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18+ Easter Dessert Recipes - Sally's Baking Addiction

If you’re looking for Easter dessert recipes to serve as the finale at an Easter meal, I have you covered. Light and fresh springtime flavors abound, like lush lemon, fluffy coconut, and juicy berries. And you may be surprised at how easy it is to make homemade Easter chocolates, like these chocolate peanut butter Easter egg candies and chocolate buttercream Easter egg candies.

And if carrot cake is on the menu (a certain somebunny’s favorite!), I have several variations.

collage of Easter desserts including coconut cream pie, Easter cookies, no bake cheesecake, lemon bars, carrot cake, jellybean topped cookies, and coconut cake.

Easter Dessert Ideas

As a published baking cookbook author, I’ve made my fair share of seasonal and holiday treats. I particularly love Easter desserts because they’re filled with fresh flavors, florals, lots of lemon and coconut, plus plenty of pretty pastel colors.

Whether you’re planning an Easter brunch or dinner, my team and I know first-hand that hosting, cooking, and/or baking adds a lot to your plate (literally). Plus, it can feel overwhelming to select a dessert for a holiday! We want to make it easier for you to find dependable recipes that turn out right and always taste delicious.

*On the first try.*

The following list includes some of my highest-rated Easter dessert recipes—from show-stopping cakes to easy kid-approved goodies—each reviewed and loved by bakers around the world. I have a lot of Easter dessert ideas, so hop to it!

My favorite? Easter sugar cookies are always a specialty, and a fun way to spend the afternoon, especially if you have young bakers looking for an activity.

Easter egg sugar cookies

Are you thinking about brunch? My Easter brunch recipes page has all my favorites for the holiday.

Favorite Easter Dessert Recipes

decorated Easter cookies on pink baking sheet including bunnies with marshmallow tails, Easter eggs, and carrots with orange and green icing.

Easter Sugar Cookies

These festive Easter Cookies are soft and buttery with hints of vanilla and almond. Pretty in pastel shades, they’re decorated like PEEPS-inspired bunnies, Easter eggs, and carrots. I have a couple icing recipes you can choose from depending how detailed you want to get with decorating.

slice of carrot cake with cream cheese frosting on a plate

My Favorite Carrot Cake Recipe

This popular carrot cake sets the standard for carrot cakes everywhere. It’s deeply moist, filled with toasted pecans, and topped with classic cream cheese frosting. Most of its flavor comes from brown sugar, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and carrots.

slice of coconut cream pie on a plate

Homemade Coconut Cream Pie

I tested this recipe until it was perfected with a creamy lush coconut filling, crispy pie crust, mounds of sweet whipped cream, and toasted coconut on top. This is so much more than vanilla pudding with coconut!

Slice of lavender butter cake with purple frosting and blackberry jam

Beautiful Blackberry Lavender Cake

Blackberry and lavender flavors come together in this superbly moist and tender blackberry lavender cake. The reverse creaming method guarantees a soft crumb and the lavender milk and soaking syrup promise an aromatic, but not overpowering flavor.

chocolate brownies with coconut cheesecake swirl

Coconut Cheesecake Brownies

These coconut cheesecake brownies combine an easy homemade brownie batter with a coconut cream cheese swirl. They’re the perfect choice if you need a fun & crowd-pleasing brownie recipe! 

Easter cake decorated like a nest with a Bundt cake, coconut, and Easter chocolate egg candies on pink serving dish.

Coconut Easter Nest Cake

This beautiful springtime nest cake is easy enough for cake decorating beginners (and if you have any fledglings in your nest, they love to help). Top the subtly sweet coconut Bundt cake with creamy lemon cream cheese frosting, feathery sweetened coconut, and, of course, plenty of candy-coated chocolate eggs!

