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

Here is our adaptation of chef John Doherty’s modern-day recipe from what is now the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel.

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. Get the recipe for Leek Bread Pudding »

Sage and Coconut Caramel Sticky Buns

Sage and Coconut Caramel Sticky Buns

Billionaire’s Bacon

Billionaire’s Bacon
The version explained here employs the slow-and-low approach, with butter, chives, and heavy cream added just before the eggs are done.

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 »

Home Fries

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

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). Get the recipe for French Toast »

Nutella Buns

Nutella Buns

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. Get the recipe for Gruyere, Rosemary, and Honey Monkey Bread »

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. Get the recipe for Swiss Hash Browns (Rösti) »

Pecan Sticky Buns

Pecan Sticky Buns

“Everything” Potato Galette with Lox and Creme Fraiche

“Everything” Potato Galette with Lox and Creme Fraiche

Christmas Morning Sausage Patties

Christmas Morning Sausage Patties

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 »

Coquito French Toast

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