Christmas Brunch should be a touch sweet and a touch savory, and it’s always good to have a few of both options for your guests. Get every holiday brunch recipe you could ever need in this incredible collection of my favorite special brunch ideas for the holidays.

From homemade, fresh baked yeasty cinnamon rolls, to the shortcut recipes you need in a pinch, you’ll find a little of everything here.

Put together your favorites for the best Christmas brunch menu ever!

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Christmas brunch just feels special. It’s decadent and slow moving, creating a warm, cozy and meaningful experience for all.

Whether you’re hosting a crowd or celebrating with just your own household this year, find all the inspiration you need with this incredible Christmas brunch recipe line-up!

You know I love entertaining friends and family, right? I began my career as a caterer, and it became a lifelong passion. However, my goal is always to host with ease. I love a good shortcut recipe and I love having a plan in place to ease any last-minute stress.

That’s where these menu guides come in! Don’t skip my Christmas Recipe Menu Guide to help you create the ultimate holiday dinner menu.

Today, we’re focusing on brunch! You’ll find a host of my reader-faves like muffins, quick breads, cinnamon rolls and so much more! Whether you’re looking for savory recipes, or the sweeter side of the holidays, this menu is sure to inspire.

Pick and choose from your favorites or use the simple recipe guide in the printable card at the end of this post. Cheers to a holiday filled with delicious eats and a little less stress this year!

A quiche lorraine recipe in a white pan, one slice removed and another being cut away.

What Exactly is Brunch?

Depending on what part of the country (or world) you’re in, brunch can have a slightly different meaning everywhere.

“Brunch” is a portmanteau word that combines the two meals of breakfast and lunch. Brunch is generally eaten during the late morning, but often extends into the early afternoon, depending on where you’re located.

The general consensus with restaurants seems to be that brunch can be served up until 4pm before they switch to a happy hour or dinner menu on the weekends. If you’re eating a late morning breakfast, or consuming breakfast foods and cocktails during lunchtime or beyond… it’s brunch!

Brunch tends to combine the very best flavors of breakfast and lunch, creating a smorgasbord of beautiful foods everyone can enjoy. Think traditional sweet pastries, egg dishes, fruits and vegetables, and more savory lunch items like pastas, meats, and seafood. Hungry yet?

A white plate with a serving of spaghetti carbonara, gold fork to the side


  • Plan ahead! Get organized a week or so in advance, if possible. This allows you to get your groceries ordered or take an efficient shopping trip!
  • Prep early. Do all your chopping, mixing and creating in the 48 hours prior to your event. The more you accomplish ahead of time, the better you’ll feel on the day of your party!
  • Arrange serving platters and glassware ahead, too. I like to think ahead about which dishes, bowls and platters I’ll need for serving and get them lined up on our island or table.
  • Set up a Mimosa Bar for the ultimate cocktail to serve with your Christmas brunch!

Christmas Brunch Menu Inspiration

Choose from my favorite recipes: sweet, savory, and fresh additions like salads, fruits and more. Of course, there are a few cocktails too… what’s brunch without a fun drink to top it off?

Christmas Donuts

Make these delicious and festive baked Christmas donuts for the cutest Christmas morning breakfast! They are so easy to make, and adorable, too!

Three cute Christmas donuts on a marble countertop.

Cinnamon Pound Cake

These recipes are the sweeter side of brunch! From classic pastries, rolls and dessert-style brunch items, to more traditional holiday offerings, this is every brunch lover’s dream.

A cinnamon pound cake topped with powdered sugar and a sprig of rosemary.

Caramel Rolls

Soft, moist, Caramel Rolls topped with creamy caramel frosting – so good you’d never know they start from a can of crescent sheets!

Quick and easy to make, these rolls are perfect for a lazy weekend brunch for a crowd!

A white oval pan full of frosted caramel rolls, with one on a small serving plate to the side.

Easy Pecan Rolls Recipe

One dish Pecan Rolls with a gooey, sticky caramel sauce and a hint of cinnamon, made in just 10 minutes hands on time! You’ll love this easy Pecan Rolls recipe with a shortcut to save time and effort.

Perfect for breakfast or dessert and great for the holidays!

Caramel Pecan Sticky Rolls on a white platter.

