Looking for some fun Christmas breakfast ideas?
From red velvet waffles to peppermint donuts, these easy recipes will make the morning even more memorable.
People mostly focus their attention on prepping Christmas dinner, but breakfast is just as important!
These delectable breakfasts are sure to make your Christmas merrier and brighter.
They’re so good, you might want to serve them for lunch and dinner as well.
Whether you’re having an intimate breakfast or gathering with family and friends, these dishes will bring everyone a good dose of Christmas cheer.
They’re make-ahead friendly, too, meaning you don’t have to wake up super early on Christmas morning.
Just whip them up in advance and chill with the rest of the gang.
Start Christmas with a bang! Let’s get cooking!
25 Best Christmas Breakfast and Brunch Recipes
1. Sticky Buns
Super soft cinnamon rolls are filled with an ooey-gooey caramel pecan glaze that only takes 5 ingredients to make.
Minimal effort with maximum flavor: that’s what these sinful sticky buns are all about.
Traditional sticky buns usually take hours to make, what with kneading the dough and letting it rest, and all.
But this recipe only requires 30 minutes to make.
This shortcut version calls for canned cinnamon rolls to make your life much easier. Don’t worry, just because it’s simplified doesn’t mean it’s less flavorful.
2. Christmas Coffee
What could be better than waking up on Christmas morning to the aroma of freshly brewed coffee?
One that’s infused with spices and topped with a dollop of whipped cream!
This fancy coffee is the definition of comfort. One sip will not only give you that much needed morning boost but will also soothe your heart and soul.
The spices add such warming flavors, making your favorite coffee even more irresistible.
Also, who can say no to light and fluffy whipped cream? That creamy, cloud-like goodness makes any drink taste ten times better.
3. Bananas Foster French Toast Casserole
French toast, bananas, and caramel are always a fantastic combo. In this casserole, you’ll infuse these three components to make one heavenly treat.
As much as I love French toast, I also know that it’s not the easiest thing to make.
Having to pan-fry toast one by one on both sides? That doesn’t sound appealing at all.
But here’s an easy solution: just make a casserole! Just dump all the ingredients in a casserole and let the oven do its magic.
The best part is, one casserole can feed a whole crowd. What a time-saver!
4. Coffee Cake
Moist and tender cake is topped with a crisp cinnamon crumble. This is the ultimate coffee cake to pair with your favorite cuppa joe!
It’s simple, yet spectacular. That’s the perfect way to describe this cake.
No fancy ingredients are required to bake it, but the flavors and textures are spot on.
It’s so good, you can easily fool people into thinking you got it from a bakery.
Apart from its sheer simplicity, you’ll also love how its heavenly aroma will fill your entire kitchen. Merry Christmas indeed.
5. Gingerbread French Toast Bake
Can’t decide between French toast and gingerbread? Put them together and make this hearty, heavenly casserole.
Crisp brioche is soaked in a brown sugar custard, topped with a gingerbread sugar crumble, and baked to golden perfection.
To top it off, it’s drizzled with maple syrup and dusted with powdered sugar.
My goodness. Devoured as is or smeared with a bit of butter, this French toast casserole is the ultimate breakfast of champions!
6. Red Velvet Waffles
Sweet, moist, and chocolatey red velvet cake in waffle form? Sounds amazing to me! Let’s whip it up, shall we?
They’re crisp on the outside, soft on the inside, and bursting with chocolate chips.
These red velvet waffles are worth waking up early in the morning for.
Plus, that stunning red hue makes these waffles even more adorable. These would be perfect for Valentine’s Day, too.
7. Sausage-Cheddar Biscuits
These soft and flaky biscuits are loaded with sausage bits and cheddar cheese. They’re a must on Christmas morning.
They’re so good, I’ll bet Santa would pick them over milk and cookies.
When I say loaded, I mean ultra-loaded. These biscuits are packed with sausage and cheese but don’t worry, they aren’t that rich.
The buttermilk biscuits help dial down the richness, giving you well-balanced flavors.
