Gigantic Cinnamon Toast Crunch


Big-Ass Cinnamon Toast Crunch

If I could eat any meal, at every meal, until the day I die it would be breakfast. OF COURSE IT WOULD BE.

This recipe is inspired by one of my favorite cereals of childhood: Cinnamon Toast Crunch. I feel like there were a lot of high maintenance cereals, and cinnamon toast crunch was in that category. You couldn’t add too much milk and you had to eat that shit FAST. It got soggy a little too quickly for my taste but when it was crunchy and on point, man, was it good.

Other cereals that I loved as a kid:

1. Honey Nut Cherrios
2. Honey Bunches of Oats (I liked honey can you tell?!)
3. Raisin-Bran (I was a sheltered child!)
4. Grape Nuts (my life was terrible!)

Big-Ass Cinnamon Toast Crunch

Other cereals that I loved but only enjoyed at friends’ house bc my parents hated fun a.k.a. sugary cereals:

1. Cocoa Crispies (the leftover chocolate-y milk? heaven!)
2. Fruit Loops (so fruity!)
3. Frosted Flakes
4. Apple Jacks
5. Corn Pops!
6. And of course, Cinnamon Toast Crunch

Big-Ass Cinnamon Toast Crunch

This recipe was inspired by my love of cereal. This is obviously way fancy and bigger. Think of it like gigantic cinnamon toast crunch.

Ok I’m going to change directions rn. Do you know what bostock is? It’s like a fancy French toast. One of my favorite cookbook writers, Flo Braker, wrote about it a few years ago.

It starts with a syrup that’s brushed on both sides of preferably day-old brioche (but frankly you can use a fresh loaf too).

Then the thing I like to call “cinnamon smear” is mixed up, which consists of butter, flour (to thicken it), egg, sugar and cinnamon. This is smothered all over the thick pieces of brioche and then the entire thing is baked.

Big-Ass Cinnamon Toast Crunch

Big-Ass Cinnamon Toast Crunch

The crunch crispies on top add the perfect amount of texture.

Think of this recipe like fancy French toast meets cinnamon toast crunch cereal. I feel like I’m over explaining it but it’s actually quite simple and comes together so easily. And the pay off is HUGE.

The Swedish pearl sugar is there for looks and some added sweetneess and crunch. It’s definitely not necessary but I do love it. I bought it on this v obsecure website called Amazon.

Big-Ass Cinnamon Toast Crunch

Big Ass Cinnamon Toast Crunch

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Serving Size: 6 TO 8


Cinnamon Crunch:

  • 3 tablespoons panko bread crumbs
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Brown Sugar Syrup:

  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • Pinch of salt

Cinnamon Smear:

  • 1 cup 2 sticks unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup white granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 loaf of brioche, cut into slices (I got about 7 half-an-inch-thick slices)
  • 1 tablespoon Swedish pearl sugar, for garnish (optional)


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment.
  • To make the cinnamon crunch: In a small skillet, set over medium heat, add the bread crumbs, sugar and cinnamon. Stirring frequently, toast until medium golden brown. (The stirring is a must because the sugar will begin to caramelize which is great, you just don't want to get it too too brown or else it will get too sticky!) Transfer to a small bowl. Rinse out the skillet.
  • To make the brown sugar syrup: To the washed out skillet, add the brown sugar, water and cinnamon. Heat until the sugar dissolves and the mixture is at a slight simmer. Turn off the heat and allow to steep for 10 minutes.
  • To make the cinnamon smear: add the butter, all-purpose flour, egg, cinnamon, vanilla and salt to a medium bowl or bowl of a stand-up mixer (with a paddle attachment). Mix until ingredients are thoroughly combined and mixture is fluffy.
  • Lay the brioche slices side by side on the lined baking sheet. Brush both sides of the brioche with the syrup. Smear a tablespoon of the cinnamon smear on each piece of the toast. Transfer to the oven to bake for 15 minutes. At the 15 minute mark, remove from the oven and sprinkle on the cinnamon crunch and a few pearl sugar granulates, if using, return to the oven to bake for an additional 2 to 3 minutes. Divide amongst plates and serve.
Nutrition Facts
Big Ass Cinnamon Toast Crunch
Amount Per Serving (6 g)
Calories 0
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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  • Reply Tori March 11, 2016 at 1:35 am

    No way, YUM! I feel as if I could eat an entire truckload of these ginourmously sized beauties if allowed! This is so happening!!!

