Cinnamon French Toast and Caramel Syrup (Kneader’s Copycat Recipe)

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This Cinnamon French Toast recipe tastes exactly like the favorite breakfast dish from Kneaders. The Cinnamon French Toast is topped with rich, creamy syrup and fresh strawberries and cream.

Plate with three slices of Cinnamon French Toast topped with syrup, strawberries and cool whip.
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  1. Ingredients in Cinnamon French Toast
  2. Caramel Syrup Ingredients
  3. How to Make the Caramel Syrup
  4. Optional Toppings for Cinnamon French Toast
  5. Is it Best to Use Fresh or Stale Bread?
  6. Frequently Asked Questions
  7. More Breakfast Recipes You Will Love
  8. How to Make Cinnamon French Toast
  9. Cinnamon French Toast (Kneaders Copycat Recipe) Recipe

If you haven’t had the amazing Cinnamon French Toast from Kneaders Bakery and Cafe, you haven’t really had French toast! Every element is unbelievably delicious! The thick, cinnamon swirl bread makes the perfect, fluffy base. The batter is full of cinnamon and vanilla flavor. Last, but certainly not least, the Kneaders famous caramel syrup drizzled over the top. Add the classic Kneaders strawberries and whipped cream on top and you have a truly unforgettable breakfast or brunch.

Ingredients in Cinnamon French Toast

This amazing French toast is so easy to make! Grab a mixing bowl and a loaf of Kneaders cinnamon bread and get started!

  • 1 loaf Kneaders Chunky Cinnamon Bread is honestly the best bread for this dish, but any brand of Cinnamon Bread, or Brioche bread cut into thick slices works great! You can also use French bread or challah.
  • Eggs
  • Milk – I like to use whole milk for this recipe but you can use any type of milk you have on hand.
  • Ground Cinnamon
  • Vanilla Extract
  • Brown Sugar
  • Strawberries – Fresh berries on this recipe is so delicious. You can use mixed berries like raspberries, blueberries and blackberries too.
  • Whipped Cream – whisk a bowl of heavy whipping cream into whipped topping or use some whipped cream in a can.
Ingredients to make Cinnamon French Toast including cinnamon bread, brown sugar, cinnamon, vanilla, corn syrup, eggs, milk, strawberries and Cool Whip.

Caramel Syrup Ingredients

Arguably the best part of this Kneader’s French toast recipe is this delicious caramel syrup! It comes together with just a few simple ingredients:

  • Brown Sugar
  • Heavy Cream
  • Light Karo Syrup
  • Vanilla Extract

How to Make the Caramel Syrup

You can serve this Cinnamon French toast recipe with butter and classic maple syrup, but this caramel syrup recipe is my absolute favorite. I put it on EVERYTHING! Pancakes, waffles, bacon, and even ice cream. For how delicious this syrup is, you won’t believe how easy it is to make. All you have to do is combine the ingredients in a saucepan and stir until the sugar is dissolved. Make sure you don’t have the burner on too high and that you are stirring often, otherwise the bottom can burn. Take this syrup to the next level by adding a little salt to make salted caramel syrup.

Pan with caramel syrup and wooden spoon on the side.

Optional Toppings for Cinnamon French Toast

  • Add more fresh berries like blackberries, blueberries, raspberries or strawberries.
  • Sliced bananas
  • Sprinkle pecans, sliced almonds, walnuts or other nuts.
  • Drizzle chocolate sauce or raspberry sauce over the top.
  • Dust powdered sugar on each slice.
  • Make a simple powdered sugar and cream cheese glaze to drizzle over the top for an extra cinnamon roll flavor.

Is it Best to Use Fresh or Stale Bread?

For ultimate Cinnamon French toast, stale bread is actually better, because it has a firmer texture, and is drier. This allows it to soak in the egg mixture without the bread getting soggy. The dryness of stale bread helps the bread from getting too soggy too, which makes for crispy on the outside and tender and flaky on the inside. If you have fresh bread, like a good loaf of brioche or challah bread, you can leave it out on a baking sheet for a little while to dry. You can cut it into small pieces and lightly toast them in the oven to get rid of some of the moisture in the bread.

