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Our Best Easter Baking Recipes

Including irresistible hot-cross buns and cinnamon rolls.
Our Best Easter Baking Recipes

Photo, Erik Putz.

Spring has sprung (well, technically), which means the Easter long weekend is almost here. And there are tons of baked goods you could bake up for the holiday! Here are some of our top Easter baking recipes, including everything from hot-cross buns and glazed monkey bread for brunch, to an elegant cinnamon-twist wreath. And if you're looking for more Easter inspiration, head right this way for the Chatelaine Guide to Easter.

Classic Hot Cross Buns

These buns (seen above) are packed with fruit and sweet spices and marked with a cross. Fun fact: They were banned from sale in Elizabethan England every day except for Good Friday, Christmas or for burials. Get this hot-cross buns recipe.

Plant-Based Hot Cross Buns

Made with oat milk, maple syrup and vegan butter, these plant-based hot cross buns make a wonderful addition to any Easter spread. Get this plant-based hot cross buns recipe.

A tray of vegan hot cross buns served on a turquoise table(Photo: Erik Putz; Food styling: Ryan Barclay; Prop stling: Madeleine Johari)

Mini Egg and Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Cake & Loaf Bakery in Hamilton, Ont.—now closed, sadly—used to offer a slew of treats stuffed with Cadbury Mini Eggs every Easter, including these colourful chocolate chunk cookies that you'll want to devour as soon as they come out of the oven. Get this mini egg and chocolate chunk cookies recipe.

A plate of Cake and Loaf's mini egg chocolate chunk cookies, which are an easy Easter cookie recipePhoto, Amy Grief.

Braided Egg Bread

This loaf doesn’t need much more than the sweet-and-toasty crunch of sugar and slivered almonds to showcase its lovely texture and egg-wash shine. A newbie to braided breads? Don’t worry; the dough is deceptively easy to work with. If you’ve ever plaited a friendship bracelet—or hair, let’s be honest—you’re more than qualified to pull off this springtime baking project. Get our braided egg bread recipe.

Chatelaine's braided egg bread, on a light blue background

Mini Egg Skillet Cookie

Baked in one pan, this candy-egg-dotted skillet treat is sure to be an Easter hit. Get our Mini Egg skillet cookie recipe.

a skillet cookie in a pink cast iron pan cut into squares. a piece is taken outPhotography, Christie Vuong. Produced by Aimee Nishitoba. Food Stylist, Michelle Lucas Larving. Prop Stylist, Madeleine Johari.

Mini Hot Cross Buns

Mini hot cross buns are perfect for Easter. When made this way, they’re just like monkey bread! Get this mini hot cross buns recipe.

Our Best Easter Baking RecipesMini hot cross buns. Photo, Roberto Caruso.

Carrot Cake With Fluffy White-Chocolate Icing

Our unbelievably moist four-layer carrot cake recipe decked out in white-chocolate cream-cheese frosting is perfect for birthdays, or just because. Get our Carrot Cake With Fluffy White-Chocolate Icing recipe.

A slice of four-layer carrot cake with cream cheese white chocolate icing on a white plate on a wood table(Photo: iStock)

Braided Bread With Mini Eggs

Italian and Greek cuisines both feature a braided Easter bread dotted with colour-tinted hen’s eggs. Although we love the classic recipe, we like tucking in candied eggs just after baking for a hint of chocolate. Get this braided bread with mini eggs recipe.

Braided Mini-Egg LoavesPhoto, Erik Putz.

Lemon Meringue Trifle

Looking for a great make-ahead desert? This lemon meringue trifle recipe improves over time as the ladyfingers soak in the limoncello & lemon juice.

Lemon meringue trifle recipePhoto, Roberto Caruso.

Chocolate Mini Egg Scones

These mini-egg studded scones are almost cake-like in texture. Get this chocolate mini egg scones recipe.

Our Best Easter Baking Recipes

Raspberry And Streusel Coffee Cake

This not-too-sweet cake is perfect for a post-Easter-brunch indulgence. Get this raspberry and streusel coffee cake recipe.

Raspberry and Streusel Coffee CakePhoto, Erik Putz.

Cinnamon Twist Wreath

Luxurious ingredients like butter and eggs are often given up during Lent, so they play a major role in traditional Easter breads. This sweet dough also comes with brown sugar and cinnamon to really sweeten things up. Get this cinnamon twist wreath recipe.

Cinnamon twist bread recipePhoto, Erik Putz.

Cinnamon Roll Bread

Using our cinnamon wreath recipe (with a few tweaks) we created a beautifully rolled bread loaf with a double swirl in the middle. Serve warm with butter. Get this cinnamon roll bread recipe.

A loaf of cinnamon roll bread in scroll form, cut to reveal the insides, which look like cinnamon rolls in bread form, on parchment paper(Photo: Erik Putz)

Classic Cinnamon Buns

Easter celebrations and sweet indulgent breads go together like coloured eggs and a basket. Of course, we never need a reason to bake up a pan of buttery-rich cinnamon rolls. Get this classic cinnamon buns recipe.

A classic cinnamon bun on a piece of parchment paper; classic cinnamon buns recipe(Photo: Erik Putz)

Baby Babka Buns

These sweet buns, topped with crunchy streusel and swirled with butter and dark chocolate, are breakfast and dessert all rolled into one. Get this baby babka buns recipe.

Baby chocolate babka buns in a muffin tin with a cup of coffee and a bun on a white plate on a wood table(Photo: Roberto Caruso)

Monkey Bread

A sweet and gooey pull-apart bread the whole family can dig into at once. Get this monkey bread recipe.

A sweet and gooey pull-apart bread the whole family can dig into at once.(Photo: Angus Fergusson)

Caramel-Pecan Sticky Buns

An easy brunch treat, crammed with brown sugar and pecans. Get this caramel-pecan sticky buns recipe.

Caramel-pecan sticky buns on a piece of parchment paper on a baking sheet on a cooling rat on a pink placemat(Photo: Angus Fergusson)

Lemon Loaf

A delicatly zesty, glazed loaf that no one can resist. Get our lemon loaf recipe.

How to make lemon loaf: Sliced up lemon loaf with glaze overtopPhoto, Erik Putz.

Mini Egg Shortbread

These pretty spring shortbread stay delicious for weeks. Get our mini egg shortbread recipe.

Nine mini-egg shortbread cookies on a cookie sheet, in a post on best easter baking recipes.

Lemon-Elderflower Cupcakes

These easy cupcakes have a fresh, floral flavour that makes them perfect for spring. Get our lemon-elderflower cupcake recipe.

Royal wedding Lemon elderflower cupcakes topped with icing and edible flowersPhoto, Roberto Caruso.

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