20+ Delightful Christmas Brunch Recipes

Here's our holiday gift to you: Two dozen Christmas brunch ideas, including make-ahead breakfast casseroles, breakfast pancakes, breakfast pastries and more ways to round out your Christmas brunch menu. Every single one of these recipes is tried, true, tested, and loved -- because at Christmas, you want everything just right.

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    Manchego and Brandied Cherry Scones

    Lightly nutty Manchego cheese and lush cherries fill these scones for a totally irresistible combination of savory and sweet. Offer a bowl of cherry jam for guests to slather over their scones on Christmas morning.

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    Ham and Cheese Slab Pies

    Flaky, gooey, and a wee bit zippy (thanks to the mustard), these savory breakfast pastries will be a hit around your table. PS: If you're a devotee of make-ahead Christmas brunch ideas, take a close look -- these store beautifully in your freezer for up to two months.

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    Baked Blueberry-Pecan French Toast

    Everyone loves French toast, but who wants to spend Christmas morning making it? That’s why this sweet, luscious make-ahead version should top your list of great Christmas breakfast ideas.

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    Bacon-Asparagus Strata

    With its green asparagus and red sweet peppers, this make-ahead breakfast casserole matches the colors of Christmas. Bacon and Swiss cheese make it especially irresistible.

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    Mascarpone-Stuffed French Toast with Salted Caramel-Banana Sauce

    The rich filling of mascarpone, cream cheese, and sugared nuts in this breakfast recipe captures the true spirit of the holidays -- it's slightly over the top and will make the day feel oh, so special. Prepare it the night before for a make-ahead morning meal.

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    Puffed Oven Pancake with Glazed Apples

    This recipe offers everything you love about puffy breakfast pancakes, but with one major advantage: It bakes effortlessly in the oven, making it an easygoing option for a Christmas brunch menu.

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    Cherry-Almond Danish

    Breakfast pastries are a must on Christmas morning! Serve slices of this fruit-filled beauty with steaming cups of coffee and hot cocoa while everyone’s opening their gifts.

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    Caramelized Onion Breakfast Casserole

    Sweet ribbons of caramelized onions contrast with the salty bacon and creamy Muenster in this great make-ahead breakfast casserole. PS: Don't be surprised when the dish is requested again for New Year's brunch!

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    Savory Brunch Muffin

    If you’re looking for Christmas breakfast ideas that can be served around the tree instead of around the table, then these muffins are for you! Smoked salmon and hard-boiled eggs are cooked into an easy-to-maneuver muffin. Watch our how-to video for this easy breakfast recipe.

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    French Chocolate Coffee Cake

    A rich chocolate swirl and streusel topping turn a basic coffee cake recipe into a Christmas breakfast delight. Leftovers? Save and serve for a simple midday treat!

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    Easy Huevos Rancheros Casserole

    Keep the tradition of Christmas brunch, but mix things up with a Mexican-inspired breakfast casserole. Garnish this egg-and-potato bake with salsa and sour cream, and serve alongside freshly squeezed juice.

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    Creamy Caramel Crunch Rolls

    For many, a traditional Christmas breakfast wouldn’t be complete without a pan of gooey caramel rolls. But who says you have to start from scratch? Frozen bread dough keeps this recipe simple.

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    Bacon-Mushroom Quiche with Gruyere and Thyme

    Good news! This rich, colorful quiche also happens to be a great make-ahead breakfast casserole -- it can be prepped up to 24 hours in advance. Breakfast pastries and a fruit salad will round out your Christmas brunch menu.

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    Zucchini-Brie Breakfast Casseroles

    With the richness of Brie and the freshness of zucchini, green onions, and dill, this meatless make-ahead breakfast casserole will please the vegetarians in your family. For everyone else, serve a round of crisp bacon on the side to complete your Christmas brunch menu.

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    Overnight Cranberry Coffee Cake

    With its in-season cranberries and convenient make-ahead angle, this buttery coffee cake easily snagged a top spot on our list of great Christmas breakfast ideas. Serve with scrambled eggs and bacon for an easy-peasy Christmas brunch menu.

