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Best Mother’s Day Recipes

This year, make your mom feel extra special by cooking her one of these delicious Mother’s Day Recipes. From breakfast to dessert, we’ve got you covered!

She works hard all year long making school runs, buying groceries and cooking meals, taking care of laundry and housekeeping, and a million other things. Show her how much it means by making the effort to cook brunch, dinner, or just a snack on her one special day.

53 Best Mother's Day Recipes

🥞 Breakfast and Brunch Ideas

1. Glazed Lemon Blueberry Scones

These easy to make Glazed Lemon Blueberry Scones are the perfect pairing of sweet and tart flavors. These tender, crumbly scones are delightful for tea parties, Easter Sunday, or Mother’s Day.

Lemon blueberry scones on a white serving plate.

2. Herbed Baked Eggs

Treat mom to brunch featuring these Herbed Baked Eggs! Fresh eggs, seasoned with herbs, garlic, cream, and butter, are baked to golden perfection.

Finished baked eggs in a small skillet with a fork and toast.

3. Shrimp and Grits

This recipe for an old southern favorite, Shrimp and Grits, is the perfect main dish for brunch. It’s a heavenly combination of sauteed shrimp, bacon, bell pepper, and onion served over creamy, stone-ground grits with cheddar cheese.

A serving a shrimp and grits in a white bowl.

4. Hash Brown Omelet Skillets

These Hash Brown Omelet Skillets are layered with hash brown potatoes, ham, onions, peppers, cheese, and eggs. It’s a fantastic weekend breakfast!

Hash Brown Omelet Skillets on a kitchen towel with a cup of coffee in the background.

Must Have Mini Skillets

Lodge 5-inch cast iron skillets are perfect for individual servings!

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Lodge 5″ Seasoned Cast Iron Skillet

5. Cranberry Orange Sweet Rolls

These Cranberry Orange Sweet Rolls are an exceptional pairing of fresh, tart cranberries with bright orange zest, brown sugar, and pizza dough to create a decadent treat!

Finished cranberry orange sweet rolls with sugar glaze on a white serving plate.

6. Ham and Cheese Quiche

Ham and Cheese Quiche – a classic combination of eggs, ham, cheese, and veggies that’s perfect for your lunch, brunch, or dinner.

Ham and Cheese Quiche on a serving board with a slice on a plate.

7. Apple Pear Compote with Yogurt and Granola

Serve mom this delicious Apple-Pear Compote that features two favorite fruits. We enjoy it served over granola with a dollop of Greek yogurt as an alternative to our breakfast oatmeal. It’s also a lovely dessert on its own or flavored with a little brandy or rum and spooned over vanilla ice cream.

8. Southern Cheese Grits

If you’re looking for the perfect southern side dish then I have the recipe you need! Classic Southern Cheese Grits go with any meal from breakfast to supper and are fabulous with anything from chicken to fried fish to shrimp. They’re always the right answer to the which side dish to serve dilemma.

A white serving bowl filled with cheese grits.

9. Eggs in Purgatory

Eggs in Purgatory – Eggs poached in a quickly made tomato, garlic, and basil sauce. As perfect for brunch as they are for supper.

Eggs in Purgatory - Eggs poached in a quickly made tomato, garlic, and basil sauce. Perfect supper for one or late night indulgence. https://www.lanascooking.com/eggs-in-purgatory/

10. New Orleans Beignets

Enjoy these light as a feather and sweet as sugar New Orleans Beignets with a café au lait to feel like you’re right there in Jackson Square. An excellent choice for either breakfast or dessert.

A serving of beignets topped with powdered sugar with a cafe au lait in the background.

Must Have Sugar Sifter

Perfect kitchen tool for making desserts where a light dusting of powdered sugar is needed.

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OXO Baker’s Dusting Wand

11. Easy Peach Turnovers

Skip the doughnut shop and make your own flaky, sweet turnovers at home. These Easy Peach Turnovers use frozen puff pastry and peach preserves to create delicious pastries in under 30 minutes!

Easy Peach Turnovers on a white serving plate.

12. Bacon and Cheese Frittata

Bacon Cheese Frittata – A golden, puffy breakfast or brunch frittata full of onions, eggs, bacon, and cheese.

