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.

Chocolate Pancakes

From Diabetic Living

Chocolate Pancakes

Breakfast Blintzes

Plan a brunch around these delightful ricotta-filled crepes made with the season's fresh berries.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Breakfast Blintzes

Double Chocolate Scones

A mix of cocoa powder and chocolate chips makes these little breads sweet enough for dessert.

From Midwest Living

Double Chocolate Scones

Gingerbread Waffles

From Family Circle

Gingerbread Waffles

Bacon-Asparagus Strata

From Better Homes and Gardens

Bacon-Asparagus Strata

Chocolate-Cashew Bread

Looking for a one-of-a-kind Christmas gift idea? This fabulous quick bread is sure to delight friends, neighbors, or teachers. Wrap the loaves in red cellophane before you share it.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Chocolate-Cashew Bread

Pumpkin-Praline Muffins

From Better Homes and Gardens

Pumpkin-Praline Muffins

Easy Chocolate-Almond Croissants

From Better Homes and Gardens

Easy Chocolate-Almond Croissants

Raspberry Danish Rosettes

From Better Homes and Gardens

Raspberry Danish Rosettes

Cherry Cheesecake Kuchen

Cherry pie filling and a cream cheese mixture top a sweet dough to make this remarkable dessert. Top with chopped white chocolate before serving.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Cherry Cheesecake Kuchen

Potato and Turkey Bacon Quiche

From Family Circle

Potato and Turkey Bacon Quiche

Zucchini Bread with a Twist

From Better Homes and Gardens

Zucchini Bread with a Twist

Fruit-Filled Puff Pancakes

These low-calorie breakfast pancakes deflate after baking and form a "bowl" to fill with fruit.

From Diabetic Living

Fruit-Filled Puff Pancakes

Chai-Spiced Compote

From Midwest Living

Chai-Spiced Compote

Italian Breakfast Strata

From Family Circle

Italian Breakfast Strata

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

Brown Sugar Pear Pound Cake

Pears are predominant in this dessert. The spectacular flavors of pear brandy, pear nectar, and fresh pears in the sauce dress up any Christmas dessert buffet.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Brown Sugar Pear Pound Cake

Apricot-Pistachio Biscotti

Enjoy these Italian cookies for breakfast with coffee or for dessert with cappuccino.

From Parents

Apricot-Pistachio Biscotti

Rich Crumb Cake

Mini chocolate chips are a delightful addition to this sour cream coffee cake recipe. Serve for dessert or brunch.

From Family Circle

Rich Crumb Cake

Cranberry-Lemon Scones

From Better Homes and Gardens

Cranberry-Lemon Scones

Cranberry-Lemon Scones

From Midwest Living

Cranberry-Lemon Scones

Pumpkin Scones

From Better Homes and Gardens

Pumpkin Scones

Cranberry Scones

From Better Homes and Gardens

Cranberry Scones

Rosemary-Citrus Scones

From Better Homes and Gardens

Rosemary-Citrus Scones

Fresh Cranberry Scones

Honey adds sweetness to the dough but is also a great topper for the baked biscuits when they're still warm from the oven.

From Midwest Living

Fresh Cranberry Scones

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