23 Recipes to Dazzle Mom This Mother's Day

Serve Mom this Mother’s Day while she puts her feet up! Kids of all ages can choose something from this list of 23 recipes to make for breakfast, brunch, dinner, or dessert.

Three images side by side. From left to right: Lemon Pudding with berries on top, Mezze Platter with vegetables, dips and pitas. Last are waffles on a plate.

What do mothers everywhere really want for Mother’s Day? The answer is simple: They want one day where they don’t have to worry about what’s for breakfast or lunch or dinner or dessert.

Luckily for you, we can help make those dreams come true! We have a wide variety of recipes—some simple, some that are a bit more involved— that kids of all ages (even the grown-up kids) can make to give Mom the break she truly deserves!

  • Berries and Banana Fruit Salad

    Berries and Banana Fruit Salad
    Elise Bauer

    The youngest of kids can help make this for mom, even if it's just washing the blueberries and putting them into the mixing bowl with the strawberries and bananas someone else cut up. This salad is also really good when mixed in with some Greek yogurt!

  • Strawberry Banana Smoothie

    Quick and easy strawberry banana smoothie garnished with sliced bananas and with whole fruit set around it.
    Alison Bickel

    Nothing says “I love you” like something pink! This easy smoothie has just 5 ingredients, uses up the ripe bananas that are languishing in the fruit basket, and is a yummy treat for mom.

  • How to Make the Best Scrambled Eggs

    Easy Scrambled Eggs with toast on a plate
    Sally Vargas

    Grab a rubber spatula and serve up the fluffiest scrambled eggs in all the land! This is a great recipe for kids who are just learning to cook!

  • Easy Buttermilk Waffles

    Easy waffle recipe served on a round plate with maple syrup
    Emma Christensen

    The long search for the perfect waffle is over! We have the best tips and tricks on how to get waffles that are crispy on the outside and chewy on the inside. They’re guaranteed to make this Mother’s Day unforgettable!

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  • Tater Tot Breakfast Casserole

    Tater Tot Breakfast Casserole
    Aaron Hutcherson

    If your child is older and a more experienced cook, let them put their skills to work making this breakfast casserole! The tater tots make it a fun dish to make, but it’s still sophisticated enough for Mom to enjoy.

  • Mediterranean Mezze Platter

    Dips vegetables fruit and olives for mediterranean mezze platter
    Alison Bickel

    If assembly dinners are more Mom’s speed, a Mezze platter is the way to go. Let the kids have fun with the placement of all the ingredients! They could shape it into a flower or heart for an extra special touch.

  • Avocado Toasts with Fried Egg, Olives, and Smoked Paprika

    Avocado Toast with Fried Egg, Olives, and Paprika

    Avocado toast is simple, yet add in a few other ingredients and it’s transformed into a whole meal. Top with a fried egg and serve with a side of fruit!

  • Banana Bread

    Banana Bread
    Elise Bauer

    Baking doesn’t get any easier than this! Make an extra loaf just for Mom so that she can enjoy it all week long.

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  • Baked Blueberry French Toast Casserole

    Baked Blueberry French Toast Casserole for Mother's Day
    Cindy Rahe

    Is there a crowd gathering for Mother's Day? This casserole will, and please, them all. Assemble it the night before and kept in the fridge before baking. If you forget, don't worry—30 minutes before going in the oven works, too. So does switching out the fruit. Strawberries, raspberries, or raisins would work just as well as the blueberries.

  • Fluffy Buttermilk Pancakes

    Buttermilk Pancakes for Mother's Day
    Sally Vargas

    You're going to want real maple syrup to drizzle on these slightly tangy, fluffy pancakes. Mix in fruit or chocolate chips, or sprinkle them on top if you want. Serve with the perfect partner to pancakes, bacon made in the oven.

  • Huevos Rancheros

    Huevos Rancheros
    Elise Bauer

    Spice up breakfast or brunch with huevos rancheros, fried eggs served on lightly fried corn tortillas and smothered in a cooked salsa with a little heat. You can use jarred salsa to make it easier. Optional toppings include chorizo, cheese, black beans—these are very customizable.

