With Easter so close at hand, if you’re hosting, you should be gathering together your recipes, making lists, and heading out to shop for ingredients. But if you still find yourself scratching your head about desserts, not to worry, we’ve compiled a list of some of the best desserts to serve on your Easter Sunday.
Nothing says Easter like a nest full of colored eggs! Although this looks like a work of art, this nest, made from frosting, isn’t just for decoration; it’s for consumption, feeding 10-12 people. But only after a bit of work in the kitchen; you’ll need three and half hours (or even overnight, if you can, for chilling) from start to finish to put this one together, which involves not only baking the cake, but also cooking the frosting. The ingredients used are all standard, although you do want to be sure to get unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa, as natural cocoa powder is not comparable and will not yield the same results. This particular recipe is a bit extensive and may not be for novice bakers, but as you can see, the results are stunning and well worth it!
If you are looking for desserts that are little less labor-intensive and hands-on, these Easter Sugar Cookies are it! Not to mention that this recipe will go quite a long way as far as servings, since it yields about 48 cookies. Just keep in mind that there is a chilling portion to this recipe (three hours), so they may not be as quick as they seem if you are planning on doing everything the day of. The addition of cream cheese in the batter gives a richer flavor and density and may even negate the need for frosting the cookies in the end. If you don’t already have one on hand (or are not a natural artist), make sure you’ve got a nice bunny-shaped cookie cutter@
While not technically Easter-themed, this pound cake still has the sweetness and coloring of your favorite springtime desserts. Plus, the preparation and cook time on this treat is significantly less than some of our other options, at about an hour and a half. On top of that, you should be able to feed about 16 hungry guests with this cake, or less if you are heavier on slicing. While the recipe calls for 7-Up, feel free to use your favorite lemon-lime soft drink.
Nothing is more debatable around Easter than Peeps; you either love them or hate them, there really is no in between. But for this recipe, no debate is needed. These Peeps are actually lemon, much more of a crowd pleaser. (And if it’s not for your particular guests, make sure to have real Peeps on hand). Loaded with lemon juice and lemon zest, lovers of sour will rejoice! Prep and cook time is average at two hours, and this recipe makes eight bars. Just don’t forget the chocolate chips for eyes! For fun, you can let your guests guess what they are made out of before they taste!
Carrot cake is one of those traditional desserts that you can almost never go wrong with serving, no matter the holiday or time of year. This recipe is relatively short at an hour and 45 minutes and depending on how you slice, expect to get 8-10 pieces from the cake. You’ll use all the basic baking ingredients, with the star of the show being grated carrots, of course. And while the listed icing is homemade, it’s an extremely simple one; you’d really have to try hard to mess it up!
Hopefully some of these delightful Easter dessert recipes are up right up your alley, but if not, there are a ton more mouth-watering ones out there!