French Toast Sticks

This super easy Cinnamon Sugar French Toast Sticks Recipe takes less than 15 minutes to make and is so much better than store-bought. Thick slices of Texas toast are dipped in a custard sauce then cooked until golden brown on the outside and soft and fluffy on the inside. Sprinkle with cinnamon sugar then serve with maple syrup for dipping!

French toast sticks on a white plate with a small bowl of maple syrup.

Why I love this French Toast Sticks Recipe

These Cinnamon Sugar French Toast Sticks are my absolute favorite breakfast treat. They taste more like dessert than breakfast.  Thick slices of Texas toast get dipped in an egg custard mixture, then are pan-fried until crisp and caramelized on the outside. The inside stays soft and fluffy and melts in your mouth.  After cooking they are immediately tossed in cinnamon and sugar while they are still hot.

I love regular French toast but it’s even better portable. It’s so easy to dip and dunk into your favorite maple syrup and your kids will love them!

These french toast sticks are super easy and come together in minutes. They are sweet enough that you don’t need any maple syrup. Then again, yes you DO need it! It’s so much fun to dunk and dip these french toast sticks.

Skip the store-bought frozen french toast sticks and give the homemade version a try!

Ingredients

  • Texas toast: I get the best results with Texas toast that is a day old, sliced into thick strips. The stale bread helps to soak up all of the egg custard. Brioche Bread is also perfect for this recipe!
  • Eggs: French toast is also known as “eggy bread” because the bread is dipped into an egg custard mixture and then fried.
  • Milk: Whichever milk you prefer will work in this recipe! I used whole milk.
  • Pure vanilla extract: Vanilla brings out the sweetness and adds warmth to this recipe.
  • Cinnamon: This warming spice gets added into the egg mixture for frying, and also the sugar mixture to toss the french toast sticks with at the end. It is delicious!
  • Sugar: I like using a combination of granulated and light brown sugar for dipping the French toast sticks.

Hand holding french toast stick with other sticks on a white plate with a small bowl of maple syrup.

How To Make French Toast Sticks

  • Slice each piece of Texas toast or brioche bread vertically into 4 equal sticks.

Texas toast sliced into sticks.

  • Add eggs, milk, vanilla, and cinnamon to a medium bowl. Whisk to combine. Set aside.

Egg mixture in a white bowl.

  • In another bowl, combine brown sugar, granulated sugar, and cinnamon. Stir to combine. Set aside.
  • Heat skillet or griddle and spray with nonstick spray or coat with butter.
  • Dip the bread strips into the egg mixture and allow any excess to drip off.

  • Add to the pan and cook for 2-3 minutes on each side. (I like the outside to get crispy and caramelized.)

Frying the french toast sticks recipe in a stainless steel pan.

  • Immediately after cooking add the french toast sticks to the cinnamon and sugar mixture and toss to coat.

dipping cooked French toast sticks in cinnamon sugar mixture

  • Serve immediately with maple syrup, fresh fruit, and maple syrup for dipping. Enjoy!

Tips for Success

  • This french toast starts off with day-old bread. I like to leave the bread out on the counter uncovered overnight. This helps the bread soak up more of the egg mixture. Also if you do not allow the bread to harden it tends to tear when you cut it. A quick fix would be to pop the bread in the toaster for a couple of seconds to crisp up.
  • These french toast sticks keep well in the fridge if you have leftovers. Place them in the microwave before serving to heat them up.
  • This Cinnamon Sugar French Toast Sticks recipe also freezes beautifully! This is a great recipe to make to stock your freezer. Just store them in an airtight, freezer-safe plastic bag for up to 3 months. Reheat in the oven or in a skillet!

What to serve with French Toast Sticks

This recipe is great as a main or side dish to a brunch feast. Here are some other recipes that pair perfectly with this French Toast Sticks recipe:

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Is butter or oil better for French Toast? I have to go with butter for frying french toast because it tastes amazing! There is nothing better than an extra buttery taste to this french toast sticks recipe!
  • Why isn’t my French toast crispy? The key to crispy french toast sticks is (mostly) in the bread! Make sure the bread is thick. Otherwise, it will soak up the egg mixture quickly and become soggy french toast which is not very appetizing! Another tip for crispy french toast is to leave the bread out overnight so that it becomes firmer, or pop it in the toaster briefly to crisp it up before frying. I also find that cooking the French toast over medium heat ensures that the outside doesn’t get too brown before the inside is finished cooking. This also keeps them from being soggy.
  • What is the best bread for french toast? My tried and tested favorite two kinds of bread for French toast (or this French Toast Sticks Recipe) are either brioche bread or Texas toast. They’re both nice and thick, sturdy pieces of bread that hold up well with the egg mixture. Make sure the bread is a day old so that it is even firmer and sturdier!

dipping a cinnamon sugar French toast stick into maple syrup on a white plate

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French Toast Sticks

5 from 1 vote
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 2
Super Easy Cinnamon Sugar French Toast Sticks. They take less than 15 minutes to make and are so much better than store-bought! Caramelized on the outside and fluffy on the inside!

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp butter for cooking french toast sticks
  • 4 slices thick texas toast day old, sliced vertically into 4 strips
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp light brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp granulated sugar
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon

Instructions

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  • Add eggs, milk, vanilla and 1/4 tsp cinnamon to a medium bowl. Whisk to combine. Set aside.
  • Heat a large skillet or griddle over medium heat. Add in butter and cook until melted.
  • Dip bread into the egg mixture and allow any excess to drip off. Add to the pan and cook for 2-3 minutes on each side.
  • In another medium bowl combine brown sugar, granulated sugar and 1/4 tsp cinnamon. Stir to combine. Set aside.
  • Immediately after cooking add the french toast sticks to the cinnamon and sugar mixture and toss to coat.
    Serve immediately with maple syrup and enjoy!
Nutrition Facts
French Toast Sticks
Amount Per Serving
Calories 571 Calories from Fat 288
% Daily Value*
Fat 32g49%
Saturated Fat 14g88%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 5g
Cholesterol 223mg74%
Sodium 606mg26%
Potassium 180mg5%
Carbohydrates 56g19%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 25g28%
Protein 14g28%
Vitamin A 720IU14%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 117mg12%
Iron 13mg72%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Easy Breakfast, French Toast, French Toast Sticks, Texas Toast

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