Easter jellybeans in sugar cookies

Jellybean Sugar Cookies

You need just 9 easy ingredients to make these soft drop sugar cookies. No rolling pin or cookie cutters required! Press a few jellybeans into the warm cookies after baking for a simple yet festive Easter treat nobunny could resist.

slice of lemon blueberry cake on a plate

Lemon Blueberry Layer Cake

This super popular lemon cake is moist and soft, somewhere between a vanilla layer cake and pound cake. Silky cream cheese frosting is the perfect finishing touch to this zingy blueberry-speckled beauty—it literally tastes like spreadable cheesecake.

squares of Easter bunny bark

Easter Bunny Bark

So much fun for the kids… and adults! If you love Easter candy, and don’t have a lot of time, throw together this simple Easter dessert. No one can resist a taste, trust me.

carrot cake cupcake with cream cheese frosting

Carrot Cake Cupcakes

These carrot cake cupcakes are everything you love about the cake—outstanding spice flavor, super moist crumb, and velvety cream cheese frosting—in a portioned cupcake wrapper!

Lemon meringue pie slice on a silver plate

Classic Lemon Meringue Pie

My lemon meringue pie recipe has a billowy and toasty meringue topping, a balanced sweet/tart lemon filling, and an extra thick and flaky pie crust. I worked on this recipe for a long time, making at least a dozen meringue pies until it was perfect.

chocolate covered peanut butter Easter eggs

Easter Egg Peanut Butter Candies (GF)

Everyone’s favorite dessert flavor combination comes together in these easy no-bake chocolate peanut butter Easter egg candies! They’re like a homemade version of the popular Reese’s Peanut Butter Eggs, only a bit softer and sweeter, which makes the crisp coarse salt on top a wonderful addition.

Easter buttercream chocolate eggs

Easter Egg Buttercream Candies (GF)

A step away from the peanut butter version! You can flavor the buttercream filling with a variety of extracts, or even add shredded coconut. Give them a dunk in chocolate and let each bite completely melt in your mouth.

stack of lemon bars with shortbread crust

Lemon Bars With Shortbread Crust

Learn how to make the BEST lemon bars with a buttery shortbread crust and creamy thick lemon curd filling. Everyone needs this recipe. No need to cook the filling on the stovetop, either.

Coconut cake on a wood and marble cake stand

Fluffy & Moist Coconut Cake

Homemade with love for coconut enthusiasts everywhere, this coconut cake is flavorful, soft, and extra moist. Not a coconut lover? This cake will convert you.

pineapple upside down cake

Pineapple Upside Down Cake

With its caramelized brown sugar fruit topping and soft, buttery cake below, this pineapple upside down cake is a fun retro favorite. The fruit juices seep down into the cake, adding even more luscious flavor and texture.

hands holding a banana cream pie set on a marble countertop.

Homemade Banana Cream Pie

Creamy and smooth from-scratch custard joins bananas, whipped cream, and a buttery flaky pie crust to make one epic banana cream pie. This classic dessert is an excellent make-ahead option because the layered beauty needs to set before garnishing and serving.

strawberry coconut macaroons

Strawberry Coconut Macaroons (GF)

Delicious gluten-free strawberry coconut macaroons are moist and chewy on the inside and slightly crisp around the edges. Speckled pink with fresh, sweet strawberries, these cookies are incredibly easy!

slice of cheesecake swirl carrot Bundt cake

Cheesecake Swirl Carrot Bundt Cake

This carrot Bundt cake is rich, tender, and flavorful just like my original carrot cake recipe, and rippled through each slice is a creamy ribbon of cheesecake. No complicated assembling, piping tips, or frosting techniques required!

Slice of no bake cheesecake with a strawberry on top

Perfect No-Bake Cheesecake Recipe

And 1 more! By following this easy no-bake cheesecake recipe, you’ll be gifted with a smooth, light, and creamy dessert that sets up beautifully in the refrigerator. (Another ideal make-ahead dessert!)

And don’t forget about classic hot cross buns, which can be served any time of day!

Hot cross buns in baking pan

Gluten-Free Easter Dessert Ideas

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