15 Easy Easter Bread Recipes for Beginners

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These easy Easter bread recipes are perfect for beginner bakers who want fresh, homemade bread to add to the Easter bread basket for a special holiday brunch.

The photo collage showcases 4 easter breads on serving platters.

If it is a holiday meal, you can bet you'll find warm, fresh bread on my family table.

It's no secret that my husband and I love to bake homemade bread, after all, we wrote a whole book about it!

So when Easter comes around, we definitely start to plan the perfect fresh dinner rolls, sweet breads, or cinnamon rolls we want to serve!

Looking for an easy bread recipe to start with? I've got you covered.

What are Easter Breads?

Easter is the perfect time to make a fresh, homemade bread for your holiday table.

Traditional Easter breads are often shaped and decorated with colored eggs or are simple loaves filled with dried fruits and nuts with a subtle sweetness.

At our home, an Easter bread falls into one of two categories:

  1. Sweet Breads for Brunch: Think cinnamon rolls, scones, and chocolate croissants.
  2. Savory Breads for Dinner: Think buttery pull apart rolls, crescent rolls, and traditional dinner buns.

I've included all our favorite recipes below to help you find a match for both of those needs!

How to Choose the Best Recipe

These easy Easter breads are the best recipes because they are perfect for beginner bakers.

Holiday cooking can be a stressful time, don't miss out on serving homemade fresh bread because you're feeling overwhelmed.

My favorite kitchen shortcut is to use our bread machine to make hands-off homemade breads while I'm busy working on other things for the feast.

Otherwise, I like to choose a fast and simple quick bread that doesn't require yeast and can be whisked together quickly and popped right into the oven.

If you have a bread maker, be sure to try one of the bread machine recipes below. I've labeled them so you know which ones to sample.

No bread machine? (They really are worth it!) No problem, just choose one of the no-yeast recipes listed below.

15 Easy Easter Bread Recipes

These Easter breads are perfect for beginner bakers working with a bread machine or stand mixer and can be baked ahead of the holiday brunch.

From dinner rolls to Easter loaves filled with festive spring flavors, you're sure to find the perfect bread here.

Carrot Cake Bread

This is one of my favorite bread machine recipes!

A sweet carrot cake bread has fresh grated carrots and spices that is a sliceable version of your favorite Easter dessert.

You can serve it with or without the cream cheese drizzle on the top.

For an Easter brunch, you could also prep the cream cheese glaze and serve it in a bowl on the side for guests to ice each slice.

Sweet Carrot Cake Bread
Don't wait for Easter morning to enjoy this easy carrot cake bread, your family will enjoy this sweet treat all year long. Filled with sweet fresh carrots and crushed pineapple, don't skip the cream cheese glaze for the top!
5 from 1 vote
An iced loaf of carrot cake bread sits in a white bread basket with a blue napkin.

Bread Machine Crescent Dinner Rolls

Homemade crescent rolls are so much more delicious than the canned variety and the recipe is made super easy by prepping the dough in your bread maker.

Learn how to shape these easy dinner rolls for your bread basket in just minutes.

Bread Machine Crescent Dinner Rolls
Easy homemade bread machine crescent rolls are perfect for a delicious holiday bread. Serve them at Easter, Thanksgiving, or Christmas warm from the oven. Can be made ahead and frozen for an even easier serving.
5 from 57 votes
A bread basket is lined with a napkin and filled with golden crescent dinner rolls from the bread machine.

Bread Machine Challah

Challah is a traditional bread served for Hannukah or Passover but the egg bread is perfect on the Easter table, too.

BONUS: The light and fluffy bread makes the most amazing fluffy french toast you've ever had.

Bread Machine Challah Bread
This challah bread loaf is the easiest homemade bread to enjoy for Hanukkah. The dough could be braided and then baked in the oven if you prefer, but the simple bread machine loaf is wonderful as well. This traditional Jewish egg bread makes absolutely amazing French toast and bread puddings as well.
4.65 from 48 votes
A fresh baked challah loaf is in the bread machine pan cooling on a wire rack.

Resurrection Rolls

Share the story of the meaning of Easter with your kids at a level they can easily understand by baking these easy Resurrection rolls together on Good Friday.

They have a sweet cinnamon sugar filling that would make them delicious to eat on Easter Sunday, too.

Resurrection Rolls and Story Printable
Print this Resurrection rolls recipe and use the conversation story prompts with each step to start a memorable Easter tradition. Sweet crescent rolls with a disappearing marshmallow wrapped inside represents the glory and mystery of Easter Sunday in a tangible way that kids can understand.
5 from 1 vote
A bite has been taken out of the roll to show how it is an empty tomb/cave inside.

Cinnamon Swirl Bread

This sweet cinnamon swirl bread tastes just like a cinnamon roll but with less effort.

This is a great Easter bread if you don't have a bread machine and just want to bake a loaf in your oven.

Homemade Cinnamon Swirl Bread
This delicious homemade cinnamon swirl bread can be easily cut into slices for toast but tastes just like a cinnamon bun with an amazing, rich cinnamon-packed filling.
5 from 52 votes
A slice of cinnamon swirl bread sits on a cutting board next to the bread pan it came from.

Zucchini Bread

Fresh zucchini bread is a great choice for the Easter table because it is subtly sweet and showcases a delicious garden veggie. If you want a sweeter option, you could make my pineapple zucchini bread or this banana zucchini bread.

Whichever one you choose will pair perfectly with your brunch menu.

Zucchini Bread
This classic zucchini bread recipe is the perfect base for mixing in a wide variety of combinations of dried fruit and nuts to create your own perfect breakfast bread. Sample the original recipe or mix together your own custom creation!
5 from 1 vote
A platter of sliced zucchini bread sits next to a blue napkin.

