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Easy Homemade Easter Treats You Can Do

Easter is a time for celebration, family gatherings, and, of course, delicious treats. While chocolate eggs and bunny-shaped candies are the norms, why not surprise your loved ones with something unique this year? Here are three lesser-known, but equally delightful, Easter treats from around the world that you can easily make at home. Each comes with a bit of background to enrich your holiday table with both flavor and story.

Homemade Easter Treats in America

1.  Peeps S'mores

Peeps Smores

Peeps, the colorful marshmallow candies that are shaped like chicks and bunnies, are an iconic American Easter treat. Taking a creative twist on the traditional s'mores, Peeps S'mores incorporate these sugary marshmallows for a fun and festive dessert that's perfect for Easter.


  • Graham crackers
  • Chocolate bars (milk or dark chocolate)
  • Peeps marshmallow candies (in various colors)

How to Make

  1. Preheat: Preheat your oven's broiler or prepare a campfire.
  2. Assemble S'mores: Place half of the graham crackers on a baking sheet. Top each with a piece of chocolate and a Peep.
  3. Broil or Toast: Broil for a few minutes or toast over a campfire until the Peeps are golden brown and the chocolate is melted.
  4. Final Touch: Top with another graham cracker, pressing down slightly to make a sandwich.

2. Carrot Cake Truffles

Carrot Cake Truffles

Carrot cake is a beloved dessert in America, especially around Easter, symbolizing the Easter Bunny. Transforming this classic cake into bite-sized truffles makes for a delightful treat that captures the essence of the holiday in a more whimsical and portable form.


  • Carrot cake (baked and cooled)
  • Cream cheese frosting
  • White chocolate (for coating)
  • Food coloring (optional, for decoration)
  • Crushed walnuts or pecans (for topping)

How to Make

  1. Crumble Cake: Crumble the carrot cake into a large bowl.
  2. Mix: Mix in cream cheese frosting until you have a moldable consistency.
  3. Form Truffles: Roll the mixture into small balls and chill until firm.
  4. Melt Chocolate: Melt white chocolate, using food coloring if desired to create pastel colors.
  5. Dip and Decorate: Dip the chilled truffles into the chocolate, then sprinkle with crushed nuts. Let set until the chocolate hardens.

Easy Homemade Easter Treats Around the World

1. Pashka - Russian Easter Cheese Dessert

Pashka Russian Easter Cheese Dessert

Pashka is a traditional Russian Easter dessert that symbolizes joy and new life. Made from cheese, it's rich, creamy, and can be customized with various dried fruits and nuts. Pashka is traditionally molded into a pyramid shape and often decorated with religious symbols, reflecting its deep Russian cultural and spiritual significance.


  • Farmer's cheese or ricotta (as a substitute)
  • Heavy cream
  • Sugar
  • Vanilla extract
  • Mix-ins: raisins, candied fruits, and nuts

How to Make

  1. Mix Ingredients: Combine the cheese with sugar, vanilla extract, and heavy cream until smooth.
  2. Add Mix-ins: Fold in your choice of raisins, candied fruits, and nuts.
  3. Mold: Place the mixture into a special Pashka mold or a makeshift one using a clean flower pot lined with cheesecloth.
  4. Refrigerate: Let it set in the refrigerator.
  5. Serve: Once set, invert onto a plate to serve.

2. Ma'amoul - Middle Eastern Stuffed Cookies

Maamoul Middle Eastern Stuffed Cookies

Ma'amoul are delicate cookies that are popular in Middle Eastern countries, especially during religious festivals like Easter for Christians in the Middle East. These cookies are unique for their stuffing – typically dates, pistachios, or walnuts – and are beautifully decorated using special wooden molds. Ma'amoul symbolizes the end of Lent in Christian communities and is shared among family and friends.


  • Semolina flour
  • All-purpose flour
  • Butter
  • Milk
  • Filling: dates or ground nuts, sugar, orange blossom water

How to Make

  1. Prepare Dough: Mix semolina, flour, butter, and milk. Rest overnight.
  2. Shape Cookies: Form the dough into balls, create a hollow, and fill with a sweet paste made of dates or ground nuts, sugar, and orange blossom water.
  3. Decorate: Press filled balls into a Ma'amoul mold to create designs.
  4. Bake: Bake until golden, then dust with powdered sugar.

