The tradition of filling Easter baskets with sweet treats comes from the Christian tradition of fasting and giving up certain delicious treats during Lent. Easter is celebrated right as Lent ends so it is customary to gift baskets of chocolates and other sweets to the children, while the adults enjoy their own array of sweets. Adults also get in on the action by indulging in all the luscious food they gave up while fasting during Lent. The Easter bunny has since become a symbol of renewal and celebration by bringing these treats to the kids and adults alike. Children wait in wonder to meet the Easter bunny and adults wait to sneak a treat or two from candy-filled Easter baskets.
Check out some of our favorite Easter treats from festive Easter egg-shaped chocolates to a whole cake shaped like an Easter bunny, you can't go wrong with making one or more of these Easter desserts. And, don't forget your friends with dietary specifications, we have plenty of vegan recipes that even the carnivores will swoon over.
These cute and crafty Easter sweets blow store-bought candy out of the water! Featuring impressive arrays of color and plenty of bunny and egg likenesses, this list is an overdose of adorableness, with a mix of make-with-the-kids recipes and intricate creations that require a more practiced hand. No matter how you celebrate Easter, we've got something in here for you!
These marbled Easter egg truffles can be made with white, milk, or dark chocolate according to your preferences. The gorgeous marbled effect will make you look like a pro, but it's easier than it looks—even your kids can help prepare the swirly candy coating.
These cute little eggs made of Rice Krispy treats are another kid-friendly project. You can use sprinkles to create a rainbow of colors, and they look delightful when placed inside a decorated egg carton. Consider wrapping them in decorative bags and gifting them to all of your guests as Easter party favors that they can take home and enjoy later.
Yes, it's another egg-shaped treat! These are a great dupe for Reese's Peanut Butter Eggs, made even better with colorful sprinkles and a dark chocolate coating. Get the kids in the kitchen to help make these chocolatey treats. Little hands will love dipping these eggs in chocolate and then decorating them with sprinkles.
Lemon Angel Cake is the light and fluffy, super citrusy cake that your Easter dessert table craves. Dive into this creamy, dreamy delight and enjoy all the bright flavors of spring. Perfect as the centerpiece of your dessert table, this more elegant dessert is sure to be enjoyed by kids and adults alike.
This rustic Strawberry Galette recipe is perfect for showcasing those fresh, ripe strawberries that are in season during the springtime. Serve this recipe as is at your Easter brunch or lunch, after your Easter dinner, or a la mode for an extra decadent treat any time of the day. This recipe gets its rustic charm from its free-formed crust and its bold strawberry flavor from the season's best, fresh strawberries.
These Easter bunny pretzels from The Decorated Cookie are so easy, all you need is candy melts, mini pretzels, and a bit of food coloring or food pens. We love these as an easy craft to make with the kids—plus it's a nice combination of salty and sweet! Make several of these poppable treats and package them in gift bags to pass out to all your guests as they leave your festive Easter party.
This s'mores dip is transformed into a beautiful rainbow by using peeps of all different colors. It's less messy than s'mores, but just as fun and delicious, making this a treat that's great for the whole family. Get the kids in the kitchen to line up the little Peeps according to color in the pan, so that they can show off their cooking and color skills.
Could these cupcakes be any cuter? Take your favorite Easter candy up a notch by embedding it inside a chocolate cupcake, then topping it with white and yellow frostings that mimic a beautiful, sunny-side-up egg. These are perfect for sharing with any friends, family, or coworkers that you're looking to impress, but me sure to make plenty—they'll go fast!
Carrot cake is naturally the perfect cake for Easter dessert. Well, this carrot layer cake isn't your average carrot cake—it's better. With layers of carrot cake, cheesecake, milk crumbs, graham crust, and graham frosting, this cake is to. die. for. It takes a little work, but it is worth every ounce of effort that goes into it, and just think of how dreamy it will look as an Easter dessert table centerpiece.
The carrot cake above has only one flaw, and that is of course that it does not have an adorable bunny face. This Easter bunny cake is almost too cute to eat...though we think you'll be able to manage it when you realize how good it tastes. This recipe is easy and produces the cutest Easter centerpiece that all of your guests will be raving about all year long.
This beautiful cake is another great way to incorporate peeps into your Easter menu! Using chocolate chips and bright yellow peeps, it's surprisingly easy to make this basic chocolate cake into a big blooming sunflower. Perfect for any spring celebration, this recipe is bold and bright, and perfect for your Easter celebration.
Finally, something for those who want a little less sweet in their Easter treats: This traditional Italian Easter bread has a light sweetness without being overpowering. Plus, the kids will love dropping sprinkles all over the finished product. Serve this traditional bread as a dessert, a sweet treat at your Easter brunch, or just anytime you need a little bite of fresh carbs.
Moist Coconut Cake is easily the best way to finish your Easter feast. This traditional dessert hails from the South and is guaranteed to give you sweet dreams after all of your Easter festivities. Filled with the bright flavors of rich coconut and cream, this cake is always a good idea at any festive celebration.
Whether you're vegan or not, these vanilla cream-filled chocolate Easter egg candies are going to quickly become your new favorite treat. Filled with the rich flavors of real chocolate and fresh vanilla-infused cream these make great party favors when wrapped in decorative bags or boxes. And, you can make them in other shapes and eat them year-round, you're welcome.
Vegan Chocolate Cake is the richly dense, full-flavored chocolate cake that all the chocolate-lovers you know will swoon over. Serve this recipe as is or a la mode for an extra special Easter treat. Garnish with freshly whipped cream and fresh seasonal berries for an added touch of tastiness and elegance.
Oreo Dirt Pie is the fun and delicious Oreo-infused, creamy pudding pie that will pair perfectly with all of your Easter treats. All the cake really needs is a couple of friendly Peeps or marshmallow bunnies hopping around the fresh strawberries. The kids are really going to love helping out in the kitchen with this recipe and they will get a kick out of crushing the Oreos into sweet cookie dirt.
What's your favorite Easter sweet? Let us know in the comments! And if you're looking for more Easter recipes, check out our posts on Easter Brunch Munches, Easter Desserts, Easter Eggs, the Best Easter Dinner, Traditional Easter Breads, and Crock Pot Lamb. Happy Munching!