Christmas Brunch Recipes

You'll find recipes here that honor the classics, like eggs Benedict, French toast and cinnamon-streusel coffee cake, and others that offer up tradition with a twist, like bacon, egg and toast cups, gingerbread waffles and shiitake mushroom and cheese frittata.

Staff Picks

Broccoli-Cheddar Hash-Brown Casserole

This casserole is a riff on a Swiss rosti. It tastes like a loaded baked potato and has the crispness of hash browns.

Baked French Toast

Rating: 3.44 stars
Thick brioche slices soak up the batter, while sugared pecans lend a caramelized crunch to this make-ahead baked French toast recipe to feed a hungry breakfast or brunch crowd.

Potato Galette with Smoked Salmon

Rating: 3.61 stars
Smoked salmon adds just the right amount of saltiness to layers of golden spuds. Thinly sliced potatoes in concentric circles make a pretty galette. This one has a cool, fluffy spread that pairs perfectly with smoked salmon.

Slow-Cooker Pear and Apple Butter

Rating: 3.18 stars
Place this spread in decorative jars for gifts, but save some for yourself -- it's great on toast or pancakes.

Gingerbread Waffles

Rating: 3.6 stars
No ordinary breakfast, gingerbread waffles are an easy indulgence and best served with tangy sour cream and tart lingonberry preserves -- although, truth be told, they're delicious with any type of berry jam. For a special touch, use a heart-shape waffle iron.

Make-Ahead Bloody Mary Mix

Rating: 4.29 stars
For this big-batch drink, mix everything but the vodka together ahead of time and allow the flavors to mingle. Let guests customize their Bloody Marys with black pepper and skewers with caperberries, okra, pickled onions, and lemon (Make the garnish a day in advance if you like).

Breakfast Casserole with Bacon

Rating: 3.44 stars
Like quiche, this savory dish has a custard filling; using frozen puff pastry instead of traditional pie dough makes it even simpler to prepare. This time-saving recipe is perfect for brunch.

Whole-Wheat Date Nut Bread

This date-sweetened whole-wheat quickbread makes a much-appreciated holiday or hostess gift because it holds up well for several days and is a wholesome breakfast treat. The spread of tangy Neufchatel cheese balances the sweet-nutty flavor of the dates and pecans. Martha made this recipe on "Martha Bakes" episode 813.

Yeasted Cheese-and-Sour-Cherry Coffee Cake

Rating: 3.79 stars
In a nod to the cheese Danish, this coiled loaf contains swirls of cream cheese and cherries.

Christmas Morning Breakfast Bake

Rating: 3.49 stars
This luscious breakfast fits the bill and, best of all, will satisfy adults and kids alike. Brew a big pot of coffee: It's a meal your guests will want to linger over.

Jewish-Deli Strata

Our Jewish-Deli strata features garnishes like capers, red onion, and lemon add freshness to this bagels-and-lox-inspired strata.

Danish Dough

This super-buttery laminated pastry dough is scented with a hint of cardamom. Use the dough to make Cheese Danish, Apricot Danish, Cinnamon Snails, and more. Martha made this recipe on Martha Bakes episode 502.

Inspiration and Ideas

Christmas Breakfast Recipes That Will Make for a Merry Holiday Morning
Presents from Santa aren't the only thing to look forward to on Christmas morning. This holiday, host a cozy yet festive feast with these delicious recipes including French toast casserole, an easy quiche, cups of eggnog, and seasonal sweets.
Holiday Brunch Recipes
Welcome Christmas, the New Year, or any festive day with a delicious brunch. You'll find many of your morning favorites -- along with a few surprises -- including egg dishes, pancakes, waffles, coffee cakes, and specialty drinks.

Mark's Pecan Rolls

Rating: 3.66 stars

As part of our Best Bakers series, Mark McGough shared his recipe for pecan rolls.