The Best Christmas Morning Breakfast Recipes

These are some of the best Christmas morning breakfast recipes to make this year. When the eagerly-awaited Christmas morning finally rolls around, it's important to be fed and hydrated for all a day of festivities! Here are the best savory, sweet and drink recipes from around the web.

cranberry muffins on a cooling rack next to a bowl of cranberries

Best Christmas Morning Recipes

Whether you're a breakfast family, brunch crew or team snacks, Christmas morning is a busy and exciting time. You definitely don't want any grumpy present-openers!

That's why a great breakfast full of nutritious recipes is tantamount. It's going to be a long day of fun and festivities, so start the day strong!

Here's how to plan the ultimate brunch for Christmas morning with some delicious recipes. Scroll down to the bottom for the list of recipes or keep reading for my best planning tips.

creamy christmas fruit salad in a white bowl on a marble countertop

Best Christmas Morning Ideas

Christmas morning is a special time, so I always treat breakfast time with more care than I would on a regular day.

Here's my recipe for the perfect combination of Christmas morning breakfast recipes:

1-2 savory recipes + 1-2 sweet recipes + 1 fresh dish + 1 dessert + 1-2 drink options

It really comes down to the number of people at the table, but if there's a big group, it may be better to choose big-batch recipes like a make-ahead Green Chile Egg Casserole instead of standing at the stove making omelettes all morning.

For most parties, you should follow the one pound rule, meaning that you should serve approximately 1 pound of food for every adult and ½ pound of food for every child.

Also, let me clarify that when I say "fresh dish," I mean something like this Christmas fruit salad. You could even do fancy avocado toast with thick bakery bread.

These easy breakfast sides are always a great place to start when planning your Christmas morning menu.

Overhead picture of the frittata in a cast-iron skillet with a blue and white stripped cloth in the upper-left corner.

Savory Easter Brunch Dishes

Whether you are playing Santa Claus, cooking Christmas brunch or bringing a dish to a potluck Christmas brunch, it's a good idea to think about savory dishes. Not everyone has a sweet tooth!

Try for a couple of proteins, like sausage and bacon. For a big group, consider making a big batch of these dishes. Baking crispy bacon in the oven is a great way to cook a lot at once.

Another must is an eggy dish. Think breakfast casseroles, frittata, creamy quiches, eggs benedict, deviled eggs or egg muffins.

On the side, consider veggies, breakfast potatoes or French onion soup. (Oh, those sweet caramelized onions.)

You can also have some bread on the table, such as thick country bread, crescent rolls, biscuits or slightly sweet rolls, to serve on the side.

Make-ahead recipes are a great option so you're not cooking all morning. This leaves you time for opening presents or a church service the next morning.

And you don't have to make everything, trust me. Some bagels from the local bakery with cream cheese and all the fixings will be the perfect addition!

an apple muffin with a bite out of it

Sweet Christmas Morning Recipes

When it comes to the sweet stuff, there's a lot you can do. Sweets are always a welcome addition!

Whether it's muffins, cinnamon rolls, waffles, French toast or pancakes, even Air Fryer Poptarts, baked goods are the perfect way to make this holiday meal special.

Muffins are a great make-ahead recipe. Cranberry orange muffins are a popular holiday recipe (and one of my favorites). Coffee cake muffins are a must at my house for family brunches.

While most baked goods are make-ahead recipes, they can get to be a lot if you have too many. I suggest making just a few carby items. You probably have lots of other sweets around anyway! (If not, let me suggest chocolate peanut butter fudge and M&M's bars!)

Other sweet dishes can be a Mexican fruit salad with lots of bright flavors or a build-your-own yogurt parfait station with fresh fruits.

three mugs of Irish coffee sitting on a countertop.

Christmas Morning Drinks

And then there's the drinks! They're a must to go with good food. You could start with fresh orange juice, but some options are a good idea.

For the coffee drinkers, I suggest brewing a pot of coffee. If booze is your thing, you can make traditional Irish coffee or even have boozy options like Irish cream or coffee liqueur for folks to mix in.

If you'd like to offer a cocktail or two, go for it! Brunch cocktails are always a hit with the grown-ups.

You could go savory with a Bloody Mary or sweet with Christmas mimosas. Here are a few favorite recipes for Christmas brunch drinks:

a breakfast spread on a wooden table

Tips For A Great Brunch Menu

Here are my best tips for planning out the perfect Easter brunch menu for this special time with family:

Consider dietary needs. For vegetarians, consider a vegetarian egg bake and vegan sausage. For gluten-free and dairy-free folks, make sure there are options for them on the table as well.

Balance sweet and savory dishes. Try for at least one sweet and one savory brunch side, no matter what the centerpiece dish is.

Consider the carbs. Stick to just 1 or 2 bread-based dishes. For example, if you're serving biscuits and gravy with a side of sweet muffins, your other dishes should be non-bread. If you're going with my example, skip the French toast sticks as your other side and go for turkey bacon or a breakfast casserole instead.

Stick to one or two of each type of dish. If you're making quiche, you might not also want to make scrambled eggs and a ham & cheese breakfast casserole. However, more options might make sense for a big group of people.

Have fun. Christmas is a time to be festive, so why not bring some of that to the menu? Especially for the kiddos — they would love some green pancakes or gingerbread waffles!

The Best Christmas Morning Breakfast Recipes

Elevate your Christmas morning with a festive feast using our delightful Christmas Morning Breakfast Recipes. From savory ham and cheese breakfast casseroles to cranberry orange scones, discover easy-to-make dishes that turn breakfast into a celebration, setting the perfect tone for a joyous and delicious holiday morning.

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