It’s almost Easter, and I suspect that many of you, like me, have been searching Pinterest for the sure way to impress your family and friends with the perfect Easter dinner. Your hopes are high, and your stress levels are even higher, as you choose your menu and select a tablescape.
You’ve decided that you will hand paint the Easter eggs for a more striking center piece. You’ll pass around a tray of French macarons in assorted colors after the meal, but there’s just one problem. You can’t paint, and the last time you made macarons, the egg whites deflated and they looked nothing like the ones you’ve seen on line.
If that’s not you, I apologize, but the plan I described is would definitely present a problem for me. I’m not an artist, so hand painting the eggs wouldn’t have them looking anything like the bowl above, and macarons require a delicate hand and are a bit time consuming. I’m not criticizing anyone who has the ability to hand paint eggs and make perfect macarons. I’m just saying that I’m not that person, and I’m probably not alone.
Having made that disclosure, I wanted to help with some ideas for simple desserts that can be made ahead of time that won’t increase your stress levels. Holiday’s are supposed to be about spending time together with family, and celebrating. They shouldn’t make you crazy. According to my family I’m already crazy, so I should have said they shouldn’t make you crazier.
What are some of my suggestions for simpler Easter desserts?
Cookies can be a perfect dessert as well as a great addition to Easter baskets.
I realize that most cookies aren’t glamorous, except for the macaron, but sugar cookies are easy to prepare and can be made a couple of days ahead of time to decrease the workload you will have on Easter as you prepare an entire meal. If you have, or are hosting, children, cookies are always well received. I’ve even been known to stick some cute cookies into Easter baskets.
One of the easiest solutions is to whip up a batch of sugar cookies and decorate them. You can even give yourself permission to “cheat” and use a mix to prepare your cookies.
My favorite way to decorate them is with royal icing as with these
Easter Egg Sugar Cookies from Ahead of Thyme. I prefer royal icing because no matter how I stack the cookies, the frosting doesn’t get messed up, and since my children like to help with plating the cookies, accidents sometimes happen.
If you’re not a huge fan of royal icing, you can decorate cookies with buttercream frosting instead as with these cookies from Beyond Frosting. She also has a separate tutorial loaded with tips for decorating sugar cookies with buttercream frosting. A simpler way to get cute Easter cookies is to use a powdered sugar glaze and sprinkles to decorate your cookies as with these Italian Easter Egg cookies from Cooking with Nonna.
Anyone who has been coming to Patty Cake’s Pantry for a while will know that I love cake mix cookies because of their simplicity. Adding pastel colored m&m’s to a yellow cake mix cookie instantly creates an Easter cookie with minimal effort. If you want to make a lot of different cookies for a cookie platter, it’s possible to make 15 dozen cookies in about 2 hours using cake mixes as the cookie base.
If you’re still looking for more Easter Cookie Recipes, check out these collections:
- 15+ Easter Easy Easter Cookies from Delish
- 19 Super-Cute Easter Cookies from Woman’s Day
- 17 Truly Exceptional Easter Cookie Recipes from Martha Stewart
- 28 Recipes for Easter Cookies from Taste of Home
- 20 Cute Easter Cookies from Good Housekeeping.
No Bake Cookies are an excellent choice, too.
Since holidays at Patty Cake’s Pantry frequently mean that there will be copious amounts of baked food, the idea of a dessert that doesn’t require baking is very appealing, so we’ve gathered a trio of No Bake Cookies.
Chocolate rice cereal treats can be easily shaped into nests and filled with small candy Easter eggs as in the photo below.
Easter nests can also be made out of the chow mein noodles combined with melted butterscotch chips and peanut butter then the centers can be filled with either jelly beans or miniature chocolate Easter eggs.
For a simple, but festive looking dessert, simply mix up a batch of Rice Krispie Treats and decorate the top with pastel colored m&m’s and/or Easter sprinkles before they set up. Another option is to mix mini chocolate eggs into the treats as with these Easter Rice Krispie Squares by My Kitchen Love.
If cookies don’t seem like the right dessert, consider cupcakes.
Why are cupcakes the perfect Easter Dessert?
- You can make more than one batch to have at least two flavor choices for your guests.
- You can bake the cupcakes ahead of time, and store them, without frosting, in the freezer until the day before Easter and then decorate them.
- You can decorate the cupcakes in a variety of different ways to create a festive display.
- There’s no need to cut and serve cupcakes because they are ready made in single serving portions.
- You can use a boxed mix to prepare your cupcakes to simplify things, then use your creative energy for decorating.
Here are some amazing ideas for decorating your Easter cupcakes:
- Spring Animal Cupcakes from Woman’s Day
- Coconut Cupcakes with Toasted Coconut Frosting from Brown Eyed Baker
- Easy Bunny Cupcakes from Your Cup of Cake
- Bunny Butt Cupcakes from Preppy Kitchen
- Reese’s Cup Easter Bunny Cupcakes from Hungry Happenings
- Carrot Patch Cupcakes from Life Made Simple Bakes
- Easter Chocolate Nest Mini Egg Cupcakes by Taming Twins
- Chocolate Whopper Egg Cupcakes by Your Cup of Cake
- Miniature Easter Basket Cupcakes by Bakerella
- Vanilla Cotton Candy Easter Cupcakes by the Sweet Occasion
- Sheep Cupcakes from Wine and Glue
If you’re in the mood for floral decorated cupcakes, but you don’t have amazing skills with decorating tips, You can always purchase a set of Russian piping tips and use them to pipe flowers onto cupcakes. It’s really simple. Watch the Icing Artist as she uses Russian Piping Tips to see what I mean.
If you’re looking for something a little more complicated, cupcakes can also be grouped together and decorated to look like a fancy cake. Here are a few of examples:
- Pull-Apart Easter Bunny Cupcakes by Crafty Morning
- Little Lamb Pull-Apart Cupcakes from Food Network
- Easter Egg Pull-Apart Cake Tutorial by Mom does Reviews
- Here’s a Template for an Easter Basket made from cupcakes, but the frosting ideas are left to you.
That completes our list. If you’ve still got your heart set on making pastel colored macarons, check out this video “The Most Foolproof Macarons You’ll Ever Make.”
We hope you enjoy our ideas for a simpler Easter dessert. Which one is your favorite idea? Leave a comment below to let us know.
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