Easy Cinnamon Rolls

Take a shortcut with this Easy Cinnamon Rolls recipe! Crescent rolls cinnamon rolls take just a few minutes to make using incredible cinnamon roll filling and classic icing.

cinnamon roll glaze on cinnamon rolls

One Hour Orange Rolls

A recipe for incredibly delicious, thick, light and fluffy Orange Rolls! These easy sweet orange rolls covered in cream (to make them extra moist) are topped with an orange glaze for a truly memorable treat!

Orange rolls baked into a white ceramic round dish.

Cinnamon Sugar Donuts

These cinnamon sugar donuts are really a delight! They are baked in your oven, making them so incredibly quick and easy to make.

Cinnamon sugar donuts stacked on a marble countertop.

Cinnamon Bread

An easy Cinnamon Bread Recipe that is perfect for breakfast, snacks and gifting to friends, neighbors and co-workers! This Christmas bread makes a beautiful gift wrapped into inexpensive giftable loaf pans.

Mini loaves of cinnamon bread on a marble countertop, next to scissors and twine for a gift.

Best Cinnamon Roll Recipe

This is the best cinnamon roll recipe, ready to enjoy in an hour! These yeast cinnamon rolls are quick and easy. Get the secret that makes them better than the rest!

cinnamon rolls in a cast iron skillet

Meltaway Cinnamon Muffins

These meltaway muffins are a deliciously simple Cinnamon Muffin Recipe made with staple ingredients. They’re rolled in butter and cinnamon sugar, and when warm, they melt in your mouth!

A white oval platter full of mini cinnamon muffins.

Orange Cranberry Bread

Cranberry Orange Bread is a delicious and festive twist on my Sweet Bread recipe. The addition of cranberries and orange zest elevate it into an elegant Christmas Bread for breakfast, brunch, snacks and gifting.

Small ceramic loaf pan of cranberry orange bread, resting on a pale blue linen towel.

Easy French Toast

You wouldn’t know by tasting it, but this is an incredibly Easy French Toast Recipe that is full of flavor. Get the secrets that make this Easy French Toast so amazing!

A white plate with slices of apple fritter french bread.

Cinnamon Roll Bread

This incredible Cinnamon Roll Bread recipe takes just 10 minutes to make! It’s a no yeast quick bread that makes an amazing breakfast, dessert or gift.

Creamy icing pouring over a loaf of cinnamon roll bread

Creamy Carbonara

This is the ultimate, classic Creamy Pasta Carbonara recipe. It is a simple, easy and fresh take on pasta that is easy to customize and the perfect pasta for dinner, lunch or even brunch!

A large silver pot filled with spaghetti carbonara.

Perfectly Portioned Egg Strata Recipe

This perfectly portioned Egg Strata Recipe is easy to make, serve and enjoy! These mini egg casseroles are stuffed with all your favorite breakfast ingredients – bread, bacon and cheese.

egg strata in muffin cups

The Best Deviled Eggs Recipe

Get my secrets to make the best deviled eggs. These deviled eggs with relish make a great appetizer year round or you can dress them up to make adorable holiday themed eggs, no matter the season!

A white deviled egg platter featuring the world's best deviled egg recipe.


Once you know these tips and tricks for creating the most fabulous quiche, you’re going to want to make quiche all the time!

It’s so easy to customize this classic quiche recipe with your own add-ins because this is the ultimate base recipe. Use this recipe for Quiche Lorraine, Spinach and Feta Quiche or Cheese and Onion Quiche.

A quiche lorraine recipe in a white pan, one slice removed and another being cut away.

Honey Glazed Ham

This Honey Glazed Ham will be the sweet and savory star of your dining table for Christmas and beyond! It’s made with just five ingredients and 10 minutes hands on time, making it perfect for even a weeknight dinner!

A honey ham studded with cloves on a white platter, garnished with fresh flowers for Easter

Roasted Shrimp Cocktail

Many of the best brunch displays feature seafood! This roasted shrimp cocktail is the easiest way to make your Christmas brunch feel instantly special.

An oval platter of roasted shrimp cocktail with a homemade cocktail sauce in a white bowl.

Hot Ham and Cheese Sliders

How to make the best Ham and Cheese Sliders, the ultimate hot ham and cheese sandwich perfect for any party! You’ll love these mini hot ham and cheese sliders for the holidays!

