Christmas is all about spending time with your family. One way to help everyone slow down and come together? Something warm from the oven. With the smells of spices wafting through your house, your kids will clamor to the table for breakfast Christmas morning. Get creative with these Christmas baking ideas. Try making either a stacked cinnamon roll Christmas tree using premade dough or go-from-scratch with a recipe for cinnamon roll Christmas trees. To do all the prep beforehand, try the recipe for cinnamon baked French toast or cranberry bliss muffins. For a fun dish your kids pull apart to eat, bake up some pumpkin monkey bread.
You’ll need a loaf of crusty bread to start this cinnamon baked French toast recipe from The Food Network’s Ree Drummond (aka The Pioneer Woman). Have your kids tear the bread into small pieces. Meanwhile, stir together eggs, milk, cream, sugar, brown sugar and vanilla extract. Place the bread into a casserole dish and pour over the milk mixture and refrigerate overnight. Bake with a crumb topping.
This recipe for eggnog breakfast bread pudding from the kitchn has a special Christmas twist – and added butter for richness. Butter pieces of French bread slices and then tear apart. Create a custard with eggs, sugar, more eggs … and eggnog. Soak the bread in the eggnog custard before baking. Sprinkle with powdered sugar before serving.
This recipe for a stacked cinnamon roll Christmas tree from Pillsbury may look tricky, but it’s actually easy to put together. Your kids can help you construct the tree using cinnamon rolls from a can. Cut the rolls into four pieces, bake, then shape into a tree. Drizzle with icing and decorate with sprinkles.
Your kids might just take a break from their presents when they smell these cranberry bliss muffins from Kitchen Treaty. Prepare the batter by whisking melted butter, eggs, sugar, vanilla, and sour cream. Combine with flour, baking powder, and salt – finally, add in cranberries, white chocolate chips and orange zest. Final step? Top with cream cheese icing and add a few extra whole, dried cranberries. (You can also make these the day before.)
Here’s another quick, tasty recipe using refrigerated dough – this time, it’s biscuits. Place sugar and pumpkin pie spice in a bag. Cut biscuits from four cans into four pieces and then drop into the spiced sugar. Place the pieces into a bundt pan and pour a brown sugar, pumpkin puree sauce over it. Once cooked, invert the pan onto a dish and spoon cream cheese frosting over it. Your kids will love pulling apart this pumpkin monkey break from Something Swanky.
For another way to twist cinnamon rolls into something special for the holiday try making these cinnamon roll Christmas trees from Bread World. Prepare a yeasty, eggy dough and knead into a ball – allow to rise. Roll the dough out and coat with butter followed by a mixture of cinnamon and sugar. Cut into the rolls pieces and have them rise again. Press the rolls into a tree shape before baking.