8. Starbucks Pumpkin Bread
The combination of sweet pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves is absolutely to die for. Case in point: Starbucks pumpkin bread!
From the aroma to the flavor to the texture, nothing beats the classic pumpkin bread on Christmas morning.
Although the popular Starbucks confection is truly delectable, nothing beats homemade.
Make your own pumpkin bread from scratch to show your friends and family just how much you love them.
Don’t worry, this recipe is so simple, it’s impossible to mess up.
9. Cinnamon Rolls
Waking up to the smell of cinnamon and brown sugar is absolute bliss. Make your Christmas morning extra special by serving these easy-peasy cinnamon rolls.
These rolls are a cinch to make. If you’ve never made cinnamon rolls from scratch, don’t worry.
You’ll use Bisquick to speed up the process, but that doesn’t mean it won’t be as good as traditional cinnamon rolls.
These rolls are so soft and tender with a sweet and ooey-gooey center.
With a crisp frosted exterior, these rolls will give Cinnabon a run for its money!
10. Peppermint Donuts
Soft and pillowy donuts are infused with crushed peppermint candies. Wow. Just get in my belly already!
Not many like the flavor of peppermint, but there’s a secret to make even haters fall in love with it.
The key is to not use too much that the flavor becomes too overwhelming. Just a little goes a long way, and these peppermint donuts are proof.
They’re also a breeze to make. These donuts are baked, not fried, so not only they are healthier and easier to whip up.
11. Banana Chocolate Chunk Muffins
Bananas and chocolate always make a great pair. That’s why these muffins are insanely delicious.
Moist and tender muffins are loaded with bananas and chunks of chocolate. It’s every sweet tooth’s dream!
They’re so good, you’ll think they came straight out of the bakery.
But here’s a secret: these muffins are super easy to make. They’re impossible to mess up.
12. Cranberry Christmas Crepes
These soft and tender crepes are stuffed with a sweet and tart cream cheese filling and topped with a decadent cranberry jam and candied ginger.
Joy to the world indeed!
The combination of rich cream cheese and sweet cranberries is purely delightful.
Add some candied ginger and orange zest, and you’ll get the ultimate holiday flavor!
These crepes aren’t just incredibly appetizing, but so pretty as well. Just look at that luscious red cranberry topping, and you’ll fall in love.
13. Orange Rolls
These soft and sticky rolls have a rich orange cream cheese topping. I had no idea oranges and cinnamon could create a beautiful harmony of flavor!
The rolls are insanely soft and fluffy, and the cream cheese frosting gives them the perfect sweet and citrusy flavor.
The orange juice adds such a wonderful tang to the rolls and creates a refreshing contrast to the hearty bread.
14. Sweet Potato Frittata
Sweet potatoes add a sweet flair to this otherwise purely savory frittata.
Chunks of sweet potatoes, ham, crisp veggies, caramelized onions, and feta cheese all together in one frittata? Now, who can say no to that?
Not only is this ideal for Christmas day, but the morning after, too. It’s the perfect way to create something completely new and exciting from leftovers.
15. Cranberry Bread
This soft and buttery bread is bursting with fresh cranberries. Talk about festive!
Cranberry bread is a quick and easy dessert that’s not only ideal for Christmas, but Thanksgiving as well.
It’s sweet, moist, and absolutely divine. Those specks of red cranberries add such a holiday vibe, to boot!
But just because they’re perfect for the holidays doesn’t mean you can’t make them on a random Sunday. This quick bread is so easy to make.
16. Italian Sausage Breakfast Casserole
Italian sausage, peppers, broccoli, and cheese? Sounds like the perfect breakfast to me!
I wouldn’t mind waking up to this scrumptious casserole every day.
Italian sausage breakfast casserole is a rich and hearty breakfast that hits the spot. Sure, it’s indulgent, but come on, it’s Christmas!
It’s not the day to worry about the calories.
While I can’t get enough of this casserole’s medley of flavors, what I love most about it is how simple it is to make.