3. Simnel Cake - British Easter Fruit Cake

Simnel Cake British Easter Fruit Cake

The Simnel Cake is a traditional British cake enjoyed during the Easter season. Its history dates back to medieval times. This light fruitcake is layered with marzipan and topped with eleven marzipan balls representing the eleven faithful apostles (excluding Judas). The cake is sometimes toasted to represent the return of spring.


  • Flour
  • Sugar
  • Butter
  • Eggs
  • Dried fruits (currants, sultanas, and cherries)
  • Almond paste (marzipan)

How to Make

  1. Prepare Batter: Mix flour, sugar, butter, eggs, and dried fruits to create a batter.
  2. Layer with Marzipan: Roll out almond paste and place in the middle of the batter in a pan. Cover with more batter.
  3. Bake: Once baked, add another layer of marzipan on top.
  4. Broil: Briefly broil to brown the top marzipan layer and then decorate with marzipan balls.

4. Colomba di Pasqua - Italian Easter Dove Bread

Colomba di Pasqua Italian Easter Dove Bread

Background: The Colomba di Pasqua, or Easter Dove, is a traditional Italian Easter bread similar to the famous Christmas Panettone. It's shaped like a dove, symbolizing peace and renewal. The bread is light and fluffy, with candied peel and a crunchy almond topping.


  • 500g strong bread flour
  • 250ml warm milk
  • 10g dry yeast
  • 100g sugar
  • 150g unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 large eggs
  • Zest of 1 orange
  • 100g candied orange peel
  • 100g almonds (for topping)
  • Pearl sugar (for topping)

How to Make

  1. Dough: Mix the flour, warm milk, and yeast. Add sugar, eggs, and butter, kneading until smooth. Incorporate orange zest and candied peel. Let the dough rise until doubled.
  2. Shape: Once risen, form the dough into a dove shape. You can use a dove-shaped mold to help.
  3. Decorate: Before baking, top with almonds and pearl sugar for crunch.
  4. Bake: Bake at 180°C (350°F) until golden brown, about 30 minutes.

5. Tsoureki - Greek Easter Bread

Tsoureki Greek Easter Bread

Tsoureki is a traditional Greek Easter bread known for its sweet, brioche-like texture and distinctive flavor of mahlab (a spice made from cherry pits) and mastic. It is often braided and can be decorated with red-dyed eggs, symbolizing the blood of Christ and rebirth.


  • 500g all-purpose flour
  • 100g sugar
  • 100ml milk, warm
  • 2 eggs, plus 1 for glazing
  • 10g dry yeast
  • 75g unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 tsp mahlab, ground
  • 1/2 tsp mastic, ground
  • Red food coloring (for eggs)
  • Hard-boiled eggs (optional, for decoration)

How to Make

  1. Prepare Dough: Combine yeast with warm milk and a bit of sugar. Add to flour, sugar, melted butter, eggs, mahlab, and mastic. Knead until elastic.
  2. Rise: Let the dough rise in a warm place until doubled in size.
  3. Shape and Decorate: Shape the dough into braids. If using, insert red-dyed, hard-boiled eggs into the braids.
  4. Bake: Brush with beaten egg for a glossy finish, then bake at 180°C (350°F) until golden, about 25-30 minutes.

6. Folar da Páscoa - Portuguese Easter Bread

Folar da Páscoa Portuguese Easter Bread

Folar da Páscoa is a traditional Portuguese Easter bread, often enriched with eggs, symbolizing rebirth and Jesus' resurrection. It varies from region to region, sometimes containing meat inside, but the sweet versions are more universally enjoyed during the Easter season.


  • 500g all-purpose flour
  • 100g sugar
  • 150ml milk, warm
  • 2 eggs, plus 1 for glazing
  • 75g unsalted butter, melted
  • 10g dry yeast
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • Hard-boiled eggs (for decoration)

How to Make

  1. Dough: Mix yeast with warm milk and a little sugar. Add to flour, sugar, eggs, melted butter, lemon zest, cinnamon, and salt. Knead to form a soft dough.
  2. Rise: Allow to rise until doubled.
  3. Decorate: Shape the dough and press hard-boiled eggs into the top. Brush with beaten egg.
  4. Bake: Bake at 180°C (350°F) until golden, around 30 minutes.

These treats, with their rich cultural backgrounds and delicious flavors, offer a wonderful way to diversify your Easter celebrations. Whether you're crafting a dove-shaped bread to symbolize peace, braiding a scented loaf, or baking a sweet bread adorned with eggs, each of these recipes invites you to explore traditions from around the globe right from your kitchen.

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