Christmas Breakfast Ideas

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With Christmas just around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about your Christmas menu! With all of the pastries, pies, and entrees, sometimes breakfast can get overlooked. So here are some festive breakfast recipes to try out to spruce up your Christmas morning! 

Santa Pancakes
Photo from taste-of-japan.blogspot.com
What You’ll Need
  • Pancakes (homemade or from a box)
  • Whipped cream
  • Strawberries (sliced)
  • Chocolate sauce
  • Large marshmallows
What You’ll Do
  1. Once your pancakes are done cooking, take one and lay it out on your plate
  2. Take a handful of strawberries and completely cover the top third of your pancake
  3. Slowly spray your whipped cream as little peaks on the bottom third of your pancake, curving up in a U-shape
  4. Draw a line of whipped cream at the bottom of the strawberries and place a marshmallow as the Pom Pom of the Santa hat at the top
  5. Take the chocolate sauce and make two eyes in that center space leftover and draw a smile in the middle of the beard. Cut a strawberry and use a slice for the nose
  6. Done! Add syrup as desired!
Cinnamon Roll Christmas Tree
Photo from tasteofhome.com
What You’ll Need
  • 11-12 cinnamon rolls
  • Icing
  • Sprinkles
What You’ll Do
  1. Make five rows of cinnamon rolls on a nonstick baking sheet
  2. Start with one in the first row, two in the second row, three in the third row, and four in the fourth row. For the fifth row put one or two cinnamon rolls side by side at the center
  3. Bake for the time on the directions or longer until golden
  4. Spread the icing after taking the cinnamon rolls out of the oven and top with Christmas sprinkles!
Candy Cane Danish
Photo from pillsbury.com
What You’ll Need
  • 4 oz (from 8-oz package) cream cheese, softened
  • 2 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup fresh raspberries
  • 2 tablespoons raspberry preserves
  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 to 1 teaspoon of milk
What You’ll Do
  1. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and spray with cooking spray. Unroll dough; separate into 8 triangles, and cut each triangle in half vertically. Place the crescent triangles horizontally across the baking sheet with edges overlapping. Press overlapping edges together to help seal, but leave triangle points free
  2. In a small bowl, beat cream cheese and 2 tablespoons of the granulated sugar with a spoon until well blended. Spread cream cheese mixture in 2 1/2-inch wide strip lengthwise on the widest part of the dough, leaving a 1/2-inch edge. In another small bowl, toss raspberries and preserves; place on top of the cream cheese layer
  3. Fold over tips of dough to enclose filling; pinch ends of dough on edge to attach. Gently picking up the top end of the dough, curve one end of the strip to form the top of the cane. Brush dough with melted butter; sprinkle remaining 1 teaspoon granulated sugar over the top
  4. Bake 16 to 20 minutes or until golden brown. Cool 5 minutes on cookie sheet. Use a spatula to carefully help slide Danish from parchment to serving platter, loosening edges with a spatula first, if needed. In a small bowl, mix powdered sugar and 1/2 teaspoon of the milk until well blended. If too thick to drizzle, add additional drops of milk. Drizzle with a fork over top. Serve warm or room-temp, whichever your preference
Grinch Pancakes
Photo from hungryhappenings.com
What You’ll Need
  • Pancake mix for however many servings you want
  • Green food coloring
  • Heart-shaped sprinkles
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2 tablespoons powdered sugar, sifted
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 oz softened cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3-5 teaspoons of milk
What You’ll Do
  1. Prepare your pancake batter and then add in your green food coloring until you reach your desired coloring
  2. Follow your pancake directions to cook your pancakes
  3. To prepare your icing, beat your cream cheese, vanilla extract, powdered sugar, and milk until combined. If it’s too thick for you, add in more milk until you reach your desired consistency
  4. To make the whipped cream just beat all of your ingredients and food coloring (however many drops you want until you get your desired color) with your electric mixer until stiff peaks form
  5. Assemble your pancakes. Stack however many pancakes you want, drizzle the icing, pipe or just scoop on the green whipped cream, and then add the sprinkles! 
Berry French Toast Casserole
Photo from tasteofhome.com
What You’ll Need
  • 6 large eggs
  • 1-3/4 cups fat-free milk
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 loaf (1 pound) French bread, cubed
  • 1 package (12 ounces) frozen unsweetened mixed berries
  • 2 tablespoons cold butter
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • Optional: Confectioners’ sugar and maple syrup
What You’ll Do
  1. Whisk together the first six ingredients. Place bread cubes in a 13×9-in. or 3-quart baking dish coated with cooking spray. Pour egg mixture over the top and refrigerate, covered, for 8 hours or overnight
  2. Preheat the oven to 350°. Remove berries from the freezer and French toast from the refrigerator and let stand while oven heats. Bake, covered, for 30 minutes
  3. In a small bowl, cut butter into brown sugar until crumbly. Top French toast with berries; sprinkle with brown sugar mixture. Bake, uncovered, until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean, 15-20 minutes. If desired, dust with confectioners’ sugar and serve with syrup

If you try out any of these recipes, take a picture and tag us @VALLEYMag on Instagram!

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