30 Christmas Brunch Recipes

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Easy Christmas brunch recipes for a delicious holiday breakfast on Christmas morning or an open house any time during this festive season.

The photo collage shows 4 easy Christmas brunch recipes.

There are two different kinds of morning meals during Christmas:

  1. The Quickly Enjoyed Christmas Breakfast Before Opening Gifts
  2. The Leisurely Christmas Brunch with No Time Table

If you're looking for an easy breakfast to serve quickly in the morning before the kids open the gifts, you want my make-ahead Christmas breakfast recipes.

However, if you're looking to host an elegant Christmas brunch at a more relaxed pace, you're in the right spot!

These easy brunch recipes will help you plan a spectacular and delicious menu fit for the holiday season.

You can enjoy these easy brunch recipes on Christmas morning or any time you're hosting friends and family during this holiday season.

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How to Host a Brunch

If you're new to hosting brunch, you might want to pause a moment and read my beginner tips for how to host a brunch party.

It has great suggestions for meal planning and arranging the buffet table.

If you're a practiced pro, let's dig right in on the Christmas brunch ideas:


The easiest items to plan for but the most often overlooked, stock up on these easy beverage options and designate a pretty serving area with bottles and glasses and everything your guests need to help themselves.

  1. Cranberry Juice
  2. Orange Juice: You could consider also adding champagne to the beverage station for Christmas mimosas made with orange juice or cranberry juice.
  3. Holiday Coffee Bar: Let your loved ones mix their own Christmas lattes with this easy Christmas coffee station set up.
  4. Crockpot Hot Cocoa with Whipped Cream: The kids will love this, and yes most adults, too! My Crockpot hot chocolate bar has all the tasty mix-ins.

Breakfast Pastries

Fill festive holiday platters and bread baskets with lots of sweet rolls and easy breakfast pastries.

You should plan to also include softened butter and sweet fruit jams or jellies.

Cinnamon Rolls

This quick and easy cinnamon roll recipe is perfect for adding to a brunch menu because it only needs 2 ingredients!

Cranberry Cinnamon Rolls
These easy cranberry cinnamon rolls use Pillsbury cinnamon roll dough (or another brand of prepared cinnamon roll dough) for the easiest Christmas breakfast ever.
4.98 from 37 votes
A cranberry filled cinnamon roll has a fork serving up a bite.

Cinnamon Streusel Coffee Cake

I make my cinnamon streusel coffee cake with a delicious fresh cherry filling that looks so festive on a Christmas bunch table.

Cherry Almond Cinnamon Streusel Coffee Cake
This crunchy-topped coffee cake is filled with bright red fresh cherries and is a delicious treat to serve for your next brunch.
4.34 from 6 votes
A slice of cherry almond coffee cake shows the layer of big fresh cherries on the bottom and the crumbly streusel topping on top.

Cranberry Orange Bread

Quick breads are a perfect brunch recipe because you can bake them in advance and even freeze them if necessary. I love the big fresh cranberries in my cranberry bread with a hint of orange zest in the batter.

A softened or whipped butter would be a perfect thing to serve with this sweet bread.

Cranberry Bread
Simple and elegant, this fresh cranberry quick bread makes an excellent brunch item for adding to a holiday menu at Thanksgiving or Christmas time. Fresh whole cranberries in a slightly sweet bread base with a hint of orange has a festive sparkling sugar top.
5 from 22 votes
A loaf of cranberry bread is on a white platter with fresh cranberries sprinkled around for garnish.

Cranberry Orange Muffins

Looking for a single-serving breakfast pastry your guests can grab to go? These festive cranberry orange muffins with cinnamon streusel topping are perfect.

Cranberry Orange Muffins
Festive cranberry orange muffins are bursting with fresh cranberries and orange zest, a touch of cinnamon and sweet streusel topping. Bake a batch and freeze ahead of your holiday breakfast to save time during the busy season.
5 from 45 votes
A cranberry orange muffin with cinnamon streusel is wrapped in a bright red muffin paper and sits on a pile of other muffins.

Orange Rolls

I personally love these fluffy orange sweet rolls just as they are but for a boost of even more festive flavor you could roll them with chocolate chips before baking.

Bread Machine Orange Rolls
This bread machine orange rolls recipe is so easy because you prepare the fool proof dough in your bread maker, roll the dough out and bake it in your oven for perfect golden brown breakfast rolls. The filling is not too sweet and has a fresh burst of orange flavor all throughout the orange flavored dough and orange icing.
5 from 1 vote
A baking pan filled with finished orange rolls sits on a blue towel.

Easy Chocolate Croissants

Melty chocolate wrapped in a flaky puff pastry crust? In a perfectly popable bite-sized shape?? YES, please.

Fill a bread basket with these warm chocolate croissant puffs and I guarantee it will be empty at the end of the brunch.

