63 Christmas Brunch Ideas

Updated: Feb. 01, 2024

With strawberry crepes, gingerbread waffles and even orange-glazed bacon, this year's Christmas brunch is about to be the most fun spread you've ever made.

After staying up late wrapping presents, watching Hallmark movies and waiting for Santa, you can go to bed dreaming of the Christmas brunch you have planned for the next day. These sweet and savory Christmas brunch ideas will impress the whole family—and suit their different taste buds. Serve with coffee and tea or festive cocktails if you’re in the mood to indulge!

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Creamy Strawberry Crepes

Your morning just got more magnifique with this sweet French-inspired treat. Use fresh strawberries for the best flavor and texture.
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Prosciutto, Egg and Spinach Strata

A strata is a layered casserole, often made for brunch with eggs, cheese and bread. This version includes prosciutto, Brie, spinach and thinly sliced apples for an extra special touch.
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Cranberry-Walnut Belgian Waffles

Imagine waking up to this cranberry-topped feast on Christmas morning. Whole wheat flour, oats and flaxseed add a healthy twist to an otherwise decadent breakfast.
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Maple Sausage Patties

Lighten things up by subbing lean ground turkey for ground pork. While the patties may be slightly more fragile, you’ll get a similar taste with fewer calories and less fat.
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Favorite Christmas Breakfast Casserole

In this case, “Christmas” doesn’t have to mean “complicated.” With eight ingredients you probably already have and only 10 minutes of prep time, this screams “low-stress.”
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Gingerbread Syrup

You’ll want to slather this spiced syrup on everything all winter long. Whole cloves, cinnamon sticks, fresh ginger, nutmeg, honey and whole peppercorns give this syrup that familiar gingerbread taste.
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Pumpkin and Oat Pancakes

Host an unforgettable brunch by inviting your guests to customize their own pancakes. Here, festive fall toppings like sugared cranberries and pepitas adorn vibrant pumpkin pancakes.
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Orange-Glazed Bacon

We thought bacon was the ultimate breakfast treat—until we tried orange-glazed bacon, which is drizzled with honey, orange juice, Dijon mustard and ground ginger. Serve it on top of a savory egg sandwich.
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Leek Tart

Take advantage of the in-season leeks you found at the farmers market. Here’s an easier-than-it-looks leek tart, featuring a quick homemade crust and lots of salty bacon. If you have extra leeks, make leek soup.
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Cheesy Hash Brown Bake

If you think you’re too busy to make a Christmas brunch dish, this is the entree for you. Just combine a package of store-bought shredded hash brown potatoes, condensed cream of potato soup, sour cream, cheese and green onions and you’ve got an irresistible casserole your guests will think you spent all morning baking.
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Air-Fryer French Toast Cups with Raspberries

Thanks to our handy air fryer, brunch will be ready and plated in 40 minutes. Oh, and if you don’t have an air fryer, here’s the oven-baked version.
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Early Riser Oven Omelet

Sure, you could make omelets to order for every one of your guests. Or you could make this tasty hands-off crowd-pleaser, take a seat at the table and relax with a hot cup of coffee.
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Blueberry Turnovers

You don’t even need to thaw the frozen berries before starting this low-maintenance pastry. To prevent the filling from leaking out of the crust, limit each turnover to 3 tablespoons of filling.
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Breakfast Enchiladas

Warm, saucy and cheesy is always a win on a cold winter’s morning. Even better, you can make these egg-and-sausage enchiladas the night before, then cover the baking dish and store them in the refrigerator overnight. The next morning, just pop them in the oven. Check out more make-ahead breakfast recipes if you’re serving a bigger crowd.
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Apple Butter Bread Pudding

Thanks to store-bought croissants, this impressive-looking breakfast (or dessert) couldn’t be easier to pull off. Your family won’t be able to get enough of the addictive streusel topping.
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Sheet-Pan Eggs and Bacon Breakfast

If you thought sheet pans were just for cookies, think again. Bacon, frozen shredded hash browns, eggs, onions, cheese and spices combine forces to become a hearty dish the whole table will be eating seconds and thirds of.
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Sunshine Crepes

While it’s a nice touch to make crepes from scratch, you can also try this recipe with ready-to-eat crepes if there’s no time on Christmas morning. The filling is homemade, so your guests will be none the wiser.
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Red Pepper Cornmeal Souffle

Souffles are notoriously finicky, but give this simple breakfast version a try. It will typically deflate a bit after being removed from the oven, so don’t be discouraged if you see it sink slightly as it cools.
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Pressure-Cooker French Toast

This ooey, gooey masterpiece is almost like if French toast and monkey bread had a baby. If you need any more convincing, there’s also bacon.
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Creamy Baked Eggs

There are two types of people in the world: People who like their eggs hard, and people who want their eggs soft and creamy. If the latter is you and your family, give this cheesy, soft egg dish a try. It serves eight and it’s ready in just 25 minutes.
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Bread Pudding with Nutmeg

Customize the dish with savory ingredients like blanched almonds and walnuts, or lean into the sweet side with raisins, dried cranberries or currants. In the unlikely case that there are leftovers, bread pudding will last three days in the refrigerator.
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Eggs Benedict Casserole

