Baked French Toast Sticks

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 Baked French Toast Sticks are a fun finger-food breakfast recipe, perfect to dunk in real maple syrup. Make a big batch then freeze the leftovers to reheat all week long!

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Me and French Toast Sticks go way back.

The first time I ever tried them was the summer I turned 17. My best friend and I worked at our local pool teaching swimming lessons every morning, and everyday after work we’d hop into my Geo Tracker, pop the top down, and cruise over to the nearby Burger King with our wet ponytails flying in the wind.

Once in line at the drive-thru we’d sit and fret over whether to order the mini cinnamon rolls or french toast sticks for breakfast, because these are the things 17 year olds have to worry about. Icing…or syrup?!

At the beginning of the summer I was totally team mini cinnamon rolls. I mean – you know me – miniaturize anything and I’m pretty much sold, but one day I decided to take a risk and give the French Toast Sticks a try. HEAVEN in stick form! Crispy outside, fluffy inside, and oh, how adorable, they even gave you a mini syrup package for dunking.

Fast forward a decade later (ok, decade plus) and I can still taste the hot and crispy French Toast Sticks from that summer. But these days I’m looking for the fix, without the fried part. Baked French Toast Sticks are totally the answer!

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Thick-cut bread is sliced into finger-friendly sticks, soaked in a sweetened and spiced egg batter, then baked instead of fried. The result is a fluffy, dunkable dipper that’s absolutely mouthwatering and so much fun to eat. Plus you don’t have to stand over a hot stove flipping French Toast to get that yummy, decadent flavor. Love that!

I thought I’d share this recipe with you today because Baked French Toast Sticks would make a special Valentine’s Day breakfast for your sweetie or kids, especially when paired with festive red berries and sweet powdered sugar dusted on top. The best part is you can bake-then-freeze these babies ahead of time, so breakfast tomorrow will be easy peasy. Instructions for freezing/reheating are below!

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Start the Baked French Toast Sticks with 4 slices Texas Toast, which is thick-cut and hearty. I’ve used cottage bread before, which worked out great, but I love the fluffiness that Texas Toast gets ya’! Don’t stress though, just use whatever you’ve got in the house. I’d just stay away from flimsy, reduced-calorie bread, as it will fall apart in the French toast batter.

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Using a serrated knife to cut the bread slices into thirds, for 12 French Toast Sticks total. (Psst! Ben got me this one from Williams & Sonoma for like $15 a couple years ago and I use it for EVERYTHING!)

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Set the bread aside for a sec while you prepare the French toast sticks batter which starts with 3 eggs cracked into a large, shallow dish. Dangit all I was this close to getting them all in one-handed (left handed, too!) without breaking a shell!

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To the eggs add 1/2 cup milk - whatever you have in the house – plus 1 Tablespoon melted butter, 1 teaspoon vanilla, and 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon.

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Whisk everything together until smooth.

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Dunk the bread sticks into the batter, letting the excess run off, then place onto a baking sheet that’s been sprayed well with nonstick spray. Bake at 350 degrees for 8-9 minutes, spray the tops with more nonstick spray and then flip and cook for 8-9 more minutes.

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Top the Baked French Toast Sticks with a dusting of powdered sugar, then pair them with fresh berries and maple syrup for dunking, natch!

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Baked French Toast Sticks

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Makes 12 French Toast Sticks

Ingredients:
4 slices Texas Toast (or other hearty, thick-cut bread)
3 eggs
1/2 cup milk
1 Tablespoon melted butter, slightly cooled
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

Directions: 

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees then spray a baking sheet with non-stick spray very well and set aside. Cut bread slices into thirds then set aside.
  2. In a large shallow dish, whisk together eggs, milk, melted butter, vanilla, and cinnamon. Dunk bread sticks into batter, let excess drip off, then place onto prepared baking sheet. Bake for 16-18 minutes, spraying the tops of the French Toast Sticks with non-stick spray before flipping halfway through.
  3. To freeze: Let French Toast Sticks cool then place onto a baking sheet and freeze in the freezer. Transfer to a freezer bag or container when hard. To reheat, microwave for 30 seconds to 1 minute.

