16 Christmas Brunch Recipes That Are Both Festive and Delicious
Christmas morning brunch can be a holiday highlight . . . if it's done right. After a morning of sipping coffee or hot chocolate and opening presents, you'll work up quite an appetite (or maybe you fuel up before you start opening gifts!). Whatever your routine is, you want to make a brunch that's delicious, festive, and memorable. From pancakes to oatmeal to cinnamon rolls, we've compiled a list of brunch ideas that'll kick your holiday morning menu up at least three notches. These options are also perfect for a brunch-style buffet, so don't be shy about whipping up more than one!
Eggnog French Toast Bake
It's never too early to drink eggnog with your breakfast! This six-step recipe is so easy you'll have time to make a side dish to pair with it.
Get the recipe: eggnog french toast bake
Brazilian Hot Cocoa
You're going to need something to help wash down all those pancakes, so why not some hot cocoa? This Brazilian twist will put a spin on an old-time classic. The secret? Condensed milk.
Get the recipe: Brazilian hot cocoa
Chocolate Peppermint Pancakes
Peppermint is a Christmas staple, so of course it needs a seat at the table. In this recipe, there's no such thing as too much peppermint. Whether you choose to use peppermint extract or crushed candy canes (or both!), you'll have a delicious sugar high.
Get the recipe: chocolate peppermint pancakes
Slow Cooker Cranberry Orange Monkey Bread
If you're still trying to catch up on your gift wrapping or bow tying in the morning, this dish will be a lifesaver. The slow cooker will basically do all the work for you.
Get the recipe: slow-cooker cranberry orange monkey bread
Chocolate Sticky Buns
An interesting and sweeter take on the traditional cinnamon roll, these chocolate sticky buns will satisfy every sweet tooth in the room. And topped with crushed candy canes, this dish screams festive.
Get the recipe: chocolate sticky buns
Fluffy French Toast With Candied Nuts
This dairy-free french toast will bring the sweet and savory your Christmas brunch is craving. Topped with maple syrup, you've got the best side compliment for your scrambled eggs.
Get the recipe: fluffy french toast with candied nuts
Easy Eggnog Crumb Cake
Crumb cake by itself is delicious, but topped with an eggnog glaze? Now that's a game changer.
Get the recipe: easy eggnog crumb cake
Hot Cocoa Steel-Cut Oats
Every brunch needs a healthy option, and this steel-cut-oatmeal recipe is your answer. For those looking for a healthier alternative, this dish will not only check off that box but also help satisfy your sweet tooth.
Get the recipe: hot cocoa steel-cut oats
Mascarpone Cranberry French Toast
Although this dish can't be prepped the night before, its 15-minute cook time is still a breeze. Plus, anything with "mascarpone" in the title will earn you a few "ooh's" and "ahhh's" at a Christmas party.
Get the recipe: mascarpone cranberry french toast
Hot Cocoa Cinnamon Rolls
It's like this recipe read our minds and combined our two favorite breakfast treats: hot cocoa and cinnamon rolls!
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Bulletproof Peppermint Mocha
Packed with 22 grams of protein per mug, this quick and easy brunch hack will have you looking at peppermint mochas differently. This specific recipe includes collagen protein so your skin, hair, and nails will be thanking you later.
Get the recipe: bulletproof peppermint mocha
The Very Best Granola
Just because cranberry made an appearance at Thanksgiving doesn't mean it can't also find its way into a few Christmas dishes. This granola recipe garnished with cranberries is the perfect snack or breakfast topping.
Get the recipe: the very best granola
Apple Cranberry Tart
Mingling at Christmas parties can be a bit intimidating sometimes, but bringing a tart to a brunch party is a conversation starter in itself: "So do you consider a tart a breakfast item?" You might be able to change a few minds by the afternoon.
Get the recipe: apple cranberry tart
Almond Nog Overnight Oats
An easy and healthy breakfast meal with a holiday spin! This dairy-free dish is great for those still trying to squeeze in a last-minute workout before the Christmas night festivities begin.
Get the recipe: almond nog overnight oats
Fresh Ginger Tea
'Tis the season for ginger recipes! Not only will the tea-lovers appreciate this beverage, but having a non-alcoholic and non-caffeinated option at brunch is always a good idea.
Get the recipe: fresh ginger tea
Homemade Gingerbread Pancakes
Pancakes shaped like gingerbread men? I think this calls for a decorating party. It's like gingerbread houses, but for brunch!
Get the recipe: homemade gingerbread pancakes