When I was little, there were few mornings more exciting than Christmas. It would take me hours to fall asleep; I was either peeking out my bedroom door every 30 minutes to see if presents had arrived, or writing a last-minute note to Santa. And when I finally woke up the next morning (usually around 6 a.m.), I'd jump on my mom and dad's bed until they groggily rolled into the living room so I could gleefully tear open my gifts.
Now that I'm older, I don't attack my parents at the crack of dawn. But I still find a holiday morning no less exciting—not for the presents, but for the breakfast.
Every year my family and I whip up a mini feast of some of the classics: pancakes or waffles, bacon, scrambled eggs, and a fresh pot of coffee. This year, I'm thinking of bringing a new recipe into the mix, so I dug around for some of the best holiday breakfast ideas we have on our site—from a French toast casserole by Chrissy Teigen to a cinnamon scone bread that begs to be slathered in butter.
The contest winner for Your Best Holiday Breakfast, these two-bite breakfast puffs are like a hybrid of spice cake, muffins, and cinnamon sugar doughnut holes—so there's something for everyone to love.
In this crowd-friendly strata, you can use up just about anything lying around the fridge (and during the holidays, there's bound to be a lot). Bonus: You can prep it the night before, so all you have to do the next morning is pop it in the oven.
A Genius-approved recipe from Cravings queen Chrissy Teigen? Yep, we can safely say we're 100 percent on board with this sweet-and-crunchy French toast casserole topped with salted frosted flakes.
For the ultimate baked eggs combo, look no further than thyme-scented mushrooms, a bit of heavy cream, and a healthy sprinkle of Gruyère cheese.
For something with a bit more kick, whip up this chickpea, spinach, and chorizo frittata that's bound to keep you satisfied until the pre-holiday dinner cocktails.
If the recipe title is any indication, you won't be able to stop eating this warmly scented pumpkin bread with crunchy walnuts and grated apples.
These cranberry-studded scones make a pitch-perfect holiday morning breakfast, according to one reviewer: "Fabulous! I made these for Christmas morning breakfast and followed the recipe exactly. These were very delicate, light, and airy."
This smoky, tomatoey egg dish was made for riffing—depending on your family's taste buds. If you want to keep the flavors a bit more neutral, follow the recipe and stick to one tablespoon of harissa; if you want to liven things up a bit, add a dash of cayenne and sprinkle chopped cilantro over top.
For the speediest-ever scrambled eggs, look no further than this creamy, 15-second version from our Genius Recipes column. The secret that makes them faster than all the rest: cornstarch.
A holiday morning breakfast wouldn't be complete without a cozy drink, right? Our pick: this homemade, cardamom-spiced hot chocolate. (And if someone in your life isn't a cardamom fan, just skip it.)
These sticky, citrusy sticky buns get their inspiration from a number of places, from Joanne Chang's pillowy focaccia dough to Melissa Clark's recipe for olive oil and orange cake.
If you've got some leftover sweet potato mash hanging around the fridge, use it up in these bright and fluffy waffles that can go savory (with a fried egg) or sweet (with a dollop of whipped cream and maple syrup).
If whipping up batch after batch of scrambled eggs doesn't sound like your idea of a relaxing holiday morning, make a dozen or two of these scrambled eggs muffins, which taste like an entire breakfast in one bite.
Everything bagel fanatics, this one's for you. Chrissy Teigen does it again with a breakfast casserole that's got everything you could possibly want in a morning meal: everything bagel chunks, eggs, tomatoes, sausage, spinach, and lots of cheese (including an entire brick of cream cheese).
Just imagine waking up to a warm loaf of this cinnamon scone bread, cutting yourself a slice, and spreading it with melty butter—oh, and don't forget a cup of coffee.
According to Big Little Recipes columnist Emma Laperruque, "The best quiche has a tender, flaky crust; a silky, creamy custard; and, most of all, can be customized to no end." And guess what? Our best quiche has all that, and then some.
Another contest winner—for Your Best Recipe With Brown Butter—these butternut squash rolls are a can't-have-just-one mash-up of dinner rolls and monkey bread.
While porridge may not seem like the most exciting choice for a holiday breakfast, April Bloomfield's Genius-approved version is rich and comforting, plus it makes the perfect vehicle for just about any topping.
These buttermilk pancakes are everything a buttermilk pancake should be: fluffy, light, crispy-edged, and the perfect plus-one to a big glug of maple syrup.
Take the pressure off breakfast by making this granola a night or two ahead of time, and on the morning of, laying out some fresh fruit, yogurt, and honey.
Persimmons are only in season for a short time, so make the most of these sweet golden fruits by baking them into a lush bread pudding with challah, lemon zest, and creamy mascarpone.
These one-bowl sweet potato muffins couldn't be easier to make; just ask the reviewer who wrote: "These turned out quite well. Very easy to whip up and good for you too!"
The beauty of this dish lies in its simplicity: All you need to do is soak oats, toast nuts, and grate some apples.
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