Cream Cheese French Toast Casserole

This easy French toast casserole is easy and cream cheesy. Top it with mounds of cinnamon and syrup and we are well on our way to the best breakfast ever…in one hour.

Cream Cheese French Toast Casserole

This is going to be one of those “You’re an idiot” moments. Where you hand me my stupid sign and actually slap me upside the head. Because I JUST figured out why people listen to music on earbuds when they run. (Here’s your sign Karen.)
Cream Cheese French Toast Casserole
I suppose I shouldn’t say I figured it out, because really I always knew. I’ve just finally been convinced that it’s the way to go.
Cream Cheese French Toast Casserole
I ran 3 times longer than I usually do. 3 TIMES. (this burst of energy may or may not have been rooted in the fact that when I reached the distance that I usually run, I realized I had been jogging slowly for less than 2 songs. TWO SONGS.)
Cream Cheese French Toast Casserole
Turns out I can run for quite a while when I’m pacing myself to Cake and The Black Keys. It is SO MUCH BETTER than having to silently count each an every step in my brain: don’t..die..don’t..die..don’t..die..don’t..die..don’t..die..
Cream Cheese French Toast Casserole
Or actually, for me, it’s more like don’t………….die………….don’t………….die…..……..don’t………….die.……. (And you thought you were slow.)
Cream Cheese French Toast Casserole

I think this earbud magic is finally going to break me out of this weird anti-running funk I’ve been in for the last 3…..years. #oops

I’ve always been resistant to wearing earbuds in public. It stems from my college days, when no one could even make it to their next class without their earbud fix. I’m scarred from one too many unrequited cheerful hellos.

Cream Cheese French Toast Casserole
Nothing’s changed. I love saying hi to people in my neighborhood, whether I know them or not. Except now when I call out a cheerful, normal greeting, really I’m yelling to half the neighborhood, “HEY, NICE NIGHT HUH??” Ah well. If you can’t beat em join em.
Cream Cheese French Toast Casserole
My brother Nathan (who ran an Ironman, btw. Puke.) has been trying to get me to make this Cream Cheese French Toast Casserole for years. He tried it first in Chile where his mission president’s wife would make it for him and the other missionaries. He has raved about it so many times. 

Well he was right, as usual. Brother knows best, right? This Cream Cheese French Toast Casserole has 8 eggs so it almost has a custard texture to it. I love it served with fresh fruit and lots of maple syrup. This would be a great breakfast to make for Dad for Father’s Day this Sunday! ( I seriously think I might just make it again. And then go running. Blasting music in my ears while I yell at the neighbors.)

Cream Cheese French Toast Casserole

Yield: Serves 12


  • 8 eggs
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 and 1/2 cups whole milk
  • 2/3 cup cream
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 cup salted butter, melted (1 stick)
  • 12 ounces (about 10 cups) french bread, cubed into bite-size pieces
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, cubed into 1/2 inch pieces
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon


  1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
  2. In a large bowl or stand mixer, whisk together eggs, sugar, whole milk, cream, maple syrup, and vanilla. Whisk for about a minute or two.
  3. In a separate bowl, microwave 1/2 cup butter until melted, about 30 seconds. Add the butter to the egg mixture and whisk thoroughly, another 1 or 2 minutes.
  4. Spray a 9x13 inch casserole dish with nonstick spray. Spread half of the bread over the bottom of the dish, then sprinkle half of the cream cheese chunks over the top. Add the rest of the bread, then sprinkle with the remaining cream cheese.
  5. Pour the egg mixture evenly over the top of the pan, making sure to get all of the bread wet.
  6. Sprinkle with 1 tablespoon cinnamon (I used a mesh strainer to make it more even.)
  7. Cover the dish with foil.
  8. Bake at 350 F for 35 minutes.
  9. Remove the foil from the pan and bake for another 10 minutes.
  10. Let cool for a few minutes, then serve with maple syrup and fresh fruit.


I used real Grade A Maple Syrup, but I think any kind will do.

You can make this overnight! Assemble completely, cover tightly, and refrigerate overnight. Let it sit on the counter for about an hour, then bake as usual! You may need to leave it in about 5-15 minutes longer, keep an eye on it!

