13 of the Best Last Minute, Make Ahead Christmas Breakfast Recipes

Christmas morning is a whirlwind of early risers and impossible-to-wake dozers met by a wrapping paper eruption and a full day’s plans of greetings and gatherings. The last thing you need to hear is “What’s for breakfast?” or “Is it ready yet?” on top of the obligatory “Are we there yet?” Holiday meals are about indulging together. When it comes to simplifying Christmas morning, you can easily serve up the usual weekday oatmeal or toast and toss in a little something special, like Maple Candied Bacon. Or slide a jar of Meyer Lemon Champagne Preserves across the table for a spread that’s seasonal and sweet. But for a complete Christmas meal, try one of two options: prepare breakfast the afternoon or evening before, or bake it ahead of time and leave it on the counter for easy slicing. Basically, forget about it ’til morning, when the whole house will begin to smell like a home-cooked meal.

Pistachio, Orange, and Dark Chocolate Cinnamon Rolls

Tuck orange zest, pistachios, and dark chocolate chunks into these cinnamon rolls, and slice and fit them into the largest pans you can get your hands on. Wrap them up for a night in the fridge, and then watch them grow to be ENORMOUS in the oven on Christmas Day. Your entire home will smell of sweet, citrusy goodness. (Recipe and photo: Joy the Baker)

Pistachio, Orange, and Dark Chocolate Cinnamon Rolls

Citrus Galette

Brighten up the morning with a healthy dose of Vitamin C. This sunshine-inducing galette is both soft and crispy. Since it’s not technically a pie, it’s totally appropriate for brunch. (Recipe and photo: Baking a Moment)

Citrus Galette

Peachy Cinnamon Coffee Cake

With only a dozen ingredients, this peachy breakfast cake is a no-brainer. Cream cheese and peaches bake together in a rich, fruity accompaniment to as many cappuccinos and lattes as you need to wake up for a fun, full day. (Recipe and photo: Jelly Toast)

Peachy Cinnamon Coffee Cake

Brioche au Chocolat

Brioche dough oozing with cream and chocolate: a sweet and savory treat appropriate for holiday mornings (or any weekend, if you’re looking for reason to celebrate). Make Em’s pastry the afternoon before, and invite the rest of the family to join in. After sneaking a few bites, wrap the rest up and enjoy with a mug of hot cocoa on Christmas morning. (Recipe and photo: M Bakes)

Brioche au Chocolat

Lemon Poppyseed Pancakes

Topped with berries and filled with fresh lemon juice and zest, these pancakes beat the average poppyseed muffin. Whip up the batter the night before, and simply heat up the skillet on Christmas Day for a smooth transition from crazy morning to effortless brunch. (Recipe and photo: The First Mess)

Lemon Poppyseed Pancakes

Overnight Eggnog French Toast Bake

This nutty holiday dish can serve a crowd. But if you’re just looking for a little something sweet, then Julie has you covered for the week to come. Turn winter’s classic eggnog drink into the ultimate comfort food breakfast. Let the French toast soak overnight, and bake it in the a.m. Topped with baked-in, roasted walnuts and served with a bottle of warm maple syrup, your holiday couldn’t be off to a sweeter start. (Recipe and photo: Table for Two)

Overnight Eggnog French Toast Bake

Breakfast Gelato

The equation for this recipe is simple: oatmeal + bananas + milk = breakfast. We’re not about to argue with Mandy of Lady and Pups, and we doubt any sweet tooths at the table would be opposed. Just pour some coffee, open the freezer, and breakfast is served. (Recipe and photo: Lady and Pups)

Breakfast Gelato

Pumpkin Stuffed Pretzel French Toast

With a filling of goat cheese, cream cheese, pumpkin, and cinnamon, there’s no chance you’ve had a more over-the-top pretzel. Soaked in cream, fresh orange juice, pumpkin puree and brown sugar, this french toast bake warrants a celebration of its own. (Recipe and photo: Spoon Fork Bacon)

Pumpkin Stuffed Pretzel French Toast

Creamy Asparagus Polenta Quiche

Safe for the gluten-free celebrants, Megan’s feta- and Greek yogurt-based quiche offers a custardy dish with a savory bite. Pop this brunch pie in the oven on the 24th, and refrigerate overnight. The next morning? Just slice and serve. (Recipe and photo: Take a Megabite)

Creamy Asparagus Polenta Quiche

Loaded Vegetable Tart

Shelly’s easy homemade crust frames a quiche bursting with peas and fresh mushrooms. Whether in a shape of a quiche or tart, this healthy egg and veggie combo is the perfect prep work for a day of indulgence. (Recipe and photo: Vegetarian Ventures)

Loaded Vegetable Tart

Spicy Shredded Pork Breakfast Tostadas

While the kids attend to Santa’s cookies, toss a few ingredients in the slow cooker for pineapple pulled pork, and call it a night. In the a.m., heat up some black beans and scramble a few eggs. Then let everyone assemble their own pork breakfast tostadas, buffet-style. (Recipe and photo: Boulder Locavore)

Spicy Shredded Pork Breakfast Tostadas

English Muffin Breakfast Casserole

Raid the pantry and fridge for the the most accessible ingredient mash-up. With shredded cheeses, yogurt, bacon, and sausage, breakfast is practically served. Let it bake the next morning while you’re exchanging gifts, then dive into a cheesy, savory casserole that’ll keep everyone energized throughout the afternoon (before the dessert-time sugar crash, of course). (Recipe and photo: Chew Out Loud)

English Muffin Breakfast Casserole

Ham and Gruyere Breakfast Buns

The classic croque monsieur takes a breakfast bun twist in Sarah’s savory recipe. Prepared the night before with little work to do come breakfast, these rolls are simple and satisfying. As the dough rises in the fridge overnight, get ready to meet your new breakfast addiction. (Recipe and photo: Strawberry Plum)

Ham and Gruyere Breakfast Buns