8 Quick Christmas Breakfasts You Can Cook While Opening Presents

Jill Baughman
Food & Party

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Many of the fondest memories of Christmas Day take place bright and early in the morning. Waking up to a whole bunch of presents that magically appeared under the tree during the night is always a kid's dream come true, and parents and loved ones can't help but share in that unadulterated bliss.

But after staying up all night wrapping said presents, setting them up under the tree, eating the cookies and milk left out for Santa, and then dealing with the chaos that ensues looking for batteries, missing parts, and construction directions when the kids wake up, what to serve for breakfast is probably the last thing on your mind. Still, everyone needs to eat, and luckily for you, we've rounded up the easiest and tastiest dishes to serve up on Christmas morning.

Overnight Raisin French Toast: The name of this recipe from Taste of Home says it all: You can get the ingredients together ahead of time and refrigerate the toast overnight. Then, when the kids wake you up bright and early at 4 a.m. after two hours of sleep, sneak into the kitchen and stick the French toast in the oven. Let it bake while your kids scream and play with and break their brand-new gifts, and you'll have a warm, fresh breakfast ready for the whole family once the madness dies down.

Cinnamon Rolls: They're a delicious Christmas breakfast staple and will be a nice snack for loved ones to munch on during the unwrapping. These warm rolls are a wonderful companion to a fancier breakfast as well. If you want to make the real thing from scratch, check out this recipe from Alton Brown, though after you read through everything you have to do, it's probably just easier to go out and pick up the Pillsbury version.

Baked Eggs With Bacon and Spinach: This breakfast dish from Epicurious looks like it would have taken you hours to make, but it really only takes a half hour plus about 15 minutes of bake time. Scrumptious applewood-smoked bacon, spinach, English muffins, eggs, and heavy whipping cream are layered in pretty ramekins. It's an easy to make treat that you'll use far beyond Christmas morning.

Coffee Cake: The key to making this one fast? Just use some Bisquick. All you need is said Bisquick, brown and white sugar, cinnamon, butter, milk, and an egg. Doesn't get much easier than that, and everyone in your family will think you're a master baker.

Mini Quiche: My uncle runs around delivering his famous quiche every Christmas morning to all his family and friends. If you want to follow his example and make some quiche for the holidays, try cooking up the miniature version from this recipe via Food.com. This recipe really can't get much simpler and the kids could help prepare this one. They're perfect bite-size treats to serve if you're not quite ready to deal with a sit-down breakfast.

Eggnog Pancakes: These pancakes from AllRecipes.com are ready in 20 minutes, and you can use store-bought eggnog to make it really easy on yourself, and you'll likely have all the other ingredients on hand. Fluffy and light, having pancakes on Christmas morning will delight both adults and children alike. If the batter comes out too thick, just keep adding the eggnog until you reach your desired consistency.

Breakfast Enchiladas: This is another dish that you can prepare the night before. A tip from the Southern Living recipe says to let stand at room temperature for 30 minutes after refrigerating overnight, and then bake as directed. Make the Cheese Sauce before scrambling the eggs so the sauce is ready to add when you need it. Some red and green toppings (grape tomatoes, sliced green onions, and fresh cilantro) make this a festive Christmas breakfast staple!

Hot Chocolate: Making cocoa with the powdered stuff is convenient, but this recipe from Martha Stewart is pretty simple, and you can definitely taste the difference. With just sugar, cocoa, and table salt, as well as some whole milk for serving, you can also up the flair with a pinch of cinnamon or add a candy cane. This mix can last all winter if stored in an airtight container as well.

What do you serve on Christmas morning? Do you have any favorite recipes or go-to dishes?

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