The Best Valentine's Day Breakfast Recipes To Show Your Love

Raspberry Ricotta Cake
Photo: Joy Howard

Start your Valentine's Day off on the right note with a delicious breakfast to celebrate the occasion. Whether you want to treat your Valentine to breakfast in bed or gather around the table with your family, these Valentine's Day breakfast ideas are sure to show how much you love them. If you're short on time, some of these recipes can be prepared the day before, like our Cinnamon-Pecan Breakfast Bread Pudding and Croissant Breakfast Casserole. Others are worth the extra time on Valentine's morning. Cornmeal Crêpes with Blackberries and Buttermilk Cream, anyone? These are recipes that both grown-ups and kids alike will enjoy, and with a Valentine's Day breakfast spread as sumptuous as this, we wouldn't be surprised if Cupid dropped in to grab a plate.

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Cheesy Sausage-And-Croissant Casserole

Cheesy Sausage-and-Croissant Casserole
Alison Miksch

Assemble this casserole the night before Valentine's Day so all you have to do the next morning when you wake up is pop it in the oven. This hearty, filling dish combines hot ground sausage, flaky croissants, and Parmesan and Gruyère cheeses. The Gruyère browns beautifully and adds a nutty flavor to the dish when baked on top.

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One-Dish Blackberry French Toast

One-Dish Blackberry French Toast
Beth Hontzas

Blackberry jam, French bread, and a mixture of cinnamon and brown sugar will make your morning especially sweet. It's a special occasion, so allow each member of the family to top their casserole with maple syrup and whipped cream. This dish should be prepared the day before to allow the flavors to soak in.

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Orange Rolls

Orange Rolls
Southern Living

Brighten their day with these sweet citrus rolls. Homemade orange rolls are a regular part of the Southern bread basket, but every recipe has its own special twist. These rolls have a perfectly gooey, sweet-orange-marmalade center.

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Tater Tot Breakfast Casserole

Tater Tot Breakfast Bake
Jennifer Causey

Tater tots loaded down with bacon and cheese for breakfast? Yes, please. Whole milk and eggs give this dish a custard-like base.

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Blueberry Pancake Breakfast Casserole

Blueberry Pancake Breakfast Casserole
Jennifer Causey

If you don't have time to make pancakes in the morning, you can prepare this casserole the night before and bake the next morning while everyone is getting ready. Drizzle with hot maple syrup and butter when you're ready to serve.

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Cinnamon Rolls With Cream Cheese Icing

Cinnamon Rolls with Cream Cheese Icing
Photo: Luca Trovato

Though you'll need to set aside time for rising, homemade cinnamon rolls are worth the extra effort. This version is topped with pecans and cream cheese icing. We also provide instructions for adding apples, cranberries, or chocolate to the recipe—yum.

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Cinnamon Roll Pancakes

Cinnamon Roll Pancakes
Caitlin Bensel

These pancakes pack all the flavor of cinnamon rolls onto your plate. The swirls are created by piping a cinnamon mixture onto the batter. Drizzle with glaze or syrup, depending on which takes your fancy.

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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

Your crowd will love you for serving this easy casserole and you'll love it because you can assemble it the night before. We use two types of breakfast sausage, frozen hash browns, eggs, milk, and cheese. Sprinkle on parsley and chives for extra flavor.

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Smoky Sausage-And-Grits Casserole

Smoky Sausage-and-Grits Casserole
Alison Miksch

This is everything you love about breakfast in one dish, which can be prepared up to four days before baking. These rich and cheesy grits cook for about an hour. Serve with your favorite fruit and you have a complete meal.

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Our Favorite Buttermilk Biscuit

Our Favorite Buttermilk Biscuit, biscuits recipe
Photo: Brian Woodcock

You can't go wrong with homemade biscuits. Don't worry, we provide plenty of instruction on how to get those fluffy, pull-apart layers. Serve with jam and butter or eggs, bacon, and cheese.

