70 Brilliant Make-Ahead Brunch Recipes Worth Waking Up For

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Cranberry vanilla morning buns on cooling rack with one bun torn off to the side.
Credit: Photo: Joe Lingeman | Food Stylist: Cyd McDowell

I love brunch, you love brunch — I think we’re all on board for a good weekend brunch, yes? The one problem with brunch, however, is figuring out how to make it without having to get up at the crack of dawn to start cooking.

That’s why we’re bringing you a roundup of all our favorite make-ahead brunch recipes, both sweet and savory, for whatever plans you may have come the weekend.

Make-Ahead Egg Casseroles

Not only are breakfast casseroles and quiches ideal for serving a crowd, but they also have big make-ahead brunch potential and welcome just about any type of meat, vegetables, or cheese you have handy.

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Make-Ahead Spinach and Feta Egg Casserole
Filled with leafy spinach and chunks of crumbled feta, and laced with fresh dill, this egg casserole just might remind you of spanakopita.
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Sausage Breakfast Casserole
This classic combination of eggs, breakfast sausage, cheddar cheese, and bread bakes up hearty and satisfying.
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Breakfast Burrito Egg Casserole
It's everything you love about a classic breakfast burrito layered into an egg casserole.
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Breakfast Casserole
Nothing beats a homemade breakfast casserole fresh from the oven.
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Easy Breakfast Casserole
An easy-assembly, crowd-feeding breakfast casserole loaded with the works: cheddar cheese, diced ham, bell pepper, shredded potatoes, and eggs.
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Eggs Benedict Casserole
A trouble-free egg custard ties together this casserole-style eggs benedict packed with toasted English muffins, Canadian bacon, and creamy hollandaise sauce.
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Diner Breakfast Egg Bake
Inspired by a classic breakfast combo of tender potatoes, savory sausage, and eggs, this casserole is a crowd-pleasing, throw-it-together dish you should make year-round.
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Bacon, Potato & Egg Breakfast Casserole
This breakfast casserole is a simple, hearty dish of eggs and bacon, mixed with potatoes and vegetables, that can be prepared up to a day in advance.
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Veggie Supreme Egg Bake
If you've got vegetable lovers at home, this one's for you. Spinach, peppers, potatoes, and mushrooms all make an appearance!
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Sausage and Greens Breakfast Casserole
This dish has lots of make-ahead options. Sauté the filling or completely assemble the night before, then bake the next morning. You can even freeze the unbaked casserole.
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Black Forest Ham and Cheese Breakfast Casserole
Black forest ham, nutty Gruyère, sourdough, and pumpernickel give this take on the ham and cheese breakfast casserole an elegant update.
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Cheesy Hash Brown Breakfast Casserole
Sour cream makes this hashbrown breakfast casserole better than the rest, adding a richness that prevents the eggs from becoming too dry during baking.
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Overnight Crock-Pot Breakfast Casserole
This overnight Crock-Pot breakfast casserole is loaded with veggies, ham, and cheese and cooks while you sleep, so you can wake up to a hot breakfast in the morning.
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Overnight Merguez and Mushroom Strata
At its most basic, strata is stale bread, egg custard, and cheese. After that, it’s pretty much a choose-your-own adventure. This version has a harissa-spiced custard, merguez sausage, and mushrooms.
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Brie & Mushroom Breakfast Strata
A few quality ingredients are the key to this memorable breakfast bake.
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Make-Ahead Sweet Breakfast Casseroles

If your crowd skews toward the sweet side, you’re going to want to keep these easy casseroles on your radar, since they’re even better when made ahead of time. These casseroles can all be prepped the day before then stashed in the fridge, so all that’s left to do is pop it in the oven in the morning.

