Breakfast Bakes for Kids That are as Fun to Eat as They are to Make

Cinnamon Roll Bunnies
Photo: Victor Protasio, Food Stylist Ruth Blackburn, Prop Stylist Heather Chadduck

The most important meal of the day is far too often an afterthought. We get it—between finding Henry's left shoe and making sure Hannah's homework actually made it into her backpack, it's hard to sit down and serve a hearty family breakfast. So, when everyone's smiling faces (and half-combed hair) actually make it to the breakfast table, it's a treat to be able to start the day with a recipe even the pickiest of little eaters will enjoy. From casseroles to homemade muffins, we've rounded up kid-friendly baked recipes that combine the delight of slower, decadent mornings with a dash of imagination. Many can be made ahead and popped in the oven while the first pot of coffee brews away. Others will give your kids a good reason to have sticky hands. No matter which breakfast bake for kids you choose to serve, get ready to enjoy your brightest morning yet (even if it's been years since you've actually been able to sleep in).

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Cinnamon Sugar Pull-Apart Bread

Cinnamon Sugar Pull-Apart Bread
Greg Dupree; Prop Styling: Cindy Barr; Food Styling: Chelsea Zimmer

Recipe: Cinnamon Sugar Pull-Apart Bread

Little hands will love to pull this crunchy sweet bread. Better yet, this casual bake's layered dough makes it a forgiving bake.

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Cinnamon Roll Bunnies

Cinnamon Roll Bunnies
Victor Protasio, Food Stylist Ruth Blackburn, Prop Stylist Heather Chadduck

Recipe: Cinnamon Roll Bunnies

While these cottontail treats may be extra special come Easter, kids will love to have them bounce onto their plates any time of year.

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Best-Ever Sticky Buns

Spicy Sausage-and-Cheddar Kolaches
Greg DuPree; Prop Styling: Kay E. Clarke; Food Styling: Emily Nabors Hall

Recipe: Best-Ever Sticky Buns

Give your kids a good reason to have sticky hands. Want to get ahead of the morning? Make the dough the night before.

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Double Chocolate Chip Muffins

Double Chocolate Chip Muffins Recipe
Photographer: Greg DuPree, Food Stylist Karen Rankin

Recipe: Double Chocolate Chip Muffins

A double dose of chocolate before noon? If that's not every child's dream come true, we're not sure what is. Even better, these extra chocolatey muffins are perfect on the go.

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Tater Tot Breakfast Casserole

Tater Tot Breakfast Bake
Jennifer Causey

Recipe: Tater Tot Breakfast Casserole

No kid will turn down tater tots, especially when they're on the table first thing in the morning.

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Blueberry Pancake Breakfast Casserole

Blueberry Pancake Breakfast Casserole
Jennifer Causey

Recipe: Blueberry Pancake Breakfast Casserole

Take this classic family favorite up a notch by baking in some blueberries.

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Snickerdoodle Doughnut Hole Muffins

Snickerdoodle Doughnut Hole Muffins
Alison Miksch; Prop Styling: Buffy Hargett Miller; Food Styling: Torie Cox

Recipe: Snickerdoodle Doughnut Hole Muffins

There's no need to head to the shop around the corner. These doughnut holes are everything in one homemade package: muffins with the flavor of snickerdoodle cookies and the richness of doughnut holes. What's there not to love?

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Homemade Pop Tarts

Homemade Pop Tarts
Micah A. Leal

Recipe: Homemade Pop Tarts

Make this go-to staple especially special by baking them at home. The filling can easily swapped with your favorite jam, but we're partial to the classic brown sugar-cinnamon center.

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Biscuit Cinnamon Rolls

Biscuit Cinnamon Sweet Rolls
Alison Miksch

Recipe: Biscuit Cinnamon Rolls

There's nothing like a sweet start to the day, and these Biscuit Cinnamon Rolls deliver just that. Plus, they're made without yeast, so they come together much quicker than you'd expect.

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Banana Bread French Toast Casserole

Banana Bread French Toast Casserole
Jennifer Causey

Recipe: Banana Bread French Toast Casserole

Everything's better with bananas at the breakfast table. In this morning treat, banana bread meets French toast to create a mash up the whole family will request again and again.

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Bakeshop Blueberry Muffins

Bakeshop Blueberry Muffins
Southern Living

Recipe: Bakeshop Blueberry Muffins

Blueberry muffins are classic for a reason. Raise your kids right with a breakfast staple they'll love on busy weekdays and holiday mornings alike.

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Homemade Berry Pop Tarts

Homemade Pop Tarts
Southern Living

Recipe: Homemade Berry Pop Tarts

This indulgent, flaky pastry recipe coated in sugary icing and stuffed with berry filling brings us back to our glory days.

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Sausage-Hash Brown Breakfast Casserole

Sausage-Hash Brown Breakfast Casserole
Antonis Achilleos; Prop Styling: Christine Keely; Food Styling: Tina Bell Stamos

Recipe: Sausage-Hash Brown Breakfast Casserole

Hash browns are a surefire hit. Mix them with sausage and plenty of cheese, and you've got a breakfast the whole family will gobble up.

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Pancake Casserole

Pancake Casserole
Caitlin Bensel

Recipe: Pancake Casserole

Everything is better with butter, and this packed Pancake Casserole is no exception.

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Cinnamon Roll Casserole

Cinnamon Roll Casserole
Antonis Achilleos

Recipe: Cinnamon Roll Casserole

Upgrade your everyday cinnamon rolls with a breakfast bake that's ooey and gooey in all the right ways.

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Pancake Bake with Cinnamon Streusel

Pancake Bake with Cinnamon Streusel Recipe
Hector Manuel Sanchez; Prop Styling: Karin Olsen; Food Styling: William Smith

Recipe: Pancake Bake with Cinnamon Streusel

This bread pudding-like casserole will save you from being stuck by the stove flipping flap jacks when the whole family is over for the holidays.

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Gingerbread Muffins

Gingerbread Muffins
Micah A. Leal

Recipe: Gingerbread Muffins

They may not be shaped like little men, but this gingerbread treat is a sweet that's acceptable on the breakfast table (or any time of day really).

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