20 Easy Christmas Breads

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These easy Christmas breads recipes includes savory dinner rolls for Christmas dinner and sweet breakfast breads to serve for Christmas morning. Delicious holiday bread is the best part of the baking season.

A photo collage shows 4 easy Christmas breads to serve for Christmas dinner or Christmas morning brunch.

The fastest way to turn your holiday meal into something truly extraordinary is to offer up a homemade fresh bread to your Christmas menu.

Whether you add a warm dinner roll to your Christmas bread basket for the Christmas Eve feast or you want a sweet breakfast bread for Christmas morning, I've got all the easy bread recipes you need for this fun baking season.

While some of these recipes are great for adding to a bread machine, I also have several recipes that are simply baked in the oven or even start with a store bought loaf of Italian bread!

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German Christmas Bread

This traditional Christmas bread is so much easier to prepare than the more familiar German stollen.

My easy recipe is baked right in the bread machine, cooled, and then decorated with a delicate icing drizzle.

The moist bread is filled with dried fruits and nuts and makes a fun twist for a dinner side but would be right at home on your breakfast table, too.

German Christmas Bread
This festive holiday bread is similar to the sweets sold in the Christmas markets of southern Germany. Studded with dried fruit and hazelnuts, this easy bread machine recipe tastes great with coffee or mulled wine.
4.99 from 51 votes
A finished loaf of Bavarian Christmas bread from the bread machine. The loaf has a drizzle of white glaze in a criss cross pattern over the top and a red and white striped towel sits next to it.

Rum Raisin Bread

Upgrade a classic bread machine raisin bread with a hint of rum for a festive rum raisin bread for your holiday brunch.

Bread Machine Raisin Bread
This epic rum raisin bread is the perfect variation of classic bread machine raisin bread with a hint of rum in every bite. All the flavor of a classic rum raisin bread pudding in a sliceable loaf.
5 from 2 votes
A warm loaf of rum raisin bread is sliced to serve.

Bread Machine Crescent Dinner Rolls

If you want to add homemade breads to your Christmas dinner menu, your first stop should be these homemade bread machine crescent dinner rolls.

They can be baked ahead and frozen. Just thaw in the fridge overnight and reheat in the oven before serving. My whole family just loves them.

Bread Machine Crescent Dinner Rolls
Easy homemade bread machine crescent rolls are perfect for a delicious holiday bread. Serve them at Easter, Thanksgiving, or Christmas warm from the oven. Can be made ahead and frozen for an even easier serving.
5 from 57 votes
A bread basket is lined with a napkin and filled with golden crescent dinner rolls from the bread machine.

Buttery Rosemary Rolls

These delicious buttery rosemary dinner rolls are made from pantry staple ingredients and topped with fresh rosemary and kosher salt.

They are often our pick for the bread basket on our holiday table.

Buttery Rosemary Rolls
These pull-apart butter dinner rolls are topped with salted rosemary and make the perfect dinner roll for the holiday. Open them up to make small sandwiches from the holiday roast or main dish.
4.98 from 49 votes
A spatula is lifting a rosemary pull apart roll from the 9x13-inch baking pan it was baked in.

Buttermilk Drop Biscuits

Stir together the simple ingredients for these easy buttermilk drop biscuits and then just spoon them onto your baking sheet and bake. No need to roll the dough or hand cut the biscuits.

My recipe has several easy flavor variations if you want to add your own spin on this delicious recipe.

Easy Buttermilk Drop Biscuits
These easy buttermilk drop biscuits can be made in just minutes and bake up so light and flaky. Try the classic butter biscuit recipe first and then switch things up with one of the 3 fun flavor variations listed in the notes below!
5 from 39 votes
A white plate has a pile of fresh baked buttermilk drop biscuits.

Cheddar Bay Biscuits

I love to serve my copycat recipe for cheddar bay biscuits alongside a seafood dinner. If you're making shrimp, salmon, or even the Feast of the Seven Fishes, you might want to consider adding these to your holiday table.

The melty cheese inside the biscuits would also pair really well with a festive holiday beef roast.

Copycat Cheddar Bay Biscuits
These light and flaky buttermilk biscuits have shredded cheddar in the mix and are brushed with an herb butter topping. They taste just like Red Lobster's famous cheddar bay biscuits but are so much better since they are made from scratch.
5 from 40 votes
A blue dish has a batch of baked cheddar drop biscuits.

Hot Cross Biscuits

While I usually make these hot cross biscuits with pretty cream cheese frosting crosses for Easter, they'd make a meaningful addition to a Christmas menu as well.

Hot Cross Biscuits
This easy make ahead hot cross biscuit recipe is perfect for baking for Easter. Serve it as part of your Easter brunch or as a sweet treat before the Easter egg hunt begins! Tasty cream cheese frosting crosses are the perfect finishing touch to the flaky biscuits studded with sweet currants.
5 from 1 vote
A platter of hot cross biscuits has a ceramic carrot accessory. Each biscuit has a cream cheese frosting cross on the top and currants inside.

Whole Wheat Dinner Rolls

Healthy eating during the holiday starts by finding the perfect balance between beloved recipes with more nutritional ingredients.

My homemade whole wheat hamburger buns can be easily made into whole wheat dinner rolls if you roll the buns in a smaller size.

The nutty flavor of the whole wheat flour makes these a delightful twist to the holiday dinner roll.

Whole Wheat Hamburger Buns
Use your bread machine to make a batch of easy whole wheat hamburger buns. The deep flavor and texture of these whole wheat buns are so much better than anything from the grocery store.
4.72 from 7 votes
A baking pan has a line up of baked whole wheat hamburger buns cooling.

