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: 3.5 stars 4791
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!

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.

Buttermilk Waffles

Rating: 4 stars 233
Make these fluffy waffles on the weekend for a treat the whole family will enjoy.

Vanilla Glaze for Cinnamon-Bun Bites

Rating: 4 stars 30
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.

Carrot Cake

Rating: 3.5 stars 1515
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: 3.5 stars 594
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.

Ganache

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.

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.

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.

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.
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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.
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.
Plum Cocktails
Rating: 3.5 stars 13

These refreshing cocktails are made with gin and either yellow or red plums.