Individual Mother's Day Desserts Guaranteed to Make Mom Feel Extra-Special
On Mother's Day we all want to show Mom how much we love her and appreciate all she has done for us. If you're a home cook or baker, making something extra special—that's just for her—feels like a natural way to celebrate the holiday. Whether you are cooking lunch or dinner or even brunch for your mother this year, end the meal on an especially sweet note with one of these delightful individual desserts for Mother's Day.
Making individual desserts seems so much fancier than making a sheet cake or fruit crisp. It's like serving a restaurant-level dessert, and everyone at the table is sure to be impressed by your hard work. Most of the recipes here should be made ahead of time as they need time to chill or set, and that's always a good thing; after all, if you can get at least one course finished ahead of time, preparing the rest of the celebratory meal feels far more manageable.
If your mom loves berries or is a fan of seasonal desserts, make our Mother's Day Strawberries, the chocolate-covered strawberries shown here. Spell out your Mother's Day sentiments in white, semisweet, or bittersweet chocolate, depending on which Mom prefers. All you need is a plastic bag and steady hands to pipe on a sweet message.
Another luscious strawberry option are these dainty strawberry-and-cream filled eclairs. If she likes a light, not-too-sweet dessert then try the yogurt panna cottas with grapefruit gelée or the oh-so-simple Lime Pudding Cups. Both also have a cool, creamy, and comforting texture.
Or maybe a crisp meringue is more to her taste? Fill each individual meringue with whipped cream and swap out the blueberries for Mom's favorite fruit, whether it's sliced mango, rhubarb compote, or more strawberries!
Whether your mom likes chocolate or vanilla, crispy desserts or creamy, one of the alluring individual desserts for Mother's Day we're sharing here is sure to be the icing on the cake for this special day.
Easy Mini Pavlovas
No piping required for these streamlined individual pavlovas! Just break out two spoons to scoop and shape the mounds of meringue. Finish the crisp-chewy wonders with whipped cream, blueberries, and lemon zest.
Mini Eclairs with Strawberries and Cream
Yes, you can make these bakery treats at home! They're filled with vanilla cream and strawberries macerated with sugar and fresh mint. Dust with powdered sugar or drizzle with melted chocolate for an extra-deluxe touch.
Strawberries and rose water are folded into vanilla whipped cream and adorned with sugared rose petals in this elegant Mother's Day dessert.
For the mom who loves coffee, these classy Italian-style pudding cups cannot be beat. In this riff on tiramisu, a layer of amaretto cookies, soaked in an espresso-brandy mixture, is topped with a rich coffee pudding, then chilled. A touch of mascarpone and chocolate curls are added before serving.
Cinnamon-Honey Creme Brulee
Transport Mom to Paris with this bistro-level dessert. Clover honey mellows the spicy cinnamon note in the caramelized sugar topping.
Tartlets with Yogurt Pastry Cream and Strawberries
Store-bought puff pastry makes putting this dessert together a breeze. Sliced strawberries are nestled on a bed of light, tangy yogurt cream inside the beautifully burnished tartlets.
Mini Chocolate Whoopie Pies
Rich chocolate ganache is sandwiched between bite-size chocolate cookies in these guaranteed Mom-pleasers.
Lime Pudding Cups
Quick to make—we're talking 10 minutes plus chilling—and very special too, these creamy, key lime pie-inspired pudding cups are no-bake and crust free. Skip the garnish of crumbled graham crackers to serve mom a gluten-free individual dessert.
Blueberry-Lavender Cornmeal Cream Tarts
Fresh lavender adds intrigue to the vanilla whipped cream that's used to fill these golden cornmeal tarts. Scatter blueberries and top with more lavender to serve.
Basil-Yogurt Panna Cotta with Grapefruit Gelèe
For something light and not too sweet but also elegant and indulgent yet gluten-free, these creamy panna cottas topped with a jewel-like jelly and grapefruit segments are just the thing.
Raspberry Macaroons in Chocolate Shells
If Mom's gluten-free, make her these bonbon-like coconut cookies that get their lovely pink hue from fresh raspberries. Dip the bottoms in dark chocolate or cover completely and decorate with edible gold leaf, toasted coconut, and sanding sugar.
Pear-Raspberry Heart Pies
Yes, you should take the time to cut your hand pies into hearts. Mom's worth it! Plus, she'll love the sweet-tart pear-and-raspberry filling spiced with fresh nutmeg.
Brownie Cupcakes with Sugared Pansies
They're oh so very pretty and you'll be glad to hear that these decadent brownie cupcakes taste as good as they look. Their topping is a lavender-hued white chocolate ganache decorated with candied edible flowers.