Christmas breakfast should be special, but that doesn’t mean it has to be difficult. We gathered our best Christmas breakfast recipes in one place, so whether you’re cooking for a few or a crowd, and whether you want something sweet or savory—and indulgent or healthy, for that matter—you’ll find the perfect celebration breakfast below. We included make-ahead options, and a couple hacks too.
These will give you fuel for opening scores of presents and watching all the Christmas movies your DVR has room for, and whether you opt for stratas or scones, you’ll win over the entire family (and have an instant pass on washing that sink full of dishes).
These open-faced breakfast tartlets have the enviable ability to be impressively elegant yet effortless to make, thanks to frozen puff-pastry shells. With their spruce-colored chives, sunny eggs, and (optional) crispy pancetta, they’ll look like edible presents at Christmas breakfast—and definitely impress any in-laws or other house guests you have. Get our Egg, Cheese, and Chive Tartlets recipe.
After a month of holiday festivities filled with the likes of eggnog, roasts, and cookies galore, a fruit-filled breakfast will be a breath of fresh air. But don’t mistake healthier for boring: This hearty polenta porridge exemplifies hygge, and can be topped with whatever combo of fruit and nuts you like, but pistachios and raspberries are lovely, especially with the vanilla bean, lemon, and honey in the mix. Get the Enriched Polenta Porridge with Raspberries recipe.
In Brazil, rabanada, the country’s version of French toast, is served as a holiday dessert, not unlike pumpkin pie or Christmas pudding. Break Brazilian tradition and have it first thing in the morning; the cinnamon-sugar-coated, crispy-on-the-outside, custardy-on-the-inside treat will surely start your day off on the right foot. Get our Rabanada recipe.
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Regardless of whether you’re celebrating the lighting of the menorah, the birth of Christ, or simply gingerbread latte season, we urge you to spring for this chocolate- and cinnamon-flecked loaf of goodness, a babka-challah hybrid that beats out the overhyped croissant-donut any day. Get the Chocolate-Cinnamon “Babkallah” recipe.
Hosting house guests who are gluten intolerant? You’ll make them (and anyone who’s a breakfast lover, really) very, very happy when you serve waffles filled with bananas and blueberries. Get our Gluten-Free Banana Blueberry Waffles recipe.
Need a make-ahead option that happens to boast a super festive color combo? These matcha-infused muffins with fresh raspberries and black sesame seeds fit the bill. Using almond milk activates the nutrients in the green tea and means these are dairy free, of course. Get our Raspberry Matcha Muffins recipe.
Take bread pudding to festive heights by replacing plain white bread with a seasonal favorite, panettone, which is studded with candied citrus and raisins for a fruitcake-like flavor. Get the Panettone Christmas Bread Pudding recipe.
Rich, savory Black Forest ham and Gruyère cheese scones can be easily made ahead and baked the morning of for an indulgent holiday treat—or you can use some leftover ham from the night before and make them in the a.m. Get our Ham and Cheese Scones recipe.
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With its layers of crusty bread, feta cheese, spinach, and herbs, this breakfast casserole is guaranteed to appeal to vegetarians and meat eaters alike. Get our Spinach Breakfast Strata recipe. (But if you want another way to use leftover ham, try our Ham, Cheese, and Mushroom Strata recipe.)
Got half an hour? Then you have time to surprise loved ones with these seasonal fruit and nut muffins for breakfast. Bonus: Extras make ideal on-the-go snacks if you’re off to grandmother’s house (or back to work the next day). Get our Gluten-Free Cranberry-Pecan Muffins recipe.
If you truly want Christmas brunch to impress, set aside some extra time to make your own yeasted bread and braid it into a holiday wreath with bacon, eggs, and cheese. If you don’t have time for that, though, use crescent roll dough for an equally easy (and cheesy) edible wreath. Get the Bacon Breakfast Ring recipe.
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This make-ahead breakfast casserole full of cheese and sage-flecked breakfast sausage is a crowd-pleaser and a cook-pleaser (due to its easygoing nature). Assemble it the night before and just pop it in the oven while you start opening presents. Get our Cheesy Sausage Breakfast Casserole recipe.
Christmas day can be a long one, especially if you have multiple houses to visit, so you might want something light and bright to kick off the marathon of jolliness. These open-face egg sandwiches with avocado, feta, olives, and garlicky sauteed greens feel special but won’t weigh you down or make you want to go right back to sleep, plus they’re a cinch to whip up. Get our Healthy Open-Face Breakfast Sandwiches recipe.
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If you just want something wonderfully indulgent (before Jan. 1 ushers in a low-carb kick, perhaps), you could hardly do better than this gooey caramel and banana casserole. Add chunks of dark chocolate for extra decadence. Get our Salted Caramel Banana Breakfast Strata recipe.