Festive Christmas Morning Breakfasts

Whether you’re looking for make-ahead options like breakfast casseroles and ooey-gooey cinnamon buns or need a few quick-and-easy recipes that you can whip up in two shakes of a reindeer’s tail, these breakfasts are sure to spread some holiday cheer on Christmas morning!

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Julekage

Get into the holiday spirit with this Danish Christmas bread. The ingredient list is lengthy, but you're likely to have many of the items on hand and the rest are grocery staples. This holiday loaf is traditionally topped with coarse pearl sugar and then drizzled with an almond-flavored icing. What's not to love?

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Frittata

Ree takes refrigerator and pantry staples like asparagus, onions, potatoes and olives and them them into a dish fit for the holidays: a delicious frittata.

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Cranberry-Orange Cinnamon Rolls

Spread the holiday cheer with swirls of cream cheese and cranberry icing spread over fragrant, orange cinnamon rolls. To make these for Christmas morning, prep the dough the night before and store it in your refigerator. In the morning, let the cinnamon rolls sit out at room temperature for two hours (while everyone opens gifts!) then bake and frost.

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Lacquered Bacon

How do you make bacon even better? Give it a dunk in maple syrup before cooking. Valerie adds even more flavor by stirring some sage and cayenne into the syrup. When this bacon comes out of the oven it will be well-browned, with a perfectly sweet-and-spicy glaze all over.

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Layered Ham and Cheese Biscuits

A batch of these fluffy buttermilk biscuits will be worth the early morning wakeup call. We add melty Cheddar to the biscuit dough and layer it inside for a guaranteed-cheesy flavor in every bite!

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Gluten-Free Sausage-Kale Strata

Gluten-free bread goes stale faster than wheat bread, so a flavorful strata filled with kale, sausage and lots of cheese is a great way to use up any extra that you have on hand.

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Carrot-Walnut-Cranberry Quick Bread with Vanilla Bean Glaze

This hearty quick bread is loaded with grated carrot, dried cranberries and toasted walnut for a breakfast that’s guaranteed to fill you up.

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Eggnog Overnight French Toast

It wouldn’t be the holidays without a cup of eggnog! If breakfast is too early for that kind of Christmas cheer, try baking it into French toast instead. The best part? You can make these this breakfast casserole the night before and pop in the oven for an easy breakfast the next day.

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Spinach Frittata

Need Christmas breakfast on the fly? This filling dish is ready in just 15 minutes.

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Chocolate-Pecan Coffee Cake

Chocolate and pecans in the crumb top. Chocolate and pecans in the cake. Chocolate and pecans in every bite. That sounds like the perfect Christmas breakfast to us!

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Gingerbread Dutch Baby with Poached Maple Pears and Creme Fraiche

Bobby brings all your favorite holiday flavors into his Dutch baby — including gingerbread spices and maple pears.

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Pumpkin Spice Waffles

These pumpkin spice waffles capture the essence of cold weather comfort — perfect for a snowy, winter morning.

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Cheesy Baked Eggs

Eaten a few too many sweets this holiday? If you’re approaching sugar overload, try this savory dish to balance things out. Kardea bakes eggs, greens and cheese and hash browns together for a warm and satisfying casserole that’s every bit as delicious as all the sweet stuff!

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Bacon and Onion Biscuits

Thought that a sweet breakfast was better than a savory one? One bite of these warm biscuits might just change your mind!

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Hummingbird Pancakes

Trisha takes leftover fruit like bananas and crushed pineapple and adds them to her pancakes for a short stack worthy of Christmas morning breakfast.

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Mini Doughnut Muffins

Why choose between doughnuts and muffins when you can have them both in one cinnamon-sugar covered treat?

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Toffee-Pecan Cinnamon Rolls

Special holidays like Christmas deserve an equally special breakfast — like these cinnamon rolls topped with a buttery toffee sauce and toasted pecans. Unless you’re an early-riser you’ll have to start these cinnamon rolls the night before but trust us, they’re well worth the effort.

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Morning Glory Muffins

These muffins are chock-full of deliciously sweet ingredients like grated carrot and apple, crushed pineapple and shredded coconut. Perfect for even the pickiest of eaters!

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Eggs Florentine Casserole

Christmas morning brings a bundle of excitement. Don’t let breakfast get lost in the shuffle. This make-ahead meal is a complete breakfast in one dish: eggs, spinach, cheese and English muffin!

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Amish Baked Oatmeal

Transform basic oatmeal into a delicious and filling breakfast bar. Ree serves her up with a sprinkle of brown sugar and handful of berries for added sweetness.

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Christmas Morning Cinnamon Rolls

Valerie knows that it just wouldn’t be Christmas morning without a plate of ooey, gooey cinnamon rolls. Her recipe is fit for any holiday morning — although we’d gladly eat them any day of the year!

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Jelly-Filled Eggnog Scones

These scones pack a flavorful punch with an eggnog-infused dough, red currant jelly in the center and a sprinkle of almonds and sugar on top. Bake a big batch — you can store them at room temperature for up to 3 days.

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Peppermint Boston Cream Pancakes

Christmas-ify your basic, box-mix pancakes by stirring in some crushed candy canes. A few peppermint candy pieces sprinkled on top (along with a chocolate drizzle) will give these flapjacks even more holiday cheer.

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Chamomile French Toast

Unwind from all the holiday excitement with this delicious tea-infused French toast. It’s the calming and comforting breakfast that’s perfect after opening presents.

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Dutch Baby

Ree whips up this sweet and easy dish in one skillet — and it's perfect for sharing with the whole family!!

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