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Easter Dessert Recipes

Easter Cupcakes

Finish off your Easter celebration with one of these sweet treats. My wonderfully moist tres leches cake is a Mexican dessert that is good any time you want something sweet, tender and altogether delicious. My lemon bars, Easter cupcakes and chocolate peanut butter layer bars are also Easter favorites.

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9 Spring Desserts You'll Want to Make Again and Again

Wednesday April 16, 2014
fresh strawberry cupcakesThis collection of spring desserts features fresh seasonal flavors and lighter textures. My strawberry cupcakes, for example, are made with fresh strawberries -- in both the cupcakes and the frosting.

Want something quick and easy? Try my lemon Jello Cool Whip parfaits. This dessert is a wonderful marriage of textures and complementary flavor pairings (fresh blueberries and lemon go beautifully together).

And you won't want to miss my chocolate pecan pie recipe. It is reminiscent of the famous Kentucky Derby pie and makes a perfect treat for Derby-watching.

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Key Lime Smoothie Recipe

Tuesday April 15, 2014
key lime smoothieIf you're a fan of key lime pie, you will adore this key lime smoothie recipe. It has that sweet-tart flavor of key lime pie with a nice tropical finish. And the best part is it's healthy, so you can enjoy this drink for breakfast, an afternoon snack or even dessert.

Check out my other favorite smoothie recipes, too, including my berry fruit smoothies (loaded with antioxidants) and my orange creamsicle smoothies (they taste like an orange creamsicle ice cream!).

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Overnight French Toast Casserole with Walnut Streusel Topping

Sunday April 13, 2014
overnight french toast casseroleThis overnight French toast casserole makes a perfect Easter brunch recipe. I use cinnamon raisin bread for extra flavor, but if you don't like raisins, feel free to use a plain cinnamon bread, challah or Italian bread.

When the bread is stale, it will soak up the custard better. If you don't have stale bread, try spreading the chunks of bread on an ungreased cookie sheet and leaving them out to dry overnight. The excess moisture will evaporate, giving the bread a stale texture.

If you like this recipe, check out my strawberry French toast casserole.

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Easter Side Dishes

Friday April 11, 2014
green bean casseroleFlesh out your Easter meal with these special Easter side dishes. Of course, the green bean casserole is the classic, because it goes with everything from ham to turkey to steak.

My garlic mashed potatoes are creamy and rich and the perfect homey side dish to go with everything.

For something a little lighter, try my strawberry spinach salad. It's colorful, full of texture and wonderful spring flavors, too.

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