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How To Make Perfect Frozen French Toast Sticks In The Air Fryer Plus An Extra Special DIY

Quick Answer: What Is The Best Way To Cook Frozen French Toast Sticks In The Air Fryer? 

Frozen french toast sticks are delicious and easy and take just 6 minutes in the air fryer. The air fryer is the best method for making this dish as it will cook the sticks evenly and to golden perfection without being soggy. Frozen french toast sticks are fun, simple and come in both a plain and cinnamon version. If you can’t find this tasty treat at your local grocery store, you can also make it at home from scratch.

 

French toast is a classic breakfast food that has been consumed around the world for centuries. 

That’s right, centuries. Mentions of this sweet snack date all the way back to an ancient Roman recipe book where a dessert almost identical to french toast can be found.

So next time someone tries to tell you french toast is from France, you can say, “well, actually…”

Regardless of where this sweet treat originates from, there’s one thing we know for sure and that’s that no matter the occasion, french toast never disappoints. 

So when we discovered a version of it that came in adorable little sticks, you can imagine how excited we were. 

French toast sticks can be purchased from the freezer section of the store in both a plain and cinnamon version and are a great treat to have on hand for when you need a quick and delicious breakfast idea, or, when you’re simply craving a sweet snack!

Plus, their small, compact size is kid-friendly and ideal for school mornings when everyone is in a hurry. 

For mornings when you do have a little extra time, toppings and dipping sauces are a must. Complimenting your french toast sticks with a side dish such as eggs or bacon is also a great option. 

When it comes to prep work, frozen french sticks couldn’t be easier. The best way to cook this delightful treat is by using an air fryer. 

Using the air fryer takes just 6 minutes and will give you delectable, golden french toast sticks every time. 

If you’re disappointed because you can’t find frozen french sticks at your grocery store, don’t worry. In this article, we’ll also offer you an easy way to replicate the original recipe. 

Get ready because you’re in for a treat! (hehe). 

How To Make Basic Frozen French Toast Sticks In The Air Fryer 

Frozen french toast sticks are so good, they can even be eaten on their own. 

For the most basic method of eating this sweet snack, first pop the sticks in the air fryer, and when cooked all the way through, straight into your mouth!

This recipe is so easy, even your kids will be able to do it! (yes, that means less time in the kitchen and more you-time!). 

Every air fryer is different, so it’s important to keep a few things in mind when preparing this dish.

Firstly, if you’ve found from previous experience that food tends to stick to your air fryer, we highly recommend spraying your air fryer basket with cooking oil spray. Another option would be to line the basket with parchment paper. 

Secondly, like an oven, air fryers can cook at different speeds depending on the brand. Make sure to keep an eye out on your sticks and if they are golden brown and appear cooked all the way through prior to the 6-minute timeframe, remove them from the air fryer. 

Lastly, if you’re preparing these sticks for a lot of people, make sure to cook them in batches. Overcrowding your french sticks may cause them to stick together and not cook properly. 

Be careful when removing your french toast sticks from the air fryer as they will be HOT. We highly recommend using tongs for this step!

Oh and if desired, don’t forget toppings and dipping sauces! (Full list at the bottom of the page under FAQs). 

RELATED: 15 Fantastic Sides To Serve With French Toast

How To Make Deluxe Cinnamon Frozen French Toast Sticks In The Air Fryer 

While some people prefer their french toast plain, many of us wouldn’t feel like this dish is complete without a little spice and our favorite toppings. 

If you’re the kind of person who loves cinnamon and always asks for extra maple syrup in a restaurant, then this recipe is definitely for you. 

Like the previous recipe, spraying your air fryer with oil or lining it with parchment paper is optional. This really just depends on the brand of air fryer and whether or not your food tends to stick to it. 

If your air fryer has a timer, you can also set it to 3 minutes and then, after flipping the french toast sticks, set it to an additional three minutes.

Doing it this way can be a little risky though, as you may rely on it too much and get busy with other things, causing the sticks to cook too long. 

Basically, even when using a timer, make sure to check on your sticks before the full 6 minutes are up!

Once the french toast sticks are cooked to perfection, it’s time for the best part. 

Adding toppings to your sticks will elevate the taste of them immensely and provide you with a delicious palette of flavors. I mean, these tiny sticks of deliciousness were practically made to be dipped. 

For the best results, we recommend toppings such as maple syrup, whipped cream and berries. For a full list of toppings make sure to scroll down to the bottom of the page and check out our FAQs. 

DIY Meal Prep Frozen French Toast Sticks 

If you can’t find pre-made frozen french toast sticks at the store, do not fear, for the DIY version is here!

These french toast sticks are just as delicious as the original ones (if not better) and are super simple to make. 

They’re made in the oven, but if you’re making these with meal prep in mind, like the other recipes, these sticks can be reheated in the air fryer! 

Recipe source: https://www.thekitchn.com/how-to-make-frozen-french-toast-sticks-247428#post-recipe-12842 

The best kind of bread to use for french toast sticks includes kinds such as brioche, sourdough and challah (full list is below under FAQs). 

These french toast sticks can be stored in the freezer for up to 2 months. Just make sure to place them in an airtight freezer bag!

When you want to reheat them, simply follow the steps in either the first or second recipe of this article (although we would always recommend the one with toppings… when it comes to dessert, more is more, right?)

Frequently Asked Questions

Can Frozen French Toast Sticks Be Cooked In The Air Fryer?

Yes! Frozen french toast sticks are best cooked in the air fryer at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 6 minutes.

This is a better method than the microwave, for example, as the air fryer will make your sticks nice and crispy opposed to soggy, like in the microwave. 

In addition, air fryers are super easy to use and require little clean-up. 

