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You'll be hearing from the staff at FOOD52 every week in Too Many Cooks, our group column in which we pool our answers to questions about food, cooking, life, and more.

Blueberry Snack Cake

Holidays are always filled with too much dessert. And on the Fourth of July, there is always too much pie -- as well as crumbles, and crisps, and slumps. The natural reaction to this, of course, is to eat them for breakfast on the fifth. So we asked our staff:

What is your favorite dessert for breakfast?

Do you go for fruit or chocolate? Cake or pie? Tell us in the comments! 

Brette: Cake. For. Breakfast. I should add icebox cake to that list now.

Christina: Cold birthday cake -- always yellow with white icing. And a tall glass of milk.

Bryce: I love a poundcake for breakfast. Especially this one.

Karl: Leftover birthday cake.

Hannah: Might as well go for the gold: cheesecake!

Jason: I'm with Hannah in camp cheesecake.

Maddy: My mother allowed breakfast pizza with caramelized apples and sharp cheddar, but not pie, sadly. But now I make my own rules, so I'll I choose blueberry pie a la mode (Haagen Dazs vanilla, please).

Maggie: Hot blueberry cobbler (with vanilla ice cream, duh) and a hotter fresh cup of coffee. And I would be lying if I said some of that ice cream didn't find its way into my cuppa joe.

Marian: Mine is a fat piece of blueberry pie, chilly from the fridge.

Sarah: I don't want to give too much away, but there's a certain Food52 Senior Editor who's admitted to eating ice cream with her coffee for breakfast. Sounds like a brilliant idea to me!

Kristen: All my favorite breakfasts are desserts. But the ice cream sandwich to which Sarah is referring was a high (low?) point: Jeni's double toasted coconut inside Tate's macadamia nut cookies.

Amanda's Peach Tart

Amanda: Peach pie -- my mother fully condoned pie for breakfast, and I love her for it.

Amelia: I'm not much of a dessert person (I always get lots of strange looks when I say this). However, there are these cookies that my parents make called Coffee Toffee Bars that I can't resist. As the name suggests, they are kind of begging to be eaten for breakfast.

Merrill: Summer pudding with lots of cream.

Emma: A chewy chocolate chip cookie, dipped in milk. (You see, I never dip my cookies in milk unless it's in the morning. Probably makes it feel more like cereal...) I also wouldn't be opposed to trying this.

Marian: That's kind of similar to a hip new trend called cookie cereal!


Bea: S'mores for breakfast while camping chased with some instant coffee.

Lauren: I love Cheerios with left over non-whipped cream. The rest of my family is firmly in camp pie.

Amelia: I'm not much of a dessert person (I always get lots of strange looks when I say this). However, there are these cookies that my parents make called Coffee Toffee Bars that I can't resist. As the name suggests, they are kind of begging to be eaten for breakfast.

Stephanie: I may have had chocolate ice cream and two chocolate chip cookies for breakfast just this morning. 

Amanda Li: I usually opt for savory in the morning, but there's nothing like a thick slice of pumpkin bread to dunk into your coffee or hot chocolate.

Merrill: Growing up, we sometimes had slices of leftover angel food cake, toasted, for breakfast. Tastes like a roasted marshmallow!

Tell us: what dessert do you like to eat for breakfast?

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6 months ago joy dean

I am a Bread Pudding leftover and rewarmed with rum sauce ad coffee early while everyone else is still sleeping and all is quiet except for the birds, I just get to enjoy the warm flavor of the sweet praline flavored pudding with the hint of maple rum topping. Delightful


about 2 years ago Sarah | strawberryplum

Dessert for breakfast makes life worth living! I bound out of bed if I know there's a leftover piece of pie or cobbler waiting to go with my morning coffee. My favorite this summer has been Strawberry-Apricot Cobbler. http://www.strawberryplum...


about 2 years ago Emma Wartzman

Hmmm, sounds kind of like this Strawberry Apricot Breakfast Crisp that is, in fact, featured in our new BREAKFAST column. Who says we can't make it official?!


about 2 years ago vbarrie56

Food52 is just simply the best in recipes, articles & asthetics (photos are real & with a sense of peace)


about 2 years ago Emma Wartzman

So nice to hear! Thank you!


about 2 years ago Carolyn Z

We recently ate nectarine crostata for breakfast. So good. Not our usual meal.


about 2 years ago Marian Bull

I might just bake a pie tonight so I can eat it for breakfast in the morning.