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Praline-Pecan French Toast

Praline-Pecan French Toast
Jennifer Davick

As one reviewer stated, this recipe is "sinfully delicious." This decadent breakfast can be prepared a day ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator until you are ready to bake. We use sliced French bread to make the dish special, though you can use any kind of bread for French toast.

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Cornmeal Crêpes With Blackberries And Buttermilk Cream

Cornmeal Crêpes with Blackberries and Buttermilk Cream
Greg Dupree; Prop Styling: Heather Chadduck Hillegas; Food Styling: Emily Nabors Hall

These delicate crêpes are sure to wow at the Valentine's Day Breakfast. Cornmeal adds a slight crunch to the otherwise dainty crêpes topped with sweet and tangy buttermilk cream. A good non-stick pan is essential for this recipe.

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Dutch Baby Pancake

Dutch Baby Pancake
Micah A. Leal

If you want to impress your Valentine, a Dutch Baby Pancake always does the trick. The batter is a simple mixture of several eggs, milk, flour, and sugar, poured into a preheated cast-iron skillet and doused with melted butter. Top with fresh fruit and whipped cream, maple syrup, honey, or your favorite jam or preserves.

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Lemon-Poppy Seed Belgian Waffles With Blackberry Maple Syrup

Lemon-Poppy Seed Belgian Waffles with Blackberry Maple Syrup
Jennifer Davick; Styling: Lydia DeGaris Pursell

Delicate, fluffy Lemon-Poppy Seed Belgian Waffles will elicit squeals of joy, especially once you add our Blackberry Maple Syrup. Add some fresh blackberries and a generous spoonful of whipped cream before digging in. This batter also makes an incredible pancake.

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Raspberry-Almond Muffins With Honey Butter

Raspberry-Almond Muffins with Honey Butter
Victor Protasio; Food Styling: Rishon Hanners; Prop Styling: Audrey Davis

Tart raspberries marry with crunchy almonds for an easy, pretty addition to your Valentine's Day breakfast spread. We recommend serving with flavored butter—Orange-Vanilla Honey Butter is another tasty option.

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Blueberry-Citrus Rolls With Orange Glaze

Blueberry-Citrus Rolls with Orange Glaze
Antonis Achilleos; Food Styling: Emily Nabors Hall; Prop Styling: Audrey Davis

Throw the blueberry muffin out the window in favor of these bright, sweet rolls packed with plump berries and drizzled with Orange Glaze. The jammy filling will make you forget all about the standard cinnamon roll. Now that's a Valentine's Day breakfast we can get behind.

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Cinnamon Roll Waffles

Cinnamon Roll Waffles
Photographer: Antonis Achilleos, Prop Stylist: Kay E. Clarke Food Stylist: Emily Nabors Hall

Serve the best of both worlds with a pile of Cinnamon Roll Waffles. This recipe is so easy, using canned cinnamon rolls pressed onto your waffle maker. Once you top them with a swirl of syrupy cream cheese, this dish is guaranteed to make any Valentine swoon with delight.

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Buttermilk Breakfast Scones

Buttermilk Breakfast Scones
Southern Living

There's nothing like a tender, crumbly scone slathered in butter for breakfast. Plus they're quick to make, requiring just 30 minutes to prepare and bake. These scones have crisp, sugar-crusted tops and currants plumped in buttermilk.

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Ricotta Pancakes With Brown Butter-Maple Syrup And Blueberry Compote

Ricotta Pancakes with Brown Butter-Maple Syrup and Blueberry Compote
Hector Sanchez

Ricotta in the batter renders the pancakes ephemerally fluffy and soft. We brown the butter before whisking in maple syrup to bring it over the top. Serve with a drizzle of the syrup and compote for a heavenly Valentine's Day breakfast.

