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23 of Mom’s Best All-Time Recipes

Nothing says comfort food like a home cooked meal from Mom. Here, readers share their favorite family recipe.

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Mom’s Maple-Apple Pie

Mom’s apple pie might be a cliché, but others have tried and failed to rival my mom’s recipe. My siblings and I panic when anyone else takes the holiday apple pie assignment, but we make sure Mom is making hers, too. —Rebecca Little, Park Ridge, Illinois

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Hot Milk Cake

This simple, old-fashioned cake tastes so good it will surprise you. As I remember my mom’s delicious meals, this dessert was always the perfect ending. Mom always used “a dash of this and dab of that” to come up with what we thought was “the best!” —Rosemary Pryor, Pasadena, Maryland

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Mom’s Meat Loaf

Mom made this scrumptious main dish frequently when I was growing up. When I first met my husband, he wasn’t fond of meat loaf. This is the first meal I prepared for him, and now he requests it often. —Michelle Beran, Claflin, Kansas

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Peach Crisp

A hearty serving of this sweet and tart treat is a mouthwatering way to end one of Mom’s meals. With the comforting crust, fruit filling, and crunchy topping, this dessert is as lovely as it is delicious.—Dianne Esposite, New Middletown, Ohio

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Mom’s Sweet Potato Bake

Mom loves sweet potatoes and fixed them often in this creamy, comforting casserole. With its nutty topping, this side dish could almost serve as a dessert. It’s a yummy treat! —Sandi Pichon, Memphis, Tennessee

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Beef Lasagna

This recipe is one of my mom’s specialties. It’s a hearty main dish that gets requested time and time again. The from-scratch sauce makes each cheesy slice extra flavorful and softer-textured than other versions. —Kim Orr, West Grove, Pennsylvania

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Mom’s Italian Bread

I think Mom used to bake at least four of these tender loaves at once, and they never lasted long. She served the bread with every Italian meal. I love it toasted, too. —Linda Harrington, Windham, New Hampshire

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Ice Cream Cookie Dessert

Our family loves dessert, and this chocolaty, layered treat is one of Mom’s most-requested recipes. It’s so easy to prepare! —Kimberly Laabs, Hartford, Wisconsin

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Mom’s Chicken Noodle Soup

My mother was a pastor’s wife, and she did a lot of cooking for potlucks. This recipe’s one she created herself. I serve it frequently to my husband and to our four children. Every one of them is a hearty eater! —Marlene Doolittle, Story City, Iowa

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Nikki’s Perfect Pastitsio

My mother used to work so hard in the kitchen to make this classic Greek dish, and the results were always well worth her effort. My recipe for pastitsio is easier, a bit lighter, and every bit as great as Mom’s.—Nikki Tsangaris, Westfield, Indiana

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Coconut Pie

Watching my mother cook from scratch, I hardly knew that anything was available “pre-made” until I’d left home. One of Mom’s best desserts is her creamy old-fashioned coconut pie. A rich slice is true comfort food. —Mary McGuire, Graham, North Carolina

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My Mother’s Mac and Cheese

I remember my mother sending me to the store for “15¢ worth of store cheese.” The butcher would cut off a slice from a gigantic round of cheese covered with a wax-coated cloth. Mother would then blend that cheese into this tasty dish. Today, the memory of Mother’s cooking is like food for my soul. —Phyllis Burkland, Portland, Oregon

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Strawberries & Cream Torte

This festive strawberry summer treat is one of my mom’s favorites. It wows guests every time yet is simple to make. —Cathy Branciaroli, Wilmington, Delaware

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Mom’s Soft Raisin Cookies

With four sons in service during World War II, my mother sent these favorite cookies as a taste from home to “her boys” in different parts of the world. These days, my 11 grandchildren are enjoying them as we did, along with my stories of long ago. —Pearl Cochenour, Williamsport, Ohio

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Mom’s Garlic Pork Roast

Mom cooked for 11 children, so her menus usually featured basic, simple foods. But on holidays, she always treated us to this special pork roast. All of us kids agree this was our mom’s best meal! —Ruby Williams, Bogalusa, Louisiana

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Sausage Cheese Crescents

My mother says that my grandmother made the best butterhorns. I never tasted hers, but my Mom’s were delicious and grandma, of course, taught her. Through the years, my Mom filled butter horns with everything, from fruit, to seafood, to meats and all sorts of nuts and raisins. I always got a kick out of trying to guess what was in them. This recipe is ideal for brunch or lunch. —Paula Marchesi, Lenhartsville, Pennsylvania

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Brittle Torte

This was my mom’s favorite special-occasion cake. When I was in high school, she often asked me to make it for her. The homemade brittle gives it a satisfying crunch. —Phyllis Murphey, Lower Lake, California

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Mom’s Soft Sugar Cookies

This delicious sugar cookie recipe has been passed down in our family for 75 years. Try it and you’ll see why it remains our very favorite cookie! —Arnita Schroeder, Hoagland, Indiana

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Frozen Hawaiian Pie

Cool summer pies are one of Mom’s specialties. This version offers pineapple, maraschino cherries, and walnuts that are folded into a fluffy filling. It’s an easy yet tempting no-bake dessert. —Jennifer Mcquillan, Jacksonville, Florida

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Dutch Pancakes with Berry Coulis

My husband makes his mom’s crepe-like Dutch pancakes with our kids on Saturdays. I came up with the berry sauce, and the dish is now our brunch standard. —Shannon Koene, Blacksburg, Virginia

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Cherry Spice Cake

At least four generations of women in my family have been baking this Cherry Spice Cake. It’s always my mom’s pick for her birthday. I like to use cream cheese frosting, but when my mother was growing up, my grandma frosted the cake with butter cream. —Laurie Sanders, Manchester, Michigan

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Mocha Chocolate Chip Cheesecake

Childhood food memories always bring me back to a special time. This is one of my mom’s outstanding desserts, which she often served. —Cara Langer, Overland Park, Kansas

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Toffee Apple French Toast with Caramel Syrup

When I was growing up, I loved waking up to the scent of French toast. I have adapted my mom’s oven-baked version of the recipe to include one of my other all-time much loved treats; a caramel apple. —Suzanne Forsberg, Manteca, California

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