Sweet Breakfast Recipes

Sometimes you need a little sugar to start your day

A healthy, nutritious breakfast is an important part of our daily routine. But let's be honest—sometimes you need a little sugar to start your day. From sugar-dusted donuts to fruit-filled pancakes and Nutella buns, these sweet breakfast treats make ideal accompaniments for a morning cup of coffee.

Donuts are awesome. What's not to love about a rich, moist circle of dough, deep fried to perfection? If you like cake donuts, try our blueberry donuts with a blueberry jam glaze or triple coconut donuts made with coconut extract and oil and covered with toasted coconut flakes. For the yeast donut lover, you can’t go wrong with the berliner, a classic strawberry jelly-filled donut.

Sweet buns are a hearty way to start you day. You can't beat a classic cinnamon roll with nuts, raisins, and cream cheese. If that's not rich enough for you, try adding Nutella. For something that's still rich but has a citrusy kick, our fragrant sweet orange buns are just the thing.

Crepes are a fun, elegant dish that can be customized however you'd like. For a fruity variation, try filling them with fromage blanc and maple syrup and topping them stewed blueberries, strawberries, and peaches. For something especially indulgent, roll crepes up with maple syrup and brown sugar.

As a kid you might have started your day with Pop-Tarts. We update the classic toaster pastry with tangy goat cheese and sweet strawberry jam.

Blur the line between breakfast and dessert with these sweet breakfast recipes.

Crazy Day Crêpes

Crazy Day Crêpes

These crêpes stuffed with fromage blanc and maple syrup and are topped with stewed blueberries, strawberries, and peaches.Corey Hendrickson
Monkey Bread

Monkey Bread

This decadent pull-apart monkey bread loaf is composed of bite-sized yeasted rolls that get covered with a sticky-sweet brown sugar glaze and then baked together in a bundt pan.Yossy Arefi
Goat Cheese and Strawberry Breakfast Tarts

Goat Cheese and Strawberry Breakfast Tarts

A childhood breakfast treat gets an upgrade with strawberry jam and tangy goat cheese. Get the recipe for Goat Cheese and Strawberry Breakfast Tarts »Yossy Arefi
Jelly-Filled Donuts (Berliners)

Jelly-Filled Donuts (Berliners)

If piping the jelly into these donuts proves challenging, use a paring knife to hollow out the side of the donut, making a cavity for the jelly.Todd Coleman
Blueberry Donuts

Blueberry Donuts

Fresh blueberries bolstered by jam make these donuts especially flavorful.Todd Coleman

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

Pain au Chocolat

Pain au Chocolat
Beautiful homemade croissants, each containing a bar of high-quality dark chocolate, make for an impressive and indulgent addition to a breakfast spread.Todd Coleman
Sweet Orange Buns

Sweet Orange Buns

Home cook Linda Worsley gave us the recipe for these luscious buns filled with fragrant orange-flavored butter.Todd Coleman
Poppyseed Strudel (Mak Pirog)

Poppyseed Strudel (Mak Pirog)

Filled with a moist, sweet poppy seed paste, this rustic yeast-dough roulade is a comfort food eaten throughout Eastern and Central Europe.Maxime Iattoni
New England Cinnamon Sugar-Cider Donuts

New England Cinnamon Sugar-Cider Donuts

A simple glaze of boiled-down apple cider, butter, and confectioners' sugar makes for a great donut dip. Get the recipe for New England Cinnamon Sugar-Cider Donuts »Todd Coleman
Cottage Street Bakery Dirt Bombs

Cottage Street Bakery Dirt Bombs

The crust of muffin-like donuts, a specialty of Cottage Street Bakery in Orleans, Massachusetts, is achieved by double dipping them in melted butter and cinnamon sugar. Get the recipe for Cottage Street Bakery Dirt Bombs »Todd Coleman
Powdered Sugar Donut Holes

Powdered Sugar Donut Holes

The secret to the snowy dusting on these donut holes is to toss them with far more confectioners' sugar than you would think necessary.Todd Coleman
Strawberry Loaf Bread

Strawberry Loaf Bread

As a kid, I wasn't really into cooking or baking, preferring instead to be outside playing soccer. The one thing that I did enjoy helping my mom make, however, was her strawberry bread: packed with fresh strawberries, I loved to eat it hot out of the oven slathered in butter. It's so fast and easy, I make it all the time now, with whatever fresh or frozen fruits I have lying around. —Farideh Sadeghin, test kitchen director Get the recipe for Strawberry Loaf Bread »Yossy Arefi
Chewy Fruit and Nut Granola Bars

