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Christmas Morning Is Basically Incomplete Without Making One Of These 15 Very Festive Breakfasts

Have fun opening your presents — I'll be beelining to the freshly baked sticky buns.

When it comes to memorable holiday meals, we sure have a lot to say about Christmas dinner...but let’s not forget the unmatched joy of waking up to a mouthwatering spread on Christmas morning. 🎄

For festive brunch recipes that your whole family will be thrilled to devour — in their pajamas, of course — it doesn't get much better than these simple, cozy meals.

1. Eggnog French Toast Roll-Ups

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Nothing says Christmas like eggnog, so we won't blame you if you just can't stop reaching for these custardy, eggnog-flavored French toast roll-ups. This recipe can be sweet, savory, or a mix of both — so no matter what your family is in the mood for on Christmas morning, they can take their pick.

Recipe: Eggnog French Toast Roll-Ups | Shop This Recipe 

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2. High-Protein Gingerbread Pancakes

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These fluffy pancakes are full of cozy 'n' warming gingery spice. In terms of serving them, they're as versatile as it gets: They can be served with anything from maple syrup to raspberry jam...or even a dollop of whipped cream. 

Recipe: High-Protein Gingerbread Pancakes | Shop This Recipe   

3. Cinnamon Roll Wreath

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Christmas wreaths are hanging everywhere during the holiday — so this ooey-gooey edible version makes perfect sense. Between the perfectly crisp crust, the warm icing, and the soft, fluffy interior, it's hard to pick one best part of this dish.

Recipe: Cinnamon Roll Wreath | Shop This Recipe 

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4. Baked Ham & Cheese Ring

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Let Christmas breakfast be a comfy, cozy, and ~cheesy~ affair with these perfectly portable ham and cheese rings. You can go as wild or classic as you'd like with the fillings here. For a breakfast-friendly version, some scrambled eggs would add the perfect amount of fluffiness (with a little kick of protein, too).

Recipe: Baked Ham & Cheese Ring | Shop This Recipe 

5. Sticky Buns

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A bit messy (but very, very yummy), these sticky buns are pretty much the definition of comfort. Could there be a better way to start your Christmas morning? We don't think so.

Recipe: Sticky Buns | Shop This Recipe 

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6. Apple Cinnamon French Toast Bake

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French toast makes for an amazing breakfast any day of the year — so Christmas morning is no exception. But best of all: You can prep the whole thing the night before. Just prepare up to Step 7 and refrigerate it overnight. When Christmas morning rolls around, just pop it into a preheated oven. You'll be enjoying an effortless, scrumptious breakfast in no time at all.

Recipe: Apple Cinnamon French Toast Bake | Shop This Recipe 

7. Loaded Breakfast Sweet Potato

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These sweet and savory breakfast sweet potatoes will fill you with all the energy you'll need to get through gift-opening and all that holiday socializing. For the ultimate brunch vibes, use small bowls for each of the fillings and let your family (or guests) make their loaded sweet potatoes exactly the way they want to.

Recipe: Loaded Breakfast Sweet Potato | Shop This Recipe 

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8. Chocolate Braided Swirl Bread (Babka)

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Starting your Christmas morning with some chocolaty goodness is never a bad idea. This rich and filling babka takes some time to bake, but the fluffy, decadent results are absolutely worth every minute of effort.

Recipe: Chocolate Braided Swirl Bread (Babka) | Shop This Recipe 

9. Apple Pie Cheesecake

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The holiday season is all about indulgence. This mouthwatering combo takes two crowd-pleasing desserts and turns it into the best of both worlds.

Recipe: Apple Pie Cheesecake | Shop This Recipe 

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10. Pumpkin Spice Swiss Roll

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If you're looking to satisfy your sweet tooth, this spongy, expertly spiced dessert is a must-try during Christmas. For an extra hit of fruity goodness, spread a thin layer of your favorite jam between the cake and cream cheese filling.

Recipe: Pumpkin Spice Swiss Roll | Shop This Recipe 

11. Apple Pie Muffins

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If you're looking to enjoy a warm Christmas brunch without having to do very much at all, make a batch of these Apple Pie Muffins in advance. When Christmas morning rolls around, gently heat them in a 200ºF oven until warmed through and serve immediately. Minimal effort, maximum reward.

Recipe: Apple Pie Muffins | Shop This Recipe

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12. Spiced Rice Pudding

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Rice pudding is a humble yet hearty choice (that also happens to be an excellent way of using up leftover rice). It's also quite versatile: For a little extra sweetness and texture, add some raisins and vanilla...or keep it as is if you'd rather. The choice is all yours.

Recipe: Spiced Rice Pudding | Shop This Recipe 


13. Winter Fruit Salad With Honey Lime Dressing

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Light, fresh, and fruity, this winter salad dressed with sweet honey and tart lime makes for a refreshing morning snack.

Recipe: Winter Fruit Salad With Honey Lime Dressing | Shop This Recipe 

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14. Pumpkin Pie Bread Pudding

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This rich bread pudding is a warm, comforting treat that's begging to be topped with brown sugar, butter, and a crumbly walnut streusel topping for maximum indulgence. 

Recipe: Pumpkin Pie Bread Pudding | Shop This Recipe 

15. Hot Chocolate Board

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Relaxing with a piping hot mug of hot chocolate after presents and family time? Pretty much the ideal Christmas morning. This DIY hot chocolate board kicks things up a notch, bringing together all of your favorite hot chocolate toppings in a creation that's as fun to look at as it is to make.

Recipe: Hot Chocolate Board | Shop This Recipe 

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