Christmas Round-Up: Christmas Morning Breakfast Ideas!
I’m not sure how things go down in your household, but until just a few years ago, my Christmas morning consisted of hearing voices and waking up to faces that were a half-inch from mine (not my husband) wanting to know if we could get up and open presents…sometimes before 5 AM. God love their little hearts, they never opened any without us though. I walked in more than once to see a little sitting in front of a new toy with a look of awe, but only daring to touch it with the tip of their finger, as if picking it up would make it disappear. It’s enough to melt the heart!
Some mornings my little Christmas angels were starved out and immediately asked for breakfast and other times they crashed with their loot for a mid-morning nap. Christmas breakfast for us has never been a consistent dish. I’ve cooked big breakfasts and made snacks. Sometimes they just pilfer the Sausage Balls as they come out of the oven. More than once, I’ve taken a much smaller dish of those to Christmas dinner than I had intended! Christmas breakfast, for us, could be anything–muffins, bagels, pancakes, sausage biscuits, or even leftovers.
Luckily, I found some fellow bloggers who were happy to recommend all sorts of things that would make an excellent Christmas breakfast. The great thing about bloggers is that we like to share. And share they did!! (Thank you all so much, by the way!) Also, I really did try to narrow it down, but I couldn’t! They are grouped into categories, so maybe that will help you decide which ones you like best. If you’re anything like me, you’ll want to try them all though!
**Update: While going back through these, I found that a couple of blogs have shut down for various reasons. As I didn’t want to just leave you hanging, I found some awesome recipes that are similar and included the links for those! Unfortunately, there isn’t a photo of those recipes so please do check them out on their websites and see how delicious they look!!**
1. Breakfast Crepes: Krista from Heavenly Savings dished up these gorgeous crepes. Have you ever made crepes? I really need to try it.
2. Maple Cinnamon Pancakes: Who doesn’t love cinnamon? Well, I’m sure somebody does, but it’s not me!! These maple cinnamon pancakes from A Moms Take sound like something the whole family would enjoy!
3. Swedish Pancakes: Meagan at A Mom’s Take shared these fabulous Swedish Pancakes filled with Peaches and maple syrup. She also taught me that Swedish pancakes are just a thicker version of a crepe.
4. Homemade Pancake Mix: Homemade Pancake Mix from A Mom’s Take. There is just something about making things from scratch that makes them better!
6. Apple Streusel Pancakes: This is another dish from Krista at Heavenly Savings. We love apples around here, but I have one child who will eat just about anything that has apples in it. It would make his day if I served these for breakfast!!
7. German Pancakes: Baked in the oven and served with fruit and syrup. These German Pancakes from A Moms Take only take five minutes to mix up and about 15 minutes to bake. Quick and easy!
8. Christmas Pancakes: Maggie of Family Frugal Fun recommends adding green food coloring to pancake mix and cooking them in the shape of Christmas trees. Who wouldn’t love to wake up to these on Christmas morning?!?
9. Square Pancakes: Penny Pincher Jenny makes these square pancakes…baked in the oven so you don’t have to flip them!
1. Overnight Praline French Toast: Tracey from The Kitchen Is My Playground shared this and there isn’t anything about it I wouldn’t love! Mostly I would love to have some for breakfast in the morning!
2. Strawberry Nutella French Toast: French toast is wonderful on its own, but top it with strawberries and it becomes fabulous. Drizzle a little Nutella on top and it becomes almost decadent!
3. Baked French Toast Casserole: The Thrifty Couple came up with an oven-baked French Toast that is neither expensive nor time-consuming!!
4. Holiday Apple Cranberry French Toast: Cranberries are another Christmas staple. Cherie at The Queen of Free shared this Apple Cranberry French Toast. This would be a festive addition to Christmas morning!
5. French Toast Cups: These French Toast Cups from Simply Stacie look so very simple and so very sweet!
6. Overnight French Toast: Andi of The Weary Chef considers this a Christmas morning tradition. One surprising ingredient is cream cheese. I’m all about the cream cheese, y’all!!
Cinnamon Rolls, Waffles, Wonuts, & Donuts
1. Pull-Apart Cinnamon Rolls: This recipe is super easy! And it’s cinnamon rolls. : )
2. Easy Weekend Breakfast Treat Cinnamon Buns: My family LOVES cinnamon rolls. Heather, from New House New Home New Life, shows us how to make them the easy way with frozen bread dough!
