16 Breakfasts to Make for Christmas Morning

Go simple with perfect scrambled eggs or take on impressive coconut-sage sticky buns

Wake up on Christmas morning to some of our favorite breakfast recipes, from saucy eggs Benedict to custardy crème brûlée pain perdu. Just add a sparkling cocktail on the side—it is a holiday, after all.

Eggs Benedict

Eggs Benedict

Here is our adaptation of chef John Doherty's modern-day recipe from what is now the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel.Matt Taylor-Gross
Leek Bread Pudding

Leek Bread Pudding

The chewy sourdough bread cubes in this savory dish soak up custard for a creamy interior and toast to a golden brown for a crunchy topping, perfect for a slow morning.Ariana Lindquist
Sage and Coconut Caramel Sticky Buns

Sage and Coconut Caramel Sticky Buns

Jonathan Brooks of Milktooth bakes these extreme pecan sticky buns atop a caramel sauce made with coconut milk, ale, coffee, and barley malt syrup—the bitterness of the sauce balances the sweet buns. Get the recipe for Sage and Coconut Caramel Sticky Buns »Marcus Nilsson

Billionaire's Bacon

Billionaire's Bacon
Caramelized brown sugar adds an irresistible layer of sweetness to crispy bacon in this recipe from late chef and food consultant Gene Hovis.Helen Rosner
Scrambeld Eggs

Perfect Soft-Scrambled Eggs

The version explained here employs the slow-and-low approach, with butter, chives, and heavy cream added just before the eggs are done.Matt Taylor-Gross
Cinnamon Coffee Cake

Cinnamon Coffee Cake

A buttery cinnamon crumble tops a sweet breakfast favorite; the cake itself gets an extra boost of flavor from cinnamon extract. Get the recipe for Cinnamon Coffee Cake »Todd Coleman

Home Fries

Boiling the potatoes for ahead of time and letting them cool completely, preferably in the refrigerator overnight, results in crispier, browner homefries.Penny De Los Santos

French Toast

French Toast
This simple yet elegant french toast, which comes from Brennan's in New Orleans, has a rich crème brûlée base. All it needs is a sprinkling of powdered sugar on top (or, serve it with another New Orleans classic, Bananas Foster, for the ultimate treat).Matt Taylor-Gross
Nutella Buns

Nutella Buns

This breakfast treat is a decadent update of the classic cinnamon bun: the chocolate-hazelnut addition of Nutella makes for a gooey finish.Maxime Iattoni
Gruyere, Rosemary, and Honey Monkey Bread

Gruyere, Rosemary, and Honey Monkey Bread

Savory and sweet marry perfectly in this combination of salty cheese, fragrant herbs, yeasty bread, and rich honey-butter sauce.Yossy Arefi
Swiss Hash Browns (Rösti)

Swiss Hash Browns (Rösti)

If Plato had imagined hash browns, they'd have been rösti: fresh potatoes coarsely grated, pressed, and fried. In the dish's native Switzerland, recipes include bacon, rosemary, caraway seeds, eggs, pasta, cheese, even coffee. These variations can be delicious, but we found the definitive version in Bern, at Restaurant Della Casa—golden, impeccable, ideal.Todd Coleman

Pecan Sticky Buns

Pecan Sticky Buns
Three types of sugar sweeten this recipe for sticky buns swirled with cinnamon and drizzled with pecan sauce.Ingalls Photography

"Everything" Potato Galette with Lox and Creme Fraiche

Crispy potato galette topped with lox and creme fraiche has all the best parts of an everything bagel.MacKenzie Smith

Christmas Morning Sausage Patties

Christmas Morning Sausage Patties
Slightly sweet from the addition of dried cranberries and toasted pine nuts, these sausage patties are perfect next to a stack of pancakes dripping with butter and maple syrup.Maxime Iattoni

Cream Cheese Cinnamon Rolls

Spreading cream cheese into the layers of dough enhances the richness and moistness of the rolls. See the recipe for Cream Cheese Cinnamon Rolls »André Baranowski

Coquito French Toast

Coquito French Toast
Rich with coconut flavor and spiked with rum, this recipe falls somewhere between a decadent French toast and bread pudding.Ana Pelaez