More time for Mother Christmas

22 Dec 2016
POSTED BY Alvin Thomas

Spend fewer moments in the kitchen and more with the family this Yuletide with these fun, seasonal recipes.

Make your mornings merry and bright this holiday season with festive recipes like Christmas Tree Waffles and Overnight Cinnamon Roll Casserole.

“You don’t have to get up early to impress guests with a holiday breakfast,” says chef Kevan Vetter of McCormick Kitchens.

“Take waffles; simply add green food colour to the batter then dust with powdered sugar ‘snow’ to resemble Christmas trees. Alternatively, prepare a cinnamon roll casserole the night before. Soak cut-up challah bread in milk and cinnamon overnight, bake until golden in the morning then finish off with a drizzle of cream cheese frosting.”

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Cinnamon Roll Casserole

More time for Mother Christmas

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cook time: 25 minutes

Servings: 12


  • 12 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups plus 3 tbsp milk, divided
  • 2 tbsp McCormick Ground Cinnamon, divided
  • 5 tsp McCormick Pure Vanilla Extract, divided
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1 loaf challah or brioche, cubed
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup whipped cream cheese
  • 3 tbsp confectioner’s sugar


  • Using a hand whisk, mix the eggs, 1 1/2 cups of milk, one tablespoon of cinnamon, three teaspoons of vanilla and baking powder in a large bowl. Add the bread cubes and toss to coat the mixture well. Pour into a 30cmx20cm baking tray sprayed with a non-stick cooking spray. Cover. Refrigerate for at least four hours or overnight. 
  • Preheat the oven to 180°C. Remove the casserole from the fridge. Mix the melted butter, brown sugar and the remaining one tablespoon of cinnamon in a small bowl until well blended. Drizzle over the casserole. Let stand 10 to 15 minutes.
  • Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until golden brown. Let stand for five minutes before serving.
  • Meanwhile, mix the cream cheese, confectioners’ sugar and the remaining two teaspoons of vanilla in a small bowl until smooth. Slowly stir in the remaining 3 tablespoons of milk. Drizzle over the casserole before serving.

Christmas Tree Waffles

More time for Mother Christmas

Prep time: 5 minutes

Cook time: 20 minutes

Servings: 4


  • 2 cups waffle mix
  • 1 1/3 cups milk
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoons McCormick Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 15 drops McCormick Green Food Color
  • Confectioner’s sugar mini candy-coated chocolate pieces


  • Preheat a round waffle iron. Spray with non-stick cooking spray. Mix the waffle mix, milk, egg, vegetable oil, vanilla and food colouring until blended.
  • Pour about 1/3 cup of batter onto the centre of a hot waffle iron. Close with a lid. Cook for about five minutes or until no longer steaming. Carefully remove the waffle. Repeat with the remaining batter.
  • Break each waffle into four triangles. Layer three triangles on a serving plate to resemble a Christmas tree. Sprinkle with confectioner’s sugar. Use candy-coated pieces to decorate the tree as ornaments.


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