Our 43 Best Christmas Breakfast and Brunch Recipes

Presents aren't the only thing to look forward to

One of our favorite things about Christmas morning is the feast that follows (or precedes) gift opening. If you're wondering what should fill your kitchen this holiday season, we recommend an assortment of sweet and savory dishes for the ultimate Christmas morning feast. Try using leftovers from Christmas Eve dinner to make a porridge or breakfast casserole. With recipes ranging from elegant quiche to an assortment of breads and pastries, our best Christmas breakfast and brunch recipes have something for everyone. With these dishes, people will be looking forward to the feast more than they're looking forward to the presents. For more Christmas inspiration, check out our Christmas and Holiday Guide.

Rice Pudding with Raspberry Coulis

Rice Pudding with Raspberries
Rice Pudding with Raspberry CoulisMatt Taylor-Gross

Lighter than most rice puddings, and not as sweet, this Swedish specialty is eaten both as a dessert and as a breakfast food. Short-grain rice, such as arborio, is essential for creating a deliciously creamy consistency. Get the recipe for Rice Pudding with Raspberry Coulis »

Sourdough Whole Wheat Waffles

sourdough waffles
Sourdough Whole Wheat WafflesPhotograph by Matt Taylor-Gross | Plate by Keith Kreeger

Sourdough starter mixed into classic waffle batter gives a brightness, airiness, and—who knew?—exterior crunch to waffles that non-yeasted batters can't match. For this recipe by Stephen Jones of Washington State University's Bread Lab and Jeff Yankellow of King Arthur Flour, be sure to use a starter that's fully risen and made from equal parts whole wheat flour and water. (If you don't have whole wheat pastry flour, use regular whole wheat flour and loosen the batter with up to 1/2 cup more milk as needed in step 3.) Get the recipe for Sourdough Whole Wheat Waffles »

Grilled Banana-Pear Pancake

Banana Split Gratin
Grilled Banana-Pear PancakeMatt Taylor-Gross

A thick yet fluffy pancake full of creamy bananas, smooth hints of pear, and crunchy pine nuts over a heap of cool crème fraîche. "This is good with any ripe banana," Mallmann says, so if you have extra-sweet varieties besides the ubiquitous Cavendish available, use them. Get the recipe for Grilled Banana-Pear Pancake »

Roasted Apples and Bacon with Onions and Thyme (Æbleflæsk)

Roasted Apples and Bacon with Onions and Thyme
Roasted Apples and Bacon with Onions and Thyme (Æbleflæsk)Anders Schonnemann

In a classic Danish treatment, sweet red apples are roasted with onions, caramelized in bacon fat, and served under thick steaks of smoked belly bacon. Get the recipe for Roasted Apples and Bacon with Onions and Thyme (Æbleflæsk) »

Cottage Cheese Pancakes With Sour Cream and Dill

Cottage Cheese Pancakes
Cottage Cheese Pancakes With Sour Cream and DillMatt Taylor-Gross

These old school Polish pancakes are lighter, fluffier, and cheesier than the batter-based standard. Get the recipe for Cottage Cheese Pancakes With Sour Cream and Dill »

Billionaire's Bacon

Billionaire's Bacon
Billionaire's BaconHelen Rosner

Caramelized brown sugar adds an irresistible layer of sweetness to crispy bacon in this recipe from late chef and food consultant Gene Hovis. Get the recipe for Billionaire's Bacon »

Giant Apple Pancake With Dulce de Leche

Panqueque of granny smith apples with dulce de leche
Giant Apple Pancake With Dulce de LecheMatt Taylor-Gross

Soft apples with a hint of tartness balance a bittersweet caramelized crust, spurred on by rich dulce de leche. Get the recipe for Giant Apple Pancake With Dulce de Leche »

Perfect Blue Cheese Quiche With Whole Grain Crust

Perfect Blue Cheese Quiche With Whole Grain Crust
Perfect Blue Cheese Quiche With Whole Grain CrustMatt Taylor-Gross

An extra-velvety quiche loaded with blue cheese for creaminess in a nutty spelt and whole wheat crust. Get the recipe for Perfect Blue Cheese Quiche With Whole Grain Crust »

