These quick and easy ideas will make Christmas morning breakfast a breeze to prepare! Most recipes can be made ahead and nothing takes over 30 minutes so you can actually enjoy Christmas morning with your family and still have a special breakfast!
Now that the kids are grown Christmas morning is a more laid back affair than it was during those wild days when they were young. No more getting up at 5 am and running downstairs while I follow blearily. Instead, we have our big meal and exchange presents the night before so I’ll get up, have my coffee, and putter around while I wait for everyone to make an appearance.
I don’t want to take the trouble to make a big meal when I don’t know when anyone will be getting up, but I do want to have a little something special waiting for the kids when they get up so they can start their Christmas Day off on a celebratory note. In the past, that’s always been monkey bread and there’s nothing wrong with that, but this year I wanted something that’s still easy, but a little more elegant.
Any of these recipes would be just the ticket: easy and special breakfasts for Christmas mornings that can either be made ahead or take just a few minutes to prepare. I still haven’t quite decided what I’m going to serve this year. What does your family like to eat for breakfast on Christmas Day?
If you don’t have an instant pot by now, well, let’s face it, you’ll probably get one for Christmas. And if you do, I promise you that you’ll love it as much as everyone else does. I know I love mine. You use your Instant Pot to cook your casserole inside the casserole dish so it’s ready to serve straight from the pot.
Now that we’re all of legal drinking age, there’s no reason we can’t start out a special day with this special french toast featuring Bailey’s Irish Cream. This recipe is made for St. Patrick’s Day, but just switch out the green sprinkles for red - and voila! - it’s a Christmas dish!
Here’s one just for me. I love cinnamon rolls more than anything but they can be some time consuming to make. This is the perfect special Christmas breakfast that can be easily warmed up when your sleepyheads finally make it down to the kitchen. And if you think people are sleeping too late, why not starting warming this up anyway? I guarantee you the delicious smell of these guys will attract a crowd.
Here’s another dish to make my husband - lover of all things banana - swoon. And this recipe makes me happy because I like pancakes but I don’t like sitting in front of a pan making pancake after pancake while the rest of the family enjoys eating pancakes. Here, you cook your pancake batter in a sheet pan so the entire family gets to enjoy your breakfast at the same time. Genius!
This is a great choice for the folks who just don’t like things that are too sweet and by Christmas Day we might all be sick of all the sweets. My son who is allergic to eggs would definitely appreciate having a healthy alternative to the typical breakfast casserole.
Coffee cake can be the perfect light breakfast. This recipe can be prepared the night before and then when your guests start stirring, just pull it out of the fridge and bake. Everyone can start their morning with a nice hot cup of coffee and a warm slice of cake!
These puffy pancakes use ingredients you probably already have on hand (the chocolate chips are optional). The eggs in the recipe make these pancakes extra fluffy so your guests will be sure to love this.
This baked pancake is similar to the German pancake above but gets its puffiness from a quick whirl in the blender and its flavor from the apples. All you need to do is quickly mix the ingredients and bake.
This has got to be the ultimate easy make-ahead breakfast. Toss all the ingredients into a casserole dish, wake up the next morning and bake. Accept compliments. A strata has a base of cubed bread which soaks up all the delicious flavors overnight so it’s full of extra delicious when you serve it the next day.
What’s more Christmas-y than eggnog? Just like the strata in the previous recipe, this overnight french toast recipe has you cut your bread into cubes so it soaks up the eggnog (and brandy, if you want, ummm) for the ultimate flavor treat on Christmas morning.
As native southerners, a pierogi breakfast casserole is an exotic treat for my family, but the recipe looks delicious and it couldn’t be easier. I’m going to have to serve this as a “breakfast for dinner” meal sometime very soon.
Because sometimes what you really want is monkey bread. And how delicious does this monkey break look? In fact, maybe tradition isn't such a bad thing. Maybe we'll have monkey bread again this year AND something new as well.
What are some of your family’s favorite holiday traditions?
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