Easy Chocolate Croissants
The best beginner baker recipe for young kids to make! This chocolate croissant recipe has just 3 ingredients but tastes like you've been in the kitchen all day.
4.98 from 46 votes
A white platter of homemade chocolate croissants made from puff pastry. One has been broken in half to show the melted chocolate filling, there's a Hershey's square of chocolate next to it.

Almond Cherry Scones

These almond glazed cherry scones can be baked in an easy drop shape or you can roll them out and cut them with cookie cutters.

This heart shaped design would be such a sweet Christmas morning surprise.

Almond Cherry Scones
Sweet almond cherry scones can be patted out and cut into shapes or you can simply spoon and drop them in rounds. Dried cherries plump up while baking and you'll love the drizzle of almond glaze over the top.
5 from 44 votes
A heart-shaped almond cherry scone with a drizzle of icing over the top is in a heart-shaped plate.

Christmas Breakfast Casserole Recipes

Make ahead breakfast casseroles are always an excellent choice for a brunch at any time of year but especially at Christmas time.

When you've got your hands full hosting a house full of guests, it is so wonderful to grab the casserole from the fridge and just pop it in the oven.

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French Toast Casserole

I included several flavor variations in my overnight French toast bake recipe but the bourbon pecan is my favorite and just right for Christmas.

Overnight French Toast Bake with Pecan Praline
This sweet and salty bourbon pecan French toast bake is the perfect overnight breakfast to prep before a holiday. Serve it with peppery bacon.
4.75 from 4 votes
A serving of French toast casserole topped with pecans has slices of bacon on the side.

Sausage Breakfast Casserole with English Muffins

For a savory breakfast casserole, try this one with seasoned sausage and fluffy eggs over English muffins!

Sausage Breakfast Casserole with English Muffins
This deliciously easy overnight sausage breakfast casserole has an english muffin base topped with asparagus, red peppers, and cheddar cheese. It is the perfect easy breakfast recipe for Christmas morning or Easter brunch.
5 from 2 votes
A white baking dish has a cheesy sausage and egg casserole with green veggies mixed in.

Sausage Biscuits and Gravy Casserole

Hearty appetites need big comfort food. You couldn't go wrong with this easy prep ahead sausage biscuits and gravy casserole.

Sausage Biscuits and Gravy Casserole
This delicious breakfast casserole spin-off of your favorite diner breakfast has a creamy sausage gravy over fluffy biscuits and eggs all in one easy to bake dish. Prep it ahead and bake for an easy weekend brunch or holiday breakfast.
4.60 from 5 votes
A baking dish is filled with an egg casserole that has sausage gravy over the top. Golden brown biscuits peek out from the corners.

Easy Quiche

If you want to add a breakfast casserole option but have more main dishes on the buffet table, this easy quiche can be enjoyed in small slices or big generous pieces.

Easy Quiche
This classic quiche recipe can be mixed and matched with your favorite fillings to make a delicious egg dish for your brunch menu.
4.50 from 4 votes
A slice of spinach quiche is on a plate next to additional baby spinach.

Panettone Bread Pudding

Is it dessert or is it a brunch item? It's the holiday season, does it matter??

Go ahead and serve this festive panettone bread pudding with a pitcher of this easy amaretto cream sauce on the side.

HINT: The amaretto sauce works as a coffee creamer in the Christmas coffee station, too!

Make-Ahead Panettone Bread Pudding
This delicious panettone bread pudding can be served as a Christmas breakfast or a holiday dessert. Warm and fresh from the oven, dust it with powdered sugar and drizzle each serving with a bit of easy homemade amaretto sauce or vanilla creme anglaise.
4.98 from 43 votes

Breakfast Entrees

If you don't mind doing a little light cooking at the start of your brunch, these easy breakfast entrees are great for serving a crowd.

Easy Eggs Benedict

YES, you can serve eggs benedict to a crowd at once. Follow my tips for prepping the elements in bigger batches and prep it family-style.

Be sure to make my parmesan cream sauce that is so much easier than hollandaise sauce, too.

Easy Eggs Benedict
This delicious eggs benedict variation is so much easier to make than the original! Perfect for making a single serving or scaling for a large crowd for a special brunch menu. You can plate the assembled sandwiches or serve the elements family-style at the table.
5 from 1 vote

Dutch Baby Pancake

Few breakfast recipes are quite as jaw dropping as a big, fluffy pancake coming out of the skillet.

This cherry pancake has toasted almonds and powdered sugar for a gorgeous holiday presentation.

Cherry Pancake with Almonds
This Dutch baby cherry pancake with almonds, very similar to a cherry clafouti, makes a delicious breakfast or fruit dessert when served with a dollop of whipped cream. Juicy fresh cherries with a sweet hint of almond in the batter and crispy almonds on top make a delightful treat to share.
5 from 1 vote
The baked cherry clafouti is in the skillet.