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    Eggs Benedict Bake

    Few Christmas brunch recipes are as opulent as Eggs Benedict. This version is less tricky than most, because you don’t have to fuss with a classic hollandaise sauce. Better yet, you can make it up to 24 hours in advance.

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    Four-Cheese Zucchini Strata

    The best Christmas brunch ideas can be prepped ahead and popped into the oven while you’re opening presents. That’s the M.O. with this irresistible strata. You’ll also love the way the recipe calls on purchased focaccia bread -- an ingredient that adds garlic and herb flavors amidst the windfall of luscious cheese.

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    Quiche Lorraine

    When you’re on the hunt for crowd-pleasing Christmas breakfast ideas, you can’t go wrong with Quiche Lorraine. Its combination of cheese and bacon in a rich, savory custard -- all cradled in a buttery crust -- never fails to please. 

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    Baked Denver Strata

    We figured that onions, sweet pepper, and ham -- the starring ingredients in the ever-popular Denver omelet -- would taste great when baked into a make-ahead breakfast casserole. And we were right!

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    Roasted Banana Bread

    Whether you’re looking for Christmas breakfast ideas to casually enjoy while opening presents around the tree, or scouting an entire Christmas brunch menu, banana bread will fit the bill. But before you roll up your sleeves, check out our secret to adding natural sweetness and distinctive flavor to this classic breakfast recipe.

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    Cheesy Potato Bake with Eggs

    This hearty Christmas breakfast recipe features smoky bacon, fresh tomatoes, broccoli, and potatoes for a holiday-worthy breakfast casserole. Slash prep time by using a food processor or mandoline to slice the potatoes.

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    Banana Pancakes with Chocolate Bits and Raspberries

    Chocolate and bananas make these breakfast pancakes Christmas-morning special. The bonus of fresh red raspberries adds extra sweetness and holiday color to the recipe.

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    Roasted Breakfast Pears

    If you’re looking for Christmas breakfast ideas that showcase fresh, in-season fruit, try these easy and elegant baked pears. Serve them alongside breakfast pancakes or waffles and savory sausage links to complete your Christmas brunch menu.

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    Bagel, Lox, and Egg Strata

    If you’re looking for Christmas breakfast ideas that veer off the beaten path, try this clever update on bagels and lox. Serve it once, and the easy make-ahead breakfast casserole might just become a holiday tradition!

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    Blueberry-Cream Cheese Pastries

    Because they start with purchased puff pastry, these rich and flaky breakfast pastries are much easier to make than they look! Serve them with poached eggs and Canadian bacon for a memorable Christmas brunch menu.

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    Spicy Sicilian Strata

    The green spinach and red dried tomatoes in this recipe will add unmistakable holiday hues to your Christmas brunch menu. Prep and chill the Italian-inspired recipe up to 24 hours in advance.

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    Gingerbread Cinnamon Rolls

    Few Christmas breakfast ideas are more Christmas-y than these delightful rolls! The recipe combines the marvelous flavors of gingerbread cookies and the comforting appeal of cinnamon rolls for great holiday breakfast pastries your family will love.

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    Spice Tea Breakfast Bread Pudding

    Surprising ingredients -- orange spice tea, dried cherries, and chopped persimmons -- turn bread pudding into a special holiday treat. And because it serves 12 and is ready in just an hour, this recipe is perfect for overnight guests.

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    Apple-Almond Cinnamon Strata

    Take apple beyond the pie with our Christmas brunch casserole that's packed with cinnamon-spiced apples and almonds. We love serving it alongside smoked bacon for an irresistible mix of sweet and savory.

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    Caramel Banana Pecan Bread Casserole

    If you’re a fan of Christmas breakfast ideas that call on your slow cooker, this recipe will fit the bill! Serve slices of this ooey-gooey treat with coffee or cocoa for a memorable holiday-morning indulgence.

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