Our collection of Best Spring Recipes are sure to be a hit this season! Mini Lemon Cupcakes, Strawberries & Cream Poke Cake, Orange Cream Fruit Salad & more of our best Spring recipes.
Spring is not far away and I love the bright, fresh foods associated with the season. Here are several of our favorite recipes that you will want on your list of things to bake/make this Spring…
Mini Lemon Drop Cupcakes are delicious bite-sized treats that start with a lemon cake mix! The easy lemon glaze soaks into the bottoms to make these little cupcakes even more incredible. Little Lemon Drops are absolutely amazing and everyone will love you for making and sharing them! I took these to a barbecue and they were devoured in about 5 minutes….long before the meat even started cooking! Everyone was exclaiming about how amazing they were and I was thrilled because this recipe is so easy and it makes about 75 little cupcakes so it’s perfect for large gatherings. Although, my husband ate about a dozen himself before we even left the house so 75 of them doesn’t actually go as far as you’d think! Get the Mini Lemon Drop Cupcakes recipe here!
LEMON DROP GLAZED MINI CUPCAKES
Mini Lemon Drop Cupcakes
- 1 box lemon cake mix
- 1 box instant vanilla pudding 3.4 oz, dry mix
- 4 large eggs
- 1 1/4 cups sour cream or yogurt
- 1/2 cup milk
Easy Lemon Glaze
- 3 1/2 cups powdered sugar
- 2 tsp grated lemon zest from 1 lemon
- 2 TBSP unsalted butter melted
- 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice from 1 lemon
- 1/4 cup hot water
To make the Mini Lemon Cupcakes:
- Preheat the oven to 325 F. Coat mini muffin tin with cooking spray.
- Beat the ingredients in a large bowl with an electric mixer for several minutes until blended and smooth. Fill each muffin hole about 1/2 full. I used a small cookie scoop and it worked perfectly! Bake for about 12 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
- Cool the pan on a wire rack for about 2 minutes and then turn the muffin pan over on a wire rack so that all the muffins are upside down.
- Cool completely and once all the batter is cooked, you can make the glaze.
To make the Lemon Glaze:
- Place the wire racks over waxed paper. Beat the glaze ingredients in a medium bowl until smooth.
- Dip muffins in glaze to coat the bottoms (which are now the tops!) and the sides and let the excess drip off back into the bowl.
- Place each lemon drop back on the wire racks until the glaze is set.
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Lemon Icebox Pie is a quick an easy frozen lemon dessert. This pie has a classic tart lemonade flavor & is made from only FOUR simple ingredients! Easy to make and everyone loves this sweet, creamy lemon pie recipe. Best of all they can be made a head of time and will stay fresh for a couple weeks! See the full Icebox Lemon Pie recipe here!
Lemon Raspberry Streusel Muffins with a lovely bright, raspberry flavor and topped with a sweet buttery streusel topping. Perfect morning treat! Lemon Raspberry Streusel Muffins are one of my absolute favorite muffin recipes at my house…and we love muffins! They are delicious, but also pretty healthy with a few substitutions. I like the lemon taste because it is very subtle, but if you aren’t a fan of lemon, it is very easy to use whatever flavor of yogurt you prefer. See the recipe for Lemon Raspberry Streusel Muffins here.
Cherry Chocolate Chip Cookies are soft, chewy and bursting with cherry flavor – it’s the perfect twist on the classic chocolate chip cookie! Cherry Chocolate Chip Cookies add a fun new twist to a classic favorite. I have tried many different chocolate chip cookie recipes over the year in efforts to find the perfect recipe. See the recipe for Cherry Chocolate Chip Cookies here.
Lemon Butter Bars are simple to make, and everyone who tries them will love the three refreshing layers of bright, sweet flavor! Lemon Butter Bars is a unique recipe I simply had to try when I discovered it – I adore lemon recipes! The bright lemony, sweet flavor and the triple layers add perfect texture. They taste better if made a day in advance, so plan accordingly! See the recipe for Lemon Butter Bars here.
Orange Creamsicle Fruit Dip is so light and refreshing and pairs wonderfully with just about any kind of fruit! In the summer, I eat lots of fruit. I think I could live on fruit alone if I could! I’m happy eating it plain, but a couple of my kids need a little something to dip their fruit in in order to be as excited about eating it as I am. I have several very simple fruit dip recipes that can be paired with just about any type of fruit. The orange flavor in the dip comes from frozen juice concentrate, so it can be easily switched with any other flavor. I love that this dip only has THREE ingredients and is ready to eat within about a minute! See the recipe for Orange Creamsicle Fruit Dip here.