Almond Poppy Seed Bread

Almond poppy seed bread is a great quick bread for the Easter table.

For an extra dose of spring, add a little grated lemon zest to the batter or make a simple lemon glaze for spooning over the top.

Or you could always make my lemon poppy seed bread if you really want a burst of lemon.

Almond Poppy Seed Bread
This buttery almond poppy seed bread tastes like Christmas married a birthday cake. Serve this easy quick bread recipe for a festive weekend brunch or delight your kids with a special school morning breakfast.
5 from 1 vote
A sliced loaf of almond poppy seed bread is ready for serving on a white platter.

Buttery Rosemary Rolls

Looking for something a little more savory to pass with the bread basket?

These rosemary pull apart rolls would be the perfect bun for making tiny ham sandwiches at the Easter dinner.

Buttery Rosemary Rolls
These pull-apart butter dinner rolls are topped with salted rosemary and make the perfect dinner roll for the holiday. Open them up to make small sandwiches from the holiday roast or main dish.
4.98 from 49 votes
A spatula is lifting a rosemary pull apart roll from the 9x13-inch baking pan it was baked in.

Grandma's Buttermilk Cornbread

If you're planning a glazed ham for your Easter menu, don't forget Grandma's buttermilk cornbread to go with it!

Serve these squares of fresh bread with butter and honey for a special touch.

Grandma's Buttermilk Cornbread
This classic southern buttermilk cornbread recipe can be made with or without buttermilk (see the notes for the easy substitution.) Serve it warm with a drizzle of honey and butter.
5 from 37 votes
A white ruffled platter has large squares of homemade buttermilk cornbread.

Buttermilk Drop Biscuits

Buttermilk drop biscuits are a great dinner roll idea for the Easter bread basket and this recipe is the best because there are four simple flavor variations you can choose from.

No rolling or cutting is required, this recipe is easy enough the kids could help, too.

Easy Buttermilk Drop Biscuits
These easy buttermilk drop biscuits can be made in just minutes and bake up so light and flaky. Try the classic butter biscuit recipe first and then switch things up with one of the 3 fun flavor variations listed in the notes below!
5 from 39 votes
A white plate has a pile of fresh baked buttermilk drop biscuits.

Make Ahead Hot Cross Biscuits

These hot cross biscuits are a favorite family tradition of mine, I prep the biscuits the night before but then bake them fresh in the morning.

Let them cool before adding those stunning cream cheese frosting crosses on top.

Hot Cross Biscuits
This easy make ahead hot cross biscuit recipe is perfect for baking for Easter. Serve it as part of your Easter brunch or as a sweet treat before the Easter egg hunt begins! Tasty cream cheese frosting crosses are the perfect finishing touch to the flaky biscuits studded with sweet currants.
5 from 1 vote
A platter of hot cross biscuits has a ceramic carrot accessory. Each biscuit has a cream cheese frosting cross on the top and currants inside.

Easy Blueberry Scones

One bowl blueberry scones take just minutes to mix together and bake.

These are the lightest, fluffiest scones you've ever had and would be a perfect last-minute treat to bake for Easter morning.

Not in the mood for blueberries? You could try my fresh peach scones or these easy almond cherry scones instead.

Easy Blueberry Scones
These super easy homemade blueberry scones are the perfect recipe for beginner bakers. Light and flaky, they are a perfect weekend brunch menu idea.
4.64 from 11 votes
A blue plate has a pile of homemade blueberry scones on top.

3-Ingredient Chocolate Croissants

The kids will come running when these sweet puff pastry croissants come out fresh from the oven.

Filled with ooey-gooey chocolate, they are a perfectly poppable treat for Easter morning.

Easy Chocolate Croissants
The best beginner baker recipe for young kids to make! This chocolate croissant recipe has just 3 ingredients but tastes like you've been in the kitchen all day.
4.98 from 46 votes
A white platter of homemade chocolate croissants made from puff pastry. One has been broken in half to show the melted chocolate filling, there's a Hershey's square of chocolate next to it.

Cinnamon Pull Apart Bread

Your family will love tearing into a warm loaf of this fresh cinnamon pull apart bread.

Each little slice is coated in a crispy cinnamon sugar crackle that has an amazing texture.

Cinnamon Pull Apart Bread
Make the sweet dough for this cinnamon pull apart bread in your bread machine in just a minute of prep. Then roll it out and bake in your oven for a crispy cinnamon bread that is super fun to serve warm at the table. Each slice is coated with a simple cinnamon sugar mix that cooks into a delicious caramel at the base of the bread.
5 from 48 votes
A baking pan filled with the finished cinnamon pull apart bread sits on a cooling rack.

Bread Machine Orange Rolls

Sunny and citrusy and not too sweet, these easy orange rolls can be prepped ahead and baked on Easter morning for a delicious fresh breakfast bun for Easter brunch.

Bread Machine Orange Rolls
This bread machine orange rolls recipe is so easy because you prepare the fool proof dough in your bread maker, roll the dough out and bake it in your oven for perfect golden brown breakfast rolls. The filling is not too sweet and has a fresh burst of orange flavor all throughout the orange flavored dough and orange icing.
5 from 1 vote
A baking pan filled with finished orange rolls sits on a blue towel.

More Easter Recipes

Planning a festive Easter brunch doesn't need to be stressful. I suggest you plan to host a fun and easy Easter potluck! Let your family and friends bring dishes to share.

If you know you'll have kids at your holiday table, be sure to check out these kid-friendly Easter dinner ideas.

A photo collage shows several breads that are perfect for serving at Easter dinner.

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