Bacon Cheese Frittata in a skillet

Oatmeal Cookie Pancakes – take an oatmeal cookie recipe and translate it into pancakes and you have a wonderfully delicious breakfast!

Oatmeal Cookie Pancakes - take an oatmeal cookie recipe and translate it into pancakes and you have a wonderfully delicious breakfast! https://www.lanascooking.com/oatmeal-cookie-pancakes/

14. Low Fat Carrot Raisin Muffins

Low Fat Carrot Raisin Muffins – a fantastic, sweet muffin made with yogurt, egg substitute, and applesauce. A favorite for breakfast and afternoon snacks.

Carrot raisin muffins on a wire rack.

Must Have Muffin Tin

Bake with perfect results using this highly rated muffin and cupcake pan.

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Wilton Non-Stick Muffin & Cupcake Pan

15. Dutch Baby

Dutch Baby is a large, light, and fluffy pancake cooked in the oven. Topped with lemon juice and powdered sugar, this breakfast treat is delicious.

A light fluffy Dutch baby is just a big pancake cooked in the oven! Topped with lemon juice and powdered sugar, this breakfast treat is simply delicious. https://www.lanascooking.com/dutch-baby/

16. Broiled Grapefruit

Broiled Grapefruit – grapefruit, cherry juice, and brown sugar broiled until lightly browned and the grapefruit is warm. Great for breakfast or brunch.

Broiled Grapefruit - grapefruit, cherry juice, and brown sugar broiled until the lightly browned and the grapefruit is warm. Great for breakfast or brunch. https://www.lanascooking.com/broiled-grapefruit/

Must Have Grapefruit Spoons

These serrated spoons and knife make serving grapefruit so easy!

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Grapefruit Spoons & Knife

17. Oatmeal Blueberry Pancakes

These hearty Oatmeal Blueberry Pancakes are packed full of whole-grain oatmeal, blueberry, orange zest, and pecans.

Oatmeal blueberry pancakes on a vintage plate.

18. Cinnamon Brown Sugar Waffles

Cinnamon Brown Sugar Waffles – buttermilk waffles with cinnamon and brown sugar in the batter.

Must Have Waffle Maker

This classic round waffle maker by Cuisinart is professional quality for home use.

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Cuisinart Electric Waffle Maker

19. Tea Muffins

These Tea Muffins are very simple, mildly sweet muffins perfect for tea time, breakfast, or after dinner. Enjoy with lots of butter and preserves. Six simple pantry ingredients and less than 15 minutes of your time are all you’ll need.

Tea muffins piled high on a serving plate with a pot of tea in the background.

20. Country Eggs Benedict

My Country Eggs Benedict is a somewhat more homespun version of the classic recipe. Use ham along with roasted asparagus, an easy hollandaise sauce, and over-easy fried eggs to make this mouth watering brunch or luncheon dish!

Country eggs benedict on a white serving plate.

21. Old Fashioned Buttermilk Biscuits

These Old Fashioned Buttermilk Biscuits are one of my favorite memories from childhood. Served with butter and syrup for breakfast or filled with a slice of ham or sausage, they’re moist, substantial, and totally delicious!

Baked buttermilk biscuits in a cast iron skillet on a wooden board.

🧀 Appetizers, Starters, and Snacks

22. Classic Cheese Fondue

This Classic Cheese Fondue using both Swiss and Gruyere cheese with bread and fruit dippers is a really fun treat!

Cheese fondue in pot with bread and vegetable dippers.

Must Have Fondue Set

Set includes cast iron pot with enameled inside for easy cleaning, wrought iron burner with tray, and six fondue forks with sturdy faux-wood handles. Pot capacity is 2 quarts.

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Swissmar Fondue Set

23. Cheesy Mushroom Pinwheels

These Cheesy Mushroom Pinwheels are an easy hors d’oevure using a refrigerated pizza crust shortcut with a filling of mushrooms, green onions, and cream cheese.

Mushroom pinwheels on a silver tray.

24. Cheddar Pecan Cheese Ring

If you’re looking for the perfect appetizer recipe for any occasion, you have to try Rosalynn Carter’s Cheddar Cheese Ring with Strawberry Preserves. I’ve been serving this since the 1970s and people are still talking about it!

