8 Perfect Recipes for Mother's Day

8 Perfect Recipes for Mother's Day
by Yes! Apples Ambassador Josh Lehenbauer, creator of joshisbaking.com and @joshisbaking.

Mother’s Day is just around the corner and what better way to show Mom some love than in the kitchen! Tell her to put up her feet, relax, and that you’ve got things covered this year. Or even bake alongside each other like I used to do with my mom growing up!

Create some new memories this year with some tasty apple recipes, ranging from breakfast to dessert. Happy Mother’s Day and happy baking, friends!


1. Apple & White Cheddar Quiche

Treat Mom to a little breakfast in bed with this fun twist on the classic quiche—with apples of course! A flaky pie crust sweetened with brown sugar acts as the base, with a cheddar and rosemary quiche filling, SnapDragon® apples arranged on top, and brushed with melted butter before being baked to perfection. A breakfast-lover's dream! | by Marley Goldin

Suggested Apple Variety: SnapDragon®


2. Apple Pecan Scones with Cardamom Sugar

Mom not a quiche fan? Don’t worry! Try these apple pecan scones instead! Filled with crisp, sweet apples, pecans, and a little cinnamon spice—nothing says a cozy a morning quite like these. Plus, for some extra texture, they’re topped with a crunchy cardamom sugar mixture. Serve with a big mug of warm coffee and you’ll be sure to start Mom’s day off right! | by Josh Lehenbauer

Suggested Apple Variety: Honeycrisp


3. Laminated Cinnamon Buns with Apple

If you’re up for more of a challenge, try out these brioche cinnamon buns! These are filled to the brim with a spiced apple and oat-y streusel. The laminated dough is a fun alternative to a traditional morning bun, too! Be careful, these are addictive (trust me)—so Mom might be asking for these again and again. | by Erin Clarkson

Suggested Apple Variety: Ambrosia, FujiGalaSnapDragon®


4. Cinnamon Apple & Nut Salad

Maybe time is of the essence and you want to help pitch in for lunch or dinner? This cinnamon apple and nut salad comes together quick and is an easy crowd-pleaser. Chopped apples, cranberries, and pecans are tossed in a cinnamon, orange, and honey mixture for a bright and fresh salad. | by Taste of Home

Suggested Apple Variety: Fuji, Gala, Golden DeliciousHoneycrisp (try combining two!)


5. Apple Tart with Soft Pretzel Crust

If your Mom is an apple pie or galette fan, switch things up and try this recipe out! Juicy sweet apples are encased in a soft-pretzel crust for a dreamy, sweet, and salty treat. Imagine sitting out in that spring breeze on the back porch with a cool beverage and a slice of this baby. Sounds like the perfect afternoon or evening to me! | by Erin McDowell

Suggested Apple Variety: Fuji, Gala, Honeycrisp


6. Strawberry & Apple Hand Pies

I’m always looking for any excuse to make hand pies! These strawberry and apple hand pies are sweet, flaky, and much easier to assemble than you’d think. A simple pie crust encases a cooked down apple and strawberry mixture, baked to golden perfection. EverCrisp® apples are the perfect choice here.

Not only that, but once it’s cooled down, you’ll drizzle a fruity glaze over top made using some of the juices in the filling! This is the ultimate “I love you, Mom” treat—cue the waterworks! | by Caroline Fey

Suggested Apple Variety: AmbrosiaEverCrisp®


7. Apple Rose Puff Pastry

Time to get fancy with these apple rose puff pastries. After softening up some thinly sliced apples, you’ll fan them out and roll them tightly in puff pastry, all tucked into the wells of a muffin tin. They’ll bake up into the most adorable little rose-shaped pastries and Mom’s heart will melt, trust me! | by Sherri Hagymas

Suggested Apple Variety: CortlandGala, McIntosh


8. Dorie Greenspan's Custardy Apple Squares

Who doesn’t love a good custard treat now and then? Simple, pared-back flavors really let those apples shine in this recipe. With minimal fuss and effort, you can pull these custardy apple squares together in just over an hour! Keep warm in the oven and serve with some coffee after dinner for the perfect ending to Mother’s Day. | adapted by Nicholas Day for Food52

Suggested Apple Variety: EverCrisp®, Fuji, Gala, Honeycrisp

Baking with my mom when I was a kid is what got me into baking in the first place. Sometimes it’s less about what recipe you’re making and more about the time spent together in the kitchen that Mom will remember. Give her some new memories to look back on fondly this year, or, at the very least, a few hours where she won’t have to worry about a thing.