I know it’s too early for asparagus, at least in New York, but I’m tired…
If you’re looking for ideas to complete your Easter menu, we have you covered with dozens of Easter recipes. Most of these are desserts and brunch dishes, but we include some favorite dinners and sides as well. No matter the holiday or occasion, hosting, cooking, and/or baking adds a lot to your plate (literally), so we want to make it easier for you to find dependable recipes that turn out right, satisfy, and always taste delicious. The following list includes some of our highest rated recipes, each reviewed and loved by bakers around the world.
Whether you need an option for Easter brunch, Easter dinner, or a delightful Easter dessert, you’ll find it here. Let’s begin with dessert. Naturally.
Favorite Easter Recipes
1. Carrot Cake
This carrot cake recipe sets the standard for carrot cakes everywhere. It’s deeply moist and filled with toasted pecans. Most of its flavor comes from brown sugar, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and carrots. Or try pineapple carrot cake or even this carrot cake loaf.
2. Lemon Meringue Pie
With a delicious homemade pie crust, tart and smooth lemon filling, and a fluffy toasted meringue topping, this lemon meringue pie is impossible to resist.
4. Coconut Easter Nest Cake
This coconut Easter nest cake is always a fun Easter dessert. It’s customizable meaning you can use any of your favorite bundt cake recipes or even this homemade pound cake. We give a lot of flavor options in the post.
5. Pistachio Cake
6. Festive Easter Sugar Cookies
7. Homemade Easter Candy
8. Coconut Cream Pie
Nothing compares to rich and creamy coconut cream pie piled with whipped cream. This recipe is the best way we know how to make it!
9. Carrot Cake Cupcakes
Moist and flavorful, these coconut-ty carrot cake cupcakes are a favorite miniature version of Easter’s favorite cake.
10. Hummingbird Cakes
Made with pineapple, banana, cinnamon, brown sugar, and pecans, this hummingbird cake is absolutely PACKED with flavor.
11. Lemon Blueberry Layer Cake
Consistently the most popular cake recipe, lemon blueberry layer cake has been a personal favorite for years. Or you could make this lemon coconut cake. Want cupcakes instead? Here are my favorite lemon cupcakes.
12. Jellybean Sugar Cookies
These jellybean sugar cookies are chewy, soft, and very easy to throw together!
13. Fresh Fruit Tart
A classic beauty, this fresh fruit tart is filled with vanilla mascarpone cream and decorated with plenty of fresh fruit. For something similar using a sugar cookie base, you’ll enjoy this fruit pizza.
14. Vanilla Naked Cake
If you want to make a fancy looking cake for Easter without a ton of fancy work, make a naked cake. This style has been popular for a few years. We love it because it’s always so pretty to serve, but requires minimal decoration. Our fresh berry cream cake is similar.
15. Pineapple Coconut Cake
This pineapple coconut cake is supremely moist and pillow soft with extra coconut packed in each bite. Homemade pineapple curd adds another layer of sweet tropical flavor inside. We have a regular coconut cake recipe, too.
16. Lemon Pudding Cakes
17. Caramelized Banana Pudding
This caramelized banana pudding is made with layers of brown sugar caramelized bananas and from-scratch pudding. I’ve never witnessed ANYONE stopping at just 1 serving.
18. Pineapple Upside Down Cake
This pineapple upside down cake is soft and buttery with a caramelized brown sugar pineapple & cherry topping. We keep it retro style (like grandma made it!) using canned pineapple and maraschino cherries.
19. Chocolate Caramel Coconut Cupcakes
20. Angel Food Cake
Using only 6 ingredients, this perfect angel food cake bakes up tall, light, and wonderfully airy. Follow the recipe and video tutorial closely for best results.
21. A Perfect Quiche
I suppose we can’t only eat dessert on Easter Sunday. Or can we? Make this cheesy spinach quiche or try my goat cheese spinach & sun-dried tomato quiche. Don’t forget to par-bake pie crust. See my basic and detailed quiche recipe for more add-ins and flavors.
