Mother’s Day Ideas
Mother’s Day Ideas
Mother’s Day Ideas
Try these recipes for Ninaw’s cinnamon rolls,
Mama’s meatloaf, and butter coffee cake
Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 10. There’s no better way to show Mom, Grandma, and all the other mother figures in our lives how much we appreciate them than with delicious food made with tons of love.
Ninaw’s cinnamon rolls topped with butter icing would make the perfect Mother’s Day breakfast in bed. Stacey’s butter coffee cake is a great mid-day snack to enjoy as a family. It pairs perfectly with a cup of coffee or glass of milk. And if you’re looking to treat Mom to a homemade dinner, try making Cara’s meatloaf recipe, which was created by her own mother.
Ninaw’s Cinnamon Rolls
Mama’s Meatloaf
Butter Coffee Cake
Ninaw’s Cinnamon Rolls
By Fonda Gilchrest from Andrews, Texas
Ninaw’s Cinnamon Rolls on cutting board
Ninaw’s Cinnamon Rolls on cutting board
1 Hour 15 Minutes Prep, Including Rest Time
12-15 Minutes Cook
12 cinnamon rolls

  • 1 tablespoon active dry yeast
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 ½ cups lukewarm milk
  • 6 tablespoons shortening
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 cups flour


  • ½ cup shortening
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon


  • ¼ cup butter or shortening, softened
  • 2 cups sifted powdered sugar, plus more if you’d like
  • 2 tablespoons cream or milk, plus more if you’d like
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
You can serve these cinnamon rolls as part of a Mother’s Day brunch or turn them into a fun Mother’s Day project to bake as a family.
Ninaw’s Cinnamon Rolls ingredients on table
  1. In a small bowl, combine yeast and sugar. Stir in milk and set aside for 5 minutes.
  2. In a large bowl, combine shortening, salt, and vanilla.
  3. Once 5 minutes has passed, add the yeast mixture to the shortening mixture and combine until fully incorporated.
  4. Add flour one cup at a time, beating mixture with a fork until it reaches a doughy consistency.
  5. Form dough into a loose ball and place in a bowl. Cover with a damp cloth and let it rise for at least 30 minutes, until the dough has doubled in size.
  6. While the dough rises, make the filling: In a large bowl, mix shortening, sugar, brown sugar, and cinnamon until a paste forms.
  7. Preheat oven to 425 F. Line a sheet pan with parchment paper and lightly flour a flat surface and a rolling pin.
  8. Once the dough is ready, roll it out to about ¼-inch thick.
  9. Using a spoon or pastry brush, spread the filling onto the dough.
  10. Using your hands, roll up the dough longwise like a log. Cut the log into 12 slices.
  11. Place rolls round-side down on prepared sheet pan, leaving at least ½ inch between them. Let rolls rise 15 minutes.
  12. Bake rolls 12 to 15 minutes, until browned.
  13. While rolls are baking, make the icing: In the bowl of a stand mixer on medium speed, mix butter or shortening, powdered sugar, cream or milk, and vanilla until thick enough to spread. If you’d like, add more milk for a thinner icing, and more sugar for a sweeter taste.
  14. Remove rolls from oven and top with icing. Serve warm.
Mama’s Meatloaf
By Cara Bednar from Disputanta, Virginia
Mama’s Meatloaf on plate
Mama’s Meatloaf on plate
20 Minutes Prep
40 Minutes Cook
5 Minutes Cool
8 to 10 servings
  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup Italian breadcrumbs
  • ½ cup ketchup, plus more if you’d like
  • 1 bell pepper, cut into 1-inch slices
Cara has great memories of her mom teaching her how to make this meatloaf, she writes.
Mama’s Meatloaf being cut into pieces on cutting board
  1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine ground beef, milk, and egg. Gradually add the breadcrumbs, roughly ¼ cup at a time, mixing thoroughly after each addition.
  3. Shape the ground beef mixture into a loaf and place on a broiler pan.
  4. Pour a thick line of ketchup down the middle of the loaf and place pepper slices on top.
  5. Cook meatloaf for 40 minutes, until it’s well done.
  6. Let meatloaf rest for 5 minutes before serving.
Butter Coffee Cake
By Stacey Reed from Oakdale, Connecticut
Butter Coffee Cake on plate
Butter Coffee Cake on plate
25 Minutes Prep
25 Minutes Bake
15 Minutes Cool
6 to 8 servings
  • Butter or cooking spray for greasing
  • 3 cups flour
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup oil
  • 1 ½ cup brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ½ cup butter, melted
You can add adds nuts to the batter or as a topping for an extra crunch, Stacey writes.
Butter Coffee Cake next to flower on table
  1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Grease a 9x13 glass baking dish with butter or cooking spray.
  2. In a large bowl, mix flour, baking powder, and salt.
  3. In a separate large bowl, gently mix eggs, milk, and oil until just combined; do not overmix.
  4. In a third bowl, mix brown sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg.
  5. Gently add the egg mixture into the flour mixture to make a batter. Only mix until the ingredients come together; do not to overmix. Let rest for 5 minutes.
  6. Pour half of the batter into the prepared dish. It’s OK if the batter doesn’t touch all sides and corners of the dish.
  7. Sprinkle half of the brown sugar mixture on top. Use a fork to spread around.
  8. Pour the remaining flour and egg mixture on top. Sprinkle the remaining brown sugar mixture over it.
  9. Pour melted butter over the cake. It’s OK if it pools in areas.
  10. Bake cake for 25 minutes, until golden brown and fully set.
  11. Let cake completely cool in pan, about 15 minutes, before serving.
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