30 Cozy Breakfasts to Make When You’re Snowed In

updated Jul 5, 2023
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You wake up, check the weather, look outside the window, check the weather again and it’s true — it’s a snow day! Hurray! Today is not the day for icy smoothies or chilly yogurt bowls. You’ve got the unexpected time and energy to make something a little special. Cozy up with a warm, hearty breakfast such as an indulgent cinnamon roll breakfast bake or a savory bread, sausage, and apple hash.

Snow Day Breakfast Recipes

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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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Monkey Bread

It only requires six ingredients and can be customized numerous ways. With a trusty Bundt cake pan and the help of frozen bread dough, this gooey cinnamon-caramel dessert can be yours.

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Pear and Cinnamon Crumb Cake

Topped with spiced pecans and brown sugar crumbs, also gets a ripple of pear and cinnamon streusel through its center. Think of it as the snacking cake to take you through crisp fall mornings and beyond.

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Blueberry Pancake Casserole
This casserole for a crowd is everything you love about fluffy buttermilk pancakes loaded with blueberries the added bonus of a streusel topping.
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Cinnamon Roll Breakfast Bake

This is a total winner of a breakfast casserole, sweet and rich, with flaky layers of bread and creamy cinnamon-flavored cream cheese sandwiched together.

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Greek Scramble

In this Greek-inspired version, baby spinach, onions, feta cheese, and cherry tomatoes are sautéed with soft-scrambled eggs. Toast up some pita bread (or make pita chips!) and breakfast is ready!

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Basic Oven Omelet

This recipe is really just a template for a baked egg dish that comes out creamy and fluffy inside — like a traditional American diner omelet — and that can be filled with anything you like.

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French Omelette
A good omelette is soft and custard-like, golden yellow and best eaten while still hot from the skillet. Here's an easy recipe you can make at home.
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Slow-Cooked Scrambled Eggs

These are not just any soft and creamy scrambled eggs; these are the softest and the creamiest scrambled eggs of all time.

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As long as you have a few vegetables and some eggs on hand, you can have a frittata on the table in about 20 minutes.
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Bread, Sausage, and Apple Hash

It’s my favorite item on the Thanksgiving menu, especially when the leftovers are crisped in a frying pan the next morning and topped with a runny fried egg.

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Salmon Hash with Yukon Gold Potatoes and Herbs

This dish lends itself to good eating any time of the day.

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Radish and Turnip Hash with Green Garlic and Fried Eggs

The recipe offers a change from a more conventional breakfast skillet, and although the ingredients might be somewhat unexpected, the results are hearty enough to rival hash browns.

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Baked Egg and Chorizo Enchiladas

This enchilada recipe skips the premade canned sauces in favor of a homemade variety with a vibrant, smoky punch.

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Skillet Chipotle Chilaquiles with Eggs

Chilaquiles is a Mexican breakfast dish traditionally made by pan-frying strips of stale corn tortillas and then simmering them in salsa.

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Mini Dutch Baby Pancakes
Muffin tin Dutch babies are the sweetest, easiest way to make Dutch babies for a crowd.
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Eggnog Waffles with Spiced Whipped Cream

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

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Apple Pie Stuffed French Toast
Transform leftover apple pie by stuffing it inside a generous slice of brioche of challah for the stuffed French toast of your dreams.
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Lofty Buttermilk Pancakes

These pancakes are quick to come together, foolproof and quite delicious.

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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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Cauliflower and Mushroom Tater Tot Casserole

These tater tot casserole are of a different nature; one that plays up the vegetables, embraces a variety of textures, and still gives tater tots — those glorious little puffs of shredded potatoes — the starring role they deserve.

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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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Smoky Sweet Potato & Black Bean Casserole
A recipe for a hearty vegetarian casserole of sweet potatoes, black beans, and smoked mozzarella that works as both a main or side dish.
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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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Breakfast Polenta Squares with Spinach & Bacon

Meet the polenta breakfast bake — a no-stir, practically hands-off way to make a hearty breakfast that will last you all week.

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Coconut and Ginger Oatmeal

Thanks to the combination of coconut and ginger, this oatmeal manages to feel fresh in its flavor and comforting at the same time.

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Masala Chai-Spiced Oatmeal

Masala chai brings the best warm spices — like cinnamon, cardamom, and ginger — together in one fragrantly soothing cup.

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Raspberry Cookie Butter Baked Oatmeal

This baked oatmeal, studded with raspberries and flavored with warm, sweet cookie butter (aka speculoos), has arrived to take everything you love about oatmeal to the next level.

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Rice Congee

Congee is sometimes described as rice porridge, but it is not a porridge. Porridge is a western dish made by simmering grains, like oats, or legumes in milk or water until it reaches a very soft, spoonable consistency. It’s typically sweetened.

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Creamy Stovetop Polenta

Polenta makes a luscious bed for anything from quickly sautéed mushrooms to a hearty slow-cooked meat ragu.

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