For years, she made birthday cakes and treats for you — now it’s time to turn the tables and make something delectable for her! Below, we’ve rounded up 10 simple but sensational Mother’s Day desserts fit for the sweetest of moms.
Mini vanilla pound cakes
These mini vanilla pound cakes are flat-out adorable. They’re moist and buttery, thanks to a just-right ratio of butter, sugar, flour and eggs. Sally of Sally’s Baking Addiction tops these delightful cakes with pink raspberry frosting — but chocolate, vanilla, powdered-sugar glaze or whatever else you like would work, too. Then just add some sprinkles, and you have a dessert your mom will love. (Don’t have a mini bundt pan? No worries: A muffin pan or mini loaf pan works just as well.)
Gluten-free vanilla bean shortbread cookies
Shortbread shouldn’t be limited to the winter holidays, especially when it’s as good as these vanilla bean shortbread cookies from Jessica Gavin. They turn just butter, sugar, flour and eggs into something really special without any leavening agents at all. The creaming of the butter and sugar give these cookies the signature character of shortbread, and you can even cut them into shapes for special occasions.
Peanut butter s’mores pots
Mother’s Day and s’mores may not seem like they go together, but trust us: It’s a match made in heaven. S’mores get a facelift in this recipe for peanut butter s’mores pots. Graham cracker crusts in individual ramekins are topped with peanut butter and a smattering of chocolate chips, followed by marshmallows that bake up golden-brown. Mom will enjoy digging into an ooey-gooey pot of goodness.
Churros — deep-fried, cinnamon-dusted tube-shaped doughnuts — were once reserved for trips to Disneyland and neighborhood Mexican restaurants. But guess what? You can make churros easily at home!
Easy churros from Rasa Malaysia take just a little time, and are surprisingly simple to make. Just whip up the dough, make fun shapes with a piping bag and star tip (or the traditional straight line), fry them up, and dust with cinnamon and sugar. Olé! Hot, fresh churros, right from your own kitchen. Top with ice cream or a swirl of chocolate sauce.
Strawberry cheesecake bites
The Kitchen is My Playground also takes advantage of strawberry season with these strawberry cheesecake bites. Strawberries are cut in half and topped with a creamy filling — made of cream cheese, powdered sugar, strawberry jam, and a touch of almond extract — in an almost-healthy sweet treat.
When preparing the strawberries, leave the stems on to serve as little handles — plus they add greenery for contrast. If your strawberries don’t lie flat on the plate, slice a bit off the rounded bottom of the strawberry. Dusted with sprinkles and nonpareils, they’re absolutly beautiful displayed on a dessert plate.
Mini Oreo cheesecake cups
If you’re serving just a few people or prefer individual servings of dessert, try making these mini Oreo cheesecake cups. Oreos make up the crust, then a light cheesecake filling is layered on top. The entire thing is baked for about 20 minutes. The leftovers are excellent the next day or two, and they pack well for games, camping and lunches.
Easy chocolate lasagna
OK, we get it: Mother’s Day is a mom’s last food hurrah before summer bikini season. So go all out with this chocolate lasagna! A delicious Oreo cookie layer gets smothered with cream cheese, and then chocolate pudding. You don’t even need to bake this pan full of decadence — just let it set for four hours, then enjoy.
Strawberry shortcake for one
Perhaps this Mother’s Day, you’re cooking for one. Why make a full cake if all you want is a single slice, right? This strawberry shortcake for one from Chocolate Covered Katie is just the thing. She turns strawberries and cream into a hearty, healthy muffin-in-a-mug that you can nuke right in the microwave! All you need: flour, strawberries, a bit of oil or applesauce, and vanilla — and add a little stevia if you like.
Lemon magic cake
Lemon-lovers, rejoice! Lemons, eggs, sugar and flour combine to create this lighter-than-air lemon magic cake. The key to lemony success? Separating the eggs. The egg whites are whipped until stiff peaks form. The yolks are mixed into the sugar, butter and vanilla. Next, the flour is added, and finally, the egg whites are folded in. The magic in the cake is the crust that forms naturally as it’s baked, while the middle remains light and airy.
Fresh strawberry cobbler
Who can resist a fresh strawberry cobbler that’s so crispy, sweet and rich? Cobblers are made with fruit, sugar, flour and butter — ingredients that are typically on hand — so they’re a great pick for a quick dessert. While strawberries are a less common choice in a cobbler, this one makes the most of the berry’s tangy sweetness. The crust is always the best part, so double it and lay it on top of the fruit. Top with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, and Mom will be in cobbler heaven this Mother’s Day.