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There’s a time and a place for heating up frozen waffles. That time is not Christmas. A holiday (or any special occasion, really) calls for a standout meal to kick off the day, and when you can use it as an excuse to feast on delights like Nutella pancakes and Eggs Benedict, why not take advantage? Here, 40 Christmas morning breakfast recipes that are a step above the ordinary (and, yeah, they’re Santa-approved).

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1. Bacon, Egg and Cheese Breakfast Muffins

These savory muffins are pretty epic (and surprisingly simple to make). Ready thy jumbo muffin pan.

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2. Nutella Pancakes

This is what happens when breakfast and dessert collide. Psst: If you’re not already going all out on Christmas morning, this is your chance.

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3. Ricotta Berry French Toast Casserole

Creamy ricotta cheese mixed with pillows of buttery dough and berries in every bite. Need we say more?

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4. 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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5. Chilaquiles with Poached Eggs and Spicy Honey

The eternal breakfast question: sweet or savory? On Christmas Day, it can be both.

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6. Breakfast Nachos

The breakfast we didn’t know we needed. (Don’t tell anyone, but it starts with frozen waffles.)

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7. Giant Cinnamon Roll

This is one instance where more is definitely more. Start with store-bought crescent roll dough and never look back.

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8. Cheater’s Croissants

These flaky, doughy, indulgent croissants require a little more effort than the kind from the can, but the results are so worth it. Everyone will think you’re some kind of pro pastry chef.

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9. Swedish Pancakes

One reason they’re superior to an average pancake? They’re ultra thin, so you can eat more of them.

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10. Waffle Bread Pudding

Top this masterpiece with maple syrup and a dollop of whipped cream, set out some spoons and watch it disappear.

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11. Eggs Benedict with Easy Hollandaise Sauce

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

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12. Bacon, Kale and Egg Grandma Pie

If there ever were a day to make pizza for breakfast, this would be it.

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13. Dutch Baby Pancake

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

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14. Spinach and Cheese Strata

FYI, you can easily make this guy ahead of time. Just store it in the fridge until you’re ready to eat.

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15. Breakfast Sliders

We love breakfast sandwiches, and we love all things mini. Therefore, these are genius.

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16. Peanut Butter Crumble Yogurt Parfaits

Ohhh, this is fancy. It’s almost like eating ice cream for breakfast (and Santa would certainly approve).

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17. Bacon-Wrapped Eggs

If it includes bacon, we’re all in. File this one under “breakfast of champions.”

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18. Cinnamon Roll Pancakes

Three of our favorite things (cinnamon rolls, pancakes, cream cheese frosting) coming together in breakfast harmony.

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19. Kale Quiche With Cheddar-Rice Crust

Got gluten-free breakfast eaters? No problem. This quiche looks and tastes fancy, but it requires just 30 minutes of prep (and the crust is flour-free).

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20. Kaiserschmarrn (Austrian Shredded Pancake)

What’s kaiserschmarrn? Only the light, fluffy, easy-to-make Austrian dessert-breakfast of your dreams.

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21. Croque Madame Dutch Baby

It’s a little sweet, a lot savory and practically begging to be doused in homemade béchamel sauce.

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22. Sunday Morning French Toast

Pass the maple syrup—we’re helping ourself to a second serving.

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23. Joanna Gaines’s Asparagus and Fontina Quiche

Swap the asparagus for any in-season green vegetable. Kale or Swiss chard would be delightful.

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24. Broiled Citrus Ricotta Toast

It looks like something you’d find on the menu at a fancy restaurant, but it takes only 20 minutes to make.

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25. Quiche with Gluten-Free Sweet Potato Crust

If regular pie crust is intimidating, swap it for layers of sweet potato slices that crisp up beautifully in the oven (and happen to be gluten-free).

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26. Sheet-Pan Pancakes with Chocolate Chips

Feeding a crowd? Don’t stand by the stove flipping pancakes; bake them in the oven instead. (You’re supposed to be opening presents right now anyway.)

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27. Sugared Holiday Bread

The name pretty much says it all. This bread is pillowy-soft and sweet (and any leftovers would make excellent French toast…if you don’t devour it all at once).

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28. New Orleans-Style Beignets

There’s no deep fryer required for these fluffy beauties. Put on a pot of coffee and queue up the jazzy Christmas tunes.

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29. Sweet Potato Rösti with Fried Eggs and Greens

If a sweet potato and a latke had a very delicious baby, this would be it. The egg on top is optional, but highly recommended.

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30. Mini Citrus Monkey Bread

No flour, no yeast, no problem. These cuties are made with store-bought pizza dough, so you can spend less time making them and more time eating them.

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31. Swedish Cinnamon Rolls

These kanelbullar have so many more layers and swirls than the American version—ideal for a Christmas morning indulgence.

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32. Apple-Cider Pear Spelt Cake

Cake for breakfast? This one is practically healthy, so yes. We’re going there.

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33. Brown-Sugar Pear Puff Pastries

They’re just like the pretty treats in the display case at a bakery…only better, because you made them.

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34. Mini Cranberry, Pistachio and Chocolate Panettone

It’s a Christmas tradition, so you should probably have seconds (or thirds).

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35. Pecan Pie Scones

They’re hefty, buttery and mega flaky, thanks to layers of real pie crust folded into the dough. Swoon.

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36. Overnight Cinnamon Roll Bread with Chai Frosting

They say a picture’s worth 1,000 words, and this one has us drooling all over the place.

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37. Champagne Doughnuts

We found a use for your flat, leftover Champagne. This calls for a toast.

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38. Cookie Butter-Swirled Banana Bread

We’ll always have a place in our heart for classic banana bread, but, um, maybe not when this one is around.

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39. Everything Bagel Tomato Galettes

They’re quick, easy and ready to eat right out of the oven, not to mention darn cute.

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40. Slow-Cooker Breakfast Casserole

Place everything into the slow cooker on Christmas Eve, then reap the rewards when you wake up the next day. That is, if Santa doesn’t get to it first.

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