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This year, one of my good friends is throwing a New Year’s Eve party that doesn’t even start until 10:30. So I doubt any of us will get to bed until at least 3… and most people will probably sleep right through breakfast the next day.

No matter how late you’re up partying, here are five reasons to drag yourself out of bed for a New Year’s breakfast:  


Cinnamon Roll Pie

This pie is a good choice for two reasons. First: it secretly contains beans, which are symbolic of money and prosperity for the new year. Second: round foods are considered “lucky” at New Year’s because they represent coming full-circle and a fortunate cycle for the next year.  


Chocolate-Chip Banana Bread

Nothing relevant came up when I typed “chocolate for a lucky new year” into the google search bar. Eh, what does google know? Chocolate is always lucky. The more chocolate you have, the luckier you are. Always.


Pear-Vanilla Breakfast Cobbler

Pears represent prosperity and immortality due to the long lifespan of the pear trees. This cobbler, however, does not last very long. At least not in my house!


Hot Apple Crumble Bars

Apples are a symbol of pleasure, love, and fertility. When cut across the middle, the center has a five-pointed star, which represents a life in balance for the coming year.

And last, but not least…


Mini Eggnog Spice Cake

Many cultures share the tradition of hiding trinkets inside a cake on New Year’s, where the person who finds the trinket will have the best luck in the coming year. This yummy little cake is healthy enough to eat for breakfast—well, unless you accidentally eat a hidden trinket.

Then maybe it’s not so healthy… 

Question of the Day:

What are your plans for New Year’s Eve?

I might make a dessert for the party, but I probably won’t since it starts so late. My other New Year’s Eve plans include a Scrabble marathon with my roommate until it’s time to leave.

Katie is the baker, photographer, and author of the popular blog Chocolate-Covered Katie. Her favorite food is chocolate, and she believes in eating a balanced diet that includes dessert every single day. More about Katie—> 

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  1. This looks like quite the yummy way to ring in the new year!
    The husband and I are meeting up with some friends for dinner and then heading home to ring in the 2012 together!

  2. No New Years plans yet. Maybe I’m getting too old to live it up? I think last year I crashed before midnight. :-) Might stop over to visit the family earlier in the day though. They usually have some fun games going on and yummy food cooking.

  3. tea-bagginit says:

    i’m such a lame-o when it comes to new year’s! i’m an early riser and so staying up till midnight sounds awful – plus i love to get in early morning runs and you can’t do that hungover! my plans are movies in my pjs with the bf! :)

  4. vogelstar says:

    I have to work New Years Eve :( but we are having a potluck at work and I plan to make the rice crispy treats. The good thing is that when midnight hits, we have the best and warmest view in the house of the fireworks show. Here’s to ringing in the new year by seeing the positive in whatever life presents.

  5. I would probably fall asleep and not even make it to a party that started that late! We’re just going to a friend’s house who have newborn twins and a 4 year old for a low-key night since they can’t really do anything crazy. I always have grand ambitions for New Year’s but it always ends up low key/lame, however you want to look at it 😉

  6. I never make new years plans until the day before or day of, I don’t like binding myself into anything too early lol. But will probably be going to some bars downtown and just hanging out with friends in general. Love your reasonings for all the breakfast ideas!

  7. ~Jessica~ says:

    I made the Cinnamon Roll Pie yesterday and had it for breakfast this morning 😀 I must have been psychic hehe. It was absolutely wonderful – I may have to dedicate an entire post to it *scuttles off to blog*.

    Have fun at your NYE party!

    Oh, and randomly, I’ve seen some of the negativity you’ve been getting recently and I’m so sorry you’re on the receiving end of some speculation and wrath, in some cases. I can’t speak for everyone but I love your recipes to bits, and whatever goes on with you personally has no bearing on the merit of your creations, and on the general content of the blog, which I always enjoy. People can ‘see’ whatever they want to, and personally I’d place your blog streets ahead of, say, Hungry Girl, which relies on chemical subsitutes for anything and everything. Literally anything can be enabling if people want it to be, and if they’re in a certain mindset. Don’t let negative remarks get you down, or take the shine of the enjoyment you get out of running, or the rest of your lfe.


    1. Sarah the official CCK drooler says:

      Yes, I accidently got on the GOMI site and was blown away by people’s mean words about CCK! It shocked me. But they are just jerks and you blog “lovers” far outnumber your haters :)

      1. Aww thank you both! :)

        (Jessica, I just emailed you!)

  8. Sabrina says:

    I am going to a hockey game on NYE, then plopping myself on the couch with my friends to watch the ball drop. No craziness this year.

