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There are no ifs, ands or buts about it: The holiday season is hectic, especially if you’re in charge of hosting a meal on the most magical day of the year. Spend more time rockin’ around the Christmas tree by getting your meal together ahead of time, stashing it in the fridge (or freezer) and reheating when you’re ready to eat. From pancakes and waffles to casseroles and egg cups, here are 24 make-ahead dishes to serve on Christmas morning.
If you’re obsessed with Christmas, then chances are you have some busy nights of festivities leading up to the day. In order to relax and enjoy Christmas morning, it might be best to prep your breakfast on Christmas Eve. This overnight french toast casserole is set up the night before and then all you have to do Christmas morning is pop it in your Instant Pot.
There are a lot of recipes you can make with biscuit mix, and luckily, this impossibly easy quiche is one of them. Anything that’s easy is a win on Christmas morning, right?
Recipes you can make with less than five ingredients are a game-changer. Not only do they save time, but you also don’t have to run to the grocery store looking for 15 different things the night before Christmas.
Did someone say cookies for breakfast? Yes, please. Instead of eating the crumbs that Santa left on his plate, bake a whole batch for yourself. Not a fan of maple and cranberries? Here are more of our best Christmas cookies.
Sugary-sweet breakfast dishes are great, but if you’re more of a savory food person, these chive and cheddar buttermilk biscuits will melt in your mouth. Warm them up and spread salted butter over these biscuits in the morning.
Slow cooker recipes are ideal for any time you don’t have time. Add all the ingredients early in the morning, let them cook and enjoy when you’re ready to (actually) wake up — not just when the kids wake you up.
Wake up with a citrusy lemon recipe ready to roll. Sweet roll, that is. Christmas morning will be so much easier when all you have to do is reheat the pan of pre-made blueberry lemon sweet rolls and then drizzle the frosting before serving.
If Pop-Tarts were, or still are, your favorite childhood breakfast, then these homemade Pop-Tarts with brown sugar glaze are the way to go. Store them in an airtight container overnight and toast them the next morning.
Cheesy hash brown casserole is one of the best brunch recipes out there. It’s comfort food at its easiest and reheats well if you make it a day ahead of time.
Casserole recipes are great because of their ease and simplicity. But these mini quiches just might take over as the easiest make-ahead dish for the holidays. Because you bake them in cupcake pans, you won’t even have to cut serving sizes.
This might sound perfect for fall, but if you’re not ready to give up pumpkin flavors for the holiday season, try this pumpkin cream cheese danish. Tip: this pastry pairs perfectly with a hot cup of coffee in the morning.
If Christmas morning is more like Christmas afternoon in your household, this homestyle breakfast casserole is the way to go. Curl up with this cheese, egg and sweet potato dish, watch your favorite Christmas movie and relax.
Would it be Christmas morning without doughnuts? These apple cider doughnuts are always best when fresh, but if you cook them the night before and then warm them in the oven, they’ll be as good as new.
If simple weeknight dinner recipes have gotten you through the busy holiday season, then this slow cooker breakfast apple cinnamon French toast will be sure to get you through a hectic morning. Just add maple syrup.
Festive eggnog is one of the cocktails that pairs perfectly with dinner during the holidays, but if it’s too early for the booze, try this overnight eggnog French toast casserole instead.
It’s hard not to cook tons of casseroles during the holidays. They’re easy, so you don’t need to worry about bad cooking habits that might ruin the meal, and they’re comforting on snowy mornings. This country breakfast casserole is for anyone who loves cheese.
You can’t have cherry almond coffee cake without a delicious, warm cup of homemade coffee. These two simple delights will make Christmas morning especially cozy.
This slow cooker monkey bread is as sweet as a holiday pie, and it’s perfect when you want to make enough food for seconds.
Grilled chicken can get boring, but luckily, breakfast is here to save the day. Breaded chicken mixed with the sweetness of syrup-y waffles might become your new favorite Christmas breakfast. It’s filling, tasty and so easy to make ahead.
If you can eat coffee cake for breakfast, you can eat other types of cake for breakfast too, right? Say goodbye to boxed cake mix for this lemon blueberry cake recipe — you can easily make it all from scratch and it will be perfect to cut into the next morning.
There are unexpected ingredients to put in your pancakes, and then there are some unexpected ingredients you can put in your coffee cake, like sour cream, which adds a wonderful tanginess. The crumbly cinnamon topping and dense texture are perfect for a cozy winter morning.
We have to add just one more casserole recipe to this roundup. Pass the hollandaise for this recipe, because you won’t be able to get enough of it. If you don’t mind making breakfast on Christmas morning and want to make an egg recipe fresh for the family, here are 101 ways you can cook an egg to get you inspired.
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