Cinnamon Roll French Toast Bake

Excuse me while I drool over the easiest french toast bake I’ve ever made.


We made this last weekend for a lazy Sunday morning breakfast after enduring over 14 inches of snowfall – and preparing for (potentially) another foot in the coming days.  I’ve never seen this much snow in my hometown in my lifetime, and apparently many other residents hadn’t, either.

Grocery stores sold out of staple items, including bread, milk, and eggs.  It was like we were preparing for the apocalypse;  but after being quite literally stuck in my house the Thursday before, we made darn sure we were well stocked with the basic necessities.

Cinnamon rolls topped our list.



These were so easy, and Doodle absolutely loved them.  I found this recipe on Pillsbury’s site and used a can of their reduced-fat Cinnabon cinnamon rolls as the base.  So much easier than making my own rolls, and just as tasty, especially when you’re baking them in an egg and cream batter heavily spiced with cinnamon.



This dish smelled amazing while it was in the oven, and Doodle kept running into the kitchen to see if it was “done yet.”   If you want to know the truth, so did I.

Cinnamon Roll French Toast Bake
Serves: 4 generous servings
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 can (12.4 ounce) Pillsbury reduced-fat cinnamon rolls with icing
  • 3 eggs
  • ¼ cup heavy cream or half-and-half (I used fat-free half-and-half and this still turned out great)
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ⅛ teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ½ cup chopped pecans, optional
  • ½ cup maple syrup
  1. Heat oven to 375. Melt butter and pour into the bottom of an ungreased 8x8 pan. Open can of cinnamon rolls; cut each roll into 8 pieces and place evenly over butter in the bottom of your dish. Set aside icing container.
  2. In medium bowl, beat eggs. Add in cream/half-and-half, cinnamon, nutmeg, and vanilla and whisk until well blended. Gently pour over roll pieces. Sprinkle with pecans if desired; drizzle with ½ cup syrup.
  3. Bake 20 to 28 minutes or until golden brown. Cool for 15 minutes on a wire rack. Meanwhile, remove cover from icing; microwave on half-power for 10 to 15 seconds or until the icing is thin enough to drizzle.
  4. Drizzle icing over top and sprinkle with additional pecans, if desired
recipe from Pillsbury


  1. Terry


    • Ashley

      Thank goodness, the snow is finally melting…here’s hoping we don’t get more!

  2. Liz

    Cinnamon Rolls are always on our list for a Saturday morning. This sounds perfect when I don’t have the time to make homemade rolls! Beautiful pics too 🙂
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    • Ashley

      Thanks, Liz!

  3. jenifer

    I cannot wait to try these this weekend! Thanks so much for sharing!

    • Ashley

      Thanks for stopping by, Jenifer. I hope you love the french toast!

  4. Shirley

    This looks like something perfect for a Holiday morning. Maybe I can get someone to make it for me. This puts cinnamon rolls over the top! Your pics are amazing girl.

    • Ashley

      Thanks Shirley! xoxo

  5. Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel

    OMG! Tons of snow on your end–jeez louise! In the meantime, at least you have this cinnamon roll french toast — holy cow, it looks divine! You know I can’t resist cinnamon rolls OR french toast!
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    • Ashley

      This french toast helped me forget about the snow for a little bit. 🙂

  6. Elizabeth @ Confessions of a Baking Queen

    OMG DROOL!! I am about to have a healthy breakfast right now but I really really really want this. It looks divine. Like seriously! And that snow- crazy! It’s nothing but blue skies here in so cal! I don’t know how I would respond to so much snow!
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    • Ashley

      We haven’t snow like this in Kansas for years! I am so over it! 🙂

  7. Chandra@The Plaid and Paisley Kitchen

    Oh My! This is a perfect Snow Day Breakfast! I am so happy the snow will still be here when you come to visit! We can play with Doodle and make a snowman! I am going to have to come up with some really fun recipes while you are here!
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    • Ashley

      Thanks, Lizy! This is a new family favorite for us. =) So glad you found me at The Plaid and Paisley Kitchen’s party!

  8. Jocelyn @BruCrew Life

    I sure hope that snow is melting away…although this bake definitely would help take my mind off all the snow piling up! Thank goodness I think Spring is on it’s way now!!! I love that you used the cinnamon rolls as the base for your french toast. I would be running into the kitchen every couple minutes too!!
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    • Ashley

      Thank you! Yes, this is definitely a kid-friendly recipe! My 5-year old loved it. 🙂

  9. Terry

    Made this Sunday. Turned out wonderful!!
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  10. chris

    This sounds so good but I have a question. I am lactose iintolerant and can’t have the heavy cream. Do you think I can use a substitute? Something lactose free? Please let me know if you or anyone has any suggestions.

    Thank you

  11. Jen

    I made this with my kids this morning and it was delicious! I would double it if serving brunch for a crowd. I didn’t have cream or half and half so I just used milk.

  12. Raven Madd

    Mine didn’t fully bake within that time. Took over 45 minutes- any idea why? I don’t live in a high altitude place.

  13. Leann

    My family loved thevery French Toast Bake. I didn’t have any whipping cream so I substituted it with low fat vanilla yogurt and a splash of 2% milk. Ithe turned out great and a breakfast dish I’ll definitely make again!

  14. Alisha

    I had tried this dish at a family members house for the first time this past Christmas… After I had a bacon egg and cheese sandwich I said screw it, its the holiday one piece won’t hurt! Well…one piece turned into 5!! This casserole is ABSOLUTELY DELICIOUS!! It’s just melts in your mouth!

  15. Ashley

    These sound yummy!
    I just want to clarify ~ the cinnamon rolls are dough when you cut them?!

    • Ashley

      Yes, that is correct. 🙂



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