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  • Overview
  • Our Favorite Easter Recipes
  • Lemon Desserts
  • Coconut Desserts
  • Pistachio Desserts
  • Carrot Cake Desserts
  • Bunnies, Eggs and More
  • Easter Cakes

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Easter Desserts

When it comes to Easter desserts, there really aren’t any hard and fast rules around what should be served. It’s a time of celebration, when multigenerations gather together to rejoice in the holiday and the approaching spring.

 

The main meal is usually anchored by a ham or large platter of lamb or salmon, and sides revolve around new spring vegetables like asparagus and peas. Desserts, however, run the gambit. The most popular options usually focus on a number of choice ingredients: lemon, coconut, carrot, strawberries, nuts, and chocolate. Pick a favorite flavor, then decide which kind of dessert would be best to finish your meal -- something light like a pavlova, mousse, or souffle? Something rich and decadent like a cheesecake or layer cake? Or does design matter most -- perhaps something with a nest on top, or shaped like a bunny?

 

All of these are popular dessert options, including small treats like cookies and cupcakes that are based on larger desserts. Keep in mind that iconic desserts like carrot cakes no longer literally have to be a typical carrot cake -- there are carrot cake cheesecakes, carrot cake sandwich cookies, carrot cake parfaits, etc. Once you’ve decided on a flavor and chosen a style of dessert, the picking should be easy, unless something else too temptingly delicious catches your eye first!

When it comes to Easter desserts, there really aren’t any hard and fast rules around what should be served. It’s a time of celebration, when multigenerations gather together to rejoice in the holiday and the approaching spring.

 

The main meal is usually anchored by a ham or large platter of lamb or salmon, and sides revolve around new spring vegetables like asparagus and peas. Desserts, however, run the gambit. The most popular options...

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recipe

Press this macaroon mixture into mini muffin tins to create bite-size baskets for your favorite Easter candies. For a chocolate version, fill each basket two-thirds full with melted chocolate (we used three ounces total) and let them set before adding candies.

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recipe

Topping cheesecake with shimmering fruit is nothing new, but we spun this one in two fresh directions: We swapped out the expected cherries for ruby-red rhubarb-raspberry gelee, and we baked the whole thing in a 9-by-13-inch pan -- perfect for serving a crowd. It begins with a traditional press-in graham-cracker crust; the layer of creamy filling bakes through quickly and evenly without the usual requisite water bath.

recipe

It’s hard to believe that a dessert this elevated is made from such basic ingredients: sugar, egg whites, and vanilla. It is also a lovely study in contrasts: the delicate, crisp exterior; the ephemeral interior; and here, soft, sweet-tart rhubarb and crunchy pistachios. Happy spring.