Christmas morning is about magic and togetherness—a chance for families to come together and celebrate the giving season. Christmas morning is not about spending time in the kitchen preparing breakfast!
Each of these Christmas morning breakfast recipes is easy to prepare. Several can be cooked overnight, so they are ready in the morning. Others can be premade and just need to be heated up.
Some of the recipes incorporate holiday flavors, such as gingerbread and eggnog. Others are just fun ways to prepare standard breakfasts with a fun holiday twist, which is perfect if you have small children in the house.
Whether you prefer sweet, savory or somewhere in between, we’re sure you’ll find a recipe to please everyone gathered around your tree on Christmas morning.
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Holidays dishes offer a variety of unique flavors (such as gingerbread and eggnog) and familiar favorites (such as apples and sweet potatoes). Here are ten Christmas breakfast recipes that will put these seasonal flavors on to your breakfast table.
If the gingerbread house you made is crumbling by Christmas morning, you can get another taste of this favorite holiday flavor in these gingerbread pancakes. To make them seasonally appropriate, use a pancake pen or mold and make them in the shape of gingerbread men.
Another benefit besides the delicious flavor? These pancakes will make your whole house smell like Christmas! If you don’t want to use molasses, brown sugar is an alternative.
If you haven’t had your fill of eggnog yet, why not incorporate it into this French toast recipe? With just five ingredients, this simple recipe provides a seasonal twist on French toast.
Top the French toast with syrup and serve with bacon or sausage for a hearty breakfast that will have everyone asking for more. To make it more festive and colorful, consider adding a small red fruit (such as raspberries, cranberries, or pomegranates) as an accent.
Eggnog waffles? Yes, please! These light and fluffy waffles are extra delicious when you drizzle them with a homemade cinnamon syrup, which adds a burst of additional flavor.
Besides the syrup, consider topping the waffles with whipped cream and strawberries or raspberries to create a festive look. Serve with savory bacon, sausage, or ham to create a filling and satisfying breakfast that is sure to please both young and old.
Panettone is a sweet Italian bread popular during the holidays. Panettone is filled with raisins and candied orange, which makes it taste a bit like fruitcake (only better)!
The recipe tastes best if you use a panettone made with all butter. (Scalfani is one recommended brand.) The butter will provide a better texture and more flavor. This recipe can be made ahead of time, so you just need to pop it into the oven on Christmas morning.
Who doesn’t want apple pie for breakfast? If you’re not quite ready to eat an actual pie first in the morning, this apple pie French toast is the next best thing. Almost all the prep work can be done ahead of time—making this an easy option for Christmas morning.
For best results, use French bread or brioche. For apples, your best options are Jonagold, Braeburn, Pink Lady, Honeycrisp, or Granny Smith. But feel free to use your favorite apple or mix things up and use a variety of different apples.
Although this savory recipe is more ambitious and involved than some of the others, you can bake it up to two days ahead of time and reheat it on Christmas morning.
If you have an aspiring cook in your home, this recipe is a wonderful way to work together in the kitchen. Children as young as eight will enjoy helping to braid the wreath.
If you bought a bunch of sweet potatoes for your Christmas dinner, why not use some to create these adorable little “egg nests”? Add a side of your favorite breakfast meat, and you’ll have a full breakfast.
You can prepare most of the recipe ahead of time (up to Step 7), and then finish it up on Christmas morning. You can also cook the recipe ahead of time and warm the nests in the oven or on the stovetop.
We’ve already shared some recipes for gingerbread pancakes and eggnog French toast, and now we have a recipe for gingerbread French toast.
This recipe can be made the night before, so all you have to do is cook it in the oven on Christmas morning. Aside from the convenience and delicious taste, this recipe will also fill your home with the scent of spices.
Combining tart cranberries and sweet apples, this sweet casserole is topped with a crunchy nut streusel that makes it extra special. The dish can be made the night before, so it only needs to be cooked in the morning.
Serving the dish with maple syrup will give it a French Toast feel. Whichever way you choose to serve it, this hearty breakfast is sure to fill hungry bellies.
You knew there had to be one more eggnog recipe on the list, right? Even if you’re not an eggnog fan, this French toast recipe will hit the spot, especially if you top it with blueberries and strawberries.
