20 Pretty Desserts to Bake This Spring

updated May 1, 2019
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With the arrival spring comes our yearning for all things light, bright, and fresh. When it comes to satisfying our sweet tooth this means savoring the sunny pop of all things lemon, jumping at the arrival of vibrant fruits, and welcoming some of those springy favorites with open arms. From hot cross buns to a rhubarb-studded tart, here are 20 essential recipes to add to your must-bake list this spring.

Bread and Pastries

From buns to muffins to pastries, we encourage you to greet the morning with something sweet.

Bars and Cookies

When it comes to treats made for sharing, we believe it’s best to go right for crowd-pleasing favorites by harnessing the power of lemon and sweet berries. Spring simply isn’t complete without a batch of streusel-topped bars and lemon cookies.


It’s nearly impossible to think about baking this time of year without considering timeless favorites like classic carrot cake and fluffy angel food cake.

Pies and Tarts

If what you’re after is a dessert that tastes just as good as it looks, these pies and tarts are the scrumptious sweets to keep on your radar.