swap the raspberry for strawberry, be our guest. It’ll still take 25 minutes to make.

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46. Easy Chocolate Marshmallow Cups

This beats drugstore candy any day.

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47. Botanical Shortbread Cookies

Match your dessert to your blossoming garden.

Half Baked Harvest

48. Cheesecake Eggs with Shortbread Soldiers

Brunch favorite meets dessert favorite. Bonus: They’re so damn cute.

Sally’s Baking Addiction

49. Easter Egg Sugar Cookies

If you’re more of a traditionalist, festively frosted sugar cookies are always a good idea.

What’s Gaby Cooking

50. Layered Carrot Cake

Keep it simple and frosted or adorn it with elegant edible flowers. Either way, the cream cheese frosting is not optional.

Spoon Fork Bacon

51. White-Chocolate Dipped Butter Cookies

We love the look of candied fruit and pistachios on these simple cookies, but sprinkles would be cute (and kid-friendly) too.

Gimme Some Oven

52. Four-Ingredient Easter Egg Oreo Truffles

Maybe next year, Cadbury eggs.

Sally’s Baking Addiction

53. Coconut Easter Nest Cake

When you cut a slice, the candy eggs will pour out like a piñata.

Half Baked Harvest

54. Coconut Banana Cream Pie Parfaits

Confession: We’d eat these any time of year. But they feel especially appropriate as winter turns to spring.

Spoon Fork Bacon

55. Vanilla-Orange Cupcakes with Matcha Buttercream

Make it festive but also chic.

Two Peas and Their Pod

56. Easter Saltine Toffee

Set this stuff out in a candy dish and watch it disappear.

Broma Bakery

57. Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Sheet Cake

We always had a hunch banana bread would be better with frosting...

Gimme Some Oven

58. Five-Ingredient Lemon Bars

They’re just like the ones your mom used to make, but so much easier.

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59. Lemon-Berry Sheet Pan Trifle

Leave the stuffy crystal trifle bowl to your Aunt Sandy. (After a few mimosas, she won’t even notice.)

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60. Chocolate Chip Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

Name a recipe that cream cheese hasn’t improved. We’ll wait.

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61. Miniature Banoffee Cobblers

Gooey caramel, soft bananas, airy whipped cream and crisp graham cracker crumbles? This will do quite nicely.

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62. Berry Galette

A galette is just a freeform pie, so it’s easy to assemble and bake—even if you’re having company.

Sally's Baking Addiction

63. Easter Egg Buttercream Candies

Experiment by swapping the vanilla extract in the recipe for other flavors, like coffee or peanut butter.

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64. Meyer Lemon Loaf Cake

Swap the Meyer lemons for easier-to-find regular lemons and you’re in business.

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65. Watercolor Doughnuts

We’ve moved on from coloring eggs. We’re coloring doughnuts now.

Charlotte Bland/La Vita e Dolce

66. Little Jam Flower Cookies

These simple cookies scream spring. Fill them with fruit jam or Nutella.

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67. Gluten-Free Ricotta Cheesecake

Inspired by Polish sernik. Pro tip: Smother it in caramel or berry compote.

Photo/Styling: Katherine Gillen

68. Upside-Down Mini Lemon Meringue Pies

The sweet-and-salty graham cracker crumble tastes like pie crust, but is way less fussy.

Photo/Styling: Katherine Gillen

69. Berries and Cream Cookies

The secret to the dough's blush color is freeze-dried raspberries.

Aran Goyoaga/Cannelle et Vanille Bakes Simple

70. Aran Goyoaga’s Glazed Lemon, Yogurt and Olive Oil Pound Cake

Whether you serve it for brunch or dessert, drench it in lemon glaze.