25+ Make Ahead Breakfast Ideas for Christmas

By Rachel Tiemeyer
December 14, 2020

Don’t spend Christmas morning working away in the kitchen! Instead, prepare a few of these delicious make ahead breakfast ideas in advance, so you can relax and enjoy time with your loved ones. We rounded up the best of the best recipes on the internet!

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The BEST Make Ahead Breakfast Ideas for Christmas Morning

As freezer cooking experts and authors of From Freezer to Table and From Freezer to Cooker, we know what works and what doesn’t when it comes to make ahead meals. We scoured the internet to help you find the VERY BEST make ahead breakfast and brunch ideas for Christmas morning. Off we go!

1. Crockpot Breakfast Casserole with Bacon and Gruyere from Thriving Home

Friends and family will oooh and ahhhh over this gourmet breakfast casserole. Its depth of flavor and beautiful color come from the bacon, onions, garlic, kale, roasted red peppers, and Gruyere and Parmesan cheeses. Turn on the crockpot first thing in the morning, and it will be ready by a mid-morning brunch.

Breakfast Casserole in a Crockpot on a wooden cutting board

2. Homemade Cinnamon Rolls from Thriving Home

Our Christmas mornings aren’t complete without cinnamon rolls. We’ve made these for YEARS. Make ahead and refrigerate them using our instructions. Then bake fresh in the morning.

Cinnamon Rolls

3. Overnight Cinnamon Roll Casserole from Gimme Some Oven

If making cinnamon rolls from scratch ain’t your thing, no worries. Try this fake-out cinnamon roll casserole that you can make ahead. With all that cinnamon, sugar, and cream cheesy frosting, you may never know the difference. 🙂

Photo Credit: Gimme Some Oven

4. Easy Breakfast Casserole Muffins from Thriving Home

If you have kids at home, this is a simple recipe they can help with. Make, freeze, and enjoy these single-serving egg casseroles on Christmas morning and beyond. Low stress and tasty!

breakfast casserole muffins on a white plate

5. Glazed Cranberry Orange Scones from Sally’s Baking Addiction

How gorgeous will these look on your holiday breakfast table? Sally gives several ideas at the bottom of the recipe for how to make them ahead of time–either weeks in advance or the night before.


6. Ham and Cheese Quiche from The Cozy Cook

This simple Ham and Cheese Quiche can be made ahead of time and is totally freezer friendly! A hint of caramelized onions along with savory ham and two kinds of cheese makes this an unbeatable flavor combination!

ham and cheese quiche
Photo Credit: The Cozy Cook

7. Blueberry Avocado Muffins from Thriving Home

A reader favorite! The tasteless (and nutritious) avocado keeps these muffins moist, while the blueberries and crumble topping bring the sweetness.

Blueberry Avocado Muffins with Lemon Streusel Topping from "From Freezer to Table" Cookbook (copyrighted)
Photo Credit: From Freezer to Table

8. Overnight Gingerbread French Toast Breakfast Bake from Averie Cooks

Christmas in a casserole! Buttery, soft baked French toast that tastes a lot like soft gingerbread and molasses cookies.

overnight gingerbread french toast breakfast bake
Photo Credit: Averie Cooks

9. Bacon and Spinach Quiche from Thriving Home

Just a handful of ingredients come together to create this cheesy, decadent quiche. Make ahead and bake it the morning you want it. So beautiful and delicious!

bacon and spinach quiche slice on a plate

10. Berry French Toast Casserole by Joyous Apron

Prepare the night before and pop into the oven when you wake up in the morning. You’ll end up with a moist on the inside, slightly crispy on the top French toast casserole with loads of fresh strawberries and blueberries.

berry french toast casserole in a white casserole dish
Photo Credit: Joyous Apron

11. Maple Sage Breakfast Sausage from Budget Bytes

Make these homemade sausage patties ahead of time, refrigerate or freeze them, and cook them Christmas morning. They also reheat well in the microwave or oven after being cooked.

sausage patties cooking in a cast iron skillet
Photo Credit: Budget Bytes

12. Dark Chocolate Raspberry Coffee Cake from Sally’s Baking Addiction

You had me at dark chocolate. I mean at raspberries. Actually at coffee cake. I’ve decided there is nothing NOT to love about this gorgeous breakfast cake. Perfect for the holidays!


