Popular Christmas Breakfast and Brunch Recipes

Tumbling out of bed in the wee hours of Christmas morning means that by the time all of the gifts are opened, most of the family has worked up an impressive appetite. Refuel for the day ahead by serving up a traditional Christmas breakfast. With just a little planning, you can do most of the menu as a make-ahead, so you can give your loved ones a delicious spread on this iconic holiday morning -- streusel coffee cake, a cheesy sausage and egg breakfast casserole or a hash-brown strata -- without any early morning stress. Just wade through the discarded wrapping paper, pour yourself a cup of coffee, and enjoy.

Chai-Spiced Compote

From Midwest Living

Chai-Spiced Compote

Chocolate-Pecan Coffee Cake

The crumbly coconut-pecan mixture goes both inside the cake and on top of it to make this dessert.

From Midwest Living

Chocolate-Pecan Coffee Cake

Maple Date-Nut Bread

Whole wheat flour adds a little fiber to this quick bread. Serve it warm for breakfast or a snack.

From Midwest Living

Maple Date-Nut Bread

Cardamom Braid

From Midwest Living

Cardamom Braid

Very Cherry Hazelnut Coffee Cake

From Midwest Living

Very Cherry Hazelnut Coffee Cake

Orange Breakfast Granola

Easy-to-mix homemade granola makes a welcome gift. Label the container with the suggestion to serve with milk or yogurt.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Orange Breakfast Granola

Potica

From Family Circle

Potica

Cinnamon Streusel Coffee Cake

From Family Circle

Cinnamon Streusel Coffee Cake

Ham and Brie Bread Pudding

From Better Homes and Gardens

Ham and Brie Bread Pudding

Fruited Irish Oatmeal

Make this slow cooker oatmeal for weekend guests or anytime you want a hot, no-fuss breakfast. Be sure to use steel-cut Irish oats; no other type will stand up to long cooking.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Fruited Irish Oatmeal

Herb and Asiago Popovers

From Family Circle

Herb and Asiago Popovers

Southern Biscuits

From Family Circle

Southern Biscuits

Pumpkin-Cranberry Bread

Come fall, it's often pumpkin or cranberry. Why not invite both to breakfast? This moist bread bakes in the slow cooker for a no-fuss treat.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Pumpkin-Cranberry Bread

Scrambled Egg Stromboli

From Better Homes and Gardens

Scrambled Egg Stromboli

Bacon-Asparagus Strata

From Better Homes and Gardens

Bacon-Asparagus Strata

Breakfast Puffs

From Midwest Living

Breakfast Puffs

Pear-Walnut Muffins

Brown sugar and walnuts top these spicy-sweet and moist muffins.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Pear-Walnut Muffins

Coffee Cake

Brown sugar and cinnamon make a yummy topping for this favorite breakfast and brunch recipe.

From Family Circle

Coffee Cake

White Chocolate, Cornmeal, and Almond Mini Biscotti

These mini biscotti cookies are delicious with morning coffee or evening cocoa. Glazed with white chocolate and sprinkled with jimmies, they're a sweet treat made for dipping.

From Better Homes and Gardens

White Chocolate, Cornmeal, and Almond Mini Biscotti

Sweet Potato-Cranberry Cake

Chocolate and sweet potato batters are swirled together to make this moist, tender spice cake from Patricia Polley of Columbus, Ohio. Wrap and store the cooled cake overnight for easier slicing. (It's a great alternative to coffee cake for brunches.)

From Midwest Living

Sweet Potato-Cranberry Cake

Strawberry Breakfast Bars

Fresh strawberries are the star of these gluten-free bars that will help everyone start the day on a nourishing foot.

From Diabetic Living

Strawberry Breakfast Bars

Pear Hazelnut Coffee Cake

Oats and whole wheat flour increase the fiber content of this fruity dessert-like breakfast recipe. You'll have energy to spare until lunchtime.

From Diabetic Living

Pear Hazelnut Coffee Cake

Cranberry Twist Bread

This holiday yeast bread is sweetened with an orange-flavored drizzle. Simply omit the icing to reduce the calories.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Cranberry Twist Bread

Spinach and Gruyere Quiche

Fat free half and half and refrigerated egg product make this egg dish lower in calories and fat than most other recipes.

From Diabetic Living

Spinach and Gruyere Quiche

Maple Nut & Pear Scones

Delicate pears, pecans and maple flavor make these scones really special. Our makeover of this tender, flaky breakfast pastry uses reduced-fat cream cheese, canola oil and just a touch of butter to replace 1 1/2 sticks of butter. The addition of rolled oats and whole-wheat pastry flour boosts fiber and enhances the nutty flavor. For more fruit intensity, serve with pear butter.

From EatingWell

Maple Nut & Pear Scones

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