Sorry, savory breakfast lovers, but we’re on team sweet. We don’t care if it’s French toast, a cinnamon roll as big as our face or a thick slice of chocolate babka (chocolate, not cinnamon), if it can moonlight as a dessert, we want it on our plate. If we still have your attention, we’ll assume you feel the same—luckily, you can find all those treats and more on this list. Here are the best sweet breakfast recipes for treating yourself. (C’mon, we all need a reason to not hit snooze.)
1. Morning Soft Serve
Sure, it tastes like a treat. But it’s actually completely plant-based (and made from just five ingredients, too).
2. Vegan Spiced Blueberry Breakfast Cake
It’s sweet but not too sweet, and it’s moist, tender and bursting with juicy fruit. Basically, you can feel good about going for a second slice.
3. No-Bake Gluten-Free Breakfast Cookie for One
Warning: This protein-packed cookie might give you superpowers.
4. Broiled Citrus Ricotta Toast
Haven’t you heard? Ricotta toast is the new avocado toast.
5. Skillet Blueberry Cornbread
It’s like a combination of a blueberry muffin, coffee cake and cornbread—and it’s delicious with a strong cup of coffee.
6. Cinnamon-Roll Pancakes
No one should have to choose between a stack of pancakes and a gooey cinnamon roll.
7. French Toast Sticks
With a rich egg custard and a honey-vanilla dipping syrup, we’ve proved that these cuties aren’t just for kids.
8. Coffee Oatmeal with Buckwheat Honey, Blueberries and Yogurt
Caffeine and breakfast at the same time—our favorite kind of multitasking.
9. Cinnamon-Sugar Waffles
Psst: You’ll make the batter the night before, so all you need to do in the morning is heat up the waffle iron.
10. Doughnut Muffins
They’re like those doughnut holes you can buy in a bag at the store, only better.
11. Cake Batter Waffles
Monday mornings are a lot more appealing when rainbow sprinkles are involved.
12. Chamomile and Maple Porridge
If your breakfast routine is chaotic, try these oats. They’re basically zen in a bowl.
13. Sourdough with Whipped Cottage Cheese and Raspberry Chia Jam
Whipped cottage cheese is like ricotta’s cousin who’s into wellness blogs and just wants you to take care of your microbiome.
14. Sunday Morning French Toast
Pass the maple syrup, please.
15. Double Chocolate Chip Muffin Tops
Everyone knows the top is the best part.
16. Dutch Baby Pancake
A Dutch baby is basically a cross between a pancake and a popover—light and airy with a touch of sweetness. Bonus: There’s no flipping required.
17. Gingerbread Pancakes
This has Christmas morning breakfast written all over it.
18. Pizza-Dough Cinnamon Rolls
As much as we adore cinnamon rolls, we’re not in love with the idea of waking up at 4 a.m. to bake them. Luckily, these are ready in an hour.
19. Brown-Sugar Pear Puff Pastries
Who’s the professional pastry chef? You are.
20. Sheet-Pan Pancakes with Chocolate Chips
Slice the leftovers into strips, toast them up and serve them with syrup for dipping.
21. Giant Cinnamon Roll
We’ve died and gone to cinnamon roll heaven.
22. Earl Grey Buns
We feel like Mary Berry would approve of these tender, pillowy buns.
23. Waffle Bread Pudding
Don’t tell anyone, but this starts with frozen waffles.
24. Pecan Pie Scones
It’s hard to stay in bed when the smell of pie is wafting from the kitchen.
25. Sugared Holiday Bread
It doesn’t need to be a holiday for you to make a loaf of this sweet, yeasted quick bread. And in case you’re wondering, it makes excellent French toast.
26. Carrot Cake Doughnuts with Cream Cheese Glaze
You might say they’re almost too cute to eat, but then there’s that cream cheese glaze.
27. Cocoa Peanut Butter Granola
It’s like the cookie-shaped sugar cereal of our childhood, only a hundred times tastier.
28. New Orleans-Style Beignets
Good news: You don’t need a ticket to New Orleans or a deep fryer to indulge in these fluffy beauties.