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French Toast Casserole
This easy, make-ahead breakfast bake is a crowdpleaser every time. It boasts all the classic cinnamon and vanilla French toast flavors, wrapped up into a family-style casserole.
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Loaded Blueberry Cheesecake Breakfast Bake
This is 100% a Saturday brunch casserole — toasted golden bread baked with cascades of juicy blueberries and deep, rich swirls of cream cheese.
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Gingerbread Cinnamon Rolls
These soft and fluffy cinnamon rolls are packed with gingerbread flavor, thanks to molasses and warm spices in the dough and a velvety maple cream cheese glaze.
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Overnight French Toast
Prep the night before and once you wake up and bake, be rewarded by thickly sliced brioche bread soaked in luscious custard and topped with a crunchy, spice-kissed streusel topping.
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Blackberry Croissant Breakfast Bake
This bake does the impossible: It improves on flaky, buttery croissants by soaking them in a rich, custardy liquid and baking them with a slew of juicy blackberries.
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Strawberry-Rhubarb Baked Oatmeal
Get your rhubarb fix for dessert with this tender, creamy oatmeal dotted over with bits of strawberry and rhubarb.
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Pumpkin French Toast Casserole
I'll let you decide is the best of this casserole is the pumpkin infused custard or the brown sugar-pecan streusel.
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Apple-Cinnamon French Toast Casserole
Make this cinnamon and apple French toast casserole the night before and enjoy it fuss free in the morning. Apple butter in the custard is the trick!
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Make-Ahead Eggnog French Toast Casserole
Want to make your breakfast casserole taste like the holidays? Start with eggnog.
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Orange-Maple French Toast Casserole
Lean on the season’s abundance of sweet, ripe oranges to make this French toast casserole the hero of your holiday brunch.
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Baked Goods

Most yeasted breads, like our morning buns and cinnamon rolls, can be made right up to the point when you shape the bread, at which point you can refrigerate overnight and finish the recipe the next day. When you need something that can be prepped and baked totally in advance, coffee cake, muffins, and scones are always a good idea.

