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Words cannot describe these french toast sticks.

Coffee Caramelized Croissant French Toast Sticks | halfbakedharvest.com

I mean, they obviously can describe them, but they will never be able to do them justice.

This is without a doubt one of my favorite breakfast posts on this blog.

Coffee Caramelized Croissant French Toast Sticks | halfbakedharvest.com

So, did you guys ever have those frozen french toast sticks when you were a kid? I did and while they weren’t my favorite breakfast food, I still liked them. Especially dipped in some syrup. I gave up eating those frozen french toast sticks a long time ago because I realized there was nothing good about them, at least ingredient-wise, BUT ever since then I have wanted to make my own.

For the last year I have been searching high and low for Texas Toast they used in those french toast sticks, but I haven’t been able to find it anywhere. Finally, the other week it hit me that I could just make my own variationย of french toast sticks. And a better variation at that.

Coffee Caramelized Croissant French Toast Sticks | halfbakedharvest.com

FYI, buttery croissants trump Texas Toast any stinkin’ day.

Go big or go home, right?

Coffee Caramelized Croissant French Toast Sticks | halfbakedharvest.com

And caramelizing french toast?

Just wow, it’s honestly the best thing ever.

But coffee caramelized too? Yeah, so good.

Coffee Caramelized Croissant French Toast Sticks | halfbakedharvest.com

I know some of you do not do coffee, and in that case you can simply leave it out, but I am not even a coffee drinker and I loved this. It’s not over powering in any way, but adds awesome flavor that works with the brown sugar/butter combo.

Coffee Caramelized Croissant French Toast Sticks | halfbakedharvest.com

So I know that some of those sticks may look burnt, but they’re not. That’s just the beautiful caramelization.

These sticks are ever so slightly crunchy on the very outside and super soft and buttery on the inside. It really is an awesome thing.

Coffee Caramelized Croissant French Toast Sticks | halfbakedharvest.com

And that gif up there? Yeah, it may be my new favorite thing to stare at. I mean, the french toast sticks just look so good, and I swear they taste even better.

Coffee Caramelized Croissant French Toast Sticks | halfbakedharvest.com

I also have to say that my siblings loved these. There was not one thing they complained about. They dipped, ate and where happy. That in itself is a miracle.

Coffee Caramelized Croissant French Toast Sticks | halfbakedharvest.com

Coffee Caramelized Croissant French Toast Sticks.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings: 6 Servings
Calories Per Serving: 602 kcal

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Ingredients

  • 7 tablespoons salted butter at room temperature, almost a whole stick
  • 6 tablespoons brown sugar or a 1/4 cup + 1/8 cup
  • 2 teaspoons instant coffee
  • 1 1/2 cups canned coconut milk or whole milk
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 8-12 [croissants | https://www.halfbakedharvest.com/homemade-croissants-step-step-photos/]
  • fresh berries for serving

Coffee Maple Syrup

Coconut Whipped cream (optional but highly recommend!)

Instructions

Coconut Whipped Cream

  • Flip your cold can of coconut milk upside down and open it. There should be around 1/2 cup of coconut water at the top. Pour this into a container and save for another use. Scoop out the coconut cream and place in a bowl. Whip the cream for 3 to 5 minutes, until soft peaks form. Beat in the powdered sugar and vanilla. Place in the fridge while you make the french toast.

Coffee Maple Syrup

  • Combine the syrup and coffee in a small saucepan and place over medium-high heat. Gentle cook the syrup until the mixture comes to a low boil. Reduce the heat to low and simmer five minutes, remove from the heat and set aside.