29. Baked Eggnog French Toast
Once you’ve mastered homemade eggnog, you’ll want a reason to use up the leftovers.
30. Apple-Cider Doughnut Holes
The apple cider doesn’t just add a seasonal touch—it also keeps the doughnut holes nice and moist.
31. Nutella Pancakes
Because slathering chocolate-hazelnut spread on top, while delicious, is a total rookie move.
32. Watercolor Doughnuts
They’re part breakfast, part dessert, part work of art.
33. Swedish Pancakes
Since they’re layered with jam, there’s no need for maple syrup. (Well, theoretically.)
34. Apple-Cider Pear Spelt Cake
Cake for breakfast? When the cake is made from nutritious spelt flour with just a touch of sugar, absolutely.
35. Sourdough Doughnuts with Concord Grape Glaze
They’re light on the inside and crispy on the outside, like the best parts of cake and yeast doughnuts combined.
36. Sheet Tray Pancakes with Peaches and Strawberries
Square pancakes? You heard us.
37. Cranberry Apple Danish
Store-bought puff pastry has entered the chat.
38. Vegan and Gluten-Free Baked Doughnuts
Just because you’re eating plant-based doesn’t mean you can’t have fun.
39. Classic Banana Bread
We see those cheetah-spotted bananas sitting on your counter, making their journey from ripe to rotten.
40. Mini Citrus Monkey Bread
They start with store-bought pizza dough and end with three in our belly.
41. Johnnycakes with Rhubarb and Sour Cherries
Johnnycakes are a Southern-style, cornmeal-based pancake with a little more texture and flavor than traditional flapjacks—ideal for sopping up those cherry juices.
42. Chocolate Pinecone Rolls
Cereal has nothing on these babies.
43. Croissant Bread Pudding
Stale pastries: sad. Stale pastries turned into a glorious, custardy breakfast: nothing better.
44. Chocolate Banana Bread Babka
It’s like a cross between a traditional banana bread and a fancy bakery-style babka and it’s unequivocally delicious.
45. Pumpkin Spice Pecan Rolls
These sweet rolls are great for fall, but we wouldn’t complain if someone made them for us any other time of year. (Hint, hint.)
46. Braided Apple Danish Loaf
The braided top looks really impressive, but it’s super simple to pull off.
47. Swedish Cinnamon Buns Topped with Salted Caramel
Ribbons of cinnamon sugar, crunchy almonds and pools of sticky salted caramel mingle with a pillowy-soft dough. We’re going in for seconds.
48. Monkey-Bread Danish
Each pastry is pieced together so you can pull it apart for a bit of cream cheese and streusel in every bite.
49. Maple Candied Bacon
Meet the new star of the brunch spread.
50. Strawberry Muffins with Walnut Streusel
If only all grab-and-go breakfasts could be this sweet.
51. Coffee Cinnamon Rolls with Maple Cream Cheese Icing
If you need us, we’ll be daydreaming about diving head-first into pools of maple cream cheese icing.
52. Cinnamon Toast Breakfast Quinoa
If cinnamon toast was your most-loved childhood breakfast (same), this healthier version will hit the spot.
53. Banana Bread French Toast
And here we thought it was impossible to improve upon banana bread.
54. Coffee Cake
It pairs really well with a steaming mug of coffee. (But you knew that, right?)
55. Mini Brown Butter Popovers with Jammy Strawberries
Mini muffins, but make ’em fancy, buttery and light as a cloud.
56. Old Fashioned Sour Cream Doughnuts with Coffee Glaze
The glaze is spiked with brown butter. Need we say more?
57. Strawberry Studded Cinnamon Rolls with Chamomile-Vanilla Glaze
Do you ever just stare into the swirls of a pan of breakfast rolls and get lost?
58. Easy Swirled Cinnamon Sugar Croissant Loaf
It doesn’t look like it, but this flaky loaf is surprisingly easy to make. Just set aside some time for rising (and eating).
59. Banana Nut Scones with Maple Glaze
They’re the opposite of those sad, dry hockey pucks you know as scones.
60. Gluten-Free Lemon Poppyseed Pancakes
Weekend plans? You already know.