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Cinnamon Roll French Toast Casserole

January 14, 2014

If you are looking for the perfect Christmas morning casserole, look no further!  I’ve started making this recipe a few years ago, and I have since figured out that I can easily make ahead this recipe so that I can relax on Christmas morning.  I also love that it’s a fast, easy, and simple recipe. Every time I have made it for guests, it’s a crowd-pleaser!  I hope you enjoy!

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Original post:  I have been meaning to post my favorite new recipe from the holidays: Cinnamon Roll Casserole!  I’ve made this about 4 times in the past month, and everyone loves it!!  This recipe is super easy and requires hardly any prep time. It’s perfect for a brunch, potluck or holiday breakfast!  I also like that it’s a fairly inexpensive recipe for the quantity made, it can easily be doubled and most of the ingredients you probably have at home: vanilla extract, cinnamon, sugar, nutmeg and eggs 😉 I hope you enjoy!

Cinnamon Roll French Toast Casserole perfect for Christmas Morning

Cinnamon roll Casserole

Adapted from here


2 cans Cinnamon rolls
1/2 cup butter, melted
1/3 cup sugar
2 eggs
3/4 cup heavy whipping cream (half & half works too)
3 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup chopped pecans
Icing from cinnamon roll packages

Christmas Morning Casserole


1. In a large glass bowl, melt butter with sugar. 

2. Beat in eggs, cream, cinnamon, nutmeg and vanilla.

3. Open canned cinnamon rolls, slice each cinnamon roll into fourths. Place cinnamon roll pieces into the bowl of egg mixture and toss to thoroughly coat.Then pour the pieces, coated in egg mixture, into a greased 9×12 casserole dish and spread out evenly. Use any leftover egg mixture to coat the casserole.

4. Sprinkle with pecans and then bake on 350˚ on a low rack for 35-40 minutes or until brown (I stuck a toothpick inside to determine if the casserole was ready. I like mine a little on the moist side, baked for about 35 minutes.)

5. Remove casserole from oven. Warm icing from cinnamon rolls in microwave for 15 seconds; pour evenly over bake.

*I have prepared it the night ahead without the pecans.  I made sure to cover the casserole, stick it in the fridge, then come morning time you add the pecans, bake, and voilá! It’s pure deliciousness for your friends or family!

Serves: 6-8

Cinnamon Roll Casserole

Thanks for stopping by!!


108 Comments leave one →
  1. January 14, 2014 11:15 am

    This looks delicious! I have to make time to try this dish.

    • Raymond benedict permalink
      June 30, 2017 6:03 pm

      I don’t have a glass pan is a metal non-stick pan good!

      • September 12, 2018 3:14 pm

        You can use a metal non stick pan if that’s all that you have. I like using a glass pan because sometimes the metal can react with the eggs and cause it to slightly discolor.

  2. elizabeth permalink
    January 14, 2014 12:20 pm

    lovely! Can’t wait to try it. Thanks for sharing 🙂

  3. January 30, 2014 8:49 pm

    It looks so tastey I can’t wait to make and eat with friends and neighbors. thank you so much for sharing!

  4. julie permalink
    January 31, 2014 9:49 am

    I am gonna try it this weekend!!!!

  5. melissa permalink
    January 31, 2014 10:43 am

    I wonder if i can make this in crock pot

  6. January 31, 2014 9:25 pm

    I only have whole wheat bread, how would that work?

  7. Heidi permalink
    February 1, 2014 5:07 pm

    I have mine in the oven right now. Why have 1/2 and 1/2 in the ingredient list but not actually use it?

    • February 2, 2014 9:26 pm

      The half and half can be used in place of the heavy whipping cream. The cream or half and half is used in step 2.

  8. Riita permalink
    February 2, 2014 1:54 pm

    I will be fixing this for my family! I’m on W.W. I will try to see how many calories I can cut without losing the flavor!!

  9. February 8, 2014 8:18 am

    Tina you know you will have to make it for me I don’t have all those ingredients at my house

  10. Joy Williams-Landry permalink
    February 8, 2014 7:07 pm

    Sounds awesome

  11. Jenn permalink
    January 12, 2015 8:31 pm

    Making it for breakfast tomorrow 🙂

  12. Caroline permalink
    April 3, 2015 7:18 am

    This looks great- can it be prepped the night before and baked the next morning?

  13. A Daily permalink
    June 21, 2015 7:21 am

    Where do you use the 1/2 c butter?

  14. Denise permalink
    October 26, 2015 1:47 pm

    I love cinnamon rolls fixed any kind of way

  15. Sandia Dennis permalink
    November 8, 2015 6:42 pm

    I make something very similar. It’s so good!

    I now follow you on Facebook and Pinterest. Plus, I pinned this post.

  16. Sue W permalink
    November 9, 2015 12:52 pm

    Did you use the Grands type of rolls or the smaller rolls?

    • September 12, 2018 9:37 pm

      Hi! You can use any can that has 8 in a roll! I like to use Annie’s or Pillsbury!

