French Toast Sticks

This post may contain affiliate links. For more information, please see our affiliate policy.

Like a mash-up of a cinnamon-sugar donut and French toast, these French Toast Sticks are one of my best family breakfast recipe ideas. Learn how to transform Texas Toast into French Toast Sticks in just 30 minutes, then dunk in syrup, jam, or any sweet sauce you crave.

A stack of French toast sticks covered in berries on a plate.


 

Inspired by an unforgettable snack on a trip to Disney World, this French Toast Stick recipe is a tradition I’m delighted to pass down to my kids. Since the bread is sliced into strips rather than served whole or cut on the diagonal, French Toast Sticks are ideal for little hands. Adults will adore the fact that this strategy increases the surface area, allowing for even more crispy, battered surface area per bite.

Think of this like a cinnamon-sugar donut, with no hole and far more dippability options (see “Recipe FAQ” for my best ideas for dunking).

You’re just 30 minutes away from transporting your family to the Magic Kingdom…well, almost.

If this recipe happens to launch you on a French toast kick, keep the tasty journey going with my Croissant French Toast, Challah French Toast, and Cornflake-Crusted French Toast.

Recipe ingredients

Labeled ingredients for French Toast Sticks.

At a Glance: Here is a quick snapshot of what ingredients are in this recipe.
Please see the recipe card below for specific quantities.

Ingredient notes

  • Texas toast: Sturdy, thick, and absorbent, this is my favorite kind of bread for French Toast Sticks. Thick slabs of Challah or brioche would be a terrific (and decadent) alternative. As with any French toast or bread pudding recipe, day-old or semi-stale bread is totally welcome to this party.
  • Oil: Opt for a neutral cooking oil with a higher smoke point such as vegetable oil, canola oil, or avocado oil, for frying.

Step-by-step instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 200 degrees. Line a baking sheet with foil for easy cleanup. To make the cinnamon sugar mixture, in a shallow dish, whisk together 2 teaspoons cinnamon and ½ cup sugar. Set aside. 
Cinnamon sugar mixture in a clear bowl.
  1. To make the egg mixture, in a large bowl, whisk together milk, sugar, eggs, salt, and vanilla until smooth. Add flour and baking powder, stirring to combine until there are no lumps.
A clear bowl with batter for French toast sticks.
  1. In a large, deep skillet, Dutch oven, or deep fryer, heat oil to 350 degrees. Working in batches (I do 4 sticks at a time), dip bread sticks in egg batter, allowing excess to drip back into the bowl (do not soak the slice of bread).
Someone dipping bread slices in a bowl of batter to make French toast sticks.
  1. Fry until golden brown on one side, about 2 to 3 minutes. Flip each stick and continue to cook until golden brown on the second side.
Deep-frying French toast sticks in a Dutch oven.
  1. Drain on paper towels and immediately roll in cinnamon sugar topping. Transfer to baking sheet and keep warm in the oven until serving time. Repeat with remaining sticks.
Rolling French toast sticks in a cinnamon-sugar topping.
  1. Serve with berries and syrup if desired.
A stack of French toast sticks covered in berries on a plate.

Recipe tips and variations

  • Yield: This French Toast Stick recipe makes eight, 4-stick servings, which is equivalent to one slice of Texas toast per diner. Double the recipe to feed a crowd (or a hungry family).
  • Storage: Store leftovers covered in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. For the crispiest leftovers, reheat in a toaster oven or air fryer rather than a microwave.
  • Freezer: Allow the cooked French Toast Sticks to cool to room temperature, then transfer them to a small baking sheet or plate and freeze individually until solid, 20 to 30 minutes. Slide the solid sticks into a freezer-safe plastic bag and freeze for up to 2 months. When you’re in the mood to dive in, transfer frozen sticks (no need to thaw) to a sheet pan and bake in a 400-degree oven for 7 to 10 minutes. Alternatively, reheat frozen French Toast Sticks in the microwave for 60 seconds per stick.
  • Baked French Toast Sticks: Want to skip the deep fryer? Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. Follow the recipe as directed, but instead of trying to a vat of hot oil, transfer the bread dipped in egg mixture to the prepared baking sheet. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes. Meanwhile, melt 4 tbsp butter. Remove from the oven, brush with melted butter, and sprinkle with the cinnamon-sugar topping. Bake 15 to 18 minutes longer.
  • More breakfast favorites: Try Classic Waffles, Homemade Pancakes, or Bread Pudding with a creamy egg custard.
Someone dipping French toast sticks in syrup.
French Toast sticks served with syrup and fresh berries.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are French toast sticks made of?

