65 of Grandma’s Best Easter Recipes (2024)

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Old-Fashioned Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting Grandmother’s Orange Salad Easter Lamb Cake Grandma’s Baked Ham Salad Sandwiches Old-Fashioned Buttermilk Doughnuts Pickled Eggs with Beets Shrimp Pasta Salad Grandma Nardi's Italian Easter Bread Grandma’s Potato Salad Marshmallow Easter Eggs Sugar-Glazed Ham Shoofly Pie Minty Peas and Onions Old-Fashioned Rhubarb Cake Best Deviled Eggs Rack of Lamb with Figs Lemon Ricotta Cake Creamy Pineapple Fluff Salad Traditional Hot Cross Buns Nanny's Parmesan Mashed Potatoes Old-Fashioned Banana Cream Pie Grandma’s Collard Greens Blueberry Crunch Breakfast Bake Old-Fashioned Split Pea Soup with Ham Bone Tarragon Asparagus Salad Cinnamon Coffee Cake Russian Potato Salad Leek Potato Pancakes Danish Rhubarb Pudding Grandma’s Yeast Rolls Creamy Grape Salad Banana Bread Pudding Farmhouse Apple Coleslaw Grandma’s Onion Squares Wine-Braised Chicken with Pearl Onions Golden Crescents Rhubarb Torte Veggie Chopped Salad Steamed Carrot Pudding Bacon-Cheese Puff Pie Easter Sugar Cookies Lemony Turkey Rice Soup Italian Ricotta Easter Bread Braised Dill Potatoes Contest-Winning Rhubarb Meringue Pie Garden Vegetable Cornbread Grandma Brubaker’s Orange Cookies Asparagus-Mushroom Frittata Carrot Cake with Pecan Frosting Ambrosia Fruit Salad Easy Cream Pie Apricot Upside-Down Cake Carrot Chowder Mama’s Warm German Potato Salad Grandma's Old-Fashioned Strawberry Shortcake Coconut Creme Chocolates Roasted Beet Jam Grandma’s Carrot Cake Grandma's Rosemary Dinner Rolls Cherry-Coconut Chocolate Torte Scalloped Sweet Corn Casserole Blackberry-Orange Cake

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65 of Grandma’s Best Easter Recipes (1)Emily Racette Parulski

65 of Grandma’s Best Easter Recipes (2)Katie BandurskiUpdated: Feb. 01, 2024

    Grandma’s traditional Easter dinner menu is definitely worth repeating year after year. Are these classic Easter recipes on your Easter menu?


    Old-Fashioned Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

    A pleasingly moist cake, this treat is the one I requested that my mom make each year for my birthday. It’s dotted with sweet carrots and a hint of cinnamon. The fluffy buttery frosting is scrumptious with chopped walnuts stirred in. One piece of this homemade carrot cake is never enough—better than all the other carrot cakes recipes I’ve tried!—Kim Orr, West Grove, Pennsylvania

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    Grandmother’s Orange Salad

    This orange salad dessert is slightly sweet and tangy, too. It adds beautiful color to any meal and appeals to all ages! —Ann Eastman, Santa Monica, California

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    Easter Lamb Cake

    My grandmother started the tradition of making this molded Easter lamb cake when I was little. We continue to make it every Easter. The memory is so special that I keep the lamb mold in my kitchen next to my cookbooks as a decoration. Make sure to grease and flour the mold really good so that the cake does not stick. — Debra Waggoner, Grand Island, Nebraska

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    Grandma’s Baked Ham Salad Sandwiches

    This ham salad is another tried-and-true recipe I found in my grandma’s recipe box. I love seeing her handwriting on faded notecards. —Crystal Jo Bruns, Iliff, Colorado

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    Old-Fashioned Buttermilk Doughnuts

    Guests will have a touch of nostalgia when they bite into one of these old-fashioned doughnuts. Accents of nutmeg and cinnamon, along with a subtle burst of lemon, make them hard to resist. — June Jones, Harveyville, Kansas

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    Pickled Eggs with Beets

    Ever since I can remember, my Mother served this pickled egg recipe at Easter. It was a tradition that my family expected. I made them for my granddaughter the last time she visited and they were all gone before she left. —Mary Banker, Fort Worth, Texas

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    Shrimp Pasta Salad

    I adore shrimp, so discovering it in this pasta salad recipe was a real treat for me. The lemon-dill sauce is light and bright. It's one of our favorite cold pasta salad recipes! —Traci Wynne, Denver, Pennsylvania

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    Grandma Nardi's Italian Easter Bread

    My Grandma Nardi’s bread with dyed Easter eggs represents family and tradition. I fondly remember how she taught me the recipe when I was a little girl. —Pat Merkovich, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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    Grandma’s Potato Salad

