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Christmas Morning Monkey Bread (Also known as Pull-Apart!)

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Christmas Morning Monkey Bread (Also known as Pull-Apart!)
  • Prep Time 10 min
  • Total Time 1 hr 10 min
  • Servings 12
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Christmas Morning Monkey Bread (Also known as Pull-Apart!)

This delightful, cinnamon-scented treat is the perfect complement to Christmas Morning!


cup brown sugar
Tblsp cinnamon
stick melted margarine
tubes refrigerated biscuits
cup crushed pecans


  • 1 Preheat oven to 350° F.
  • 2 Grease bundt pan with Cooking Spray. Put half of biscuits (1.5 cans) into pan.
  • 3 Add half of the following ingredients: brown sugar, cinnamon, pecans.
  • 4 Pour in 1/2 stick of margarine.
  • 5 Add remaining biscuits.
  • 6 Add remaining brown sugar, pecans, cinnamon and margarine.
  • 7 Cover with aluminum foil and bake for 40 minutes. Take off the foil and bake for 20 additional minutes to finish the bread and give it a crunchy topping!
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10 Make Ahead Christmas Day Breakfast Treats

As prepared by Jackie Fo,

Ah…the joy of Christmas morning.

I can just see it now…the pitter patter of little feet coming down the stairs, waking up mom and dad at the crack of dawn to see what Santa brought. It’s a magical time, isn’t it?

christmas morning sign

But, magical or not – the fam’s gotta eat!

Between shopping, baking and holiday prep it’s safe to say you might be too exhausted to whip up a big holiday breakfast. If you’re losing a little bit of your Santa steam, try these 10 make ahead breakfast treats to power you through all that Christmas morning excitement!

make ahead monkey bread

1. Christmas Morning Monkey Bread

Christmas Morning Monkey Bread is also known as “Pull-Apart” in my husband’s family. I can’t believe I went 25 years without this treat – NOT cool Mom and Dad! It wasn’t until my hubby and I got married that I was introduced to this cinnaminny, bready, totally Christmas-y goodness.  This requires a bundt pan, common pantry items and practically no baking skill. Plus you can prep it earlier in the week and pop it in the oven while the kids are in all their gift opening glory. The scrumptious smell might even entice them to come to the kitchen!

holiday pancakes

2. Holiday Shaped Pancakes

No need to stress over these pancakes. Use your favorite pancake mix and make your pancakes a few days before Christmas. Christmas morning, cut out fun shapes or letters and re-heat the pancakes! If you want to get even fancier with this one, check out bevcook’s Holiday Hot Cakes and Waffles recipe for sprucing up your Christmas hot cakes.

french toast casserole

3. Overnight French Toast

French toast is perfect for a special occasion, so why not make it for Christmas morning? Don’t want to stand over the stove all morning baking up French toast while your precious little ones are opening gifts? Try a make ahead French Toast like this Betty Crocker Overnight French Toast. Pop it in the oven and you won’t miss a single Christmas morning moment!

caramel apple rolls

4. Overnight Pastries

Nibbling on something warm, butter and gooey is always a great way to start any morning. Pastries are always a great way to go and Overnight Caramel-Apple Rolls are a great "fix 'em and forget 'em" Christmas morning treat for all!

cranberry bread recipe

5. Breakfast Breads

Need a light breakfast to curb off hunger before an early Christmas dinner? Try making Bisquick’s Cranberry bread for a quick treat.

overnight sausage egg bake recipe

6. Overnight Sausage and Egg Bake

Want to go a little more savory on Christmas morning? Try this Overnight Sausage and Egg Bake. This hearty breakfast will fill you up until it’s time to chow down on some holiday dinner!

make ahead egg bake recipe

7. Christmas Egg Bake

Make your favorite egg bake and cut up red and green bell peppers to throw in the mix. It will look like Christmas confetti! Or try this awesome Do-Ahead Egg Bake recipe.

holiday fruit tree

8. Fruit Wreath

Forget fruitcake – how about fresh fruit in the shape of a tree or a wreath? In fact, make each guest individual wreaths for their own Christmas morning treat. To prevent the fruit from browning, brush on a little lemon juice.  If you want to sweeten things up a bit, this Chocolate-Dipped Fruit Wreath hits the spot!

iced coffee recipe

9. Breakfast Coffee Drinks

Care to drink your breakfast? Try this delicious Iced Mexican Coffee recipe. Line the rim of your glass with red and green sprinkles for a festive look! Or, just add the colorful sprinkles and a candy cane to your regular coffee cup!

crockpot pecan breakfast recipe

10. Crockpot Breakfast

While you are putting out cookies and milk for Santa, why not throw some breakfast in the Crockpot? You’ll be so happy to wake up to the smell of this Slow Cooker Pecan Bread Pudding!

Monkey Bread or Pull-Apart, French Toast or Pancakes – Christmas morning will be complete with any of these make ahead breakfast items. A full stomach is the perfect complement to a morning of opening presents!

What’s  your favorite make ahead breakfast?

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