21 Festive Breakfast Recipes for Christmas Morning

Treats to savor before or after the presents are opened

Christmas crepes

The Spruce / Leah Maroney


Whether your family wakes up to a frenzy of wrapping paper or sits down for breakfast before diving into the festivities, Christmas morning calls for something special (like a red and green casserole). Try some of these seasonal and exciting dishes that will get the day off to a scrumptious start. All of these can be made to serve a crowd, but you can scale down the recipes for a smaller gathering.

  • 01 of 21

    Cinnamon Roll Wreath

    Cinnamon wreath roll

     The Spruce / Anita Schechter

    This cinnamon roll wreath is as beautiful as it is festive, and the smell of the spiced dough will definitely get everyone out of bed in the morning. It does take some assembly, so make it ahead of time, then just pop it in the oven when you get up for a stunning breakfast that will bring the whole family running to the table.

  • 02 of 21

    Make-Ahead Pecan Sticky Buns

    Caramel Rolls From the Slow Cooker

    The Spruce / Diana Rattray

    These easy pecan sticky buns are perfect for starting off your Christmas Day on the sweet side. Because they're made in the slow cooker, you can start them before you open gifts and then dig in when everyone's enjoying their haul later. They also freeze well, if you find yourself with leftovers.

  • 03 of 21

    Vegetarian Breakfast Casserole

    breakfast casserole

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    Most breakfast casseroles use eggs and sausage or bacon as their base, but you can easily make them meatless. This one calls for meat substitutes, but feel free to swap in tofu, seitan, beans, or legumes for a hit of protein that will carry you all the way through Christmas dinner. The recipe makes enough to serve a crowd, and you can assemble it the night before to simplify your morning.

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    Raspberry Cream Cheese Coffee Cake

    Raspberry Cream Cheese Coffee Cake

    Pete Scherer

    Browned butter and cream cheese bring this Raspberry Cream Cheese Coffee Cake to the next level. It's perfect for morning or afternoon tea, brunch, and when entertaining guests. 

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    Panettone French Toast Bake

    Panettone French toast bake recipe

    The Spruce / Diana Chistruga

    Italian families may already know the wonders of panettone, a buttery, raisin-studded Christmas cake. While it's excellent on its own as either a breakfast bread or dessert, it also makes a delightful French toast bake. Make it on Christmas Eve before setting out Santa's milk and cookies and toss it in the oven in the morning. The texture gets creamier as it sits out, so if you like a firmer French toast, make it in the morning and bake right away.

  • 06 of 21

    Danish Kringle

    Danish Kringle

    The Spruce Eats / Kristina Vanni

    A traditional recipe in Denmark, Danish kringle is also an official state food in Wisconsin. No matter where you are in the world, this sweet bread is perfect for Christmas morning. It's a yeast bread that's shaped into a ring. The dough is filled with a buttery mix of cinnamon, sugar, and pecans, so the taste is similar to a cinnamon roll but in a more festive form. Drizzle icing on top and it's sure to be a hit with your family.

  • 07 of 21

    Gingerbread French Toast

    Gingerbread French toast

    The Spruce / Leah Maroney



    What's more Christmas-y than gingerbread French toast? This baked version doesn't require slaving over the stove and will be a sweet way to get Christmas going. French bread works well, but you can use any other type you have on hand. Refrigerating the casserole overnight gives it a lovely texture, but you can let it sit for just a few hours for a firmer French toast. Serve it with powdered sugar, maple syrup, or even vanilla ice cream for an extra decadent start to the day.

  • 08 of 21

    Unicorn Doughnuts

    Unicorn Doughnuts

    The Spruce Eats / Pete Scherer

    For a twist that's sure to put a smile on everyone's face, serve unicorn doughnuts. They're a ton of fun to decorate and it's a project the kids will enjoy, too. The buttermilk doughnuts are baked in a pan that ensures they're the perfect shape. Then the magic begins! Top them with colorful glazes, melted white chocolate, and colorful sprinkles. The colors can be customized to fit the Christmas theme, or you can just follow your fairy dreams for this magical breakfast treat.

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  • 09 of 21

    Instant Pot Breakfast Casserole

    slice of instant pot breakfast casserole
    Diana Rattray

    Simplify breakfast on a busy cooking day by making this Instant Pot breakfast casserole. It's chock full of all of the favorite savory breakfast foods, like bacon, cheese, eggs, hashbrowns, peppers, and onions, and cooks in the Instant Pot, freeing up the oven for Christmas dinner. The casserole cooks in a springform pan, resulting in a pretty cake-like presentation, perfect for the holiday.

  • 10 of 21

    Dutch Baby Pancake

    Dutch Baby Pancakes

     Kristina Vanni

    This is one of those mix-and-bake recipes that you can't believe turns out so impressive looking and delicious. A few simple ingredients are combined and poured into a hot buttered pan. The Dutch baby pancake is then baked until puffy, crispy around the edges, and custardy in the middle. Dust with powdered sugar and serve with fresh berries, maple syrup, or jam.