13. Freezer Croissant Breakfast Sandwiches from Damn Delicious

Simple to make yet a special treat because of the croissants. These make ahead sandwiches are definitely Christmas worthy.

croissant breakfast sandwiches on a baking sheet
Photo Credit: Damn Delicious

14. Freezer Breakfast Burritos from Thriving Home

Make a big batch of these eggy-cheesy-bacony burritos ahead of time for Christmas morning and beyond. Either thaw and heat up OR you can warm from frozen.

freezer breakfast burritos

15. Chocolate Sweet Potato Banana Bread from Thriving Home

A decadent-tasting, chocolatey sweet bread that includes some sneaky nutrition. (No one has to know!) Double and freeze this less-guilt recipe to have on hand for the holidays!

chocolate sweet potato banana bread

16. Amazing Mexican Breakfast Casserole from Gimme Some Oven

Loaded with colorful ingredients, this unique breakfast casserole is naturally gluten-free (and can also be made vegetarian), easy to make ahead, and, according to Ali from Gimme Some Oven, “just ridiculously delicious!”.

Amazing Mexican Breakfast Casserole
Photo Credit: Gimme Some Oven

17. Overnight Cinnamon Apple French Toast Bake from Damn Delicious

Soaked in maple syrup and topped with tender cinnamon apples and toasted pecans, your crew will love this beautiful, aromatic overnight French toast.

apple cinnamon overnight french toast
Photo Credit: Damn Delicious

18. Make Ahead Biscuits and Gravy from Simply Home Cooked

Who doesn’t love good biscuits and gravy? Who doesn’t want to spend time making it on Christmas? (Me!) Try this recipe that includes make ahead instructions, so you can have your cake biscuit and eat it, too.

biscuits and gravy on a plate with a fork
Photo Credit: Simply Home Cooked

19. Biscuit Breakfast Casserole from Sally’s Baking Addiction

Here’s another way to get biscuits on the table without all the hassle the morning of! Eggs, sausage, peppers, and cheese meet buttery biscuits all in one dish.


20. Mini Cranberry Orange Cream Scones from Budget Bytes

These festive two-bite scones can be made ahead, frozen, and warmed on Christmas morning. Yum!

Glazed Cranberry Orange Cream Scones on a cooling rack.
Photo Credit: Budget Bytes

21. Easy Cheesy Breakfast Casserole (GF) from Gimme Some Oven

This gluten-free breakfast casserole doesn’t skimp on comfort or flavor. With hearty hash browns, eggs and cheese as the anchor, the onions, garlic, and red bell peppers add color and pizzazz. Easy to prep ahead, stick in the fridge, and bake the next morning.

Easy Cheesy Breakfast Casserole | gimmesomeoven.com
Photo Credit: Gimme Some Oven

22. Gingerbread Muffins with Lemon Glaze by Sally’s Baking Addiction

With beautiful crackly tops, robust spice flavor, and a zippy lemon glaze, I love the sound of these festive and unique muffins for Christmas morning!


23. Fluffy Eggs and Bacon from Thriving Home

A reader favorite! We take a shortcut for this make ahead casserole and have you use a baking mix (like Bisquick), so you can spend more time with family and less time in the kitchen.

fluffy eggs and bacon casserole

24. Breakfast Enchiladas from Ideas for the Home by Kenarry®

Infuse some Tex-Mex into your Christmas morning menu with these easy-to-prepare Breakfast Enchiladas. Don’t the red and green bell peppers add a fun holiday pop?


25. Make Ahead Banana Breakfast Cake from Thriving Home

Want at least one (delicious) healthy-ish item on the Christmas breakfast table? Throw this nutritious sweet bread together in advance and serve it alongside a savory casserole in this round-up. It’s a family favorite around here.

make ahead banana breakfast cake

26. Tater Tot Breakfast Bake by Midwest Foodie

Loaded with eggs, cheese, veggies, bacon, and ham, this easy comfort casserole takes just minutes to throw together. Prep ahead of time, and then just add the tator tots at the last minute before popping it into the oven.

Overhead shot of a pan filled with homemade breakfast casserole
Photo Credit: Midwest Foodie

27. French Toast Casserole with Streusel Topping by Plated Cravings

Julia from Plated Cravings says, “Easy to prep in advance and topped with a crunchy Cinnamon Pecan Streusel, this baked french toast recipe saves you time in the morning and tastes so delicious.”

Photo Credit: Plated Cravings

28. Coffee Cake by Preppy Kitchen

John from Preppy Kitchen says you can make this melt-in-your-mouth coffee cake ahead, wrap tightly, and freeze. Then, warm up on Christmas morning using his instructions.

A piece of coffee cake with a few bites taken out.
Photo Credit: Preppy Kitchen

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