    Our holiday feasts wouldn’t be complete without this chilled old-fashioned potato salad. It’s my grandma’s treasured recipe. —Sue Gronholz, Beaver Dam, Wisconsin

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    Marshmallow Easter Eggs

    I’ve been making this wonderful Easter candy for years. These eggs are a big hit with everyone who loves marshmallows. —Betty Claycomb, Alverton, Pennsylvania

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    Sugar-Glazed Ham

    This old-fashioned ham glaze gives a pretty golden brown coating—just like Grandma used to make. The mustard and vinegar complement the brown sugar which adds a tangy flavor to this glazed ham recipe. Be prepared to serve seconds! —Carol Strong Battle, Heathville, Virginia

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    Shoofly Pie

    My grandmother made the best shoofly pie in the tradition of the Pennsylvania Dutch. Shoofly pie is to the Pennsylvania Dutch as pecan pie is to a Southerner. —Mark Morgan, Waterford, Wisconsin

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    Minty Peas and Onions

    Mother could always rely on peas and onions when she was in a hurry and needed a quick side. Besides being easy to prepare, this dish was loved by everyone in our family. It was handed down to my mother by my grandmother. —Santa D’Addario, Jacksonville, Florida

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    Old-Fashioned Rhubarb Cake

    My great-aunt gave me this rhubarb cake recipe. It’s especially delicious when rhubarb is in season, and tastes even better with the old-fashioned milk topping. But you’ll love it even with frozen rhubarb and “modern-day” whipped topping! —Mairlyn hom*ola, Hazel, South Dakota

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    Best Deviled Eggs

    Herbs lend amazing flavor to these deviled eggs, which truly are the best you can make! The recipe includes tasty variations that feature bacon, chipotle peppers and crab.—Jesse & Anne Foust, Bluefield, West Virginia


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    Rack of Lamb with Figs

    I’ve been making rack of lamb for years. My grandma gave me this recipe because she knew how much I love figs. And the toasted walnuts sprinkled on top give it just the right finishing touch. —Sylvia Castanon, Long Beach, California

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    Lemon Ricotta Cake

    This recipe is a family gem that was passed down from my grandmother and mother. Garnished with shaved lemon zest, the moist four-layer cake is the perfect dessert when you want to impress. —Nanette Slaughter, Sammamish, Washington

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    Creamy Pineapple Fluff Salad

    Guests of all ages will gravitate to this traditional “fluff” salad, chock-full of pineapple, marshmallows and cherry bits. —Janice Hensley, Owingsville, Kentucky

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    Traditional Hot Cross Buns

    On Easter morning, our family always looked forward to a breakfast of dyed hard-boiled eggs and Mom's hot cross buns. I still serve these for special brunches or buffets. —Barbara Jean Lull, Fullerton, California

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    Nanny's Parmesan Mashed Potatoes

    My grandsons rave over these creamy potatoes loaded with Parmesan. That’s all the endorsem*nt I need. Sometimes I use golden or red potatoes, with skins on. —Kallee Krong-McCreery, Escondido, California

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    Old-Fashioned Banana Cream Pie

    This old-fashioned banana cream pie recipe is full of flavor. Because it uses instant pudding, this no-bake dessert is ready in just minutes. —Perlene Hoekema, Lynden, Washington

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    Grandma’s Collard Greens

    My grandmother made the best collard greens recipe in the world. Eating them with a slice of buttermilk cornbread is pure bliss. —Sherri Williams, Crestview, Florida

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    Blueberry Crunch Breakfast Bake

    Blueberries in season make this a very special breakfast, but I find that frozen berries can work just as well. My grandmother used to make this with strawberries and I always loved to eat it at her house.—Marsha Ketaner, Henderson, Nevada

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    Old-Fashioned Split Pea Soup with Ham Bone

    Not only is this old-fashioned favorite a snap to make but it’s economical, too. Carrots, celery and onion accent the subtle flavor of the split peas, while a ham bone adds a meaty touch to this hearty soup. It’s sure to chase away autumn’s chill. —Laurie Todd, Columbus, Mississippi

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    Tarragon Asparagus Salad

    I love asparagus, and I love it even more when drizzled with my light, lemony vinaigrette dressing with a touch of tarragon. It's perfect as a side for fresh spring meals. —Linda Lace, Winter Park, Florida

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    Cinnamon Coffee Cake

    I love the excellent texture of this easy cinnamon coffee cake recipe. Always a crowd-pleaser, its pleasing vanilla flavor enriched by sour cream may remind you of breakfast at Grandma's! Make it the night before a holiday to save time in the morning. —Eleanor Harris, Cape Coral, Florida

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    Russian Potato Salad

    This Russian potato salad recipe comes from my grandmother, who had written it down in Russian before she translated it for me when I was a teen. We made this every Easter, or for any event where family and friends gathered together. —Gala McGaughey, Berryville, Virginia