Birthday Cake Waffles

With a wink and a nod to the meaning of the day, why not serve birthday cake waffles for the Baby Jesus' birthday party??

You could garnish them with traditional birthday sprinkles or choose a fun red and green Christmas colored sprinkle set, too.

Birthday Cake Waffles
These easy homemade birthday cake waffles taste just like birthday cake and are filled with funfetti sprinkles. Serve them with whipped cream or your favorite jam. They're an easy make ahead birthday breakfast because they can be frozen and heated in the toaster.
5 from 1 vote
Two waffles on a blue plate have a dollop of whipped cream and pastel sprinkles.

Monte Cristo Sandwich Pinwheels

If you're like me, you struggle to pick between sweet and savory when ordering your breakfast.

I love these Monte Cristo sandwich pinwheels because you get the best of both worlds: savory ham and turkey rolled in a sweet crescent roll dough and sprinkled with powdered sugar.

Monte Cristo Sandwich Pinwheels
These sweet and savory breakfast pinwheels are inspired by the classic Monte Cristo sandwich seen on many restaurant menus. Made into easy nibbles with crescent roll dough, they are perfect for a brunch buffet.
5 from 51 votes
A plate filled with Monte Cristo crescent rolls and a little cup of strawberry jam for serving.

Side Dishes

With all your casseroles and entrees ready, don't forget to add a few classic breakfast side dishes to your Christmas brunch menu.

These are great for kids to nibble on when they're too excited about the rest of the event and can't sit still for a big plate of breakfast.

Crispy Bacon

My easy peppered bacon gets baked in the oven on huge sheet pans. It is the perfect brunch dish to serve for a crowd.

For sure double what you think you'll need, those strips of bacon fly fast.

Peppered Bacon
Delicious peppered bacon can easily be turned into candied bacon with brown sugar. Sweet or savory, this is the best bacon for your weekend brunch.
5 from 49 votes
A platter of candied bacon with pepper is ready to serve.

Breakfast Sausage

For those concerned about healthy eating during the holiday season, lighten up the brunch menu with my homemade turkey breakfast sausage recipe.

All the delicious flavor or traditional breakfast sausage but made with ground turkey meat. You can form breakfast patties or brown it up as breakfast crumbles for adding into any of the casseroles listed above!

Turkey Breakfast Sausage
This easy turkey breakfast sausage recipe can be made into breakfast sausage patties for breakfast sandwiches or sausage crumbles for adding to an egg scramble or omelette. Lighter and healthier than traditional sausage but this recipe has ALL the same flavor thanks to the seasoning mix.
5 from 47 votes
A white plate has turkey breakfast sausage patties piled high for serving.

Sausage Balls

You can make ahead a batch of sausage balls and honey mustard dip and just bake them before serving at brunch.

With browned sausage and Bisquick in the mix, they are a savory bite for your breakfast table.

Bisquick Sausage Balls
Classic Southern sausage balls make a cozy, down home appetizer to bring to a potluck party or church gathering. Serve them with a sweet and tangy honey mustard dip for dunking.
5 from 43 votes
A white platter filled with Bisquick sausage balls made with just three ingredients

Crispy Breakfast Potatoes

While your breakfast dishes bake in the oven, you can cook these crispy breakfast potatoes in a skillet on the stovetop.

Crispy Breakfast Potatoes
These delicious seasoned home fries are perfect for serving with scrambled eggs or omelettes for an easy weekend brunch. The crispy breakfast potatoes brown up perfectly in a skillet on the stovetop.
5 from 1 vote
A white bowl is filled with golden brown home fries, delicious crispy breakfast potatoes.

Cheesy Cornflake Potatoes

Everyone loves this cheesy cornflake potatoes casserole at festive family brunches all year long. It would be a perfect pick for Christmas.

Cheesy Cornflake Potatoes
This easy cheesy potato casserole has a crispy cornflake topping. Otherwise known as "funeral potatoes," it is a popular holiday side dish or church potluck recipe.
4.92 from 48 votes
The funeral potatoes recipe has been baked and a spoon has scooped out a serving from the baker.

Fresh Fruit Platter with Fruit Dip

The easiest brunch side dish is a big fresh fruit platter and a simple fruit dip.

You could pair bright read fresh strawberries and red grapes with this creamy piña colada fruit dip and add a few crispy ginger cookies for a festive holiday touch.

Piña Colada Fruit Dip
This sweet and creamy piña colada fruit dip is just perfect for dunking fresh pineapple, strawberries, or crisp ginger cookies into at your next party.
5 from 4 votes
A ruffled bowl of pina colada dip has shredded coconut on top and is surrounded by fresh strawberries, pineapple, and gingersnap cookies.

More Christmas Recipes

Looking for more easy holiday recipes to make for your loved ones this season? Don't miss these other great lists:

The photo collage shows 5 easy recipes for Christmas brunch.


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