Scones are pictured on Sunday, Jan. 17, 2016, in Bloomington, Indiana. (Photo by James Brosher)

Christmas Morning Recipes

This recipe roundup features delicious ideas for Christmas morning that can be made ahead of time. That means less time in the kitchen on the holiday and more time with family!

There are only three days left until Christmas — ahhh! December is going by so quickly and I honestly feel totally unprepared for the holidays. I have all of the presents bought and wrapped, but I still need to clean the house before family arrives tonight and make a big trip to the grocery store. We can’t wait for our parents to arrive. It’s fun to be able to host them so they can relax for once.

There are a of couple of holiday traditions we’ve continued from our childhoods and some of our own that we’ve adopted over the past few years. One of our newer traditions is cooking a big breakfast for Christmas morning. It gives us an excuse to stay in our pajamas a little longer and helps stretch out the morning. I try to make dishes that can easily be prepped the night before so all we have to do is pop them in the oven Christmas morning. I’m not a huge egg person (over easy or poached only!), but I usually make some type of egg casserole and then something on the sweeter side. Here are a few of my favorite recipes for Christmas morning:

Scones

Cookie Butter Scones

In order to make these scones you have to resist eating the entire jar of cookie butter with just a spoon — not an easy task! Scones are easy to throw together ahead of time and these are a real treat. Serve at room temperature or pop them in the toaster oven for a minute to warm them up.

Crepes

For whatever reason, kids go crazy for these crepes! My parents always made them when we had sleepovers as kids and I’m pretty sure that’s why friends kept coming back. You can cook the crepes a day ahead of time and heat them in the microwave for a few seconds on Christmas morning to make life easy.

Almond Butter Coconut Granola

This granola is delicious on its own, but I plan to serve it as part of a build-your-own yogurt parfait bar on Christmas morning. It’s also a great topping for smoothie bowls and fruit!

Honey Oat Bread

This bread makes the best toast I’ve ever had. Top it with jam, cinnamon sugar or just a little butter. You can also use it as a base for some pretty amazing French Toast!

Coconut Citrus Upside Down Cake

This cake can pass for breakfast because it’s covered in fruit, right? It’s simple to make and the candied citrus is stunning. If you aren’t a grapefruit fan, substitute another orange or lemon instead.

What’s your favorite Christmas tradition? Tell me in the comments!

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