There’s nothing better than a homemade treat for Mom on Mother’s Day. It shows how much you care about her, and doesn’t take an overwhelming amount of planning for you.
We have some amazing brunch recipes you can surprise her with in bed, but another no-fail idea to bake? Dessert! Every Mom loves dessert, and we’ve hand-picked a bunch that will knock her day out of the park!
Put your homemade treat on her favorite cake stand and surprise her with it at home, or wrap it up and take it on the road to surprise her at your destination.
We have a feeling you’ll enjoy these sweet treats too. Enjoy!
- Caramel Crisps by Brynie Greisman
A welcome change from typical chocolate chip cookies. Chewy, crispy, and very tempting. Delicious straight from the freezer. You can’t stop at one!
- Apple Phyllo Cups by Nicole Maman
If you want to take this up a notch, you can make the Pomegranate Pudding or Pomegranate-Mint Ice Cream to serve with the apple phyllo cups. Or you can serve with store-bought ice cream. We won’t tell.
- Fruit-Topped Brownie “Pizza” by Miriam (Pascal) Cohen
- Strawberry Cheesecake Trifles by Sara and Yossi Goldstein
One of my favorite cakes is strawberry shortcake. There’s something about the combination of a really fluffy, light cake, cream, and the sweet juiciness of the strawberries that makes me very happy! We changed up this recipe a bit, so instead of cream, you have a fluffy, creamy no-bake cheesecake filling. Can I get an mmmm?
- No-Bake Cookie Butter Cheesecake by Tammy Israel
Who wants a piece of this cheesecake for Shavuot? We know we do! The best part is that it’s no-bake, so no need to worry about your cheesecake cracking on top or separating from the pan!
- Dulce de Leche Mini Bundt Cakes by The Peppermill
Deep caramel flavor makes these bundt cakes hard to refuse!
- Hot Chocolate Chip Pie with Ice Cream and Fudge from the Dining In Cookbook
Looking to spruce up your typical chocolate chip cookies? Try out this Hot Chocolate Chip Pie with Ice Cream and Fudge. The pie is chewy and warm and the drizzle of hot fudge brings an extra chocolatey element, making this dessert out of this world!
- Cinnamon-Roll Cookies with Maple-Butter Frosting by Faigy Grossman
These cookies are absolutely divine. Maple and cinnamon pair so well together, and the cookie dough is irresistible! I’ll have to add this recipe to my Shavuos repertoire. The problem is, as the “repertoire” grows, so will I!
- Peanut Butter Oreo Cookies by Faigy Grossman
Easy enough to pull together quickly, this is a great choice for a Shavuos dessert that presents nicely and is absolutely scrumptious! Use purchased vanilla ice cream to make it even simpler.
- Sweet ’n Spicy Churros by Faigy Grossman
Churros immediately came to mind when I heard that oil was my “theme.” Delicious and different, churros aren’t difficult to make and don’t require any rising time, making this a perfect project with the kids for Chanukah vacation. I tweaked the typical coating to give it a spicy zing; feel free to play around with it, or just go back to the traditional cinnamon-sugar mixture. When I tried these out with my kids, suffice it to say, they were gone before the oil began to cool!
- Strawberry Shortcake Bites by Elky Friedman
I know how popular strawberry shortcake is and how many people make sure to have it at their smachot…well, now you can get the flavor in one bite of a cookie.
- Sweet Strawberry Cream Buns by Naomi Elberg
- Chocolate Lava Cake by Faigy Grossmann
I may or may not know a thing or two about needing to make dessert at the eleventh hour. But if you’re one of those who has Yom Tov meals lined up in your freezer four weeks before Rosh Hashanah, don’t turn the page yet. Chocolate lava cake (also called molten chocolate cake or just lava cake) is the perfect dessert whether you only have 20 minutes until Shabbat or you’re preparing a month in advance. It takes under 20 minutes to make, uses basic ingredients, and looks like restaurant fare when plated just right.
- Cappuccino Swirls from the Dining In Cookbook
This melt-in-the-mouth, coffee-flavored cookie is a treat for everyone and a pretty addition to any sweet table.
- Mirror Glaze Cake by Sarah Abitan
Watch Sarah create a perfect mirror glaze here!
- Cherry Turnovers by Tamar TeitelbaumSweet and tart cherry filling inside pillowy, flaky pastry topped with a rich vanilla glaze. Ummm, yes please! These cherry turnovers are everything that your Seuda needs.
When I was brainstorming what I should make this Purim, I knew that I wanted to avoid hamantaschen this year. I’m really in the mood to mix things up and create a buffet of foods that stretch the imagination while still honoring the holiday.
- Cinnamon Bun Pie by Miriam (Pascal) Cohen
This recipe was originally intended for my first cookbook, Something Sweet. Sadly, under tight deadlines, I didn’t have the time to give this recipe the time and attention it needed. Luckily, I didn’t forget the idea completely, because once I had the time to develop this recipe properly, it became an instant hit and a family favorite!
- Better-Than-Snickers Dessert Bars by Esther Deutsch
Whenever I receive a recipe from my sister-in-law Batsheva, I can bet that it’s fabulous. But, when she sends me a recipe that’s also surprisingly simple like this one, it’s a double bonus. Batsheva tasted this memorable dessert In Israel—the pareve version at Keyara’s, and the dairy version at Spaghetti’s in Mamilla—and was relentless in pursuing the recipe. It’s rich and dense, so one serving per person is sufficiently pleasing. This decadent adult treat appeals to the kid inside. Although the recipe has a casual ring to it…this is a dessert that can go either way. For an elegant serving option, you can serve one square bar with mint leaves and berries on the side. It makes for a nice unexpected element of surprise.
- Vanilla Raspberry Custard Trifle by Rivky Kleiman
I brought this to my sister when she made a kiddush. We got many requests for the recipe, and I whispered to my sister that I was embarrassed to share it because I had used some ready made ingredients to save on time! My sister insisted that built-in cheats would appeal to our readers, and her idea for a great cheat series was born.
- Cinnamon Buns by Faigy Grossmann
If you’ve ever strolled through your neighborhood mall, chances are you’ve inhaled the scent of some freshly baked cinnamon buns. It’s absolutely intoxicating! There’s just something so satisfying about a hot drink and a warm cinnamon bun. Cinnamon buns sound like something only a professional baker can whip up, but with this fairly simple recipe, even novice cooks can impress their friends and family. This dough can be made in a mixer or by hand. Since it’s not overly sweet, it’s not over-powered by the sweet filling and frosting.