You’ll get major bonus points if you whip up eggs Benedict on Christmas morning, but all that egg poaching and sauce stirring can be tricky to pull off. This low-fuss recipe has all the flavor and none of the hassle. If your hollandaise sauce is too thick, add an extra splash of water or a squeeze of lemon juice. If it’s too thin, add a bit of butter to help thicken the sauce.
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Breakfast Scramble

This two-step recipe cooks entirely on the stovetop in a skillet, combining ground beef, tomatoes, potatoes, onions, eggs and cheese into one tasty dish. While it takes 45 minutes to cook, it’s fairly hands-off and there’s only 10 minutes of prep time.
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Apple-Cinnamon Baked French Toast

On Christmas morning, plain French toast just won’t do. Jazz things up with apples, cinnamon and nutmeg, then bake the whole dish in the oven. Your family will be convinced you’re ready to open your own restaurant.
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Fennel Orange Salad

While we love French toast and bread pudding, sometimes you need a light and refreshing accompaniment to a carb-heavy meal. Introducing colorful and flavorful fennel orange salad, which can be stored up to three days in the fridge.
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Buttermilk Pecan Waffles

Save your frozen waffles for a regular weekday. Homemade waffles are pretty easy to pull off if you have a waffle maker and a few pantry staples on hand. This version includes chopped pecans and 2 cups of buttermilk to make them extra special. Serve with a pat of butter and homemade pancake syrup.
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Broccoli Cheese Crepes

If you’ve never tried broccoli for brunch before, hear us out. These cheesy, savory crepes are both filling and nutritious, with a whopping 32 grams of protein per serving. They’re ready to go in about half an hour, so there’s no excuse not to make them.
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Winter Fruit Salad

Prep the kiwi, bananas, pears, pineapples, tangerines, apples and pomegranate seeds the night before, then store the fruit salad in an airtight container overnight. The sugar, fruit juice and zest will marinate the fruit overnight, making it extra juicy and sweet the next morning.
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Sheet-Pan Yellow Bells & Eggs

Low-maintenance brunch, here we come. If you’re not a Brussels sprouts fan, swap in any in-season winter veggie, like broccoli, cauliflower or carrots. Best of all, there’s only one pan to scrub…or line the sheet pan with parchment paper for even easier clean-up.
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Sausage and Pancake Casserole

Your family loves sausage. Your family loves pancakes. Get the best of both worlds, with this sweet-and-savory casserole that’s bound to be a hit. Apples, maple syrup and cinnamon give this casserole a seasonal appeal.
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Festive French Pancakes

Also known as crepes, French pancakes are thinner and more delicate than the pancakes typically served up in the United States. You can fill them with anything you like, from fruit preserves to Nutella and peanut butter. Or hey, try all three.
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Shakshuka Breakfast Pizza

Shakshuka is a Middle Eastern breakfast dish that features eggs poached in tomatoes, olive oil, peppers and spices. This twist takes things up a notch by using the ingredients as a delicious pizza topping.
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Christmas Breakfast Casserole

A jar of pre-roasted red peppers and a package of frozen, chopped spinach do most of the heavy lifting for this easy, savory casserole. It will keep the whole family full and satisfied through gift opening and holiday movie watching.
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Brie and Sausage Brunch Bake

Make quick use of the leftovers from last night’s Christmas party: Day-old sourdough bread, Italian sausage, Brie cheese and roasted red peppers team up with more cheese, spices and pantry ingredients for the ultimate kitchen-sink brunch.
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Gingerbread Belgian Waffles

Transform your favorite cookie into a festive brunch showstopper. Top the waffles with homemade hazelnut whipped cream to really take things over the top.
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Asparagus Crepes

Get in an extra serving of veggies before noon and impress your diners at the same time. Homemade hollandaise sauce makes this savory brunch dish fancy and decadent.
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No-Knead Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls

Making cinnamon rolls from scratch is a time commitment, but if you have an extra hour on Christmas morning, the delicious pumpkin spice aroma that wafts through the house will be well worth it. One reader recommends adding pieces of thinly sliced apple before rolling up the dough.
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Blueberry Crunch Breakfast Bake

Repurpose the French bread from yesterday’s charcuterie board to create a brunch masterpiece. Old-fashioned oats and chopped walnuts add a satisfying crunch, while frozen blueberries and brown sugar provide the sweetness.
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Sweet Potato Waffles

Christmas calls for a brunch that’s cozy, comforting and a little bit special, and these sweet potato waffles are just that. Don’t skip the ground cardamom, which adds a warm, complex flavor to the dish.
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Pumpkin Waffles with Orange Walnut Butter

Sure, you could slather these fragrant, spiced pumpkin waffles with plain butter, but take an extra minute to whip up orange walnut butter. Just mix softened butter, orange zest and chopped walnuts for an elevated touch.
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Country Brunch Skillet

If quick, hearty and filling is the ticket, look no further. With only eight ingredients and one skillet, you can whip up breakfast for six in about half an hour.
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Wilted Endive Salad