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    Leek Potato Pancakes

    I received this recipe from my great-grandmother. She brought this over from England, where they enjoyed leeks immensely during the fall and winter. —Suzanne Kesel, Cohocton, New York

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    Danish Rhubarb Pudding

    My grandmother used to make this pudding. It’s one of my favorite traditional Danish desserts. —Kay Sundheim, Nashua, Montana

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    Grandma’s Yeast Rolls

    My grandmother use to make these rolls for family get-togethers and holidays. The applesauce adds so much flavor. —Nancy Spoth, Festus, Missouri

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    Creamy Grape Salad

    Everyone raves when I bring this refreshing, creamy grape salad to potlucks. For a special finishing touch, sprinkle it with brown sugar and pecans. —Marge Elling, Jenison, Michigan

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    Banana Bread Pudding

    When I visited my grandmother in summer, I always looked forward to the comforting banana bread pudding she'd make. With its crusty golden top, custard-like inside and smooth vanilla sauce, this pudding is a real homespun dessert. Now I make it for my grandchildren. —Mary Detweiler, Middlefield, Ohio

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    Farmhouse Apple Coleslaw

    A friend from church gave me this apple coleslaw recipe that her grandmother handed down to her. The flavors complement each other well, while the fruit creates a refreshing change of pace from the usual coleslaw. —Jan Myers, Atlantic, Iowa

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    Grandma’s Onion Squares

    My grandma brought this recipe with her when she emigrated from Italy as a young wife and mother. It is still a family favorite. —Janet Eddy, Stockton, California

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    Wine-Braised Chicken with Pearl Onions

    This is a family favorite handed down from my grandmother in London. She made it for every family gathering. It was always the first food to go on the table and the first one to disappear. —Wayne Barnes, Montgomery, Alabama

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    Golden Crescents

    My family loves these rolls so much they request them for every Sunday dinner. Pulling their share of these slightly sweet, tender rolls from out of the basket, my grandchildren look at me and say, “Grandma, you are the world’s best cook.”
    -Bertha Johnson, Indianapolis, Indiana


    Rhubarb Torte

    Each year when Grandmother asked what kind of birthday cake I’d like, I always said I wanted her rhubarb torte. —Lois Heintz, Holmen, Wisconsin

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    Veggie Chopped Salad

    My husband's aunt gave me this recipe back in the '80s, and it's been a staple at our house ever since. I like to make it a day ahead because some time in the fridge makes it even better. Be sure to save yourself some leftovers, too. —Madeline Etzkorn, Burien, Washington

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    Steamed Carrot Pudding

    This recipe, passed down from my Canadian grandmother, has been in my family for at least three generations. It's been a favorite wintertime dessert for us and is always served for Easter and other holiday meals. —Ann Searcey, Kettering, Ohio

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    Bacon-Cheese Puff Pie

    This recipe comes from my grandma, and it's one of my family's favorites. We love the combination of bacon, tomatoes and cheese for brunch at any time of year.

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    Easter Sugar Cookies

    Cream cheese contributes to the rich taste of these melt-in-your-mouth cookies. They have such nice flavor, you can skip the frosting and sprinkle them with colored sugar for a change. —Julie Brunette, Green Bay, Wisconsin

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    Lemony Turkey Rice Soup

    While growing up in Texas, I spent a lot of time helping my grandma cook. Lemon and cilantro add a deliciously different twist to turkey soup.
    —Margarita Cuellar, East Chicago, Indiana

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    Italian Ricotta Easter Bread

    I changed our family's traditional Easter bread by adding ricotta and a few other ingredients. The almond flavoring works wonders! — Tina Mirilovich, Johnstown, Pennsylvania

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    Braised Dill Potatoes

    Dill, chicken broth and a few other simple ingredients create a side dish your family will love. The braised potatoes are delicious with sour cream. —Amie Schmidt, San Diego, California

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    Contest-Winning Rhubarb Meringue Pie

    My husband’s grandmother was an excellent cook, but she didn’t always share her secrets. Luckily, we have her rhubarb pie recipe. I added one of my favorite crusts and a never-fail meringue. —Elaine Sampson, Colesburg, Iowa

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    Garden Vegetable Cornbread

    When I was a kid, my parents would make cornbread for my siblings and me. We would slather butter and maple syrup over the warm bread—it was delicious. Today I experiment a lot with recipes, just as my grandma and mom did, and that’s how my version of their easy cornbread recipe was born! —Kim Moyes, Kenosha, Wisconsin. If you’re planning an entire vegetarian Easter dinner menu or just a few tasty dishes, these recipes are sure to please everyone at your table.

