make ahead christmas breakfasts

Breakfast on Christmas morning, in my humble opinion, should be delicious, special, and most importantly: easy. While every household is different, we usually wake up (ok, let’s be serious, the kids wake us up unethically early) and dig into our stockings after which I make everyone pause (met with lots of groans) to eat breakfast together before we unwrap presents.

I love having a warm, fun, breakfast without having to go to a lot of work that morning. In honor of that, here are my top 12 favorite make-ahead breakfast recipes. Each would be delicious for Christmas morning!

For all the yeast recipes (cinnamon rolls and orange rolls), to make-ahead, simply prep the recipe through shaping and placing the rolls on the pans. Cover and refrigerate overnight. Pop them into the oven while it preheats and bake just like normal (I always make the glaze the night before too). As for the rollup blender pancakes (my kids’ favorite breakfast of all time), I very often make these start-to-finish, let cool, stack them on a plate, refrigerate and reheat in a skillet or in the microwave for a perfect breakfast. The toppings could be extra special for Christmas morning: whipped cream, berries, chocolate, yum!

13 Responses to 12 Delicious {Make-Ahead} Christmas Breakfast Ideas

  1. Cammee says:

    We have all of the family over for Christmas morning breakfast each year. Make ahead breakfast is the bomb!!

  2. I love anything “overnight” for breakfast. It is like starting my day ahead of schedule.

  3. Overnight breakfasts are mandatory if whoever’s cooking wants to also enjoy the day…I’ve spent too many Christmas mornings in the kitchen cooking up a festive breakfast while missing some of the festivities! So overnight or quick, but still festive is always on the menu! Lots of great ideas here!

  4. kristin says:

    Can the Holiday Morning Buns be made the night before and put in the refrigerator? The original recipe said to put them in the freezer and I just don’t have the space for that. Would the cooking time vary much?

  5. Chelsie says:

    Thanks for the great list of ideas! We’ve been known to make this overnight french toast for Christmas breakfast:
    http://theyankeesouthernbelle.blogspot.de/2011/03/caramel-soaked-french-toast.html

  6. Leslie says:

    I’m struggling with what to make for Christmas! This is the first year we won’t be traveling and our family is all recovering from the flu so I don’t have my plan in order yet. Will you post your favorite Christmas meals? I’ve made so so many of your menus and all fabulous!

    • Mel says:

      Hi Leslie – I probably won’t do an official post on main dish Christmas mostly because I find that everyone eats different things on Christmas Day. Many do a traditional ham dinner but others don’t even cook on Christmas and reserve their big meal for Christmas Eve (eating a variety of different things). We actually do lasagna on Christmas Eve, as weird as it sounds. Are you doing your big meal on Christmas or Christmas Eve?

  7. Gigi says:

    I made your scrolls last year Christmas Eve night and let them rise in the fridge. I took them out when I got up and by the time the kids opened presents it was time to bake them which worked out great. My question is do you think I can make coffee cake batter the night before and bake it the next morning. I’ve heard you have to let it come to room temp. If that’s the case I might as well make it from scratch in the morning haha. I’ve also heard you have to bake batter right away but I really have no idea so if you have any advice I’d appreciate it.. Thanks Mel and merry Christmas !

    • Mel says:

      I’m a make-ahead kind of girl so I’d probably try to make it the night before and bake it the morning of but then again, I haven’t actually tried it so maybe coffee cake is the big no-no for making ahead!

  8. Beth says:

    As good as these all look, we will be three years in a row this year doing your amazing monkey bread for breakfast on Christmas morning. I make it the day before, put it in the fridge, and then take it out to come to room temperature while opening presents and then make scrambled eggs and sausages and fruit while its baking. Also, it may be one of my top five of all your recipes (and I’ve made quite a few over the years). It is so delicious, I will be sticking with this tradition for good! Merry Christmas!

  9. Leslie says:

    Thanks so much! A lasagna is a good idea for Christmas Eve. I grew up in Texas so we aways did enchiladas on Christmas Eve and ham on Christmas Day. I’ll browse your website today and figure it out. Thanks so much!! Merry Christmas!!

  10. Jessica says:

    We had the cinnamon rolls for breakfast this morning that I made last night, one word..AMAZING! Wish I could post a picture!

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