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Cinnamon French Toast Sticks

CINNAMON FRENCH TOAST STICKS are the best finger food breakfast the whole family will enjoy. Nothing tastes better than Texas Toast-sized pieces of bread dipped in an egg mixture, deep-fried, then rolled around in cinnamon-sugar goodness. Top it off with warm maple syrup or berries and whipped cream and you’ll realize why you can’t eat just one!

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My kids love handheld breakfast foods like Cinnamon Sugar Crescent Rolls and Super Easy Banana Bread. So when they asked for Cinnamon French Toast Sticks from the frozen section of the grocery store, I just knew homemade would taste so much better. Wow was I right! The key to keeping them from becoming too soggy is to use thick bread-like Texas Toast and let it be just slightly stale. This allows them to soak up just the right amount of eggy mixture to have a soft middle and crispy outside. They’re so delicious and absolutely irresistible, they’ll become a family staple for sure!

HOW TO MAKE THEM

It’s really easy, all you have to do is:

CUT– each slice of Texas Toast into 3 pieces. I then cut off the crust on the sides because it can be a little tougher but that’s a personal choice. Be sure to use slightly stale bread. Either leave it out for about 2-3 hours or toast in the toaster just until it gets slightly crispy outside but remains soft on the inside.

WHISKmilk, eggs, and vanilla.

COMBINEcinnamon and sugar in separate dish.

DIP bread sticks into the egg mixture just until coated and shake off any extra. Don’t allow it to stay in the mixture too long or it will become overly soggy.

FRY– in butter. You don’t need tons, just about 1 tbsp or enough to coat the bottom of the pan. Just fry each side until the edges start to brown.

COAT– in cinnamon sugar mixture immediately after removing from the pan. This will help the mixture stick better to the stick.

SERVE– with warm syrup or berries and whipped cream. Mmmmm!

STORE– store in an air-tight container in the refrigerator for 2-3 days.

*See the recipe card at the bottom of the page for detailed instructions.

4 images of bread sticks cut in strips, dipped in egg, being pan fried, and dipped in cinnamon sugar

INGREDIENTS

TEXAS TOAST: I highly recommend thicker bread. The thinner types of bread will often get too soggy. French, Italian, or Sourdough Bread cut into thick pieces would work well also.

EGGS

MILK: skim, 2%, whole or heavy whipping cream will all work. The thicker the milk, the creamier and richer it will taste.

VANILLA EXTRACT: optional but gives it a little something extra.

CINNAMON

SUGAR

BUTTER

cinnamon french toast sticks on a plate with berries

ARE CINNAMON FRENCH TOAST STICKS FREEZER FRIENDLY?

Yes, french toast sticks are freezer friendly. Place completely cooled sticks in a freezer bag and freeze for up to 1-2 months. When ready to reheat, there are two options. The first and best option is to bake them. Take a cooking sheet and lightly grease or line with parchment paper. Bake sticks at 400 degrees for 7-10 minutes, flipping halfway through. Keep an eye on these so they do not burn. The other option would be to microwave. Place sticks on a microwave safe plate and cook for 45 seconds- 1 minute or until completely warmed.

CAN I USE REGULAR SLICES OF BREAD?

Regular slices of bread can be used instead of Texas Toast, however they will be much softer and soggier in the middle. The best bread to use would be a thick cut slice such as Texas Toast, French Bread, or Sourdough.

lots of syrup being drizzled over cinnamon french toast sticks

QUICK TIPS

  • best when served warm
  • use slightly stale bread
  • thicker bread slices are better
  • store in an air tight container in the refrigerator for 2-3 days or freeze for up to 1-2 months
cinnamon french toast sticks on plate with berries and syrup

CINNAMON FRENCH TOAST STICKS

CINNAMON FRENCH TOAST STICKS are the best finger food breakfast the whole family will enjoy. Nothing tastes better than Texas Toast-sized pieces of bread dipped in an egg mixture, deep-fried, then rolled around in cinnamon-sugar goodness. Top it off with warm maple syrup or berries and whipped cream and you'll realize why you can't eat just one!
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Servings 12 slices
Calories 88 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 4 slices Texas Toast slightly stale
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract optional
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 2-3 tbsp butter

Instructions
 

  • Mix together sugar and cinnamon in a large plate and set aside. In a large bowl, whisk eggs, milk and vanilla extract until combined and set aside.
  • Cut each slice of Texas Toast into 3 equal sticks. (Optional: cut off the crusts of each stick). Dip each piece in the egg mixture until well coated. Shake off any excess.
  • In a large skillet over medium heat, melt 1-2 tbsp butter. Once melted, add bread sticks to the pan in a single layer without over-crowding the pan. Cook until golden brown on each side, about 3-5 minutes.
  • Immediately upon removing from the pan, dip the stick in the cinnamon sugar mixture until well coated. Serve warm with syrup or berries and whipped cream.

Notes

Helpful Tips:
  • use slightly stale thick bread
  • do not allow bread stick to soak in egg mixture to avoid sogginess
  • coat with cinnamon-sugar mixture immediately after frying in the pan for best results
*Nutritional values and cooking times may vary due to oven temperatures and product brand selection.
 
 

Nutrition

Serving: 12slicesCalories: 88kcalCarbohydrates: 16gProtein: 2gFat: 2gSodium: 16mgSugar: 9g
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Nutrition Facts
CINNAMON FRENCH TOAST STICKS
Serving Size
 
12 slices
Amount per Serving
Calories
88
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
2
g
3
%
Sodium
 
16
mg
1
%
Carbohydrates
 
16
g
5
%
Sugar
 
9
g
10
%
Protein
 
2
g
4
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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2 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    We eat French toast a lot at our house, but I never sliced mine like yours before. What a smart idea! I do daycare, and I make my kiddos french toast all the time, but it gets so messy, so I have to cut it for them.
    I’m going to slice mine beforehand like yours before I cook mine from now on.
    This cinnamon french toast stick will be what’s for dinner tonight; it’s breakfast for dinner night at our house tonight.

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