Cookies and Cream French Toast.

March 18, 2023

Cookies and Cream French Toast.

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This Cookies and Cream French Toast is a decadent, super simple brunch recipe made with limited ingredients! Brioche bread is dipped in egg and milk then coated in crushed Oreo cookie pieces. The creamy, velvety sauce is made with just Oreo cookie cream filling, cream cheese, and milk.

I am giving you fair warning; this recipe is rich, luxurious, fat-filled, highly caloric, and insanely delicious! It’s truly something special, and the perfect indulgent weekend treat. ๐Ÿ˜‹

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This one is for my husband. He’s a cookies and cream ice cream kind of guy, so I knew he would love this recipe, as it resembles just that!

When it comes to brunch, I will always prefer savory/salty over sweet. Jon’s the same way.

However, if we’re at a restaurant in the morning (which is rare because I’m not a morning person) we’re usually extra hangry. Therefore, menu items like Cookies and Cream French Toast are tough to pass up!

Well, we’ve reached this new level of adulting where we order two different savory main dishes that we know we would both like, take unlimited bites of each other’s food, and then split a breakfasty dessert. The best of all worlds!

Last time we did that for brunch, we were visiting the Oregon Coast for the first time. We had the most beautiful view of Haystack Rock as we shared our French Toast with berry infused butter!

Okay, now I need some french toast and a vacation. ๐Ÿ”๏ธ

Cookies and Cream French Toast

Cookies and Cream French Toast: The Ingredients

As I mentioned, there are few ingredients needed to make this Cookies and Cream French Toast recipe. All you’ll need is:

  • Brioche Bread
  • Oreo Cookies
  • Cream Cheese
  • Milk
  • Eggs
  • Cinnamon
  • Salted Butter

Best Bread for French Toast

The 5 Best Types of Bread for French Toast are brioche, challah, sourdough, french bread, or even white bread if that’s all you have! Any bread can work, but brioche and challah are the best (in my opinion). Both have the desired characteristics for great french toast; eggy, and sturdy.

Is it better to use milk or half and half for French toast?

Half-and-half or cream will make a richer custard than milk. If I were making regular french toast, I may go with half and half. However, since this Cookies and Cream French Toast recipe has a creamy, milky glaze poured over top, whole milk works fine here.

Is it better to cook French toast in butter or oil?

Cooking the French toast in butter adds flavor and richness. I highly recommend it, even if you’re cooking on a nonstick surface. You could use butter and oil, but I don’t see the point. Butter gets the job done!

Cookies and Cream French Toast: How To Make It

1. Prepare the Cookies and Cream French Toast

First, remove the Oreo cream filling with a butter knife. Add that part to your food processor or blender. Now, the chocolate cookie pieces need to be crushed. You can either place them in a closed Ziploc bag and crush them with a rolling pin or use your mortar and pestle. It’s okay if there are some small chunks of cookie (see the photos below).

If you have kids, this would be a fun recipe to make with them! I feel like most kids like Oreos, and I’m sure they’d love to crush the Oreo cookie pieces with a rolling pin.

I’m picturing my niece doing that and wishing I were with her making Cookies and Cream French Toast! ๐Ÿ–ค

Now, in a large mixing bowl (love these simple glass mixing bowls) whisk together the eggs, milk, and cinnamon until it’s well combined. A like to add a dash of cinnamon for a hint of that traditional french toast flavor!

Dump the Oreo cookie pieces into a medium-sized mixing bowl. First, dip the bread in the egg wash (see Pro Tips/Notes below for more details), then into the bowl with the crushed Oreo cookie pieces. Use your hands to evenly cover both sides. It should stick, but if not, gently press the cookies into the bread. Place the french toast on a sheet baking pan until you’re ready to cook them!

2. Cook the Cookies and Cream French Toast

Each piece takes approximately two minutes to cook on each side, so four minutes total. Therefore, the cooking time can range anywhere from four to thirty-two minutes. If you cook the pieces all at the same time on a griddle, it should take four minutes. If you cook them one at a time, thirty-two minutes.

You can use a nonstick skilletcast iron, or an electric griddle.


A quarter tablespoon of butter per side of bread (so one tablespoon cut into four pieces) is enough. That would make four tablespoons total. Once the french toast is in the buttery pan over medium/low heat, cover it with a top to create steam. This will help the french toast cook all the way through since it’s in the pan for such a short amount of time.

I like to rest the french toast side by side (not stacked or touching) on a wire rack while I cook the rest of them. This is when the exterior hardens/crisps up slightly. You can also turn your oven or air fryer to its lowest heat setting and place them in there to keep the already cooked pieces warm!

3. Prepare the Cream Cheese Sauce/Glaze (While the French Toast is Cooking)

There’s nothing better than slightly tangy cream cheese that’s blended into a sweet, creamy sauce and lathered on pastry, like this Cookies and Cream French Toast.

For a typical cream cheese frosting, you’d blend it with powdered sugar, some vanilla, and milk. Since the Oreo cookie filling is already sweet and offers hints of vanilla, we don’t need the extra ingredients. All we need is Oreo cookie cream filling, cream cheese, and milk!

All you need to do is combine the three ingredients in a food processor or blender, and blend until smooth. I recommend adding a little bit of milk at a time until the cream cheese glaze reaches your desired consistency. I prefer a thinner glaze, so it pours easily.

Also, if you like cream cheese with desserts as much as I do, I’m sure you’ll love my Pumpkin Bars with Orange Cream Cheese Frosting!