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Sweet, and satisfying – these are super addicting. Don’t say I didn’t warn ya’! ;)

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To freeze the Baked French Toast Sticks, let them cool, then place onto a baking sheet and into the freezer until frozen solid. Transfer to a freezer bag then microwave for 30 seconds to a minute to reheat. Enjoy!

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Comments

  1. Ed 02.13.2013

    That looks really tasty and like the perfect valentines day morning breakfast (ours is moved till friday due to work :P)

  2. Melissa 02.13.2013

    Oh wow, those look absolutely incredible! It’s funny, the instant I read the title of your post, I immediately started thinking of the french toast sticks from none other than Burger King and how my dad would take me there for breakfast. Enjoying those french toast sticks as a child was a moment of sheer bliss and they bring back many fond memories!

  3. I love French toast! And those strawberries…I can’t wait until they one back into season.

  4. Such pretty photos! You are making me want French Toast for a valentine’s breakfast now. I even have everything required to make it, which is rare since I don’t usually have bread (just sandwich thins).

  5. Oh yay! I had the worst day today and for some reason the sight of french toast sticks turned it all around. P.S. I REALLY wanted a geo tracker back in the day but I ended up with an ’87 honda civic. All of my youthful Barbie dreams were dashed.

  6. I <3 the bird's eye view of the bread right after you sliced it. There's just something so comforting about carbs :)

  7. did anyone used to love the breakfast for lunch from their school cafeteria? those french toast sticks were terrible, but they were completely my favorite!

    • Sadye 02.13.2013

      YES. We had them at college, too, thank goodness!

    • Trisha 02.13.2013

      Yess!! Loved breakfast for lunch day!

  8. What great timing! I have literally been craving french toast for weeks now, but have never gotten around to making it. This is the perfect recipe because it looks SO easy..not to mention, tasty! :)

  9. Tiffany 02.13.2013

    This was perfect…my husband was craving breakfast for dinner tonight. These were delicious!

  10. I get super excited when ever I find recipes that I already own the ingredients for. This is perfect!

  11. I am madly in love with how easy these are to make – I’d like to try it with whole slices of bread (and make regular french toast) – and save the time of standing over a hot skillet! Yum!

  12. I love french toast! This looks so easy and all the ingredients are pantry staples around here.

  13. Ari @ Ari's Menu 02.13.2013

    I’ve been wanting to make my own french toast sticks forever, and these look absolutely perfect!! I love how soft and fluffy they look!

  14. Trisha 02.13.2013

    We have steaks in the fridge for dinner at home tomorrow night. Now I kind of feel like we should have breakfast for dinner instead!

  15. Jessica Jann 02.14.2013

    MMMMM LOVE THIS POST! Those french toast sticks look Amazing

  16. ColleenB. 02.14.2013

    Oh, you’re making me hungry.
    Hubby loves french toast sticks dipped in homemade maple syrup.
    Thanks for the recipe and Happy Valentine’s Day to you.
    ColleenB.

  17. Blonde 02.14.2013

    Looks perfect, and baking instead of frying in the oil is excellent idea!

  18. Teresa K. 02.14.2013

    Have to share our cafe’s secret – we use a bakery cinnamon swirl bread and instead of milk – we use orange juice –
    sounds odd, right – but the orange brings out the cinnamon!!!!

  19. A healthier version, without all the added preservatives, than the those in the frozen section.

  20. Carie 02.14.2013

    Thank you for this recipe! My kids love frozen french toast sticks, but I cringe at the thought of all the preservatives that are in them. If I can make something healthier, than I will! I know they will be happy to help me make these.

  21. Jill 02.14.2013

    Oh, man. I used to get these all the time from BK when I was kid. They were so good! I can’t wait to try your homemade, healthier version. Yum! Thank you!

