Mother’s Day Cookies That’ll Satisfy Her Sweet Tooth

Stumped on what to buy Mom this year? You can never go wrong with a homemade treat. Package these cookies in mason jars or decorative tins, or set them out for teatime after Mother's Day brunch


Chocolate-Drizzled Shortbread

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Instead of serving mom a plain, boring shortbread cookie, dress up the classic by drizzling chocolate on top. Don't worry about using a double boiler—simply melt the chocolate in the microwave, then drizzle over the cooled cookies. 

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Lemon Cornmeal Sandwich Cookies

Photo by Jose Picayo

Sweetened lemon-infused cream cheese makes a luxurious filling for these rustic cookies. Adding lemon zest to the cookie batter completes the ultimate citrus-lover's treat.

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Photo by Philip Friedman; Styling: Michelle Gatton

A Scandinavian coffee break staple, these delicate spiral cookies combine decadent shortbread with a ribbon of light, crunchy meringue. You likely have all the ingredients on hand, making these cookies a great last-minute gift. 

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Earl Grey Tea Cookies

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If Mom's a fan of after-dinner coffee and tea, she'll enjoy eating these cookies alongside her beverage. Adding the tea leaves directly into the cookie dough ensures every bite is infused with Earl Grey flavor. 

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Drop-and-Bake Lace Cookies

Photo by Christopher Baker

Their delicate look might seem intimidating, but the secret to these chic cookies couldn't be any simpler: a well-lined, non-stick cookie sheet.

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Double Vanilla Drops

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A supercharged dose of vanilla in the form of both extract and vanilla beans makes these sweet, cakey, glazed cookies utterly irresistible.

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Raspberry linzer cookies

Photo by Victor Schrager

Add ground toasted almonds to the batter to give these beautiful sandwich cookies a fragrant nuttiness. If Mom's not a fan of raspberry jam, feel free to substitute her favorite flavor. 

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Pistachio Matcha Financiers

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A shot of earthy matcha and chopped pistachios lend a modern edge to this version of the classic buttery, bite-size French tea cakes.

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Orange-Glazed Cookies 

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Dress up sugar cookies with a citrus glaze made from confectioners’ sugar, orange juice, and orange zest. The best way to achieve an even coat of glaze? Gently dipping the top of each cookie into the mixture. 

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Chocolate-Cherry Biscotti

Photo by Raymond Hom

Chocolate-lovers will appreciate this gift, which you can package in cellophane and wrap with a ribbon. If you're feeling especially decadent, dip one side of each cookie in melted chocolate.

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Coconut Macaroons

Photo by José Picayo

These light and chewy macaroons offer a tropical crunch for fruit lovers. Dip the bottoms in melted chocolate if you prefer a richer dessert.

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Lemon-Chamomile Shortbread

Photo by David Prince

Buttery and crumbly, with a gentle flavor of citrus and herbal tea, these simple biscuits are the ultimate after dinner treat. Trust us when we say Mom will be going back for seconds.

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