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25 Best Christmas Breakfast Ideas

Looking for some fun Christmas breakfast ideas?

From red velvet waffles to peppermint donuts, these easy recipes will make the morning even more memorable.

Chocolate Peppermint Pancakes
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25 Festive Christmas Breakfast and Brunch Recipes

These delectable Christmas breakfast recipes are sure to make your holiday merry and bright.

And they’re so good, you might want to serve them for lunch and dinner as well.

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.

And if you need any more inspiration, check out these easy and scrumptious Christmas quick breads!

Milk drizzled on top of Monkey Bread Muffins.

1. Monkey Bread Muffins

Money bread muffins are the things that dreams are made of. They’re like cinnamon rolls, only better! And easier.

It pairs a simply can of biscuit dough with butter, cinnamon, and sugar. And the best part? They come together in under an hour.

They’re so buttery and pillow-soft, and they make your house smell amazing!

Vanilla gingerbread latte on a red pattern mug opped with a sweet caramel brulee.
Source: Halfbakedharvest.com

2. Vanilla Gingerbread Latte (Christmas Coffee)

Christmas is the time for fancy coffee. This vanilla gingerbread latte tastes like Christmas morning in a mug.

The coffee is richly seasoned with maple syrup and molasses for those gingerbread feels. But we aren’t done yet!

It’s then topped with a sweet caramel brulee that takes the flavor over the top.

Eggnog French Toast served on a white plate with maple syrup and butter on top.

3. Eggnog French Toast

Regular French toast is good, but this eggnog French toast recipe is even better!

With an infusion of eggnog and pumpkin pie spices, this breakfast recipe captures the feels of the holiday season.

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It’s just as easy to whip together as regular French toast with in infusion of classic holiday seasoning.

Slices of Bisquick Coffee Cake

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. 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.

Gingerbread French toast served on a plate drizzled with maple syrup and dusted with powdered sugar.
Source: Simplyscratch.com

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.

Top view of two plate with red velvet flavored waffles with raspberries drizzled with white chocolate and whipped cream on top,
Source: Thespruceeats.com

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.

Two servings of sausage cheddar biscuits.
Source: Browneyedbaker.com

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.

Sliced pumpkin bread with nuts.

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.

Don’t worry, this recipe is so simple, it’s impossible to mess up.

Homemade Cinnamon Rolls

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.

Stack of peppermint donuts with sprinkled of cracked sugar cane candy.
Source:Tasteandtellblog.com

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 these donuts deliver a gentle kiss of peppermint this isn’t overwhelming.

They’re also a breeze to make. These donuts are baked, not fried, so not only they are healthier and easier to whip up.

Banana chocolate chunk muffins served on a blue plate.

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.

Swedish pancake sprinkled with powdered sugar.

12. Swedish Pancakes (Easy Christmas Crepes)

What are Swedish pancakes, you ask? Well, they’re like a cross between American pancakes and crepes.

They’re lighter and fluffier than crepes, but are thinner than traditional pancakes.

This recipe creates the ultimate canvas for all your favortite crepe fillings, or pancake toppings.

That means you can go crazy with the maple syrup, or keep it light with fresh fruit.

Homemade Apple Bread with Nuts and Cinnamon

13. Apple Cinnamon Bread

I can almost smell it now. Freshly baked apples, a kiss of cinnamon, and crunchy nuts make this recipe the ultimae Christmas morning breakfast.

I mean, it tastes like a scrumptios dessert. But there’s fruit in there, so it can technically be breakfast.

And on Christmas, there are no rules! And there’s no denying how wonderful this bread smells.

Sweet Potato Frittata Casserole

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.

Homemade Cranberry Orange Bread in a Wooden Board

15. Cranberry Orange Bread

Cranberry orange bread is that perfect pairing of tart cranberries, and acidic orange in a dense and buttery bread.

Seriously, don’t sleep on this holiday breakfast recipe! It comes together in a snap, and there’s no proving needed.

This tasty bread goes from bowl to oven in just 15 minutes. And that smell? Heavenly.