A mouthwatering display of hot ham and cheese sliders, beautifully presented in a white dish.

Baked Brie Wreath

Learn how to make a beautiful and festive Christmas Appetizer – a Brie Wreath! Baked Brie is always a crowd pleasing sharing plate during the holidays and like most of my easy recipes, just takes a few ingredients to make!

brie wreath

Incredible Cheddar Cheese Tart

This Honey Glazed Ham will be the sweet and savory star of your dining table for Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas and beyond! It’s made with just five ingredients and 10 minutes hands on time, making it perfect for even a weeknight dinner!

Mini cheese tarts on a white platter.

Chorizo Burrito Mexican Breakfast Casserole

A light and fluffy chorizo and eggs Mexican Breakfast Casserole layered with tortillas, queso, pico de gallo, salsa verde and flavor!

breakfast casserole

Charcuterie Jars

Jarcuterie is the cutest spin on the ever-popular charcuterie boards that are forever loved by families and party-goers across the world! Instead of a board or platter, charcuterie elements are served in individual containers or jars.

Charcuterie in a jar on a marble countertop

Waffle Tacos

Looking for a fun and festive new dinner, dessert or brunch idea? Try waffle tacos, for a surefire success that will please the kids and adults alike! Made in just minutes, this is the quickest meal and one that’s as fun to make as it is to serve.

waffle tacos in a stainless steel taco holder.

Breakfast Tacos

A breakfast taco is everything you love about breakfast, wrapped up in a soft, warm tortilla. Share the love with friends and family and create a breakfast taco bar for the ultimate brunch display that will thrill the hungry masses!

Three breakfast tacos on a white plate

Easy Christmas Salad Recipe

A fun and festive Christmas Salad that looks as good as it tastes. This Christmas wreath salad is always memorable and is quick and easy to make! Perfect to serve as a holiday appetizer or as a side dish.

A festive Christmas salad, featuring two plates of spinach and cranberries arranged in the shape of a beautiful wreath.

Handheld Endive Salad

This easy endive appetizer is everything you crave for entertaining! It’s healthy, gorgeous, and simply bursting with fresh flavor. Bonus? Endive lettuce is naturally so easy to hold… your guests will keep coming back for more!

An endive salad laid out as a Christmas tree on a white platter.

Vanilla Fruit Salad

This Fruit Salad is a family favorite with a light and flavorful fruit salad dressing. It’s easy and perfect for snacks, sides and school lunches! Ready to eat in a matter of minutes, this healthy snack can be easily customized to include your favorite fruits.

Mother's Day brunch fruit salad in a white bowl with a wooden spoon.

Italian Vegetables

Served alongside any of your favorite dinner entrees, Italian Vegetables are seasoned and oven-roasted to perfection. Italian Roasted Vegetables are rustic, simple and so beautiful to serve! 

A white oval serving dish full of Italian roasted vegetables.

Baked Apple Slices

Easy Baked Apple Slices are an incredible four ingredient dessert, side dish, or breakfast. This Baked Apple Slices recipe is a delicious way to enjoy your apple-picking bounty.

Baked apple slices in a white bowl with a spoon.

Amazing Italian Salad with Italian Dressing

A simple Italian Salad recipe, St. Louis style. Mix up this delicious, memorable salad with fresh and flavorful Italian Dressing in less than 10 minutes!

A white bowl full of Italian salad, with wooden spoons.

Fruit Plate (Fruit Platter Ideas)

Learn how to create a beautiful fruit plate that everyone will love! The ultimate appetizer, dessert and side dish. Get unique fruit platter ideas for every occasion.

fruit plate | owl fruit platter

Fresh Fruit Skewers

These darling fruit skewers are the ultimate EASY way to serve festive fruit for every occasion! Perfectly bite-sized and oh-so-charming, you’ll have guests oohing and aahing over your clever display of fruit kabobs.

Marble surface with a white canister filled with fresh fruit skewers.

Cream Cheese Fruit Dip

Cream Cheese Fruit Dip is the perfect accompaniment to a beautiful fruit platter. It’s sweet, yet balanced and made with just three simple ingredients!

A white ceramic tray full of cut fruit and a small white bowl of cream cheese marshmallow fruit dip.

