This Is the Most Popular Christmas Brunch Recipe on Pinterest

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There is nothing more pleasant than waking up to the smell of freshly baked cinnamon rolls on Christmas morning … except perhaps the smell of this cinnamon roll breakfast casserole, which highlights all the best parts of a cinnamon roll (the taste) and eliminates all the worst parts of a cinnamon roll (the work). With 87,000 saves on Pinterest, this casserole is the most popular Christmas pin on the whole site!

Don’t get me wrong — real-deal cinnamon rolls are virtually unbeatable. But if you’re hosting a big crowd for the holidays, do yourself a favor and take it easy on yourself. Save yourself the hassle and make this simple cinnamon roll French toast bake instead. I promise the scent of it will still have your overnight guests running out of bed in the morning and into the kitchen.

As the blogger behind this recipe from Lil’ Luna says, “Combine the delicious comfort of cinnamon rolls … with the ease of an overnight French toast bake.” And that to me sounds like a match made in heaven so, LET’S DO THIS.

All you have to do is cut frozen cinnamon rolls (i.e., Rhodes brand) into quarters and add them into a greased casserole dish. (I told you it was easy!) Whisk together eggs, milk, sugar, vanilla, cinnamon, and nutmeg in a bowl, and pour the mixture over the quartered dough balls. Stow the covered casserole dish in the refrigerator overnight to let the frozen rolls thaw and rise. In the morning, bake at 375°F for 40 minutes or until golden-brown, just like the color of French toast.

Top with your favorite cream cheese frosting and you’ll have a Christmas brunch that nobody will be able to stop talking about. All I have to say is that if you don’t want hoards of your closest friends and family coming back for the holidays next year, DON’T make this casserole. DO YOU READ ME?

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