Hawaiian Roll French Toast

Hawaiian Roll French Toast is a deliciously fun twist on a traditional french toast recipe! Use sweet Hawaiian rolls to make this breakfast treat, then top with powdered sugar, syrup or whipped cream!

This french toast is perfect for weekend breakfasts or brunch! Serve with a Blood Orange Mimosa or a Michelada beer cocktail to really make breakfast a party!

french toast made with Hawaiian rolls stacked on a plate

Hawaiian Roll French Toast Recipe

Because what’s better than some indulgent breakfast food on the weekends? Whether you’re making this Hawaiian Roll French Toast for a weekend breakfast or for Brunch, it’s sure to be a hit.

When you start with sweet Hawaiian rolls to make this French toast recipe, you just know it’s going to be over the top good. Drizzle on a ton of maple syrup, top with powdered sugar and add a few berries on the side. Breakfast doesn’t get much better than that!

Hawaiian Rolls stacked on a cutting board

What Are Hawaiian Rolls?

Hawaiian Rolls are a sweet, fluffy, buttery roll that’s a grocery store staple these days. There’s a similar bread called a Portuguese sweet bread that has a similar taste and feel.

Hawaiian rolls sometimes include pineapple juice to give them their signature sweet flavor, but the commercial brands most often use sugar. These addicting rolls have the perfect balance between savory and sweet, so they can be used in many different recipes from slider recipes to sweet desserts!

eggs and milk in a bowl for making french toast recipe

Ingredients For Making Hawaiian Roll French Toast

The ingredients for this French toast recipe are fairly basic, but we’re swapping out the bread for sweet and fluffy Hawaiian Rolls!

  • Hawaiian Rolls
  • Eggs
  • Milk
  • Vanilla extract
  • Cinnamon
  • Pinch of salt
hawaiian rolls soaking in eggs and milk to make french toast

How To Make This French Toast Recipe

This Hawaiian Roll French Toast is made just like any other French toast recipe, the only difference is that it uses rolls instead of sliced bread.

Make the egg and milk mixture: Beat eggs with milk, cinnamon and vanilla extract to make the soaking liquid.

Soak the rolls: Dip the Hawaiian rolls in the egg and milk mixture, turning to coat on all sides. Let the rolls soak for 5 minutes, turning the rolls over halfway through the soaking time to ensure that the eggs and milk soak into the other side of the rolls.

Cook the French Toast: Grab a large skillet, add butter to melt, then cook the rolls on all sides for about a minute until all sides are golden brown. This should only take about 7-8 minutes total. We like using the largest skillet that we have for this French toast recipe so that it only takes 2 batches to cook the French toast.

French toast rolls stacked on a plate with berries

Can You Make This French Toast Recipe Ahead Of Time?

You can! You can keep this French toast in a low oven, just about 300 degrees, for about an hour before serving. The rolls do loose a bit of their “fluffiness” is made ahead and refrigerated, but it can be done in a pinch.

Hawaiian Roll French Toast on a plate with berries

How Do You Serve This French Toast Recipe?

Besides grabbing a roll and popping it into your mouth, there’s also the traditional topping for serving French toast, that also go perfectly with this breakfast recipe!

Toppings For French Toast:

  • Maple syrup
  • Powdered sugar
  • Whipped cream
  • Chocolate syrup or Nutella
  • Caramel sauce
  • Fresh berries
Hawaiian Roll French Toast topped with syrup

How Do You Make French Toast That Isn’t Soggy?

No one likes soggy French toast, which is another reason that we love this French toast recipe! Since the rolls are fairly thick, they do require a few minutes of soaking to ensure that the mixture seeps into the rolls

However, the eggs and milk aren’t going to seep all the way into the rolls, so you’ll still have that super fluffy interior that you’re looking for.

French toast recipe made with sweet rolls on a plate with whipped cream

What Are Other Types Of Bread That I Can Use To Make This French Toast?

If you can’t get a hold of Hawaiian Rolls, we like using brioche or challah to make French toast. These breads also have that sweet, fluffy, buttery flavor that you’ll want for this recipe.

Just cut down on the soaking time when you’re using sliced bread, only a few seconds on each side will do the trick!

Hawaiian Roll French Toast with berries and whipped cream

Looking For More Breakfast Recipes?

A stack of Hawaiian Roll French Toast topped with syrup, fresh berries and whipped cream.

Hawaiian Roll French Toast

  • Author: Dan
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x

This sweet and fluffy Hawaiian Roll French Toast is a super fun recipe to make for a weekend breakfast or brunch! Add maple syrup, whipped cream and berries for serving!



  • 6 eggs
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • Pinch of salt
  • 24 pack sweet Hawaiian Rolls
  • 4 tablespoons of butter, divided


  1. Add the eggs, milk, cinnamon, vanilla extract and salt to a 9″ x 13″ baking dish. Whisk to combine.
  2. Dip the rolls into the mixture, turning on all sides to coat. Let the rolls soak in the eggs and milk for 5 minutes, turning over once in between the soaking time. After soaking, remove the rolls from the egg and milk mixture to a plate.
  3. Add 2 tablespoons of butter to a large skillet over medium heat. Add half of the rolls to the skillet (or as many as will fit) and cook on all sides until golden brown. This will take about a minute per side, about 6 minutes per batch. Remove the cooked rolls to a platter covered with aluminum foil to keep warm.
  4. Wipe out the skillet, add the remaining 2 tablespoons of butter and cook the rest of the rolls on all sides until golden brown.
  5. Serve the French toast with maple syrup, powdered sugar and fresh berries.

Recipe Notes

See the post for additional instructions on making these French toast rolls ahead of time and keeping them warm before serving!

This French toast will keep in the refrigerator for 4-5 days. Cut in half and microwave for 30 seconds to warm up!

  • Category: Breakfast / Brunch
  • Method: Stove Top
  • Cuisine: American

You Might Also Like:

2 Responses
  1. Cat

    Hello! Are you sure your egg to milk ratio is correct in your recipe? Those are going to be really really eggy lol! Standard French toast is 3 eggs per cup of milk and you have 18 per cup!!

    1. Dan

      Since this isn’t a typical french toast recipe, we did cut down on the milk as the rolls would get soggy. You can add more milk to yours if you like!

Leave a Reply

Recipe rating 5 Stars 4 Stars 3 Stars 2 Stars 1 Star

Cocktails and Drinks

Side “Bar”

Try some of the cocktails and drinks we’re mixing up this week!