Sage and Coconut Caramel Sticky Buns

Sage and Coconut Caramel Sticky Buns
Sage and Coconut Caramel Sticky BunsSAVEUR

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 »

Brown Butter Skillet Cake with Berry Compote (Kaiserschmarrn)

Brown Butter Skillet Cake with Berry Compote (Kaiserschmarrn)
Brown Butter Skillet Cake with Berry Compote (Kaiserschmarrn)Tom Parker

Essentially torn pieces of pancake topped with oozing lingonberry or cranberry sauce, this dessert is a cinch, even for the baking-challenged. Get the recipe for Brown Butter Skillet Cake with Berry Compote (Kaiserschmarrn) »

Blackberry-Mint Scones

Blackberry-Mint Scones
Blackberry-Mint SconesSAVEUR

Agatha Kulaga and Erin Patinkin of Brooklyn's Ovenly bakery shared the recipe for these blackberry scones with us, which rely on frozen fruit so you can make them even when blackberries aren't in season. Get the recipe for Blackberry-Mint Scones »

Fried Egg with Hazelnuts, Chanterelles, Green Garlic, and Blackberries

Minneapolis, Fried Egg with Hazelnuts, Chanterelles, Green Garlic and Blackberries
Fried Egg with Hazelnuts, Chanterelles, Green Garlic, and BlackberriesAriana Lindquist

Chef Jim Christiansen fries his eggs with a splash of water to keep them from burning. Get the recipe for Fried Egg with Hazelnuts, Chanterelles, Green Garlic, and Blackberries

Country Ham & Red Eye Gravy Danish

Country Ham Danish
Country Ham & Red Eye Gravy DanishJoseph De Leo

This savory danish with salty country ham gravy is a glorious mash-up of pastry and homey Southern comfort. Get the recipe for Country Ham & Red Eye Gravy Danish »

Shakshuka

EGGS POACHED IN TOMATO SAUCE
ShakshukaMatt Taylor-Gross

This classic Israeli breakfast, a dish of Libyan origin, can be served as a main course for any meal of the day. Get the recipe for Shakshuka »

Cream Cheese Cinnamon Rolls

Cream Cheese Cinnamon Rolls
Cream Cheese Cinnamon RollsAndré Baranowski

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. Get the recipe for Cream Cheese Cinnamon Rolls »

Cornflake-Crusted Brioche French Toast

Cornflake-Crusted Brioche French Toast
Cornflake-Crusted Brioche French ToastPenny De Los Santos

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. Get the recipe for Cornflake-Crusted Brioche French Toast »

Ham and Cheese Soufflés

Ham and Cheese Soufflés
Ham and Cheese SoufflésAndré Baranowski

Ham, eggs, and cheese are natural partners; along with dried mustard, these ingredients combine for some of the finest soufflés around. Light as air and flecked with cheddar and chives, they should be served right out of the oven. Get the recipe for Ham and Cheese Soufflés »

Spinach, Beef, and Egg Hash

Spinach, Beef, Egg Hash
Spinach, Beef, and Egg HashMatt Taylor-Gross

This easy one-pan breakfast is just the thing for a fulfilling breakfast that comes together in the blink of an eye. Get the recipe for Spinach, Beef, and Egg Hash »

Norwegian Wafer Cookies (Krumkakes)

Norwegian Wafer Cookies (Krumkakes)
Norwegian Wafer Cookies (Krumkakes)SAVEUR

These Norwegian wafer cookies, eaten across Scandinavia during the Christmas season, are light and crisp and perfumed with cardamom. They're made like waffles on a special griddle that imprints an intricate design, and then they're rolled and filled with whipped cream. Get the recipe for Norwegian Wafer Cookies (Krumkakes) »

Cranberry Farro Quick Bread

Cranberry Farro Quick Bread
Cranberry Farro Quick BreadAnna Stockwell

Grains of cooked farro add substance and nuttiness to this moist, honey and brown sugar-sweetened quick bread. Get the recipe for Cranberry Farro Quick Bread »

