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There’s a time and a place for heating up frozen waffles. That time is not Christmas morning. A holiday (or any special occasion) calls for a standout meal to kick off the day, so we rounded up 20 breakfast recipes that are a step above the ordinary.

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Bacon, Egg and Cheese Breakfast Muffins

These savory muffins are pretty epic (and surprisingly simple to make).

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Gingerbread Pancakes

When cookies and your favorite breakfast food collide.

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ricotta berry french toast casserole

Need we say more?

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Baked Eggnog French Toast

Whether you’ve got store-bought or homemade eggnog hanging around, use the leftovers to make this breakfast confection.

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Cinnamon-Roll Cake

This should please your holiday crowd.

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Breakfast Nachos

The breakfast we didn’t know we needed. 

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Giant Cinnamon Roll

When more is more.

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Easy Chocolate Croissants

Guys. These flaky, doughy, indulgent croissants call for just FOUR ingredients.

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Raspberry Crepe Cake

So much better than your average pancake. 

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Waffle Bread Pudding

Top with maple syrup and a dollop of whipped cream.

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Eggs Benedict with Easy Hollandaise Sauce

Poached eggs topped with homemade hollandaise (we whip up the sauce in a blender) is as special as breakfast can get.

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Baked to savory perfection. 

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Dutch Baby Pancake

This is basically a cross between a pancake and a popover—light and airy with a touch of sweetness.

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Psst... You can make this guy ahead of time. 

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Breakfast Sliders


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Ohhh, fancy. 

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Bacon-Wrapped Eggs

Breakfast of champions.

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Three of our favorite things, coming together in perfect breakfast harmony. 

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Kale Quiche With Cheddar-Rice Crust

Got gluten-free guests staying over? No problem.

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Additional reporting by Alexandra Hough

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