Christmas Brunch should be a touch sweet and a touch savory, and it’s always good to have a few of both options for your guests. Get every holiday brunch recipe you could ever need in this incredible round-up of my favorite special brunch ideas for the holidays.
From homemade, fresh baked yeasty cinnamon rolls, to the shortcut recipes you need in a pinch, you’ll find a little of everything here.
Put together your favorites for the best Christmas brunch menu ever!
Christmas brunch just feels special. It’s decadent and slow moving, creating a warm, cozy and meaningful experience for all. Whether you’re hosting a crowd or celebrating with just your own household this year, find all the inspiration you need with this incredible Christmas brunch recipe line-up!
You know I love entertaining friends and family, but my goal is always to host with ease. I love a good shortcut recipe and I love having a plan in place to ease any last-minute stress.
That’s where these menu guides come in! Don’t skip my Christmas Recipe Menu Guide to help you create the ultimate holiday dinner menu.
Today, we’re focusing on brunch! You’ll find a host of my reader-faves like muffins, quick breads, cinnamon rolls and so much more! Whether you’re looking for savory recipes, or the sweeter side of the holidays, this menu is sure to inspire.
Pick and choose from your favorites or use the simple recipe guide in the printable card at the end of this post. Cheers to a holiday filled with delicious eats and a little less stress this year!
What Exactly is Brunch?
Depending on what part of the country (or world) you’re in, brunch can have a slightly different meaning everywhere.
“Brunch” is a portmanteau word that combines the two meals of breakfast and lunch. Brunch is generally eaten during the late morning, but often extends into the early afternoon, depending on where you’re located.
The general consensus with restaurants seems to be that brunch can be served up until 4pm before they switch to a happy hour or dinner menu on the weekends. If you’re eating a late morning breakfast, or consuming breakfast foods and cocktails during lunchtime or beyond… it’s brunch!
Brunch tends to combine the very best flavors of breakfast and lunch, creating a smorgasbord of beautiful foods everyone can enjoy. Think traditional sweet pastries, egg dishes, fruits and vegetables, and more savory lunch items like pastas, meats, and seafood. Hungry yet?
Christmas Brunch Serving Essentials
Here are a few of my favorite platters, utensils, baking dishes and glassware. Whether you serve an informal Christmas brunch on your kitchen island, or something more elaborate, these beautiful serving items can help create the perfect ambiance.
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Holiday Brunch Menu Inspiration
Choose from my favorite recipes that fall into the categories of sweet, savory, and fresh additions like salads, fruits and more. Of course, there’s a little cocktail category too… what’s brunch without a fun drink to top it off?
Christmas Brunch is best with a variety of sweet and savory options! Get every Christmas brunch recipe you need with these 50+ holiday brunch ideas. Just click through to find the printable recipe card for each option!
Sweet Christmas Brunch Items
These recipes are the sweeter side of brunch! From classic pastries, rolls and dessert-style brunch items, to more traditional holiday offerings, this is every brunch lover’s dream.
Learn how to make pound cake with this incredible Cinnamon Pound Cake recipe that embraces the taste of fall and winter. Perfect for serving around the holidays.
Soft, moist, Caramel Rolls topped with creamy caramel frosting – so good you’d never know they start from a can of crescent sheets!
Quick and easy to make, these rolls are perfect for a lazy weekend brunch for a crowd!
One dish Pecan Rolls with a gooey, sticky caramel sauce and a hint of cinnamon, made in just 10 minutes hands on time! You’ll love this easy Pecan Rolls recipe with a shortcut to save time and effort.
Perfect for breakfast or dessert and great for the holidays!
Take a shortcut with this Easy Cinnamon Rolls recipe! Crescent rolls cinnamon rolls take just a few minutes to make using incredible cinnamon roll filling and classic icing.
Learn how to make biscuit donuts in this old-fashioned, fast and incredibly easy homemade donut recipe! If you’re looking for a recipe for easy donuts, these golden brown delicious treats are exactly what you’re craving.
A recipe for incredibly delicious, thick, light and fluffy Orange Rolls! These easy sweet orange rolls covered in cream (to make them extra moist) are topped with an orange glaze for a truly memorable treat!
These cinnamon baked doughnuts are really a delight! Adapted from Barefoot Contessa’s recipe, these doughnuts are quick and easy to make and finished with the most wonderful cinnamon sugar coating.
An easy Cinnamon Bread Recipe that is perfect for breakfast, snacks and gifting to friends, neighbors and co-workers! This Christmas bread makes a beautiful gift wrapped into inexpensive giftable loaf pans.
