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