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Mother's Day Recipe:
Dessert Ideas Mom Will Love

This collection of easy-to-make, delicious (and mostly kid-friendly) Mother's Day recipe dessert ideas will have Mom drooling. And happy... particularly because she doesn't have to cook these herself! Some of the best ideas for Mothers Day presents are Mother's Day recipes (dessert especially-- what woman doesn't love chocolate?) prepared by the people they love.

Homemade desserts are inexpensive to make and are a great way to show you care. After all, you put a lot more work into preparing a Mother's Day dessert than into running to the store for a quick, lazy gift.

Hey, do you want to make Mother's Day really special? Here's a hint. She'll love it even more if you clean up the kitchen afterwards. Double points if you offer to wash the dishes.

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Mother's Day Recipe:
Dessert Brownie Trifle

Be warned: this is decadent. And surprisingly easy. Is it more trouble than making a pan of brownies? Yep. But not much, and it's worth it. This rich and elegant mother day dessert recipe will really wow Mom-- and probably leave her thanking you all day.

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Ingredients:
1 pkg. (20 oz) fudgy brownie mix
1/4 c. water
1/2 c. vegetable oil
2 large eggs
1 tbsp. instant coffee granules
1 pkg. (3.6 oz) chocolate pudding mix
1 3/4 c. milk
1/4 c. Kahlua
1 pkg. (8 oz) toffee bits (Heath bits work well)
3 c. sweetened whipped cream (or Cool Whip)
Chocolate curls (optional)

Instructions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Use water, oil, coffee, and eggs to prepare brownie mix (in place of the ingredients listed on the package).

Bake brownies in a 13x9" pan as directed on package. Cool as directed.

While brownies cool, combine pudding mix, milk, and Kahlua. Prepare as instructed on pudding packaging.

Cut pan of brownies into one-inch squares. Don't make them too big.

Place about half of the cut brownies in the bottom of a trifle bowl (this should have a three quart capacity and be made of clear glass-- presentation is important for this Mother's Day recipe dessert).

Pour half of pudding over top of brownies. Top with half of the toffee bits (reserve a small handful of toffee bits for the topping), and half of whipped cream.

Repeat layers once.

Top second layer of whipped cream with reserved toffee. Sprinkle with chocolate curls if desired.

Cover. Refrigerate trifle at least four hours before serving.

Mother's Day Recipe Dessert (Kid Friendly):
Crazy-Good Peanut Butter Chocolate Squares

Want to make Mom a great dessert for Mother's Day but not allowed to turn on the oven? Or want to prepare an easy Mother's Day dessert that the kids can help with? This is a Mother's Day recipe for a dessert that Mom will love. Bursting with chocolate and peanut butter, this no-bake Mother's Day dessert is perfect for kids, adults, and everyone in between. Delicious Chocolate Pudding Peanut Butter Squares

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Ingredients:

20 Oreos (or other chocolate wafer cookie)
2 tbsp. butter, melted
1 pkg. (8 oz.) cream cheese, softened
1/2 c. creamy peanut butter
1 pkg. (16 oz.) Cool Whip
1 1/2 c. powdered sugar
15 mini Reese's peanut butter cups, chopped
1 c. milk
1 pkg. (4 oz.) chocolate instant pudding mix


Instructions: Put all but four cookies in food processor. Process until cookies are coarse crumbs. (Cookies can also be crushed manually-- just place in a resealable bag and crush.)

Combine cookie crumbs and melted butter in a square 9-inch pan (ungreased). Toss to mix. Press into bottom of pan.

Combine cream cheese, one cup of the powdered sugar, and the peanut butter in a large mixing bowl. Beat on medium speed until smooth and combined.

Fold in half of Cool Whip. Spread filling over the Oreo crust and sprinkle with chopped Reese's cups.

In a separate mixing bowl, combine milk, remaining sugar, and pudding mix. Beat on med-low for two to three minutes. Gently fold in the rest of the Cool Whip.

Spread mixture over peanut butter filling & Reese's cups. Sprinkle with crumbs from remaining four Oreo cookies.

Cover dessert, refrigerate at least three hours. Slice into generous squares. Then watch Mom melt with delight as she takes a bite of this insanely good Mother's Day recipe dessert.

Strawberry Shortcake with Cream Cheese and Angel food

Easy, Amazing Strawberry Shortcake

This is a truly delicious Mother's Day recipe for strawberry shortcake-- you'll probably never go back to your old recipe again. It also works well if Mom's on a diet... just use light or fat-free cream cheese instead of regular. Another bonus? If you buy a pre-made angel food cake, there's no need to heat up the oven, making this the perfect no-bake Mother's Day recipe that kids can make for Mom. Simply cut up the cake and strawberries beforehand and let the kids assemble.

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Ingredients:
4-5 c. fresh, ripe strawberries
1/2 c. granulated sugar
1 pkg. (8 oz.) cream cheese, softened
1 c. powdered sugar
1 pkg. (8 oz.) Cool Whip
1 angel food cake (about 14 oz.), cubed

Instructions: Wash strawberries and remove green stems and tops. Slice each strawberry in half.

In a medium bowl, combine strawberries and sugar. Cover and let sit in the refrigerator until needed.

Combine cream cheese and powdered sugar in a large mixing bowl. Beat until smooth and well combined.

Fold in Cool Whip. Gently stir in angel food cake.

Cover and refrigerate two hours or more.

Either top whole cake with strawberries before serving, or top each cut serving of cake with strawberries.

Chocolate Covered Strawberries with White Chocolate and Nuts

Elegant Mother's Day Recipe for Dessert:
Chocolate Covered Strawberries

Who says chocolate covered strawberries are only for Valentines day? I don't know single woman who doesn't love these tasty, elegant little desserts-- plus, they're a great way to make a woman feel really special. These are also a great Mother's Day recipe for a dessert you can make with the kids... just melt the chocolate, dip the strawberries, and decorate. A lot of fun!

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Ingredients:
4 c. fresh, ripe strawberries (at room temperature)
1 1/2 c. semi-sweet or dark chocolate chips
2 tbsp. light corn syrup
6 tbsp. butter

Decorations (optional):
chopped nuts (pecans, walnuts, hazelnuts, almonds, or macadamia)
colored or chocolate sprinkles
colored and/or flavored sugars
melted white chocolate

Instructions: Wash and dry strawberries. Leave stems and tops intact.

Combine chocolate, corn syrup, and butter in a microwavable bowl (or double boiler). Microwave at 20 second intervals, stirring often, til melted. Do not burn. Or melt in a double boiler over boiling water until melted, stirring often.

Dip each strawberry into the melted chocolate mix. Leave a 1/4-to-1/2" strip of bare fruit between chocolate and stem.

If desired, roll coated strawberries in nuts, sprinkles, or sugars. Be sure to do this while chocolate is still melted.

Place plain chocolate or decorated strawberries on waxed paper.

If desired, decorate plain chocolate strawberries with melted white chocolate using a toothpick or cake decorating supplies. Very pretty!

Refrigerate about 20 minutes to set.

Note: Chocolate covered strawberries also travel well, making them one of the best ideas for Mothers Day presents. Just place them in a pretty box, wrap them up, and you have a great homemade Mother's Day gift.


For more great Mother's Day gifts, take a look at our Top Ten Mother's Day Gifts page. It's full of terrific Mother's Day gift ideas!

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