Cinnamon French Toast Bake

Even though I have been trying to eat healthy, I try to have more of a healthy lifestyle.  I usually try to eat healthy most of the time, by having healthy lunches, healthy dinners, and healthy snacks. However, taking a break once in a while is a good thing, as long as you do it in moderation.  I still eat sweets, but just try not to overdo it.

I love to eat dessert and this breakfast is just like eating dessert.  My husband loves cinnamon buns, so when I saw this recipe for a Cinnamon French Toast Bake made from refrigerated cinnamon buns, I knew I had to make it.  I made this for Christmas Breakfast, and while it was sweet, it was so good! It is like eating a cinnamon bun and french toast combined.  This is a great breakfast for any special occasion, or just because.  Enjoy!!

Cinnamon French Toast Bake

Cinnamon French Toast Bake


  • 1/4 cup melted butter
  • 2 cans refrigerated cinnamon rolls with icing
  • 5 eggs
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 3/4 cup maple syrup


  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Pour the melted butter into an ungreased 13x9 glass baking dish. Separate both cans of refrigerated cinnamon buns into 16 cinnamon buns, setting the icing aside. Then cut each cinnamon bun into 8 pieces and place the pieces on top of the butter in the baking dish.
  3. In a medium bowl beat the eggs. Then beat in the heavy whipping cream, cinnamon, and vanilla until they are well blended. Then gently pour over the cinnamon bun pieces. Sprinkle the top with the pecans and then drizzle with the maple syrup.
  4. Bake for 20 to 28 minutes or until golden brown. Cool for 15 minutes.
  5. Microwave the icing on medium (50%) for 10-15 seconds or until it is thin enough to drizzle. Drizzle the icing over the top of the French Toast Bake. Serve with additional syrup if desired.


Adapted from the Best of the Pillsbury Bake-Off Cookbook



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  1. YUMMMMY!!! I will have to make this!

  2. What a GREAT recipe! Would you come over to Cast Party Wednesday and share it with us?
    I hope to see you there!

  3. This looks SO delicious! If I can find the refrigerated cinnamon rolls here in England, I’m definitely going to make this for my husband’s b-day. :)

  4. Wow this looks delicious! I can’t wait to try it. Want to let you know I am a new follower from What’s Cooking Wednesday. Take a minute and stop by my site

  5. Umm this sounds amazing! Adding it to the list of recipes I need to try :)

  6. This looks heavenly!!!

  7. it’s almost like bread pudding, it sounds so good!

  8. This looks so yummy! My husband would love it too. I would love it if you would be willing to link up to our new party going on now. Thanks

  9. That looks so good….I’d love for you to share this at my first linky party this Saturday @CountryMommaCooks…Hope to see you there!

  10. Are you kidding me? This looks absolutely fabulous. Awesome recipe!! I’ve already pinned it, lol. Thank you for sharing at our party!!

  11. This is amazing! I am making this over the weekend.

    I found you through Happy Hour Projects. Hope you stop by and visit me

  12. This is going to be a perfect dish for week ends when we have a crowd here at The Cottage, we will just love it! Thank you so much for sharing with our 1st Anniversary Party at Full Plate Thursday. Have a great week end and come back soon!
    Miz Helen

  13. Wow! What more can I say? :-) Found you through the Comfy in the Kitchen link-up…I’ll be following for lots more of your yummy recipes!

  14. Ooh!!! This looks sooo good!

  15. So decadent!

  16. Thanks for Linking up @CountryMommaCooks Link & Greet!

  17. WOW, this looks SO GOOD! I love cinnamon rolls and I also love french toast. My youngest son’s favorites too. He will love me even more if I make this for him! :-)

  18. Thank you for sharing this on Must Try Monday! My family will LOVE this.


    You’re so right – there’s nothing wrong with a treat, as long as it truly is a treat and not everyday! 😉 I’m still learning this.

    Thanks for linking this up so I could find it!

