Our Favorite Breakfast Recipes to Cook Right Now

published Sep 3, 2023
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two eggs frying sunny side up over red chili crisp on a white plate
Credit: Photo: Lucy Schaeffer; Food Styling: James Park

It’s official: These breakfast recipes are the best on the internet! (Find all our editors’ picks here.) The Kitchn 100 is presented in partnership with Target Good & Gather; it was created independently by our editorial team. 

Regardless of whether it’s the most important meal, breakfast is typically the most fun. These creative recipes will definitely get the day off to a delicious start, whether you’re perfecting cinnamon toast at home or grabbing a breakfast sandwich to-go. 

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Cinnamon Roll Hack

We’ll never say no to a can of store-bought cinnamon rolls, but douse them in heavy cream and we’re running to the oven. This smart viral hack produces extra-plush and fluffy rolls — no dry edges in sight.

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Oatmeal Pancakes

Every weekend without fail, this is The Kitchn's most popular pancake recipe. They're just as fluffy and comforting as the classic stack you’re used to, only loaded with healthy fiber and protein-rich oats. Win-win.

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Liège Waffles

Liège waffles, with their caramelized crust and uniquely dense texture, might seem better left to the professionals. But once you secure the pearl sugar, our at-home version is surprisingly stress-free.

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Diner Breakfast Egg Bake

A surefire way to create a crowd-pleasing casserole? Pack it with home fries, breakfast sausage, and sour cream-spiked scrambled eggs. Serve slices as-is or between buttered English muffins.

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French Toast Casserole

Whether you assemble this in advance or pull it together last-minute, this sweet breakfast bake is a guaranteed win. It boasts a tried-and-tested combo of sourdough bread, half-and-half, and eggs, complete with vanilla, cinnamon, and nutmeg for classic French toast flavor.

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Copycat McMuffins

Thanks to their perfectly circular eggs, these English muffin sandwiches are an impressive drive-thru dupe. Freeze a big batch on Sunday and reheat throughout the week.

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Oven Bacon

Over the years, we’ve tested a lot of bacon hacks — but this oven-baked technique will forever be our favorite. You’ll get the same crispy-crunchy results without standing over a splattering stove.

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Chili Crisp Fried Egg

Take it from our in-house chili crisp expert, James Park — these spicy fried eggs are legitimately life-changing. You’ll be hooked the second they hit the pan, and even more enamored when you take your first bite. Serve as-is, with toast, or on top of a bowl of warm rice.

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Cinnamon Toast

Whether it’s a hectic Tuesday morning or leisurely Sunday, cinnamon toast never fails to hit the spot. For deeply caramelized sugar and crunchy, buttery bread, skip the toaster and cook the whole thing in a skillet. (Trust us on this — we tried every possible version.)

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Pistachio Raspberry Croissants

Here’s our secret to fancy bakery-style croissants: Stuff store-bought ones with homemade pistachio cream and a dollop of sweet-tart preserves. A garnish of freeze-dried raspberries makes them pretty in pink.

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Cheesy, Savory Oatmeal with Kimchi

Instant oatmeal doesn’t stand a chance against this spicy, savory oatmeal. Between the scallion-infused oil and two types of salty cheese, every bite bursts with next-level flavor. To incorporate a little more protein, top with (our favorite) a soft-boiled egg.

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Banana Coffee Cake

This streusel-topped stunner, which takes just 15 minutes to prep, will become your new go-to solution to a pair of overripe bananas. Enjoy with plain yogurt for breakfast — and then again with whipped cream for dessert.

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Coffee Cake Mug Cake

This ingenious single-serve recipe produces warm and tender cake in less time than it takes to preheat your oven. Drizzle with glaze, grab a spoon, and enjoy straight from your favorite mug.

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