This is the Best Cinnamon Roll recipe, ready to enjoy in an hour! These yeast cinnamon rolls are quick and easy. Get the secret that makes them better than the rest!
These meltaway muffins are a deliciously simple Cinnamon Muffin Recipe made with staple ingredients. They’re rolled in butter and cinnamon sugar, and when warm, they melt in your mouth!
You wouldn’t know by tasting it, but this is an incredibly Easy French Toast Recipe that is full of flavor. Get the secrets that make this Easy French Toast so amazing!
This rich and decadent Crème Brûlée French Toast is a deceivingly easy make ahead breakfast or brunch entree everyone will love! It’s made in just a few minutes with staple ingredients and your favorite bread.
This amazing Apple Fritter French Toast is made with thick slices of apple fritter bread soaked in a delicious custard, crisped to golden brown and topped with a sweet orange butter. It’s quick and easy – ready in just 10 minutes with hints of vanilla and cinnamon the whole family will love.
This incredible Cinnamon Roll Bread recipe takes just 10 minutes to make! It’s a no yeast quick bread that makes an amazing breakfast, dessert or gift.
Apple pie oatmeal is a delicious warm breakfast that takes just 10 minutes to make. High in protein and fiber, a bowl of this healthy breakfast will keep you feeling full until lunchtime. Easy to make and kid friendly!
Savory Christmas Brunch Ideas
The options are truly endless! Think small sandwiches, your favorite pastas, meats, and eggs.
This is the ultimate, classic Creamy Pasta Carbonara recipe. It is a simple, easy and fresh take on pasta that is easy to customize and the perfect pasta for dinner, lunch or even brunch! This spaghetti carbonara sauce is the best comfort food indulgence.
This perfectly portioned Egg Strata Recipe is easy to make, serve and enjoy! These mini egg casseroles are stuffed with all your favorite breakfast ingredients – bread, bacon and cheese.
Get my secrets to make the best deviled eggs. These deviled eggs with relish make a great appetizer year round or you can dress them up to make adorable holiday themed eggs, no matter the season!
Goat Cheese Spread is an easy goat cheese appetizer made with whipped goat cheese, honey, herbs and fresh cracked pepper. It takes less than 5 minutes to make and is always a crowd pleaser!
This Goat Cheese Ravioli recipe with basil is light, fresh and full of summery, herbal flavor. It’s deceivingly quick and easy to make and sure to become one of your favorite dishes!
Easy crowd pleasing baked goat cheese and honey appetizer recipe that looks as good as it tastes. It’s an easy to serve appetizer with fruits and crackers. Perfect for the holidays made with just 4 ingredients and takes 5 minutes to prep.
Serve with my favorite crostini for the most beautiful spread!
This homemade egg ravioli is so quick and easy to make and is a great appetizer to serve at dinner parties or a special meal for brunch.
The ravioli is filled with a mixture of cheese and an egg yolk that is just so impressive when you cut into it.
Once you know these tips and tricks for creating the most fabulous quiche, you’re going to want to make quiche all the time!
It’s so easy to customize this classic quiche recipe with your own add-ins because this is the ultimate base recipe.
Quiche Lorraine is exquisite – the smooth and slightly sharp flavors of parmesan gruyere cheese, salty bacon, and creamy custard work so well together.
Cheese and Onion Quiche is super simple to make, looks amazing, and tastes delicious. It combines a basic mixture of eggs and cream with the effortless yet elegant flavors of gruyere cheese and caramelized onions.
Spinach and Feta Quiche is both beautiful and delicious! Bright green spinach mixes with tangy and smooth crumbles of feta cheese in a silky custard for a delightful quiche.
This recipe will win the hearts and palates of everyone who eats it!
How to make the best Ham and Cheese Sliders, the ultimate hot ham and cheese sandwich perfect for any party! You’ll love these mini hot ham and cheese sliders for the holidays!
This Honey Glazed Ham will be the sweet and savory star of your dining table for Christmas and beyond! It’s made with just five ingredients and 10 minutes hands on time, making it perfect for even a weeknight dinner!
This Honey Glazed Ham will be the sweet and savory star of your dining table for Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas and beyond! It’s made with just five ingredients and 10 minutes hands on time, making it perfect for even a weeknight dinner!
A light and fluffy chorizo and eggs Mexican Breakfast Casserole layered with tortillas, queso, pico de gallo, salsa verde and flavor!
Jarcuterie is the cutest spin on the ever-popular charcuterie boards that are forever loved by families and party-goers across the world! Instead of a board or platter, charcuterie elements are served in individual containers or jars.
