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Make winter mornings special with festive holiday recipes like this easy Cranberry Overnight French Toast Casserole! It’s a classic make-ahead dish that’s perfect for Christmas brunch, overnight guests, or any other seasonal gathering — and it won’t have you stuck in your kitchen for hours!

Two slices of overnight french toast on a plate with cranberries

Hi, friends! It’s December — woohoo! This is such a fun time of year (especially with a house full of kids), and I love adding simple traditions and treats to our normal routine to make the season magical for everyone.

Whether it’s an advent calendar, an afternoon of cookie decorating, or hot cocoa while watching The Polar Express, these little moments all add up to create a holiday season of joy!

The recipe I’m sharing today is one of our go-to breakfast or brunch options that I have been making for years now. I received the original recipe from my mom’s friend at my bridal shower over 10 years ago! Aren’t tried-and-true dishes from friends and family always THE BEST?!

A close up shot of an overnight french toast casserole in a baking dish

My twist on Carol’s Overnight French Toast Casserole adds the cranberries for some festive color and a little tart bite to complement the rich custard and the sweet, sticky syrup.

A close up of cranberries used to make overnight french toast casserole

Really, is there anything more beautiful at this time of year than simple, fresh cranberries dusted with snow (or, powdered sugar)?

A dish filled with cranberries for making an overnight French Toast Casserole

This Overnight French Toast Could Not be Easier To Make!

And while this Overnight French Toast Casserole is obviously incredibly delicious, I love it most of all because it is EASY. You know I love to find ways to simplify the holidays, right?! I can prepare this dish in advance (making it perfect for Christmas morning), and then I just have to bake it in the oven for 30 minutes before we’re ready to eat.

The crusty baguette sits in a rich custard overnight and soaks up all of the delicious goodness…

Overnight Cranberry French Toast Casserole in a casserole dish with a jug of batter getting poured over

And this particular custard is so decadent because it includes Dunkin Donuts Extra Extra Coffee Creamer, which is made with real cream and sugar.

A close up shot of dunkin donuts coffee creamer

I grabbed my creamer when I was running errands at Target last week. You can find it in the dairy case right near the milk, along with about a zillion other holiday-flavored creamers too (Frosted Sugar Cookie or Peppermint Mocha, anyone?).


Fresh cranberries are baked underneath and on top of the bread, so they soften, caramelize, and cook in the gooey syrup for a perfect blend of sweet-and-tart flavors!

A close up of an overnight French Toast Casserole in a white dish

This is the easiest way to prepare overnight French toast, and it’s delicious every time. There’s no need to stand over a griddle when you’d rather be opening gifts, sipping coffee, or snuggling with your family. Plus, it comes out perfectly crusty on the outside, tender on the inside, and full of sweet, creamy, warmly-spiced flavor!

Overnight French Toast Casserole in a baking dish after coming out of the oven

Have a wonderful holiday season with your loved ones, celebrate the special moments, enjoy creating new traditions, and keep it all simple!

Overnight French Toast Casserole on a white plate topped with syrup

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Overnight Cranberry French Toast Casserole

5 from 3 votes
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 30 minutes
Total: 40 minutes
Servings 6 -8 servings
Calories 302 kcal
Make winter morning special with this overnight french toast casserole, easy, delicious and packed with flavor!


  • 1 loaf French baguette sliced diagonally into 1-inch thick rounds
  • 1 stick butter
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 2 T. light corn syrup
  • 1 cup fresh cranberries
  • 6 eggs
  • 1 cup milk whole milk is best, but 2% is okay as well. Just don’t use skim because you need the fat for the custard
  • ½ cup Dunkin Donuts Extra Extra coffee creamer
  • 1 Tablespoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg


  • maple syrup and powdered sugar for serving


  • Melt butter, sugar, and syrup in a small saucepan over low heat. Bring to a boil and allow to boil for 1 minute (be careful not to burn).
  • Spray a 9 x 13-inch baking dish with cooking spray.
  • Pour melted butter mixture into the bottom of the pan. Sprinkle with half of the cranberries. Place the slices of bread on top.
  • In a medium bowl (or in a very large measuring cup) whisk together eggs, milk, creamer, vanilla, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Pour over the bread, sprinkle with remaining cranberries, cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate overnight.*
  • In the morning, remove plastic wrap and bake at 350°F (180°C) for 30 minutes. Dust with powdered sugar and serve with syrup.


*If you don't have time to refrigerate overnight, that's fine. Just soak the bread in the custard for as long as possible (or at least 1-2 hours) before baking.


