Mother's Day Recipes

Create the perfect menu for Mother's Day with our recipes for breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dinner. You'll also find delicious cakes and other sweet treats that mom will love.

Staff Picks

Cinnamon Streusel Coffee Cake

Rating: 3.5 stars 901
Everyone needs a delicious coffee cake recipe in their repertoire, and this cinnamon streusel coffee cake recipe is the perfect option. Meaning "something strewn" in Old German, streusel is easy to throw together -- and then to throw on top of this sour-cream coffee cake. The sweet glaze in the recipe is the perfect coffee cake topping.

Vanilla Glaze for Cinnamon-Bun Bites

Rating: 4 stars 30
Everyone needs a cinammon roll glaze recipe like this one, made with just five pantry ingredients. Sure, it's perfect over Cinnamon-Bun Bites, but it's also worth drizzling over Bundt cakes, loaf cakes, and donuts. It's your homemade vanilla glaze for a myriad of baking adventures.


Rating: 3 stars 358
This ganache recipe (which can easily be multiplied) is the base for Apricot and Ganache Tartlets, Chocolate Cakes with Ganache Glaze, Mini Chocolate Whoopie Pies, Chocolate Cupcakes with Whipped Ganache, and Peanut Butter Truffles. For step-by-step photos, see our handy 101.

Spinach and Gruyere Quiches

Rating: 3 stars 1112
An outstanding quiche relies on a few simple elements: a creamy egg custard, buttery homemade crust, and flavorful cheese and vegetables. This family-friendly brunch recipe delivers all three.

Coddled Eggs

Rating: 3 stars 95
Coddling is a gentle steaming method that yields a tender egg. The eggs are cooked individually in coddling cups-ceramic cups with screw-on lids available at kitchen-supply stores. Four-ounce baby-food jars can be used as well. Garnish with chopped herbs, onion, or cooked bacon.

Triple-Chocolate Mousse Cakes

Rating: 3.5 stars 642
With three shades of chocolate, these cakes are as pleasing to the eye as they are to the sweet tooth.

Test Kitchen's Favorite Buttermilk Pancakes

Lemon juice adds a subtle tang to our light-as-air flapjacks that are perfect for Mother's Day or just an ordinary Saturday morning.

Raspberry Mousse Pie

Rating: 3.5 stars 319
Creamy, airy mousse is pretty in pink and perfect for Mother's Day, but you can rely on it all season long. The dessert takes just 30 minutes to put together (and 2 hours to chill), and is absolutely foolproof.

Embellished Wreath Cookies

Buttery classic, sugar cookies make a delicious treat anytime. Here, Martha heightens them to special-occasion status with a simple glaze and a fanciful combination of candied flowers, crystallized ginger, and chopped pistachios.

Roasted Salmon with Herbed Yogurt

Rating: 3.5 stars 164
Celebrate any occasion with this family-style salmon dinner that you can prep fast (just 5 minutes) and then roast in the oven, leaving you time to round out the meal.

Rich Cream Scones

Rating: 3.5 stars 96
These scones get their light, flaky texture from the butter that is layered into the dough.

Lillet Rose Spring Cocktail

Rating: 3.5 stars 179
Lillet Rose, a fortified-wine blend of Sauvignon Blanc and Muscatel, has the aroma of flowers and ripe berries -- perfect for a springtime aperitif. Garnishing the drinks with edible flowers is a lovely touch.

Inspiration and Ideas

Family Recipes from Big Martha, Martha Stewart's Mother
Martha Stewart's love of cooking came from her mother, also named Martha. Try one of these cherished recipes from Martha's mom, Mrs. Kostyra.
Our Most Beautiful and Delicious Cake and Cupcake Recipes for Mother's Day
Whether you want to whip up a frosted layer cake, an easy sheet cakes, or a batch of delightful cupcakes, these tasty recipes are guaranteed to delight every mom.
Cinnamon-Bun Bites
Rating: 3.5 stars 344

Serve these bites directly from the baking dish, or unmold them and place the whole mound on a serving dish or in a basket. Recipe adapted with permission from "Williams-Sonoma Family Meals: Creating Traditions in the Kitchen," copyright 2009 by Maria Helm Sinskey and Williams-Sonoma, published by Weldon Owen, San Francisco.