French toast sticks can be made of any bread, but they work best with sturdy bread like Texas toast, Challah, Brioche, or a high-quality bakery Italian bread. After cutting the bread into strips, dip it in an egg mixture (usually eggs, milk, cinnamon, and maybe a little sugar. Then, you can deep-fry or bake the sticks until crispy and browned.

What temperature do you bake frozen French Toast sticks at?

Transfer frozen sticks (no need to thaw) to a sheet pan and bake in a 400-degree oven for 7 to 10 minutes. Alternatively, reheat frozen French Toast Sticks in the microwave for 60 seconds per stick.

What do you recommend serving as the “sauce” with French Toast Sticks?

Dipping options abound! Of course, maple syrup is always a winning partner with French toast. Other kid-tested and approved ideas: Homemade Pancake Syrup, honey, warmed jam/jelly/marmalade/fruit butter, Powdered Sugar Icing, Chocolate Sauce, Caramel Sauce, or simply top with powdered sugar and Whipped Cream.

What sides pair well with French Toast Sticks?

Consider fried bacon, cooked breakfast sausage, scrambled eggs, poached eggs, fried eggs, or soft-boiled eggs. For the kids, pour a round of Caribbean Passion Smoothies. And for the 21+ crowd, if it’s a weekend, a Mimosa Bar makes a marvelous companion to this easy breakfast recipe.

More sweet breakfast ideas

Join Us

HUNGRY FOR MORE? Sign up for our weekly newsletter and follow along on FacebookPinterest, and Instagram for our latest recipes! Tag all your glorious creations #culinaryhill so we can eat vicariously through you.
French Toast Sticks on a plate garnished with berries.

French Toast Sticks

Like a mash-up of a cinnamon-sugar donut and French toast, these French Toast Sticks are one of my best family breakfast recipe ideas. Learn how to transform Texas Toast into French Toast Sticks in just 30 minutes, then dunk in syrup, jam, or any sweet sauce you crave.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 8 servings (4 sticks each)
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Calories 324
5 from 37 votes

Ingredients 

For the cinnamon sugar topping:

For the French toast sticks:

Instructions 

  • Preheat oven to 200 degrees. Line a baking sheet with foil for easy cleanup. To make the cinnamon sugar topping, in a shallow dish, whisk together cinnamon and sugar. Set aside. 
  • In a large bowl, whisk together milk, sugar, eggs, salt, and vanilla until smooth. Add flour and baking powder, stirring to combine until there are no lumps.
  • In a large, deep skillet, Dutch oven, or deep fryer, heat oil to 350 degrees. Working in batches (I do 4 sticks at a time), dip bread sticks in batter, allowing excess to drip back into the bowl.
  • Fry until golden brown on one side, about 2 to 3 minutes. Flip each stick and continue to cook until golden brown on the second side. Drain on paper towels and immediately roll in cinnamon sugar topping.
  • Transfer to baking sheet and keep warm in the oven until serving time. Repeat with remaining sticks. Serve with berries and syrup if desired.

