These Christmas brunch recipes feature sweet and savory brunch ideas that will make your holiday even more magical! Nothing says Christmas like a shared meal between family, and these recipes will have them savoring every bite. You'll love them so much you will want to make them year after year!
Best Christmas Brunch Ideas
If your family is like mine then the first order of business on Christmas morning is gathering around the tree to open presents. It's not until all the wrapping paper clears that we realize just how hungry we are!
I'm not complaining, our late breakfast opens the door for all of these fantastic brunch recipes! By that time, a mid-day mimosa or gingerbread eggnog cocktail is perfectly reasonable while we all gather around the table to enjoy a meal together.
- Best Christmas Brunch Ideas
- Holiday Brunch Recipes
- 1. Cinnamon Roll Bread Pudding
- 2. Apple Pie French Toast Casserole
- 3. Cracker Barrel Hashbrown Casserole
- 4. Apple Cider Pancakes
- 5. Sausage Egg & Cheese Breakfast Casserole
- 6. Baked Eggs
- 7. Baked Denver Omelet
- 8. Strawberry Buttermilk Crepes
- 9. Sausage Hash Brown Breakfast Casserole
- 10. French Toast Bake
- 11. Chocolate Pancakes
- 12. Maraschino Cherry Coffee Cake
- 13. Prime Rib Eggs Benedict
- 14. Omelet Roll
- 15. Sourdough French Toast
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Holiday Brunch Recipes
These brunch recipes are tried and true favorites from my family to yours. Whether you like your brunch sweet or savory, there's something for everyone!
If you enjoy your Christmas meal a little earlier in the day, or you plan on serving a crowd, take a look at my Christmas breakfast casserole recipes!
1. Cinnamon Roll Bread Pudding
On Christmas, we bust out the extra special bread pudding! You can use leftover, storebought, or freshly made cinnamon rolls to make this version.
As if cinnamon rolls weren't delicious enough, these are cut up and soaked in a creamy sweet custard then baked. This is one recipe you'll want to make a family tradition.
2. Apple Pie French Toast Casserole
This brunch casserole is just as dreamy and indulgent as it sounds. Everyone loves apple pie and everyone loves French toast, so why not combine the two?
You can even make this casserole Christmas eve so it's ready to go the next day. Just pop it in the oven, slice it, and serve!
3. Cracker Barrel Hashbrown Casserole
Serve your favorite brunch entrees with a side of this satisfying hashbrown casserole. The crispy hashbrowns are coated in an irresistible combination of melted cheese, sour cream, and cream of chicken soup.
It tastes identical to the Cracker Barrel version. Maybe even better!
4. Apple Cider Pancakes
Apple cider is a Christmas tradition and these festive pancakes are full of that same spiced apple flavor! They are even topped off with soft, cinnamon-fried apples and a caramel apple syrup that is downright heavenly.
You could go all out and serve some homemade apple cider right alongside these pancakes. 'Tis the season!
5. Sausage Egg & Cheese Breakfast Casserole
This hearty casserole is made with all your breakfast favorites in one easy-to-slice dish! It's savory and cheesy and it will keep you full until dinnertime.
This casserole can easily be assembled in advance to save yourself time on Christmas day.
6. Baked Eggs
If you want to add some eggs to your brunch spread, these baked eggs are an easy way to do it! Baked eggs are still creamy in the center but the whites are perfectly set, it's truly the best way to enjoy eggs.
Not only are they easy to make, but they look so elegant when baked in a decorative ramekin. It's a great life hack for putting together a gourmet-looking brunch spread.
7. Baked Denver Omelet
A fluffy baked omelet is a great option for feeding a crowd on Christmas day. It's filled with sauteed onions, savory bits of ham, bell peppers, and of course, lots of cheese.
This baked omelet can be made in advance so you simply pop it in the oven when you're ready for brunch!
8. Strawberry Buttermilk Crepes
Creamy and sweet, strawberry buttermilk crepes will make any meal feel like a special occasion. Not to mention, this beautiful French breakfast is ready to eat in just 15 minutes.
The buttermilk crepes are so lite and tender with a subtle sweetness that is perfectly complemented by fresh strawberries and whipped cream.
9. Sausage Hash Brown Breakfast Casserole
If you're craving comfort food, this sausage hashbrown breakfast casserole will hit the spot. It combines everything you would want from a full country breakfast and bakes it into one satisfying casserole!
You've got savory sausage, protein-packed eggs, melted cheese, and crispy hashbrowns, what more could you want?
10. French Toast Bake
Don't waste time making individual slices of French toast when you can make enough for the whole family in one dish! It's superbly fluffy and it slices like a dream.
A drizzle of maple syrup and some fresh fruit or whipped cream will make this a brunch to remember!
11. Chocolate Pancakes
Kids and adults will be overjoyed when they see a stack of these rich chocolate pancakes on their plates! I've even included a recipe for my indulgent chocolate ganache syrup if you have a family of chocolate lovers.
