Ah…the joy of Christmas morning.
I can just see it now…the pitter patter of little feet coming down the stairs, waking up mom and dad at the crack of dawn to see what Santa brought. It’s a magical time, isn’t it?
But, magical or not – the fam’s gotta eat!
Between shopping, baking and holiday prep it’s safe to say you might be too exhausted to whip up a big holiday breakfast. If you’re losing a little bit of your Santa steam, try these 10 make ahead breakfast treats to power you through all that Christmas morning excitement!
1. Christmas Morning Monkey Bread
Christmas Morning Monkey Bread is also known as “Pull-Apart” in my husband’s family. I can’t believe I went 25 years without this treat – NOT cool Mom and Dad! It wasn’t until my hubby and I got married that I was introduced to this cinnaminny, bready, totally Christmas-y goodness. This requires a bundt pan, common pantry items and practically no baking skill. Plus you can prep it earlier in the week and pop it in the oven while the kids are in all their gift opening glory. The scrumptious smell might even entice them to come to the kitchen!
2. Holiday Shaped Pancakes
No need to stress over these pancakes. Use your favorite pancake mix and make your pancakes a few days before Christmas. Christmas morning, cut out fun shapes or letters and re-heat the pancakes! If you want to get even fancier with this one, check out bevcook’s Holiday Hot Cakes and Waffles recipe for sprucing up your Christmas hot cakes.
3. Overnight French Toast
French toast is perfect for a special occasion, so why not make it for Christmas morning? Don’t want to stand over the stove all morning baking up French toast while your precious little ones are opening gifts? Try a make ahead French Toast like this Betty Crocker Overnight French Toast. Pop it in the oven and you won’t miss a single Christmas morning moment!
4. Overnight Pastries
Nibbling on something warm, butter and gooey is always a great way to start any morning. Pastries are always a great way to go and Overnight Caramel-Apple Rolls are a great “fix ‘em and forget ‘em” Christmas morning treat for all!
5. Breakfast Breads
Need a light breakfast to curb off hunger before an early Christmas dinner? Try making Bisquick’s Cranberry bread for a quick treat.
6. Overnight Sausage and Egg Bake
Want to go a little more savory on Christmas morning? Try this Overnight Sausage and Egg Bake. This hearty breakfast will fill you up until it’s time to chow down on some holiday dinner!
7. Christmas Egg Bake
Make your favorite egg bake and cut up red and green bell peppers to throw in the mix. It will look like Christmas confetti! Or try this awesome Do-Ahead Egg Bake recipe.
8. Fruit Wreath
Forget fruitcake – how about fresh fruit in the shape of a tree or a wreath? In fact, make each guest individual wreaths for their own Christmas morning treat. To prevent the fruit from browning, brush on a little lemon juice. If you want to sweeten things up a bit, this Chocolate-Dipped Fruit Wreath hits the spot!
9. Breakfast Coffee Drinks
Care to drink your breakfast? Try this delicious Iced Mexican Coffee recipe. Line the rim of your glass with red and green sprinkles for a festive look! Or, just add the colorful sprinkles and a candy cane to your regular coffee cup!
10. Crockpot Breakfast
While you are putting out cookies and milk for Santa, why not throw some breakfast in the Crockpot? You’ll be so happy to wake up to the smell of this Slow Cooker Pecan Bread Pudding!
Monkey Bread or Pull-Apart, French Toast or Pancakes – Christmas morning will be complete with any of these make ahead breakfast items. A full stomach is the perfect complement to a morning of opening presents!