Five Breakfast Dishes for Christmas Morning

It's hard to sit down to a nice breakfast on Christmas morning if you have children who want to tear into their presents as soon as they lay their eyes on that Christmas tree. But, with a scrumptious and enticing breakfast, you just might be able to pull their eyes away from the presents for a second so they can eat.

Here are five breakfast dishes to serve your family on Christmas morning so they can have enough energy to open up their presents. Each of these can be perfectly paired with coffee, hot chocolate, tea or a big glass of cold milk.

5. Christmas Tree Pancakes

If you have younger children, wow them with these green pancakes assembled and decorated to look just like a Christmas tree. Dye the pancake batter green, then make a larger pancake for the base, followed by smaller pancakes to stack on top and form a tree. Place colorful round sprinkles all over the pancakes to serve as ornaments, as well as a star candle on top for the finishing touch.

4. Monkey Bread

I'll never forget the Christmas morning I woke up to a sticky, sugary monkey bread my mom had prepared the night before. Simply slice frozen or refrigerated bread roll dough or biscuit dough into one-inch chunks, coat in melted butter and a blend of granulated sugar and cinnamon, then place in a greased bundt pan. As you place the dough balls into the pan, sprinkle in nuts and raisins so they are dispersed throughout the bread. Melt butter and stir in brown sugar, then pour over the monkey bread and bake in a 350-degree oven for about 30 minutes. You can prepare it the night before as well.

3. Biscuit Sandwiches

Make a batch of biscuits (sweet potato or regular) and assemble with scrambled eggs, bacon, ham or sausage and cheese. You can assemble them the night before, then heat the sandwiches in the oven in the morning so the cheese has melted and everything is at a nice temperature.

2. Gingerbread Men Pancakes

Whip together a gingerbread pancake mix and pour the batter into gingerbread men cookie cutters on a skillet. Once the first side has cooked, remove the cookie cutter and flip the pancake. Let the kids decorate the gingerbread men pancakes just as they would decorate the cookie version. If you have the pancake molds from Williams-Sonoma, then use those, but if you don't, regular cookie cutters work.

1. Stuffed French Toast

Christmas morning is one of those mornings where it is perfectly acceptable to indulge in something sweet and over the top. Rather than preparing ordinary French toast, stuff it with cream cheese, jelly and fruit for a sensationally sweet start to the day. Keep it simple with plain cream cheese and strawberry jelly, or take it to the next level by adding cream cheese and sliced apples sautéed in butter and brown sugar. Strawberry cream cheese is a nice addition as well.

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