It’s just a matter of dumping the ingredients in a casserole and popping it in the oven!
17. Peppermint Hot Chocolate Pancakes
Hot chocolate and peppermint team together to make a stack of celebration-worthy pancakes.
Dark chocolate and peppermint are such a tasty mash-up. Add pancakes into the mix, and you’ll get one flavor-packed treat.
It’s perfectly chocolatey with a hint of peppermint and is heaven in a bite.
Drizzled with rich chocolate syrup and loaded with crushed peppermint candy, chocolate chips, and mini-marshmallows, these pancakes are an absolute delight!
18. Nutella Cream Cheese Crescent Rolls
These perfectly baked crescent rolls are oozing with Nutella and cream cheese. This appetizer/snack/dessert is a must-have at every party.
It’s sweet, chocolatey, nutty, and tangy. It’s all the wonderful holiday flavors you can ever ask for!
Crisp and buttery crescent rolls are the perfect vessel to hold in all that Nutella and cream cheese.
The best part? These guys only take 20 minutes to make! How awesome is that?
19. Blueberry Cream Cheese Muffins
While there are a myriad of fun and innovative Christmas desserts out there, nothing beats the classics.
Blueberry cream cheese muffins are a timeless confection.
These muffins are outrageously soft and fluffy and flavored with nothing but the best.
It’s sweet and juicy blueberries and rich cream cheese! You can’t go wrong with that.
But it doesn’t end there, you guys. This recipe takes muffins to a whole other level by topping it with an insanely buttery streusel.
20. Gingerbread Muffins
Ginger lovers, this is for you. What better way to celebrate Christmas morning than with a sweet and perfectly spiced gingerbread muffin?
It’s perfect to warm you up on a cold wintery day!
These muffins are super soft, tender, and oozing with flavor from the ginger, nutmeg, cloves, and cinnamon.
The secret ingredients are molasses, cashew milk, and turbinado sugar.
These muffins aren’t just insanely delicious, they’re also a cinch to make. And they’re dairy-free to boot!
21. Christmas Breakfast Strata
There is no such thing as too much cheese and sausage. That said, here’s another breakfast item loaded with this power duo: breakfast strata.
This casserole isn’t just loaded with cheese and sausage, but with cherries as well.
It sounds weird, but the cherries add a wonderful contrast to the richness of the casserole.
That way, you don’t only get a super savory dish, but also one that’s wonderfully sweet.
22. Christmas Bread Pudding
Christmas isn’t complete without bread pudding!
This holiday staple is a Christmas must-have not just because of tradition, but also because it’s simply delicious.
Perfectly moist (not soggy) French bread is mixed with dried cranberries and apples and covered with a rich and creamy topping. Hallelujah!
Spiced with nutmeg and a bit of rum, this pudding is sinful and heavenly.
23. Christmas Quiche
Sausage, cheese, and cranberries are already tasty on their own, but when combined, they create a lip-smacking, jaw-dropping breakfast.
Say hello to this Christmas quiche! Flaky crust filled with fluffy eggs and loaded with chunks of sausage, cheese, and cranberries.
It’s rich and savory with a hint of sweetness. If this hearty breakfast doesn’t get you in the holiday spirit, I don’t know what will!
24. Gingerbread Pear Loaves
Gingerbread loaves with whole pears inside? I’ll take them, I’ll take them all!
Just look at how rustic these loaves are. How adorable are those pears?!
Poached in ginger beer, cinnamon, cardamom, and sugar, they have the perfect balance between sweet and spicy.
Have a slice or two (or three) with a cup of coffee for the most spectacular Christmas morning.
25. Maple Pecan Scones
These scones are so unbelievably tender, they melt in your mouth.
Plus, they’re also loaded with pecans and glazed with maple syrup. They’re guaranteed to blow your taste buds away.
Judging by the flavor, you would think these scones require mad baking skills. But nope!
On the contrary, they’re actually super a breeze to make. It’s a Christmas miracle!
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