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30 Christmas Bread Recipes That Are Easy, Pretty and Festive

christmas bread recipes: chocolate pinecone rolls
Photo: Nico Schinco/Styling: Erin McDowell

’Tis the season of warm kitchens, flour-dusted aprons and the scent of cinnamon and sugar lingering in the air. In many cultures, holiday baking revolves around sweet breads, which are great to give as gifts or serve warm from the oven the morning of December 25th. Presenting 30 of our favorite sweet (and savory) Christmas bread recipes.

christmas bread recipes: sugared holiday bread
Photo: Nico Schinco/Styling: Erin McDowell

1. Sugared Holiday Bread

Soft and buttery on the inside, sweet and crunchy on the outside (and the leftovers make excellent French toast).

christmas bread recipes: pumpkin brioche
Photo: Christine Han/Styling: Erin McDowell

2. Pumpkin Brioche

Who says pumpkin is just for the fall? This gorgeous brioche begs to differ. If you leave the sugar topping off, it doubles as a savory loaf.

christmas bread recipes: chocolate pinecone rolls
Photo: Nico Schinco/Styling: Erin McDowell

3. Chocolate Pinecone Rolls

Breakfast doesn’t get any better, especially when it’s dusted in a layer of confectioners’ sugar “snow.”

christmas bread recipes: holiday baked brie bread wreath
Photo: Liz Andrew/Styling: Erin McDowell

4. Holiday Baked Brie

Our two favorite food groups, together at last. (Use store-bought dough for the bread “wreath” and don’t tell a soul.)

christmas bread recipes: pumpkin spice pecan rolls
Photo: Nico Schinco/Styling: Erin McDowell

5. Pumpkin Spice Pecan Rolls

We’ll admit we’re in it for the cream cheese frosting. Aren’t you? Canned pumpkin puree gives the dough a gorgeous hue and keeps it soft.

christmas bread recipes: mini cranberry chocolate pistachio panettone
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6. Mini Cranberry, Pistachio and Chocolate Panettone

It’s light, airy, moist and flecked with festive cranberries, pistachios and chocolate.

christmas bread recipes: giant cinnamon roll
Photo: Liz Andrew/Styling: Erin McDowell

7. Giant Cinnamon Roll

This is definitely one of those times when more is more. Psst: The recipe starts with store-bought crescent dough.

christmas bread recipes: orange glazed cranberry bread
Sally’s Baking Addiction

8. Orange Glazed Cranberry Bread

We’ll never turn down a treat with cinnamon streusel on top. (But if you want plain cranberry bread, simply leave it off.)

christmas bread recipes: homemade cinnamon pull apart bread
Pinch of Yum

9. Homemade Cinnamon Roll Pull-Apart Bread

We’ve found the key to winning Christmas morning. The design looks intricate, but all you need is a pair of scissors to make it.

christmas bread recipes: star bread
Sally’s Baking Addiction

10. Star Bread

This gorgeous treat is filled with Nutella, but you could try cinnamon sugar or jam too.

christmas bread recipes: christmas tea ring with raspberry cream cheese filling
Pinch of Yum

11. Christmas Tea Ring with Raspberry Cream Cheese Filling

It’s a Scandinavian tradition to serve this on Christmas, and why not? It’s delicious.

christmas bread recipes: gingerbread loaf
Katherine Gillen

12. Gingerbread Loaf

You know what? Let’s top everything with cream cheese frosting. This loaf is flavored with a classic blend of spices for the most nostalgic effect, but feel free to adjust the amounts as you see fit.

christmas bread recipes: pull apart garlic butter bread wreath
Half Baked Harvest

13. Pull-Apart Garlic Butter Bread Wreath

We only care about the holiday centerpiece if it’s fully edible—and this one is.

christmas bread recipes: eggnog pull apart bread
The Modern Proper

14. Eggnog Pull-Apart Bread

Scones, shmones. We’re serving this on Christmas morning with a steaming pot of coffee.

christmas bread recipe: cranberry brie focaccia bread
How Sweet Eats

15. Cranberry Brie Focaccia Bread

You’re going to need something to pair with that holiday cheese board. Hint, hint…

christmas bread recipes: pull apart christmas bread
I Am a Food Blog

16. Pull-Apart Christmas Bread

Rudolph is gonna love this one. The effect is created with one dough, a touch of cocoa powder and a bit of food coloring.

christmas bread recipes: pull apart cinnamon pecan rolls
Foodie Crush

17. Pull-Apart Cinnamon Pecan Rolls

If monkey bread and pecan pie had a (really tasty) baby, this would be it.

christmas bread recipes: eggnog bread
Two Peas and Their Pod

18. Eggnog Bread

The only thing that could possibly make it more irresistible? An eggnog glaze. This recipe delivers on both fronts.

christmas bread recipes: cranberry white chocolate sticky buns
How Sweet Eats

19. Cranberry White Chocolate Sticky Buns

Yes, they’re sweet. But that’s what Christmas is all about.

christmas bread recipes: herb and cheese braided star bread
Spoon Fork Bacon

20. Herb and Cheese Braided Star Bread

It’s called carb art—ever heard of it? Take it way over the top with a side of honey or jam for dipping.

christmas bread recipes: braided apple danish loaf
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21. Braided Apple Danish Loaf

The braiding technique will make you look like a pro, even though it’s secretly really simple.

christmas bread recipes: cinnamon roll wreath
Sally's Baking Addiction

22. Cinnamon Roll Wreath

Deck the halls with boughs of butter and sugar, please and thank you. Make the dough the night before and this wreath will be a breeze.

christmas bread recipes: Earl grey buns
Cloudy Kitchen

23. Earl Grey Buns

They’re even cozier than a cup of tea. (Psst: Don’t love Earl Grey? Swap it for a plain loose-leaf black tea.)

christmas bread recipes: snowflake pull apart monkey bread
Half Baked Harvest

24. Snowflake Pull-Apart Monkey Bread

Hands down, this sticky-sweet, cinnamon bread is our favorite kind of snowflake.

christmas bread recipes: pull apart bread with caramelized onions and goat cheese
Photo: Nico Schinco/Styling: Erin McDowell

25. Pull-Apart Bread with Caramelized Onions and Goat Cheese

Each piece of the soft, buttery dough is stuffed with a creamy mixture of caramelized onions, goat cheese and herbs. It’s best served warm by a twinkling Christmas tree.

christmas bread recipes: swedish cinnamon rolls
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26. Swedish Cinnamon Rolls

They’re so beautiful, yet so easy to pull off—strips of dough are twisted and formed into a simple knot shape that looks super impressive.

christmas bread recipes: gingerbread cinnamon rolls
Broma Bakery

27. Gingerbread Cinnamon Rolls

It’s like eating cookies for breakfast, and what could be bad about that?

christmas bread recipes: salted butter candy cane bagels
Half Baked Harvest

28. Salted Butter Candy Cane Bagels

Are they traditional? No. Are they adorable? Absolutely. Better yet, they taste like a cross between a bagel and a soft pretzel.

christmas bread recipes: pulla finnish cinnamon cardamom bread
Feasting at Home

29. Finnish Cardamom Bread (Pulla)

This one is a buttery, sweet Finnish tradition, and it has “holiday breakfast” written all over it.

christmas bread recipes: fruit and berry christmas bread
A Pretty Life in the Suburbs

30. Fruit and Berry Christmas Bread

Eat, drink and be merry. (And go ahead, eat some more.)