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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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Peanut Butter Baskets

Peanut Butter Baskets

Peanut Butter Baskets

Rich, buttery cookies become more delightful still topped with peanut butter cups and candy. They are cute for spring, but I've used appropriately colored decorations to match occasions at any time of the year. —Darlene Brenden, Salem, Oregon

Rosebud Butter Cookies

Rosebud Butter Cookies

Rosebud Butter Cookies

These pretty cookies shared by Jane Smith sing of spring! They'll disappear by the dozens!

Simple Turtle Cheesecake

Simple Turtle Cheesecake

Simple Turtle Cheesecake

For an almost instant dessert, I spread homemade ganache and caramel sauce over pre-made cheesecake. It makes the holidays feel slightly less hectic. —Laura McDowell, Lake Villa, Illinois
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Strawberry-Lemon Crepe Cake

Strawberry-Lemon Crepe Cake

Strawberry-Lemon Crepe Cake

Each year for my husband's birthday I make him a different lemon cake (a tradition started by his mother). A couple years ago I made a Lemon Crepe Cake and it was really good. This spring I added fresh strawberries and the cake was fabulous! I like to make the crepe batter and lemon curd the night before and assemble the next morning.—Lora Roth, Seneca, South Carolina

Yogurt Parfait

Yogurt Parfait

Yogurt Parfait

Dottye Wolf of Rolla, Missouri is on a restricted diet, although her husband is not. "I often make two different single-serving recipes," Dottye reports. "Yogurt Parfait is a delicious breakfast or luncheon treat, especially with wafers on the side."

Chocolate-Raspberry Creme Brulee

Chocolate-Raspberry Creme Brulee

Chocolate-Raspberry Creme Brulee

Just when I thought nothing could beat the specialness of creme brulee, I created this decadent version that stars rich chocolate and sweet raspberries. Cracking through the top reveals a smooth and rich custard everyone enjoys. —Jan Valdez, Chicago, Illinois

Hot Milk Cake

Hot Milk Cake

Hot Milk Cake

This simple, old-fashioned cake tastes so good it will surprise you! As I remember my mom's delicious meals, this dessert was always the perfect ending. Mom always used "a dash of this and dab of that" to come up with what we thought was "the best"! —Rosemary Pryor, Pasadena, Maryland

Sugar Cookies

Sugar Cookies

Sugar Cookies

This sugar cookie recipe is truly an "oldie," dating back to a Swedish woman born in 1877! Her daughter, Esther Davis, shared the recipe with me and she came up with all the exact measurements, since the original cookies were mixed by "feel" and taste. These are my favorite cookies and I hope they'll become yours as well. —Helen Wallis, Vancouver, Washington

Texas Chocolate Cupcakes

Texas Chocolate Cupcakes

Texas Chocolate Cupcakes

My husband remembers his mother making "little black cupcakes with caramel icing." I never thought about putting caramel icing on chocolate cupcakes, but boy, was I wrong. His mother passed down this recipe to me. It's to die for! —Cathy Bodkins, Dayton, Virginia

Lemon Chiffon Cake

Lemon Chiffon Cake

Lemon Chiffon Cake

This moist, airy cake was my dad's favorite. Mom revamped the original recipe to include lemons. I'm not much of a baker, so I don't make it very often. But when I do, my family is thrilled! —Trisha Kammers, Clarkston, Washington
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