  • Reply Lydia Lienhart March 11, 2016 at 1:39 am

    This recipe makes my mouth watery!
    Great idea, I´ll definitely try it out 🙂


  • Reply AlliJB March 11, 2016 at 3:35 am

    Picked up some cinnamon bread at the farmers’s market this week that will be perfect in this!! Holy delicious!

    • Reply Adrianna Adarme March 11, 2016 at 5:28 pm

      Oh that will be good so with this! EXCITED 4 U

      • Reply AlliJ B March 20, 2016 at 12:44 pm

        Finally made it! (Stuck bread in freezer as didn’t work out last week to make it)

        Tha was definitely a winner in our home! Hello delicious Sunday brunch. Made scrambled eggs too, so it was a little healthy?!? Will be sure to tag you when I share this as a Sunday brunch recipe soon.

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  • Reply Trina March 11, 2016 at 6:13 am

    Looks so yummy! Can you come make breakfast for me? Yoy make it look scrumptious! Completely drooling!

  • Reply Laura (A Beautiful Plate) March 11, 2016 at 6:31 am

    My parents also didn’t let me have sugary cereals, so I actually didn’t even like them (even at friend’s house)! So, I enjoyed raisin bran, regular cheerios, (unsweetened) shredded wheat, and wheetabix. HA.

    This is so fun!

    • Reply Adrianna Adarme March 11, 2016 at 5:35 pm

      You’re a weirdo!!

      Even tho I love healthy cereals now and probs would die if I ate too much cocoa crispies 🙁

  • Reply Michelle March 11, 2016 at 7:14 am

    Heaven! Giant Cinnamon Toast Crunch is a dream come true.

  • Reply Libby March 11, 2016 at 8:35 am

    This… is… basically everything that I ever want for the rest of my life.

  • Reply Ashley Nathalie March 11, 2016 at 10:05 am

    Cinnamon toasties were my liiiife. As was Raisin Bran, I still love that ish! This recipe is 100% being made for my bday breakfast!!

    • Reply Adrianna Adarme March 11, 2016 at 5:36 pm

      I will mess with some Raisin Bran in at a Holiday Inn continental breakfast!

  • Reply Alice March 11, 2016 at 10:52 am

    Ahhhh, I love this! We always only had granola and cocoa crispies at home and bittersweet chocolate, if at all, so I always had my party in the morning with the cocoa pops. I loved Cinnamon toast cereal, but rarely got that. Luckily, we don’t really have as many types of cereal over here as you guys do, so I think that made childhood easier?

    I think I’d actually really love this toast as an evening snack, with some coffee.

    • Reply Adrianna Adarme March 11, 2016 at 5:37 pm

      Definitely made childhood easier. Oh it can for sure be dessert even though I didn’t add too much sugar, it still totally works as dessert.

  • Reply Angie March 11, 2016 at 12:30 pm

    Ooooh cinnamon, AND toast, AND crunch!! Love it!

  • Reply Kari March 11, 2016 at 1:33 pm

    I loved Cocoa Puffs, Captain Crunch, and Frosted Flakes, but I too enjoyed those only at friend’s houses as that didn’t count as breakfast in my house.

  • Reply genevieve @ gratitude & greens March 11, 2016 at 5:19 pm

    I LOVED honey bunches of oats when I was a kid! And I’ve always been a raisin bran fan even if that might be a bit boring. This is such a genius way of using panko bread crumbs!!

    • Reply Adrianna Adarme March 11, 2016 at 5:37 pm

      Nah raisin bran was always the sleeper! It was good and it still has sugar!

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    Sounds delicious!!

  • Reply Jayme | holly & flora March 13, 2016 at 4:43 pm

    I was just thinking of Lucky Charms today and how it was forbidden at my house. I’m laughing because I actually loved the flavor of Grape Nuts and Skinner’s Raisin Bran. Totally sheltered. I always loved visiting friends’ houses, so that I could taste all of the sugary cereals I couldn’t eat. I think the fact that they were forbidden made them taste even better! HA! These sound killer, btw. 🙂

  • Reply Stephanie March 14, 2016 at 7:28 am

    My Cinnamon Toast Crunch addict SO would be over the moon with this!

  • Reply JulieD March 15, 2016 at 6:22 am

    Love this so much!!

  • Reply Janine March 17, 2016 at 5:56 pm

    Sounds good. I’ve done “egg in a nest” with leftover compound butter from sweet potatoes (butter+sugar+cinnamon+cloves+optionally nutmeg+allspice). I’d really like some Cracklin’ Oat Bran (the highest fat cold cereal I can think of). But it’s oatmeal with dried cranberries, cloves & ginger, + granola every morning.

  • Reply Meredith March 19, 2016 at 2:04 am

    Bless you for bringing this into my life

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