  20. Hi! I found you through Mangia Mondays. This looks amazing! I’m going to give it a try this weekend – great winter comfort food breakfast! Thanks for sharing. :) Debbie at

  21. Yum! These are just what I was looking for to serve at an upcoming brunch. Can’t wait to try!

  22. This is such a yummy sounding breakfast…I am drooling at it right now!!! Thank you so much for sharing with Trick or Treat Tuesday!!!

  23. just kill me now. serious yum going on here.

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  24. Wooooooowwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww!!!! I saw your link on Serendipity and Spices link party and had to click!!! :) I love the everything about this including the short ingredient list!! :) Pinning AND making right away!!!!!

  25. Sounds yummy and looks pretty too!

  26. This looks absolutely wonderful!! Thanks for linking up to Strut Your Stuff Saturday. We hope you come back and share more of your ideas. -The Sisters

  27. Oh my goodness…seriously??? That looks so fabulous! YUM!! It could totally be made as a dessert!
    ~Tonia @TheGunnySack

  28. I CANT WAIT to make this!!! 😉

  29. Thank you so much for sharing your great project at JAQS Studio “Made by ME” linky party.

    I featured you today! :)


  30. Thanks for linking to Take-A-Look Tuesday – you were featured today!!
    – Mandy,

  31. Oooooh this looks delicious!! I’m going to have to give it a try!

  32. Thanks so much for linking up to my Manic Monday link party…it was a huge success! Make sure you check back tomorrow when I feature the top 3 posts. I’ll be hosting another Manic Monday linky party this week- the theme is LOVE. :)

  33. Oh my gosh! This looks amazing! I want some right now :) Thanks for linking up to the Tuesday Talent Show! I hope to see you again next week!
    Chef in Training

  34. Wow!!! That looks really good :) Definitely gotta try this out!

    Stopping by from Must Try Monday.

  35. I’m featuring your yummy Cinnamon French Toast Bake at Project Queen tonight. Thank you sooo much for linking this up. It’s on my list to make!


  36. Yummy! I posted a link to this on my blog…thru my pinterest board.
    Jennifer @ The Craft Barn

  37. Yummi!!=)

  38. YUMM!! Thank so much for linking up to Your Whims Wednesday, I featured this on my blog tonight! Come check it out and grab a button! :)

  39. Oh, this sounds so yummy. I can’t wait to try it.

  40. Anonymous says:

    Just seen this on the cooking channel this morning! Looks amazing. must try it!

  41. What do you think the calorie count would be per bun?

    • Well the cinnamon buns are torn up into pieces, so I am not sure about per bun. The cooking book I got the original recipe from said that it was 410 calories per serving. I adapted the recipe a little bit, so I am not sure of the exact calorie count, but it would probably be around there. I hope that helps.

  42. Thanks for this delicious breakfast. We made it a few weeks ago for my the breakfast the morning of my daughter’s 10th slumber party. I have linked to the recipe from my blog post about the party and wanted to say thanks and let you know I linked to your page.

  43. Found you through Pinterest. This looks beyond amazing! And easy. I’ll be making asap. =D

  44. I made this last night, thanks to was awesome! Thank you!

  45. I halved this recipe bc there was only 3 of us,& there was a little less than half of it left! It was SO good! Thank you Alyssa!

  46. Thanks for this awesome recipe! We’ve made it twice and loved it both times. I did a review of this recipe (a “Pinterest Experiment”), and you can find it here:

  47. Do I need to make this in a glass dish? I would like to make it for travel and would like to use the throw away pans from the dollar store? Thanks, Cathie

    • I don’t see why you couldn’t try to use another 13×9 baking dish, it should come out the same. I just always used a glass baking dish because that is the only casserole dish I had. Let me know how it turns out. I hope you enjoy it!

    • Thank you I will, I’m making it tonight to serve tomorrow morning!

