Waking up on Christmas morning is a magical time for adults and children alike. Needless to say, everyone will have worked up an appetite after ripping open their presents so having a special breakfast waiting will keep everyone smiling.
Think nutty warm scents, sugary treats, and creamy, flaky goodness when you plan for Christmas breakfast. If this is not the time to indulge when is?
You may be in the mood for something hearty or something light to keep you going before a big Christmas party, whatever the case may be, you have some great choices.
17 Christmas Breakfast Ideas with Recipes
Make breakfast memorable this Christmas and treat yourself and your family to something decadent. The recipes below will help you get your Christmas menu ready.
1. Pepper and Mushroom Fritatta
If you’ve never made one, you’ll be amazed at how easy frittatas are to cook. A simple blend of eggs and your favorite vegetables and spices, and you have a meal that the whole family can enjoy.
Light and airy, frittatas are simply baked to perfection before being served with the rest of your Christmas breakfast feast.
2. Crab Quiche
This is a great quiche any time of the year but imagine waking up to the smell of a savory crab pie on Christmas morning and truly feeling like a snow bunny in winter.
Hearty and delicious, the flaky quiche crust combined with crab meat, eggs, herbs, and spices will have everyone asking for seconds.
3. Breakfast Strata
This mouth-watering breakfast casserole is so easy to make, you won’t believe how filling and delicious it is.
Strata is easily made with eggs, leftover bread, and anything you have lying around in the refrigerator. It’s a special meal that keeps everyone full so try one today, you won’t regret it.
4. Eggnog Brioche Cinnamon Rolls
The name itself signifies a Christmas worth remembering. A classic holiday drink is combined with the comforting scents of cinnamon to create this morning masterpiece.
Cinnamon rolls are easier to make than you’d think. With the addition of the eggnog-infused frosting, you will have something that is a sure crowd-pleaser.
5. Chocolate Banana Bread
Chocolate and the holidays are quite simply a great fit. The warm comfort of chocolate evokes feelings of joy and the Christmas spirit. If you are looking to get the day started with something chocolatey, look no further.
This melt-in-your-mouth chocolate banana bread is a sure hit. The bananas keep the “bread” (which is more like a cake) moist and delicious.
6. Cranberry Orange Bread
Loaves of bread are a great way to start a Christmas morning meal. They’re easy to prepare and come in all shapes, sizes, and tastes. You can make one or you can make many depending on how many guests are in your home for the holidays.
This slightly tart cranberry orange bread is full of flavor. The crumbly goodness of the bread as well as the Christmasy “look” of the bread, will have your guests admiring your handiwork.
7. Breakfast Cobbler
You might be thinking, cobbler for breakfast? But hey, it’s Christmas, and what better than a bed of warm fruit tucked under buttery biscuits to start your morning off right.
While some of you will love a classic cobbler for breakfast, some will want to stick with something a little more savory. The recipe we found is for a cobbler that hosts all of your favorite brekky ingredients.
8. Maple Sage Sausages
Maple and sage alone sound like Christmas. Imagine combining the fragrant spice and sweet maple with your favorite sausage patty. If that doesn’t shout Christmas, what does?
Juicy sausage patties are seasoned and pan-fried to perfection. Serve with eggs or an omelet and a hot mug of coffee and your holiday mornings are complete.
9. Peppermint Mocha Scones
Peppermint is indicative of the holidays. The spicy-sweet scent of it tells us the holidays are around the bend. If you’re looking for ways to use it in your cooking here is a great breakfast treat that will satisfy your cravings.
Warm scones are buttery, crumbly, and altogether a fantastic way to start your morning. Add two of our favorite Christmas ingredients, cocoa and peppermint and you have a tradition on your hands.
10. Monkey Bread
A classic breakfast food, monkey bread is named as such because this cake-shaped pastry is meant to be picked at. Soft, sticky, and sweet, the dough of this bread is formed into balls and tucked into a bundt cake pan to create the “pickable” parts.
What’s great about this for Christmas morning breakfast is it’s something everyone can come back to over and over again while opening presents!
11. Cranberry Butter Popovers
Whatever holiday you are cooking for, these popovers make for a fast and delicious morning treat. You might call it bread or a cupcake but popovers are more like a light and airy version of these two combined.
The cranberry in this popover gives this sweet treat a little tartness. Serve them hot out of the oven with cranberry butter for full effect.
12. Brie and Apple Tart
Christmas should be a time to relax and do the things you enjoy most. If you enjoy baking and feeding the family, you’ll love this impressive tart.
Pastry dough is lovingly layered with apples, caramelized onions, and brie before baking. To top it off, a sprinkle of pomegranate arils and pomegranate molasses. It takes some time to make but it will be worth it!
13. Spinach Ham and Egg Cups
If your goal is to have everyone full and happy for the big day ahead, look no further than these spinach ham, and egg cups for your Christmas morning meal.
This recipe combines ham and sausage for a meaty pop-in-your-mouth treat. The combination of eggs and spinach also packs in the vitamins needed to keep energy high. Healthy, delicious, and packs a punch, what more can you ask for?
14. Cheddar Bacon Chive Quick Bread
It’s called quick bread for a reason so if you’re looking for something that will be easy to make so you can get back to Christmas activities, this hearty bread will be the choice for you.
Throw together some breakfast ingredients you probably already have in your fridge and pantry and you have a delicious morning snack in less than an hour. Packed with flavor, no one will even know just how easy it was to make.
15. Ginger Pear Loaf
The flavors and scents of ginger and pears make everyone want to sing Christmas carols! A ginger pear loaf is the epitome of Christmas morning.
The pears will give the cake-like bread a moist interior while the crumble topping gives everything a nice little crunch. Best of all, this is a no-fuss treat that tastes great with a hot cup of Christmas coffee.
16. French Toast Casserole
French toast can and should be had any time of the year but if you’re looking to do something special for the holidays, try a spin on the classic and make this French toast casserole.
This particular recipe uses sourdough bread that is soaked in the sweet egg mixture overnight! Baked to perfection on Christmas morning and sprinkled with cinnamon, you’ll have your family begging for seconds.
17. Red and Green Fruit Salad with Mint Syrup
Mint sauces, syrups, and jellies seem to pop up around the holidays. The smell of mint tells us it’s time for some holiday fun.
Combine the Christmasy colors of red and green with strawberries and green grapes (or other colorful fruits) with this mint syrup for a healthy and refreshing Christmas morning treat.
You might be thinking Christmas is too long to wait to try some of these wonderful recipes and you’d be right. Whether it’s the holiday season or not, don’t delay in preparing one or all of these magical meals.
Christmas breakfast means different things to different people across the world. The one thing everyone can agree on though is that is a time to reflect, be together, and warm our tummy’s for a celebratory winter.
If you find something you love in the recipes above, make it a Christmas to remember.