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30 Make-and-Take Easter Brunch Recipes

The Easter Bunny is on his way with chocolate eggs and marshmallow chicks for the kids… now if only he would drop off a ready-made dish for Mom and Dad to take to the family Easter brunch. It needs to be shareable, especially if you’ve got a big family to feed. And it has to be portable, so that it survives the drive over to Grandma’s house. It can’t take hours to put together either, because you might already be getting up early for church. (But if it does take a little time, it needs to be something you can make the night before knowing that it’ll still be just as appetizing the next morning.) And it needs to be so crowd-pleasing that you don’t have to take home any leftovers.

We hunted around the TipHero archives and turned up 30 of our favorite brunch recipes. And guess what? They satisfy all of those Easter brunch recipe requirements. This list has a little bit of the sweet and a little bit of the savory (because everyone’s probably going to have ingested a fair amount of chocolate by the time you get to breakfast), a little bit of the traditional and a little bit of the unconventional. Whichever of these dishes you choose, you might find that it makes everyone want to just skip the Easter egg hunt and get straight to brunching.

  1. Overnight French Toast Bake

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    A big batch of cinnamony French toast baked in the oven, with a crazy good pecan streusel topping. Even better, you make it the night before so you can have both a lazy Easter morning and a fancy Easter brunch.

  2. Buttermilk Blueberry Breakfast Cake

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    We swear this baked goodness doesn’t count as dessert. With a sugar-crystalized top and moist crumbs bursting with blueberries, this coffee cake tastes just like blueberry muffins — but without the hassle of dealing with all of those individual muffin cups, and much easier to transport.

  3. Surprise Egg Muffins

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    The Easter egg hunt doesn’t stop at brunch, because these savory bacon, green onion, and butermilk muffins have whole eggs hiding right inside!

  4. Old-Fashioned Baked Ham with Pineapple & Maple Glaze

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    It’s not Easter without the old-fashioned baked ham. Ours is decorated nostalgically with pineapple rings and maraschino cherries, and covered in a warmly spiced maple brown sugar glaze.

  5. Breakfast Pizza Crown

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    Give the people what they want: pizza for breakfast. This take on breakfast and pizza wraps eggs, bacon, peppers, cheese, and more in (pre-made or homemade) pizza dough for a golden-brown baked delight bursting with morning flavor. It looks lovely and feeds plenty.

  6. Bakery-Quality Sugar Cookie Fruit Tart

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    Think this gorgeous fruit tart came home from a fancy patisserie in a box with a ribbon on it? So will everyone else. Just wait till you tell them you made it yourself (with store-bought refrigerated sugar cookie dough). Or, if you prefer, tell them that the Easter Bunny brought it.

  7. Baked Avocado Eggs

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    Hide your Easter eggs right in an avocado. Our avocado egg bake recipe will show you one easy trick so that with every spoonful you get a bit of that creamy yolk and smoky baked avocado. Top your stuffed avocados with crispy bacon, Parmesan cheese, smoked paprika, and chives for an easy, wholesome, high protein, paleo-friendly dish for Easter brunch.

  8. Loaded Potato Casserole

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    Bacon? Check. Potatoes? Check. Are you thinking what we’re thinking? Don’t let anybody tell you that a casserole “isn’t breakfast food“ — because if you bring this to Easter brunch, your relatives will be passing around the recipe faster than a hot potato.

  9. Cream Cheese-Filled Banana Bread

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    Banana bread is consistently one of the most searched-for recipes on the internet, so we have a feeling that it will also be one of the quickest things to be devoured on the brunch table. See the way the cream cheese layer bakes up into a little smile? There’ll be smiles all around when they taste this banana-bread-cheesecake hybrid.

  10. Maple Bacon Crack

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    Is it pizza? Breakfast? Dessert? Party food? It’s all of those. It’s nuts! We’ll go as far as to say it’s everything — because in a single bite this addictive food is going to light up the sweet, salty, smoky, buttery, and most importantly bacon-y pleasure centers of your brain. And we guarantee you’ve never seen this at Easter brunch before.

  11. Cinnamon Roll Cake

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    We can’t get enough of cinnamon rolls, but most homemade recipes require a lot of rising and rolling — and we know we’re not going to want to rise early and roll out of bed to do that on Easter morning. This recipe supersizes cinnamon rolls into a super easy cake that only take 45 minutes start to finish.

  12. 20-Minute Chocolate Croissants

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    Nothing about homemade chocolate croissants sounds easy — until you discover this genius crescent roll dough hack. Stuff the dough with chocolate chips, then cover your flaky, golden croissants with a 2-ingredient chocolate drizzle. In 20 minutes, you can bring a touch of the Parisian café to your Easter brunch…

  13. Breakfast Taquitos

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    …or roll up with some south-of-the-border flavors. These aren’t breakfast burritos, but breakfast taquitos — which means more to share.  We baked (not fried) a cheesy sausage and egg scramble into a corn tortilla, and we think it’s going to be a hit at brunch. Feliz Pascua! (That’s “Happy Easter” in Spanish.)

