Mother’s Day Brunch: 18 Easy and Impressive Recipes

strawberry muffins

Don’t make mom battle the restaurant crowd this Mother’s Day. Let her sleep in and wake up to an amazing homemade brunch. (Just don’t forget to do the dishes!)

  1. scones

    Light and Tender Cream Scones

    Mom will love these light and tender cream scones warm out of the oven with a hot cup of coffee.

  2. caramel french toast

    Drunken Caramel French Toast

    Part booze, part French toast, part bread pudding — how can you go wrong? You can assemble this dish the night before, let it sit in the fridge overnight, and then just pop it in the oven when you’re ready to eat.

  3. maple muffins

    Maple Muffins

    These maple muffins are sweetened entirely with maple syrup and, as they bake in the oven, they fill your kitchen with the most intoxicating buttery maple scent.

  4. crustless broccoli quiche

    Crustless Broccoli Quiche

    There’s really only one way to put it: this quiche is insanely delicious. And I promise you won’t miss the crust! It reheats beautifully so feel free to make it ahead or warm it up for tomorrow’s breakfast or lunch.

  5. chocolate banana bread

    Chocolate Banana Bread

    Banana bread is usually something to eat for breakfast but this one is so decadent, you could easily top it with vanilla ice cream and call it dessert. Chocolate chips and cocoa powder give it deep chocolate flavor and sour cream makes it rich, tender and ultra-moist.

  6. bread pudding

    Savory Sausage and Cheddar Bread Pudding

    This savory bread pudding is brimming with sweet pork sausage and sharp cheddar. I love it for entertaining because it can be made ahead of time and feeds a crowd.

  7. Blueberry Maple Syrup

    Blueberry Buttermilk Pancakes with Blueberry Maple Syrup

    Who can resist a stack of crispy-on-the-outside, fluffy-on-the-inside blueberry pancakes drenched in a blueberry syrup? Don’t skip the homemade syrup — it only takes a few minutes to make and is definitely the best part!

  8. candied bacon

    Spicy Maple Candied Bacon

    Start with thick-cut applewood smoked bacon and slather it with a maple syrup, brown sugar, and chipotle glaze — as the bacon cooks, the glaze sizzles and thickens into a shiny, candy-like coating. It’s addictive!

  9. baked oatmeal

    Amish-Style Baked Oatmeal with Apples, Raisins & Walnuts

    This comforting Amish breakfast casserole filled with tart apples and plump raisins is like a healthier version of bread pudding.

  10. how to make almond biscotti

    Almond Biscotti

    Adapted from Zuni Cafe in San Francisco, these are everything good biscotti should be: buttery, lightly sweet and crunchy but not tooth-shattering.

  11. Sriracha Deviled Eggs

    Sriracha Deviled Eggs

    Deviled eggs are named such because the mix-ins are often spicy or hot, so these orange-hued beauties spiked with Sriracha make perfect sense. They are truly devilish and totally pop-in-your-mouth-able.

  12. cinnamon buns

    Quick Cinnamon Buns with Buttermilk Glaze

    These are the perfect cinnamon buns: light and tender on the inside, golden and caramelized on the outside and — best of all — quick and easy to make.

  13. strawberry

    Strawberry and Orange Salad with Citrus Syrup & Fresh Mint

    This is such a nice change of pace from the standard mix of pre-cut fruit from the supermarket. I usually serve it for brunch — it dresses up the table and pairs well with savory quiche and casserole dishes — but it’s also wonderful for dessert served with shortcake and whipped cream.

  14. frittata

    Zucchini and Cheddar Frittata

    Frittatas are often dry and tough but this one is delicate and creamy, almost like a crustless quiche. Whether you serve it for breakfast, dinner, or anytime in between, it’s sure to be a family favorite.

  15. ham and cheese oven-puffed

    Ham & Cheese Oven-Puffed Pancake

    Feast your eyes on this ham & cheese oven-puffed pancake. A cross between a crepe and a soufflé, this dish is wonderful for brunch or a light dinner.

  16. salmon cakes

    Salmon Cakes

    Made from fresh salmon and dill and seasoned with Old Bay, these salmon cakes are as elegant as crab cakes but so much more affordable to make.

  17. shakshuka


    A popular Mediterranean dish, shakshuka is a one-skillet dish of eggs poached in a smoky, spicy, vegetable-laden tomato sauce. I like to serve it straight from the pan at the table so everyone can dig in and help themselves. And don’t forget a good bread to mop up the sauce.

  18. strawberry muffins

    Strawberry Muffins

    Packed with sweet strawberries, these tender muffins with crisp, golden tops are perfect for a special breakfast or brunch. The secret is adding a lot of berries to the batter, which gives the muffins an intense strawberry flavor and also keeps them moist.

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