Raspberry Chocolate Chip Cookies are absolutely amazing! Adding fresh raspberries to a delicious classic cookie recipe makes such a delicious difference! Raspberry Chocolate Chip Cookies is a new invention of mine and I want to share it with all of you! I make a lot of treats at my house and there are quite a few that I love, but even with all of the fancy treats I have made, I still feel like chocolate chip cookies are my favorite. I have made so many different chocolate chip cookie recipes over the years and am still coming up with ways to tweak some of my favorites! See the recipe for Raspberry Chocolate Chip Cookies here.
I love this Fancy Fruit Salad because in addition to it being gorgeous and delicious… it’s also incredibly easy! The sweet and tangy dressing you toss with the fruit lends a hand not only in flavor, but also in appearance as it helps the fruit to not brown. Next time you sign up to bring salad to a pot luck, wow your friends with this Fancy Fruit Salad. You won’t regret it! See the recipe for Fancy Fruit Salad here.
Strawberries & Cream Poke Cake is the perfect light and refreshing dessert for any gathering with family and friends – it is delicious and so pretty! Strawberries & Cream Poke Cake is a dessert that I knew my daughter would love – she loves strawberries! I served it for dessert at a family gathering and everyone raved about it. I love how easy it is to make as well. Enjoy! See the recipe for Strawberries and Cream Poke Cake here.
Mandarin Orange Cake with Pineapple Frosting is so light and refreshing and is the perfect cake for summer (or any other time too)! The recipe begins with a cake mix and then only requires 6 more ingredients for the cake and the frosting combined! Mandarin Orange Cake is so easy to make and the “frosting” is much lighter than traditional frosting which I love! I also love that this cake starts with a boxed cake mix and only requires a handful of simple ingredients – there are only three ingredients in the frosting! See the recipe for Mandarin Orange Cake with Pineapple Frosting here.
Orange Cream Fruit Salad is a lovely fruit salad filled with oranges, pineapple and bananas with a sweet orange cream mixed in! Perfect to go alongside Easter dinner! Orange Cream Fruit Salad has been a family favorite recipe for years. I love fruit, and while fresh fruit is my favorite, this is a great recipe to make in the winter when good produce is hard to find (and expensive!), and it has also come in handy many times when I need to make a side dish and don’t have time to run to the store since many of the ingredients are ones that I keep on hand regularly. See the recipe for Orange Cream Fruit Salad here.
Lemon Buttermilk Pound Cake is a classic pound cake recipe with the addition of fresh lemon! Buttermilk gives this Lemon Pound Cake a wonderful texture and everyone loves the bright flavor of the lemon glaze. It’s the perfect buttermilk pound cake recipe! Lemon Buttermilk Pound Cake is one of the most incredible lemon cakes I have ever tried! I served it with sliced sweetened strawberries on top and everyone raved – even my husband who doesn’t quite share my fondness for lemon desserts. It is gorgeous too, especially if you make it in a bundt pan as shown in the pictures. See the recipe for Lemon Buttermilk Pound Cake here.
Raspberry Cream Cake begins with a white cake mix that is topped with sweet whipped cream, raspberries and danish dessert. Wonderful raspberry cake recipe with great flavors! Raspberry Cream Cake is a favorite of mine! Fresh raspberries are in abundance these days so I decided it was the perfect time for me to make one of my favorite desserts. This is one of these super easy cakes that looks and tastes like it was a lot of work to make. Thankfully, that’s not the case! This cake comes together easily and everyone loves it. See the recipe for Raspberry Cream Cake here.
Lemon Cake Truffles from a mix are a win for everyone because they are easy to make and so delicious! You won’t even mind needing to make more! Lemon Cake Truffles are a dessert I made not long ago and guess what- they were from a mix! Krusteaz has this amazing Lemon Pound Cake mix and I thought it would be fun to transform the cake into truffles instead. They not only tasted great but they were so pretty- they’d be perfect for your New Year’s table. So pick up a box next time you’re at the grocery store and get baking! See the recipe for Lemon Cake Truffles here.
I have never been a very big fan of lemons, so lemon bars have never really been tempting to me. But then, I found this recipe for Orange Bars and knew I would be a fan! I love the orange flavor in both the bars and the glaze on top – it is so refreshing and yummy! I haven’t experimented around too much, but I think I may mix things up next time and try to add some melted chocolate to the glaze…I just LOVE the chocolate/orange combination so I’m sure that would be delicious too! See the recipe for Glazed Orange Bars here.