  • 11 of 21

    Make-Ahead Bacon, Egg, and Cheese Croissants


    The Spruce / Leah Maroney 

    Using canned refrigerator dough, these bacon, egg, and cheese croissants couldn't be easier. It's also easy to scale up to make a big batch. These are great for a handheld breakfast while opening gifts, on the way to grandma's house, or just a lighter starter to a long day of making merry. Not a bacon eater? Stuff them with sausage or ham instead.

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    Smoked Salmon Bagels

    Open faced smoked salmon bagel recipe

    The Spruce / Diana Chistruga

    These easy, open-faced smoked salmon bagels will feed a crowd, New York-style. Set out a variety of bagel flavors, cream cheese, smoked salmon, and toppings on a self-serve bagel bar for a do-it-yourself breakfast buffet. Most delis sell pre-packaged smoked salmon, but you can make your own, too. If some family members aren't fish fans, they can leave it off and enjoy the bagels and cream cheese on their own.

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    Red Velvet Waffles

    red velvet waffles

     Leah Maroney

    The festive, bright red hue of these red velvet waffles makes them a fun addition to your Christmas breakfast. They have all of the flavors of red velvet cake, with chocolate in the batter and a vanilla cream cheese drizzle. They're quick and easy to whip up, too. Since the red color comes from food coloring, you could color half of the waffles green! Or top the whipped cream with a sprinkle of green sugar.

  • 14 of 21

    Orange Rolls

    Orange Rolls

     Kristina Vanni

    Instead of cinnamon rolls, make these bright and delicious orange rolls. The cinnamon is replaced with orange marmalade and the homemade rolls are topped with a citrusy cream cheese frosting. They're worth the time and the effort and will make your Christmas morning extra special.

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    Make-Ahead Sausage Biscuits

    sausage cheddar biscuits
    Leah Maroney

    What’s better than the scent of fresh-baked bread to greet your guests on Christmas morning? Whip up these tempting biscuits ahead of time and pop them in the oven before everyone wakes up. Make sure you cook and cool the sausage fully before adding it to the batter; otherwise it will melt the butter and cause the biscuits to come out less flaky. Add chopped chives, scallions, or other cheeses to mix up the flavor.

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    Festive Christmas Crepes


    The Spruce / Leah Maroney


    These merry Christmas crepes use tart cranberries, rich cream cheese, and candied ginger for a truly holiday-worthy flavor. Don’t be scared off by crepe-making—they’re really quite simple once you get the hang of it. Best of all, you can make the crepes ahead of time and freeze them until you’re ready to eat. Just allow them to come to room temperature, then warm in a 200 F-degree oven before assembling.

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    Hearty Breakfast Casserole

    breakfast casserole

    The Spruce / Diana Rattray 

    Breakfast casseroles make a simple Christmas morning meal because it doesn't require standing over the stove. This simple recipe uses refrigerated rolls for a simple assembly, but you can make your own as well. Use any type of cheese and adjust the seasonings to suit your family's tastes.

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    Peppermint Hot Chocolate Pancakes

    Peppermint hot chocolate pancakes recipe

    ​The Spruce / Diana Chistruga

    The combination of peppermint and chocolate tastes like Christmas, but you don’t have to limit it to your mug. Make a stack of these decadent pancakes for a truly special Christmas morning. Top them with extra chocolate sauce, miniature marshmallows, crushed peppermint candies, or even vanilla ice cream for a really special presentation. After all, it’s the holidays.

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    Freezer Breakfast Burritos

    Breakfast Burrito

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    Breakfast burritos make a delicious, hearty way to start the day, but they can be labor-intensive if you’ve got a lot of mouths to feed. Frozen breakfast burritos are great for Christmas morning because you can make them whenever you have time, then just reheat in the microwave or the oven when ready to eat. Feel free to customize the flavor profile by using bacon, sausage, regular ham, or other cheeses.

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    Blueberry Cream Cheese Braid

    blueberry cream cheese braid

    The Spruce / Leah Maroney


    This gorgeous breakfast braid will be the crown jewel of your Christmas breakfast table. Because it feeds a crowd, it’s perfect for a holiday meal. You can use either frozen puff pastry or make your own if you’re feeling ambitious. Top it with sliced almonds for crunch, or a little streusel if you want a slightly sweeter bread. Nobody will be able to limit themselves to just one slice.

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    Gingerbread Muffins with Maple Glaze

    gingerbread muffics

    The Spruce / Leah Maroney


    If you just need a light grab-and-go breakfast or want to add a little sweetness to your brunch buffet, these maple-glazed gingerbread muffins will be just the ticket. And what’s more Christmas-worthy than gingerbread? They’re best eaten the same day, but can also be stored in an airtight container for a couple of days. Make sure to wait until they’re totally cool to glaze, or else it will be too runny and make a mess of your kitchen.