Fork cutting into Cinnamon French Toast.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Cinnamon French Toast made of?

This basic recipe consists of your favorite bread, milk, eggs, cinnamon and a little bit of melt butter.

How do you get French toast not to be soggy?

Make sure your griddle is not too hot. Cook over medium heat so that the inside has time to cook before the outside burns.

How do you keep French toast warm and crispy?

While you are making French toast in batches, you can keep the rest warm in the oven. Place cooked slices of bread on a cookie sheet and keep in the oven on warm. Don’t cover it with tin foil or it will get soggy.

How do I store leftovers?

Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge. Reheat on a hot griddle or bake in the oven.

What is the difference between Eggy Bread and French Toast?

Eggy Bread is typically more savory and French Toast is more of a sweet dish. Eggy bread can be served with bacon or eggs, while you can garnish French toast with maple syrup, powdered sugar or honey.

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How to Make Cinnamon French Toast

Plate with three slices of Cinnamon French Toast topped with caramel syrup, sliced strawberries and whipped cream.

Cinnamon French Toast (Kneaders Copycat Recipe)

5 from 8 votes
This Cinnamon French Toast recipe tastes exactly like the favorite breakfast dish from Kneaders. The Cinnamon French Toast is topped with rich, creamy syrup and fresh strawberries and cream.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 23 minutes
Course Breakfast
Cuisine French
Servings 6


For the French Toast

For the Caramel Syrup


  • Slice bread into 6-8 slices, depending on a how thick you like it. Preheat a large griddle to 325 degrees, or a large pan over the stove on medium heat.
    Plate with cinnamon French toast with strawberries, whipped cream and caramel syrup on the side.
  • In a shallow baking dish or pie dish, mix eggs, milk, cinnamon, vanilla, and brown sugar.
    Mixed egg cinnamon milk mixture in a shallow dish. Cinnamon bread on the side and whisk.
  • Dip each slice into the mixture, be sure to completely coat.
    Hand dipping cinnamon bread in egg mixture.
  • Cook on the preheated and buttered electric griddle until both sides of the bread are a golden brown.
    Spatula holding up slice of Cinnamon French Toast.
  • For the syrup, combine all the ingredients in a saucepan over medium heat. Stir and heat until the sugar is completely dissolved.
    Pan with caramel syrup and wooden spoon on the side.
  • Serve French toast with warm caramel syrup, sliced strawberries, and whip cream or cool whip.
    Plate with Cinnamon French Toast and caramel syrup. Strawberries and whipped cream on top.


Bread for French Toast
  • If you want to try another type of bread besides the cinnamon bread, make sure it is sliced thick so it doesn’t fall apart in the batter.
  • Some of my other favorites are brioche, sourdough, potato bread, Challah, and Texas toast.
  • Recently, I went to a restaurant where they served French toast made with banana bread. It was amazing! So, you can try all kinds of different things.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 519kcalCarbohydrates: 85gProtein: 7gFat: 19gSaturated Fat: 11gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0.02gCholesterol: 209mgSodium: 128mgPotassium: 185mgFiber: 0.2gSugar: 84gVitamin A: 860IUVitamin C: 0.3mgCalcium: 119mgIron: 1mg

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  1. 5 stars
    Love this french toast! It is amazing with the caramel syrup! I can think of so many things to use the syrup on also.

  2. 5 stars
    I love french toast! This is a perfect recipe for my favorite breakfast carb! The caramel sauce is AMAZING! Love this! Yum!

    1. The syrup should stay good in the fridge for at least a week! It may separate, but when you heat and stir it, it should recombine easily.

  3. 5 stars
    I’m glad you posted this recipe. Kneaders no longer serves this syrup. Now they just serve caramel sauce like what is put on ice cream. It’s a terrible match. They are buying back their franchises and this looks like a “bean counter’s” attempt at cutting costs. Big mistake!

    1. Oh yikes- I haven’t noticed they were doing this (mostly because we just make this recipe at home now). Hopefully they will go back to the right way of making it! Thanks so much for the 5-stars and the kind comment!