French Toast Roll-Ups
French toast roll-ups are a fun, kid-friendly breakfast that rolls a sweet cream cheese filling into French toast, then dusts them with cinnamon sugar for the perfect finishing touch. They’re a weekend breakfast your whole family will look forward to!
We love French toast any way we can get it, whether it’s vegan French toast, Nutella French toast, strawberry cream cheese stuffed french toast, or apple French toast casserole. But if you’re looking for a French toast recipe that will really wow your family, this recipe for French toast roll-ups is it! Think: stuffed French toast, but instead of spreading a filling between two slices of bread, it’s rolled right in.
Rolling in the filling gives these French toast roll-ups a little more visual appeal than your traditional stuffed French toast, and it makes this recipe perfect for kids to help with. They will love flattening the bread, spreading on the cream cheese, and rolling it all together. (And you will love that this is a recipe where the kids can help without needing a lot of supervision. Win!)
About this French toast roll-up recipe
Once you’ve formed your roll-ups, this recipe isn’t all that different from traditional French toast. The rolls are dipped into a custard mixture, pan-fried to golden brown perfection, then dusted with cinnamon sugar.
After you’ve mastered this recipe, you’re going to want to try all different kinds of fillings, breads, and toppings for these French toast roll-ups. We’ve got some ideas for you at the bottom of this post, but definitely feel free to get creative or use what you have on hand!
What you need
- Cream cheese – This should be at room temperature. Use the kind that comes in a block, not a tub.
- Powdered sugar – Also known as confectioners’ sugar.
- Ground cinnamon & granulated sugar – this will be used to make cinnamon sugar to roll the roll-ups in.
- White bread – You’ll need a bread that can easily be rolled; white sandwich bread is perfect, as are Japanese milk bread, brioche, or pain de mie.
- French Toast Staples: As with most french toast, you’ll need eggs, milk, vanilla extract, and butter.
How to make them
Make the filling. Beat the cream cheese in a large bowl until it’s smooth and creamy, then stir in the powdered sugar and a teaspoon of ground cinnamon.
Prepare the bread. Cut the crusts off the bread and roll each slice with a rolling pin until it’s flattened.
Form the rolls. Spread a tablespoon or two of the cream cheese mixture onto a piece of bread and roll it up tightly. Repeat with the remaining bread and filling.
Cook the French toast roll-ups. Whisk the eggs, milk, and vanilla in a shallow bowl. Dip 5-6 of the roll-ups into the egg mixture.
Melt a tablespoon of butter in a large skillet set over medium heat and cook the roll-ups for 3 to 4 minutes, turning every 30 seconds, or until they’re browned and cooked through. Repeat with the remaining roll-ups.
Finish. Whisk the granulated sugar and remaining cinnamon in a shallow bowl. Roll the cooked French toast in the sugar to coat, then serve immediately.
You can use everything from tender challah to rustic sourdough and crusty French baguettes for French toast. With this particular recipe, you want a soft bread that will roll up without crumbling, so white sandwich bread, brioche, and pain de mie work well.
Use 1/4 cup of milk for every egg in French toast. This is enough to coat two slices of bread, so you can scale up from there as needed.
How to make these French toast roll-ups your own
We love these French toast roll-ups just the way they are, but there are also a number of different variations that you can try!
- Make it a little more healthy. Use a soft whole wheat sandwich bread to up the whole grains in this recipe.
- Make it more decadent. Swap the cream cheese for Nutella for a sweet treat breakfast! You could also fold mini chocolate chips into the cream cheese mixture. Or, try topping with a cream cheese glaze.
- Make it fruity. Use a smaller amount of the cream cheese filling; after spreading it onto the bread, top it with a thin layer of blueberry sauce or fried apples.
Make Ahead Ideas
You can make the roll-ups up to the point of dipping them in the egg-and-milk mixture and refrigerate them overnight.
French toast roll-ups can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days, or frozen for up to 3 months.
Reheat French toast roll-ups in a pan with some butter to get a nice crust, or in the microwave for 30 seconds or until heated through. If you’ve frozen them, you’ll need to thaw them in the fridge overnight before reheating.
More French toast recipes
- Nutella Stuffed French Toast with Churro Coating
- Crockpot French Toast
- Crème Brûlée French Toast – no torch required!
- French Toast Muffins
- Tres Leches French Toast Casserole
- Sheet Pan French Toast
Get the Recipe: French Toast Roll-Ups
- 8 ounces cream cheese (at room temperature)
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 loaf (20 oz.) white bread (or 18-20 slices of bread)
- 2 eggs
- 3 tablespoons milk
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 2 to 4 tablespoons butter
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- Beat the cream cheese in a large bowl until smooth, then stir in the powdered sugar and 1 teaspoon of the cinnamon.
- Cut the crusts off the bread and roll each one out using a rolling pin to flatten them completely.
- Spread 1 to 2 tablespoons of the filling mixture onto the bread and roll it up. Repeat the process with the remaining bread and filling.
- Whisk the eggs, milk and vanilla together in a shallow bowl and dip 5 to 6 of the rollups into the egg mixture.
- Heat 1 tablespoon of the butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Fry 5 to 6 of the rollups at a time in the pan for 3 to 4 minutes, turning them every 30 seconds so that they get browned all the way around and fully cooked.
- Repeat the process with the remaining roll ups.
- Whisk the granulated sugar and remaining tablespoon of cinnamon in a shallow bowl then roll the cooked French toast sticks around in the sugar.
- Serve immediately with syrup and milk if desired.
- Makes about 18 roll-ups.
- Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days.
Reheat in a pan with some butter to get a nice crust or in the microwave for 30 seconds or until heated through.