9 Breakfast Pastry Recipes to Enjoy with a Cup of Coffee

From churros to double-lemon scones.

Miso Caramel Apple Danish
Photo: Photo by Victor Protasio / Food Styling by Torie Cox / Prop Styling by Claire Spollen

Waking up to a warm, rich cup of coffee is a great way to start the day. Even better? When there's an equally delicious pastry to accompany it, like a cinnamon-sugar churro, flaky croissant, or a buttery cinnamon roll. Read on for all of those recipes, and even more breakfast pastries to enjoy with your coffee.

Cinnamon-Sugar Churros with Cajeta

Cinnamon Sugar Churros Recipe with Cajeta
Greg Dupree

Churros require a relatively stiff batter to help them hold their ridged shape, leaving plenty of nooks for cinnamon sugar. To prevent blowouts while piping the batter, be sure to double-line the pastry bags, which will also give you more control.

Classic Croissants

Classic Croissants
Photo by Victor Protasio / Food Styling by Torie Cox / Prop Styling by Claire Spollen

Croissant is French for "crescent," but the pastry's shape doesn't always match its name. Croissants au beurre, or butter croissants, are often rolled straight, since croissants ordinaire, made with margarine, are required by French law to be turned in like a crescent moon. Use a ruler when cutting the dough to ensure evenly-sized croissants.

Almond-and-Plum Snack Cake

Almond and Plum Snack Cake Recipe
Photo by Johnny Autry / Food and Prop Styling by Charlotte Autry

This snack cake catches the eye with its ripe red plums, toasted almonds, and glistening sugary crust, but the tender cake hidden underneath is the real star. The moist cake has a tight crumb, but a trio of butter, sour cream, and chunks of thick, sweet almond paste make it exceptionally tender.

Cherry and Cream Cheese Kolaches

Cherry and Cream Cheese Kolaches
Jen Causey

These kolaches are filled with homemade cherry filling, but you can also use any jam you have on hand.

Maple-Meringue Donuts

Maple Meringue Donuts Recipe
Tara Donne

The secret to making donuts at home is in the dough: retarding the shaped donuts allows a more complex, yeasty flavor to develop. The meringue filling is marshmallowy in texture; use an intense, robust, high-quality maple syrup to ensure lots of maple flavor.

Miso Caramel-Apple Danish

Miso Caramel Apple Danish
Photo by Victor Protasio / Food Styling by Torie Cox / Prop Styling by Claire Spollen

This riff on the classic Danish stars a sweet and savory tango of buttery miso-enriched caramel brushed over wafer-thin slices of apple. See our full step-by-step guide to making Miso Caramel-Apple Danish here.

New Orleans-Style Chicory Beignets

New Orleans-Style Chicory Beignets
© Cedric Angeles

David Kinch playfully combines two New Orleans classics: chicory coffee and beignets.

Fluffy, Buttery Cinnamon Rolls

Fluffy, Buttery Cinnamon Rolls
© Tina Rupp

This recipe yields 48 mini cinnamon rolls, drizzled with a simple glaze made of confectioners' sugar, half-and-half, and cinnamon.

Double-Lemon Scones

double-lemon scones
© Marcus Nilsson

Lemon–poppy seed cake meets scones in this delightful recipe from Food & Wine's Justin Chapple.

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