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Cranberry Vanilla Morning Buns
These yeasted morning buns are filled with a sweet-tart cranberry compote and drenched in a simple, vanilla-rich glaze.
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Classic Coffee Cake
This rich, buttery cake is topped with giant, cinnamon-scented crumbles, perfect for any and all occasions.
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How to Make the Best Apple Cider Doughnuts at Home
A step-by-step guide to making warm, cinnamon sugar-dusted apple cider doughnuts at home.
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The Easiest Cinnamon Rolls
With just seven ingredients, and no yeast or rise time, these gooey, fragrant cinnamon rolls are truly the easiest and fastest of all time.
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Cinnamon Roll Cake
This dreamy cake only calls for a list of basic ingredients.
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Sweet Potato Cardamom Buns with Pistachio and Orange
These fluffy buns are sweet enough to please the pastry-lovers but much less sugary than your average cinnamon roll.
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Freeze-and-Bake Lemon Poppy Seed Scones
A warm breakfast baked good is only moments away when you fill the freezer with these make-ahead scones.
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Homemade Bagels Recipe
These warm and chewy New York-style bagels are absolutely worth making from scratch.
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Carrot Cake Scones with Spiced Maple Cream Cheese Glaze
Say hello to everything you love about carrot cake, reimagined into a tender, flaky scone.
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How to Make Classic Glazed Doughnuts
This recipe for yeasted doughnuts with classic vanilla glaze will walk you through the step-by-step process for making the dough, frying, and glazing doughnuts at home.
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Banana Bread
The key to moist, cake-like bread is overripe bananas – the blacker and spottier the peels, the better.
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Giant Lemon Roll
This single, giant lemon roll cake has soft, pillowy dough and a lemony-brown sugar swirl that you can pull apart layer by layer.
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Pumpkin Bread
This moist and tender pumpkin bread is kinda like the one from Starbucks, but way better.
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Stuffed Apple Pie Scones
These buttery, double-decker apple cinnamon scones are streaked with a layer of sweet apple butter.
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Blueberry Muffins
These blueberry muffins are not only easy to make (they require just one bowl) but they’re also perfect in nearly every way: they’re not too sweet, boast a tender crumb, and are bursting with blueberries in each and every bite.
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Applesauce Muffins
These muffins are naturally sweetened and have the most incredible soft, tender texture.
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Banana Walnut Bread
Brown butter flavor really adds to the nuttiness of walnuts in the most delicious way.
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Blueberry Banana Bread
This blueberry-studded banana bread is tender, moist, and uncomplicated to bake. Best of all, it's as delicious fresh out of the oven as it is later re-warmed in butter.
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Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread
A squidgy loaf of pumpkin chocolate chip bread full of warm baking spices and a generous amount of chocolate chips.
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Cranberry Orange Scones
These tender and buttery scones - chock-full of juicy cranberries and zippy orange - will be the baked good you'll want to make all fall and winter long.
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Blueberry Oatmeal Muffins
These muffins have a hearty dose of rolled oats, but you'd never know eating them because they're super plush and tender witth blueberries for some sweetness.
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Strawberry Muffins
These light and tender muffins are packed to the brim with juicy fresh strawberries.
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Zucchini Muffins
A full pound of zucchini goes into these lemon-y muffins, perfect for using up that summer bumper crop.
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Zucchini Banana Bread
Come summer when the market is bursting with Zucchini, there is absolutely nothing better than a loaf of ultra-tender, lightly spiced Zucchini Banana Bread.
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Cranberry Vanilla Breakfast Buckle
This fruit-filled coffee cake will satisfy your sweet tooth any time of day.
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Pumpkin Banana Bread
Ripe, speckled bananas and earthy pumpkin give each spiced slice of this fall quick bread a moist texture and natural sweetness.
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Carrot Cake Muffins
Turn your favorite, spice-packed cake into a morning muffin.
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Chocolate Chip Chia Seed Muffins
Add some extra oomph to your chocolate chip muffins with chia seeds.
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Pumpkin Scone
The secret to making these pumpkin scones ultra-fluffy? Don't over-mix the batter.
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Lemon Blueberry Bread
This tall loaf is full of plump blueberries and lemon zest, and crowned with lemon icing.
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Lemon Blueberry Muffins
For a bright morning muffin, whip up this batch in less than an hour.
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Cranberry-Orange Quick Bread
The orange-scented quick bread is studded with tart cranberries and perfect with a mug of hot tea.
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Cinnamon Muffins
These leftover-friendly muffins are the perfect on-the-go breakfast all week long.
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How to Make the Best Blueberry Scones
These are buttery, flaky scones, chock full of juicy blueberries with a crunchy lemon-sugar top.
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Chocolate Chip Scones
Tender, buttery scones studded with chocolate morsels that melt in your mouth.
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Apple Muffins
These tender muffins are studded with chunks of fresh apple and showered with plenty of cinnamon-sugar.
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Copycat "Baker's Muffins" from City Bakery
These pull-apart muffins are a bit like monkey bread and full of cinnamon-sugar goodness.
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Carrot Cake Coffee Cake with Cream Cheese Glaze
This updated twist brings together all the things we love about carrot cake and a classic coffee cake: fragrant cinnamon spice, carrots, walnuts, and a cream cheese drizzle.
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Lemon Poppy Seed Sweet Rolls
These fluffy sweet rolls boast lemon poppyseed flavor three ways: in the dough, in the filling, and in the tangy cream cheese glaze.
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Sticky Ginger Buns
These buttery, not-too-sweet, pull-apartable morning buns are bursting with spicy ginger flavor.
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Cinnamon Streusel Apple Bread
Streusel-topped apple bread perfect for fall.
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Nutella Swirl Banana Bread
A simple recipe for homemade banana bread swirled with a generous amount of Nutella.
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Double Chocolate Fudge-Stuffed Loaf Cake
This deep, dark chocolate cake is so tender and moist, you won't believe how easy it is to whip one up.
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How to Make the Best Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins
A step-by-step guide to making the very best classic lemon poppy seed muffins.
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Ultra-Moist Chocolate Chip Banana Bread
A scoop of sour cream gives this one-bowl banana bread that ultra-moist, slightly under-baked texture we all know and love.
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