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This Baked French Toast Sticks recipe is easier to make than classic French Toast and coated in a cinnamon sugar mixture. Drizzled with warm maple syrup and topped with fresh berries, making a delicious breakfast or brunch!
French Toast Sticks recipe
French Toast is one of our favorite go-to breakfast treats, especially on weekends! We especially love this French Toast Sticks recipe because they are easier and quicker to make than traditional French toast that you have to cook in a pan on the stove.
We bake these sticks in the oven and coat each side in a cinnamon sugar coating making them extra decadent. Both adults and kids will love eating these French toast dippers (I know my daughter did). They can be eaten with your hands and dunked in your favorites! See below for a list of dip ideas.
Why You’ll Love This Recipe
- Sliced bread: Thick sliced white bread is best for fluffier sticks. Use whole wheat for a healthier alternative and gluten-free bread if you want to make this gluten-free.
- Milk: Whole milk is always preferred for the best texture and flavor. You can also use reduced-fat, low-fat, or sweetened or unsweetened almond milk.
- Eggs: Whole and large eggs. This will make the egg custard mixture be extra rich and delicious.
- Vanilla extract: Adds a warm flavor and enhances the cinnamon flavor.
- Ground cinnamon: Gives these French toast sticks a traditional French toast flavor.
how to make french toast sticks Recipe
Prepare baking sheet and make custard: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. In a shallow bowl or plate, whisk together the eggs, milk, vanilla extract and cinnamon until combined.
Dip bread slices in custard: Poke each bread slice once or twice with a fork and then dip each side of the slice in the egg batter (custard). They won’t need that much time to soak since they are smaller. Coat until each slice is coated completely in the mixture.
Top with cinnamon sugar mixture: Place sticks onto prepared baking sheet. In a small bowl combine the cinnamon and sugar together and sprinkle half of the mixture on top of the unbaked French toast sticks.
Bake and enjoy: Bake for 12 minutes and then remove from the oven. Carefully flip the French toast sticks over with a spatula or fork and brush melted butter on top. Sprinkle remaining cinnamon sugar mixture and bake for another 15 minutes or until the tops are golden brown.
- Add protein: Add a scoop of vanilla, cinnamon, chocolate, or plain protein powder to the egg mixture for a protein boost.
- Healthier alternative: Sub whole wheat or whole grain bread for white bread and almond milk for regular milk.
- Favorite toppings: Chocolate chips, raisins, whipped cream, chopped nuts, honey, whipped butter, or your favorite fresh fruit.
- Birthday breakfast: Drizzle a light glaze and add sprinkles to the tops of these sticks for a fun and colorful birthday or celebratory breakfast.
- Gluten-free French Toast Sticks: Swap the sliced white bread for your favorite gluten-free bread.
- Use thick sliced bread: Sliced bread works great. Other sliced bread options you can use besides white is cinnamon swirl bread, Texas toast, sliced french bread, cinnamon raisin bread, whole wheat bread, sliced brioche bread, and sliced challah bread.
- Remove the crust: If you’re one of those people that prefers the crust off, feel free to trim off the crust before dipping the slices in the egg mixture.
- Day old bread: French toast is a great way to use up leftover or stale bread! Since we soak the bread into an egg mixture, it will soak up more creating more flavor.
- Sweeter flavor: Sprinkle in a few tablespoons of brown sugar into the egg mixture if you want your French toast to be extra sweet.
Serve right away while the French toast sticks are warm. I love adding fresh fruit, butter, warm maple syrup, and/or powdered sugar on top.
Some of my favorite breakfast or brunch recipes that I serve these French toast sticks with is my Fresh Fruit Salad, Pancake Muffins, Silver Dollar Pancakes, Strawberry Muffins, or Smoked Salmon Flatbread.
Since these sticks are perfect for dipping, some of our favorites to dip in are:
- Strawberry sauce
- Caramel sauce
- Regular or Greek yogurt
- Chocolate sauce
Leftovers & storage
To-store: Transfer cooled slices to an airtight container or wrap dish in plastic wrap and keep in the fridge for up to 3-4 days.
Frozen French Toast Sticks: Place baked and cooled sticks in an airtight container or ziplock freezer bag and freeze for up to 3 months. To defrost, place them in the refrigerator to defrost overnight or on the counter for a few hours. Warm in the oven, microwave or toaster oven.
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French Toast Sticks Recipe
French Toast Sticks
- 7 slices of thick white bread
- 3 whole eggs
- 1 cup milk
- 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 1 tablespoon melted butter
Cinnamon Sugar Coating
- 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. In a shallow bowl or plate, whisk together the eggs, milk, vanilla extract and cinnamon until combined.
- Poke each bread slice once or twice with a fork and then dip each side of the slice in the egg mixture. They won't need that much time to soak since they are smaller. Coat until each slice is coated completely in the mixture.
- Place coated slices onto prepared baking sheet.
- In a small bowl combine the cinnamon and sugar together and sprinkle half of the mixture on top of the unbaked French toast sticks.
- Bake for 12 minutes and then remove from the oven. Carefully flip the French toast sticks over with a spatula or fork and brush melted butter on top. Sprinkle remaining cinnamon sugar mixture and bake for another 15 minutes.
- Serve French toast sticks immediately with warm maple syrup, powdered sugar, and fresh berries (optional). Enjoy!