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Mother's Day Dessert Recipes

Need sweet ideas for Mother's Day? Treat her to one of these delicious recipes for cakes, parfaits, cheesecakes, cookies, cupcakes and more.

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Shortcake with Fresh Rhubarb Sauce

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Rena McCalment
Every spring when her rhubarb was ready, my mother-in-law chopped it up for this moist cake. If your rhubarb is too tart for the sauce, just add in some strawberries. —Rena McCalment, Sharpsville, Indiana
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Italian Chocolate-Hazelnut Cheesecake Pie

Italian Chocolate-Hazelnut Cheesecake Pie

Italian Chocolate-Hazelnut Cheesecake Pie

I first prepared an Italian-style cheese pie years ago. When I added a chocolate-hazelnut topping, it proved so popular that I had to give out copies of the recipe.—Steve Meredith, Streamwood, Illinois

Lemon-Lime Mousse

Lemon-Lime Mousse

Lemon-Lime Mousse

"For a light and refreshing dessert after any meal, try this tangy citrus treat," suggests field editor Kathryn Anderson of Wallkill, New York.

Carrot Cake with Pecan Frosting

Carrot Cake with Pecan Frosting

Carrot Cake with Pecan Frosting

My husband constantly requests this homey, old-fashioned version of carrot cake. The frosting is still tasty even without the pecans. —Adrian Badon, Denham Springs, Louisiana
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Heavenly Chocolate Marshmallow Fondue

Heavenly Chocolate Marshmallow Fondue

Heavenly Chocolate Marshmallow Fondue

Guests won’t be able to resist this silky chocolate fondue made extra-special with butterscotch chips, marshmallow creme and coconut. “Bananas are my favorite fruit for dipping, but apple wedges, pineapple chunks and maraschino cherries work, too.”—Sarita Naegeli, Edmond, Oklahoma

Fruit-Filled Angel Food Torte

Fruit-Filled Angel Food Torte

Fruit-Filled Angel Food Torte

"I was so tired of eating plain angel food cake and fruit for dessert that I decided to combine the two with a little whipped topping—the result is this scrumptious and refreshing torte," says Hettie Johnson of Jacksonville, Florida. "It tastes as good as it looks!"

Rhu-berry Pie

Rhu-berry Pie

Rhu-berry Pie

I cook in a coffee shop, so I'm always looking for new and unique pies to serve my customers. The combination of blueberries and rhubarb in this recipe caught my eye and it was an instant best-seller. —Karen Dougherty, Freeport, Illinois

Chocolate Puddles

Chocolate Puddles

Chocolate Puddles

The variations on this original recipe are almost endless. For double chocolate puddles, use semisweet chocolate chips for the vanilla chips. Or make peanut butter puddles by substituting peanut butter chips and peanuts for the vanilla chips and mixed nuts.

Toffee Truffle Cheesecake

Toffee Truffle Cheesecake

Toffee Truffle Cheesecake

I combined two of my favorite cheesecake recipes and added the delicious homemade caramel sauce for a cheesecake that's now my favorite! —Hannah Halstead, Blair, Nebraska

Whole Wheat Strawberry Shortcakes

Whole Wheat Strawberry Shortcakes

Whole Wheat Strawberry Shortcakes

Nothing says spring better than a fresh strawberry shortcake. Heaven. My mother and I usually make this with strawberries we picked ourselves. —Sarah Hatter, Brodhead, Wisconsin

Chocolate Chip Cookie Pops

Chocolate Chip Cookie Pops

Chocolate Chip Cookie Pops

Set out a basket of these pleasing "lollipops" at your next bazaar or family event and watch them disappear! You can easily create characters by icing the cookies with store-bought frosting like the CT home economists did here or serve them plain just as Jan Cassidy of El Reno, Oklahoma often does. "Our children love eating cookies either way," Jan details. "What I enjoy is the fact that serving the sweets on sticks like this keeps messy hands to a minimum."—Jan Cassidy, El Reno, Oklahoma

Blueberry Breakfast Sauce

Blueberry Breakfast Sauce

Blueberry Breakfast Sauce

This fresh-tasting sauce, chock-full of blueberries, tastes great served over pancakes, French toast, waffles or even ice cream. Whether you use fresh or frozen blueberries, the flavor is fantastic...and with only four ingredients, it cooks up in a flash. —Ellen Benninger Stoneboro, Pennsylvania
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