Breakfast Casserole

16. Italian Sausage Breakfast Casserole

Italian sausage, peppers, broccoli, and cheese? Sounds like the perfect breakfast to me!

This simple breakfast casserole is a rich and hearty breakfast that hits the spot. Sure, it’s indulgent, but come on, it’s Christmas!

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.

Stack of slices of pumpkin spice sheet pan pancakes served on a plate.
Source: Lauren-lane.com

17. Pumpkin Spice Sheet Pan Pancakes

Making individual pancakes is a tedious process. And if you want to feed your whole family without spending all morning in the kitchen, check out this recipe!

Pumpkin sheet pancakes are so deliciously savory and sweet, and they bake on a single sheet pan.

Just slice, top, and serve. Easy peasy.

Crescent rolls with Nutella cream cheese filling.
Source: Bakedbyanintrovert.com

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.

Bunch of blueberry muffins.

19. Blueberry Muffins

This is the last blueberry muffin recipe you’ll ever need. And who doesn’t love blueberry muffins?

They’re impossibly light and fluffy with a buttery topping. And with so many blueberries, they burst with sweetness in every bite.

And what makes them perfect for breakfast is that they are delicately sweet, but have the texture of an ultra-moist cake.

Gingerbread muffins on a wooden table.
Source: Lifemadesimplebakes.com

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.

Breakfast strata with cheese, sausage and cherries.
Source: Loveandzest.com

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.

Source: vintagekitchennotes.com

22. Panettone Christmas Bread Pudding

Christmas brunch 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.

And this version, with Panettone, is to die for!

Top view of quiche filled with fluffy eggs and loaded with chunks of sausage, cheese, and cranberries.
Source: Favfamilyrecipes.com

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.

If this hearty breakfast doesn’t get you in the holiday spirit, I don’t know what will!

Eggs Benedict topped on toasted bread layered with bacon, asparagus and samon.
Source: Playswellwithbutter.com

24. Make-Ahead Eggs Benedict

Eggs Benedict is my all-time favorite breakfast food. It’s hard enough to make a single serving, let alone a festive brunch.

But this simple recipe makes your life so much easier. All of the components (sans the eggs) are made in advance.

So, when breakfast time rolls around, all you need to do is poach those eggs and assemble them.

Scones drizzled with glaze syrup.
Source: Thecafesucrefarine.com

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!

25 Best Christmas Breakfast Ideas

Servings

4

servings
Prep time

10

minutes
Cooking time

10

minutes
Calories

650

kcal

When two holiday classics combine their powers, the results are magical. These hot chocolate pancakes are the perfect accent to a lovely Christmas morning.

Ingredients

  • For the Fudge Topping
  • 3/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips

  • 1/2 cup heavy cream

  • For the Pancakes
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour

  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder (not hot cocoa mix)

  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar

  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda

  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

  • 1 large egg

  • 1 1/4 cup buttermilk

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

  • 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips

  • Mini marshmallows and crushed peppermint candies, for garnish

Instructions

  • In a large bowl, combine the flour, cocoa powder, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk the egg, buttermilk, and melted butter.
  • Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and gently stir with a spatula until almost combined. Next, fold in the mini chocolate chips and stir until no more streaks of flour remain.
  • Cover the bowl and rest the batter for 20-30 minutes. While the batter rests, make the sauce.
  • In a small microwave-safe bowl, add the semisweet chocolate chips and cream. Microwave in 30-second intervals until melted and smooth, stirring frequently.
  • Coat a large nonstick pan with cooking spray, and bring the heat up to medium. Pour 1/4 cup of batter into the hot pan. Make sure to leave space between each pancake. Cook on each side for 2-3 minutes. Flip pancakes when bubbles appear on the surface.
  • Serve hot chocolate pancakes with mini marshmallows, crushed peppermint candies, and chocolate sauce. Enjoy!

Notes

  • The calories listed will change depending on the topping added.
Christmas Breakfast Ideas

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