16 Mother’s Day Dessert Recipes *Almost* As Sweet as She Is

Lemon Verbena Ice Cream Pie
Photo: Dana Gallagher

Breakfast in bed is just the beginning. Keep the scrumptious surprises going at the Mother's Day dessert table with these pies, cookies, cakes, and more she can snack on all day. These cute Mother's Day desserts will be a sweet reminder of how much you care.

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S'mores Icebox Cake

S'mores Icebox Cake recipe square white dish
Brie Passano

Give Mom and your big mixer the day off and serve this no-bake cake. The quick and easy Mother's Day dessert will transport everyone back to summer nights spent around the campfire making s'mores—no logs required. The only oven time you need is for broiling the marshmallows to toasty perfection.

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Homemade Tres Leches Cake

Homemade Tres Leches Cake with spatula in glass dish
Jason Donnelly

Top this cake with fresh berries for a Mother's Day dessert table that's as bright and cheery as Mom will be once she savors her first bite…then reaches for a second slice. The tender crumb is courtesy of cake flour and whipped egg whites. What really makes this dessert stand out from the baked good competition, though, is the homemade tres leches sauce that coats the poke cake inside and out.

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Lemon Verbena Ice Cream Pie

Lemon Verbena Ice Cream Pie
Dana Gallagher

No need for a Mother's Day bouquet! This edible-flower-topped pie deserves the spot as the centerpiece on your Mother's Day dessert table. Citrus-infused homemade ice cream fills the part gingerbread-part shortbread crust for a treat she won't soon forget. Bake it in a pretty white ceramic baking dish so it's picture-perfect when you're ready to serve it.

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Heart Cookies

Heart Cookies and frosting
Blaine Moats

Why be subtle about how you feel? Make a literal statement about how much you love her with these adorable cutout cookies made with a set of heart-shape cookie cutters. A splash of almond extract helps the sugar cookie batter for this cute Mother's Day dessert taste just like the treats you've made around the winter holidays for years.

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Brownie Pie

Brownie Pie
Blaine Moats

Do chocolate cravings run in the family? Then this is the ultimate Mother's Day treat to make for your mama. It features the best of both rich, dark chocolate brownies and buttery, pastry-wrapped pie in one edible gift.

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Red Wine Ice Cream

Red Wine Ice Cream
Matthew Clark

If she's pro-pinot or on team Tempranillo, show Mom you're tuned in to her red wine preferences with this thoughtful Mother's Day dessert recipe. It's a spirited and special way to raise a glass to your best happy hour pal. Plus, with this treat, you can enjoy your drink and dessert all at once. Pair this treat with a new set of stemless wine glasses as part of her Mother's Day gift.

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Chocolate-Stuffed Churro French Toast Hearts

Chocolate-Stuffed Churro French Toast Hearts
Matthew Clark

Whether you serve it as breakfast or dessert, you can't go wrong with these heart-shape treats. Stuffed with chocolate chips and dusted with cinnamon sugar, this is a super-sweet way to celebrate Mom. Literally! To finish, drizzle with honey, chocolate sauce, or powdered sugar icing.

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Rhubarb-Strawberry Brownie Skillet

Strawberry Rhubarb Skillet Brownie

May is the season to stalk up on all the rhubarb you can. Then use it for berry pie, naturally, and for this quick and easy Mother's Day dessert with flavors reminiscent of chocolate-covered strawberries. Bake in a cast-iron pan for that irresistible edge-of-pan brownie texture on every piece.

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Lemon Tiramisu

Lemon Tiramisu
Carson Downing

Fresh as a sunny spring day, these pretty parfaits are a nice change of pace if the rest of your Mother's Day dessert table is filled with chocolate treats. It features the traditional mascarpone cream and ladyfingers you know and love from the espresso-spiked version. But in addition to those layers, this seasonal recipe calls for just-tangy-enough lemon curd. Serve these in gold metallic old-fashioned glasses to make the treat extra special.

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Devil's Food Cake with Fudge-Nut Frosting

Devils Food Cake
Carson Downing

With melted dark chocolate in the batter and the frosting, this is one of the most decadent Mother's Day dessert recipes our Test Kitchen has ever developed. Thanks to a splash of vanilla and some whipped cream cheese, the frosting for the chocolate cake tastes fluffy and light rather than overpowering. If Mom's a fan of a hint of salt and crunch, garnish the sides with chopped walnuts.

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Easy Flower Macarons

Easy Flower Macaron

Just like roses, this is one cute Mother's Day dessert that's better by the dozen! So pack up 12 (or more) of these macaron cookies for a food gift Mom won't soon forget. Try lemon or lime curd in the filling for a refreshing spring snack.

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Honey-Carrot Cake with Mascarpone Cream

Honey Carrot Cake
Andy Lyons

Was carrot cake a hit at Easter? Refresh the concept in this dessert. With subtle nutrition upgrades, including a scoop of whole-wheat flour and fat-free milk joining the shredded carrots, no one will ever guess this vegetable dessert is actually quite healthful.

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Chocolate-Covered Cherry Ice Cream Sandwiches

Chocolate Covered Cherry Ice Cream Sandwiches

A box of chocolates is always appreciated. But a platter full of confection-inspired ice cream sandwiches is even better if Mom is known for savoring a scoop or two after dinner. For a lower-calorie twist that results in a healthy Mother's Day dessert, substitute store-bought cherry ice cream for frozen yogurt as the sweet sandwich filling.

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Pink Peppercorn and Rose Tea Cakes

pink peppercorn rose tea cakes
Victoria Pearson

This surefire star of the Mother's Day dessert table is sprinkled with pink peppercorns and edible rose petals, but it sure looks like festive confetti. A teaspoonful of rose water (if desired) is a beautiful echo to the garden garnishes.

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Angel Food Cupcakes with Chocolate-Hazelnut Frosting

Angel Food Cupcakes

Since Mom has been your angel so many times, commemorate her special day with angel food cake. With a batter made with whipped egg whites and just one stick of butter for 16 servings, each of the healthy Mother's Day desserts has just 126 calories. Chocolate-hazelnut frosting included!

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Sparkling Cranberry-Ginger Panna Cotta

Sparkling Cranberry-Ginger Panna Cotta
Carson Downing

With equal parts nostalgia and elegance, this panna cotta parfait tastes even better than it looks (if you can believe it!). Ginger ale or ginger beer echoes the fresh ginger in the cranberry blend. Greek yogurt and vanilla unite in the vibrant white layer.

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