15+ Kid-Friendly Easter Desserts
From roasted leg of lamb to fancy-looking deviled eggs, the Easter meal can sometimes seem a little unapproachable for the youngest at the table. This year, take it easy on the dessert and introduce kids to the kitchen with these fun Easter treats. Little ones will love helping out with measuring, mixing, and then getting to enjoy the pastel-colored, often chocolate-covered "fruits" of their labor.
Fill your basket with homemade Easter treats. This bark is super easy to make and fun to prepare with kids. Because you melt the chocolate in the microwave, the recipe is a fun way to get kids involved with cooking, plus they'll love making the rainbow swirls! Don't forget the edible glitter for decoration.
Easter Basket Cake
Gather the kids around the kitchen table to decorate an Easter basket cake that's as fun to make as it is to show off to guests. Pirouette wafer cookies line the sides of the cake to create a basket effect, while colored coconut flakes mimic the vibrant, lush "grass." With the help of convenience items like store-bought cake mixes and frosting, you cut down on your prep time to leave you with more time for the fun part: arranging the final fixings on your layered cake. For the layers, use whatever flavor of cake you like best; we opted for two layers of carrot cake and two layers of yellow cake. This flexible Easter cake recipe gives you complete creative freedom to dream up the ultimate Easter wonderland.
Easter Candy Snack Cake
Easter Candy Snack Cake Recipe
Kids will love these brightly colored snack cakes. Be sure to let little ones help scatter the Easter candies across the top before baking, and to help drizzle the melted white chocolate before serving.
Bunny Face Cupcakes
Decorate store-bought cupakes for Easter by making cute bunny faces with marshmallows, coconut, pretzels, and an assortment of candy.
Crispy Easter Nests
Greet your Easter guests with pint-sized crisp rice cereal treats. Place them at each spot around the lunch table or wrap them up as a dessert-to-go at the end of the afternoon. The green food dye transforms flake coconut into mock "grass" for your edible Easter basket.
Bird's Nest Cake
This uber-cute Peeps cake is easier to make than it looks. Bake and frost a layer cake of your choice, then add yellow candy-coated chocolate balls and yellow and white sprinkles around the edges. Stick a toothpick into the bottom of each Peep and arrange as shown in center of cake. For the finish touch, create a "nest" out of purple and yellow licorice and place on top of Peeps.
Sweet Li'l Bunny Cupcakes
Sweet Li'l Bunny Cupcakes Recipe
Perfect for Easter or a spring-themed birthday party for a bunny lover, these cupcakes are (almost!) too cute to eat. Look for bunny candies in kitchen stores or by special order.
Carrot Easter Cake
It's not Easter without a themed cake! Rather than deal with a fussy animal-shaped pan, bake two round cake layers with an 8-inch diameter and let a little food styling and frosting do the work. You can use a box cake mix make a favorite recipe from scratch, depending on the level of effort you want to put in. This method can also be used for the Easter Egg Cake and Easter Bunny Cake.
3-Ingredient S'mores Peepza
3-Ingredient S'mores Peepza Recipe
Peeps, Nutella, and a refrigerated pizza crust come together for a jaw-dropping pastel masterpiece.
Bunny Cookie Cupcakes
Make a batch of bunny-shaped cookies and use them to decorate the tops of store-bought cupcakes for a festive Easter dessert.
Easter Egg Cookies
Kids will love helping decorate these gorgeous Easter egg cookies. Use egg-shaped cookie cutters, then tint the frosting the color of your choice. Snip the end off of a Ziplock bag for a DIY pastry bag, and pipe the frosting onto the cookies.
Dip Peeps in melted chocolate and decorate with sprinkles for a super-easy and fun treat to make with your kids this Easter.
Easter-Egg Shortbread Cookies
Easter-Egg Shortbread Cookies Recipe
Baking shortbread is easy as pie. 5 ingredients and a homemade batch of royal icing are all you need to bake and decorate these cookies, making them an idea kid-friendly Easter treat. Be sure to allow plenty of time for dough to chill—at least one hour, or up to three days.
Deviled Cadbury Eggs
This sweet snack utilizes a classic Easter candy to create a fun riff on a classic Easter appetizer. The filling for these "deviled eggs" consists of the Cadbury cream center mixed with cream cheese and freshly whipped cream; pipe the airy mixture back into the hollow chocolate egg halves and dust with fine red "paprika" sprinkles.
Coconut Nest Cookies
Sweetened, shredded coconut and a splash of rum give these Easter-themed meringue "nest" cookies a tropical flair. Fill with egg-shaped candies or jelly beans.
Pecan Shortbread Easter Cookies
Pecan Shortbread Easter Cookies Recipe
Fill your Easter baskets with our homemade buttery Pecan Shortbread Easter Cookies. Make these goodies extra special with royal icing, decorating to resemble your favorite bunny, chick, flower, or Easter eggs.
Layered Peeps Crispy Treats
Layered Peeps Crispy Treats Recipe
These colorful bars are an Easter-themed twist on traditional Rice Krispie treats. Use any four colors of Peeps that you prefer, or double up on two colors for a half-and-half combo.
3 Ingredient Easter Cookies
3 Ingredient Easter Cookies Recipe
These Easter cookies feel festive, but you only need a handful of ingredients that you've already got on hand.
Easter Egg Cake
It's not Easter without a themed cake! Rather than deal with a fussy animal-shaped pan, bake two round cake layers with an 8-inch diameter and let a little food styling and frosting do the work. You can use a box cake mix make a favorite recipe from scratch, depending on the level of effort you want to put in. This method can also be used for the Carrot Easter Cake and Easter Bunny Cake.