  9. Sarah the offical CCK drooler says:

    we are going to have a ” bring in the new year” party. No alcohol. Yup. we don’t drink. I feel bad for people driving the next day though… all those drunk people, ugh! Way off topic- but if you are drinking that night don’t go driving the next day, plz. anyway, can’t wait to see the ball drop. 3, 2, 1… it’s the last year on earth LOL. Have a great day :)

  10. I will take the mini eggnog spice cake! I hope you are having a wonderful week!

  11. I absolutely love how you incorportated what each food brings for a “lucky new year” – such a great idea.
    No plans yet for new years…I typically don’t even make it until 12pm – lame I know. Have a great time playing scrabble with your roommate and Happy New Year!

  12. Jacqueline says:

    These breakfast ideas look DELICIOUS! And I love the creative ties to the new year…even more reason to enjoy them!

  13. Aja says:

    Looks yummy! I have no plans for new year’s eve right now. Probably sleeping at some point.

  14. So interesting, I had read an article just yesterday on lucky foods for the NY – I love the idea of full circle and the five-pointed star inside an apple.

    NY Eve plans – I generally dislike NY Eve, I promise I’m not a Grinch, I just find there’s too much pressure around it! And everything costs so much! If a friend is throwing a party that is the best time, and then I’ll go out – but a lot of my friends are out of town this NY Eve so instead we’re doing a family dinner at a super nice restaurant where we can see the NY in.

  15. Ashley says:

    Those all look fantastic! I’ve been meaning to try out that Eggnog spice cake and Cinnamon roll pie! Maybe in the new year, ill get too it!
    For new years I think I’m just going to go out with some friends. Maybe grab a bite to eat and go bowling? Not sure yet!

  16. Look at you Katie, you’ve done it again. I mean eggnog cake?! How can I NOT partake in that deliciousness?

  17. Elisabetta says:

    A friend of mine invited me and other friends at her home, and everybody will bring there something to eat. I’ll prepare a savory cake (I’m still looking for the right recipe) and a deep and gooey chocolate cake I’m sure my friends will love! Hopefully … :-)
    Chocolate chip banana bread will be perfect for my first 2012 breakfast!

  18. David says:

    The spice cake and cinnamon roll links are not working. Thanks for all of the great posts this year Katie — you’ve revolutionized my desserts!

    1. Thanks so so much for letting me know! I fixed them :).

  19. Sarah says:

    With an 8 month old who wakes every hour or two throughout the night and a 2 year old who starts the day at 5.30am there’s no way I’ll voluntarily stay up until midnight! New years has been a non event for the last few years, maybe next time we’ll send the boys to their grandparents and do something :)

  20. Unfortunately, I just got my wisdom teeth removed, so it’s looking like NYE will be a low-key affair. Oh well, c’est la vie :)

    1. Ugh :(

      I still need to get mine out… I have been putting it off for six years!

      Wishing you a speedy recovery!

  21. Plans for New Years…not sure yet. Probably nothing too special. We have a 4 year old and they don’t know whether Jan 1st is a sleep in day, a wake up early day, or just any other day…and so whatever we do, drinking, hangover, or otherwise, we will still be parents and up with the sun…so, probably nothing too crazy here :)

  22. Leigh says:

    Chocolate-chip banana bread sounds perfect for breakfast! :)
    Still been meaning to try the cinnamon roll deep dish!! Thanks for posting!

    This year, looks like New Years will be quiet. I was hoping to get away and watch fireworks at the Space Needle, far far away from the crowds. Have a great new years eve!

  23. I’ll take one of each please :) My daughter and I will be in Jefferson City at my sisters to celebrate both Christmas and New Years all at one time. Hope your party is all kinds of fun.

  24. mmmmm breakfast is my favourite reason to get up 😀 I always make it taste like a treat.

    Dallas and I were invited to a friend’s house for New Year’s, and I am definitely bringing treats (and champagne, and brandy, haha)! Enjoy your New Year’s, Katie! 😀

  25. I’m going to a party on New Year’s Eve….but it definitely stars much earlier than 10:30! I’ll actually probably leave by 11 because I am NOT a night person at all!

  26. Anonymous says:

    goshhhh i wanna make it alL!

  27. I’m going to North Carolina to visit a sorority sister from college! She lives in a small town with 1 bar! Haha it will be quite the experience!

  28. Hmm… let’s see… why else would anyone get out of bed on New Year’s day? For a CCK breakfast, of course!

  29. Your recipes look awesome! I always get together with my family for New Year’s. This year we’re dressing up fancy and going out to dinner. Then we always go back to my dads for ice cream, games, and some drinks!

  30. No New Year’s Eve plan’s here I just moved to a new city and don’t really know anyone yet. However cinnamon roll pie sounds excellent.

