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.

Pecan Streusel Coffee Cake

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Pecan Streusel Coffee Cake

Pancake Toppers-Syrups

You'll love any of these syrups that sweeten up breakfast pancakes. Test out your favorite flavors: caramel-coconut, blueberry, lemon-raspberry, maple-molasses, or spiced blueberry, among others.

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Pancake Toppers-Syrups

Ham-and-Cheese Biscuits

To give these biscuits more Southern appeal, stir Virginia ham and cheddar cheese into the dough.

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Ham-and-Cheese Biscuits

mixed citrus marmalade

The tart citrusy flavor of this marmalade comes from a mix oranges and grapefruit. Spread the golden marmalade on an English muffin or toast for a great wake-me-up breakfast.

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mixed citrus marmalade

Onion, Bacon and Spinach Tart

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Onion, Bacon and Spinach Tart

Poached Eggs

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Poached Eggs

Pumpkin Buns

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Pumpkin Buns

Spiced Walnut Coffee Cake

The streusel topping laces its way through the center of this buttermilk coffee cake, ensuring a bit of the sugary walnut mixture with every bite.

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Spiced Walnut Coffee Cake

Cranberry Orange Bundt

This holiday cake is just sweet enough to accent the zesty orange and cranberry flavors. Serve it for brunch, midmorning coffee breaks, or afternoon teas.

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Cranberry Orange Bundt

Pina Colada Bread

With a toasted coconut topping, and cake-like texture, this sweet quick bread recipe could be served as a dessert. Cream of coconut adds richness to the pineapple-and-raisin-studded bread.

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Pina Colada Bread

Carrot Pumpkin Cheesecake Muffins

Use carrots to make these muffins extra moist. This quick and easy recipe starts with a mix and is the perfect brunch snack.

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Carrot Pumpkin Cheesecake Muffins

Rosemary Asiago-Laced Bread

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Rosemary Asiago-Laced Bread

Potato and Turkey Bacon Quiche

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Potato and Turkey Bacon Quiche

Heavenly Cinnamon Rolls

Present a pan of these decadent cinnamon rolls to your Christmas hostess to server for brunch.

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Heavenly Cinnamon Rolls

Cherry Apricot Pistachio Baklava

A mix of dried fruits and nuts, a splash of brandy, and warm spices make this pastry dessert simply divine. Cut it into diamonds, which is traditional for this Greek treat.

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Cherry Apricot Pistachio Baklava

Cheese-Filled Crowns

These sweet rolls boast a berry bonanza--dried cranberries in the dough and a filling of berry cream cheese and berry preserves.

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Cheese-Filled Crowns

Chocolate-Peanut Butter Bread

A miniature peanut butter cup is tucked into each ball of dough that makes up this pull-apart sweet bread recipe.

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Chocolate-Peanut Butter Bread

Old-Fashioned Crumb Cake

Invite the neighbors over for morning coffee and serve this streusel-topped coffee cake warm from the oven.

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Old-Fashioned Crumb Cake

Orange Chocolate-Chip Loaves

Studded with chocolate chips, this quick bread can be served as a midmorning snack or a not-so-sweet dessert.

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Orange Chocolate-Chip Loaves

Apricot-Walnut Loaf

Dried apricots add their tangy flavor as well as colorful flecks of gold to this quick bread recipe.

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Apricot-Walnut Loaf

Blueberry Jelly Muffins

Muffins and jelly go so well together so why not bake the jelly right in the muffins? This recipe uses blueberry preserves, but you can use any flavor jelly you wish.

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Blueberry Jelly Muffins

Brown-Sugar Apple-Cider Donuts

These cake donuts make a delightful treat for crisp autumn days when apple cider and spices seem to make everything taste better.

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Brown-Sugar Apple-Cider Donuts

Butter-Crumb Coffee Cake

Dried cranberries lend their sparkling tang to this crumb-topped coffee cake. You can also use dried blueberries or cherries.

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Butter-Crumb Coffee Cake

Streusel-Topped Apple Cake

A container of apple-cinnamon yogurt gives moistness and an extra boost of apple to this spicy cake.

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Streusel-Topped Apple Cake

Streusel-Topped Apple Muffins

Serve these cinnamon and clove spiced muffins with mugs of warm apple cider.

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Streusel-Topped Apple Muffins

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