Sweet Breakfast Recipes + Treats

Swap eggs and bacon for the sweeter side of the morning meal with French toast, cinnamon rolls and much, much more.

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Hazelnut Cinnamon Rolls

The sticky-finger breakfast star gets an Italian makeover with Giada's additions of hazelnuts and a mascarpone cheese icing. Best of all, there's no need to buy yeast since she recommends using frozen bread dough as the base.

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Upside-Down Apple French Toast with Cranberries and Pecans

Break out your trusty cast-iron skillet when crafting this topsy-turvy French toast. Once it's overturned, you'll find sweetly caramelized slices of eggy challah bread layered with tart, tender Granny Smith apples. 

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Pecan Pie Monkey Bread

Easy assembly in a Bundt pan makes Bobby's gooey monkey bread the perfect option to serve to brunch guests. Pecans and homemade caramel form a crackly glaze that trickles down between every warm layer of pull-apart dough. 

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Nutella Crepes

Take a page from a Parisian's breakfast book and try these paper-thin pancakes with slightly crisp, lacy edges. Slather the warm crepes with velvety chocolate-hazelnut spread and fold them into triangles for an irresistible morning treat.

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Cinnamon-Spiced Doughnuts

Dusted in cinnamon sugar on the outside and spiced with just a hint of nutmeg on the inside, Gale's square-shaped doughnuts are the perfect treat for a morning celebration.

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Alton's Baked Apples

If you need an incentive to eat your daily apple, Alton's found some fruitful inspiration. He fills Braeburn apples with a hearty mixture of oats, brown sugar and spices and bakes them until they are aromatic and golden brown. In other words: Say goodbye to boring breakfast. 

Get the Recipe: Baker, Baker

Banana Muffins with Mascarpone Cream Frosting

Packed with bananas and spice, Giada's muffins would make a delicious morning pick-me-up on their own, but topped with a tangy and creamy mascarpone and honey frosting, they become a dessert-worthy breakfast sweet.

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Sour Cream Coffee Cake

While chocolate and cinnamon are both dominant flavors in this coffee cake, the sour cream is really the MVP of the ingredients, because it gives the cake a rich, moist consistency.

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Vietnamese Ice Coffee Panna Cotta

This elegant, no-bake, sweet alternative to a steaming morning coffee is inspired by Vietnamese ice coffee and features three delicious layers. True to the original, sweetened condensed milk is used in a vanilla-cream base, followed by coffee cream and topped with a strong espresso gelee.

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Georgia's Stuffed Banana Praline Pancakes

Give flat pancakes a boost by tucking sliced bananas inside and using a buttermilk batter for added fluffiness. Top them with a brown sugar-pecan praline sauce, and you'll want to savor them by the stack. 

Get the Recipe: Georgia's Stuffed Banana Praline Pancakes

Apple Bread Pudding

Bread pudding is a natural breakfast star with its crusty, browned edges and tender inner custard. Michael Symon adds crisp Granny Smith apples to his version and spikes the creamy custard mixture with spices and honey.

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Oatmeal Cake with Maple Glaze

Cake for breakfast? It's finally acceptable when you serve this Unique Sweets recipe that brings old-fashioned oats and a brown-sugar cake base together. Add a simple maple syrup drizzle over top and you're guaranteed a good morning.

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Apple Turnover

To make the most of Chuck's recipe for crackly puff pastry turnovers, use apples that are sweet, firm and crunchy, such as honeycrisp, Empire or Cortland.

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Caramel Croissant Pudding

This swoon-inducing pudding is both exceedingly simple and thrifty at the same time. The reincarnation of stale croissants benefits from bourbon-laced, whole milk custard and comes out of the oven like a bubbling caramel cloud. 

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Coffee Eclairs

Calling all coffee lovers: If one cup o' joe just doesn't suffice in the morning, try these caffeinated eclairs. With thick, vanilla bean-scented pastry cream and a strong coffee glaze, they'll give you a double dose of java. 

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Maple Bacon Bread Pudding

In the mood for a breakfast dish that's both sweet and savory? Try individual portions of a custard-and-bread-cube pudding with earthy maple and rich bacon flavors.

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Hawaiian French Toast Sticks

To guarantee just the right subtle sweetness in these sticks, make sure to use Hawaiian sweet bread in place of your regular loaf. Then batter the sticks in cinnamon, nutmeg and half-and-half and fry them in oil until dark, crusty and decadent.

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Breakfast Pizza

Reinvent your slice for the most important meal of the day by topping store-bought dough with cinnamon sugar and lemon-infused mascarpone. After that, simply scatter mixed berries over the top to produce an impressive brunch-ready pie. 

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Chocolate Waffles with Marshmallow Sauce

When your chocolate craving can't be contained until dessert, whip up a batch of dark and decadent cocoa waffles. Topped with oozing marshmallow lava, they'll satisfy that early morning sweet tooth. 

Get the Recipe: Chocolate Waffles with Marshmallow Sauce

Peanut Butter French Toast "Waffles" with Mixed Berry Sauce

Create this breakfast hybrid by soaking bread slices in a vanilla-scented egg batter and then pressing them in a waffle iron to achieve a gridlike pattern. Once they're nicely browned, the slices will be crispy yet tender like waffles and sweetly flavored like French toast. 

Get the Recipe: Peanut Butter French Toast "Waffles" with Mixed Berry Sauce

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