14 Delicious Breakfast Recipes for Christmas Morning

updated Jul 5, 2023
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Christmas is a special day and it deserves a special breakfast. Whether it’s just a few of you celebrating low-key, or you’re hosting a big, boisterous crowd, a breakfast celebration is in order. I usually keep things simple yet festive with muffins or scones and a hearty egg casserole.

If you don’t have your menu planned yet, don’t worry. We’ve got you covered! Here are 14 Christmas morning-worthy recipes — from fresh, fluffy cinnamon rolls rolls with cream cheese icing; to savory bread pudding with caramelized onions, ham, and provolone cheese; to impossibly festive eggnog waffles with spiced whipped cream. So jumpstart that coffeemaker and take your pick.

If you’re in charge of cooking Christmas breakfast this year, you have two choices about how to spend the morning: You can cozy up in the kitchen with your nearest and dearest as you scramble eggs, flip pancakes, and crisp the bacon. This is usually my approach; I love spending the morning in my pajamas and slippers, making breakfast with my family.

You can also plan a menu with dishes that can all be made ahead of time, like muffins, bread, quiche, and egg casseroles. This is ideal if you’re hosting guests or have a busy day planned.

Delicious Breakfast Recipes for Christmas Morning

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Caramelized Onion, Ham, and Provolone Breakfast Bread Pudding

When it comes time to host brunch this holiday season, use this recipe that can feed a crowd.

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Sweet Potato & Spinach Breakfast Strata

You don’t even have to get up early or do anything extra in the morning. It’s as simple as turning on the oven and popping it in for an hour or so. Sure, it takes some time to bake, but the hard work has already been done.

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Slow Cooker Hash Brown Casserole
A rich, sausage-studded hash brown casserole for all your holiday mornings made entirely in the slow cooker.
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Veggie-Packed Tater Tot Breakfast Bake
A breakfast casserole loaded with veggies and crowned with crunchy tots to start the day off right.
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Winter Greens & Gruyere Tart with Cornmeal-Millet Crust

This tart is more elegant and shapely — made in my 9-inch tart pan with a removable bottom, it’s pretty enough to serve at a brunch with friends or all alone on a Sunday morning.

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Scrambled Eggs & Mustard Greens on Toast

It is quick and easy. It’s also hearty and keeps us fueled and energized until lunch.

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Apple, Sausage, and Smoked Cheddar Breakfast Casserole

It’s filled with thick chunks of breakfast sausage, sweet apples, and smoky cheddar, making it appropriate for holiday get-togethers and those evenings when you want a cozy breakfast for dinner.

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Spicy Kale and Sweet Potato Egg Bake

Laced with wilted kale and hints of cumin and smoked paprika, and built on a base of thick-cut roasted sweet potatoes, this breakfast casserole gets a spicy surprise from gochujang, the slightly sweet Korean chile paste.

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Make-Ahead Eggnog French Toast Casserole

This French toast casserole not only tastes of the holidays, but it’s also a make-ahead dish that’s a welcome addition to your breakfast roaster this time of year.

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Orange-Maple French Toast Casserole

Not only is this casserole the simplest solution for serving French toast to a crowd, but it also comes full of make-ahead potential.

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Eggnog Waffles with Spiced Whipped Cream

Whether you are hosting family over the holidays this year or not, this waffle recipe may just weasel its way into your breakfast repertoire this winter.

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Christmas Morning Pancakes
The overnight pancakes get mixed up the night before you make them. Serve with a homemade honey orange butter too!
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Cinnamon Sugar Dutch Baby Casserole
This casserole Dutch baby pancake is baked in a 9x13 dish, gilded with cinnamon-sugar, and is nearly effortless to pull off.
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Citrusy Polenta Pancake Casserole

Cross cornbread with your favorite buttermilk pancakes, add an array of in-season citrus fruits, bake it in your trusty 9×13-inch pan, and you’ve got a stunning polenta cake that will happily feed your whole crew — even on the busiest Saturday morning.

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