Slow Cooker Cinnamon Roll French Toast Casserole
The easiest make ahead breakfast you’ll ever sink your teeth into….this Slow Cooker Cinnamon Roll French Toast Casserole is a mouthful in more ways than one. So simple to make with refrigerated cinnamon rolls, a bit of cream, a few eggs and aromatics tossed into your slow cooker to bake while you sleep. It doesn’t get easier than that.
JUST THREE MORE SLEEPS!!! I’m so excited for Christmas morning because it’s one of those days when I don’t mind getting up before the sun to sit and sip a mug of Eggnog while the family tears through the pile of gifts that miraculously appeared under the tree overnight. It’s like Santa Clause came to visit or something. There’s not usually a ton for me on Christmas morning because I tend to get my gifts throughout the year on an as needed basis…which is totally cool by me. Plus, I get to take tons of pictures to clog up the memory in my phone.
But the one thing I love most about Christmas morning is brunch….another reason to eat a meal with an anything goes mentality. Mimosas. Check. Egg Casserole. Check. Candied Bacon. Check. Bloody Mary. Check. And some cinnamon-y, cake like breakfast casserole that could pass as dessert but isn’t because we’re calling it Slow Cooker Cinnamon Roll French Toast Casserole which is three breakfast dishes wrapped into one. Definitely not cake. And it’s totally easy to make….almost magical….like Santa Clause.
My friends at Fox 29 put me up to the challenge to find….and recreate…a recipe they found on Facebook. They said it was made with refrigerated cinnamon rolls….and baked in a casserole dish like French toast style. So, I tracked down a video on Facebook that had exactly what they were describing and after more digging, I found THIS recipe on the Pillsbury website. So, I used that one as inspiration and tested the whole thing out in the slow cooker. It was a tremendous success EXCEPT it was REALLY super sweet. So, the second test recipe I made I ditched the maple syrup called for in the original and just went straight French toast style. It turned out perfectly. Very much like this Brioche French Toast Casserole but so much easier….and the fact that you can throw everything into the slow cooker the night before was totally killer….to me, at least.
AND here’s a fun fact….I wasn’t planning on posting this Slow Cooker Cinnamon Roll French Toast Casserole recipe here but I received so many emails asking for the specific recipe I figured you would all love to see it, too! It’s so easy….it’s perfect for Sunday breakfast every week. And you can even reheat leftovers later in the day for a quick snack or serve it warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream for a sweet dessert. It’s very much like this Slow Cooker Apple Upside Down Cake I made at Thanksgiving! I think I’m totally digging the “baking things in the slow cooker” trend…..you’re about to see an influx of slow cooker desserts coming soon.
If we don’t speak before Monday….have a VERY Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah! I’ll be back on Tuesday with a few treats to ring in the New Year. TTFN!!!
- 2 cans of the cinnamon rolls regular size, not the Grands
- 4 tablespoons melted butter
- 6 eggs
- 3/4 cup heavy cream
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 tablespoon vanilla
- Cut the cinnamon rolls into bite sized pieces...I usually cut one roll into 8 pieces.
- Pour 4 tablespoons melted butter into the crock pot and top with the cut up cinnamon rolls.
- Whisk together the eggs, cream, cinnamon and vanilla.
- Pour the egg mixture over the rolls and cover the slow cooker. Cook on high for 2 hours or low for 4-6 hours.
- Top with the icing before serving.
You can mix in just about anything you like…cooked crumbled bacon or cooked, drained sausage….chopped nuts…chocolate chips. There’s no limit. 🙂