Berry Lemonade BarsGuests will swoon when you send them home with these pretty treats. The strawberry version is sweet and rosy pink; the raspberry version, deeper mauve and tart. The lemon variation is straight-up puckery perfection. We mix the filling together just before the crust comes out of the oven and then pour it onto the hot crust so that it sets quickly.
Bunny Cookie CupcakesKids will love decorating these simple bunny cupcakes. Start with boxed or grocery store cupcakes then decorate each with vanilla frosting, green coconut, and bunnie cookies. Kneading together refrigerated sugar cookie dough and flour make it easer to cut out the bunny shapes.
Easter Egg CookiesUse this easy, low-fat sugar cookie recipe anytime you want to break out the cookie cutters and have fun in the kitchen. Involve the children by letting them cut out simple shapes like eggs or try other designs like bunnies and flowers. Arrange the cookies in a basket for a festive (and edible) centerpiece.
Easter CookiesTry this Easter dessert with a simple five-ingredient dough that can be made up to three days ahead and stored in the fridge. Break out the cookie cutters and let the children create flowers, bunnies, and eggs. The decorated cookies also double as an attractive table decoration.
Coconut Nest CookiesThese coconut nest cookies are basically vanilla meringues made with sweetened, shredded dried coconut. Make a shallow depression in the center of each cookie before baking, then fill with jelly beans or other Easter candy once the meringues have cooled.
Lemon Cloud with Strawberry-Mint CompoteA homemade lemon curd adds bright flavor to the soufflé and perfectly complements the mint and strawberry compote. Enjoy while strawberries are ripe, or substitute any seasonal berry during the rest of the year.
Candy Butterfly CupcakesThese cupcakes are so cute, they'll fly right off the plate!
Five-Spice Toasted-Coconut Cake Roll with Tropical Fruit CompoteFreshly-baked angel food cake rolls easily when still warm. Simply spread with slightly-thawed sorbet, then freeze for at least one hour. To prepare in advance for Easter, make the cake up to two days ahead, then mix the compote about 20 minutes before serving.
Pink Grapefruit CupcakesBake these bright and flavorful cupcakes in advance so they have time to cool before you frost them.
Easter Egg KaleidoscopesMake a sugary (and edible!) table setting with Easter eggs featuring windows of tiny icing animals and candy blossoms. Royal icing performs double-duty in this recipe, acting as a "glue" to hold the sugar egg halves together as well as decorative décor around the edges of the windows.
Raspberry Sorbet and Meringue SandwichesServe "finger sandwiches" of airy meringue cookies and tart raspberry sorbet. Divide the egg white mixture into rectangles before baking, then spread with the sorbet and freeze for about four hours before slicing into triangles.
Lemon Velvet TartDazzle your taste buds with the vibrant flavor of lemon and creamy white chocolate in this easy citrus tart. Simple-to-make Caramelized Sugar Spirals add to an impressive presentation. The secret: crushed lemon candies.
Teapot CakeMake a cake that doubles as a centerpiece. Bake two small pound cakes and stack to create the base, then decorate with fondant to create a spout, handle, daisies, butterflies, and anything else "Spring" you can think of. Decorating can take some time, but the result is well worth the effort.
Spring's Little CakesThese fun and festive little cakes are perfect for those with little hands. Create fun shapes and have kids decorate them for a fun and festive treat.
Banana-Raspberry Cake with Lemon FrostingMashed ripe bananas mixed into the batter make this cake extra moist. The cream cheese icing, flavored with lemon zest and vanilla extract, serves as the base layer for the fresh raspberry filling and the outer frosting.
Buttery Pound CakeToast slices of rich, buttery pound cake and serve with fresh berries, a scoop of vanilla ice cream, and a drizzle of chocolate sauce for a simple dessert that's packed with bright Spring flavor.
Strawberry-Sugar Biscuit TrifleServe a dish that's as pretty as it is tasty. Layer Sugar Biscuits, brushed with orange liqueur, with strawberry halves and Trifle Custard in a large glass bowl. Garnish with mint leaves for an extra pop of Spring.
Double Citrus TartA sweet crust made from gingersnap cookies, brown sugar, and ground cinnamon perfectly holds the tart filling in this citrus dessert. The recipe calls for frozen orange juice concentrate, which adds a burst of bright flavor without extra ingredients. Chill for at least four hours, or overnight, to set.
Show-Stopping Easter Desserts