Fresh Fruits and Veggies
Throw in a few of your favorite fruit, veggie and salad ideas for some balance!
A fun and festive Christmas Salad that looks as good as it tastes. This Christmas wreath salad is always memorable and is quick and easy to make! Perfect to serve as a holiday appetizer or as a side dish.
This easy endive appetizer is everything you crave for entertaining! It’s healthy, gorgeous, and simply bursting with fresh flavor. Bonus? Endive lettuce is naturally so easy to hold… your guests will keep coming back for more!
This Fruit Salad is a family favorite with a light and flavorful fruit salad dressing. It’s easy and perfect for snacks, sides and school lunches! Ready to eat in a matter of minutes, this healthy snack can be easily customized to include your favorite fruits.
Served alongside any of your favorite dinner entrees, Italian Vegetables are seasoned and oven-roasted to perfection. Italian Roasted Vegetables are rustic, simple and so beautiful to serve!
Easy Baked Apple Slices are an incredible four ingredient dessert, side dish, or breakfast. This Baked Apple Slices recipe is a delicious way to enjoy your apple-picking bounty.
A simple Italian Salad recipe, St. Louis style. Mix up this delicious, memorable salad with fresh and flavorful Italian Dressing in less than 10 minutes!
How to create a beautiful fruit plate that everyone will love! The ultimate appetizer, dessert and side dish. Get unique fruit platter ideas for every occasion.
These darling fruit skewers are the ultimate EASY way to serve festive fruit for every occasion! Perfectly bite-sized and oh-so-charming, you’ll have guests oohing and aahing over your clever display of fruit kabobs.
Cream Cheese Fruit Dip is the perfect accompaniment to a beautiful fruit platter. It’s sweet, yet balanced and made with just three simple ingredients!
This peppermint fruit dip is made with just 3 ingredients and only takes 5 minutes to make. An indulgent sweet dip that’s perfect to serve a crowd. This peppermint dip is perfectly festive and made for the holidays!
These frozen grapes marinated in wine are the most refreshing adult treat you’re going to love! Light on calories and bursting with fresh flavor, this is a decadent dessert without the guilt.
There’s a champagne grape version, too, if that’s more your speed for the holidays!
Christmas Brunch Drinks
A little something refreshing to share with guests over brunch! There’s even a non-alcoholic mulled wine for the non-drinkers in the crew.
A Merry Mint cocktail made with Peppermint Schnapps will warm your soul this holiday season! This fun and festive Christmas Cocktail is the perfect blend of cream, mint and vodka!
This Spanish Sangria is the ultimate cocktail indulgence. Sangria punch serves beautifully for parties, and it’s easy to create a non alcoholic sangria too!
Cozy, fragrant and delicious… this Mulled Wine Recipe is the perfect fall and winter drink to keep the chill at bay. No German ski slopes required for this easy mulled wine, just invite your friends!
An easy Non Alcoholic Mulled Wine recipe for the holidays is enjoyable for people of all ages. This alcohol free mulled wine recipe is created with sweet grape juice, fruit and spices that simmer into a hot Christmas drink that warms you from the inside out.
This Peppermint White Russian recipe is wonderful peppermint drink to enjoy around the holidays. The coffee liqueur, vodka, and half and half compliment the zingy peppermint schnapps to make a festive and delicious peppermint cocktail.
This rich and creamy Peppermint Hot Chocolate recipe is delightful all winter long – and who doesn’t love a steaming cup of spiked hot chocolate? The frosty cool flavor of peppermint schnapps drinks are a favorite addition to my winter cocktail line up.
An Oatmeal Cookie cocktail is a delicious drink that tastes just like its namesake. The Oatmeal cookie shot, a favorite of mine because of the delicious and distinct flavor, can be made to serve one or many with my easily adaptable recipe.
This deliciously sweet apple pear Christmas Cocktail is going to bring you all the holiday joy this season! An incredible combo of apple cider, pear nectar and sparkling wine, it’s a huge hit at any party.
What do you think? Are you ready for Christmas brunch? I’d love to hear from you if you make any of these recipes this year!
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Easy Christmas Brunch Menu
Prep Time 4hrs
Cook Time 1hr
Total Time 3hrs
A complete Christmas Brunch menu made up of a few of the most popular recipes and reader favorites!
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Fruits and Veggies
Make your salad a day in advance and simply add dressing and mix before serving. The fruit tray and fruit dip can be made a day ahead as well!
Mulled wine, whether alcoholic or non-alcoholic, can be made up to two days in advance of serving.
Estimated nutrition information is provided as a courtesy and is not guaranteed.