Chewy Fruit and Nut Granola Bars

These sweet, satisfying granola bars (which just so happen to be vegan and can be made gluten-free) are as good for breakfast as they are as a mid-afternoon snack.Anna Stockwell
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
Strawberry Rhubarb Hand Pies

Strawberry Rhubarb Hand Pies

For these portable fruit pies, Georgia-based chef-restaurateur Hugh Acheson uses rice wine vinegar to make the flavors pop. Get the recipe for Strawberry Rhubarb Hand Pies »Christina Holmes
Blueberry Quinoa Pancakes with Lemon Crema, Breakfast

Blueberry Quinoa Pancakes with Lemon Crema

Granola and quinoa lend a sneaky earthy-crunchy vibe to these substantial, fluffy pancakes from Dennis Bernard, chef de cuisine of Chicago's Dove's Luncheonette.Joseph De Leo

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
Raspberry Pinwheels

Raspberry Pinwheels

These sugar-crusted, jam-filled pastries are a morning treat at Twofish Baking Company in Sea Ranch, California.André Baranowski

Spudnuts

Spudnuts
To ensure these potato-based donuts turn out pillowy and soft after frying, take care not to overwork the dough.Todd Coleman
Strawberry Griddle Cakes

Strawberry Griddle Cakes

Fresh strawberries turn ordinary pancakes into something scrumptious; wild blueberries, or any other kind of berry, make an excellent substitute. Get the recipe for Strawberry Griddle Cakes »Ingalls Photography
Top Pot Triple Coconut Donuts

Top Pot Triple Coconut Donuts

Coconut milk gives these donuts from Seattle's Top Pot donut shop a super-moist interior and a gratifying crust.Todd Coleman
Catalan Biscotti

Catalan Biscotti

The Hotel Empordà in Figueres often serves these cookies with its famous burnt cream ice cream.Steve Giralt
Belgian Waffles

Belgian Waffles

Maurice Vermesch baked these waffles (properly called Brussels waffles and, in Belgium, topped with just confectioners' sugar) at the 1962 Seattle World's Fair, but only after he sold them at the 1964-65 New York fair did they soar in popularity in this country. Vermersch's daughter Mariepaule wouldn't divulge her family's recipe, but we think we've come very close. One tip she did reveal: Aunt Jemima self-rising flour produces a flavor that is the most like that of the original waffle.James Baigrie
Cream Cheese Cinnamon Rolls

Cream Cheese Cinnamon Rolls

Spreading cream cheese into the layers of dough enhances the richness and moistness of these rolls. This dough may be prepared a day in advance and left to rise in the refrigerator overnight.André Baranowski

Cornflake-Crusted Brioche French Toast

Cornflake-Crusted Brioche French Toast
The recipe for this crunchy french toast is based on the one used at the Lafayette restaurant in the Hay-Adams hotel in Washington, D.C.Penny De Los Santos
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
Mom's Banana Bread, banana bread recipe

Mom's Banana Bread

Bananas and pecans come together in an exceptionally moist quick-bread from food editor Ben Mim's mom—it's irresistible at any time of day.Todd Coleman
Hungarian Sour Cherry Cake

Hungarian Sour Cherry Cake

Sweet and tangy, this Hungarian cake pairs perfectly with coffee. Frozen and thawed cherries can be used whenever fresh sour cherries are not in season.Todd Coleman
Tozzetti (Anise, Almond, and Hazelnut Biscotti)

Tozzetti (Anise, Almond, and Hazelnut Biscotti)

These Roman-style biscotti are a favorite of Nick Malgieri's for their distinctive anise flavor and atypical baking method: the loose batter is poured onto a baking sheet and baked like a cake. The result is light biscotti with large chunks of almonds and hazelnuts.Todd Coleman
Crepes with Maple Sugar & Syrup

Crepes with Maple Sugar & Syrup

These simple crepes, rolled up with maple sugar and syrup while still warm, make an indulgent breakfast.Landon Nordeman
Nutella on Ciabatta

Nutella on Ciabatta

Nutella, the hazelnut-chocolate spread, is perfect on ciabatta toast. It's a popular breakfast throughout Europe.Todd Coleman
Nutted Cheese Sandwich

Nutted Cheese Sandwich

Chock Full o'Nuts, the storied chain of New York City lunch counters, serves this sweet sandwich of date-nut bread, cream cheese, and walnuts.Todd Coleman