Strawberries and Cream Bites are easy to make because they begin with a cake mix and these tiny little treats are always a hit at parties! Strawberries and Cream Bites are the perfect tiny treat for any occasion! A couple of years ago, I made these Little Lemon Drops and they instantly became one of my favorite recipes ever! I then created an orange version and with Valentine’s Day coming up, I just couldn’t resist making a strawberry version. These are such a fun dessert to take to a party – they are easy to make and the recipe makes over 70 little bite-sized treats that are easy to serve! See the recipe for Strawberries and Cream Bites here.
This simple Lemon Chiffon Dip has a bright, fresh flavor and a light and creamy texture; plus it only takes 5 minutes to make and it’s ready to serve! This time of year I always begin craving fresh flavors. This tasty (and simple!) dip delivers in a big way! It has a lovely, bright lemon flavor and pairs well with all sorts of cookies and fruits. It’s perfect for parties or casual get-togethers. It also comes together in about 5 minutes and needs no time to chill or set! Serve with a variety of dippers and enjoy! See the recipe for Lemon Chiffon Dip here.
Banana Cream Pie Cookies are the perfect way to cheat and still enjoy the taste of Banana Cream Pie without having to deal with a pie crust! Banana Cream Pie Cookies are the perfect alternative to pie, if you’re anything like me and aren’t a huge fan of pie but still love the flavors! I re-created a lovely spring pie in these Banana Cream Pie Cookies. All the flavors of pie with a minimal amount of work- and no worrying about if your pie crust is perfect. See the recipe for Banana Cream Pie Cookies here.
Strawberry Lemonade Chex Mix made easy in under 10 minutes with just 3 ingredients! Great flavor and everyone loves munching on this fun Chex Mix. Simple Chex mix recipe with strawberry lemon flavors perfect for any day that needs a little more fun! I made this Strawberry Lemonade Chex Mix on a whim and I was delighted with how great it tasted! I served it to a big group of people and everyone asked for the recipe. I was almost embarrassed to tell them all just how easy it was! Perfect for a fun Spring or Summer day. See the recipe for Strawberry Lemonade Chex Mix here.
Fruit Pizza Cookies are all the goodness you get in a fruit pizza recipe in cookie form! Soft sugar cookie crust, topped with sweet cream & your favorite fruits; strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, kiwi, blackberries, mango.. the possibilities are endless! See the recipe for Easy Fruit Pizza Cookies here.
Berries and Cream Salad made using just 4 ingredients! Raspberries & Blueberries combine with Greek Yogurt, pudding mix and whipped topping to create a lovely berries and cream salad. Berries and Cream Salad is a wonderful recipe perfect for a picnic, Sunday dinner, or anytime you just want to add something special to your meal. The Greek yogurt, pudding mix and whipped topping come together and create a light and creamy base for showcasing the bright, sweet berries. In the recipe I use frozen berries but you’re welcome to use fresh. I used raspberries and blueberries, but I think it’d be wonderful with blackberries, cut up strawberries- or a mix of all of them! See the recipe for Berries and Cream Salad here.
Blueberry Buttermilk Biscuits are soft and buttery and will melt in your mouth! One of my favorite biscuit recipes ever and perfect for any time of the day. Blueberry Buttermilk Biscuits is a homemade biscuit recipe that yields a soft, buttery biscuit with the lovely addition of fresh blueberries. I drizzled a vanilla glaze on top because, well, it tastes wonderful, but it’s certainly not a requirement. The biscuit dough may be a bit different than what you’re used to. It’s a softer dough and you’ll need to scoop it into the pan. I do hope you try them! They’re one of my favorite biscuit recipes ever! See the recipe for Blueberry Buttermilk Biscuits here.
These Lemon Cupcakes with Fresh Blueberry Buttercream are a MUST bake this Summer! These Lemon Cupcakes with Fresh Blueberry Buttercream have been a dream of mine for months now. They’re lucky #7 on my baking bucket list, and they’re EVERYTHING a blueberry loving gal (or guy) could ask for. The fluffy cupcakes are bright and perky thanks to fresh lemon juice, zest, and lemon extract… and the blueberry frosting?! It’s amazing. See the recipe for Lemon Cupcakes with Fresh Blueberry Buttercream here.
