Hawaiian Roll French Toast

Hawaiian roll French toast
All photos for this recipe are from Erin Hungsberg (IG: erin_hungsberg)

One of my all time favorite breakfasts has to be these Hawaiian roll French toast. Crispy on the outside, fluffy on the inside, topped with powdered sugar and drizzled with syrup. This is not your grandmas classic French toast. These are much better and I have a really cool hack to make this recipe super easy. This is the best French toast ever! 

Why use Hawaiian Rolls to make French toast?

I know this isn’t the traditional way. Every time I’ve shared this recipe, people ask why I don’t just used slice bread. The answer is always the same. These are better. Better because you have crispy edges and a soft fluffy inside. Plus who doesn’t love sweet King’s Hawaiian Rolls?

Make sure to check out my Roast beef and cheddar sliders if you’re a fan of slider recipes which also use the same rolls.

Pouring syrup over Hawaiian roll French toast

What to serve with French toast.

I normally serve fresh berries with this French toast. Strawberries and blueberries are the perfect compliment and help balance the heaviness of this dish. A side of eggs or bacon are always a good idea. Or if you’re feeling adventurous try my Smoked breakfast pig shots.

What you need to make Hawaiian Roll French Toast

Kings Hawaiian original Hawaiian sweet rolls: Often imitated, never duplicated these are the best rolls for the recipe. Sweet, fluffy, and delicious.

Eggs: Eggs will help bind the rest of the ingredients together

Flavored coffee creamer: I like to use French Vanilla but switch it up and use any that you like.

Cinnamon and Nutmeg: Gives a savory element to this sweet breakfast.

Ingredients needed to make Hawaiian roll French toast

Why use coffee creamer?

Many people ask me why I use creamer. The answer is simple. It’s much easier this way and I’m using simple ingredients. When using flavored creamer, I can skip the whole milk, heavy cream, brown sugar, and vanilla extract because I have all of those elements in the bottle of creamer. Additionally, If I want to try a different flavor like Pumpkin Spice, all I have to do is use a different creamer. It’s the life hack you never knew you needed!

Easy Hawaiian Roll French toast

In a large bowl whisk together coffee creamer, eggs, cinnamon and nutmeg. Then separate the rolls and dunk them into the egg mixture and let them sit for about 2-3 minutes.

Heat up a large skillet to medium heat with a little unsalted butter. If you own a griddle, these would cook great on there. Then cook the Hawaiian Rolls making sure to get a nice sear on each side. They should be nice and golden brown on the outside and fluffy texture on the inside.

Hawaiian Rolls being seared in a pan

Serve the French Toast with fresh fruit like strawberries and blueberries.

While the French toast is still hot, I like to stack them high and pour warm syrup over all of the rolls.

Then I sprinkle powdered sugar to finish and serve them up immediately.

Sprinkling powdered sugar on Hawaiian roll French toast

They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day, so why not start your day off right with these Hawaiian roll French toast? They are even better than they look and each bite will have you craving another. Soft on the inside, crispy on the outside, sweet, savory and amazing. If you have 15 minutes to spare and a few ingredients, this recipe will change the way you think about breakfast.

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Hawaiian Roll French Toast

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Crispy outside, fluffy inside, topped with powdered sugar and drizzled with syrup. These Hawaiian roll French toast are a game changer. 

  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x


  • 1/2 cup French Vanilla coffee creamer 
  • 1 package of Kings Hawaiian sweet rolls 
  • 2 large eggs 
  • 1 tablespoon of butter 
  • 1 tablespoon of cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon of nutmeg (Optional)
  • 2 tablespoons syrup 
  • 2 tablespoons powdered sugar 


  1. Into a large bowl combine creamer, eggs, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Then whisk together well to combine. 
  2. Separate your Hawaiian Rolls and dunk them into the batter for 2 minutes, making sure to flip to make sure all sides are coated. 
  3. Add butter into a pan on medium high heat, sear each side of the rolls until golden brown. About 1 minute or so on each side. 
  4. Stack rolls onto a plate and cover with syrup and powdered sugar. Serve with fresh fruit or any other breakfast sides of your choice. 
  • Author: Jordan Hanger
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Cuisine: American

Have some leftover Hawaiian Rolls? Try these Roast Beef and Cheddar Sliders for lunch!

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  1. These are so good! Great use of Hawaiian rolls, and we loved the coffee creamer substitute! Will be making these for life!

  2. Made these and they were incredible!! So fluffy, absolutely amazing! A new weekend treat in our house

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