  17. Sue W permalink
    November 9, 2015 12:53 pm

    Did you use the Grands sized rolls or the smaller ones?

    • November 11, 2015 3:12 pm

      I used the regular sized ones

      • Billie Faulkner permalink
        December 22, 2015 5:24 pm

        did you use the small cans of 5 or the bigger cans of 8?

      • September 12, 2018 3:20 pm

        Hi, I just use the regular sized cinnamon rolls, not the extra large ones.

      • September 12, 2018 3:32 pm

        The can of 8!

  18. Darlene permalink
    November 9, 2015 8:28 pm

    I liked your Facebook page to sign up for the giveaway! this recipe sounds so yummy for Christmas morning thanks for sharing

  19. Helen Jones permalink
    November 10, 2015 6:15 am

    Oh my!!!!! That looks a bit good!!!!

  20. November 11, 2015 3:10 pm

    Looks delicious! Followed you on Pinterest

  21. November 11, 2015 10:22 pm

    i entered and entered and entered… 😉

  22. November 13, 2015 5:26 am

    Assuming you use Pillsbury Cinnamon rolls or an equivalent ….do you use the 8 or the 5 roll can? 16 vs 10 rolls would make quite a difference in the recipe.

    • September 12, 2018 3:32 pm

      Hi! I do use anything equivalent to pillsbury cinnamon rolls, annie’s makes some good ones also! I use the can of 8 😉

  23. Yvonne rigo permalink
    November 15, 2015 6:36 pm

    I had to pin this! Can’t wait to make it for my teen boys and their friends.

    • September 12, 2018 3:29 pm

      Awesome!!!! Thank you so much!!! I hope they love it as much as my family does!!

  24. Natalie permalink
    November 18, 2015 8:51 pm

    I came to get this yummy cinnamon roll casserole recipe and ended up following you on Instagram, Pinterest, you tube, and Facebook. I feel like best friends now😄

    • September 12, 2018 3:26 pm

      So sweet Natalie!!! Thank you so much for all the support and encouragement! Hope you enjoy this recipe! It’s pretty yummy!!

  25. Jennifer permalink
    November 28, 2015 3:27 pm

    Can you make the night before? Would there need to be any changes made if you do so?

    • September 12, 2018 3:25 pm

      Yes! Just hold the pecans until the morning and cover and store in the fridge.

  26. Marilyn permalink
    November 30, 2015 4:15 am

    Can put together the night before?

    • September 12, 2018 3:25 pm

      Yes you can, and it’s delicious! Cover in fridge, hold the pecans until the morning!

  27. Michele permalink
    November 30, 2015 6:53 pm

    What do you do with the butter & sugar mixture?

    • September 12, 2018 3:24 pm

      You use it as a base for step #2, beat the rest of the ingredients into this mixture.

  28. Katy permalink
    December 1, 2015 8:08 am

    Can you make this the night BF and just pull out to cook in the morning?

  29. Sheryl D. Breitmoser permalink
    December 12, 2015 5:34 am

    Just visited your store in Town Center for the first time. Lovely furniture not the same old design! Taking my husband next time.

  30. Kelly permalink
    December 13, 2015 11:07 am

    We added 1 lb crumbled bacon with the pecans….HEAVEN!

  31. Kristin permalink
    December 20, 2015 6:20 am

    hi! can you make the night before and then bake in the morning? thanks!

  32. Laura permalink
    December 21, 2015 11:39 am

    Has anyone tried making this the night before and just throwing it in the oven in the morning?

  33. Patricia Daniel permalink
    December 24, 2015 6:56 am

    Can you make this ahead of time and put in fridge?

  34. Barb permalink
    December 24, 2015 8:49 am

    Have you tried assembling the night before and popping it in the oven in the morning?

  35. Shawn permalink
    December 27, 2015 4:43 am

    Can you use milk instead of heavy cream?

  36. Cassaundra Hart permalink
    January 10, 2016 6:59 pm

    Have you ever made this ahead of time and froze it?

  37. Lori Himkson permalink
    January 14, 2016 11:11 pm

    Which size of the cinnamon rolls do you use, the regular or the grand ones…I think that’s what they are called? Thanks can’t wait to make it soon!!!😍

  38. Vicki permalink
    January 30, 2016 7:27 am

    Can you prepare it the night before you bake it in the morning?

  39. Richard Gamble permalink
    May 26, 2016 4:30 pm

    You forgot the three syringes of insulin in the ingredients.

    • September 12, 2018 3:15 pm

      Exactly!!!! And the three liters of fluid that should be infused after to flush out all the sugar! Once in awhile it’s ok though, all in moderation 😉

  40. Cheryl permalink
    August 4, 2016 9:11 am

    I can’t wait to try this it looks so yummy. Thanks for sharing. I will comeback and tell everyone how good it is.

  41. Reba McLane permalink
    September 2, 2016 7:23 am

    I can’t wait to try this. Thanks for the recipe. 🙂

  42. Sheri permalink
    November 2, 2016 10:28 am

    Have you ever made it the night before and baked it the next day?

