31 Make-Ahead Breakfast & Brunch Recipes

Don't miss one merry moment of your Christmas day by getting stuck in the kitchen. These overnight dishes guarantee you'll fully enjoy every minute of your holiday.

Part of: Holiday Central: Christmas

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Cinnamon French Toast Bake

"This is certainly a decadent breakfast that everyone always loves. I make it every year."

-Chef TanyaW

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Apple & Pecan Pancakes

"These delicious pancakes were very filling, and I froze the leftovers. The sweet, tart and nutty flavors were amazing."

-Baby Kato

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Crock Pot Breakfast Casserole

"I made this for a holiday breakfast. The incredible aroma of this casserole woke me up and I couldn't even wait for my family to dig in."

-Princesschikee

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Apricot-Cherry Bars

"These bars are great. A little piece goes a long way."

-Redsie

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DIY Fresh Yogurt

Learn to make your own yogurt from scratch for your next breakfast or brunch.

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Tipsy Overnight Belgian Waffles

"These waffles had a wonderful flavor. I used a German beer and topped them with homemade blueberry syrup."

-under12parsecs

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Cinnamon Doughnut Muffins

"These were delicious little muffins. They were quickly devoured by my family for breakfast."

-4QTpies

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Monte Cristo Casserole

"We loved the strawberry sauce instead of the usual preserves. Instead of layering, I accidentally mixed all of the ingredients together and will continue to do it this way."

-Koechin (Chef)

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White Chocolate & Pecan Scones

"These scones are very light and full of flavor. I can't wait to have another one with my coffee tomorrow morning."

-Lainey6605

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Quiche in a Bag

"This is a fabulous freezer recipe. It is the perfect way to use up leftover ham from your holiday meals as well."

-msmimi1234

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Make-Ahead Breakfast Muffins

"These muffins were so moist and full of flavor. This is a fabulous recipe that will be enjoyed by our family again and again."

-The Flying Chef

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Texas Breakfast Casserole

"This is the tastiest breakfast casserole I've ever made. It makes for a lovely lazy morning because all of the work is already done for you."

-Beautiful BC

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Cranberry-Maple Walnut Granola

Cranberries, cinnamon and allspice give this hearty granola festive flavor. The best part? You can make it up to a week before your holiday brunch.

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Cinnabon Cinnamon Rolls

"I put the ingredients in my bread machine, let the cycle do its work and then stored them on a cookie sheet in the fridge overnight. I baked them the next morning and they were perfect!"

-Marisa Cormier

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Blueberry Muffins

"These easy muffins were so good that my very picky boyfriend downed a total of seven in one day. I will definitely make them again, except next time, I'll hide them from him."

-lilyson

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Christmas Breakfast Casserole

"I made this for house guests this past weekend and everyone loved it. The combination of flavors and fact that I could make it the night before won me over."

-Liza at Food.com

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Overnight Eggnog Baked French Toast

"I popped the French toast in the oven and had time to make a fresh-fruit salad and bacon while it baked. Plus, its aroma got my teenagers out of bed — and that's really saying something."

-Kate in Ontario

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Overnight Waffles

"These waffles take just five minutes of work the night before, and in the morning the batter is ready to go in the time it takes to warm the waffle iron! Nice, light and tasty."

-Sharlene~W

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Monkey Bread

"I've made this recipe for special breakfasts for years. Kitchen scissors work great for cutting the biscuits apart."

-Recipewrestler

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Cranberry Scones

"These have a great mix of flavors without being too sweet. I also love their big size — this is just a more impressive way to start your day!"

-Mmmama

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Breakfast Burritos

"You can fully prepare these burritos ahead of time and store them in the fridge; just make sure to bake for 10 to 15 minutes longer. If you freeze them, thaw before baking."

-Kittencalskitchen

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Individual Sausage & Cheese Egg Puffs

"These were so tasty and easy to fix. They were like bite-size omelets. Next time I make them, I'll try adding bacon."

-gertc96

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Croissant Breakfast Casserole

"I've made many breakfast casseroles using bread as a base, but this one tops them all. It's ideal for special holiday meals."

-Bonnie Young

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Cinnamon Coffee Cake

"This coffee cake is a must-have recipe for company. Prepare it in the evening so your guests can wake up to that fresh-baked smell."

-smurfy57

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Cranberry Orange Muffins

"This recipe has a great balance of zesty-orange and sweet-tart cranberry flavor. I added walnuts and doubled the recipe and it came out beautifully."

-Chef #1100642

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Bacon & Egg Breakfast Rolls

"These come together very quickly and are quite tasty. I love that I can prepare them ahead of time, and finish them at a later date."

-Chef #1100642

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Overnight Muesli

"This was an easy and delicious way to start my day. I added sunflower seeds, strawberries and yogurt and I was in breakfast heaven."

-Just_Ducky!!

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Overnight Cheese & Egg Casserole

"My mom makes this casserole for breakfast on Christmas morning and everyone loves it!"

-juliepink

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Brunch Pie

"I have been looking for an excellent overnight breakfast and I have now discovered it. I will definitely make this again, not only for my family, but for special occasions with guests as well."

-Bev

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Applesauce Oatmeal

"I especially loved the texture of this oatmeal — plus it wasn't too sweet. It had enough favor to make me scrape the bowl clean."

-Chef #1802373704

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French Toast Casserole

"This is an amazing twist on traditional French toast that my family absolutely loves. I made it for Thanksgiving and Christmas morning, and it was delicious both times."

-jmelinda

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