The 10 Best Gingerbread-Inspired Breakfast Recipes

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The Spruce / Leah Maroney 

Gingerbread has been a long-time holiday favorite, but not everyone has the time to roll out all of the classic Christmas cookie and ice on all of the little eyes and buttons.

Here are some quick and easy breakfast recipes for bringing gingerbread flavor into your home this holiday season! From French toast to eggnog to gingerbread loaf you can enjoy the warming flavor of those winter spices in so many different ways.

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    Overnight Gingerbread French Toast

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    The Spruce / Leah Maroney

    Making Christmas breakfast for a hungry holiday crowd? This gingerbread French toast is the casserole for you! Put it together the night before, pop it in the oven for 30 minutes the next morning, and you've got a hot, delicious, and fragrant meal. The whole house will smell amazing and you can sit back and relax.

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    Warm Gingerbread Oatmeal

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    The Spruce / Leah Maroney

    Gingerbread oatmeal is the perfect way to add holiday spice to the weekday drudgery when it's cold and dark outside. You only need a few more ingredients than regular oatmeal to make this far-less boring bowl and we bet you can find them all in your pantry right now.

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    Gingerbread Coffee Creamer

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     The Spruce / Leah Maroney

    Gingerbread in your coffee? Whipping up this homemade creamer is way cheaper than paying for a latte every morning and it doesn't have all of the additives that store-brand brands contain. It calls for a few easy-to-find ingredients and takes minutes to throw together.

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    Gingerbread Pancakes

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    The Spruce / Leah Maroney 

    These gingerbread pancakes are not full of fragrant spices, they're fun to whip up with the kids and you can even make them into a gingerbread man shape using a cookie cutter. Top them with sprinkles and whipped cream for a festive touch. Gingerbread men cookies are totally optional, but they definitely amp up the cute factor.

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    Spiked Gingerbread Hot Chocolate Recipe

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    Cozy up with a mug of gingerbread hot chocolate this holiday season. You can enjoy this warm, luscious beverage with or without the spiced rum, but the alcohol truly awakens the winter flavor of the homemade gingerbread syrup.

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    Gingerbread Waffles

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     The Spruce / Leah Maroney

    Take your basic waffle recipe and kick it up a notch for the holiday season. After all, no weekend breakfast is complete without a stack of crispy and fluffy rounds. You can make holiday weekends extra special with a gingerbread spiced version. They're lightly sweet on their own and, when topped with pure maple syrup, they are perfection.

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    Gingerbread Muffins

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    The Spruce / Leah Maroney

    Gingerbread muffins are an easy way to serve gingerbread individually. Top them with crystallized ginger and a maple glaze and they'll look impressive sitting on a holiday buffet or winter brunch table. You can also make up a huge batch of them for an easy grab-and-go breakfast.

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    Gingerbread Loaf

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    The Spruce / Anita Schecter 

    This moist gingerbread loaf is slathered in a rich cream cheese frosting. It's basically a cake that we call a loaf so that we can eat it for a guilt-free breakfast, but it's also great with tea in the afternoon or as a festive dessert.

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  • 09 of 10

    Spiked Holiday Eggnogg


    The Spruce / Leah Maroney

    Whether you enjoy it spiked or virgin, this creamy, sweet eggnog is packed full of holiday spice flavor that's perfect to add to your holiday buffet. This recipe does not contain raw egg, so it's great for the whole family and you don't have to worry about taking any salmonella risks. You can reduce the calories by using skim milk or make it vegan but subbing in a dairy-free option. It's really easy to make in large batches, so it's a no-brainer for holiday parties.

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    Vegan Gingerbread Latte

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     The Spruce / Allyson Kramer

    Vegans and carnivores alike will swoon over this comforting latte. It's simple to whip together and is chock full of good for you ingredients, but still tastes amazing! You can also make it with dairy ingredients if you're not feeling the vegan vibes.