Sweet Brunch Recipes for the Holidays

There’s nothing quite like that magical feeling you get around the holidays when you’re a kid. Nothing. It’s the best.

Setting out milk and cookies for Santa and getting to open one present on Christmas Eve (my mom always let me do that and it felt like the biggest deal ever!).

Another memory to add to the magic? All the sweet treats. Especially breakfast on Christmas morning.

Today, I’m sharing my favorite sweet brunch recipes to enjoy during the holidays. I hope these add some joy to your season!

French toast is such a comfort food for me, and it always tastes good (even though it only has a few ingredients). This pumpkin almond stuffed French toast recipe takes classic French toast to a whole new level, so you know it’s really good.

Cinnamon rolls are 100% on this list. Warm, cinnamon swirled bread slathered with white icing is a classic go-to for any occasion. And, this recipe is for overnight cinnamon rolls, so they can be made ahead of time.

I will always be a chocolate donut person, but there’s something about cinnamon and sugar that I can’t resist. Here’s Emma’s recipe for baked apple donuts (with plenty of cinnamon sugar).

Cocoa nib muffins (gluten-free)

These cocoa nib breakfast muffins look amazing, and you know they would be perfect leftovers for an after-dinner dessert. And, if you love chocolate as much as I do, you could make a batch of chocolate chip quick bread.

Waffles are extra good on the weekends (and during the holidays). How cute are these spiced gingerbread waffles? Laura used a mini waffle maker to make them, and they were a huge hit with her daughter, Lola.

Speaking of waffles, this easy recipe makes fluffy waffles that are slightly crispy on the outside but still soft on the inside. And, the batter can be made inside a blender.

As much as I love banana bread, I feel like it’s always been a good dessert to share with others (especially around the holidays). This banana bread recipe is extra special because it only requires one banana. Total game changer.

Pecan pie sticky buns

I have two recipes for sticky buns coming up, so get ready. The first recipe is for pecan pie sticky buns. Are you kidding me? I wouldn’t be able to put these down. This is another recipe that can be prepared ahead of time (love those).

The next recipe might be even more exciting since I love chocolate so much. Oh, yes—these are chocolate sticky buns. Bonus points if you put crushed candy canes on the top!

Poppyseed bread with orange glaze

Baking bread can be very therapeutic. This quick poppyseed bread with orange glaze would be so good paired with a cup of coffee.

Baked blueberry muffin oatmeal

2021 was the year of overnight baked oatmeal. If you haven’t made Emma’s baked blueberry muffin oatmeal, you’re 100% missing out. Adults and kids love it. It’s such a good recipe.

We have more overnight baked oatmeal recipes!

Cinnamon and golden raisin bagels

Another brunch essential? Bagels. If you like cinnamon raisin bread, you will absolutely love these cinnamon and golden raisin bagels. Imagine how amazing your kitchen will smell with these baking in the oven …

You didn’t think I would skip over pancakes, did you? I would never do that to you! These banana and chia seed pancakes are soft and delicious (and not overly sweet).

Add as much syrup as you want—you deserve it. 🙂 xo, Jacki

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