You can make the casserole ahead of time and cook it in the morning. Serve it with a side of bacon or sausage, and you’ve got a festive and filling breakfast that will delight the whole family.
Casseroles and Stratas
Casseroles are ideal for Christmas morning because they can be prepared ahead of time and warmed or cooked in the morning. Stratas consist of layering bread, cheese, meat, and vegetables and then pouring a mixture of eggs and milk over the layers. (In other words, stratas are bread-based casseroles.) Here are some variations that are perfect for Christmas morning.
This casserole is ideal for feeding a large group and can be doubled if you have more than eight people. All hungry bellies will be satisfied with this hearty and filling dish.
The recipe is perfect to use a “base” that can be customized to make it your own. One cook used hash browns in place of bread, while another used croutons. You can also mix things up by using different flavors of sausage.
It doesn’t get any easier than this casserole, which uses premade ingredients (cream cheese, hash browns, and so forth) to create a savory breakfast perfect for Christmas morning. Of course, you can always use “fresh” versions of the ingredients if you prefer.
You can make the casserole ahead of time and cook it in the morning. Depending on the size of your family, you’ll probably have some delicious leftovers. If you like a little heat, consider adding some diced green chilies.
The holidays are all about indulging, and this sweet casserole fits the bills nicely. Combining cinnamon, brown sugar, and pecans for the topping, you’ll feel like you’re eating a cinnamon roll for breakfast. (Of course, that might be an option too!)
Designed to be made the night before and chilled in the fridge overnight, this casserole is the definition of easy. And if you find yourself without a dessert for Christmas dinner, any leftover would work nicely.
If you want to start the holiday feeling decadent, this casserole combines French bread, custard, and caramelized bananas for a breakfast that will please children of all ages!
Results are best when you use day-old bread, which absorbs the custard better. Also, choose the largest bananas you can find. When mixing the custard, combine the cinnamon with the vanilla and brown sugar first to prevent clumping. Finally, use pure maple syrup to get the right flavor for the bananas.
If you don’t want to cook at all on Christmas morning, then this slow cooker is recipe is for you! You just need to prepare the bacon and sausage the night before and then layer the ingredients in your slow cooker. Voila … you wake up on Christmas, and breakfast is ready.
One variation is to use flour tortillas use the casserole to make breakfast burritos. The recipe serves eight, so it will easily feed most families.
This make-ahead casserole offers convenience and vegetables. The green spinach and the red tomatoes add a bit of Christmas color. You could substitute red and green bell peppers or sautéed mushrooms if spinach and tomatoes aren’t your things.
For best results, use day-old bread. If your bread is fresh, you can dry it out by toasting the cubes in the oven.
If you want to start the morning with a bit of heat, then this savory breakfast strata is for you. The spice of the chorizo is balanced by the cheese and bread—making this dish a savory delight.
As with many of the other recipes on this list, you can make it the night before. If you’re crunched for time, the recipe is freezer-friendly so you can make the strata a week ahead of time, freeze it, thaw it on Christmas Eve, and then bake it in the morning.
If you’re trying to cut back on carbs but are tempted by these bread-based stratas and casseroles, then this recipe is for you. With only 20 carbs, this strata can be enjoyed without guilt. Plus, the dish incorporates some protein by using Greek yogurt, eggs, and cheese.
As with other stratas and casseroles, this dish should be made the night before so the bread can absorb the egg moisture. When you cook it in the morning, you’ll get the best flavor with some crispy goodness on the top.
What could be more Christmassy than this recipe for a Christmas Morning strata from a church cookbook? This recipe is from the St. Brendan the Navigator Catholic Church in North Carolina.
The recipe is simple but includes ingredients such as mustard and Worcestershire sauce. This savory casserole provides a hearty breakfast, a great way to fill up before church services.
Savory and filling, this strata should be made the night before—freeing you up to enjoy the morning without worrying about cooking.
Customization tips include: adding sautéed onion; switching up the cheeses; or using croissants or bagels instead of bread. If you want to spice it up, try using chorizo sausage and adding in some cilantro. The recipe is great for playing with so consider what flavors your family enjoys and incorporate them.
Traditional with A Twist
The holidays are often about traditions, so why not consider some traditional breakfasts but put a different spin on them? These recipes include oatmeal served in apples and pizza designed for breakfast. What could be more fun?