Cheese ring surrounded by crackers on a serving board.

25. Hot Baked Crab Dip

For the ultimate indulgence, serve this luscious Hot Baked Crab Dip that’s ready in under 30 minutes. Lump crab meat, cream cheese, and horseradish are baked together to make the perfect appetizer for a special occasion.

Crab dip in a baking dish with crackers on the side.

26. Hot Artichoke Dip

Serve this retro recipe for Hot Artichoke Dip and everyone will want the recipe! It’s a classic cheesy, warm dip to spread on crackers and enjoy with a nice glass of wine.

Finished hot artichoke dip in a baking dish.

27. Puff Pastry Cheese Straws

Serve this vintage recipe for the famous Rich’s Department Store (Atlanta) Puff Pastry Cheese Straws for any occasion where a little nibble is called for. The straws are composed of sharp cheddar and Parmesan encased in light, flaky puff pastry.

Puff Pastry Cheese Straws mounded on a serving board.

28. Baked Fontina with Herbs

Baked Fontina with Herbs is a simple appetizer for a special occasion. Substitute any good melting cheese.

Baked fontina and herbs in a small blue skillet.

29. Sweet Greek Flatbread

Sweet Greek Flatbread – flatbread topped with warm feta cheese, honey, lemon zest, and oregano. Serve as an appetizer, snack, or light dessert.

30. Southern Pimiento Cheese

Homemade Southern Pimiento Cheese is a true classic. With simple ingredients of sharp cheddar cheese, pimiento peppers, and mayonnaise it can be whipped up in minutes and used as a sandwich filling or a spread. Once you try my recipe, you may never want store-bought again.

Pimiento cheese sandwich on a white serving plate.

31. Strawberry Balsamic Cream Cheese Bites

Strawberry Balsamic Cream Cheese Bites – an hors d’oeuvres with a lovely combination of sweet ripe strawberries, balsamic vinegar, and cracked black pepper.

A completed strawberry balsamic cream cheese appetizer.

32. Dainty Tea Sandwiches

For a special occasion serve Tea Sandwiches. I’m sharing recipes for three favorites in this post – cucumber and butter, roast beef with horseradish, or cornbread muffin and ham.

Three types of tea sandwiches on a glass tray.

🍜 Main Dishes for Mom

33. Turkey Taco Salad

Make a healthy choice with this Turkey Taco Salad with Cilantro Lime Dressing. Add fun and flavor to the menu with the easy, light, and fresh tastes of ground turkey, loads of vegetables, and a delicious cilantro dressing!

Finished turkey taco salad on a white serving plate.

34. Perfect Prime Rib

Moms love a good Prime Rib, too! And it’s always an impressive dish to serve. It looks like it takes loads of work but, in truth, it’s one of the simplest recipes you can make. Follow my easy method to make a perfect standing rib roast.

Perfect prime rib sliced and presented on a cutting board.

35. Easy Louisiana Shrimp Creole

Recreate the flavor and spirit of New Orleans in your own kitchen in just 30 minutes. This Louisiana Shrimp Creole with its spicy tomato-based sauce is a favorite easy dinner!

A serving of Louisiana Shrimp Creole over white rice on a plate.

36. Simple Seasoned Grilled Fish

This 5-minute Simple Seasoned Grilled Fish recipe is a lovely choice for Mother’s Day! Pair these lightly seasoned and grilled fish fillets with a steamed vegetable for a quick and easy dinner!

Grilled fish with lemon and parsley on a serving plate.

37. Chicken and Rice

This old-fashioned one pot Chicken and Rice recipe is pure, hearty comfort food. For this simple recipe, chicken, rice, celery, and onions are combined and steamed to perfection all in one pot.

A serving of chicken and rice on a white plate.

38. Cilantro Lime Shrimp

Easy and flavorful, this Cilantro Lime Shrimp is a quick saute of shrimp in a cilantro-lime-tomato sauce with all the flavors of Mexico. Ready in under 30 minutes, this recipe is a great protein rich main course!

Cilantro Lime Shrimp in a cast iron skillet with garlic bread on the side.

39. Sheet Pan Sausage and Peppers

Quick prep — one dirty pan — happy mom. My Sheet Pan Sausage and Peppers is an easy dinner full of Italian flavors, super satisfying, fuss-free, and very versatile.

