Start your Christmas morning on a delicious note with one or more of our 20 Easy Make Ahead Christmas Breakfast Recipes that are sure to make your day extra special. Whether you prefer sweet or savory dishes, there is something for everyone in this festive collection. And, you don’t have to be an accomplished cook to whip up these delectable dishes; our recipes are user-friendly and call for ingredients that you’re likely to have in your pantry. So, say goodbye to early morning stress, gather your loved ones, put on some holiday tunes, and get ready to indulge in a delicious and memorable morning!

Make-Ahead Christmas Breakfast Recipes

Christmas morning is a special time when families come together to celebrate, exchange gifts, and enjoy each other’s company. It’s a time to create memories and traditions that will last a lifetime. And what better way to start the day than with a delicious breakfast? Below you’ll find a variety of easy recipes, all of which can be prepared ahead of time, allowing you to spend more of the holiday morning with your family. The recipes are divided into two categories:

  • 11 Christmas Breakfast Casseroles and Other Ideas
  • 9 Muffins, Rolls, and Quick Breads for Christmas Morning

11 Christmas Breakfast Casseroles and Other Ideas

I absolutely love Christmas morning breakfast – it’s hands down my favorite meal of the day. During my childhood, it was always a cherished and special experience. We held on tight to our long-standing tradition of savoring Christmas Morning Eggs, indulging in Overnight Bundt Caramel Rolls, and either crispy bacon or country ham, all complemented by fresh fruit (often grapefruit).

To make your Christmas breakfast planning a breeze, I’ve put together a fantastic list of 11 main dish options, including the above-mentioned beloved family favorites. You’ll find everything from mouthwatering savory casseroles to delightful sweet alternatives. Plus, I’ve made sure to include a few gluten-free options, ensuring there’s something to delight every member of your whole family. So, get ready to kick off your Christmas morning with a delicious spread that everyone will enjoy!

White ramekin filled with Christmas Morning Eggs

Christmas Morning Baked Eggs in Ramekins

Christmas Morning Eggs are quick and easy to prepare – and oh, so scrumptious! I can’t recall a Christmas morning without them. Eggs are baked in a nest of Cheddar cheese, along with green chiles and sour cream. Can be prepared ahead of time, and also baked in one large dish!

large white casserole dish holding Green Chile Casserole

Green Chile Southwest Breakfast Casserole

Light and airy like a soufflé, Green Chile Breakfast Egg Casserole is moist and cheesy, with just the right amount of spice. The absence of any bread helps to keep it light, and instead of separating eggs and whipping the whites, baking powder is added to help it rise. This easy breakfast casserole can be made earlier in the day, up to overnight and then baked shortly before serving.

Round casserole of Sausage, Cheese and Hash Brown Strata

Hash Brown Sausage Casserole

Easy enough for a casual weekend breakfast and elegant enough for Christmas morning, this Sausage, Cheese and Hash Browns Strata will be your new go-to dish – and it’s gluten free!

Light blue cups filled with Baked Eggs in Tomatoes with Easy Blender Hollandaise Sauce

Baked Eggs in Tomatoes with Easy Blender Hollandaise Sauce

Impressive and easy to prepare, Baked Eggs in Tomatoes with Easy Blender Hollandaise Sauce is a delicious, vegetarian breakfast or brunch dish. Make the hollandaise sauce 2 days ahead to get a jump on Christmas breakfast.

Two small plates each holding one portion of Eggs Benedict

How to make Eggs Benedict: A Complete Guide

To me, there’s nothing more rustically elegant – or delicious – for breakfast than Eggs Benedict. Toasted English muffins topped with slices of sweet Canadian bacon and delicate poached eggs, then slathered with buttery, lemony Hollandaise sauce. And, yes, you can make Eggs Benedict ahead! Poach the eggs and make the hollandaise up to 2 days ahead and then reheat shortly before serving!

Smoked Salmon Benedict with Mustard-Dill Sauce

Smoked Salmon Eggs Benedict with Mustard-Dill Sauce is a scrumptious, lighter version of traditional Eggs Benedict. Plus, the sauce is easier to prepare than Hollandaise and can be prepared up to 3 days ahead, and the eggs can be poached up to 2 days ahead.

Square white plate with Toasted Bagel with Egg Salad and Smoked Salmon

Egg Salad and Smoked Salmon Bagel Sandwich

Tasty and colorful, Toasted Bagels with Egg Salad and Smoked Salmon are my husband Robert’s favorite breakfast. A bit tangy, a bit smoky and full of flavor, they are quick and easy to prepare. And, the egg salad can be made 24 hours ahead!

Oval platter filled with Spiced Bacon Twists

Sweet and Spicy Twisted Bacon

These addictively delicious Spiced Bacon Twists are chewy, crunchy and both sweet and savory. Salty, smoky bacon is dredged in a sweet and spicy brown sugar mixture and then baked until crispy. The resulting bacon has the most wonderful caramel taste, with a bit of zing.

Overhead shot of mushroom, spinach, zucchini pie with sliced tomatoes on top

Garden Vegetable Quiche Recipe

Mushroom, Spinach, Tomato and Zucchini Pie is a perfect breakfast option for the vegetarians in your family. And, it can be prepared up to 24 hours ahead and reheated before serving.