3 Ingredient Peppermint Fruit Dip

This peppermint fruit dip is made with just 3 ingredients and only takes 5 minutes to make. An indulgent sweet dip that’s perfect to serve a crowd. This peppermint dip is perfectly festive and made for the holidays!

A plate with strawberries, crackers, and a sweet fruit dip.

Frozen Grapes Marinated in Wine

These frozen grapes marinated in wine are the most refreshing adult treat you’re going to love! Light on calories and bursting with fresh flavor, this is a decadent dessert without the guilt.

There’s a champagne grape version, too, if that’s more your speed for the holidays!

A bowl of sugared grapes next to frozen grapes and a bottle of wine.

The Best Spanish Sangria Punch

Don’t forget the festive drinks! This Spanish Sangria is the ultimate cocktail indulgence. Sangria punch serves beautifully for parties, and it’s easy to create a non alcoholic sangria too!

Three cups of sangria, garnished with a lemon slice and mint.

Mulled Wine Recipe

Cozy, fragrant and delicious… this Mulled Wine Recipe is the perfect fall and winter drink to keep the chill at bay. No German ski slopes required for this easy mulled wine, just invite your friends!

Glasses of mulled wine garnished with cinnamon sticks.

Mistletoe Margarita

Hosting a holiday get-together or looking for something festive to sip while helping Santa get ready for Christmas? This simple mistletoe margarita is sure to leave you feeling merry and bright!

A cranberry margarita that is bursting with bright juicy flavor, this cocktail feels like a delicious little holiday indulgence.

A pair of cranberry margaritas topped with fresh cranberries and mint

Poinsettia Cocktail

And finally, we have the ultimate Christmas brunch cocktail! If you’re looking for the prettiest, most festive cocktail around, look no further than this fabulous poinsettia cocktail! 

With its bold, deep red color and all the classic flavors of the holidays, it’s an unforgettable Christmas drink you’re going to love.

A white tray with 3 glasses full of poinsettia cocktail, champagne being poured in

Last but certainly not least, here’s the recipe card for our fabulous overnight French toast that tastes like the breakfast version of crème brûlée. Perfect for Christmas morning!

This rich and decadent recipe is a deceivingly easy option that everyone will love! It’s made in just a few minutes with staple ingredients and your favorite bread.

A serving of creme brulee french toast casserole on a white plate for Christmas brunch.
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Christmas Brunch Recipes: Make this Crème Brûlée French Toast

Make this overnight French toast casserole for your Christmas brunch! It's got all the decadence of crème brûlée with the ease of a dish you throw together the night before.
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 35 minutes
Total: 45 minutes
Servings: 12
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  • ½ cup butter salted
  • 1 cup brown sugar packed
  • 2 tablespoons corn syrup
  • 1 loaf bread Challah, French, or brioche, sliced 1½" thick
  • 5 large eggs
  • cups heavy whipping cream use half and half to lighten it up if you'd like
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon Grand Marnier orange liqueur sub with juice or a little orange extract


  • In a small saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Add brown sugar and corn syrup whisking until smooth. Pour mixture into a greased 9×13″ pan.
    ½ cup butter, 1 cup brown sugar, 2 tablespoons corn syrup
  • Place bread slices tightly in baking dish.
    1 loaf bread
  • In a medium mixing bowl or stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, combine eggs, heavy whipping cream, vanilla and Grand Marnier. Pour evenly over bread.
    5 large eggs, 1½ cups heavy whipping cream, 1 tablespoon vanilla extract, 1 tablespoon Grand Marnier orange liqueur
  • Cover and refrigerate 6+ hours or overnight.
  • Preheat oven to 350° F. Bring baking dish to room temperature to avoid cracking. (around half an hour is usually plenty)
  • Bake uncovered 35 minutes. Flip to serve or broil for an extra 2-3 minutes for a crispier crust.

Julie’s Tips

  • Marinate at least 6 hours to soak up all the custard.
  • Use a broil safe dish.
Calories: 282kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 0.3g | Cholesterol: 122mg | Sodium: 103mg | Potassium: 82mg | Fiber: 0.002g | Sugar: 22g | Vitamin A: 773IU | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 48mg | Iron: 0.5mg

Estimated nutrition information is provided as a courtesy and is not guaranteed.

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