Thanks to a quick dunk in cinnamon sugar, these Baked Cinnamon French Toast Sticks come out of the oven crispy on the outside and tender and soft on the inside.
Check out this crispy cinnamon coating…
Kansas City was hit with fantastically loud, lightning-filled storms last night. Miracle of all miracles, the toddlers sleep through the entire thing! They slept through thunder so loud and lighting so bright that it sounded like a battle was going on in the backyard.
I was not so lucky. After a long night watching the storm rage, by about 4am I had one thing on the brain. Breakfast. Breakfast is serious business in our house, and I wake up ready for just about anything we might have to put on the table. Plus coffee. All the coffee.
All summer we’ve been playing around with new things to serve for breakfast. Some savory, some sweet. Some that we eat during the week and some, like Baked Cinnamon French Toast Sticks that have weekend written all over them.
How to Bake French Toast Sticks
These from-scratch, surprisingly simple breakfast pastries are dunked in eggs and cream and then rolled in cinnamon sugar. Line them up on a baking sheet topped with foil. If you have a cooling rack that will fit on top, add it to the baking sheet. Keeping the French Toast Sticks elevated as they bake will allow heat to circulate all around them and will make all of the sides equally crispy.
Baking French Toast Sticks is great on two levels:
- Easy to scale up. You can bake them for as many or as few people as you’d like. I’ve made them many times for just Molly and Clara (though they can eat as many as a table full of adults) and baked them for a whole crowd of extended family while we were at the beach.
- Easy clean-up. Unlike making stove top French toast, where you dip and then place the French toast right on a hot skillet, by the time these little beauties are done baking, all the other dishes can be washed and put away.
And I don’t even need to get into how much fun French Toast Sticks are compared to their classic counterpart right? Sticks = instant breakfast fun. Eat them on their own, dip them in syrup, serve them over tons of berries. It’s hard to go wrong.
Check out the video to see, in under a minute, how these are made!
Just don’t expect any leftovers.
- 4 Thick-Cut Slices of Bread (we like brioche or Texas Toast)
- 4 Eggs, whisked
- ½ cup Heavy Cream (you can substitute milk if you'd like)
- 1 tsp Pure Vanilla Extract
- ½ cup Sugar
- 2 Tbsp Ground Cinnamon
- Berries or syrup, for serving
- Heat oven to 350F / 177C.
- While oven is heating, line a baking dish with foil and place a cooling rack on top. (You can bake the French Toast Sticks directly on the baking dish, but they won't be as crisp on all sides.) Spray with nonstick cooking spray.
- Slice bread into even "sticks".
- In one shallow baking dish combine eggs, cream and vanilla in a shallow baking dish. Whisk well.
- In a second shallow baking dish, stir together sugar and cinnamon until evenly combined.
- Roll bread sticks in egg mixture until they are well coated. Then roll them in cinnamon-sugar and place on baking dish, leaving at least ½ inch between each stick.
- Bake until crisp and golden brown on top, 20 to 24 minutes. (These do not need to be turned during cooking, but do check them after about 15 minutes. If the tops are starting to turn dark brown, you can flip them over to prevent over-cooking.)
- Serve immediately with berries or syrup or other toppings that you'd like!
Molly and Clara’s summer ballet class ended last week. It was a raging success for the girls who loved every minute. Until the next one, I sure will miss the sight of all those little girls in pink leotards playing before class started….