I enjoy topping my chocolate pancakes with marshmallows. It's like hot cocoa you can eat!
12. Maraschino Cherry Coffee Cake
The juicy bits of Maraschino cherry in this coffee cake will have your family savoring every bite. It's soft and crumbly with an irresistible streusel topping and a cinnamon ripple right through the middle.
Coffee cake is classic brunch fare, but I promise you haven't had a coffee cake like this!
13. Prime Rib Eggs Benedict
Take the leftovers from your Christmas eve prime rib and turn them into an unforgettable eggs benedict! Velvety smooth hollandaise sauce, tender sliced prime rib, and a perfectly poached egg will have your guests feeling like they are in a 5-star restaurant.
If you've never made eggs benedict, don't worry. This recipe walks you through every step.
14. Omelet Roll
Perfectly set eggs rolled up around melted cheddar and bits of savory ham, yum! You can slice it and serve it with your favorite brunch sides.
1 omelet roll makes a whopping 12 servings, so there's plenty for extended family.
15. Sourdough French Toast
Once you try this sourdough French toast, you'll never go back to flimsy sliced bread again. The bread absorbs the flavors of rich maple and vanilla without becoming soggy.
Sourdough adds a slightly 'tangy' element that really helps to balance out the added sweetness. It's just as delicious with your favorite French toast toppings, too!
🎅 More Christmas Recipes
- Holiday Pie Recipes - The most flavorful and festive pies to share with your family this holiday.
- Nutter Butter Snowmen - These cute cookie snowmen will be all the rage at your next Christmas party!
- Gingerbread House Glue - Your gingerbread house will last well into the new year with this recipe for the most sturdy edible glue!
- Roasted Rack of Lamb - Host a Christmas dinner to remember by serving a perfectly cooked rack of lamb.
- Eggnog Creme Brulee - A delicious custard with a sweet caramelized topping that's loaded with eggnog flavor.
- Sprinkle Crinkle Cookies - These easy-to-make Christmas cookies decorate themselves!
These Christmas brunch recipes are here to help you pull off a magical morning for you and your loved ones. Let me know which recipes you featured on your holiday menu by leaving me a comment below!
Christmas Brunch Recipes: Prime Rib Eggs Benedict (+More Recipes Your Family Will Love!)
Making Hollandaise Sauce
- Make a water bath by adding about 1-inch of water to a saucepan and placing a stainless steel or glass bowl that fits inside without touching the water. Bring the water to a simmer.
- Pour the heavy cream, egg yolks, lemon juice, optional mustard, and optional cayenne pepper into the bowl. Let the mixture cook over the simmering water, whisking constantly until it is thick enough to coat the back of a spoon. It should be at least 160°F (71°C).½ cup heavy cream, 4 large egg yolks, 1 ½ tablespoon lemon juice, 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard, 1-2 pinches cayenne pepper
- Reduce the heat to low. Slowly drizzle the melted butter into the bowl, whisking constantly.½ cup unsalted butter
- Remove from heat and season with salt & pepper to taste. Transfer the hollandaise to a new dish and cover it to keep it warm. Set aside.each, salt & pepper
Making Poached Eggs
- Bring 3-4 inches of water and vinegar to a boil in a large frying pan. Crack the eggs one at a time into the boiling water, but no more than 4 eggs at once (you will do 2 batches).8 large eggs, 1 tablespoon white vinegar
- Let the eggs cook until the egg whites are set but the yolk is still runny (usually 3-4 minutes). Remove the eggs from the water with a slotted spoon and transfer them to a paper towel-lined plate. Repeat with remaining eggs.
Prepare English Muffins and Prime Rib
- Toast muffins in a toaster or on a baking sheet under the broiler, just until the top is golden-brown.4 English muffins
- Slice leftover prime rib into thin strips that will fold easily on top of your English muffins. Heat a skillet or grill pan over medium-high heat with a small drizzle of olive oil (extra virgin) until the oil begins to shimmer.1 lb prime rib roast, 1 tablespoon olive oil
- Heat the prime rib portions briefly on each side, about 1 minute each, just enough to fully warm the leftover meat.
Assemble Eggs Benedict
- Lay a slice of prime rib on top of English muffin half. Then, top the prime rib with a poached egg and season with salt & pepper to taste. Spoon hollandaise over the top of each egg. Garnish with fresh parsley or chives and a sprinkle of paprika.fresh parsley, paprika
- Fresh eggs work best for poaching as they tend to spread less in the water.
- Do not salt the water for this recipe, it will cause the eggs to spread more.
- If working with older eggs, poach one at a time. Create a vortex by using a wooden spoon to swirl the water and drop the egg right in the middle (this keeps them from spreading).
- To reheat hollandaise sauce microwave it for 10-second increments at 50% power, stirring each time, until warm.
Angela is an at home chef that developed a passion for all things cooking and baking at a young age in her Grandma's kitchen. After many years in the food service industry, she now enjoys sharing all of her family favorite recipes and creating tasty dinner and amazing dessert recipes here at Bake It With Love!