This Berry Mascarpone Layer Cake will wow any crowd with its delicious layers of fluffy vanilla cake, fresh berry filling and mascarpone whipped cream frosting! It’s light, fruity and perfect for spring! See the recipe for Berry Mascarpone Layer Cake here.
These Easy Parmesan Garlic Dinner Rolls are made from frozen rolls and tossed with butter and seasonings. Bakes in under 30 minutes, everyone loves these soft, buttery dinner rolls! I updated this recipe years ago and this version of our new and improved Easy Parmesan Garlic Dinner Rolls recipe is the best!
This Creamy Vegetable Soup is wonderful with our Easy Parmesan Garlic Dinner Rolls and is made in 30 minutes or less! Its a simple, creamy, flavorful vegetable soup that is the perfect comfort food on those rainy spring days. You can find this quick and easy Creamy Vegetable Soup recipe here.
Our Crustless Spinach Quiche recipe is quick & easy and tastes absolutely delicious! Packed with protein from milk, cheese and eggs, this easy quiche recipe also has spinach and fresh tomatoes. Serving crustless quiche makes prep so much easier, plus the quiche is healthier for you. Great for breakfast or dinner, your family will definitely enjoy this Crustless Spinach Quiche recipe.
This Fiesta Ranch Chicken Pasta Salad is full of fresh southwestern flavors with black beans, corn, cheese and tomatoes. This hearty chicken pasta salad recipe topped with Fritos is perfect as a main dish or a side dish for potlucks and parties! Fiesta Ranch Chicken Pasta Salad recipe is one of my favorite springtime meals because it doesn’t require the oven and it makes a huge batch which usually leaves us with enough leftovers to give me another night off from making dinner! Gotta love those no-bake/no-oven dinners! See the Fiesta Ranch Chicken Pasta Salad recipe here.
This Easy 5-Minute Chicken Salad recipe that’s the BEST I’ve ever tasted! The simple dressing really makes it perfect. Chicken Salad recipe made with diced chicken, plain yogurt, apples, grapes, celery, cucumber, raisins and more! Great as chicken salad sandwiches or in lettuce as a wrap or on crackers. I’ve always loved chicken salad and have made it so many times over the years. I consider this recipe perfection! It’s very versatile, so feel free to add in or swap out whatever items you’d like. See the Easy 5-Minute Chicken Salad recipe here.
Greek Pasta Salad is fresh, flavorful and simple to put together. It’s the perfect side dish! Loaded with vegetables and drizzled with a homemade lemon greek vinaigrette, it’s easy to make and everyone enjoys it. Perfect topped with crumbled feta cheese and a few additional olives. See the Greek Pasta Salad Recipe here.
These super simple 3 Ingredient Ham and Cheese Rollups knocked us both off our seats! Just toss your ham and cheese onto a batch of stretched out pizza dough, roll it up tight, and pinch the edges to seal. In under an hour, it crisps up into a beautifully golden, gooey loaf! Each slice is full of scrumptious, hearty lick-your-plate goodness. Crazy delicious dunked in your favorite spicy mustard and served with a big green salad on the side. See the 3 Ingredient Baked Ham and Cheese Rollups recipe here.
This Garden Vegetable Caprese Salad is a variation on the traditional Caprese Salad- because I love vegetables and wanted to add more. So I did. And it was amazing! One of the best things about this salad is that it stores well. It might actually even be better the 2nd day, when the vegetables and fresh mozzarella have had a chance to absorb the deliciousness of the vinaigrette. Try it- you’ll love it. See the recipe for Garden Vegetable Caprese Salad here.
Texas Caviar combines delicious fresh vegetables with an amazing Italian dressing…plus you get the added crunch of tortilla chips in the mix! This Texas Caviar version has an added ingredient that’s not normally found in other versions: avocado. Don’t leave it out. In my opinion it takes the dish from good to stellar. Other versions also use Black Eyed Peas, but I think they’re harder to find and cost more than regular beans. So I use regular cans of beans instead and you know what? It tastes the same! See the recipe for Texas Caviar here.
Grilled Pineapple Chicken is marinated in a sweet and tangy sauce full of BBQ sauce and pineapple juice. This BBQ Pineapple Chicken is then topped with pineapple pico de gallo for an easy, low-carb, and healthy weeknight dinner recipe! With Springtime in full swing here in Texas, we have started to get our grill going and this BBQ pineapple chicken was one of the first things to hit it! See the Grilled Pineapple Chicken with BBQ Sauce recipe here.