Dutch Baby Pancake

Dutch Baby Pancake
Dutch Baby PancakeMacKenzie Smith

Browned in the oven, this large format pancake makes for a fun alternative to the traditional griddle cakes. Get the recipe for Cranberry Farro Quick Bread »

"Everything" Potato Galette with Lox and Creme Fraiche

"Everything" Potato Galette with Lox and Creme Fraiche
"Everything" Potato Galette with Lox and Creme FraicheMacKenzie Smith

Crispy potato galette topped with lox and creme fraiche has all the best parts of an everything bagel. Get the recipe for "Everything" Potato Galette with Lox and Creme Fraiche »

Bacon and Egg Pie

Bacon and Egg Pie
Bacon and Egg PiePenny De Los Santos

This New Zealand combination of flaky pastry, canary-yellow yolks, and salty bacon has cross-cultural appeal. Get the recipe for Bacon and Egg Pie »

Christmas Morning Sausage Patties

Christmas Morning Sausage Patties
Christmas Morning Sausage PattiesMaxime Iattoni

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. Get the recipe for Christmas Morning Sausage Patties »

Nutella Buns

Nutella Buns
Nutella BunsMaxime Iattoni

This breakfast treat is a decadent update of the classic cinnamon bun: the chocolate-hazelnut addition of Nutella makes for a gooey finish. Get the recipe for Nutella Buns »

Curried Lentils with Poached Eggs

Curried Lentil with Poached Eggs
Curried Lentils with Poached EggsMaxime Iattoni

Inspired by the rustic brunch offering at April Bloomfield's Breslin restaurant in New York, this atypical dish would also make for a nice, simple dinner. Get the recipe for Nutella Buns »

Whole Grain Chocolate Banana Pancakes

Whole Grain Chocolate Banana Pancakes
Whole Grain Chocolate Banana PancakesMaxime Iattoni

Whole wheat pastry flour makes for a smooth, fluffy pancake. Get the recipe for Whole Grain Chocolate Banana Pancakes »

Nutella Hot Chocolate with Hazelnut Liqueur

Nutella Hot Chocolate with Hazelnut Liqueur
Nutella Hot Chocolate with Hazelnut LiqueurMaxime Iattoni

Nutella stirred into hot chocolate lends a luxurious texture and great, chocolate-hazelnut flavor. For an extra dose of hazelnut, add a splash of Frangelico. Get the recipe for Nutella Hot Chocolate with Hazelnut Liqueur »

Yeast-Raised Waffles

Yeast-Raised Waffles
Yeast-Raised WafflesTodd Coleman

A last-minute addition of baking soda to the batter makes these classic waffles especially airy and crisp. Get the recipe for Yeast-Raised Waffles »

Brennan's Eggs Hussarde

Brennan's Eggs Hussarde
Brennan's Eggs HussardeTodd Coleman

This take on eggs Benedict incorporates a rich red wine sauce. Get the recipe for Brennan's Eggs Hussarde »

Gruyère, Rosemary, and Honey Monkey Bread

Gruyère, Rosemary, and Honey Monkey Bread
Gruyère, Rosemary, and Honey Monkey BreadYossy Arefi

This indulgent pull-apart bread is the perfect savory-sweet combination of nutty, earthy Gruyère, fragrant rosemary, and honey. Get the recipe for Gruyère, Rosemary, and Honey Monkey Bread »

Sausage and Cheddar Breakfast Casserole

Sausage and Cheddar Breakfast Casserole
Sausage and Cheddar Breakfast CasserolePenny De Los Santos

This simple but satisfying casserole bursting with sausage and cheese is an easy favorite for late, lazy weekend breakfasts. Get the recipe for Sausage and Cheddar Breakfast Casserole »

Croatian Walnut Swirl Bread (Povitica)

Croatian Walnut Swirl Bread (Povitica)
Croatian Walnut Swirl Bread (Povitica)Penny De Los Santos

Sweet walnut paste is rolled into yeast dough in this recipe, adapted from Toni's Country Kitchen in Laurium, Michigan. Get the recipe for Croatian Walnut Swirl Bread (Povitica) »

Rolls with Cracklings and Prune Jam

Hungarian Rolls with Cracklings and Prune Jam
Rolls with Cracklings and Prune JamTodd Coleman

