8 Things You Should Make (for Yourself!) This Mother’s Day

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We’re certainly not suggesting that you tell the kids to put the brakes on hand-delivered breakfast in bed this year. But when was the last time you made exactly what you wanted, and just plain had fun whipping it up? We thought so. Treat yourself to one of these friendly, tasty dishes this Mother’s Day — it’s up to you whether you share it with the family or not (aw, we know you will!).

Banana and Pecan Pancakes with Maple Butter (above)

This batch is just a little bit more enticing than the faded, dateless box of pancake mix hiding in your pantry, don’t you think?

Avocado BLT Toasts

Avocado’s hold on our hearts doesn’t seem to be weakening any time soon. And paired with bacon and a fried egg? This is no ordinary open-faced sandwich.

Hibiscus Rum Cocktails

Dried flowers (which you can find in a specialty store or online) surprisingly add a cranberry-like flavor to this elegant drink.

One-Pot Penne alla Vodka

Because you deserve a restaurant-style meal on Mother’s Day — but also as few dishes as possible.

Baked Shrimp Scampi

This fan favorite (seriously, check out all those positive reviews) looks fancy, but thanks to Ina Garten’s thoughtful recipe, you can have this satisfyingly crunchy dish on the table in less than an hour.

Cherry Cheesecake Dip

It’s all the flavor of your favorite dessert (devilishly delivered in just the scoop of a graham cracker) sans the springform pan, precarious water bath and lengthy cook time.

4-Ingredient Cookies and Cream Pie

This easy, summery pie doesn’t require much more effort than just ripping open a package of the classic cookie.

No-Churn Ice Cream

Homemade ice cream isn’t a tricky undertaking with these approachable recipes (we’ve got one each for vanilla, chocolate and strawberry — plus mix-ins!). Just whip together a few ingredients in the afternoon, freeze everything in a loaf pan, and have dessert by the evening.

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