Recipe Video

Notes

  1. Texas toast: Sturdy, thick, and absorbent, this is my favorite kind of bread for French Toast Sticks. Thick slabs of Challah would be a terrific (and decadent) alternative. As with any French toast or bread pudding recipe, day-old or semi-stale bread is totally welcome to this party.
  2. Oil: Opt for a neutral cooking oil with a higher smoke point such as vegetable oil, canola oil, or avocado oil, for frying.
  3. Yield: This French Toast Stick recipe makes 8 servings, 4 sticks each, which is equivalent to one slice of Texas toast per diner. Double the recipe to feed a crowd (or a hungry family).
  4. Storage: Store leftovers covered in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.

Nutrition

Serving: 4 sticksCalories: 324kcalCarbohydrates: 51gProtein: 8gFat: 10gSaturated Fat: 4gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.3gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0.004gCholesterol: 48mgSodium: 500mgPotassium: 127mgFiber: 2gSugar: 24gVitamin A: 160IUVitamin C: 0.02mgCalcium: 148mgIron: 7mg
Did you make this recipe?Tag @culinaryhill on Instagram so we can admire your masterpiece! #culinaryhill
Website | + posts

Meggan Hill is a classically-trained chef and professional writer. Her meticulously-tested recipes and detailed tutorials bring confidence and success to home cooks everywhere. Meggan has been featured on NPR, HuffPost, FoxNews, LA Times, and more.

Quick & Easy Meals in Under 30 Minutes!
15 simple recipes for busy weeknights.

You May Also Like

Questions and Comments

Thank you for your comments! Please allow 1-2 business days for a reply. Our business hours are Monday through Friday, 9:00 am PST to 5:00 pm PST, excluding holidays. Comments are moderated to prevent spam and profanity.

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Recipe Rating




This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Comments

  1. These were amazing! I get tired of fixing the same thing all the time and found this recipe. Fixed it for our son and the grandkids. It’s like a funnel cake dipped French toast. Wow! Everyone was impressed, kids and adults alike.5 stars

    1. I’m so glad you loved it, Katharine! Potato bread sounds delicious! – Meggan

  2. These were PERFECT! My kids and husband are obsessed with this recipe. Thank you! We have food allergic kiddos who can’t have dairy. We substituted water for the 2 cups of milk and it was perfect!5 stars

  3. Hello,

    When you supply the nutrition information do you always do it for the entire recipe as opposed to a serving? I saw another recipe I was interested in that was crazy high in calories so I decided not to make it. Just wondering!

  4. I made these to serve at my daughter’s breakfast graduation party and they were a HUGE hit! I made them ahead, froze them in foil pans and reheated them in the oven. My family, who usually gets them fresh, thought they weren’t quite as good reheated, but everyone else just raved about them. Word travelled fast, too, because I get comments and requests for the recipe at every grad party I’ve been to since, even from people who didn’t attend my daughter’s party! The only thing I really did differently was cut my bread into thirds instead of fourths to make a wider stick. Also, it was easier to fry the large quantities in a skillet rather than in a deep fryer. My kids liken these to fresh sugar cinnamon doughnuts or elephant ears from the fair. This is one recipe that will probably never make it into the recipe box because it will always be out in my kitchen! LOVE IT!5 stars

  5. These were truly yummy! I am making them for my grandsons birthday brunch and think he will love them!
    Thank you so much!5 stars

  6. I am so happy I found this recipe again! Works well with almond milk too! And I added some Nutmeg and allspice! The batter makes the sticks puffy and filling!

    The boys say it tastes like Cinnamon Toast Crunch!5 stars

  7. Absolutely fantastic!! Texas Toast is hard to find these days but I finally found some thick sliced brioche and it was SO SO Good! I think even using plain bread these will puff up beautifully! Froze them in gallon bags and heat up in the air fryer 370* for 4 minutes. So easy! Thank you!5 stars

  8. I just made these. My girls said they tasted like churros. They love churros. Will definitely be putting this recipe among our favorites. Thanks for sharing5 stars

  9. Worked great with my whole wheat sourdough bread! Thanks for the recipe. I would have never thought to add the flour in.5 stars

  10. Wow! These are awesome. My son loved them and said they were his “favorite-ist” breakfast in the world, and wants them every single day.5 stars