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Breakfast Biscuit Sandwich With Sausage, Egg, and Cheese

Breakfast Biscuit Sandwich with Sausage, Egg, and Cheese
Antonis Achilleos; Prop Styling: Kay E. Clarke; Food Styling: Torie Cox

If you're doing a Valentine's Day breakfast for the kids, you'll want this recipe in your back pocket. Bake up some homemade biscuits and throw together the easy filling on a sheet pan. It's got smoked bacon, red bell peppers, and sharp Cheddar—sure to satisfy even the pickiest eater.

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Croissant Breakfast Casserole

Croissant Breakfast Casserole
Victor Protasio

If you're also guilty of letting a Costco pack of croissants go stale on the counter, this recipe is the solution for using them up. Just add a couple ham steaks, Vidalia onions, baby spinach, cheese, eggs, and milk. Bake and breakfast is served.

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Cinnamon-Pecan Breakfast Bread Pudding

Cinnamon-Pecan Breakfast Bread Pudding

Yes, you can eat bread pudding for breakfast. Especially if it's a Valentine's Day breakfast. Plus, this one comes together in a flash, requiring just 12 minutes of your time. Let it sit in the fridge overnight before baking.

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Ambrosia Breakfast

Ambrosia Breakfast
Iain Bagwell

There's a reason it's called ambrosia. Served over creamy coconut yogurt, the sweet chunks of grapefruit and orange mix with tart pomegranate and crunchy nuts for a refreshing breakfast treat.

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White Chocolate Raspberry Loaf Cake

White Chocolate Raspberry Loaf Cake
Photo: Antonis Achilleos, Prop Styling: Kay Clarke, Food Styling: Emily Nabors Hall

This buttery pound cake is a special treat best served with coffee or tea. You decide how much white chocolate glaze you want—but nothing is too sweet for your Valentine, right? Top with fresh berries for a pretty presentation.

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Southern Salmon Benedict

Southern Salmon Benedict
Victor Protasio; Food Styling: Ruth Blackburn; Prop Styling: Audrey Davis

If you're looking to get fancy, you'll love the Southern spin on this elegant dish. We use biscuits instead of English muffins (try frozen to save time) and the addition of smoked salmon. Use small bowls or ramekins for perfectly shaped poached eggs.

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Red Pepper, Potato, And Ricotta Frittata

Red Pepper, Potato, and Ricotta Frittata
Greg DuPree

Any Valentine would be pleased by this hearty and colorful dish. Much like an omelet but easier to prepare, a frittata can be dressed up with any ingredients in your fridge. In this version, we use rosemary potatoes, red peppers, and dollops of ricotta cheese.

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Bacon And Cheddar Grits Quiche

Bacon-and-Cheddar Grits Quiche
Alison Miksch

Who could say no to a rich, custardy quiche baked over cheese, grits, and bacon? Spread cheese to the edge of the warm, bacony grits "crust" to prevent any custard from seeping out of the springform pan while the quiche bakes, or simply bake in a pie dish.

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Asparagus With Eggs And Proscuitto

Asparagus with Eggs and Prosciutto
Greg Dupree; Food Styling: Rishon Hanners; Prop Styling: Christina Daley

Suitable for a special breakfast or brunch, this recipe combines tender asparagus with soft-boiled eggs and salty prosciutto. A Dijon mustard and maple syrup dressing ties the dish together. Arrange the ingredients on plates and sprinkle with sea salt and fresh basil.

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Nutella Banana Bread

Nutella Banana Bread
Micah A. Leal

Chocolatey ribbons of Nutella raise humble banana bread to the level of an indulgent treat. The Nutella on top of the loaf becomes slightly crisp, but the hazelnut swirled within the banana bread remains velvety smooth within. This perfect pairing could be just the right metaphor at Valentine's Day breakfast.

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Raspberry Ricotta Cake

Raspberry Ricotta Cake
Joy Howard

We can say with certainty that this is a cake you can eat for breakfast. It teeters between fluffy sponge cake and rich pound cake with the addition of bright red (romantic) raspberries. Use firmer berries that will hold up in the baking.

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