19 Recipes Sweeten Up Christmas Morning Brunch

Celebrate with one of these timeless sugary-sweet Christmas breakfast recipes.

Crock Pot Cinnamon Roll Casserole
Photo: Caitlin Bensel

Christmas comes just once a year. What better way to celebrate than with one of these timeless, sugary-sweet Christmas breakfast recipes? Christmas breakfast is the perfect time to indulge in some extraordinarily decadent morning treats and baked holiday goods. Our crumbly blueberry muffins, topped with lemony cream cheese glaze, will light up your Christmas morning breakfast table. 

Warm, buttery cinnamon rolls, served fresh from the oven, take your Christmas brunch menu from simple to absolutely soul-satisfying. For a casual Christmas breakfast, try irresistible crumble coffee cake drizzled in bourbon sauce and topped with nutty cinnamon crumble. So many choices, but not enough Christmas mornings! Don't fret. No matter which sweet treat you choose to include in your Christmas morning breakfast, your family and friends will be happy with any of these delightful treats.

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Blueberry Muffins with Lemon-Cream Cheese Glaze

Cinnamon Rolls with Cream Cheese Icing
Photo: Luca Trovato

These aren't ordinary blueberry muffins. The tart-and-sugary glaze turns plain blueberry muffins into extraordinary blueberry muffins by adding fresh lemon juice and powdered sugar. Make these muffins anytime because you can use frozen blueberries when fresh ones are unavailable.

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Pecan Pancake with Caramel-Apple Topping

Pecan Pancakes with Caramel Apple Topping
Luca Trovato

Toasted pecans add a nutty flavor to these pancakes. Skip the syrup and make our sweet Caramel-Apple Topping instead. For even simpler preparations, mix the dry ingredients to keep on hand and store them in an airtight container for up to one week.

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Cream Cheese Pastries

Brunch for a Crowd Cream Cheese Pastries
Alison Miksch

Try this breakfast bread that makes four loaves when hosting a crowd this holiday season. The sweet cream cheese filling, packed inside the buttery pastry, is topped with a powdered sugar glaze. Finish this breakfast treat by topping it with fresh fruit.

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Overnight Coffee Crumble Cake

Overnight Coffee Crumble Cake
Photo: Luca Trovato

Pep up your morning with a warm slice of this irresistible coffee cake. The sweet bourbon and powdered sugar glaze add an extra sweet flavoring on top of the cinnamon and nut crumble topping. As the name describes, you should prepare the cake with enough time for at least eight to 24 hours of chill time.

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One-Dish Blackberry French Toast

One-Dish Blackberry French Toast
Beth Hontzas

Start by placing bread cubes in a baking dish, then top it with cream cheese and melted jam. Pour the half-and-half and egg mixture into the baking dish and top with the remaining bread cubes. Add a little extra sweetness to this breakfast bake by topping it with maple syrup or whipped cream.

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Waffle Casserole

Waffle Casserole
Micah A. Leal

Frozen waffles make assembling this breakfast casserole quick and easy. Soak the waffles in the custard overnight, flavored with a touch of maple syrup and bourbon. Top with additional maple syrup when serving.

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Slow-Cooker Cinnamon Roll Casserole

Crock Pot Cinnamon Roll Casserole
Caitlin Bensel

The easiest way to have a relaxed Christmas morning breakfast is by letting your slow cooker do the work for you. With 20 minutes of hands-on time, you have more time to spend with family this holiday season. This rich and sugary casserole is a fan-favorite and is ideal for breakfast, brunch, or dessert.

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Pancake Casserole

Pancake Casserole
Caitlin Bensel

This bread pudding-inspired casserole will be your family's new favorite way to enjoy fluffy pancakes. Make this dish the night before and let the pancakes soak up the custard mixtures. Top the pancakes with your favorite fruits, like blueberry pancakes, or add crispy bacon for a sweet and savory dish.

