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30 Scrumptious Holiday Breakfast Breads

Make your holiday mornings extra-special with our recipes for coffee cake, muffins, scones, quick breads and yeast breads.

Pompe de Noel and Provence Christmas Bread

Orange flower water gives a bright citrus flavor to these two traditional sweet breads from Provence, France. Look for the flower water at specialty supermarkets or order online from specialty food websites.

Pompe de Noel

Provence Christmas Bread

Maple Butter Twists

These breakfast rolls are a family tradition with Jean Haviland of Carroll, Iowa. "My mom made these rolls with a maple-cream filling every Christmas—and still does!" she says. "Mom always makes extra and freezes them for later. They're great for breakfast or any time of day!"

Maple Butter Twists

Holiday Christmas Bread

There's no butter or shortening in this braided sweet bread. You won't miss it in this large loaf.

"We're the sixth generation to bake this holiday bread," says Margaret Kassing of Beatrice, Nebraska. "The 12 strips of dough represent 12 months in a year. The four layers of braided dough stand for the four seasons. Nuts and raisins indicate the type of year -- mostly nuts represents a good year for farmers and mostly raisins a poor year. Before it's served, the youngest boy takes last year's crust outside to feed the birds, God's lesser creatures. Finally, a crust is saved for the next year to show there will always be bread in this home."

Holiday Christmas Bread

Eggnog Muffins

These tender holiday muffins, dressed up with a nutmeg-streusel topping, come from the Washington House Inn in Cedarburg, Wisconsin.

Eggnog Muffins

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Swedish Tea Ring

At the Midwest Living® Culinary and Craft School in Branson, Missouri, instructor Debbie Dance Uhrig wows her students with this tender, walnut-filled pastry. Sprinkled with chopped red and green cherries, it's a perfect treat for Christmas morning.

Swedish Tea Ring

Sticky Cinnamon Apple Rolls

The Midwest Living Test Kitchen created this recipe for giant sticky buns bursting with chopped apples and pecans. The rolls bake in a sweet caramel syrup.

Sticky Cinnamon Apple Rolls

Almond-Cranberry Bread with White Chocolate Glaze

Sweet bread balances tangy cranberries in this winning recipe from the Wisconsin State Fair. Wrap and store it overnight to make it easier to slice.

Almond-Cranberry Bread with White Chocolate Glaze

Chocolate-Pistachio Wreath Bread

Chocolate frosting tops a moist chocolate bread to create a spectacular Christmas treat -- as delightful to look at as it is to eat. Use either chopped pistachio nuts or almonds for a bit of crunch.

Chocolate-Pistachio Wreath Bread

Overnight Cherry Chocolate Coffee Cake

This is our give-you-a-break coffee cake. Prepped in a half-hour, it waits in the fridge till you pop it in the oven the next morning. Serve warm, and the chocolate stays irresistibly melty.

Overnight Cherry Chocolate Coffee Cake

Chocolate-Almond Bubble Wreath

Chocolate wrapped in sweet-roll dough forms bite-size bubbles in this bread. Serve warm from the oven for breakfast or snacks.

Chocolate-Almond Bubble Wreath

Sour Cream Swirl Coffee Cake

A layer of brown sugar, cinnamon and pecans swirls through the center of this sour cream coffee cake from the Lantz House Inn in Centerville, Indiana.

Sour Cream Swirl Coffee Cake

Gingerbread Scones

Ginger and molasses unite in our spicy breakfast bread. Ground ginger and crystallized ginger give a double dose of the popular seasoning.

Gingerbread Scones

Sour Cream Cranberry Muffins

Brown sugar, pecans and pumpkin pie spice create both a filling and the topping for these muffins. Dried cranberries add tang and texture.

Sour Cream Cranberry Muffins

Chocolate-Pecan Coffee Cake

We put together our favorite coffee cake ingredients for this recipe: chocolate, butter, sour cream, pecans and coconut. It's worth the indulgence!

Chocolate-Pecan Coffee Cake

Creamy Butter-Pecan Cinnamon Rolls

We can't resist a good sticky roll -- especially one this easy to make. Starting with frozen bread dough, we added brown sugar, cinnamon, pecans and chocolate chips. When you turn it out, it makes its own gooey topping.

Creamy Butter-Pecan Cinnamon Rolls

Cardamom Braid

The Bishop Hill Bakery and Eatery in Bishop Hill, Illinois, sells this lightly spiced Swedish bread. The orange and cardamom flavors pair perfectly with soft honey butter.

Cardamom Braid

Gingerbread-Sour Cream Muffins

We took a traditional holiday dessert ingredient -- gingerbread -- and turned it into a muffin. Crystallized ginger tops off these treats.

Gingerbread-Sour Cream Muffins

English Muffins in a Loaf with Honey Butter

This easy-to-make yeast bread comes from Sherlock on Watson Bed and Breakfast in Ripon, Wisconsin. Slice and toast before serving, and top with soft Honey Butter.

English Muffins In a Loaf with Honey Butter

Holiday Stollen

This classic German Christmas bread is traced back to the 1400s. In this version, created by the Hotel Pattee in Perry, Iowa, a variety of dried fruits and nuts dot the sweetly spiced oval-shaped egg bread.

Holiday Stollen

Caramel-Banana Muffins

Sugar-topped banana slices caramelize as they bake on top of these tender, cakey breakfast muffins. Serve warm drizzled with extra caramel topping, if you like.

Caramel-Banana Muffins

Sausage-Cheese Scones

Cheddar cheese and sausage dot these flavor-packed buttermilk scones from the Washington House Inn in Cedarburg, Wisconsin.

Sausage-Cheese Scones

Zippy Cinnamon Rolls

Midwest Living® editor contributed the recipe for these gooey-good rolls. "Frozen bread dough and pudding mix can fool anyone into thinking you spent the morning baking cinnamon rolls," she says.

Zippy Cinnamon Rolls

Cran-Banana Bread

Blend mashed bananas with a box of cranberry quick-bread mix for this easy-to-make, double-fruit treat. Serve to holiday guests, or make ahead of time for gifts from the kitchen.

Cran-Banana Bread

Cinnamon Surprise Buns

These yeast rolls poof as they bake, hiding the filled center. Guests will love the spiced nut and brown sugar in the middle of these frosted treats.

Cinnamon Surprise Buns

Orange Sticky Rolls

These moist, warm-from-the-oven sweet rolls have a kiss of citrus for flavor. The recipe comes from the Deutschheim State Historic Site in Hermann, Missouri.

Orange Sticky Rolls

Streusel-Topped Pumpkin Muffins

We took classic pumpkin bread batter, added some dried fruit, a little lemon peel and some assorted spices, and sprinkled on a crunchy sugar topping.

Streusel-Topped Pumpkin Muffins

Anita's Cranberry Scones

Coarsely chopped cranberries spread the sweet-tart flavor throughout this tender scone, a winner at the Warrens Cranberry Festival recipe competition. A sweet almond frosting complements the berries.

Anita's Cranberry Scones

Ravenwood's Cinnamon Rolls

Ravenwood Castle in New Plymouth, Ohio, has served more than 15,000 of these rolls over the years. Now you can bake the popular Yuletide specialty at home.

Ravenwood's Cinnamon Rolls

Pompe de Noel and Provence Christmas Bread

Orange flower water gives a bright citrus flavor to these two traditional sweet breads from Provence, France. Look for the flower water at specialty supermarkets or order online from specialty food websites.

Pompe de Noel

Provence Christmas Bread

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