Cranberry Cream Cheese Stuffed French Toast is the perfect holiday breakfast. With thick pieces of bread, stuffed with a sweet cranberry cream cheese filling, then dipped in egg and fried until golden, this french toast recipe is definitely a keeper!
I love creating a fun and delicious menu for Christmas morning, and it always includes something sweet. This year, I’m making Cranberry Cream Cheese Stuffed French Toast! I’ll serve it with scrambled eggs, oven bacon and a fresh fruit salad. I can’t wait!
Stuffed French Toast
We all know French Toast is a classic breakfast food. The traditional version is on the menu of pretty much every diner you can think of. The basic recipe is just bread dipped in some whisked egg, usually with some added sugar, vanilla or cinnamon, then fried on a griddle until both sides are golden brown and just slightly crispy.
The idea of making a sandwich out of these slices of french toast is just pure genius. A few years ago, my original stuffed french toast was filled a sweetened cream cheese and topped it with strawberries, whipped cream and maple syrup. Today we’re going to jazz it up and make it super festive for the holidays with my favorite holiday flavor – cranberry!
I love the tart flavor of cranberries and the combination of cranberry and orange. For this recipe you can make your own cranberry sauce or just simplify with a can of sauce. It’s super simple, but so classy and delicious. Your family will go nuts for this Cranberry Cream Cheese Stuffed French Toast this holiday season!
Cranberry Cream Cheese Filling
Like the original, we are stuffing our french toast with a sweetened cream cheese filling, only this time we are updating with a flavor explosion. You’ll want to use a hand mixer for this if you have one to get a super smooth consistency but a wooden spoon and some elbow grease will work too.
Gather your ingredients – cream cheese, powdered sugar, orange juice, orange zest and cranberry sauce. Beat everything except the cranberry sauce together until it’s nice and smooth, then use a spatula to fold in the cranberry. If you’re buying canned sauce (totally easy hack) make sure you get the whole cranberry sauce and not jellied.
How to Make Stuffed French Toast
Spread the cranberry cream cheese filling on a slice of thick Texas toast style bread. Top with another slice of bread to form a sandwich.
Whisk together eggs, sugar and cinnamon, then dip the sandwiches in the egg mixture to coat. Gently press down to soak up the egg, but not so much that the filling oozes out.
Carefully place sandwiches on a hot, buttered griddle and cook until golden. Flip and cook the other side.
Stuffed French Toast Toppings
Top your cranberry cream cheese stuffed french toast with some maple syrup, whipped cream or even fresh sugared cranberries.
Recipe Notes and Tips
Use thick bread. Thicker bread will hold up better to the cream cheese filling. Texas Toast is what I recommend.
Use the widest spatula you have for flipping. You don’t want the french toast sandwich dropping over the sides so the filling can spill out.
Use a flat griddle if you have one, or a large skillet. Make sure that the stuffed french toast sits completely flat so all edges of the bread can brown.
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Kristin Maxwell is the creator and main recipe developer, writer, and photographer of Yellow Bliss Road. A self-taught cook and self-appointed foodie, she specializes in easy, flavorful and approachable recipes for any home cook.