17 Festive Ideas for Breakfast on Christmas Day


Christmas morning deserves a special breakfast. This isn't the morning to focus on having a healthy breakfast — leave that for January 1st. Instead, eat chocolate for breakfast, make an indulgent brunch recipe you've had on your Pinterest board for ages or take advantage of seasonal flavors like cinnamon, orange and brown sugar.

Everything Bagel Breakfast Strata

Kirsten Nunez

Cinnamon Toast Crunch Coffee Cake

There's something about coffee cake that just feels like it belongs on Christmas morning. Wait until you smell the mouthwatering aroma that fills the air when baking this beauty.

Thalia Ho

Cinnamon Roll Wreath

Are you a houseguest this Christmas? Bring this festive display of cinnamon rolls to be sure you're asked back next year.

Thalia Ho

Make-Ahead Cinnamon Roll French Toast Breakfast Bake

Don't worry about spending your Christmas morning in the kitchen — prepare this delicious cinnamon roll and french toast fusion the night before for a worry-free breakfast.

Shaina Olmanson

Chocolate Hazelnut Babka

Molten swirls of hazelnut chocolate within fluffy brioche dough. Presents may be momentarily forgotten when this babka comes to the table.

Thalia Ho

Sheet Pan Pancakes

An ideal breakfast to serve a crowd! These sheet pan pancakes can be made in 15 minutes, and are seriously fluffy and delicious.

Leigh Ann Chatagnier

Overnight Cinnamon Swirl Bread

Brioche makes the best French toast. Let the dough sit overnight in the refrigerator so it is easier to work with in the morning — and so you get those perfect cinnamon swirls.

Shaina Olmanson

Cinnamon Bread Pudding

The humble bread pudding often does not get enough love. Mix in chocolate chips to make this extra special and decadent enough for Christmas morning.

Thalia Ho

Zesty Orange Cinnamon Rolls

Citrus fruits are in season this time of year. Take advantage of them by upgrading your cinnamon rolls with an orange-filled topping.

Ashlae Warner

Chocolate Chip Challah

Family and friends will feel the love that was put into making this delicious challah. It's worth the time and effort!

Thalia Ho

Copycat Cinnabon Cinnamon Rolls

This recipe is as close as I've ever come to the real thing: soft center, perfect cream cheese frosting and a thick ribbon of cinnamon sugar swirl.

Jackie Dodd

Easy Overnight Pull-Apart Bread

Who has time to wait for bread to rise when there are presents to be opened? Make this dough on Christmas Eve and in less than an hour on Christmas morning, you'll have fresh pull-apart bread.

Thalia Ho

No-Rise Pâte à Choux Beignets

Up your donut game with these freshly fried beignets. You're bound to have powdered sugar left over from holiday baking and this is a great way to use it up before focusing on healthy food in January.

Shaina Olmanson

Overnight Strata with Mushrooms and Spinach

If you've hit your sweet limit this year switch up your breakfast with a savory strata. Mushrooms, spinach and bread are layered with eggs and cheese the night before and baked to perfection in 30 minutes.

Thalia Ho

Make-Ahead Beer and Sausage Breakfast Bake

Your family will need fuel for all the activities of Christmas. This hearty breakfast is assembled the night before and popped into the oven in the morning, leaving you free to open presents, drink a huge mug of coffee and enjoy being with the ones you love.

Jackie Dodd

Croque Madame

Grilled cheese becomes worthy of breakfast with the addition of a fried egg and ham. This sandwich is too delicious and messy to eat with your hands so grab a fork and knife.

Thalia Ho

Brown Sugar and Bacon Beer Waffles

If you have a waffle maker that is collecting dust — or better yet, if you have a new waffle maker Santa delivered on Christmas morning — whip it out for these waffles that give you an excuse to open a beer before noon.

Jackie Dodd