French Toast Sticks are the perfect breakfast recipe. These handheld wonders are going to make your kids flip!
My family is pretty obsessed with French Toast, it’s a favorite around here. In this recipe, we are kicking the traditional up a notch and making it into sticks. These delicious little hand-held morsels are then tossed in cinnamon sugar.
Our kids absolutely fell in love with this brunch recipe. They loved dipping them in maple syrup and couldn’t stop talking about how good they are!
Best Bread for French Toast
Brioche is perfect for this cinnamon french toast sticks recipe because of it’s rich flavor which pairs perfectly with a great egg batter.
If you are in the United States, Texas Toast works really well because it is already cut, and it is the perfect thickness for French Toast.
How to Make French Toast Sticks
Here is a brief overview of how to make homemade french toast sticks. For the full recipe and all of the measurements, scroll to the recipe card at the bottom of the post.
- Dry the bread. Like in regular french toast, this is key! Toast the bread on a rimmed baking sheet in the oven or leave them out overnight.
- Make cinnamon sugar mix. Whisk together some of the cinnamon and sugar and set aside.
- Make the egg batter. Whisk together the eggs, half and half, vanilla, some cinnamon, and some sugar in a large bowl.
- Add the bread to the egg mixture. Make sure they are fully covered and soak up a lot of the batter.
- Cook. Heat a skillet and spray lightly with cooking spray. Cook the toast in batches for 2 to 3 minutes on each side.
- Add cinnamon sugar. After removing them from the skillet, toss the toast in the cinnamon sugar mix and transfer them to a covered baking dish in the warm oven. Keep them in a single layer, otherwise the coating will melt.
Drying Bread For French Toast
Drying bread for any french toast recipe is important because it allows the bread to absorb the egg mixture. The drier it is, the more it can soak up.
You can dry out the bread by cutting it up and setting it out overnight. Or you can pop it in the oven for 15 minutes. If you put it in the oven, make sure to flip it once during baking so that it is dried out all around.
Using Half and Half
Half and half is an American product that is half whole milk and half heavy cream. In the UK it is known as half cream. But if you cannot find it, you can replace it with 1/2 cup heavy cream and 1/2 cup whole milk.
To make these homemade french toast sticks dairy free, replace the half and half in this recipe with 1/2 a cup soy heavy cream and 1/2 cup soy milk.
French Toast Sticks in the Air Fryer
Making air fryer french toast sticks is really easy! Simply preheat your air fryer to 375 degrees and spray the basket lightly with cooking spray. Place the battered sticks in a single layer in the basket and cook until just crispy, about 6-8 minutes. Coat in the cinnamon sugar mixture and enjoy. The air fryer is also a great way to reheat your leftover french toast.
How to Serve
Serve your cinnamon french toast sticks warm and top with powdered sugar, whipped cream, and fruit. Since these french toast sticks are made in batches, it is beneficial to have a system to keep the pieces that have already been cooked warm, while you finish cooking the rest.
Set your oven to “warm” (or just keep it at the 200 degrees you had it at for drying out the bread). Set a casserole dish with a cover in the oven. As pieces of toast are cooked and covered with the cinnamon sugar mix, pop open the oven and toss them in the covered casserole dish. Keep them in a single layer so that the coating on them does not melt.
When you go to sit down for breakfast or brunch, all the pieces of French Toast are perfectly warm.
Yes! Just swap the bread in this recipe for a thick cut gluten-free bread and follow the recipe as directed.
Yes! Just swap out the heavy cream in this recipe for 1/2 a cup soy heavy cream and 1/2 cup soy milk.
Storing and Reheating
Leftover French toast sticks can be stored in an airtight container, after cooling, for up to four days in the refrigerator. To reheat them, place them in casserole dish and cover. Then put them in a 350 degree oven for 20 to 25 minutes.
If you know you are going to have leftovers, skip tossing them in the cinnamon sugar mixture. That way you can reheat them on the stove top in a skillet for medium heat for about 3 minutes on each side.
This recipe is great to make ahead and freeze for a quick and delicious weekday breakfast. Simply prepare the french toast sticks through cooking them. Let them cool completely and place in a single layer on a parchment lined baking sheet and freeze. Transfer to a freezer safe bag or container. Store in the freezer for up to three months. When ready to reheat, place in the toaster oven or air fryer and coat with cinnamon sugar mix.
Other Great Breakfast Recipes
These breakfast recipes are the perfect way to gather around the table in the morning. For busy weekdays or lazy Saturday mornings, there is something sure to be loved by your whole family.
When you make this french toast sticks recipe or any of my other brunch recipes, leave a comment and let me know what you think.
French Toast Sticks
- 10 pieces of thick bread cut into sticks (see my bread recommendations here)
- 3/4 cup granulated sugar divided
- 3 teaspoons cinnamon divided
- 6 large eggs
- 1 cup half and half
- 3 teaspoons vanilla extract
- Preheat the oven to 200 degrees.
- Toast the bread on a rimmed baking sheet in the oven for 15 minutes, flipping them over in the middle of toasting. Alternatively, you can leave them out overnight.
- In a dish whisk together 1/2 cup sugar and 2 teaspoons cinnamon. Set aside.
- Whisk together the eggs, half and half, vanilla, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, and 1/4 cup sugar. Ensure that the egg whites are fully broken down by dragging a fork through the batter. Nothing should hang on to the fork as it goes through.
- Submerge the toast sticks, turning them several times to ensure they soak up a lot of the batter. I like to push them down in the batter once on each side to fully submerge them. The pieces of bread do not need to sit in the batter to soak.
- Heat a nonstick skillet over medium heat. Spray lightly with cooking spray. (Alternatively, if using a traditional skillet, melt 2 tablespoons of butter.) Cook the toast in batches for 2 to 3 minutes on each side. When you are done, toss them in the cinnamon sugar mixture and transfer them to a covered baking dish in the warm oven.
- Serve with powdered sugar, whipped cream, and fruit.
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