101 Easter Baking Ideas for Breakfast and Brunch Desserts

101 Easter Baking Ideas for Easter Brunch or breakfast.

This post has been updated (and over 75 new recipes have been added) since its original publication in 2018.

Baking Ideas For Easter Breakfast and Brunch Desserts

When it comes to Easter breakfast or brunch, there must be something sweet to cap off the meal. Whether you choose classic hot cross buns, homemade pastries, fruity scones, sweet rolls and sticky buns or simple muffins sweet breads and coffeecakes, this collection of 101 sweet baking ideas for Easter will inspire you to pick up a whisk and get busy.

I've collected some of the most delectable breakfast desserts that your friends and family will love. If you're doing an Easter brunch, these sweet treats and desserts will be the star of your buffet table.

Most of these recipes can be made the day before, too, so you can spend your time hunting for eggs instead of baking.

Hot Cross Buns

Hot Cross Buns are soft, spiced sweet buns usually made with fruit and marked with a cross on the top.

These rolls traditionally mark the end of the Lenten season and are customary breakfast desserts to be enjoyed on Good Friday and Easter Sunday.

Do you remember the nursery rhyme that goes:

Hot Cross Buns! Hot Cross Buns!

One a penny, two a penny! Hot Cross Buns!

If you have no daughters, give them to your sons.

One a penny two a penny Hot Cross Buns.

Enjoy these 10 different variations as a dessert for breakfast or brunch on Easter. Sunday.

Sweet Breads for Easter Breakfast or Brunch

These Easter breakfast and brunch breads go from yeasty and not that sweet to quick and easy baked breads that eat like a cake. Some are traditional holiday recipes while others are the perfect sweet end to any weekend breakfast or brunch.

Brunch Sticky Buns and Sweet Rolls

Whether you call them sticky buns or sweet rolls, these over-the-top indulgences definitely qualify as dessert. Perfect for Easter breakfast or brunch. Bonus, they can be made ahead of time and iced, glazed, or frosted before serving.

Any one of these recipes would be a fun Easter baking project with the kids.

Pastries & Danish

When I think of desserts for breakfast or brunch, pastry is at the top of the list. These baking ideas go from simple to spectacular, but most have a quick and easy method, so you won't be laminating dough all day. Try one (or two) of these sweets for your Easter holiday breakfast buffet.


Even people that don't bake can make muffins. You'll find everything from fruity, springtime favorites to decadent chocolatey dessert muffins. Some have glazes and frostings (almost like a cupcake) while others are more austere, but every bit as delicious.

For a real crowd pleaser, turn any one of these muffin recipes into minis for a 2-3 bite, guilt free dessert idea.

Scones Recipes

Scones are the sweeter, rubblier fruit, nut and chip studded biscuit that's perfect for a breakfast and brunch dessert buffet. They're usually glazed or sprinkled with sugar and are absolutely the best thing going -- especially if you're a Southern biscuit fan.

The key to making good homemade breakfast scones is using cold butter and not over-working the dough. Once you get the hang of it, it's simple and makes a great baking idea for Easter.

Easter Breakfast Coffee Cakes

Let's be honest, coffee cakes are just cake without the layering, frosting and decorating. In other words, EASY. These fruity, nutty, streuseled and glazed cakes are the perfect sweet end to a magnificent Easter breakfast or brunch.

These baked beauties can be made a day ahead of time, so you can concentrate on assembling mimosas. You're welcome!

This n' that

While these breakfast and brunch dessert recipes don't fit neatly into the previous categories, they definitely deserve a sweet spot on your Easter Menu.

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  1. Perfect! I was looking for ideas of how to make Easter morning special, can’t wait! Thank you!

  2. What an amazing list for Easter and spring baking! I have already selected several recipes that I want to make. Thank you!

  3. What a stellar lineup of recipes!! I don’t even know where to start, but I’m going to enjoy making more than a few of these for Easter and spring in general.

  4. Wow-what a beautiful roundup of Easter baking ideas! Can’t wait to make some of these and thank you so much for adding my scones! ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Oh my goodness! Love this list! There are so many good recipes, so hard to choose from only a few. Thank you so much for including my muffin recipe!

  6. Oh my word, Lisa! All of these look incredible! I’ve never heard of a bunch of these. Going to check them all out – I’m on a bread baking high this week!

  7. Oooh so many fantastic ideas here! Now to narrow it down…
    Thanks for incuding my carrot and ginger hot cross buns!

  8. These are some pretty amazing Easter baking ideas!! Thanks so much for including my Old Fashioned Strawberry Shortcake recipe and the other amazing desserts. Oh, I’m definitely going to check them all out!

  9. We for some reason don’t have a go-to indulgence for Easter morning (other than candy from our kids’ baskets LOL). I think I need to change that and make one of these recipes!

  10. Lisa, how am I supposed to get any work done with these gorgeous recipes on my mind? Yummm! This is an incredible lineup for the holiday weekend! So many to choose from…thanks for the inspiration!

  11. That mimosa tart is stunning, you’ve just inspired me to do some baking this weekend! Thanks so much for including my recipe!

  12. These all look so good! I’m headed to my sister’s for the weekend, so we’ll definitely be making one of these recipes. Maybe even two or three….

  13. They all look absolutely fantastic Lisa! Thanks so much for including one of my recipes, and I’m looking forward to trying some of them out! Happy Easter!