Start your morning the BEST way with a plate full of French Toast Sticks! Slices of bread are dipped in a simple creamy and sweet mixture before being pan seared to perfection in butter. This is an easy breakfast and brunch recipe that always yields the best results!

A french toast stick is being dipped in maple syrup.

French Toast Sticks

We love our French Toast here on the weekends but you know those French Toast Sticks you can get at several fast food restaurants in the morning? I won’t lie – I’ve enjoyed those more than I’d care to admit. However, they can’t hold a candle to these homemade French Toast Sticks! These easy to make breakfast treats are sweet, fluffy, soft, and are perfect for dipping into maple syrup.

If you need your kids to get up and moving in the morning, what better way to motivate them than with a big pile of French Toast Sticks?! Honestly, even I need some motivation to hit the ground running sometimes, especially on the weekends when all I want to do is sleep the morning away.

Whether you’re serving homemade French Toast Sticks to your family on Saturday morning or at your friend’s brunch party on Sunday, they’ll be a huge hit!

Here’s the thing, though… If I’m making breakfast in the early morning, I’d prefer it to be easy! French Toast Sticks are a total breeze. You just have to slice some hearty bread, soak it, then cook it on your stove top in some hot butter.

This is a great recipe to utilize when you’re still enjoying that very first cup of coffee! It’s low stress and always turns out pretty perfect.

A white bowl is filled with eggs and seasonings.

How to Make Them

Cut the bread. Cut the crusts off the bread (optional) and cut into 3/4 inch wide sticks. Set aside.

Create the dipping stations. In a wide shallow bowl, whisk together the half and half, eggs, syrup, cinnamon, vanilla and salt. Add the cinnamon sugar mixture to a shallow bowl, if using.

Dip and soak. Dip each bread sticks into the egg mixture and allow to soak for approximately 15-20 seconds on each side. Transfer to a baking sheet to allow the mixture to soak all the way through the bread.

Cook the bread sticks. Melt 2 tablespoons of the butter in a nonstick griddle pan over medium high heat. Place 1/2 the bread sticks on the pan and cook until golden brown, approximately 2-3 minutes. Flip and continue to cook on all sides until golden. 

Roll and keep warm. If using, immediately place the French Toast Sticks in the cinnamon sugar and roll to coat all sides. Transfer to a platter and cover with foil to keep warm. Repeat with the remaining bread sticks.

Enjoy! Serve immediately with warm maple syrup, marshmallow fruit dip or your favorite jam, if desired.

A white plate is topped with french toast sticks and syrup.

What kind of bread should I use?

It’s so important to use a sturdy bread! A flimsy white bread will just fall apart after being soaked. I always use brioche bread, but challah also works very well.

How long will French Toast Sticks stay fresh?

These breakfast treats are best enjoyed fresh the very first day they’re made. However, if you do happen to have any leftovers, they’ll stay fresh in the fridge for up to 3 days. Just be sure to keep them stored in an airtight container.

When it comes to reheating, I recommend using the stove top with a little butter or the air fryer. Avoid using the microwave – it’ll make the French Toast Sticks SO soggy!

Can I freeze French Toast Sticks?

You sure can! Make sure the French Toast Sticks are totally cooled to room temperature prior to storing in a freezer safe container. Label and date the container, keeping in mind that they’ll stay fresh in the freezer for up to 3 months. Reheat the frozen French Toast Sticks in the air fryer or toaster oven.

A white plate is topped with french toast sticks and syrup.

What To Serve Them With

You can serve your French toast sticks with a bowl of warm syrup but here are some other fabulously tasty dipping ideas.

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Get the Recipe: Cinnamon French Toast Sticks

More fun than French toast, French Toast Sticks were made for dipping! So easy to make with a sturdy, day old brioche and dunked in a maple spiked custardy base. Ready in minutes.
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Ingredients

  • 8 3/4 inch slices hearty bread, Brioche and Challah work well
  • 1 cup half and half, or heavy cream
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 3 tablespoons salted butter
  • 1/2 cup Cinnamon Sugar, optional

Equipment

  • skillet

Instructions 

  • Cut the crusts off the bread (optional) and cut into 3/4 inch wide sticks. Set aside.
  • In a wide shallow bowl, whisk together the half and half, eggs, syrup, cinnamon, vanilla and salt.
  • Add the cinnamon sugar mixture to a shallow bowl, if using.
  • Dip each bread sticks into the egg mixture and allow to soak for approximately 15-20 seconds on each side. Transfer to a baking sheet to allow the mixture to soak all the way through the bread.
  • Melt 2 tablespoons of the butter in a nonstick griddle pan over medium high heat.
  • Place 1/2 the bread sticks on the pan and cook until golden brown, approximately 2-3 minutes. Flip and continue to cook on all sides until golden.
  • If using, immediately place the French toast sticks in the cinnamon sugar and roll to coat all sides.
  • Transfer to a platter and cover with foil to keep warm.
  • Repeat with the remaining bread sticks.
  • Serve immediately with warm maple syrup, marshmallow fruit dip or your favorite jam, if desired.

Notes

French Toast Sticks are best enjoyed soon after cooking but you can freeze them for quick breakfasts later.
Freeze the French toast sticks in a single layer on a baking sheet until firm. Transfer the sticks to a freezer bag and freeze for up to 3 months.
Calories: 317kcal, Carbohydrates: 19g, Protein: 7g, Fat: 23g, Saturated Fat: 11g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 3g, Trans Fat: 0.02g, Cholesterol: 165mg, Sodium: 321mg, Potassium: 153mg, Fiber: 0.5g, Sugar: 16g, Vitamin A: 394IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 103mg, Iron: 1mg