15 Recipes I Want to Eat for Christmas Brunch

Ryan Nadolny | Ryan Eats Everything

Did you know that brunch has been around since 1895?! It's a term first coined by author Guy Beringer who longed for something lighter and more relaxing after attending long, traditional church services. Something like breakfast but with the addition of heavier, lunch inspired flare.

Since 1895, there has yet to be an addition to the culinary world as profound or necessary as brunch. Gathering with loved ones on a weekend morning, sharing food and laughter, gives us the recharge and reset we all need.

Plus, it’s a great excuse to start sipping champagne in the early day with mimosas and bellinis. Afterall, brunch is something to celebrate! And of course, the food, the real star of the show.

1. Cardamom Buns Recipe

These cardamom buns are the perfect brunch treat without being overpoweringly sweet. Buttery and decadent, these buns make the perfect pairing with a hot cup of coffee! They make a great addition to brunch because they're just sweet enough to balance out all your savory dishes likes sliced ham or any number of egg preparations or breakfast casseroles.

2. Cheesy Avocado Egg in a Hole Recipe

You may not be familiar with egg-in-a-hole, but you chances are you probably know it by a different name. There are no less than 65 different names for the same dish. Our version, this cheesy avocado egg in a hole recipe, is amped up by creamy avocado, tender ham, and gooey cheese. In truth this could be a meal all on its own, but we love it paired with our other favorite brunch dishes.

3. Glazed Cranberry Orange Scones Recipe

Few flavors pair as well as cranberry and orange, especially during the holidays. They're the perfect balance of sweet and tart. Toss in a little cinnamon and ginger and these glazed cranberry orange scones explode with flavor. They will make your taste buds entirely happy, especially at brunch paired with your other favorite savory brunch recipes.

4. Apple Cinnamon Breakfast Braid Recipe

The perfect sweet treat to add to your brunch party, this apple cinnamon breakfast braid recipe will make it look like you made everything from scratch and not from using canned cinnamon rolls. That's right - canned cinnamon rolls. Shh! I won’t tell. This breakfast bread is so easy to make and takes hardly any time at all, making it a perfect addition to your Christmas brunch menu.

5. Classic French Madeleines Recipe

With so much of brunch surrounded by sweet dishes, it’s good to have some less sugary options along with savory food options to balance everything out. Enter these classic French Madeleines, arguably the best cookie/biscuit for enjoying with a hot cup of coffee or tea. They're buttery and lightly sweet with a perfect crumb without being overwhelmingly sugary.

6. Toaster Oven Egg Bake Recipe

One of my favorite things to make for feeding a larger group at brunch, this toaster oven egg bake recipe is a true winner. We often make it the night before so all that has to be done is the baking. Easy-peasy-melty-cheesy! (Which is the way straight to my heart.) It's a simple dish you easily whip up to serve for brunch with no fuss and loads of savory flavor.

7. Blueberry Breakfast Cake Recipe

My two favorite things to have for breakfast are blueberries and cake. They just go together so well! Our blueberry breakfast cake recipe includes very little flour, which makes this cake extra dense with a creamy cheesecake-like texture. It's absolutely divine! Simple to make, but elevated enough to feel really special, this is the perfect breakfast cake for serving at brunch on Christmas.

8. Cranberry Walnut Coffee Cake Recipe

More breakfast cake?! Hip hip hooray! This cranberry walnut coffee cake is more in line with a traditional coffee cake. It's loaded with chewy dried cranberries and crunchy walnuts. A little drizzle of icing and you’ll be in a jolly good mood! If you don't prefer walnuts, sub pecans instead. You'll still gets the right amount of crunch and texture with a slightly different flavor profile.

9. Gluten Free Banana Bread French Toast Recipe

When it comes to large gatherings, it’s hard to keep track of everyone’s dietary needs. With this slightly sweet and gluten free banana bread French toast recipe, no one is left out of the delicious fun. Besides? Is brunch even brunch without French toast?! Not if you ask me. This French toast recipe hits just the right notes of banana and cinnamon and sweet for brunch.

10. Chai Spice Cinnamon Rolls Recipe

These chai spice cinnamon rolls are next level - what better kind of cinnamon roll to include on your brunch menu to welcome the new year?! Loaded with chai spices that pair perfectly with cold snowy days, try dipping them into your coffee or hot cocoa for the ultimate experience!

11. Easy Migas Recipe

Migas are a Tex-Mex breakfast delicacy of soft cheesy scrambled eggs mixed with peppers and onions and served on fried tortillas. Sign me up! Best served with some salsa and extra hot sauce, our easy migas recipe will quickly become your favorite for any given weekend morning. Paired with all your favorite brunch fixings, they will nicely round out your brunch menu.

12. Croque Monsieur Rolls Recipe

If there’s one thing the French get right, it’s absolutely food - specifically breads and pastries. Our croque monsieur rolls recipe uses homemade bread that takes a little more effort to make, but it’s totally worth the time - especially when you're talking about brunch. The rolls are soft with incredible texture, which is amazing paired with ham and cheese.

13. Cream Cheese Bundt Cake Recipe

Cheese makes everything better. In this case, it's cream cheese, which is no exception. This delightful cream cheese bundt cake is so light and airy with just the perfect amount of sweetness. Try it with a simple drizzle of balsamic reduction. Trust me! While it could stand in as dessert, I particularly love this bundt cake for serving with brunch alongside your favorite eggs.

14. Peach Fritters with Maple Glaze Recipe

The mere mention of fritters and you will have my undivided attention. I’m also a die hard fan of everything made with peaches, so you can imagine how much I love these soft, chewy, and sweet gifts from the bakery gods. Our peach fritters boast a maple glaze that is truly out of this world. If you're a donut or fritter fan, make these babies for your celebratory brunch.

15. Cheesy Hashbrown Potato Casserole Recipe

This recipe for our cheesy hashbrown potato casserole is a classic recipe that is a must have for any brunch or large gathering. They pair just as well with breakfast as they do with dinner. Versatile and easy to prepare in advance, they hold their heat for a long time as well making this recipe really easy both to prepare and serve.

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