Grilled BBQ Chicken with Pineapple Salsa is made by smothering grilled chicken with thick & flavorful bbq sauce then topping it with a delicious pineapple salsa. Perfect for weeknight dinners or weekend get-togethers, the pineapple salsa pairs perfectly with the tangy grilled barbecue chicken.Anyone ready for some BBQ chicken with pineapple salsa?! I know I am. Summer is quickly approaching and with that comes GRILLING SEASON! It seems like for the better part of the last several months my grill was buried under at least a foot of snow, so I’m thrilled to fire it up. This recipe is the perfect way to dress up ordinary barbecue chicken. It’s easy to make and has the best flavor! See the Grilled BBQ Chicken with Pineapple Salsa recipe here.
Try this simple Greek Chicken Souvlaki with Lemon Rice recipe for Greek Chicken Souvlaki grilled to perfection and served with Greek lemon rice. It’s the perfect weeknight dinner for anyone who loves the fresh, bright flavors of Greek food. Be sure to add this recipe for Greek Chicken Souvlaki with Lemon Rice to your list of great grilling recipes!
Bring this Thai Chicken Salad to work & you’ll have the best lunch there. With so many great textures, fresh flavors, & tangy dressing, you’ll never get bored! I don’t mean to be bossy, but let me tell you…you need this Thai Chicken Salad in your life. If you’re on the hunt for a really non-boring lunch, then you’ve come to the right place! This Thai Chicken Salad is easy to prep, can be enjoyed all week long, and has so many fun flavors and textures going on! See the recipe for Thai Chicken Salad here.
Summer Vegetable Stew is delicious, with tomatoes, zucchini, carrots and more. Fresh flavors perfect for a weeknight summer meal when the garden is overflowing. Summer Vegetable Stew the perfect mix of summer and fall. I have a confession to make. I enjoy summer. I love summer foods- the grilling, the fresh tomatoes, the abundance of zucchini, etc. But you know what? I crave fall flavors. Bad. Pretty much year round. I’m dying for the temperatures to dip low enough where I can crank up my oven and not feel like a crazy person. I was really craving stew the other day but thought I’d use some fresh vegetables from the garden. It turned out fantastic and you know what, even my die-hard-summer-loving husband enjoyed it. Feel free to swap out cans for fresh if your garden is overflowing! See the recipe for Summer Vegetable Stew here.
Creamy Lemon Chicken Pasta with Asparagus made easy with juicy chicken, fresh lemon and vegetables and a light, creamy sauce. Perfect weeknight chicken dinner. Creamy Lemon Chicken Pasta is a lovely weeknight meal. It’s simple, light and incredibly satisfying with flavors that pair well together. The fresh lemon and asparagus are fantastic in this easy chicken pasta dinner. See the recipe for Creamy Lemon Pasta With Chicken and Asparagus here.
Crock Pot Ham and Pineapple would be a wonderful addition to your upcoming Easter holiday meal. With just 4 ingredients this delicious ham and pineapple recipe can be made in minutes in the crock pot or Instant Pot! Brown sugar and pineapple provide a sweet, tangy flavor that will yield a tender, flavorful and juicy ham every time. See the Crock Pot Ham and Pineapple recipe here.
How do I soften butter?
The traditional way of softening butter is leaving however much you need for a recipe out at room temperature for long enough to soften. However, there are some other, quicker ways to soften butter such as: cutting up the butter, pounding the butter, beating the butter and if it comes to it, microwaving the butter. If microwaving, use the defrost setting for only about 15 sec. You don’t want your butter to melt!
Should I use water, lemon juice or citric-acid for keeping fruit salads fresh?
There is actually no way to keep fruit salads fresh for days, but at least you can make fruit salad and eat it the the next day.
At times I also make fruit salad and store some for the next day. The biggest problem is that some fruits like apples and bananas oxidizes and turn black very quickly, while fruits like watermelon goes mushy when left to long. To counteract that, add a little lemon or lime juice to your fruit salad to stop fruits from oxidizing, and keep your fruit salad in the refrigerator to keep it from going mushy. This should keep your salad “fresh” for at least the following day. For some more great tips on keeping cut fruit fresh longer visit www.easylunchboxes.com.
Which fruits and vegetables are the best in the spring?
Note that specific crops and harvest dates depend on the climate of your region but you can find a great guide to picking in season fruits and vegetables at The Spruce Eats. Their Ultimate Guide to Seasonal Fruits and Vegetables will help you at the market to choose the best flavor (and value) of fruits and vegetables when they are in season.