  • French Crêpes

    How To make Crepes
    Sally Vargas

    Making crêpes for Mother's Day is brilliant because they're a little fancy, savory or sweet, and everyone can choose their own fillings. If you make savory crepes (which is as easy as omitting the sugar in the recipe), stuff them full of ham and cheese or bacon and eggs. Sweet crepes beg for fruit, whipped cream, ricotta and peaches, or Nutella.

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  • Eggs Benedict

    Side view of eggs benedict on a plate.
    Elise Bauer

    The trickiest part to Eggs Benedict is the timing so if you've never made them before, an extra pair of hands in the kitchen can help you manage it. But, this rich dish is well worth the effort. If you're serving them with home fries, make extra hollandaise sauce because it's so good on top of them, too.

  • Smoked Salmon Potato Leek Torta

    Smoked Salmon Potato Leek Torta
    Elise Bauer

    Yukon Gold potatoes, smoked salmon, and sautéed leeks are held together with a dill-seasoned custard of eggs and cream. Mom will feel special when she digs into this savory torta that looks fancy but takes only basic cooking skills to make.

  • Mushroom Toast With Fried Egg

    Mushroom Toast With Fried Egg
    Sheryl Julian

    This savory dish works for brunch or a simple dinner. Sauté the mushrooms in advance and reheat them on the stovetop with a little water. The mushrooms top thick toast and an egg with a runny yolk tops it all. The yolk becomes a silky sauce when it cascades over the mushrooms. Add a simple mixed green salad on the side.

  • Salsa Verde Chicken Bake

    Salsa Verde Chicken Bake
    Elise Bauer

    Cooking dinner really doesn’t get any easier than this, and kids can help prepare it. They may need some help with placing the chicken in the dish, but other than that, they can have at it!

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  • Chicken Piccata

    Chicken piccata
    Elise Bauer

    Few dishes are as simple yet as impressive as chicken piccata. Dredge thin chicken breasts in seasoned flour and Parmesan cheese and pan fry. Chicken stock, fresh lemon juice, and a little white wine make a pan sauce and capers add a punch of flavor. It's all cooked in one pan and the result is a flavorful, fresh dish in just about a half hour. Serve with mashed potatoes and a green vegetable to round it out.

  • Butternut Squash Lasagna

    Roasted Butternut Squash Lasagna
    Sally Vargas

    This lasagna is a satisfying way to feed vegetarians or anyone who just loves delicious food on Mother's Day. A creamy white sauce, Parmesan and Fontana cheeses, roasted butternut squash, and spinach sit between layers of noodles. Mom will appreciate the effort!

  • Peppercorn Steak

    Peppercorn Steak
    Elise Bauer

    If mom loves steak, she deserves this thick, juicy steak crusted with cracked black or green peppercorns and served with a sauce with cognac, and cream or demi-glace. Serve with marsala glazed mushrooms, mashed potatoes or baked mac and cheese, and creamed spinach.

  • No-Bake Cheesecake

    No Bake Cheesecake made with easy no bake cheesecake filling and graham cracker crust
    Emma Christensen

    This cheesecake is creamy and dreamy and just as elegant as any other cheesecake out there. This method takes out the need for fussy water baths or elaborate cool-down steps so that kids of all ages can have fun making it!

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  • Easy Lemon Pudding

    Easy Lemon Pudding in three cups topped with berries
    Sally Vargas

    Fresh pudding is easier than it looks and tastes a million times better than anything that comes from a box. You can make this recipe up to 2 days in advance if needed.

  • Peanut Butter Blossom Cookies

    Peanut butter blossoms in a wide ceramic bowl.
    Aaron Hutcherson

    A little Kiss on top of a cookie is a simple way to say, “I love you!” Even toddlers can help by unwrapping the chocolate kisses (be sure to have extra because they’ll sneak a few!)

  • Strawberry Shortcake

    Easy Strawberry Shortcake Recipe
    Elise Bauer

    Celebrate that special Mom in your life with shortcake! The biscuits are fantastic for new and experienced bakers alike, and the rest of the dessert comes together in a snap.