22. Biscuit Breakfast Casserole
This biscuit breakfast casserole is like a sausage, egg, and cheese biscuit sandwich all IN ONE DISH.
23. Lemon Blueberry Scones
This is my go-to scone recipe packed with blueberries and topped with sweet lemon icing. These lemon blueberry scones are crumbly, yet moist and perfect for Easter brunch, tea parties, bridal showers, Mother’s Day, and more.
24. Blueberry French Toast Casserole
This blueberry French toast casserole can be prepped the night before so there’s little work on Easter morning.
25. Cinnamon Rolls
This recipe yields a pan of buttery soft, gooey cinnamon sweet, and extra fluffy homemade cinnamon rolls topped with tangy cream cheese icing. You can start them the night before so the morning is a breeze. You could also try these easy cinnamon rolls, which only require 1 rise.
26. Spinach & Bacon Strata
This spinach and bacon breakfast strata is another convenient make-ahead option. Use crusty day-old bread so each bite is chewy and textured (not flat and spongey). We also love this ham & cheese strata too!
27. Cinnamon Roll Cake
Learn how to make a giant cinnamon roll cake using an easy 7 ingredient homemade dough and swirling it into one large cake. No one can ever resist it. That’s a guarantee.
28. Crumb Cake
This is mega buttery and moist New York-style crumb cake has EXTRA brown sugar cinnamon crumb topping. You aren’t seeing things– the crumb topping is just as thick as the cake layer.
29. Raspberry Twist Bread
This raspberry twist bread comes together with a rich brioche-style dough and raspberry jam. The simple way we twist up the dough gives us multiple buttery flaky layers. It’s always pretty to serve, too!
30. Buttermilk Waffles
Just in case you need a classic on the Easter brunch table, these buttermilk waffles are delightfully crisp on the outside and light-as-air on the inside.
31. Flakiest Biscuits Ever
These biscuits require only 6 simple ingredients. They’re mega flaky and ready in about 35 minutes. If you ever need a quick (but always crowd-pleasing) bread side dish, serve these biscuits.
32. Fresh Berry Quinoa Salad
It wouldn’t be spring without fresh sides along with our meals. This berry quinoa salad has a lot of texture and plenty of fresh flavor. Something new in each bite!
33. Dinner Rolls
34. Hot Cross Buns
Learn how to make perfect hot cross buns using this spiced dough. Brown sugar, raisins or currants, butter, and vanilla add exceptional flavor and each bun is marked with a traditional cross.
35. Green Bean Casserole
From-scratch green bean casserole is creamy, rich, and full of fresh green beans. It’s our family’s favorite and welcome at any brunch or dinner, especially on a holiday.
36. Creamy Strawberry Feta Pasta Salad
Another side dish for brunch or supper, this creamy strawberry feta pasta salad has the works and includes a recipe for homemade poppy seed dressing.
37. Walnut Crusted Chicken
This walnut crusted chicken is always a special meal. We prepare it at least once every spring season and when we’re not in the mood for ham, we make it for Easter supper alongside green beans, fresh salad, and biscuits.
38. Company-Worthy Macaroni & Cheese
There are so many ways to make mac & cheese, but this creamy macaroni and cheese recipe is our favorite. It’s extra cheesy with a little bacon and garlicky spinach. Simply put– it’s a classic that always impresses.
39. Strawberry Bacon Salad
This strawberry bacon salad is our go-to salad for special meals. It combines crunchy greens, crisp bacon, fresh strawberries, your choice of cheese (we love it with blue cheese), and an unforgettable honey balsamic vinaigrette.
40. Lemon Herb Salmon
I call this lemon salmon the “I must be doing something wrong” meal because it’s so simple that you’ll second guess the recipe. Ha! It’s fuss-free and quick, but tastes remarkable– a combination that’s always appreciated on a holiday.