  48. Alyssa I just wanted to let you know that the throw away pans work great, I made them for my daughter to take back to college and all the girls loved them, thank you

  49. This looks so delicious!!

  50. Anyone tried this in a crockpot? Need a way to keep it warm…..doing a brunch for my daughters first bday and will be outdoors. Any idea would be great!! Thanks!!

  51. Do you think I could make this the night before and refrigerate?

    • You could definitely make it the night before. I have always made it in the morning, but we usually have leftovers. We refrigerate the leftovers and then microwave individual pieces to heat them up. It still tastes really good leftover. You could just refrigerate and then stick it in the oven the next morning to heat up.

  52. Just made this tonight and it was amazing!! Megan

  53. I made this for our “first-day-of-school” breakfast and it was FANTASTIC!!! I’m thinking of cutting the recipe in half and using a smaller square pan next time since it makes so much. THANK YOU for posting it!!!

    • I’m glad that you liked it. I’ve made it in an 8×8 pan before and just halved the ingredients and it works just as well.

  54. This is now a family favorite. I made a few changes since everyone said it was so sweet. 1/2 cup skim milk instead of heavy cream; omit maple syrup; 1/2 teas almond extract vs vanilla.
    I buy the cinnamon rolls on sale and it is better tasting and cheaper than a dozen donuts from Dunkin Donuts!
    Thanks for the post; my family loves this!

  55. Great recipe! I will be trying this out christmas morning.

  56. this looks heavenly! i’m stopping by from the pinfest and i can see why this is your top post of 2012 – YUM! i pinned it for the weekend!

  57. I made this, and while it wasn’t bad… everyone commented they could taste the eggs. I could taste them too, so it was a little weird.

  58. Really this is a best french toast are easy to make french toast this is my favorite breakfast.

  59. Just made this for the first time… My oven runs a little cool so I upped the temperature 5 degrees and cooked it the full time… But was still very doughy in the middle… Finally had to cook it for a further 10 minutes for the middle be done. My roommate liked it – the pecans are wonderful!

  60. Just made this this morning for my team of coworkers at work and getting requests for the recipe now… I used Walnuts instead of pecans due to finding it pecans. Cooked it for 24 minutes and used a knife to check! LOVED it and getting rave reviews!!

  61. I held a brunch at my house today for about 22 people, this was a HUGE hit! I literally wanted to lick the dish for crumbs left, lol. This recipe is a keeper for me..a favorite now for sure. Simple to make, and gets rave reviews!

  62. Does anyone have an experience with making this PRIOR to just putting it in the oven? I want to make it for a shower, but need to drive 3 hours before hand! Not sure if I should bake first, and then reheat, or prepare and wait to bake until I get there!

    • You could probably do it either way. You could prepare all the ingredients and make sure to keep them cold and then cook it once you arrive or you can just reheat it when you get there. I hope everyone enjoys it!

  63. Do you think I could assemble this the night before, refrigerate and then bake it in the morning? So excited to try it for our back to school teacher’s breakfast.

    • You could definitely get it ready the night before and then bake it in the morning. I hope that everyone likes it!

      • It was a hit at our breakfast. I had done a practice run, but think I liked it better after it soaked all night. I added the pecans and syrup right before cooking. Thank you for sharing!

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  65. Alisa Price says:

    I made this for a holiday party at work and followed directions to the letter, except for the icing and powdered sugar because I made mine the night before, let it cool down a little, then put foil over it to store in refrigerator overnight. The next morning, I put the stove on convection setting at 375 degrees for about 15 -20 minutes, then poured the melted icing and sprinkled powdered sugar on top. If your party is not first thing in the morning, you can still reheat it once more for about 10-15 minutes before serving. Was not soggy! and I brought the bottle of syrup for anyone that wanted to add more. As with all of the commenters before me, it was a big hit and everyone wanted to know how to make it!

  66. can I make the Cinnamon rolls french toast bake the night before and cook it in the morning?

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