60 Festive Recipes For The Perfect Christmas Morning Brunch (2024)

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Christmas morning used to be ALL about leaping out of bed to see what presents Santa left us under the tree when we were kids. It’s no less enchanting now that we’re adults (though some of the magic comes from sleeping in and spiking our Christmas coffee 😉). No matter what age you are, one of the ways you too can keep the holiday spirit alive is with an extra-festive breakfast. Whether you want something quick and easy so you can focus on family, or something more elaborate to make the day even more special, we’ve got 60 Christmas brunch recipes for you here.

Does your household get a bit hectic around the holidays? If you’ve got lots of guests staying with you or coming to visit for Christmas day, do yourself a favor and make something that can serve a TON of people at once, without a lot of extra effort on your part. Breakfast casseroles that you can assemble the night before are always a solid choice, like our overnight French toast, our cheesy croissant casserole, our breakfast strata, or our overnight cinnamon rolls. Another option is to bake off a loaf or a cake to share with everyone, like our glazed lemon olive oil pound cake, our breakfast monkey bread, our cranberry cake, or our sour cream coffee cake. Pop them in the oven in the morning while stockings are being opened, and breakfast will be on the table before you know it.

Alternatively, if your Christmas is more low-key (and kid-free) this year, turn your leisurely holiday morning into a spectacular brunch made up of more adult-friendly foods and drinks. You can still make these for a crowd, but they’ll take a bit more time and hands-on effort. Check out our powdered donuts, our eggs Benedict, our buckwheat pancakes, our bagels and lox, or our tiramisu-stuffed French toast for ideas. We recommend doing a split of sweet and savory options for the perfect holiday spread. Brunch also isn’t complete without co*cktails, so we’ve included a few of our favorite holiday options too, like spike-able eggnog, our Christmosas, or our peppermint bark mimosas. They’ll keep you feeling jolly all Christmas day long.

Want even more Christmas inspiration? Check out our top Christmas Eve dinners, our best Christmas cookies, and our favorite holiday co*cktails too.

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Santa Hat Pancakes

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These little strawberry Santa hats might be the easiest shortcut to a festive breakfast ever. By the way, you can put Santa hats on anything, from cheesecake bites to Jell-O shots.

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Breakfast Strata

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If you’re looking for the ultimate breakfast casserole—loaded with Italian sausage, cheese, veggies, and bread—then this breakfast strata is it. It’s hearty enough to keep everyone satisfied, and is endlessly versatile—just like the classic frittata, a breakfast strata shines as an adaptable breakfast dish.

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If mimosas are your thing, stop here! If they aren’t, you should still stick around. Cranberries, oranges, and bubbly Prosecco incorporated into a tender cake? And for breakfast too? This is what Christmas breakfast dreams are made of.

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Peppermint Bark Mimosas

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These mimosas are just the thing to get you in the holiday spirit (and use up that giant bottle of peppermint schnapps!). Wanna double up on holiday cheer? Serve with our classic gingerbread for full-on holiday vibes.

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Eggnog French Toast

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It seems like there’s always a little more eggnog in the carton than we know what to do with, so we set out to create the perfect recipe to use it up. Enter: eggnog French toast!

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Cheesy Croissant Casserole

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The contrast here between the crispy, flaky edges of the croissants and the soft, cheesy middle is very special. If you're able to, assemble everything on Christmas Eve, and bake it off Christmas morning while everyone begins opening stockings and presents.

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Biscuits & Gravy

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Homemade, buttery biscuits pooling with peppery sausage gravy is hard to beat, and honestly, we aren’t interested in trying. You could use store-bought biscuits, but homemade does make the dish that much better (even more so because our biscuits are wonderfully crispy on the outside, making each bite truly perfect).

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Cranberry Mimosas

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While the classic combo of four parts Champagne and one part fresh orange juice can certainly hold its own, this recipe adds a fun holiday twist by swapping the orange juice with fresh cranberries, cranberry juice, rosemary, and a hint of lime.

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Tiramisu-Stuffed French Toast

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Everything you love about a classic tiramisu is used to make an unforgettable French toast. The silky filling here uses a bit of cream cheese to make it firmer, and the custard the bread is soaked in is infused with espresso. Instead of ladyfingers, we are using day-old brioche.

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Powdered Donuts

The combination of fried dough and powdered sugar works for funnel cake, zeppole, beignets, fry bread, and of course… powdered donuts. To create this sweet treat, we decided to keep it classic with a twist, adding yeast to a cake donut to give these fluffy rings the best of both worlds.

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Cranberry Bread Pudding

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This autumnal take on bread pudding is the perfect balance of sweet, tangy, and rich. With bright pops of cranberries, almond- and clove-scented custard, and a sweet icing made with orange zest, it’s impressive enough to serve for dessert at a dinner party, and not to sweet to serve as breakfast.

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Gingerbread Latte Sheet-Pan Pancake

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One of our favorite seasonal drinks is a gingerbread latte, so we thought—why not turn it into an easy Christmas breakfast? When it comes to easy, nothing beats a sheet-pan dinner, so we knew we'd have success with pancakes made the same way. These are the BEST way to serve brunch to your whole holiday crowd.

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Homemade Granola

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Granola should be so good that you wake up in the morning thinking about it, so we’ve created a homemade version worth dreaming about. It’s just the right mix of sweet and savory, and perfectly rides the line between crunchy and chewy. Bonus: it makes a great homemade gift!

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Christmas Coffee

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Nothing beats waking up on Christmas morning to smell of fresh coffee brewing. Make the holiday even better by adding some spices and topping off your cup with lots of whipped cream and sprinkles.

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Crispy Hash Brown-Crusted Bacon & Cheddar Quiche

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Here, we took the humble breakfast sandwich and turned it into a silky quiche, then took it one step further with a crispy hash brown crust. It's an incredible holiday breakfast, or breakfast-for-dinner.

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Glazed Lemon Olive Oil Pound Cake

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Olive oil, in pound cake?? Yes, really! Butter is the traditional move, but olive oil gives you a moist, tender treat, complemented here by a subtle lemon flavor and a tangy lemony glaze.

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Cranberry Cinnamon Rolls

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These swirly beauties feature a soft, fluffy tangzhong dough, brown sugar cinnamon butter, and cranberry sauce, creating a sweet-tart contrast that will make you want to sneak a second helping. Topped with a creamy sweet orange glaze and baked in a bit of heavy cream, these are INCREDIBLE.

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Easy Frittata

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Need a crowd-pleaser quick? Frittata's got your back. This easy recipe is the perfect base for whatever toppings you have on hand (extra Christmas dinner ingredients maybe?). Follow this guide to ensure you nail a fluffy-centered, crispy-edged frittata each and every time.

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Pizza Frittata

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While there's no shame in devouring slices of leftover Christmas Eve pizza, if you want a substantial meal for breakfast, turn to this pizza frittata. It's loaded up with all your faves—marinara, shredded mozzarella, and sliced pepperoni—in a fun, brunch-friendly form.

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Boston Cream Donuts

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These homemade donuts are a fun way to reimagine the delicious combo of chocolate frosting and vanilla creme offered by the classic Boston Cream Pie—without all the confusion about what dessert you’re actually eating. With the right tools and a little bit of patience, you can achieve pillowy, creamy, chocolatey perfection.

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