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    Grandma Brubaker’s Orange Cookies

    At least two generations of my family have enjoyed the recipe for these delicate orange-flavored cookies. —Sheri DeBolt, Huntington, Indiana

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    Asparagus-Mushroom Frittata

    My Sicilian Aunt Paulina inspired this fluffy frittata. I remember visiting her garden, picking fresh veggies and watching her cook. Her wild asparagus frittata was my favorite. —Cindy Esposito, Bloomfield, New Jersey

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    Carrot Cake with Pecan Frosting

    My husband constantly requests this homey, old-fashioned version of carrot cake. The frosting is still tasty even without the pecans. —Adrian Badon, Denham Springs, Louisiana

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    Ambrosia Fruit Salad

    My mom’s ambrosia salad, with its tasty combination of fresh fruits and creamy yogurt, is a family favorite, and a great addition to a backyard barbecue. It’s one of our favorite fruit salad recipes. —Colleen Belbey, Warwick, Rhode Island

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    Easy Cream Pie

    Fresh berries and cream pie—it’s a simple, classic combination just like Grandma used to make. My version gets you out of the kitchen and into your lounge chair quickly. Enjoy! —Gina Nistico, Taste of Home Food Editor

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    Apricot Upside-Down Cake

    My Aunt Anne, who is a great cook, gave me a taste of this golden upside-down cake and I couldn't believe how delicious it was. Apricots give it an elegant twist from traditional pineapple versions. —Ruth Ann Stelfox, Raymond, Alberta

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    Carrot Chowder

    My husband’s grandmother passed this recipe on to us, and it’s just wonderful—especially with a basket of warm, fresh bread on the side. This soup freezes well. —Wendy Wilkins, Prattville, Alabama. If you want to try more recipes, then make sure you take a look at our favorite Easter soups.

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    Mama’s Warm German Potato Salad

    My grandmother, Mama, made this potato salad for every family gathering at her home. The relatives would arrive with their specialties in hand. She never wrote the recipe down, so I had to re-create it from memory. Years later, it’s just about right. —Charlene Chambers, Ormond Beach, Florida

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    Grandma's Old-Fashioned Strawberry Shortcake

    When my grandma served this shortcake, she usually topped it with homemade vanilla ice cream. —Angela Lively, Conroe, Texas

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    Coconut Creme Chocolates

    I'm a proud wife, mom of three and grandma of many. I've cooked many things over the years, including these marshmallowy chocolates. —Dolores Wilder, Texas City, Texas

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    Roasted Beet Jam

    This spicy jam recipe is from my Russian grandmother, who had no written recipes and who gave a few jars of the jam as gifts. I re-created the recipe from memory and think of her each time I prepare it. If you want to increase the yield, it’s easy to double the recipe. I like to serve the jam on buttered toast or with cream cheese on toasted pita. The jars, which are dark red from the beets, make a welcome gift.—Susan Asanovic, Wilton, Connecticut

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    Grandma’s Carrot Cake

    My grandma was very special to me. She had a big country kitchen that was full of wonderful aromas any time we visited. This was one of her prized cake recipes, and it continues to be a favorite from generation to generation. —Denise Strasz, Detroit, Michigan

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    Grandma's Rosemary Dinner Rolls

    My grandma (I called her Baba) made these in her coal oven. How she regulated the temperature is beyond me! She always made extra rolls for the neighbors to bake in their own ovens. My mom and aunts would deliver the formed rolls at lunchtime. —Charlotte Hendershot, Hudson, Pennsylvania

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    Cherry-Coconut Chocolate Torte

    This torte reminds me of two favorite treats: chocolate covered cherries and old-fashioned Cherry Mash candy bars. —Dian Hicks Carlson, Omaha, Nebraska

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    Scalloped Sweet Corn Casserole

    This is my Grandma Ostendorf's corn recipe I grew up enjoying. Now a grandmother myself, I still serve this comfy, delicious side as a family classic. —Lonnie Hartstack, Clarinda, Iowa

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    Blackberry-Orange Cake

    My grandmother made luscious fruit pies and cobblers using blackberries from her garden. I decided to follow her lead and create a blackberry cake that's always lovely with a summer meal. —Lisa M. Varner, El Paso, Texas

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    Originally Published: April 14, 2022

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    Emily has spent the last decade writing and editing food and lifestyle content. As a senior editor at Taste of Home, she leads the newsletter team sharing delicious recipes and helpful cooking tips to more than 2 million loyal email subscribers. Since joining TMB seven years ago as an associate editor, she has worked on special interest publications, launched TMB’s first cross-branded newsletter, supported the launch of the brand's affiliate strategy, orchestrated holiday countdowns, participated in taste tests and was selected for a task force to enhance the Taste of Home community. Emily was first mentioned by name in Taste of Home magazine in 1994, when her mother won a contest.When she’s not editing, Emily can be found in her kitchen baking something sweet, taking a wine class with her husband, or making lasagnas for neighbors through Lasagna Love.

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