Cinnamon Vanilla Sugar Overnight Baked French Toast

When I was a kid, my mother kept a bowl of cinnamon sugar in her cupboard.  She made it herself mixing a tablespoon or two of cinnamon into a cup of granulated sugar.   As kids, we would take big slabs of her homemade bread, toast it, butter it, and sprinkle cinnamon sugar over the top.  It was one of our favorite treats.  We would also sprinkle it over our oatmeal in the morning.

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Now my granddaughter Lily is doing the same thing but her mother, my daughter Debbie, keeps cinnamon vanilla sugar in the cupboard.

We’ve fallen in love with cinnamon vanilla sugar—we like the addition of vanilla to the cinnamon sugar.  We’ve learned to use it in our recipes.  We use a 50/50 mixture of granulated sugar with cinnamon vanilla sugar and just substitute the mixture for the sugar in the recipe.  We also top cookies and muffins with cinnamon vanilla sugar before popping them in the oven.

Today, we would like to share recipes for baked French toast, skillet French toast, plus syrup and whipped cream all using cinnamon vanilla sugar.  Of course, if you don’t have cinnamon vanilla sugar and don’t want to buy some, you can use a cinnamon and sugar mixture instead.

Baked French toast is a soft French toast made by layering the bread and egg mixture in a baking pan the night before and baking it in the morning. It’s quite like a bread pudding.

This version is made with cinnamon vanilla sugar.  Cinnamon vanilla sugar is made with a mixture of cinnamon, granulated sugar, and dry vanilla.  In the oven, the sugar melts creating a thick syrup with cinnamon and vanilla.

We use a 50/50 mixture of cinnamon vanilla sugar and sugar in other recipes—just substitute the mixture for the sugar in the recipe.

This baked French toast is made up the night before in an 8 1/2 x 13-inch pan. In the morning, you just pop it in the oven. Let it bake while you are getting ready for the day and you’ll have a wonderful breakfast for your family.


1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup cinnamon vanilla sugar
12 slices soft bread
6 large eggs
1 1/2 cup milk
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

  1. Melt the butter in an 8 1/2 x 13-inch baking pan. Stir in granulated sugar and the cinnamon vanilla sugar. Layer the bread two slices deep in the pan.
  2. Whisk the eggs and milk together. Pour the mixture evenly over the bread.  Sprinkle the 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon over the bread. Place the pan in the refrigerator overnight.
  3. Bake for 45 to 50 minutes or until the bread is browned. Serve hot with your favorite syrup or make a batch of cinnamon vanilla syrup or cinnamon vanilla whipped cream to serve with it.

Top Your French Toast With These

Cinnamon Vanilla Cream Syrup

This is a multi-purpose syrup. It works on your pancakes and it works very well on desserts and ice cream as well.


2 tablespoons cornstarch
1/2 cup cinnamon vanilla sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 cup cream
1 tablespoon corn syrup
4 tablespoons butter


Mix the cornstarch with the two sugars in a saucepan with a whisk until the cornstarch is well dispersed. Add the cream and corn syrup and heat until bubbly and thick, stirring often. Remove from the heat and stir in the butter.

Cinnamon Vanilla Whipped Cream

This is a luscious whipped cream to use on any dessert in a cup of hot cocoa.  It is perfect on apple or pumpkin pies.  The cinnamon in this recipe turns the shipped creama soft, light cinnamon color.

This cinnamon whipped cream takes no longer to make than regular whipped cream—it’s just a lot better.

2 cups whipping cream
1/4 cup cinnamon vanilla sugar

Whip the cream to soft peaks. Add the cinnamon vanilla sugar and continue whipping.  If you would like it sweeter, add granulated sugar.

Article written by Dennis Weaver,

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