65+ Make-Ahead Breakfast Recipes for Christmas Morning

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Whether it’s a small, intimate celebration with my family at home or a gathering with the extended family, my favorite way to kick off Christmas morning is with an extra-special breakfast. And since I’d much rather enjoy my time with my family than spend it in the kitchen (those presents won’t unwrap themselves!), I make a point to stick with a breakfast that can be cooked through (or at least totally prepped) the day before. That way, all that’s left to do on Christmas morning is warm everything up and make a pot of coffee.

From cinnamon rolls and coffee cake to egg bakes and extra-special oatmeal, here are well over 50 different make-ahead breakfasts — perfect for Christmas morning celebrations.

Muffins, Scones, and Quick Bread

The beauty of these breakfast baked goods is that they all keep well for days. And if you really want to get a head start, most can even be stashed in the freezer.

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Cinnamon Muffins Recipe

If you’re someone who loves all things cinnamon, these muffins were made for you.

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Pecan Pie Muffins

Fluffy pecan pie muffins are the perfect, festive morning treat.

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Bakery-Style Muffins

This is a crumb-cake-meets-muffin combo that’s directly inspired by the classic bakery breakfast cake.

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Banana Muffins

These one-bowl banana muffins are made entirely with pantry staples, and will be ready to devour in just 30 minutes.

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Double Chocolate Muffins

These double chocolate muffins walk the line between breakfast and dessert. Greek yogurt add tenderness and protein.

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Banana Chocolate Chip Crumb Muffins

Mixed with chocolate chips and topped with a buttery, cinnamon-spiced crumb topping, these banana crumb muffins rival anything you’d buy at the bakery.

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Pumpkin Bread Recipe

Inspired by the pumpkin bread at Starbucks, this version is even better and uses a full can of pumpkin puree.

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Pumpkin Banana Bread

Ripe, speckled bananas and earthy pumpkin give each spiced slice of this fall quick bread a moist texture and natural sweetness.

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Stuffed Apple Pie Scones

These buttery, double-decker apple cinnamon scones are streaked with a layer of sweet apple butter.

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Chocolate Chip Scones

Meet the ideal breakfast treat: they’re complete with the tender texture you love in scones and the melt-in-your-mouth chocolate that comes with a great cookie.

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Fresh Cranberry Scones

If you’re all about all things cranberry this season, these scones deserve a place at the top of the list.

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Cinnamon Rolls and Sticky Buns

It would be a total treat to wake up to any one of these on Christmas morning.

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Cranberry Vanilla Morning Buns

These yeasted morning buns are filled with a sweet-tart cranberry compote and drenched in a simple, vanilla-rich glaze.

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Sourdough Cinnamon Rolls

Using your sourdough starter gives these buns a perfectly chewy texture and adds just the right amount of tang to offset the sweetness.

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Cinnamon Roll Wreath

You can use any cinnamon roll recipe that you like here — or even recipes for sticky buns, sweet buns, or any other kind of filled breakfast roll.

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Gingerbread Cinnamon Rolls

These soft and fluffy cinnamon rolls are packed with gingerbread flavor, thanks to molasses and warm spices in the dough and a velvety maple cream cheese glaze.

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Easy Cinnamon Rolls

Just seven ingredients, and no yeast or rise time, means that these gooey, fragrant cinnamon rolls are truly the easiest, fastest of all time!

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Sweet Potato Cinnamon Buns

A little roasted purée in the mix gives the dough a beautiful burnished-orange color, just the right amount of moisture, and a hint of earthy sweetness. Plus it makes these buns delightfully squishy.

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Coffee Cake and Other Baked Goods

You can never go wrong with coffee cake – especially when there’s streusel involved.

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Classic Coffee Cake

This rich, buttery cake is topped with giant, cinnamon-scented crumbles, perfect for any and all occasions.

