April 22, 2014 at 12:09 PM ET
Like any food "holiday," National Jelly Bean Day—April 22—is mainly an excuse to indulge in the namesake vice all day long. But how much candy can you really eat in one day? (Don't answer that!) Muster your willpower and set a few jelly beans aside to make these cheerful, candy-flecked sweets.
To create these soft, buttery, jelly bean-studded sugar cookies, you'll need only one bowl—and 10 spare minutes.
This ingenious cake is lined with intricate rows of candies in a gradient color pattern for a stunning ombré effect.
Now that Easter is over, use up any leftover pastel-egg jelly beans to make this easy white chocolate bark—perfect as a hostess gift too.
In this recipe, the jelly beans melt but don't vanish, leaving behind colorful, chewy pockets inside the white cupcakes.
Designed to look like birds’ nests, these coconut macaroons are topped with lemon curd and jelly-bean "eggs."
Ready for the ultimate jelly-bean challenge? Make your own candies at home. The results will be softer, gummier—and not to mention unprocessed. The best part: You can coat the jelly beans in any flavor you like, and yes, that includes your favorite cocktail.