Easy French Toast Casserole: Make-Ahead for any Occasion

French Toast Casserole

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I don’t know about you, but I love an easy recipe that yields lots of food for special occasions! What I really appreciate about this French Toast Casserole recipe is that you can make it the night before, pop it in the oven the morning of your event and boom! You have yourself an easy peasy dish that everyone will love!

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I’ve made this french toast casserole for baby showers, bridal showers, potluck gatherings, and my favorite occasion is Christmas morning! Instead of cooking on Christmas morning, I enjoy watching my children open their presents, drinking a hot cup of coffee, and eating this delicious dish!

French Toast Casserole

For the record….I have been known to eat 2-3 large pieces in one sitting, and I’m not ashamed of that! Christmas calories don’t count 😉

Let’s start off with the ease of using canned Cinnamon Rolls!! This cuts down the time it would otherwise take to make this French Toast Casserole. Your first step is to preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit!

Next, in your saucepan, melt the sugar and the butter, but be sure not to overcook the butter! Transfer the butter mixture to a bowl and mix in the eggs, heavy whipping cream, cinnamon, vanilla, and nutmeg.

French Toast Casserole

Now it’s time to cut the cinnamon rolls into fourths. You are trying to create more surface area so these bad boys can soak in all of the goodness to ensue.

Next, fold the cinnamon roll pieces into the egg mixture, then transfer everything to your greased 9 x 13 dish, top it with some pecans, and bake for 35-40 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Top the casserole with the cinnamon roll icing (warm the icing in the microwave for 15 seconds first), and voila! Enjoy yourself 1 or 12 pieces!

If you decide to prepare the casserole the night before, be sure to keep it covered in your fridge, and hold the pecans until right before you bake this dish. I really hope you enjoy!

Check out my crispy potatoes recipe for another easy potluck dish!

Make-Ahead French Toast Casserole

If you are looking for an easy crowd-pleaser that you can make the night before, this is your dish! The secret ingredient is Canned Cinnamon Rolls! It's always a hit, and it's delicious!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time35 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Breakfast
Keyword: French Toast Casserole
Servings: 8


  • 9 x 12 baking dish
  • Sauce Pan


  • 2 cans Cinnamon Rolls
  • 1/2 cup Butter, Softened
  • 1/3 cup Sugar
  • 2 Eggs
  • 3/4 cup Heavy Whipping Cream
  • 3 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp Nutmeg
  • 2 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1/2 cup Chopped Pecans
  • Icing from Cinnamon Roll Packages


  • In a saucepan, melt butter with sugar. Do not overcook. Preheat oven to 350 degrees (if not preparing the night before). Grease a 9 x 12 casserole dish.
  • Transfer melted butter and sugar to a bowl. Beat in eggs, heavy cream, cinnamon, vanilla, & nutmeg.
  • Slice the cinnamon rolls into fourths. Mix cinnamon roll pieces into egg mixture. Toss thoroughly to coat. Pour the entire bowl of cinnamon roll pieces and egg mixture into the greased casserole dish, distribute evenly in casserole dish.
  • Sprinkle casserole with pecans. Bake for 35-40 minutes (or until casserole is browning and toothpick comes out clear.)
  • Remove casserole from oven. Warm icing in microwave for 15 seconds. Pour evenly over casserole.
  • When I prepare the casserole the night before, I cover it with foil and stick it in the fridge. I also omit the pecans until the morning of, and I sprinkle them over the casserole right before I bake it.
French Toast Casserole

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