Christmas Morning Eggs are quick and easy to prepare – and oh, so scrumptious! I can’t recall a Christmas morning without them.

White ramekin filled with Christmas Morning Eggs

(Photo by Laurie Smith)

The Clayton family has been eating these fabulous baked eggs on Christmas morning since my brother Jim and I were little kids. I always joke and say my mom invented this recipe to get me to eat eggs. When I was young, I didn’t like breakfast much – except for these flavorful eggs, which I loved. Mom also liked baking them in individual dishes, because she liked her eggs runny, and I like mine well done. So, she could leave my egg in the oven longer, and everyone was happy!

Christmas Morning Eggs are super easy to prepare, and can even be put together the night before. Simply spread shredded Cheddar cheese in individual ramekins. Make a well in the middle and fill with an egg. Top with spoonfuls of green chiles and sour cream and season with salt and pepper. Pop in the oven to bake – and presto! you have a beautiful, flavorful breakfast everyone will love. Easy enough for every day, elegant enough for special occasions and entertaining!

Note that you can bake the eggs in one large dish as well.

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Christmas Morning (Baked) Eggs

  • Author: (From "A Well-Seasoned Kitchen®" by Sally Clayton and Lee Clayton Roper)
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x
  • Category: breakfast and brunch, gluten free, make ahead


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!


  • 2 cups shredded sharp Cheddar cheese (or more to taste)
  • 8 large eggs
  • 1 cup canned chopped green chiles
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • Kosher salt, to taste
  • Fresh ground pepper, to taste


  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Generously butter 8 large ramekins or other individual baking dishes.
  2. Spread 1/4 cup of shredded Cheddar cheese on the bottom of each prepared ramekin. Make a well in the middle and crack an egg into the well.
  3. Sprinkle 2 tablespoons of green chiles around the egg.
  4. Spoon 2 tablespoons of sour cream on top of the green chiles. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  5. Place on a cookie sheet and bake for around 10 to 12 minutes or until the eggs are cooked to desired doneness (less time if you like your eggs runny, more if you like them well done).
  6. Let eggs sit for a minute or two before serving – note that they will keep cooking after removing from oven.


Make ahead: Eggs can be prepared but not baked, covered and stored in the refrigerator overnight. Bring to room temperature before baking.

Variation: Spread the cheese evenly in a 7 by 11-inch baking dish. Make 8 wells in the cheese, spaced evenly. Place an egg in each well. Continue as above. Increase baking time by around 5 minutes.

Lee Clayton Roper


I’m Lee Clayton Roper, and I’m passionate about making cooking and entertaining easy, elegant and fun. Here you’ll find scrumptious recipes, helpful tips and seasonal menus that will spark inspiration in your kitchen!
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2 Responses to “Christmas Morning (Baked) Eggs”

  1. Marla Raske

    My mom made this but without the green chilies…which I think are a great idea. You forgot to say how to use the 2 cups of shredded cheddar in your instructions…

    • Lee Roper

      Hi Marla – glad you like our recipe! Actually, step 2 tells you what to do with the cheese (1/4 cup in each of 8 ramekins). Maybe you overlooked it because it just says “cheese” not “Cheddar cheese” or “shredded cheese.” I’m going to edit it now so it’s more clear. I always appreciate feedback to help me improve how I present my recipes – thanks!


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