Source: Charlotte Openshaw (a friend of my brother’s)

Cream Cheese French Toast CasseroleBring on the cinnamon, yo.

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Deep Dish Buttermilk Pancake

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  1. says

    This recipe looks and sounds awesome! :) Should really try that as a Sunday breakfast. :)
    I love how you just discovered listening to music while running. I’m really bad at it even when listening to music… :D Maybe I shouldn’t concentrate so much on my breathing and should concentrate on listening to the music instead. :) However, I’ll never be a good at running… Much better at eating
    Have a great week, Karen.
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  2. says

    I am totally that girl with earbuds in a little too often. Especially when I’m out running errands. I just love my podcasts too much. I am actually impressed you were able to run for so long without music! I would get bored out of my mind. I need my music to distract me as much as possible.

    This sounds absolutely delicious Karen! I love that you put cream cheese in there. So yummy! I bet you could even make this the day before, keep it in the fridge, then just pop it in the oven in the morning.
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  3. says

    Maybe I need to try the whole music thing while working out, because I’m terrible at working out, specifically, running. I think I can run from my house to the end of the street without dying. … Anyways..Completely salivating over this…..cream cheese..ahhh

  4. says

    I couldn’t agree more !!!! Music makes walking//jogging//running soooo much better!!!!!! I actually forget that the muscles in my nerves are getting slightly knotty and walk an extra few kilometers!!!!! Hahahhaa and I thought I was the only one who measured my walks by the number of songs I was listening to while walking! :D This french toast has GOT TO BE the most tasty ones I have ever seen {and very soon going to be eating too! } Loveeeee it!
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  5. says

    This french toast casserole looks absolutely amazing Karen! Love the cream cheese in here :) Haha, I totally count down the seconds when I’m working out so I think I need to start blasting on some music next time!

  6. says

    I’ve never ever tried a french toast casserole. And I’m kind of a breakfast fanatic so that seems weird. This looks freakin’ amazing though.

    Hey at least you’re putting effort into running these days – good for you! I keep trying to tell myself that chasing my children around the house counts….but that won’t work forever!

  7. says

    I would not be able to make it through a run without music or some other form of entertainment. The louder the better – it needs to drown out the thoughts in my head that have me thinking about eating chocolate and lounging around instead, ha. But maybe I should turn it down a bit so I can focus on dreaming about this French Toast Casserole. Plus, your brother (the super athlete) is eating it, which means it must be good for you, right??!

  8. says

    Your brother is a bad ass (and I echo your “puke” comment about the iron man. Just reading the words “iron man” made me tired. Unless we’re referring to his awesomeness, Robert Downey Junior. Then replace “puke” with swoon). I can’t believe you used to run without listening to music. You poor thing. I can’t do it. The deafening silence means that all I can think about is “please let me die, please let me die” so that I can cease feeling the excruciating pain and boredom of jogging. Now, if someone tied this casserole on a fishing rod held out in front of me a la cartoons, I’d run like crazy to try to catch up to it and eat it. Or just eat it and forego the running. Yeah, the latter option is definitely more attractive.
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  9. says

    haha oh running. I feel so good after I run but during it I feel like I’m going to die : ) But I’ll keep trying to run if it means I can eat this french toast casserole! It sounds absolutely delicious!
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  10. says

    I wish I could run with headphones! But… I was a marching band geek, so I always have to run/walk with the beat of the music. My pace would change every 3 minutes, and I’d be panting and dying with most songs — I’m THAT slow! You probably look like a speedster compared to me. :) And this french toast casserole… My dad would’ve loved it for Father’s Day! He loves recipes like these, especially when they end in a thick sprinkle of cinnamon. Pinned!
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    • Doug bowden says

      Haha, I totaly get what you mean with the whole running to the beat. My dad is a high school band director…..I’ve been around music and marching my whole life! It drives my wife nuts….she’s all, just walk faster, when we are at the mall, and Im like, I can’t! The song is too slow!

  11. Cathy says

    Hi there! I’m going away for a well deserved loooooong weekend during the Thanksgiving holiday. I’m looking for recipes that I can make ahead. Has anyone tried making this and freezing or at least a day ahead?


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