French Toast

  • Slice the croissants into 2 to 3 long strips.
  • Mix butter, brown sugar and instant coffee in a small bowl to combine.
  • Whisk milk, eggs, vanilla, and cinnamon in large bowl to combine
  • Melt 2 tablespoons of the brown sugar/butter mixture in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Dip croissant sticks a few at a time into egg mixture to coat. Add 4-6 sticks to the skillet. Cook until bottoms are deep brown, 2 to 3 minutes, turn and repeat until all sides have been caramelized adding more of the brown/sugar butter after every other flip. I turned my sticks about 3 times per stick. Divide French toast sticks among plates and sift powdered sugar over. Serve hot with coconut whipped cream, berries and the coffee maple syrup on the side for dipping. Enjoy!

Notes

*Caramelized French Toast Adapted from [Bon Appetit | Coffee Caramelized Croissant French Toast Sticks.]

Coffee Caramelized Croissant French Toast Sticks | halfbakedharvest.com

Ok, so let’s start dippin.

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  1. 5 stars
    Wow! Coffee, caramel, croissant, and french toast. How can you go wrong? Ahhh… maybe the only thing to make it better is great coffee. I think I might take this to our next church social. Thanks!!!

  2. I tried making these and it was really hard to NOT burn the butter. I ended up only being able to use half of what I made because the other half was very burnt. ๐Ÿ™ Had such good potential!

    1. Hi! So sorry you had trouble with the recipe. Can I ask why it was hard to not burn the butter? Was the pan smoking? Again, sorry for the trouble.

  3. Hi Tieghan! I made these french toast sticks this weekend…hands down the BEST french toast I have ever had. I used mini croissants and they were adorable. The coconut whipped cream just melted into it and made the taste even more wonderful ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you for such a fantastic recipe that will absolutely go in my recipe box!

  4. I made this for Easter dessert. I know I know, but it looked so wondrously dessert like that I figured why not. The recipe was divine, except for one small issue that I am sure was my fault. I attempted to make the coconut cream whipped topping but my cream simply did not whip. I tried twice, starting afresh.

    Can you explain in detail how you went about that part of the recipe? I would love to try this again.

  5. I just bought croissants to make this for breakfast tomorrow. I’m going to post a photo on Instagram of it, but I’m warning you that it will be nowhere as pretty as your photos! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Already licking my lips in anticipation!

  6. First of all, I couldn’t think of anything more delicious. Second, I swear these are the most gorgeous photos ever! You’re killing me! Can you come over and help me?! Or can I just come over to your house and watch you and then eat all your food?! Yes? Ok! ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. There is nothing more beautiful than watching syrup drizzle down these croissant french toast sticks. I could stare at that thing for hours.

  8. This looks so delicious! I wish that would have been my breakfast this morning. I’m definitely going to try the recipe.

  9. I am diabetic, but Tieghan, I’ve already deemed these “insulin worthy!” What do you use to insert the moving pics on your blog?? So cool!

  10. The gifs! The croissants! I can’t even. This might be my new favorite post of yours and I have to make croissant french toast immediately.

  11. Go big or go home is right!! And wow you went big – this looks amazing!! That caramelization is pure gold – yum!!!

  12. I am now drooling all over my keyboard! Amazing combination of flavors! Love! Your pictures are beautiful!

  13. I just ate breakfast and I’m already dreaming about these dunkable bites o’ heaven for second breakfast.

  14. Holy cow, Tieghan! This is THE most gorgeous french toast I have ever seen in my life! I LOVE that coffee syrup and those pour pictures are absolutely perfect. Gosh, I think I want a second breakfast now…pinned!

  15. I subscribe to a lot of food blogs but this is the best one ever! Your recipe, your pics and your gifs. OMG you deserve whatever the blog equivalent is of an Oscar, and Emmy and a Tony. Maybe a Pulitzer too.

  16. Good grief girl, your photos are an awesome food adventure. Now I want French toast!

  17. Oh. My. GOSH. I love everything about this post. I watched that syrup pour .gif at least 10x before scrolling by it—mesmerizing. Also, you’re so right, croissants totally beat Texas toast, and in my opinion, every other bread product.

    This is totally wonderful, Tieghan.