The Ultimate Guide to Easter Day Recipes: 25+ Choices to Plan the Perfect Easter Sunday

The Ultimate Guide to Easter Day Recipes: 25+ Choices to Plan the Perfect Easter Sunday

Published on Mar 12, 2024

Easter is one of the most beloved holidays celebrated by Christians worldwide. At its heart, Easter commemorates renewal, rebirth, and Jesus Christ's resurrection. But for many families, Easter also means gathering around the dinner table to partake in delicious seasonal fare. The Easter recipes featured in this guide have been passed down through generations, carrying on time-honored traditions that bring loved ones together each spring.

Now let the hunt for the perfect Easter feast begin! The first recipe awaits...


Whether curling up by the fire or hosting friends this Easter, set the mood right from the start with festive drinks. These holiday libations range from cozy warmers perfect for chilly spring mornings to refreshing sippers that hit the spot throughout the day. Children and adults alike will delight in options both classic and creative. From spiced cider simmering with seasonal flavor to milkshakes decked with fun marshmallow chicks, your crowd is sure to find something suited to their tastes. A showstopping cocktail, too, adds just the right touch of whimsy for grown-up gatherings. Now, raise your cup as we toast to the joy of being together this Easter season.

1. Hot Cross Buns Spiced Cider

Nothing says comfort like a mug of hot spiced cider on a chilly spring day. Amp up the seasonal flavor in this cozy crowd-pleaser with softened hot cross buns swirling in the warming blend.


  • 1 gallon apple cider
  • 4 cinnamon sticks
  • 8 whole cloves
  • 4 allspice berries
  • 2 hot cross buns, cut into pieces


  1. Pour the cider into a large pot and add the cinnamon sticks, cloves, and allspice berries. Bring to a simmer over medium heat.

  2. Once simmering, add the pieces of hot crossbun to the cider. Let the buns warm through in the hot cider, for about 5 minutes.

  3. Remove from heat and let the buns and spices steep in the cider for 20-30 minutes.

  4. Strain out the buns and spices before serving the warm spiced cider. You can garnish individual servings with extra pieces of hot cross bun if desired.

  5. Enjoy the cozy Hot Cross Buns Spiced Cider! The flavors of warm spices and the familiar fruity sweetness of hot cross buns make this a comforting autumn/winter drink.

Notes: You can adjust the spices to taste. Play around with adding more or less of each spice. For a creamier version, you can also add a splash of cream or half-and-half to individual servings. Enjoy hot or cold over ice.

2. Peeps Marshmallow Milkshake

Kids and kids at heart will delight in this nostalgic Easter milkshake. Fluffy marshmallow sweetness blends with the creamy surprise of mini Peeps to create an indulgent treat perfect for celebration.


  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 cup ice cream (vanilla, or flavor of your choice)
  • 4-6 Peeps marshmallow chicks or bunnies
  • Whipped cream for topping (optional)


  1. Tear the Peeps into small pieces and place them in a blender.

  2. Add the milk and ice cream.

  3. Blend on high speed until smooth and creamy, stopping to scrape down the sides as needed.

  4. Pour into chilled glasses and top with whipped cream if desired.

  5. Serve immediately with straws.


  • For extra flavor, you can substitute half the milk with cream or half-and-half.
  • Vary the ice cream flavor based on the Peeps flavors - vanilla for original, chocolate for chocolate Peeps, etc.
  • For grown-up versions, you can add a splash of liqueur-like Baileys or Kahlua.
  • Freeze leftover Peeps to slightly thaw before adding to the blender for smoother blending.

3. Dirty Bunny Cocktail

While children hunt for colored eggs, adults can partake in whimsical imbibing. This playful cocktail blends vodka, citrus and fruit flavors to nod to the frolicking spirit of a bunny on Easter morn. Garnish with a cherry "nose" for festive sipping.


  • 2 oz vodka
  • 1 oz coffee liqueur (like Kahlua)
  • 1 oz Irish cream liqueur (like Bailey's)
  • Chocolate syrup
  • Whipped cream
  • Mini powdered donuts or marshmallow Peeps


  1. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add the vodka, coffee liqueur, and Irish cream. Shake vigorously.

  2. Rim a cocktail glass with chocolate syrup. Pour the shaken cocktail into the glass.

  3. Top with a dollop of whipped cream.

  4. Garnish with powdered donuts or Peeps tucked into the whipped cream to resemble bunny ears.

  5. Enjoy the boozy, cream-filled cocktail!


  • For a less sweet version, reduce the Irish cream to 1/2 oz.
  • Substitute fruit liqueurs like peach or raspberry for some of the vodka.
  • Top with crushed candy like Andes mints instead of donuts/Peeps.
  • Layer ingredients instead of shaking for a layered "dirty bunny" look.

This indulgent cocktail combines the flavors of coffee, cream, and chocolate for a decadent treat that looks just like a little bunny enjoying springtime. 

4. Easter Sunday Mimosas

Bring some sophistication to brunch by serving rounds of Prosecco topped with orange or grapefruit juice for seasonal sippability.