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Carrot Cake Coffee Cake with Cream Cheese Glaze

Spiced with fragrant cinnamon, studded with carrots and walnuts, and finished with both a crumble topping and a cream cheese drizzle, this updated twist brings together all the things I love about carrot cake and marries it with a classic coffee cake.

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Pear and Cinnamon Crumb Cake

Inspired by classic coffee cake, this version is topped with spiced pecans and brown sugar crumbs, also gets a ripple of pear and cinnamon streusel through its center.

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Christmas Kolaches

Made with a simple yeast dough and a filling made from dried fruit, they taste like a much-less-sweet version of a classic breakfast pastry.

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Cheese Danish for a Crowd

The dough is quite easy to work with, and assembling this danish is easier than it looks.

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Sugar Buns

Consider them the ideal pastry for a fast-and-fancy breakfast treat.

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Vegetarian Breakfast Casseroles

Not only do these hearty casseroles feed the whole table, but you’ll start the day with a helping of veggies.

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Veggie Supreme Egg Bake

This breakfast casserole is a delicious way to add more veggies to your day. Spinach, peppers, potatoes, and mushrooms all make an appearance!

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Spicy Kale and Sweet Potato Egg Bake

If what you’re after is a lighter breakfast for your family (you know, to balance out all those cookies), this veggie-packed egg bake is your solution.

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Meaty Breakfast Casseroles

Get a head start by prepping and assembling any one of these casseroles the night before, so all you have to do in the morning is slide it into the oven (preferably with a tray of bacon!).

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Sausage Breakfast Casserole

This classic combination of eggs, breakfast sausage, cheddar cheese, and bread bakes up hearty and satisfying.

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“Ham and Cheese” Breakfast Casserole

Baked in layers, like a strata, with the bread on the bottom, then the pancetta, cheese, and herbs, this casserole is as beautiful as it is delicious.

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Bacon, Potato & Egg Breakfast Casserole

This breakfast casserole is a simple, hearty dish of eggs and bacon, mixed with potatoes and vegetables, that can be prepared up to a day in advance.

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Cheesy Hash Brown Breakfast Casserole

Sour cream makes this hashbrown breakfast casserole better than the rest, adding a richness that prevents the eggs from becoming too dry during baking.

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Sweet Breakfast Casseroles

These sweet breakfast bakes are even better when prepped in advance because it gives the bread ample time to soak up all that wonderful custard.

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French Toast Casserole

This easy, make-ahead breakfast bake is a crowdpleaser every time. It boasts all the classic cinnamon and vanilla French toast flavors, wrapped up into a family-style casserole.

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Pumpkin French Toast Casserole

Thick cubes of brioche are infused with rich custard packed with warm spices and a double dose of pumpkin, then topped with a brown sugar-pecan streusel.

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Apple-Cinnamon French Toast Casserole

Make this cinnamon and apple French toast casserole the night before and enjoy it fuss free in the morning. Apple butter in the custard is the trick!

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Cinnamon Roll Breakfast Bake

It’s hard to resist bread soaked in cinnamon custard, but what really takes this over the top is the layer of cream cheese filling in the middle.

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Blackberry Croissant Breakfast Bake

This bake does the impossible: It improves on flaky, buttery croissants by soaking them in a rich, custardy liquid and baking them with a slew of juicy blackberries.

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Oatmeal

Few things are more cozy on cold winter mornings that a hot bowl of oatmeal.

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Slow Cooker Cinnamon Roll Oatmeal

Thanks to a buttery cinnamon-sugar drizzle and cream cheese icing swirl, this slow cooker oatmeal tastes just like a cinnamon roll.

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Raspberry Cookie Butter Baked Oatmeal

This baked oatmeal, studded with raspberries and flavored with warm, sweet cookie butter, has arrived to take everything you love about oatmeal to the next level.

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Masala Chai-Spiced Oatmeal

Infusing tea into oatmeal not only makes for a breakfast that’s equally as comforting as a steaming mug, but it also gives your bowl a little kick of caffeine.

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