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15 Christmas Breakfast Ideas That Are As Fun As Opening Presents

The last 365 days is one long surge to the most exciting hour of the year: opening presents on Christmas morning. Anything after that should keep the good feeling going, so we put together our favorite Christmas breakfasts.

The meaning of Christmas is up to whoever is celebrating. For kids, it's usually all about the presents. But as adults, we know it's all joy up until the last present is opened — and that's the moment the day-after-Christmas-blues begin. So stay in the holiday spirit with a fantastic breakfast. To take the pressure off the weary entertainer, we combed through our vast collection of Christmas breakfast recipes and cherry-picked some cheer to serve that will light up faces the same way the Santa does (read: This list is heavy on sugar bombs).

Chocolate Gingerbread Baked Doughnuts

Catch these if you can! They might not be gingerbread men, but your kids and guests will be chasing after these doughnuts. Not only do they have all the edible Christmas components (gingerbread, chocolate, red and green sprinkles), they're fairly easy to make as well. And if you're worried about overindulging, at least these doughnuts are baked rather than fried. Eat on!

Chocolate Gingerbread Baked Doughnuts

Christmas Breakfast Danish

If you really want to duplicate the delight from opening Christmas presents, this is the breakfast danish you want to serve. Can you really go wrong with a candy cane-shaped danish? Bright cherries make this the sweet slice you need to end the holiday season.

Christmas Breakfast Danish

Christmas Morning Pandoro French Toast

Italian in flavor, French in style, and American in indulgence, this dessert, errrr... breakfast recipe, is for the culturally mindful and environmentally conscious cook. This recipe calls for leftover pandoro which is an Italian sweet bread found in bakeries around the holidays. It's macerated with milk and egg for a fancy French toast unmatched by routine recipes and doused in syrup for an American accent. There's only one way to improve this recipe's flavor as well as reduce its environmental impact: Swap out the milk with your extra eggnog. Your children and Mother Earth will thank you.

Christmas Morning Pandoro French Toast

Hot Cocoa Pancakes With Peppermint Drizzle

You can file this one under "ridiculous recipes." By "ridiculous," we mean this recipe is chocolate wrapped in syrup and cloaked in marshmallows. Not only do these pancakes meet the requirements for three of the four main food groups observed by Santa's elves (candy, candy canes, candy corn, and syrup), they also score low on the difficulty scale — they're about as easy to make as regular pancakes.

Hot Cocoa Pancakes with Peppermint Drizzle

Gingerbread Waffles

It's so easy to win with waffles, especially when gingerbread is involved. There are only so many days in the year that we can taste the merry melody of ginger, cloves, nutmeg, and cinnamon so you can call this waffle gingerbread's hail mary of sonorous seasonings for the season. But keep it on your holiday playlist — you'll want to taste this tune again next year.

Gingerbread Waffle

Holiday Breakfast Braid

Braids are one way to get around Christmas morning bed head, but this braid solves a different Christmas conundrum: being in two places at the same time. You can't be in the kitchen making breakfast and simultaneoulsly watching the kids open presents in the living room, but this Christmas recipe lets you do a little make-ahead magic. It uses a yeast dough to shroud a mix of candied fruit and nuts, which means you can mix and assemble the night before. Then, instead of following through on the last rise at room temperature, put it in the fridge overnight. As the kids ransack their stockings, pull the holiday breakfast braid out of the refrigerator and let it do its last rise, then bake it before the last piece of mangled wrapping paper hits the floor.

Holiday Breakfast Braid

Holiday Apple Kuchen

While no kid would object to apple cake for breakfast, no responsible parent would serve their children cake for their morning meal, which is why we're calling this one "kuchen" (German for cake). Actually, it's more of a coffee cake than a sheet cake, but it's still dangerously delicious. The recipe calls for yeast, but the method isn't as complicated as typical yeast recipes — it's kind of like a yeasted quick bread. Perplexed? Don't worry. The assembly makes perfect sense. What makes even more sense is that you can make this on Christmas Eve so you can have a sophisticated and simple Christmas breakfast.

Holiday Apple Kuchen

Pecan Kringle

While 🎶sleigh bells are jingle-ing and ring-ting tingle-ing outside🎶, inside you can give your kids a pecan kringle to plow through. A Christmas kringle is Danish in name, but American in execution. Butter, warm spices, sugar, and pecans are mixed together and swathed in puff pastry. It's then baked and drizzled with a sugar glaze. Brew some coffee and cut yourself a rich slice.

Pecan Kringle

Christmas Morning Strata

If you're looking for a compelling breakfast casserole, let us introduce you to the Christmas breakfast strata. It's not just the Christmas color scheme that makes it the optimal option: The bacon, eggs, cheese, and bread also make it hard to turn down. And before you say it, we know what you're thinking: Spinach is going to spoil the holiday cheer. But just trust us; this one will make a hero out of any home cook.

Make-Ahead Christmas Morning Strata

Pumpkin Bread Pudding

Whether you call it French toast casserole or you call it bread pudding, this one checks off all the holiday breakfast boxes. Not only will it perk up anyone suffering from gift fatigue with the sugar-laced bread, this recipe calls for pumpkin in addition to the typical holiday spices. It can also be prepped while Santa is stuffing stockings and then baked while the kids are unpacking stockings. That's what we call a Christmas miracle.

Pumpkin Bread Pudding

Cinnamon Rolls

Forget visions of sugar-plums, sweet Christmas dreams are made of these cinnamon rolls. This is a traditional recipe, which means it uses yeast and requires rise time. You can do most of the prep on Christmas Eve and save the last rise for the morning so you can have fresh cinnamon rolls without the last-minute rush.

Overnight Cinnamon Rolls

Christmas Morning Slow Cooker Omelet

🎶Jingle bell, jingle bell, jingle bell crock...jingle bell time is a swell time🎶 to break out that slow cooker. If there's an adult decision to be made on Christmas, let it be this slow cooker omelet. If you've already gotten sugar shock over the holidays, something savory is in order. Mix the eggs, milk, and accoutrements the night before, then pour it all into the slow cooker and set it on high as you make your way to the tree. The omelet will be ready just as everyone gets their Christmas Day second wind.

Christmas Morning Slow Cooker Omelet

Holiday Blueberry Breakfast Braid

🎶There is much mistletoeing and hearts will be glowing 🎶 when loved ones are eating braided breakfast bread on Christmas morning! Wild blueberries, almond paste, and ricotta are swirled together and then swaddled in dough for this recipe. To keep it simple yet swanky, you can use refrigerator pizza dough and either assemble it and bake it the night before or leave the baking for the morning for a warm-from-the-oven, post-presents restorative meal.

Easy Holiday Braided Breakfast Bread with Wild Blueberry Filling