Everyone knows the sweetest, most special gifts are the ones you make yourself. Kids and dads, roll up your sleeves and head to the kitchen this Mother’s Day to prepare treats that will make this holiday truly memorable for Mom.
We’ve gathered several of our favorite, gift-worthy dessert recipes to add a little something festive to your Mother’s Day celebration. Young chefs will have a blast helping to mix, make and sample these yummy sweets.
|Dark Chocolate Bark with Toasted Almonds and Dried Blueberries|
This delicious recipe requires only three ingredients, so it’s simple to pull together. Take your time melting the chocolate so it’s perfectly smooth and easy to work with.
Is there anything sweeter than a bite of tart lemon curd, fluffy whipped cream and fresh fruit? These mini-tarts look impressive, but they’re easy to assemble with a mini muffin pan. For even fewer steps, use a store-bought, refrigerated pie dough.
|Jammy Linzer Sandwich Cookies|
Squares, circles, hearts and diamonds, whatever the shape, these rich, crumbly cookies are a treat for Mom. Kids love to help by sprinkling the tops with powdered sugar and then placing them on the jam-filled bottoms, pressing just hard enough to squish the jam up through the hole. Try raspberry, red currant or apricot jam.
Get creative when making these truffles! Confectioners’ sugar and cocoa powder are basic coatings, but you can also try rolling them in chopped nuts, sprinkles or roasted coconut. Scroll to the bottom of the recipe for more detailed ideas.
|Sweet Lemon Cupcakes|
Lemon juice and poppy seeds lend a grown-up touch to this recipe — but not too grown-up! They also call for colorful decorating sugars to add a fun, festive look.
These cookies begin as simple sugar cookies, but they can become almost anything you like. Chocolate kisses, sprinkles and your favorite flavored jam make tasty embellishments to press in the center, making a “thumbprint.”
|Chocolate Marshmallow Fudge|
This creamy, rich fudge is lightened by the soft marshmallows. The fudge will keep, uncut, in the refrigerator for a week — so Mom can enjoy a little bit at a time.
|Kids’ Sugar Cookies|
These cookies are fun to decorate with friends and family! Gather your favorite colors and flavors of sanding sugars, sprinkles and and other candies for fun toppings.