These Christmas morning muffins are made with Greek yogurt, filled with rosemary, dried cranberries, nutmeg and vanilla bean.

Topped with a cinnamon crumble and vanilla nutmeg glaze they’re the perfect festive bite for Christmas morning.

Christmas morning has always meant pandoro in my family.

If you’re not familiar, it’s basically panettone’s simpler cousin. There’s no dried fruit in it, just sweet buttery (omg, so.much.butter) Italian cake/bread doused in powdered sugar.

Every year since we were little, my grandmother would source about 15 of them from some legit Italian deli or Arthur Avenue in the Bronx (they come in a box, imported from Italy) and pass them out to all the family members on Christmas Eve.

This way we’d all get to wake up to deliciousness the next morning.

Greek Yogurt Christmas Morning Muffins
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Now that grandma is gone, my mom has dutifully taken over this responsibility and my Christmas pandoro is already sitting on the sideboard in my dining room just waiting for Christmas morning.

That said, if you try to eat just pandoro for breakfast, you’ll either:

A – eat about 2,500 calories worth of butter and sugar in about 5 minutes or,

B – be hungry about 10 seconds later because there’s absolutely no satiety to pandoro. Trust me on this one, after 33 years, I’ve learned.

Christmas morning is no time for eggs and other practical breakfast things though.

No, no, no.

It’s Christmas, it’s a magical day, it requires magical food (like this apricot brandy pound cake later on for dessert).

So, while I totally encourage you to try pandoro if you’ve never had it, I’m also going to suggest these Greek yogurt Christmas morning muffins.

Also check out this Cranberry Mascarpone English Muffin Casserole – another great option for Christmas morning!

Christmas Morning Muffins

Filled with dried cranberries, rosemary, nutmeg, vanilla bean paste, topped with a cinnamon sugar crumble and then glazed with a nutmeg vanilla bean icing, there’s no questioning their Christmas morning worthiness.

And unlike pandoro, Christmas morning muffins won’t set you back a days worth of calories and fat either.

They smell absolutely amazing as they bake and fill your entire house with the nostalgic aroma of the holiday.

Glazed Christmas Morning Crumble Muffins

They’re a wonderful way to start the most festive day of the year and set the tone for all the goodies to come later on like chocolate chunk molasses gingerbread cookies and vegan thumbprints!

MORE CHRISTMAS MORNING BREAKFAST RECIPES:

Gingerbread Oatmeal
Cranberry Mascarpone English Muffin Casserole
Cheesy Potato Breakfast Casserole with Turkey Sausage and Eggs
Gingerbread Granola
Eggnog Breakfast Bake

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Greek Yogurt Christmas Morning Muffins

Servings: 12 servings
Prep: 20 minutes
Cook: 15 minutes
Total: 35 minutes
These Christmas morning muffins are made with Greek yogurt, filled with rosemary, dried cranberries, nutmeg and vanilla bean. Topped with a cinnamon crumble and vanilla nutmeg glaze they’re the perfect festive bite for Christmas morning.

Ingredients 

Muffins

  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 cup whole wheat white flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon freshly chopped rosemary
  • 1/2 cup chopped dried cranberries
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup 2% plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 4 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons vanilla bean paste

Crumble topping

  • 1 tablespoon cold butter, diced
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons all purpose flour
  • pinch kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

Glaze

  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla bean paste
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • milk to thin

Instructions 

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Grease a muffin tin with baking spray and set aside.
  • Combine the flours, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, sugar, rosemary and cranberries in a large bowl.
  • Whisk together the eggs, Greek yogurt, milk, butter and vanilla bean paste in a medium bowl until smooth.
  • Add the wet ingredients to the dry and mix until incorporated.
  • Scoop the batter evenly into the muffin tins.
  • Make the crumble topping by combining all the ingredients in a small bowl and working the diced butter into the mixture using your fingers or a fork until the texture of coarse meal. Sprinkle the crumble mixture on top of the muffin batter in the tins.
  • Bake for 15-18 minutes until set.
  • Remove from oven, let cool in the tin for 5 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack.
  • Make the glaze by combining all the ingredients in a small bowl and stirring. Add milk as you go until desired consistency.
  • Drizzle the glaze over completely cooled muffins and serve.

Nutrition

Serving: 1SERVINGCalories: 286kcalCarbohydrates: 47gProtein: 9gFat: 7gSaturated Fat: 4gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 48mgSodium: 294mgFiber: 3gSugar: 16g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Baked Goods
Cuisine: American
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33 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    I made these this morning for Christmas breakfast. They are wonderful! Great blend of a little savory and a little sweet. My husband loved them, too! They’re a perfect something special for a special day.

  2. Delicious muffins! We always have special things on Christmas morning. I am definitely making these. I love the addition of the rosemary.

  3. 5 stars
    Oh my goodness, these are AMAZING!! Such a yummy way to start the day! Next time I’m going to make an extra batch to freeze for later.

  4. I love the sweet and savory aspects of these muffins! This is truly a unique recipe and perfect for Christmas morning for sure!