Endive lettuce is a versatile leafy green veggie that can be served raw, roasted, grilled or braised. If you can’t find endive at the grocery store, substitute arugula or kale. Toasted bread adds a special touch, but if you’re short on time, use store-bought croutons.
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Bananas Foster Baked French Toast

We’ve never met a French toast recipe we didn’t like, but it doesn’t get more over-the-top than this version made with challah bread, bananas, brown sugar, spices and chopped pecans. Top with homemade whipped cream (or ice cream!) to transform it into dessert.
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Hash Brown Egg Brunch

If you’re short on time, let your trusty slow cooker do most of the work. Layer in potatoes, bacon, onions, green pepper and cheese, then pour eggs on top. Cook on high for 30 minutes, then turn it to low for four hours. That’s it!
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Sunny-Side-Up Herbed Tart

Transform your kitchen into a French bakery with this easier-than-it-looks savory tart. Thanks to a sheet of store-bought puff pastry, the finished product will be ready to eat in less than an hour. Our readers suggest customizing the ingredients based on what you have on hand, like goat cheese, chopped spinach and thyme.
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Sweet Ham Steak

Serve alongside fluffy scrambled eggs, toast and hash browns. Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to four days, making sure to include the pan juices to keep the meat tender and moist.
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Overnight Cinnamon Rolls

When you’re opening presents from Santa, who has time to cook breakfast? Opt for these homemade cinnamon rolls, which rise overnight so they’ll be ready to bake and serve immediately the next morning.
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Tater Tot Breakfast Casserole

Assemble the casserole up to 24 hours in advance, then refrigerate it until it’s ready to bake. Have fun adding whatever veggies you have on hand into the egg mixture, like broccoli, mushrooms or tomatoes.
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The Best French Toast

Use day-old bread to keep the French toast from getting mushy. If you’re using store-bought brioche, wait about a day for the bread to get slightly stale before using it.
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Cornflake-Coated Crispy Bacon

We didn’t think bacon could get any better…until we tried bacon that was dredged in ketchup, Worcestershire sauce and crushed cornflakes. Give it a try and let us know what you think.
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Pecan Coffee Cake

Thanks to store-bought cake mix and a package of vanilla pudding mix, this quick recipe is ready in a flash, which is exactly what you need on a busy Christmas morning. A bit of orange juice adds extra flavor and sweetness.
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Vegetable Strata

When you’re cooking for a crowd, keep a few recipes for guests with dietary restrictions on hand. This veggie-packed strata serves 12, and is fantastic for vegetarians and meat eaters alike.
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Cheddar-Butternut Squash Clafoutis

A clafoutis is a baked French dessert that typically includes fruit, but we’re mixing things up with a savory version that tastes as fantastic as it looks. Serve it alongside one of our favorite French recipes.
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Cinnamon Blueberry French Toast

Assemble this French toast right in the slow cooker crock the night before, then refrigerate it overnight to let the flavors mingle. Cook on low for three to four hours, and it will be ready just in time for brunch.
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Italian Brunch Torte

This dazzling layered pastry is a time investment, but with help from store-bought crescent roll dough, it’s simpler to put together than it looks. The result is a colorful treat that’s fit for Christmas brunch.
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Spiced Apple Oatmeal

If you’re looking for something a bit more nutritious on Christmas Day, this filling, high-fiber breakfast with a hint of sweetness will hit the spot. Vanilla non-dairy creamer makes this recipe extra decadent, but feel free to experiment with any healthy coffee creamer.
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Eggs Benedict with Homemade Hollandaise

You’ll need a double-boiler and a food thermometer to make homemade hollandaise sauce. Once the sauce reaches 160°F, it’s safe to eat. Serve this classic dish with a side of sauteed spinach.
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Berry Ricotta Puff Pancake

Ricotta cheese is the not-so-secret ingredient that makes this brunch offering so special—not to mention pretty! While the recipe calls for fresh berries, you could also try it with apples and pears.
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Cranberry-Apple French Toast

Make-ahead French toast just makes sense. Assemble the ingredients, then refrigerate overnight in a covered baking dish. Bake the next morning…it’s that easy! Find more of our favorite make-ahead breakfast casseroles right this way.
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Corned Beef Hash and Eggs

Even if you don’t have an ovenproof skillet, you can still make this recipe. Instead of transferring the pan to the oven and cracking the eggs into the hash, keep it on the stovetop. Put on the lid and cook until the egg whites set and the yolk is cooked to your liking.
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Broccoli Ham Quiche

It’s a fact: Quiche makes everything more fancy, and this winning recipe is a must-try. Use an unbaked deep-dish pie crust to make things quick and easy.
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Fluffy Pumpkin Pancakes

Note that this recipe calls for canned pumpkin instead of fresh. While it might be tempting to use fresh pumpkin, the flavor is actually more balanced when you use the canned stuff!
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Mixed Berry French Toast Bake

This dish uses a bag of frozen mixed berries, so brunch can be both quick and economical. Serve with a side of easy blueberry sauce to satisfy the berry lovers in your family.