Pumpkin Spice and Buttermilk French Toast Sticks with Apple Cider Maple Syrup


Because it’s Wednesday, french toast sticks seemed only appropriate…pumpkin spice and buttermilk french toast stick with apple cider maple syrup that is. How is that for a mouthful of a title? I find blog post/recipe titles difficult to come up with. It’s like, I want to include everything! I would feel bad for the apple cider maple syrup, if I left it out. I mean that’s half of the recipe and equally as delicious as the french toast sticks. My life is a struggle. Can’t you tell? Anyway, I’m totally obsessed with this recipe and you will be too. I promise.


I don’t think you get much more decadent than french toast, and when french toast sticks come out to play, the decadence just gets elevated while the work it requires to make them starts to diminish.

I make french toast sticks quite a lot for breakfast and the reason for this is the ease in which you can whip up a batch.

They are soooo easy, and in this case, the deliciousness outweighs the work times a million.

I may be guilty of buying frozen boxed french toast sticks in the past, but I will just blame that on being a poor, lazy college student. I didn’t cook much in college. I’ve always had a real passion for the art, and it’s been almost 9 years since I’ve stepped into a classroom (thank God). I hardly ever turned on my oven (unless frozen french toast sticks were involved) or used any sort of kitchen appliance unless that kitchen appliance started with “m” and ended in “icrowave.”

This is funny since I don’t even own a microwave these days, but we’ve been down that road before. Haven’t we?

I mean these homemade french toast sticks are just as easy as opening up a box of the frozen stuff. It’s crazy!

You treat these french toast sticks just like you would any ordinary french toast recipe, except that after you dredge the bread in an egg mixture and before you place it on the griddle, you coat it in a sugary, pumpkin spice mixture. This part is key. French toast is flimsy. We all know this. When you caramelize that sugar coating as it sits on a hot griddle, the edges harden up while the center stays soft. It’s the best of both worlds, and it’s just glorious.


Beer Love:

I definitely wanted a beer on the sweeter side for this beer pairing, and I thought that an oatmeal stout would be perfect for the job. A sweeter stout only enhances the flavor of these french toast sticks, and although I would normally pair a pumpkin dish with a pumpkin beer of some kind, I thought that it might make for a little too much pumpkin flavor…if there is even such a thing. I don’t know. You tell me. If a pumpkin beer strikes your fancy, then go for it, but an oatmeal stout has that breakfast(y) touch that pairs just perfectly with these french toast sticks.

Mikkeller’s Beer Geek Breakfast

Troeg’s JavaHead Stout

Firestone Walker’s Velvet Merkin

Elysian’s Dragonstooth

Rogue’s Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout


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Pumpkin Spice and Buttermilk French Toast Sticks with Apple Cider Maple Syrup
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
15 min

Pumpkin Spice and Buttermilk French Toast Sticks with Apple Cider Maple Syrup


    Apple Cider Maple Syrup
  • 1 1/2 cups apple cider
  • 1 cup maple syrup
  • Pumpkin Spice and Buttermilk French Toast Sticks
  • 1 loaf white Texas toast bread, each slice cut into thirds
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt


  • In a small saucepan, add the apple cider. Bring to a boil and then lower to a simmer. Simmer until the cider has reduced by half, about 15 minutes. Whisk in the maple syrup and keep the heat set on low to keep warm until you are ready to serve.
  • In a shallow bowl, whisk together the eggs and buttermilk. In another shallow bowl, whisk together the sugar, pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon and salt.
  • Preheat a large non-stick griddle over medium heat. Spray with a non-stick spray.
  • Taking one stick at a time, dip in the egg mixture and then toss in the pumpkin pie spice mixture. Place the sticks directly on the griddle. Repeat this step for the rest of the sticks, working in batches if necessary. Cook for 2-3 minutes on each side and then remove from heat.
  • Serve the french toast sticks immediately with apple cider maple syrup. Enjoy!


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  • http://lovethesecretingredient.net Mary Frances

    Now this is a breakfast I wouldn’t mind waking up to every day!

    • http://www.cookingandbeer.com/ Justine@Cooking and Beer

      Haha, I’m happy you think so, Mary! Thanks!

  • Ashley | Spoonful of Flavor

    I pinned this so I can make it ASAP! What a decadent way to start the day!

    • http://www.cookingandbeer.com/ Justine@Cooking and Beer

      Thank you so much for the pin, Ashley!

  • Meg

    These are screaming for Saturday breakfast!!

    • http://www.cookingandbeer.com/ Justine@Cooking and Beer

      Thank you so much, Meg!

  • Katie (The Muffin Myth)

    Why have I never made French toast in sticks before? All that dunking possibility, and with that apple cider maple syrup? Yum! It’s interesting you’ve chosen a Mikkeller beer as one of your pairings… Mikkeller has just opened a bar not far from where we live, and they’ve got an amazing selection of beers. About half are Mikkeller’s own beers, and half are rotating taps of all kinds of crazy funky beers. Very cool.

    • http://www.cookingandbeer.com/ Justine@Cooking and Beer

      Haha, they are the best! Thanks, Katie! We were at a Mikkeller Bar last year when we were in San Fransisco. It was AMAZING!

  • Zainab @ Blahnik Baker

    This is a breakfast I will be all over!!!

    • http://www.cookingandbeer.com/ Justine@Cooking and Beer

      Thank you so much, Zainab!

  • http://leftsideofthetable.com Kelly {LEFTSIDEOFTHETABLE}

    Gorgeous photos dear! I like especially that you cut them up! I feel ya with the title dilemma…you just have to include important details like the fact that it is apple cider maple syrup ;)

    • http://www.cookingandbeer.com/ Justine@Cooking and Beer

      Thank you so much, Kelly! I think that’s a very important detail!

  • http://shadesofpink.me/ Catalina @ Shades of Pink

    Beautiful photos and presentation, now I crave that toast so much more!

    • http://www.cookingandbeer.com/ Justine@Cooking and Beer

      Haha, thank you so much Catalina!

  • jennikolaus

    OMG. My favorite breakfast = french toast! Make them into sticks and dip in apple cider maple syrup? STOP! These look divine! Pinning!

    • http://www.cookingandbeer.com/ Justine@Cooking and Beer

      Haha … thank you so much, Jenn! … and for the pin, too!

  • Kathi @ Deliciously Yum!

    These look crazy delicious! I have the hardest time with recipe titles sometimes… I want to include it all, but never know if more is better when it comes to naming a recipe or not. In your case it definitely is. My mouth started watering as soon as I laid eyes on the title ;). Gorgeous pictures too, friend!

    • http://www.cookingandbeer.com/ Justine@Cooking and Beer

      omg, coming up with titles is the absolute worst sometimes! Thank you so much, friend!

  • http://lifemadesweeter.com/ Kelly @ Life made Sweeter

    Wow, I am so obsessed with these too! I love french toast but french toast sticks that you can dunk in an apple cider maple syrup sound a million times better! Totally wish I had these for breakfast – pinning!

    • http://www.cookingandbeer.com/ Justine@Cooking and Beer

      Haha, thank you so much for the pin, Kelly! Have a great weekend!