A blend of rendered pork fat and cracklings adds a smoky depth to flaky, yeast-risen rolls filled with a thick prune jam called lekvár. Get the recipe for Rolls with Cracklings and Prune Jam »

Pecan Sticky Buns

Pecan Sticky Buns
Pecan Sticky BunsIngalls Photography

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

Sour Cherry and Pistachio Danish

Sour Cherry and Pistachio Danish
Sour Cherry and Pistachio DanishChristina Holmes

Layers of buttery, flaky laminated pastry are swirled around a lightly spiced, pleasantly gooey cherry compote, then brushed with orange liqueur and sprinkled with pulverized pistachios after baking. For an alcohol-free alternative, swap out the liqueur for a mixture of honey and fresh orange juice. Get the recipe for Sour Cherry and Pistachio Danish »

French Baked Toast with Cream and Eggs

Oeufs au Plat Bressanne
French Baked Toast with Cream and EggsMatt Taylor-Gross

This classic French meal of baked, cream-soaked toast and eggs is deceptively simple (and scalable) but lavish. Named for the Alpine region of Bresse, which is best known to the culinary world for its exceptional chickens, the dish is practical country cooking at its finest. As it bakes, the cream soaks into the bread and thickens to a rich sauce right on the platter, resulting in a savory French toast. Get the recipe for French Baked Toast with Cream and Eggs »

Danish Rye Bread Porridge (Øllebrød)

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Danish Rye Bread Porridge (Øllebrød)Matt Taylor-Gross

In Denmark, the regional rye bread, called rugbrød, is debatably sacred. Many bakeries stock upwards of five or six varieties of the nutty, rich, nutritious loaves. And when crumbs fall off while slicing it for smørrebrød, they're not tossed. They're saved (and soaked in beer) for this tangy, earthy breakfast treat. Get the recipe for Danish Rye Bread Porridge (Øllebrød) »

Espresso Waffles with Mocha Drizzle

Espresso Waffles with Mocha Drizzle
Espresso Waffles with Mocha DrizzleFarideh Sadeghin

Almond flour and espresso powder give bittersweet edge to these waffles, which are glossed with a decadent sauce of condensed milk, coffee, and dark chocolate. Get the recipe for Espresso Waffles with Mocha Drizzle »

Baked Egg Danish with Kimchi and Bacon

Baked Egg Danish with Kimchi and Bacon
Baked Egg Danish with Kimchi and BaconChristina Holmes

Rich, chewy laminated dough puffs up in the oven to suspend kimchi, bacon, and baked eggs in the center of these savory breakfast pastries. Swap out the kimchi and bacon for any of your favorite savory egg accompaniments, like cooked mushrooms and greens or grated cheese and herbs. For the best texture, be sure to drain or squeeze any extra liquid off cooked vegetables before adding. Get the recipe for Baked Egg Danish with Kimchi and Bacon »

Eggplant and Walnut Frittata (Badimjan Kükü)

eggplant and walnut frittata (badimjan kükü)
Eggplant and Walnut Frittata (Badimjan Kükü)Jason Lang

This hearty Azeri egg dish—which can be served in small pieces as an appetizer or side, or cut into larger wedges as a main—is loaded with ground walnuts, onions, and eggplant, giving it a nutty, meaty consistency and color. Get the recipe for Eggplant and Walnut Frittata (Badimjan Kükü) »

Scrambled Eggs with Black Truffles

Chablis Scrambled Eggs with Black Truffles
Scrambled Eggs with Black TrufflesIngalls Photography

In this recipe, cracked eggs are infused with grated truffles overnight. Then the eggs are slowly stirred over a double-boiler to produce a velvety scramble. Get the recipe for Scrambled Eggs with Black Truffles »

Cheddar Cheese Biscuits

Cheddar Cheese Biscuit
Cheddar Cheese BiscuitsVanessa Rees

When making these buttery little biscuits, opt for a true American cheese—fourth-generation Wisconsin cheese maker Sid Cook, of Carr Valley Cheese, advised us to use a 3-year-old extra-sharp cheddar. Get the recipe for Cheddar Cheese Biscuits »