Cinnamon Roll French Toast is a delicious breakfast treat that combines the irresistible flavors of classic cinnamon rolls with the convenience of a make-ahead casserole. Soft and gooey cinnamon rolls are soaked in a sweet and creamy custard mixture and finished with drizzles of maple syrup and icing.
Perfect for special occasions, holiday mornings, or whenever you want to treat yourself.
Table of Contents
- The Pure Joy of Cinnamon in the Morning
- Why You'll Love this Cinnamon Roll French Toast Casserole
- How to Make Cinnamon Roll French Toast
- Recipe Variations
- Other Toppings
- What to Serve with Cinnamon Roll French Toast Bake
- Make Ahead
- How to Store, Freeze, and Reheat Leftovers
- More Delicious Breakfast Casseroles for a Crowd
The Pure Joy of Cinnamon in the Morning
Nothing beats the comforting aroma of cinnamon wafting through the house in the morning. And that rich flavor pairs so beautifully with coffee and tea.
Cinnamon’s earthy-sweet flavor gives one a feeling of comfort and warmth, making the start to one’s morning a little brighter. From treats like Cinnamon Sugar Donut Holes to holiday favorites like Apple Cinnamon Pull Apart Bread and easy Cinnamon Streusel Bread, the delicious flavors of cinnamon will transform the ordinary to extraordinary and tempt you with every bite.
Why You'll Love this Cinnamon Roll French Toast Casserole
Super quick and easy to make with canned cinnamon rolls.
Warm and sweet with all the flavor of your favorite French Toast.
Perfect for brunch or breakfast for a crowd.
The ultimate Christmas morning French Toast Casserole with cinnamon rolls.
- Pillsbury Cinnamon Rolls - either regular or adapt it for Grands
- Half and half or Heavy Cream
- Maple Syrup
- Ground Cinnamon
- Vanilla Extract
How to Make Cinnamon Roll French Toast
- In a large bowl, whisk eggs, half and half, vanilla extract, and cinnamon.
- Melt butter and coat a 9x13-inch baking dish.
- Lay cinnamon rolls in the bottom of the dish then top them with the remaining rolls. 3 rolls x 4 rolls work best.
- Pour the egg mixture over the rolls.
- Drizzle with half of the maple syrup.
- Sprinkle with pecans.
- Bake at 375°F for 23 to 25 minutes.
- Drizzle the remaining maple syrup over the warm rolls.
- Warm the icing from the cinnamon roll packages and finish the casserole by drizzling the icing on the top.
- Serve and enjoy!
This Cinnamon Roll French Toast Casserole is soft, moist, and sweet - what more could you want from a breakfast treat?! Enjoy!
Instead of using whole cinnamon rolls, cut them into pieces.
Make this Cinnamon Roll French Toast Casserole dairy-free by using a butter substitute or margarine and coconut milk.
Make it fruity by sprinkling some berries between the cinnamon rolls.
Here are some ideas for toppings instead of pecans and the icing from the package:
- Caramel Sauce
- Cream Cheese Icing - Stir enough milk or cream into homemade or store-bought cream cheese frosting to thin it out.
- Melted Almond Butter or Peanut Butter - Just microwave it for a few seconds.
- Melted Nutella - Just microwave it for a few seconds.
- Chocolate Chips - Regular-sized or Mini - Milk, Semi-sweet- Dark, or White Chocolate ones
- Coconut Flakes
- Dried Fruit - Raisins, Cranberries, or Apricots
- Fresh Fruit - Apples, Blueberries, Raspberries, Strawberries.
- Other Nuts - Almonds or Walnuts
- Powdered Sugar
- Whipped Cream
- Ice Cream - Makes a great dessert!
What to Serve with Cinnamon Roll French Toast Bake
- Bacon or Breakfast Sausage
- Eggs or Omelet
- Fresh Fruit
- Hash Browns
- Coffee or Tea
- Mimosas for Brunch - Cranberry Mimosa, Hawaiian Mimosa, or Sparkling Mimosa.
You can prep this casserole a day in advance and let it sit in the fridge overnight. Then it will be ready to bake it in the morning.
You can prepare it to the point right before baking, cover it with plastic wrap, and place it in the fridge.
Important Note: If you do this, it's best to make the casserole in a metal baking dish. Glass and ceramic dishes can crack and break when the cold dish is put into a hot oven. Use a disposable aluminum pan if your making it to take somewhere or for easy cleanup.
If you use a glass baking dish, bring it to room temperature before baking the casserole.
How to Store, Freeze, and Reheat Leftovers
To Store: French Toast cassserole leftovers should be covered or transferred to an airtight container. Store the leftovers in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
To Freeze: Either cover the dish with a layer of plastic wrap and another layer of aluminum foil or transfer the leftovers into a freezer-safe container. Freeze it for up to 3 months. Thaw it in the fridge overnight.
To Reheat: Cover the dish with aluminum foil and reheat in the oven at 350°F for 20 minutes or until warmed through. Or microwave an individual serving for 30 seconds or until warmed through.
More Delicious Breakfast Casseroles for a Crowd
- Breakfast Casserole with Ham and Hash Browns
- Crockpot French Toast Casserole
- Italian Egg Bake
- Overnight Blueberry French Toast Bake
- Overnight Cinnamon French Toast Bake
- Sausage Egg and Cheese Breakfast Casserole
Find lots of scrumptious and easy breakfast recipes right here on 2CM!
Cinnamon Roll French Toast
- ¼ cup butter
- 36.12 ounce Pillsbury Cinnamon Rolls (3 12.4-oz pkgs) original recipe*
- 6 large eggs
- ½ cup half and half
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- 1 cup pure maple syrup divided
- ¾ cup pecans chopped
- Frosting from the cinnamon rolls warmed
- Preheat oven to 375°F
- Cover the bottom and sides of a 9x13-inch baking dish with melted butter.
- Divide the cinnamon rolls into individual rolls. Place 3 across and 4 down the long side, then make another layer on top of those rolls with the remaining cinnamon rolls.
- In a medium bowl, whisk the eggs.
- Add half and half, cinnamon and vanilla extract and blend well.
- Pour the egg mixture over the stacked rolls.
- Pour half of the maple syrup over the cinnamon rolls and sprinkle with the chopped pecans.
- Bake for 23-25 minutes, or until golden brown.
- To finish, pour the remaining maple syrup over the cooked French toast then drizzle with the icing provided with the cinnamon rolls. You may have to warm the icing slightly to make it pourable.
- Serve hot right out of the oven.