Best Breakfast Rolls for Christmas Morning

Draw your family from their sweet slumber on Christmas morning with the smell of freshly baked breakfast rolls wafting through the air. Sticky Buns studded with pecans, Cinnamon Rolls (regular or gluten free), Raspberry Jam Rolls or S-shaped St. Lucia Saffron Buns make the morning extra special.

Three photos side by side. On the left is a pan of Raspberry Jam Rolls. In the center is a platter of Swedish Coffee Bread. On the right is Caramel Apple Monkey Bread.

Decadent and packed full of love, homemade breakfast rolls are the perfect way to start off Christmas morning. The smell of freshly baked rolls is enough to lure the family out of bed or (for the early and ambitious risers) away from their new gifts and over to the table.

Many of these rolls are yeasted, but you can start them the night before and let them rise overnight. Finish them up the next morning and enjoy! If you’re not an early riser you can still enjoy breakfast rolls.

Open a few presents to distract yourself while these perfect rolls rise and bake. No matter which sweet roll you choose, your loved ones will be delighted.

  • Best Homemade Cinnamon Rolls

    The best cinnamon rolls frosted with cream cheese frosting.
    Cindy Rahe

    Topped with cream cheese frosting, this recipe makes eight huge cinnamon rolls, but you can cut them to make 12 smaller but still substantial rolls. Refrigerating the dough overnight before shaping the rolls, makes the dough extra easy to work with.

  • Cinnamon Sticky Buns

    Cinnamon Sticky Buns
    Elise Bauer

    Skip the frosting and make these caramel pecan rolls. Be sure to not overcook the pecan topping. You only want the butter to melt before combining and adding to the pan.

  • Raspberry Jam Sweet Rolls

    Sweet Rolls with Jam
    Cindy Rahe

    Use fresh raspberries to make a quick jam filling for these fluffy sweet rolls. Room temperature butter incorporates into the dough quicker than cold butter, so set your butter out an hour before starting.

  • Caramel Apple Monkey Bread

    Caramel Apple Monkey Bread
    Cindy Rahe

    Kids will love rolling the little balls for these monkey rolls. Apple cider flavored caramel and fresh apples combine for a perfect pair. If you don’t have a bundt pan, no fear, a round cake pan will work but the baking time may be a bit shorter, so keep an eye on them.

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  • Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls with Cream Cheese Frosting

    A pan of Homemade Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls are being frosted.
    Marta Rivera

    Change up your morning rolls with these pumpkin flavored rolls. Allow to rise overnight and bake off Christmas morning or bake and freeze beforehand and thaw overnight for an easy Christmas breakfast.

  • Gluten Free Cinnamon Rolls

    A pan of easy gluten free cinnamon rolls being topped with icing.
    Kalisa Marie Martin

    Gluten free? No problem! This recipe offers tips for working with gluten free dough so you can enjoy soft, tender cinnamon rolls worthy of a second helping.

  • St. Lucia Saffron Buns

    St. Lucia Buns
    Elise Bauer

    Saffron infused sweet bread is shaped into a lovely “S” and baked with a golden raisin tucked into each end. If using ground cardamom, substitute 1/2 teaspoon for the whole pods.

  • Swedish Coffee Bread (Tea Ring)

    Swedish Tea Ring
    Elise Bauer

    Impress family with this almond paste, cinnamon and cardamom filled sweet bread. Half the recipe and make a braided bread for a smaller gathering.