3. Crockpot Cinnamon Rolls: Jenny shared these fabulous crockpot cinnamon rolls. Cooking in the crockpot is the best!
4. Wonuts: I didn’t know what a wonut was until now. The kids would go crazy for these. Who am I kidding…I would go crazy for these! This recipe isn’t the same as the one in the photo (she decided to quit blogging), but I didn’t want to leave you wanting, so check out these Vanilla Cinnamon Sugar Churro Wonuts!
5. Gingerbread Waffles: What food could remind you more of Christmas than gingerbread? These waffles would be a fabulous breakfast and you won’t even mind that you can’t make houses with them!
6. Waffle Donuts (Wonuts): Biscuits cooked in the waffle iron. This is a “must try” for sure!!
7. Pebbletastic Breakfast Muffins: I’m pretty sure the littles would go wild over these!
8. Pillsbury Biscuit Donuts (and Donut Holes): Simple donuts (and donut holes) made from fried biscuit dough. Yay for donuts!
9. Pancake Muffins: Pancake batter made into muffins with syrup and other mix-ins…you are only limited by your imagination!
1. Upside Down Apple Muffin Cake: The website for this recipe shut down, so try this alternative instead…it looks super duper yummy! Mini Apple Upside Down Cakes
2. Wife Saver Breakfast: Anything that is a “wife saver” is good in my book! This recipe reminds me a little of a cobbler…only with croissants. I love croissants!
3. Three Christmas Morning Recipes: Cherie from Queen of Free shared three easy night before Christmas recipes and they all sound delicious!
4. Merry Berry Breakfast Cups: Mixed berry breakfast cups by Simply Stacie look delicious and easy! They have vanilla Greek yogurt in them. You know they are going to taste good.
5. Spiced Maple Apple Butter: Andrea at Homemade for Elle shared her recipe for Spiced Maple Apple Butter. In case you don’t know, Apple Butter is fabulous on biscuits. Throw in a little scrambled egg and a piece of sausage and our bellies are full!
1. How To Build Your Own Breakfast Casserole: I’m all about using what you’ve got, so this really appeals to me. This would save you time and money–especially on Christmas morning when you have 23 other recipes you have to get cooked by dinner time.
2. Simple Country Breakfast Casserole: The girls over at Sweep Tight shared their Simple Country Breakfast Casserole. It’s no secret (at least I don’t think it is) that I love casseroles and this one won’t disappoint. It’s another one of those that is pretty versatile too…you can change out any of the toppings and it will still taste good!
3. Leftover Hashbrown and Egg Casserole: This is another one of those recipes that will help you utilize those leftovers and whatever you have in the fridge. The basic recipe is hashbrown casserole and eggs, but you could toss some ham, bacon, sausage, or vegetables in there to make it really special!
4. Grain-Free Sausage Casserole: Erica from This Flourishing Life shares her Grain-Free Sausage Bacon and Biscuit Breakfast Casserole. Update: Unfortunately Erica has had to stop blogging since the date this was first published because of health reasons. Try this Sweet Potato and Sausage breakfast casserole that is gluten-free, dairy-free, and paleo!
5. Ham and Asparagus Strata: Ham and Asparagus Strata would be a great way to use up leftovers and still have something a little healthy for breakfast! (Note: The photo in number 5 is not a photo of the recipe linked here.)
6. Breakfast Grits Casserole: Personally, I love grits. I also know a lot of people who don’t like them. I used to think it was a Southern thing, but now I think they just have to be made the right way. This recipe is definitely one of the right ways!!
1. Stuffed Breakfast Potatoes: What an awesome idea! Try this recipe for Loaded Breakfast Potato Skins. This could quickly become a new favorite!!
2. Breakfast Egg Cups: I think these sound wonderful and I promise I will be trying them soon!
3. Vegetarian Sausage Gravy and Biscuits: It’s good to have a meat-free meal every now and then! I’ve had the vegetarian “sausage” patties a couple of times and they are actually pretty good. Coming from an avid meat-eater, that is a compliment!
4. Ham, Egg, and Cheese Croissant Muffins: These would be fabulous for Christmas or any morning. As a matter of fact, I might make them tomorrow!!
5. Easy Drop Biscuits: Wouldn’t these be wonderful with some gravy or that Spiced Maple Apple Butter?
These are just a few of the wonderful suggestions for Christmas breakfast. I really appreciate all of these fabulous people for sharing with me and I know I’ve found some great new recipes to try! Hopefully, you found some recipes you want to try as well.
What is your favorite thing to eat on Christmas morning?