Oval baking dish filled with Baked Cinnamon French Toast, topped with berries and a spoon dishing out one serving

Cinnamon and Raisin Baked French Toast Recipe

Baked Cinnamon French Toast Casserole is full of divine flavors, varying textures and bright colors – and is super easy to prepare ahead of time. Purchased cinnamon raisin bread slices are steeped in a sweet-creamy mixture of egg, sugar, milk, cream and vanilla, then baked in a water bath. Easy, luscious, elegant and impressive!

Cheese Blintz Soufflés with Blueberry Balsamic Sauce

Cheese Blintz Soufflés with Blueberry Balsamic Sauce are a quick and easy variation on traditional cheese blintzes. Egg batter is layered with a cream cheese-cottage cheese filling in individual souffle dishes or ramekins, baked, then topped with an intensely flavored Blueberry Balsamic Sauce. The result is a delicious and impressive breakfast!

9 Muffins, Rolls, and Quick Breads for Christmas Morning

White cake stand holding Overnight Bundt Caramel Rolls

Overnight Caramel Rolls with Frozen Bread Dough (AKA Monkey Bread)

Overnight Bundt Caramel Rolls are easy to prepare, oo-ey, goo-ey, cinnamon-y bites of moist deliciousness! Not only do they take only about 5 minutes to prepare, you make them the night before, and pop them in the oven the next morning. A staple at the Clayton family Christmas breakfast table!

Two slices of Cranberry Nut Bread with butter

Cranberry Nut Bread

Chock-a-block full of fresh cranberries and walnuts, this scrumptious and colorful Cranberry Nut Bread is the perfect addition to your Christmas breakfast or brunch.

Pumpkin muffins, one broken half to show cream cheese filling

Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffins

These seasonally inspired Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffins are the perfect morning Christmas morning treat!

White plate holding a batch of No Yeast Cinnamon Rolls with a peach and cinnamon sticks on the side

No Yeast Cinnamon Rolls with Peach Filling

These No Yeast Cinnamon Rolls with Peach Filling are amazingly easy to prepare. Sweet fresh peaches, spicy cinnamon and warm brown sugar all coordinate together perfectly inside these soft rolls. There just a delicious without the peaches, too.

single Peach Muffin on a plate wtih a platter holding more muffins in back

Peach Muffins with Fresh Peaches and Sour Cream

Tender and moist, these Fresh Peach Muffins are full of fresh, comforting, well balanced flavors. Each muffin is full of juicy peach chunks nestled in a brown sugar-sour cream base that’s topped with a warm, spiced cinnamon sugar mixture. Easy to prepare without a blender or mixer, this peach muffin recipe has definitely stood the test of time – I’ve been making it for over 20 years.

Blueberry Cake on a cake stand with a slice of cake

Blueberry Delight Cake with Crumb Topping

In this scrumptious coffee cake recipe, fresh, juicy blueberries are nestled in a moist cake batter and topped with a cinnamon and nutmeg flavored topping. Quick and easy – and a crowd pleaser, too!

white platter holding around 1 dozen mini pecan rolls

Irresistibly Delicious and Easy to Make: A Guide to Creating Mini Pecan Rolls

Indulge your taste buds with the mouthwatering goodness of homemade Mini Pecan Rolls! These irresistibly delicious treats are not only a delight to eat but are also surprisingly easy to make. There’s something magical about the combination of warm, gooey caramel, crunchy pecans, spicy cinnamon and slightly tangy dough (from buttermilk) that makes these rolls an absolute delight. In this post, I’ll guide you through the step-by-step process of creating these heavenly delights. I’ve got you covered, from preparing the perfect dough to achieving that irresistible pecan caramel topping.

white basket filled with Lemon Blueberry Muffins, with flowers in the background

Blueberry Lemon Muffins

Super moist Lemon Blueberry Muffins are are easy to prepare, and are a great accompaniment to most breakfast dishes. Plus, they can be made ahead and frozen, making them a perfect addition to a Christmas breakfast menu.

Eight slices of lemon bread, arranged overlapping on a white background.

Easy Lemon Bread Recipe

This delightful Lemon Bread Recipe is a fresh and bright treat that promises a burst of lemon in every bite. Its moist, tender texture is achieved through a careful combination of ingredients and techniques. With a triple hit of lemon from zest, extract and juice, the bread is overflowing with tangy citrus flavor. And, toasted chopped pecans provide a satisfying crunch and balancing flavor.

Instead of breakfast, are you looking for a Christmas brunch menu? If yes, then definitely check out my other post with Christmas Brunch Recipes and Menu Ideas.

Tips for Decorating your Christmas Breakfast Table

Creating a beautiful and inviting table setting can contribute to the celebratory feeling of the morning and make your family feel even more special. Here are some tips to help you decorate your breakfast/brunch table:

  1. Use festive table linens. Dress up your table with holiday-themed tablecloths or placemats and napkins. Even red placemats with green napkins add a holiday flair to your table.
  2. Add a centerpiece. Place a festive centerpiece, such as a bouquet of fresh flowers a Christmas-themed arrangement, or a decorative candle, in the center of the table to create a focal point. You may have a beautiful centerpiece leftover from your Christmas Eve dinner!
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Hi, I'm Lee.

I am inspired by my mother, Sally’s, love of cooking and entertaining to gather friends and family together over great meals and conversation. In fact, I held my first dinner party at the age of 16. Throughout the years, I’ve provided recipes, menu advice and cooking tips to friends seeking uncomplicated and delicious ideas for home entertaining.

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