Easy Christmas Breakfast & Brunch Recipes

Christmas morning is a busy morning especially for “Santa’s Helpers” who might have been up late on Christmas Eve putting the finishing touches on gifts and up and at ’em early with kiddos eager to open their presents. This is the BIG morning when all your hard work, cleaning, shopping, keeping up family traditions, decorating, going on Christmas lights scavenger hunts, etc. culminates and you can finally relax, the last thing you should be worried about is breakfast. Here’s some fabulous breakfast and bunch recipes that are super easy and fast to make, in fact most can just be made the night before and just heated up in the morning. Oh, and did I mention they are mouthwatering delicious, like legit the perfect Christmas treat!  Did your fave make the list? If not be sure to add yours’s in the comments.

Cinnamon Roll Casserole

Servings: 6-8

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes 


  • Butter or cooking spray, for baking dish
  • 3 cans refrigerated cinnamon rolls (such as Pillsbury)
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 c. whole milk
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • Maple syrup, for serving (optional)


  • 1. Preheat the oven to 325° and grease a glass baking dish. Cut cinnamon rolls into thirds and layer in the dish.
  • 2. In a large bowl, whisk together eggs, milk, vanilla, and cinnamon. Pour mixture over cinnamon rolls and bake until egg is cooked through and cinnamon rolls are deeply golden, 20 to 22 minutes.
  • 3. Let cool for about 10 minutes, then drizzle with cinnamon roll icing and pour over maple syrup (if using).


Creme Brulee French Toast

Serving Size: 6

Prep Time: Needs to sit Overnight

Total time: 9 hours  

Ingredient Checklist

  • ½ cup unsalted butter 
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons corn syrup
  • 6 (1-inch thick) slices French bread
  • 5 eggs
  • 1 ½ cups half-and-half cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon brandy-based orange liqueur (such as Grand Marnier®)
  • ¼ teaspoon salt


Instructions Checklist

  • Step 1
    Melt butter in a small saucepan over medium heat. Mix in brown sugar and corn syrup, stirring until sugar is dissolved. Pour into a 9×13 inch baking dish.
  • Step 2
    Remove crusts from bread, and arrange in the baking dish in a single layer. In a small bowl, whisk together eggs, half and half, vanilla extract, orange brandy, and salt. Pour over the bread. Cover, and chill at least 8 hours, or overnight.
  • Step 3
    Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Remove the dish from the refrigerator, and bring to room temperature.
  • Step 4
    Bake uncovered 35 to 40 minutes in the preheated oven, until puffed and lightly browned.


Monkey Bread 

Serving sizes: 15

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes 


Ingredient Checklist

  • 3 (12 ounce) packages refrigerated biscuit dough
  • 1 cup white sugar 
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • ½ cup margarine
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • ½ cup chopped walnuts (Optional)
  • ½ cup raisins 


  • Step 1
    Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease one 9 or 10 inch tube/Bundt® pan.
  • Step 2
    Mix white sugar and cinnamon in a plastic bag. Cut biscuits into quarters. Shake 6 to 8 biscuit pieces in the sugar cinnamon mix. Arrange pieces in the bottom of the prepared pan. Continue until all biscuits are coated and placed in the pan. If using nuts and raisins, arrange them in and among the biscuit pieces as you go along.
  • Step 3
    In a small saucepan, melt the margarine with the brown sugar over medium heat. Boil for 1 minute. Pour over the biscuits.
  • Step 4
    Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 35 minutes. Let bread cool in the pan for 10 minutes, then turn out onto a plate. Do not cut! The bread just pulls apart.


Maple Waffle Casserole

Serves: 6-8

Total time: 40 minutes 


  • 1 pound ground maple breakfast sausage
  • 8 toaster waffles, lightly and roughly chopped
  • 1 cup sharp cheddar cheese, grated
  • 8 eggs
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 tablespoon dry mustard powder
  • 1/2 cup pure maple syrup
  • kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
  1. Preheat the oven to 375º F and lightly grease a 9×13-inch baking dish with butter or non-stick spray.
  2. Brown sausage in a large pan or skillet over medium-high heat until fully cooked through.
  3. In a large bowl, combine milk, eggs, maple syrup and mustard powder, and beat together until mixture is smooth and eggs are fully incorporated. Season with salt and pepper.
  4. Place chopped waffles, browned sausage and cheddar cheese in a baking dish and toss together until combined.
  5. Pour egg mixture on top of waffles and gently press any uncovered waffle into the egg mixture.
  6. Place in the oven and bake for 45 minutes, or until eggs are cooked through.
  7. Remove from the oven and let cool 5-10 minutes before serving.
  8. Serve with maple syrup, if desired.


Sausage Pancake Breakfast Casserole

Serving Size: 8
Total time: 40 minutes 


  • 20 to 24 frozen pancakes from a 2-lb 1-oz package, thawed
  • 1 lb maple sausage
  • 6 eggs
  • 1½ cups heavy cream
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 Tbsp sugar
  • 2 Tbsp maple syrup, plus more for serving


  1. Cut pancakes in half and place cut side down in a lightly greased 9×13-inch pan.
  2. Cook sausage in a skillet over medium-high heat until no longer pink. Drain fat. Sprinkle cooked sausage on top of and in between pancake slices.
  3. Whisk together eggs, heavy cream, milk, vanilla, sugar, and maple syrup.
  4. Pour egg mixture over pancakes.
  5. Cover the casserole dish and refrigerate overnight.
  6. Remove casserole from the refrigerator and uncover. Preheat the oven to 350ºF.
  7. Bake the casserole uncovered for 50 to 60 minutes until the center is set.
  8. Let stand 5 minutes before serving with extra maple syrup.


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