Homemade Focaccia

A great way to upgrade your Italian Christmas dinner menu is to pair the sausage lasagna with a homemade focaccia.

Made from simple ingredients and topped with fresh herbs, you'll love using squares of this homemade bread to sop up every bit of that rich tomato sauce.

Fluffy Focaccia
If making dough in your bread machine and baking it in the oven worries you, this is the perfect recipe to start with because you simply pat the focaccia dough out into a pan and bake it -- no roll forming required! This recipe is featured in The Ultimate Bread Machine Cookbook.
4.94 from 32 votes
A focaccia bread on parchment paper with several squares cut and scattered.

Homemade Garlic Bread

During the busy holiday season, you may not always have time for a from-scratch homemade bread. That doesn't mean you can't still have something warm and fresh from the oven!

Use a store bought loaf of Italian bread to make my easy homemade garlic bread. You can top it with mozzarella cheese for an easy cheese bread, too!

Homemade Garlic Bread
Easy homemade garlic bread is the perfect quick side dish for a busy weeknight dinner.
5 from 1 vote
The baked garlic bread is on a cutting board and has been cut into wedges for serving.

Cranberry Bread

Big juicy fresh cranberries and bright orange zest make this easy cranberry bread a delightful addition to your Christmas brunch.

Slice and serve with a holiday tea or warm cup of coffee for an easy breakfast during the week your family visits.

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.

Almond Poppy Seed Bread

You could bake this delicious and sweet almond poppy seed bread in mini loaf pans for easy holiday gifts but one taste and you're going to be tempted to keep them all to yourself!

Almond Poppy Seed Bread
This buttery almond poppy seed bread tastes like Christmas married a birthday cake. Serve this easy quick bread recipe for a festive weekend brunch or delight your kids with a special school morning breakfast.
5 from 1 vote
A sliced loaf of almond poppy seed bread is ready for serving on a white platter.

Cinnamon Swirl Bread

If you love the idea of serving homemade cinnamon rolls on Christmas morning but aren't sure you want to deal with baking them fresh, you can bake a homemade cinnamon swirl bread in advance and serve that instead!

All the same flavors of the cinnamon roll are packed into a sliceable loaf that is easy to add to your brunch menu.

Homemade Cinnamon Swirl Bread
This delicious homemade cinnamon swirl bread can be easily cut into slices for toast but tastes just like a cinnamon bun with an amazing, rich cinnamon-packed filling.
5 from 52 votes
A slice of cinnamon swirl bread sits on a cutting board next to the bread pan it came from.

Cinnamon Pull Apart Bread

Place this stunning sugar-coated cinnamon pull apart bread on a pretty Christmas platter and serve it at the table with a lovely cup of coffee. Watch as your family tears into each chewy slice with absolute delight.

Cinnamon Pull Apart Bread
Make the sweet dough for this cinnamon pull apart bread in your bread machine in just a minute of prep. Then roll it out and bake in your oven for a crispy cinnamon bread that is super fun to serve warm at the table. Each slice is coated with a simple cinnamon sugar mix that cooks into a delicious caramel at the base of the bread.
5 from 48 votes
A baking pan filled with the finished cinnamon pull apart bread sits on a cooling rack.

Orange Rolls

At this time of the year, our family tradition is to serve homemade orange rolls with a big slowcooker filled with my favorite Crockpot hot chocolate recipe for Christmas breakfast.

The zesty orange filling pairs so perfectly with rich hot cocoa and whipped cream.

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.

Panettone Bread Pudding

I haven't gotten around to baking a homemade version of the classic Italian Christmas bread panettone because the imported versions available at practically every store remind me of my days living in Milan when I was younger.

I love to add this sweet memory to my Christmas brunch with my homemade panettone bread pudding instead. Drizzle a bit of this sweet amaretto sauce over the top for the perfect finishing touch.

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

Cranberry Cinnamon Rolls

Not into making breakfast breads from scratch?? I've got you.

Grab a can of prepared cinnamon roll dough, some leftover cranberry sauce, and a baking sheet, and you're all ready to make my cranberry cinnamon rolls in just minutes.

The tart cranberries pair perfectly with that sweet cinnamon filling and vanilla glaze on top!

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.

Pumpkin Bread

I pull out my favorite pumpkin bread recipe sometime in September and it ends up on rotation all the way through the new year!

To make it more festive for your holiday party, you could add dried cranberries or turn it into a pumpkin nut bread by adding chopped pecans or even mini chocolate chips.

This recipe makes a great gift because with one bowl of quick bread batter you'll get three loaves. Keep one, gift two!

Easy Pumpkin Bread Recipe
This big batch of pumpkin bread makes three loaves -- 1 to keep, 2 to freeze or share with friends. Such a tasty recipe for fall entertaining and easy breakfasts. Freezes so well!
4.87 from 59 votes
3 pans of homemade pumpkin bread cool on a stove top.

Bread Machine Banana Bread

This sweet yeast bread has a delicate banana flavor and big gorgeous walnuts in every bite. You could slice and serve this bread for making holiday toast with a slather of whipped cream cheese on top.

The Best Bread Machine Banana Bread
Warm and comforting, the heavenly aroma of cinnamon-spiced bananas baking soothes the soul. This yeasted version is easy to slice and is dotted with savory pecans for a bit of crunch. You'll find the loaf to be lighter and fluffier than your regular quick bread.
4.83 from 70 votes
Banana bread wrapped in a tea towel sits next to fresh bananas and a bowl of cream cheese. A basket of eggs in the back.
The photo collage shows 5 sweet or savory Christmas bread recipes to serve for the holiday.

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