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.

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.

Rhubarb-Apple-Almond Cobbler

This rhubarb and apple cobbler is perfect for kids to make on Mother's Day: The steps are few and easy to follow, and it is attractive yet requires no real decorating—you just drop the dough over the top, brush on heavy cream, add sliced almonds, and bake.
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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.

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.

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.

Roasted Salmon with Herbed Yogurt

Rating: 3.73 stars
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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.

Lillet Rose Spring Cocktail

Rating: 3.46 stars
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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.
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Inspiration and Ideas

Mother's Day Brunch Recipes for Breakfast in Bed or a Feast at the Table

Whether Mom prefers a leisurely breakfast in bed or a family brunch around the table, you can't go wrong with these sweet and savory brunch dishes.

40 Delicious Mother's Day Dessert Recipes Your Mom Will Love

Satisfy your mom's (and everyone else's) sweet tooth on her special day. Treat her to one—or more—of these special desserts.

Strawberry Cobbler

The filling for these berry cobblers is made with basic ingredients like fresh strawberries, cornstarch for thickness, sugar for sweetness, and a touch of lemon juice. It's transferred to a baking dish and topped with flaky biscuits for the ultimate summer dessert. It's a tart twist on the southern classic.