It is safe to say that it does not feel like spring until Easter comes around. And thanks to these Easter dessert recipes, it will taste just like springtime, too. Think lemon, carrots, strawberries, and chocolate... lots and lots of chocolate. The pastel colors and candies will add to those spring vibes, too.
Of course, that does not mean you should ditch the chocolate bunnies, caramel-filled eggs, and marshmallow Peeps. They are classics when it comes to filling Easter baskets, or when you just want to enjoy the holiday.
But if you are anything like me, the start of a new season is pretty inspiring. It gives you the perfect reason to dabble with new ingredients and recipes. In a way, it goes hand in hand with spring cleaning your life around this time of the year. The main difference is that it focuses on your satisfying your belly, something that I can totally get down with.
While you are at it, make an Easter egg project or two. Easter is not Easter without egg decorating, after all. You can even take things up a notch and make recipes with Peeps marshmallows. And once you try a few of these Easter dessert ideas, you will be all set for the most delicious start of spring.
1Easter Basket Cupcakes
This Easter, exercise your creative muscles with Bakerella's Easter basket cupcakes. You can even turn this into a group activity, especially if you have kids.
2Easter Egg Sugar Cookies
Each and every holiday would not be complete without some sugar cookies. To make them just in time for Easter, visit Brown Eyed Baker.
3Bird's Nest Cookies
If you love chocolate-covered pretzels, you'll be all over these "bird's nest" cookies by Wild Amor. They require zero baking time, too.
4Strawberry Coconut Carrot Cake With Mascarpone Buttercream
Savor the best flavors of spring with this strawberry coconut carrot cake by Half Baked Harvest. Also, can we just talk about that mascarpone buttercream?
5Cream Cheese Pound Cake
For a new spin on the classic cheesecake, make a cream cheese pound cake. Brown Eyed Baker has the low down.
6Chocolate Carrot Patch Cupcakes
Easter bunnies wouldn't be complete without their carrots. For another dose of holiday cuteness, check out these chocolate "carrot patch" cupcakes by Baked By Rachel.
7Pink Bunny Pancakes With Strawberry Glaze
These adorable pink bunny pancakes by A Beautiful Mess might be a brunch recipe, but they can totally work as dessert. I mean, how can you say no to strawberry glaze?
8Peeps Chocolate Speckled Easter Eggs
While you can't go wrong with traditional chocolate bunnies, these speckled Easter eggs by Bake.Love.Give. are totally unique. They're excellent for Easter baskets and party favors.
9Chocolate Marbled Italian Easter Bread
Joy The Baker's Italian Easter bread is equal parts pretty and tasty. How can anyone say no to that chocolate marbling?
10Coconut Carrot Cake Cheesecake
This concoction by Half Baked Harvest is the epitome of the tastiest trifecta. It's a mouthwatering way to give a new spin on the average carrot cake and cheesecake.
11Almond Lace Cookies
If you feel like getting fancy, try these almond lace cookies by Brown Eyed Baker. They're lightweight, nutty, and ideal for capping off a filling Easter brunch.
12Easter Candy Bars
For a fool-proof dessert, make these Easter candy bars by A Beautiful Mess. They work well as both finger food and party favors.
13Easter Bunny Cinnamon Rolls
Kids and adults alike will love this clever recipe by Foodie Crush. It can even double as a festive breakfast.
14"Carrot" Easter Pudding Cups
Covered strawberries aren't just for Valentine's Day, people. Visit Dessert Now, Dinner Later to learn how to make these darling "carrot" pudding cups. Use chocolate mousse for an adult-approved version.
15Peeps Jello Shots
OK, these Peeps jello shots by A Beautiful Mess are just too darn cute. It is the perfect way for adults to enjoy some Peeps fun, too.
16Lemon Sugar Cookie Cups With Strawberry Frosting
There's something about lemon and sugar during the spring season. These quintessential flavors work so well for Easter. And thanks to My Baking Addiction, you can combine them to make mini cookie cups complete with strawberry frosting.
17Speckled Easter Egg Cake
If you're planning a big Easter bash, a cake is 100 percent necessary. Instead of making a super basic cake, try this lovely speckled cake idea by A Beautiful Mess.
18Old Fashioned M&M Cookies
When it comes to baked goods, you can't go wrong with classic M&M cookies. Those pastel colors can bring on some serious springtime vibes. Learn how to make them at Bake.Love.Give.
19Golden Oreo Easter Truffles
When you don't want to deal with the oven, there's nothing better than no-bake Oreo truffles. This Easter version by Deliciously Yum only calls for three ingredients. Score.
20Chocolate Mint Macarons
Sweet and charming treats like macarons are a must for an Easter celebration. This version by Bake.Love.Give. features chocolate and mint, one of the most classic flavor combinations out there.
21Nutella Rice Krispie Easter Candy Mashup Brownies
Are you sitting down? This insane recipe by Deliciously Yum has layers of Easter candies, Nutella, and Rice Krispies on top of fudgy brownies. What a time to be alive.