This link doesn’t provide recipes as much as it gives you fun and creative ways to make Christmas breakfast fun for kids. How about pancakes that look like Santa—with a banana beard, a strawberry hat, and whipped cream for the white fur?
Other fun ideas include penguin pancakes, Christmas trees made of kiwis and strawberries, and candy canes made of banana and strawberry slices. There are also ideas for turning pancakes and oatmeal into snowmen, reindeer, and gingerbread men! Breakfast will look so fun that the kids will want to take a break from playing to eat.
Although you could just eat cinnamon rolls for breakfast, they require a lot of work. So, get the best of both worlds with this recipe, which allows you to prepare it the night before and heat it up in the morning—without missing out on any of the gooey goodness.
The recipe can also be made in a Crock Pot with a few variations, which are provided. After all, what could be better than waking up on Christmas morning to the smell of cinnamon rolls?
Although quiche may sound fancy and complicated to make, this recipe couldn’t be simpler. Designed to be flexible and use “whatever you have in the house,” you start with the base recipe and add in the veggies and meat that you prefer or have on hand.
Some options include Canadian bacon, but sausage, ham or bacon would work as well. You can use a variety of cheeses, but the author prefers mozzarella. The one ingredient the author says you can’t skip? Fresh rosemary sprigs on the top.
Pizza for breakfast? This recipe uses breakfast ingredients to make a tasty little pizza that is just perfect for Christmas morning. The kids can even help assemble the pizzas if they get tired of playing with their new toys.
Although the recipe calls for biscuits, you could also use English Muffins or mini bagels cut in half for the “pizza crust.” You can also use bacon or sausage instead of Canadian bacon, depending on your preferences.
What makes these homemade pancakes ideal for Christmas morning? You mix the batter the night before, add in eggs in the morning, and then cook them on the griddle. One variation is to make pancakes in three different sizes to build a snowman.
The recipe includes instructions for making orange-honey butter. Any leftovers can be refrigerated and eaten later.
Does your family love oatmeal for breakfast? Well, Christmas morning might be the perfect time for a special treat—oatmeal served in baked apples and topped with yogurt.
Created by celebrity chef Bobby Flay, this recipe was featured on The Cooking Channel show Brunch at Bobby’s in the episode titled “Vermont Bed and Breakfast Style.”
If you already overindulged during the holidays, perhaps you want to get back on track with these muffins. Healthy muffins? Yes! Combining quinoa and plums, these muffins pack in the protein.
To add a little sweetness, you can drizzle with honey. However, the plums should make these healthy muffins taste sweet enough. The plums also provide a pop of festive color.
Convenience and customization are the name of the game with these breakfast egg muffins, which can be made in three different ways to please everyone gathered around your tree on Christmas morning. Better yet, you can cook them ahead of time and refrigerate the muffins until you’re ready to heat them.
The muffin flavors include: Spinach, Tomato and Mozzarella; Bacon and Cheddar; and Garlic Mushroom and Peppers. These muffins/mini-frittatas are gluten-free and can be stored in the fridge up to five days in advance.
What makes this Christmas Morning Oatmeal so special? It tastes like you’re eating an apple crisp for breakfast—a treat perfect for Christmas morning.
The recipe is cooked in a slow cooker so that you can enjoy a lazy morning in your pajamas. The apples, cranberries, and pecans give the oatmeal a sweet twist that will make you realize you were nice instead of naughty.
Egg in a hole is an easy breakfast, but you can make it festive by using cookie cutters to cut out holiday shapes—gingerbread men, Christmas trees, stars—to create a special holiday breakfast sure to please kids young and old.
Serve with some breakfast meat and potatoes, and you’ve got a full and hearty breakfast in very little time.
Christmas morning is a time to spend with your family—opening gifts, singing carols, laughing, and sharing special moments. It’s not a time to spend in the kitchen making a complicated breakfast. Many of these recipes can be made ahead of time so you can put them in the oven and enjoy the morning while still providing your family with a delicious and filling breakfast.
Whether you choose savory or sweet, these recipes are bursting with the flavor. Hopefully, one will become a cherished Christmas morning tradition for your family. Enjoy and best wishes for a Merry Christmas!