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.

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Easy Basic Pancakes

Rating: 3.64 stars
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Nothing says "weekend" like homemade pancakes for breakfast. Our easy recipe will help you whip them up in less than 30 minutes. Making pancake batter from scratch is so simple that you'll wonder why you never did it before!

Vanilla Sponge Cake with Strawberry-Meringue Buttercream

Tall and light-as-air, this three-layer chiffon cake is a strawberry lover's delight. There are three pounds of berries sandwiched between its layers, mixed into the ethereal whipped frosting, and in a sugar-dusted pile on top.

Cinnamon Streusel Coffee Cake

Rating: 3.32 stars
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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.

Carrot Cake

Rating: 3.37 stars
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Beneath this towering yet unpretentious appearance lies multiple layers of moist, mildly spiced cake that are flecked with carrots and pecans and enveloped by a generous coating of cream cheese frosting.

Cream-Cheese Pound Cakes

Rating: 3.58 stars
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For best results, bake these cakes at least a day before serving. Store, wrapped in plastic, for up to three days at room temperature, or freeze for up to three months.

Vanilla Glaze for Cinnamon-Bun Bites

Rating: 3.83 stars
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Make this glaze while the Cinnamon-Bun Bites are baking. 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.

Chocolate-Peanut Butter Cheesecake with Chocolate Glaze

Rating: 3.72 stars
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This cheesecake is a fresh take on a familiar combination. It's not too sweet and has a voluptuous consistency. The glossy chocolate glaze goes on like satin.

Buttermilk Waffles

Rating: 3.81 stars
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Make these fluffy waffles on the weekend for a treat the whole family will enjoy.

Spinach and Gruyere Quiches

Rating: 3.19 stars
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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.

Lemon Poppy-Seed Tea Cake

This sweet Mother's Day treat comes to us from reader Angie M. Biggin of Lyons, Illinois. Serve this easy Lemon Poppy-Seed Tea Cake along with other afternoon-tea desserts.

Ganache

Rating: 3.13 stars
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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.

Coddled Eggs

Rating: 3.22 stars
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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.
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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.

Triple-Chocolate Mousse Cakes

Rating: 3.51 stars
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With three shades of chocolate, these cakes are as pleasing to the eye as they are to the sweet tooth.