10 Impressive Sweet Treats to Make for Mom

The best recipes are made with love, and when it comes to our moms, they always added a pinch or two of this secret ingredient in everything they cooked for us.

Beyond love, chocolate and other sweets are always welcome, too.

This Mother’s Day, assign brunch, lunch, or dinner duties to your siblings (or your dad) and make something that combines love and sweets for the ultimate homemade gift. She’ll also be super-impressed at your kitchen skills – these recipes look just as wonderful as they taste.

In the latest issue of Every Day with Rachael Ray, Rach wrote “My mom taught me how to eat the right foods and, moreover, to eat life itself. She taught me to be grateful for every day and to have an adventurous spirit—to take a left instead of the usual right on your way home from work, to talk to strangers, to make exotic dinners for yourself.”

If you’re ready to go on your own culinary adventure, we recommend a trip to the land of sweets with these 10 decadent desserts that will make mom proud: 

Classic Carrot Cake with Creamy Cream Cheese Frosting

 This cake is so pretty, your mom will definitely think you bought it from the bakery.

Chocolate Coconut Thumbprints

Pro tip: In this recipe, the darker the chocolate you use, the better. It will provide excellent contrast to the toasted coconut (and it’s delish to nibble on when you’re working!)

Chewy Brownies

There’s nothing better than a classic brownie. They look simple, but the best batches are unforgettable. Add your mom’s favorite mix-ins like chopped nuts or a sprinkle of powdered sugar on top for extra flair.

Cinnamon Rolls

Show off your professional kneading skills (and if you don’t have them, don’t worry, this tutorial will show you how!) with these decadent cinnamon rolls that work for brunch or dessert.

Chocolate Caramel Shortbread Bites

These bites are a grown-up, homemade candy bar. Wrap them up on a pretty tray as a gift for Mom (and don’t forget to set aside a few for yourself!).

Easy Chocolate Truffles

Why buy expensive, pre-made truffles when you can create your own at home? They’re completely customizable and couldn’t be more beautiful to show off to Mom!

Chocolate Cardamom Cake with Coffee Whipped Cream

This is a next-level cake. Impress your mom with your knowledge of spices (Cardamom? In a cake? Oh yeah!) and skip canned whipped cream by making your own.

Chocolate Mousse Cake

Rachael’s sister, Maria, treats us to a cake recipe that takes a bit of time to assemble but that’s well-worth the effort. Chocolate + mousse = perfection!

Cream Puffs or Eclairs

Once again, Maria brings us a recipe that’s as lovely to look at as it is to eat. These cream puffs have components that can be made ahead so you can assemble and finish them at your convenience.

Easy Chocolate Soufflé

Your mom doesn’t have to know that this is one of the easiest soufflé recipes out there. For flawless results, make sure to read the tutorial on how to properly beat egg whites before you start. We recommend you make this if Mom’s coming to your house to celebrate so you can pull it hot out of the oven!

And if you want even more, these brunch recipes are perfect for Mother’s Day!

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