Baking sheet with cooked Italian sausage, onions, peppers, and tomatoes.

40. Lemon and Honey Glazed Chicken Thighs

Lemon and Honey Glazed Chicken Thighs – Juicy chicken thighs coated with spices and glazed with honey and lemon.

Lemon and Honey Glazed Chicken Thighs - Juicy chicken thighs coated with spices and glazed with honey and lemon. https://www.lanascooking.com/lemon-honey-glazed-chicken-thighs

41. Pan Fried Fish with Red Pepper Sauce

Pan Fried Fish with Red Pepper Sauce – a flavorful dinner of pan-fried fish served atop a sauce of roasted red peppers, tomatoes, and garlic. 

Pan fried fish on a bed of red pepper sauce.

42. Roasted Veggie Pizza

Roasted Veggie Pizza – a classic pizza crust topped with ricotta and roasted vegetables.

Roasted veggie pizza on a baking sheet.

🥗 Salads She’ll Love

43. My Favorite Greek Salad

A deliciously non-traditional Greek Salad with salami, red onions, Kalamata olives, and feta cheese, tossed in a fresh, tangy Greek salad dressing. Serve with warm, crusty bread and a glass of wine.

A serving of Greek salad on a white plate with two forks and a bowl in the background.

44. Shrimp and Rice Salad

Shrimp and Rice Salad – a delicious supper salad with rice, shrimp, artichoke hearts, and black olives.

Shrimp and Rice Salad in a decorative bowl.

45. Sweet and Savory Tuna Salad

My slightly sweet, slightly savory version of Tuna Salad made with diced, crispy apple, and sweet pickle relish. Serve it with crackers or as a sandwich.

Tuna salad on a white plate.

46. Black Bean and Corn Salad

This Black Bean and Corn Salad is a refreshing mix of fresh vegetables with canned black beans and corn. It can be prepared in minutes and requires no cooking at all. It’s a great low fat and high protein recipe.

Black Bean and Corn Salad in a glass serving bowl.

47. Pear Salad with Blue Cheese Dressing

This fresh Pear Salad with Blue Cheese Dressing is composed of sliced pears topped with tangy blue cheese dressing and toasted slivered almonds.

Pear and blue cheese salad on a white serving plate.

48. Toasted Pecan Chicken Salad

Toasted Pecan Chicken Salad – A traditional chicken salad with the addition of toasted pecans for extra depth of flavor.

Chicken salad mounded on a serving plate.

🍰 Sweet Treats for Dessert

49. No Bake Banana Fudge Pie

This delightful No-Bake Banana Fudge Pie will be the standout dessert for Mother’s Day! With just 20 minutes of prep time, this no-bake dessert takes banana cream pie to another level with a rich, chocolate layer and a pudding filling on top of a graham cracker crust.

Finished banana fudge pie on a wooden board.

50. Easy Strawberry Jello Pie

This easy, no-bake Strawberry Jello Pie is lighter than air and full of delicious fruit flavor. It just may be the most effortless dessert you’ll make all year.

A slice of strawberry jello pie on a white serving plate.

51. No Bake Cheesecake Cups

These mini No Bake Cheesecake Cups are a great choice for any occasion from a family dinner to a buffet style party. They use basic ingredients and take just 10 minutes of prep time. The hardest part of this recipe is waiting for the cheesecakes to chill!

Finished individual no bake cheesecake cups topped with strawberries.

52. Coconut Macaroons

These classic, easy Coconut Macaroons are the perfect treat for true coconut lovers! My 30-minute recipe is very simple to make with coconut, egg whites, vanilla, and just a touch of flour and sugar (no sweetened condensed milk in sight). You’ll fall head over heels for this classic cookie with its sweet, moist interior and slightly crunchy exterior.

Coconut macaroons on a pink and white serving plate.

53. Forgotten Cookies

This vintage recipe for Forgotten Cookies is from a very old cookbook in my collection. They’re bite-sized, sweet egg white meringues full of chocolate chips and pecans. Make them up in about 15 minutes, put them in the oven and then “forget” them until the next morning!

Forgotten cookies on a serving plate with milk and chocolate chips in the background.
53 Best Mother's Day Recipes

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