Sweet, fancy, and delightful bite-sized cinnamon-sugar coated French toast sticks will turn your world around with its buttery sweet flavor. A quick and easy fix for breakfast, brunch, or as an afternoon delight. Dip it with your favorite syrup or enjoy them as it is!
I know a lot of you guys here love starting your day with a fantastic breakfast. So I figured you’d love this treat cinnamony buttery French toast sticks.
Aaaand since Valentine’s Day is also around the corner, why not go the extra mile by surprising your loved ones with a serving of these for breakfast or brunch. It’s just like my French Toast Recipe HERE but with a special twist.
Fair warning: it’s best to make a bunch of these as each piece will be gone before you can say “bonjour”!
What is Cinnamon French Toast?
Everybody who loves breakfast knows what a French toast is and why almost everyone loves it. It’s bread soaked in eggy milk mixture and pan-fried or baked to golden brown perfection. This dish’s creamy sweetness comes from the caramelizing sugars from the milk.
But with these toast sticks, the added sugar or cinnamon coating makes it more delectable and cozy!
You typically eat a toast using utensils which means, yup, DISHES! Just like most of you guys, I don’t look forward to washing the dishes. So a better solution for this is to make a bite-sized. Luckily, this is a recipe for Cinnamon French Toast Sticks so you don’t have to worry about too many dishes.
You don’t need that much when making these fun breakfast recipe. With just eight (8) simple ingredients, you can easily make this not just on Valentine’s Day, but even on regular mornings.
Day-old Bread – Yes you read that right! This is a recipe to save those bread you forgot to eat yesterday. This is because day-olds or semi-stales are better at absorbing the egg. This will prevent your toast from becoming too soggy
Eggs – The bread absorbs this ingredient which in turn makes the whole dish firmer once it’s heated.
Half and Half – You’ll thank this ingredient for the milky and creamy sensation you’ll feel in every bite.
Vanilla Extract – This enhances the taste of the egg mixture and for that added sweet aroma.
Cinnamon Sugar- It wouldn’t be what it is called without this. It’s a mix of granulated sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg. The general taste of this mixture is sweet and slightly nutty flavor thus creating the iconic sensation.
Butter – Aside from being an additional dairy flavor, this also makes sure that the bread is moist on the inside.
Can I Bake Them Instead?
Absolutely! If baking is convenient for you, then by all means do so. To bake these cozy brown sticks, just place them on a parchment-lined baking sheet and bake in a preheated oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit (176 C) for about 10-15 minutes (while flipping them after 10 minutes), or until lightly golden brown.
Make Ahead and Reheating Instructions
Can you make these ahead? Yes, you can and it is super easy! The funny thing about this is that you’re already using stale bread, so you don’t really have to worry about staling.
Simply place the bread pieces on a cooling rack and wait for it to cool down to room temperature. Place them in a freezer bag and freeze for about 2 months.
Reheating. Reheating your Cinnamon French Toast is so easy and hassle-free. You can either use your oven or the microwave to bring these treats back to life!
If you plan to do the first option, simply place them in an oven tray lined with parchment paper. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and bake them for about 10 minutes. Pro Tip: Bake these treats for a little longer and the sugar coating will begin to caramelize for a sweeter treat.
Using your microwave reheats them faster. Microwave them on a safe dish and set the mode on high for about a minute. You’ll be brunch ready in no time at all!
Because this is mainly a breakfast or brunch dish, freshly brewed black coffee is a perfect pair for this. I love how the sweetness of the dish makes the bitterness of the coffee milder while keeping the authentic flavors.
If you’re not a coffee person, I totally understand that, but I still urge you to try it first. If you really don’t like that combination, you can still enjoy this cinnamon French toast with tea. Any kind of tea does the job but I do suggest around the flavor area of earl grey.
My favorite pairing for this cinnamon French toast are fruity or berry bits such as mango slices, bananas, and different berry mixes.
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How to Make Cinnamon French Toast Sticks
Cut the edges of each toast, if desired. Then cut each piece into an inch thick. In a medium bowl, whisk together the eggs, half and half, and vanilla extract. Set aside. In a shallow plate or bowl, combine the sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Set aside. Quickly dip the breadsticks into the egg mixture until both sides are dipped in the egg mixture – remove and let excess liquid drip off. Place the sticks in a single layer on a lined baking sheet or plate. Proceed with the rest of the bread.
Melt butter in a large skillet over medium heat. As soon as the butter starts to sizzle, add the breadsticks in a single layer. (Do not overcrowd the pan.) Cook until golden brown on one side then flip and continue cooking until the other side of the breadstick is golden-brown. Immediately transfer the French sticks from the skillet into the cinnamon-sugar mixture bowl Roll to coat all sides. Transfer to a serving plate then serve with syrup and fruits.
Watch How To Make It
Cinnamon French Toast Sticks
- 4 thick day-old bread and/or stale bread (see notes)
- 2 large eggs
- ⅓ cup half and half (see notes)
- 1 teaspoon (4.2g) vanilla extract
- ¼ cup (50g) granulated sugar
- ½ tablespoon (3.96g) cinnamon
- ⅛ teaspoon (0.25g) nutmeg
- 3-4 tablespoons (42g-56g) butter
- Cut the edges of each toast, if desired. Then cut each piece into an inch thick.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together the eggs, half and half, and vanilla extract. Set aside.
- In a shallow plate or bowl, combine the sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Set aside.
- Quickly dip the breadsticks into the egg mixture until both sides are dipped in the egg mixture - remove and let excess liquid drip off.
- Place the sticks in a single layer on a lined baking sheet or plate. Proceed with the rest of the bread.
- Melt butter in a large skillet over medium heat. As soon as the butter starts to sizzle, add the bread sticks in a single layer. (Do not overcrowd the pan.)
- Cook until golden brown on one side then flip and continue cooking until the other side of the bread stick is golden-brown.
- Immediately transfer the French sticks from the skillet into the cinnamon sugar mixture bowl Roll to coat all sides.
- Transfer to a serving plate then serve with syrup and fruits.
Tips & Notes:
- It is best to use a day or two old bread for this recipe. It helps soak up more of the egg mixture without it being soggy. Another good option is French bread.
- Half and half can be substituted with half cream and half milk or evaporated milk.
- Please keep in mind that nutritional information is a rough estimate and can vary greatly based on products used.