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Banana Bread French Toast Casserole

Banana Bread French Toast Casserole
Jennifer Causey

Brown sugar, cinnamon, and heavy cream combine for a flavorful custard in this banana bread french toast. Transforming this traditional breakfast bread into a casserole makes it easy to host a crowd. When ready to serve, top with honey and bananas.

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Orange Rolls

Orange Breakfast Roll on a Plate, and in the Background, Another Plate with a Roll, Glasses of Orange Juice, and Bowl of Orange Slices

Simply Recipes / Sally Vargas

For your next brunch, try topping these sweet rolls, flavored with tangy, citrusy orange zest, with orange juice and powdered sugar glaze. The buttery spirals have a hint of cinnamon, which pair perfectly with the orange marmalade center.

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Sheet Pan Berry Pancakes with Honey-Butter Syrup

Sheet Pan Berry Pancakes with Honey-Butter Syrup
Johnny Autry; Prop and Food Styling: Charlotte L. Autry

This sheet pan recipe replaces the need for someone to stand by the stove, flipping pancakes. This recipe calls for sliced strawberries in the batter, but you can substitute this fruit or omit it for plain buttermilk pancakes. This casserole perfectly reheats after freezing, so you can make it ahead of time and bake it in the morning.

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Sorghum-Pecan Monkey Bread Muffins

Sorghum-Pecan Monkey Bread Muffins
Antonis Achilleos; Prop Styling: Kathleen Varner; Food Styling: Emily Nabors Hall

Wake up to the smell of cinnamon baking in the oven. You can prepare these muffins the night before and refrigerate them, then bake them in the morning. Toasted pecans are the perfect garnish for this adorable mini-monkey bread.

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Air Fryer Donuts

Air Fryer Donuts
Photography and Styling: Caitlin Bensel

Your guests will never believe these doughnuts are homemade. These biscuit-based doughnuts come together in under an hour with only six ingredients. Dip the doughnuts in cream cheese frosting and add festive sprinkles for the occasion.

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Homemade Pop Tarts

homemade pop tarts decorated
Mackenzie Schieck

Celebrate the holidays with this classic treat made even better by being homemade. Choose from a traditional brown sugar-cinnamon center, or switch things up with fruit or jam filling. These buttery and crumbly pop tarts are the perfect thing to make the day before.

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Red Velvet Cinnamon Rolls

Red Velvet Cinnamon Rolls Recipe
Photographer: Antonis Achilleos; Prop Stylist: Christine Kelly; Food Stylist: Ali Ramee

Christmas morning is definitely an opportunity to have dessert for breakfast. These red velvet cinnamon rolls are perfectly on-theme, with their red dough covered in white icing. Top the icing with green sprinkles for the red, white, and green trifecta.

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Snickerdoodle Doughnut Hole Muffins

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

Mini muffins are ideal for busy holiday mornings or when hosting a crowd. These cinnamon and nutmeg muffins are easy to make, and the buttery and sugary layers add plenty of flavors. Test Kitchen Tip: These adorable mini muffins are even better when you make them one day in advance.

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Chocolate Monkey Bread

Chocolate Monkey Bread
Jennifer Causey; Food Stylist: Emily Nabors Hall; Prop Stylist: Claire Spollen

The only thing that makes sweet monkey bread better is covering it in a caramel and chocolate glaze. Frozen yeast roll dough helps this recipe assemble quickly, but thaw it in the refrigerator overnight. To make sure it's soft enough to pour over the bread, wait to make the caramel sauce until you're ready to pour it over the dough.

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Best-Ever Sticky Buns

a closeup of caramel pecan sticky buns

You can't go wrong with a classic sticky bun recipe. Prepare the dough the night before and bake it in the morning. The cinnamon, pecans, and brown sugar baking in the oven will wake up the entire house.

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Banana Cream Donuts

Banana Cream Donuts
Micah A. Leal

Reminiscent of banana cream flavored-layered pudding, these donuts rely on instant banana pudding mix to create the creamy filling. The brioche dough expands in the fryer, creating an airy, buttery, and yeasty interior. After cooling, fill the donut with the banana cream mixture and top with a light dusting of powdered sugar.

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