55 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.

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."


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."


Sticky German Cinnamon Buns

"These have got to be the *ultimate* cinnamon buns. They are just too good for words. The dough is so soft and wonderful, not to mention the beautiful goo. I didn't have any nuts, so we had to go without. However... next time there will be pecans."

-Diana 2

Almond Puff

"Loved this! It might be one of the most delicious things I've ever eaten."


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

Bacon & Egg Empanadas

"Wow, these are awesome! They were easy to make and perfect for breakfast."

-Shelby Jo

Eggnog Cinnamon Swirl Bread

"Holy cow, this is good bread! It's so easy to mix up and bake."


Buttery French Croissants

"This is, hands down, the best thing I've ever made in my life. Follow the directions and you will have perfection."


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!"


Banana Nut Bread

"Absolutely loved the recipe—super easy and super fast. The entire house smelled so delicious."


French Toast Rolls

"I made these for a brunch I hosted and they were amazing."

-Nicole F.

Overnight Cheese & Egg Casserole

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


Cinnamon French Toast Bake

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

-Chef TanyaW

Mexican Sweet Bread

"Great with coffee and the kids loved them too."


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

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."


Double-Streusel Coffee Cake

"This is a wonderful coffee cake recipe and exactly what I was looking for! I made it before church on Sunday and it was still warm when my family devoured it afterward."


Cheese & Onion Bread Pudding

"I wouldn't change a thing! The most satisfying breakfast I've had in a long time!"


Sweet Potato Waffles

"Amazing recipe! My whole family loves them — they're already asking for me to make more."

-Lil cuties chef

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)

Vanilla Pound Cake

"Excellent pound cake with moist, dense crumb. I served it with fresh strawberries, but this cake is so versatile it could be served with just about anything. It can even stand on it's own with that morning cup of coffee. A definite keeper!"

-Ken Wood

Christmas Morning Breakfast Tarts

Unwrap this savory breakfast treat before opening all the presents under the tree.

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

Cream Cheese & Cinnamon Crescents

"Definite crowd pleaser!"


DIY Fresh Yogurt

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

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."


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."


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

Overnight Oats with Dates & Strawberries

With healthy almond milk, fruits and nuts, you can prep a luxurious breakfast the night before to make your Christmas morning easier.

Apple & Pecan Pancakes

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

-Baby Kato

French Toast Forest Casserole

Heading to the Christmas tree farm? Make this for breakfast first.

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."


Apricot-Cherry Bars

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


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."


Ham & Cheese Kolaches

"These were wonderful and definitely worth the effort."

-Susie D

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

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.

Tipsy Overnight Belgian Waffles

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


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

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

Cinnamon Doughnut Muffins

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


Monkey Bread

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


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."


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."


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

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."


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."


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

Sausage & Cheese Scones

"Great to grab from the freezer for an on-the-run breakfast."

-Lightly Toasted

Rum Buns

"Excellent buns! It was my first time making these but it won't be the last."


Strawberry & White Chocolate Overnight Oats

Throw these jars together before bed and enjoy them in the morning. Best of all is that everyone can customize their own flavors!

Potato Strata With Spinach, Sausage & Goat Cheese

"Delicious! The goat cheese was a nice change and gave it more of a savory flavor. It's fantastic reheated, too!"


Homemade English Muffins

"My first time making English muffins, I had a great time making these and the results were just wonderful! Light, tender, crunchy on the outside, great flavor."


Spanish Potato Omelette

"One of the culinary wonders of Spain. This is how I make it now, and it turns out pretty great every time! This is the basic recipe—to this you can add meat, veggies or more spices."

-Chris Beckstrom

Frittata With Mushrooms, Cheese & Dill

"Everyone enjoyed this frittata, even my son who doesn't like mushrooms. It's quick, easy and tastes delicious. I used two-percent milk instead of water and crumbled bacon on the top to garnish."