  22. Jeri Wendzel 02.14.2013

    You should try adding a dash of nutmeg into the egg batter ( I do freshly grated), it’ll give it a hint of doughnut taste, just a bit will send it over the edge! Crap, I already had breakfast and now I want french toast sticks!

  23. Leslie 02.14.2013

    This deserves an errrmahgerrrd

  24. Emma 02.14.2013

    These look amazing! My mum and I have decided to make these in the holidays. Can’t wait!

  25. Erin 02.14.2013

    WHere can I find texas toast??? or just use really thick bread!?

    • Iowa Girl Eats 02.14.2013

      You can find it right in the bread aisle, the bag (regardless of the brand) will say “Texas Toast”.

  26. Tracy 02.14.2013

    Definitely making these for my french toast stick-obsessed 13 year old!!

    Happy Valentine’s Day!!

  27. Oh my gosh I used to go through frozen boxes of these so fast when I was a kid! This could be dangerous.

  28. Laura 02.14.2013

    Were you able to quit working and blog full time? Your blogs are looking much more professional these days! Ever considered photography? Food is so hard to photograph, yet you are so good at it! Just curious, how long does it take you to set up for your food shots, and are you constantly buying new “props’? Love the blog, keep it up!

    Laura

    • Iowa Girl Eats 02.15.2013

      Hey Laura! I blog and write freelance full time now. I always keep my eye out for fun new bowls and plates and stuff – my cabinets look like a crazy person lives in the house because everything is so mismatched and random! ;) It usually takes 5-10 minutes to set up a shot!

  29. Jess 02.15.2013

    This looks amazing!! :) I totally pinned for later!

  30. Ambar 02.15.2013

    Just fell inlove! I’ve been wanting to try something different for breakfast and this recipe just fit the spot! I thought about garlic bread and how when you put it in the oven it gets toasted, same with this recipe! I love this way of doing french toast:)

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  32. Joy 02.17.2013

    I have to start with I coveted (I I do mean coveted a geo tracker) when we got engaged my husband got me a jeep wrangler because he knew I wanted a top down car (let’s forget that he crashed it 2 years later ok?) but I still think I’ll make him this (but with homemade cinnamon bread!
    Thanks for the idea

  33. Kathleen Welch 02.22.2013

    These were wonderful ! School was cancelled today because of ice so I decided it was a good morning to try the French Toast Sticks. Unfortunately I have none to freeze because the kids ate them right up with some strawberries and blueberries !

    Keep those great recipes coming !

  34. nicky 02.25.2013

    Made these tonight (yes, it was breakfast for dinner tonight at our house!) and they were delicious!! Love, love your recipes!!

  35. Becky 02.27.2013

    We had a 2 hour delay for school today, which made this morning the perfect time to make these! They are amazing! I’m not a huge fan of french toast, but even I loved them. My 7 year old asked if we had any left over. I told her we did and that I had plenty of ingredients to make more. She whispered in happiness and wonder, “yummmmmm!” :)

    Thanks for another winner!

  36. Tamara 03.02.2013

    These are amazing, Kristin! So good! I made them with plain old Arnold’s Italian white bread, because that’s what I had, but I’ll be trying them with Texas Toast or Challah next time. My husband adored them. So much easier than cooking on the stove, too.

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  40. Rachel 03.27.2014

    MMM looks delish! Can I leave out the butter though?

    • Kristin 03.28.2014

      I think that’d be fine! They help brown the French Toast and give it a great flavor though. :)

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  42. Amanda 04.22.2014

    I made these, but my bread is still pretty soft and not crunchy! I baked my sticks for an additional 10 minutes, but they aren’t how I’m envisioning BK French toast sticks! Any ideas?

    • Kristin 04.23.2014

      Hey Amanda! These are not supposed to be crunchy, rather soft but still firm. The only thing I can think of is if your bread was maybe too thin? That could cause them to be too soft!

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