Pro Tips

  • Don’t soak the bread for too long. A lot of French toast recipes recommend soaking the bread in the milk and egg mixture for several minutes, hours, even overnight to achieve a “custardy” texture. For recipe testing purposes I soaked and dipped several pieces of bread for different amounts of time. I have found that my preference is to dip the bread for ten seconds on each side. This amount of time leaves the bread fluffy and still firm after cooking the french toast. Soaking for 5 minutes will achieve a custardy (kind of soggy) texture, which to me isn’t appealing. You can test a couple first to see which you prefer!

  • Preparing the night before. I’ve prepared the french toast the night before and stored it overnight in an airtight container then cooked it the next day. Be sure the french toast pieces aren’t touching so they don’t stick. Parchment paper in between helps!

  • Storing leftovers. After cooking, the french toast stays tasty and fresh for a couple of days in an airtight container in the refrigerator. I just toss it in the microwave to warm it up. You can also reheat it in a pan. Of course, you’ll want to keep the cream cheese glaze refrigerated, too!

  • For extra crunch. Add some broken Oreo cookie pieces to the top (optional)!

I hope you enjoy every single bite of this Cookies and Cream French Toast!!!

Take care,
Jenna ๐Ÿ–ค

As always, I’d love to hear from you all! About your experience with this dish, any alterations you may have made and loved (or didn’t love), or just life and cooking in general. Please leave a review/comment/question below, reach out via email (jenna@heavenlyspiced.com), and/or stay connected with me on social media, which I have linked below!

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Cookies and Cream French Toast.


  • Author: Jenna
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 8 pieces 1x
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Description

Cookies and Cream French Toast is fluffy and pillowy on the inside with a slightly crispy, caramelized Oreo cookie exterior. The sauce/glaze is made with just Oreo cookie filling, cream cheese, and milk; so creamy and delicious!


Ingredients

Units Scale
  • 8 slices brioche bread
  • 25 Oreo cookies
  • 8ounce cream cheese
  • 1 cup whole milk, divided
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 4 tablespoons salted butter, divided

Instructions

  1. SEPARATE OREO COOKIE PIECES.ย First, remove the Oreo cream filling with a butter knife. Add that part to your food processor or blender. Now, crush the cookie pieces. You can either place them in a closed Ziploc bag and crush them with a rolling pin or use a mortar and pestle.
  2. PREPARE THE FRENCH TOAST. Now, in a large mixing bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, and cinnamon until it’s well combined. Dump the Oreo cookie pieces into a separate medium-sized mixing bowl. First, dip the bread in the egg wash (see notes below for more details), then into the bowl with the crushed Oreo cookie pieces. Use your hands to evenly cover both sides. It should stick, but if not, gently press the cookies into the bread. Place the french toast on a sheet baking pan until you’re ready to cook them.
  3. COOK THE FRENCH TOAST. Heat a nonstick skillet, cast iron, or an electric griddle over medium/low heat. For each piece of bread, you’ll need half a tablespoon of butter (a quarter tablespoon per side). Add the French toast to the pan and cover it with a top to create steam. This will help the french toast cook all the way through since it’s in the pan for such a short amount of time. Cook for two minutes per side. I like to rest the french toast side by side (not stacked or touching) on a wire rack while I cook the rest of them. This is when the exterior hardens/crisps up slightly! You can also turn your oven or air fryer to its lowest heat setting and place them in there to keep the already-cooked pieces warm.
  4. MAKE THE CREAM CHEESE GLAZE/SAUCE. Combine the Oreo cookie filling, cream cheese, and milk in a food processor or blender, and blend until smooth; about 30 seconds. I recommend adding a little bit of milk at a time until the cream cheese glaze reaches your desired consistency. I use half a cup milk because I prefer a tinner, pourable glaze. If you’d like a thicker spreadable sauce, add less!
  5. ENJOY EVERY BITE!

Notes

  • What pan to cook it in: You can use a nonstick skillet, cast iron, or anย electric griddle. I linked some options above!
  • Cooking times:ย Each piece takes approximately two minutes to cook on each side, so four minutes total. Therefore, the cooking time can range anywhere from four to thirty-two minutes. If you cook the pieces all at the same time on a griddle, it will take four minutes. If you cook them one at a time, thirty-two minutes.
  • Don’t soak the bread for too long.ย A lot of French toast recipes recommend soaking the bread in the milk and egg mixture for several minutes, hours, even overnight to achieve a “custardy” texture. For recipe testing purposes I soaked and dipped several pieces of bread for different amounts of time. To each their own, but I have found that I prefer to dip the bread for ten seconds on each side. The bread will still be pillowy and fluffy. in the inside. Soaking for 5 minutes will achieve a custardy yet on the verge of being soggy texture (in my opinion).
  • Preparingย the night before:ย I have prepared the french toast the night before and stored it overnight in an airtight container then cooked it the next day. Be sure the french toast pieces aren’t touching so they don’t stick. Parchment paperย in between helps!
  • Storing leftovers: After cooking, the french toast stays tasty and fresh for a couple of days in an airtight container in the refrigerator. I just toss it in the microwave to warm it up. You can also reheat it in a pan. Of course, you’ll want to keep the cream cheese glaze refrigerated, too!
  • Prep Time: 15
  • Cook Time: 15
  • Category: Breakfast and Brunch, 30 Minutes or Less, Main Dish, Snacks and Desserts
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American

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