  14. Braided Apple Walnut Strudel

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    There’s no better party offering than pie — but for brunch? This recipe takes all that love you want to bake into an apple pie and makes it brunch-appropriate. The strudel’s braided top looks impressive, but is surprisingly easy to pull off with a sheet of store-bought puff pastry (and our video will show you exactly how it’s done.)

  15. Grab-N-Go Omelettes

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    Yes, they look like muffins, but trust us— it’s all egg in there. Plus, of course, all the colorful fillings you want in an omelette. These are gluten free, portable, and ready in 20 minutes — but you can also bake them up the night before then re-heat them in the microwave on Easter morning.

  16. Baked Oatmeal Casserole

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    This recipe takes everyday oatmeal and transforms it into a wonderfully share-able breakfast casserole. It’s loaded with delicious and nutritious mix-ins like almonds, raspberries, and coconut, so you can pat yourself on the back for contributing a healthy offering to the brunch table (that your family will actually line up to eat).

  17. Guacamole Deviled Eggs

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    Deviled eggs are an Easter classic, but they lack pizzazz, don’t you think? And be honest, you really just wanna stuff your face with guacamole at every party, but chips and guac aren’t really right for Easter brunch, are they? Consider both of these problems solved.

  18. Bacon & Egg Breakfast Tart

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    When you think breakfast, you think bacon and eggs. Dress up the classics for brunch with this elegant tart built on pizza dough (pre-made or from scratch).

  19. Apple Fritter Bread

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    Quick breads are perfect for taking to a brunch because you can make one ahead of time and take it to your relative’s house right in the loaf pan. This one ups the ante with chunks of baked apples, a little sugar n’ spice, and a pretty powdered sugar glaze drizzled on top.

  20. Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes

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    It’s not Easter without the scalloped potatoes. Ours are extra cheesy and bubbly, and you could even throw in the other Easter all-star — ham — to make it the full package in one dish.

  21. Cinnamon Roll Bites

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    Everyone goes wild for pull-apart monkey bread at brunch parties, but we made the sweet treat even more breakfast-y with a cinnamon roll twist. These are so easy to make in 30 minutes with canned biscuit dough and a 3-ingredient icing from scratch.

  22. Candied Bacon

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    Here’s a make-ahead brunch idea that’s going to knock everyone’s socks off: a bouquet of candied bacon. Bacon is best when it’s hot out of the oven or fresh out of the skillet, so it’s not always brunch friendly unless you’re entertaining in your own home. But when you candy bacon with maple syrup and spices, it’s designed to last — although once it’s on the table, it won’t last long.

  23. Sweet Potato Quiche

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    Satisfy those in the savory breakfast camp with a flavorful quiche. This one is extra special because the crust is made from frozen sweet potato tater tots (you can use regular tater tots if that’s all you can find). Plus, Easter time is prime asparagus season, so we topped ours with those beautiful green spears.

  24. Easy Maple Bars

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    You will be crowned brunch royalty if you show up with maple bars in hand. But don’t go to the donut shop, because creating your own maple bars is totally approachable. Ours are made with canned biscuit dough and a simple homemade maple glaze you’ll want to lick off the spoon.

  25. Bacon Spinach Strata

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    Strata, a casserole made with bread cubes, egg, and cheese, might not be a traditional dish in your family — but it’s going to become one after you bring this bacon spinach strata to Easter brunch.

  26. Loaded Potato Hash

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    Sometimes the simplest dishes on the brunch table are the ones people keep coming back to for seconds. Nothing wrong with bringing an uncomplicated potato hash loaded with cheddar cheese, bacon, and chives.

  27. Cinnamon Toast

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    Toast? For brunch? Groundbreaking. No but really, this video will show you how to make a whole batch of crowd-pleasing cinnamon n’ sugar toast in the oven — no toaster necessary.

  28. Belgian Waffle Cake

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    This is going to blow people’s minds: three layers of Belgian waffles baked right into a towering cake that you can totally eat for brunch. Bring on the maple syrup.

  29. Hummingbird Cake

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    Hummingbird cake is an incredibly dense and moist layer cake with banana, pineapple, and warm spices, covered with swirls of rich cream cheese frosting and crunchy toasted pecans on top. And if you’ve never had it — but you’re a fan of banana cake, pineapple upside-down cake, or carrot cake — you’re going to be thoroughly charmed by our easier-than-you’d-expect hummingbird cake recipe.

  30. Muffin Tin Poached Eggs

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    Want to bring a recipe with poached eggs to Easter brunch? The Easter egg hunt will be over by the time you’re finished poaching all of those eggs the traditional way… but we’ll show you how to poach a dozen eggs at a time — in a muffin tin.