10 Quick & Easy Desserts to Make for Mother's Day

10 Quick & Easy Desserts to Make for Mother's Day

Sheela Prakash
May 10, 2017
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If your mom is anything like our moms, finding the perfect gift is nearly impossible — especially when she insists she doesn't need anything for Mother's Day. Our solution? Make her something sweet. Even if you're not a baker, there are plenty of quick and easy treats that feel celebratory and special. We gathered 10 of our favorite last-minute recipes for you to choose from — all of which are sure to be a hit with mom.

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1. Nutella Skillet S'mores

These scoopable s'mores are easily the best way to show mom you love her. The skillet comes together in just about a minute and lets mom, and whoever she is willing to share with, bring out her inner campfire kid and get a little messy.

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2. Easy 20-Minute Arroz con Leche

This creamy Mexican rice pudding starts with leftover cooked rice, so it couldn't be faster to pull together. It stands above and beyond other rice puddings, as it's spiked with a heavy dose of cinnamon and has sweet caramel notes, thanks to sweetened condensed milk in the recipe.

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3. Dark Chocolate Bark with Pistachios, Rose Petals & Walnuts

This pretty dark chocolate bark is something mom can enjoy well beyond her holiday, as it can stay in the fridge for up to two weeks (although we doubt it will take her that long to finish it).

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4. No-Bake Cheesecake Stuffed Strawberries

These two-bite treats are the perfect way to finish a big Mother's Day dinner — they're not too heavy, yet still taste indulgent. Plus, you can customize them however you like, topping them with sprinkles, mini chocolate chips, chopped nuts, or crumbled graham crackers.

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5. Olive Oil, Lemon & Sea Salt Sundaes

This ice cream sundae comes together in just a couple of minutes since it calls for a store-bought pint, and it will definitely impress mom with its elegant flavors of good olive oil, lemon zest, and flaky sea salt.

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6. Hazelnut & Olive Oil Shortbread

Shortbread cookies might not seem like last-minute treats, but the dough for these is ready in just a minute or two and there's no chilling required before baking them. Pack up a tin for mom to enjoy with her afternoon cup of coffee or tea.

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7. Strawberry, Apricot & Almond Crumble

Crushed almond cookies in the crumble topping make this fruit dessert stand out from the rest. Bake them in small tart molds or individual ramekins and they'll be baked and ready in just about 25 minutes.

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8. One-Bowl Caramel Skillet Brownies

All mom probably really wants is for someone to bake her a big batch of brownies. These are extra special, thanks to thick caramel swirls and a bit of flaky sea salt. Oh, and don't forget to bring her some vanilla ice cream.

9. Quick Strawberry Trifles

These trifles both look and taste like a celebratory way to end a Mother's Day meal. They come together in no time, thanks to gathering whatever cake, cookie, or brownie scraps, along with any fresh or frozen fruit, you may already have around.

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10. Shortbread Jam Tart

Use mom's favorite jam flavor — whether it's raspberry, apricot, or even orange marmalade — to make this simple, extra-homey sweet treat.

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