Should You Thaw Frozen French Toast Sticks Before Putting Them In The Air Fryer?

No, it is not necessary and also not recommended. French toast sticks can be put in the air fryer directly from frozen and are preferable this way as thawed sticks will likely become overcooked or soggy. 

How Long Does It Take To Cook Frozen French Toast Sticks In The Air Fryer?

Frozen french toast sticks can be cooked in the air fryer in just 6 minutes: 3 minutes on each side. 

What Is The Best Kind Of Bread For Making French Toast Sticks?

If you’re making your own french toast sticks, it’s imperative that you use the right kind of bread to ensure optimal flavor. The best types of bread for making french toast sticks include: 

  • Brioche
  • Sourdough
  • Challah 
  • Country Loaf
  • French bread 

What Are The Best Toppings/Dipping Sauces For French Toast Sticks?

French toast sticks pair wonderfully with a variety of toppings and dipping sauces, including: 

  • Maple syrup 
  • Honey 
  • Jam
  • Yogurt
  • Berries
  • Chocolate sauce 
  • Frosting
  • Powdered sugar 
  • Whipped cream 

What Are The Best Side Dishes For French Toast Sticks 

For a heartier and more well-rounded meal, pair your french toast sticks with:

  • Bacon
  • Sausages
  • Fresh fruit
  • Scrambled eggs 
  • Yogurt 

What Are The Best Brands For Frozen French Toast Sticks?

The top 10 best frozen french toast stick brands include:

  1. Murry’s French Toast Sticks
  2. Member’s Mark Cinnamon French Toast Sticks 
  3. Farm Rich French Toast Sticks (there’s also a delicious cinnamon version)
  4. Eggo’s Cinnamon French Toaster Sticks (eggo my eggo- sorry, had to)
  5. Kroger French Toast Sticks 
  6. Wellsley Farms Cinnamon French Toast Sticks 
  7. Breakfast Best French Toast Sticks 
  8. Himalya French Toast Sticks
  9. Vans Gluten-Free French Toast Sticks (yay for inclusion!)
  10. Great Value French Toast Cinnamon Sticks 

Can An Air Fryer Replace A Toaster Oven?

Although you could technically cook your frozen french toast sticks in the toaster oven, we wouldn’t recommend this. 

The air fryer works much more efficiently and will make your sticks significantly more crispy. 

Are Cinnamon French Toast Sticks Cooked The Same

How To Make Basic Frozen French Toast Sticks In The Air Fryer

How To Make Basic Frozen French Toast Sticks In The Air Fryer

Cook Time: 6 minutes
Total Time: 6 minutes
Difficulty: Easy

Frozen french toast sticks are removed from packaging and put into the air fryer at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 6 minutes, ensuring to flip each stick halfway through. 

Materials

  • 1 Package frozen french toast sticks
  • Oil (optional)

Tools

  • Air fryer
  • Parchment paper (optional)

Instructions

  • Preheat the air fryer to 400 degrees Fahrenheit 
  • Take the frozen french toast sticks from their packaging
  • Grease air fryer or line with parchment paper if necessary 
  • Set the frozen french toast sticks into the basket of the air fryer, ensuring they do not touch each other 
  • Cook sticks for three minutes
  • Open the air fryer and flip each frozen french stick 
  • Close the lid and cook for another three minutes
  • Remove sticks from the air fryer and serve immediately!
How To Make Deluxe Cinnamon Frozen French Toast Sticks In The Air Fryer

How To Make Deluxe Cinnamon Frozen French Toast Sticks In The Air Fryer

Cook Time: 6 minutes
Topping Time: 3 minutes
Total Time: 3 minutes
Difficulty: Easy

Frozen french toast sticks are removed from packaging and placed in the air fryer at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 6 minutes, flipping them halfway through. The sticks are then plated and covered in your favorite toppings!

Materials

  • Cinnamon frozen french toast sticks
  • Toppings of choice

Tools

  • Air fryer

Instructions

  • Preheat your air fryer to 400 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Add oil or parchment paper if needed
  • Remove sticks from packaging and place in the air fryer in single file
  • Cook sticks for three minutes
  • Flip sticks over and cook for another three minutes 
  • Remove sticks with tongs
  • Add toppings/dipping sauces of your choice and enjoy! 

DIY Meal Prep Frozen French Toast Sticks

DIY Meal Prep Frozen French Toast Sticks

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Difficulty: Easy

A loaf of bread is sliced into sticks and then dipped into a liquid mixture before cooking in the oven for 10 minutes. Sticks then cool and if desired, are stored in the freezer. 

Materials

  • 1 (16-ounce) loaf unsliced soft white bread
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Tools

  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • 8x8-inch baking dish
  • Cutting board
  • Serrated bread knife
  • 2 rimmed baking sheets
  • Tongs
  • Gallon freezer storage bag
  • Wire rack

Instructions

  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • 8x8-inch baking dish
  • Cutting board
  • Serrated bread knife 
  • 2 rimmed baking sheets 
  • Tongs
  • Gallon freezer storage bag
  • Wire rack
  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Take your loaf of bread and slice it into 1 ¼-inch thick slices

Once you have your slices, take these and slice them again into ¾-inch wide sticks

  • Grease two rimmed baking sheets with butter
  • Mix remaining ingredients in a bowl, making sure it is whisked thoroughly 
  • Pick up each stick and dip it into the liquid mixture making sure they are completely coated
  • Remove any excess liquid and place on the baking sheet, ensuring there is ½ inch of space between each stick
  • Cook your sticks for 5 minutes
  • Flip your sticks and cook for an additional 5 minutes or until golden brown
  • Remove and set on a rack to cool
  • Once completely cool, sticks can be put in the freezer 

Jess Smith
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