  43. Teresa Bockover permalink
    November 10, 2016 3:59 pm

    Do you cut each cinnamon rolls into 4 slices, or cut it into 4 “pie” pieces?

    • September 12, 2018 3:11 pm

      I cut each cinnamon roll into 4 “pie” wedges. In half, then half again.

  44. Ganny permalink
    November 21, 2016 6:58 pm

    making this Thanksgiving morning to have with my son & his family. They have Thanksgiving dinner too early for me, because they roll out to Deer Camp for remaining days. i am so excited to make this!

  45. Charlotte permalink
    January 1, 2017 8:38 am

    Made this this morning on a whim for all my over night guests and it was a huge hit!!

  46. Lashaunne permalink
    January 15, 2017 4:46 pm

    This looks delicious, I must try this.

  47. Kristin permalink
    December 21, 2017 12:19 pm

    Can i put this in fridge overnight & bake in morning?

  48. Megan Weimer permalink
    December 22, 2017 5:37 am

    Can this be made the night before, refrigerated, and baked the next morning?

  49. December 23, 2017 7:06 pm

    Have you tried making this night before and then cooking in the morning? That’s what I’m planning for time purposes and hoping it doesn’t get too soggy.

  50. Kathy permalink
    December 24, 2017 5:06 am

    Made this Christmas eve AM for breakfast for my granddaughters. One granddaughter said “This is my new favorite food” Another said “Can we make this a Christmas eve tradition?” It was delicious Got a thumbs up from all!!

    • September 12, 2018 3:10 pm

      Thank you so much Kathy!!! So glad that you and your granddaughters loved it!!!

  51. Kenzie permalink
    December 25, 2017 6:32 am

    What do you do with the sugar and butter mixture?

  52. Connie permalink
    December 31, 2017 1:20 pm

    Can you make this the night before and bake it in the morning?

  53. Carla permalink
    January 19, 2018 9:02 am

    Can this be made ahead?

    • September 12, 2018 3:08 pm

      Yes it can, and it turns out delicious! Just hold the pecans until morning!

  54. Annie permalink
    January 23, 2018 8:00 am

    Can this be assembled the night before & refrigerated overnight?

    • September 12, 2018 3:08 pm

      Yes, I’ve done this many times and it’s worked out great! I just wait to add the pecans until the morning.

  55. Roció permalink
    March 20, 2018 4:50 am

    What if you don’t have half and half or heavy whipping cream? Can I just use regular milk?

  56. July 4, 2018 7:13 am

    This was delicious! Hubby and I both really enjoyed it! Definitely will be making this again.

  57. Carol permalink
    August 19, 2018 8:14 pm

    I’ve had this recipe for years and make it for family brunches I hold on Sunday’s every couple of months. This is a favorite dish that always gets raves and never leftovers. I do a very light drizzle of maple syrup on top, oh my gosh,yum! I use Annie’s organic cinnamon rolls found in dairy section, not because they are healthy (lol) It is because they are outstanding in flavor. This is one of my favorite recipes!!!!

    • September 10, 2018 11:01 pm

      I’m so glad that you love it and that it’s now part of your family tradition! How wonderful 😉

  58. marjorie renee crews permalink
    August 20, 2018 6:46 am

    Awesome recipe!!! Loved it and it will become a family staple!!! TY

    • September 10, 2018 11:00 pm

      My pleasure!!! I am so glad that you enjoyed and your family enjoyed it! Makes my heart so happy!!!!

  59. Judy permalink
    August 25, 2018 3:47 am

    I don’t like French toast but this is so delicious that I didn’t realize that it was French toast.

    • September 10, 2018 11:00 pm

      SO wonderful!!! I’m not a total french toast fan either…..this recipe is sneaky like that 😉 I love it too!!

  60. Cheryl Hurdel permalink
    August 26, 2018 7:55 pm

    This is one of the easiest and yummiest treats I have made. Everyone absolutely loved it! So moist. Definitely a recipe I’ll make over and over. Thanks for sharing

  61. Stephanie Gray permalink
    September 1, 2018 3:32 pm

    Can you make it the night beforehand?

    • September 10, 2018 10:59 pm

      Hi, Yes you can! I’ve done it and it turns out great! I just make sure to cover it in the fridge so it doesn’t dry out.

  62. DENISE GILL permalink
    September 12, 2018 3:19 pm

    I would love to try this dish i love cinnamon rolls

  63. Renee permalink
    September 13, 2018 4:05 am

    I have been making French toast casserole for years. But this looks so much faster. it sounds so yummy. And it’s easy enough that the grand kids can help. It’s a tradition to have cinnamon rolls baked in the shape of a Christmas tree on christmas morning for as long as I can remember. But this will be a new tradition at our house. Thank you.

    • September 15, 2018 2:35 pm

      Thank you so much for the kinds words Renee!!! It is very fast! I hope you will enjoy it!!!

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