  31. Haha scrabble is awesome!!! I love that you guys will be playing on New Years Eve!!
    I’m heading to NYC and braving the crowds this year…I’m very scared!

  32. Hey Katie!

    Great post :) It’s my birthday today, I’m now finally 18 :) I can now legally go out for drinks :) (I live in Ireland )

    Anyway, just wanted to say that for my
    Birthday breakfast I had your banana pancakes and they were delicious! Thank you :)

  33. Kit-Kat says:

    Oh we’ll obably just hang out atthe house, and play card games, watch a movie, and wait until midnight when we can watch the fireworks display at the Seattle Space Needle on TV. Not very exciting, but New Years Day is more fun for us :-)

  34. All your breakfast recipes look so good, I don’t think I could choose!

  35. Moni'sMeals says:

    wow, that is getting things started late for a party but I am on grandma time so do not listen to me. :)

    I will be trying one of these yummy breakfast ideas of yours that’s for sure. :) Thanks Katie and Happy 2012!

  36. Nancy says:

    to celebrate the new year, I’m going to try the vegan lifestyle – I’m very excited, but nervous too. Any tips on how to ease into it?
    Love your blog and have archived several recipes – you are an inspiration!
    Happy New Year :)

    1. Oh wow, that’s awesome! I wrote a post awhile back on tips for getting into a vegan diet:

      I also recommend a good book like “The Vegetarian Way” by Virginia Messina. It has chapters on all the nutrients, and I STILL look back on it sometimes, even after being a vegan for ten years. :)

      1. I bought “The 30 Day Vegan Challenge” yesterday with a book voucher I got for Christmas and it has tons of information! Only problem is that all the stores and brands they recommend are American :(

  37. Mmm, I think I want to make the cobbler on New Year’s Eve. I have a feeling it will taste better the next morning after it’s reheated. Then, I won’t have to do anything but microwave it since I’m likely to be exhausted.
    My bible study family is having a glow-in-the-dark party. Fog machines, black lights, highlighter markers, and loud music. It’s going to be a blast.

    BTW, readers, I have a new blog, check it out if you have a minute.

  38. all of your recipes look divine! My plans for new year’s include hanging on the couch with my husband, enjoying the last bit of our Christmas tree…and possibly attending a party in our building!

  39. Adrianne says:

    I’m new to your blog and just love it. I can’t wait to try out some of your New Year’s recipes for brunch this weekend! Fantastic looking yummys.

  40. Your pear vanilla breakfast cobbler looks AMAZING!!! I’ll have to test that out after green smoothie cleansing is over :)

  41. Nadiya says:

    Oh Katie you’re such a foodie goddess 😛 I’m so excited to try out that Cinnamon Roll Pie.

  42. emma says:

    happy new year sweetie! :-) mwah!! xx

  43. Carrie says:

    Katie — I discovered your blog a few weeks ago, and I’ve become a huge fan! I love your approach to food and eating. For New Year’s Eve, I made your homemade graham crackers, along with the sugar-free chocolate cookie dough dip and the sugar-free brownie batter dip — yum!! My husband and I are always looking for healthy recipes to fuel our triathlon training, so these were a huge hit. Thanks so much for all of the great recipes!

    1. Aww Carrie, that makes me so so happy!
      Happy New Year!!

  44. "Echo" says:

    Boston! – First Night 😀

  45. saskia says:

    great as always, katie!

    i created a new years survey on my blog, right here:

    feel free to use it if you wish!:)

    have a great one, all the best!

  46. these look good but i just can’t eat breakfast lol. i never wake up hungry ever i’m a weirdo! happy new year!

  47. Kristen says:

    I have to say thanks! Last minute, I discovered I had no flour in my pantry, so the vegan chocolate cookie recipe I was going to make for a NYE party was suddenly out the window and I had NO time to go get stuff. CCK to the rescue! I made cookie dough babies in like 5 minutes, it was so easy and everyone loved them and thought they were so cute! Awesome & easy!
    Happy New Year!

  48. LizAshlee says:

    I will take a sample platter and one of each…too hard to choose, they all look so good!

  49. Becky says:

    We made the cinnamon roll pie for new year’s. Yum! My two year old is loving all of your recipes, and I love that I get to sneak some extra plant-based protein in his diet. Now if only his grandmother hadn’t taught him to ask for whipped cream on all of his desserts…

    Thank you! And keep it up.

  50. lisa says:

    hey katie,
    i made your cinnamon roll pie yesterday for the first time and it was delicious. i put the batter into a muffin pan for easier individual breakfast servings. thanks katie for the recipe!

  51. I love breakfast. <3 ESPECIALLY YOUR recipes for breakfast. <3