Calories: 302kcalCarbohydrates: 45gProtein: 10gFat: 7gSaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 167mgSodium: 342mgPotassium: 198mgFiber: 2gSugar: 22gVitamin A: 315IUVitamin C: 2.2mgCalcium: 122mgIron: 2.2mg
Keyword: breakfast casserole, french toast casserole
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Author: The Seasoned Mom

Are you ready to make this casserole yourself? Pick up the ingredients at Target, and be sure to use Target’s Cartwheel app to search for offers, scan products for coupons, and save them all to your own personal savings barcode to be scanned at checkout. You can even use Cartwheel to build your shopping list so you don’t forget anything, making life even easier this holiday season. And you’re in luck! This month Cartwheel will be offering 5% off on International Delight, Dunkin’ Donuts, and Silk Coffee Creamer from 12/1/15 – 12/24/2015! Be sure to stock up on all of the festive holiday flavors!


This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of WhiteWave Foods. The opinions and text are all mine.


Hey, I’m Blair!

Welcome to my farmhouse kitchen in the foothills of Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains. Inspired by local traditions and seasonal fare, you’ll find plenty of easy, comforting recipes that bring your family together around the table. It’s down-home, country-style cooking!

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  1. Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice says:

    French toast casseroles are my favorite, especially during the winter! This cranberry version looks like the perfect treat for Christmas morning!

    1. Blair says:

      They’re definitely my favorite, too! Such a delicious and EASY way to celebrate!

  2. Robyn @ Simply Fresh Dinners says:

    5 stars
    Hiya Blair,

    What a lovely dish you’ve been making over the years! I can see why it would be so popular. I love easy, make-ahead brunch dishes so everyone can enjoy and no one is tied to the stove.
    Your photos are simply gorgeous!
    Now I’ve got to go find your latest cookies too because I was getting hungry looking at them on Instagram!

    1. Blair says:

      Thanks so much, Robyn! 🙂

  3. Mary @ LOVE the secret ingredient says:

    I’ve never seen this before, but I love recipes with “overnight ” in them. This is a great idea and looks so delicious!

    1. Blair says:

      Thanks, Mary! Definitely give this one a try — you’ll never go back to the old way of making French Toast again!

      1. grandma Betty says:

        5 stars
        The finished French Toast looks delicious—- I am going to make it, BUT, you didn’t include the oven temperature! I am guessing
        it’s 350 degrees. Am I correct? I like that you make it the day
        before, great time saver! Thanks!

        1. Blair says:

          Duh! Sorry about that! 🙂 Yes, it’s 350 degrees. I’m headed over to fix the recipe right noW! Thanks for letting me know, and enjoy!

  4. Lindsey says:

    Just finished making this and it’s still runny. What did I do wrong?

    1. Blair says:

      Hey, Lindsey! Hmmm…I don’t know! Did you bake it uncovered? If you have a cover on the dish while it’s baking, that will cause a lot of moisture to stay trapped inside. Did you bake it long enough so that the bread was golden brown? And did you use a thick crusty bread that could absorb some of the sauce overnight? I’m sorry that I don’t have a specific answer for your question. I’ve made this recipe many times (and variations of it) and I haven’t had that problem. 🙁

      1. Lindsey says:

        I baked it uncovered, and until it was brown. I’m thinking the bread didn’t soak up enough because the top was kind of hard. Still really good, just kind of mushy!

        1. Blair says:

          Darn…I’m so bummed that it wasn’t perfect, but at least you could still eat it (kind of)!

  5. Chasing Slow says:

    This was such a blessing on Christmas morning! I made two (one with blueberries) and they were delicious and so easy to pop in the oven and set out with fresh fruit and toppings (whipped cream, syrup, powdered sugar…oh my–I think I want more now!!)

    1. Blair says:

      Oh, awesome!! I’m so glad that you liked it, and your blueberry version sounds equally delicious!! Thanks for letting me know. 🙂

  6. Louise says:

    I live in Canada and can’t purchase the dunkin donuts creamer. Is there another product that you could suggest

    1. Blair says:

      Hi, Louise! The dunkin donuts creamer is just basically sweetened cream. You can substitute with another brand of coffee creamer or you could just use half-and-half or regular cream. If you use the half-and-half or regular cream, the custard just won’t be quite as sweet. It will still work great, though!

  7. Jill says:

    I want to make this in the summer. Can you substitute a summer fruit?

    1. Blair says:

      Hi, Jill! Absolutely! I think that’s a great idea, and blueberries, strawberries, diced peaches, or just about any other similar summer fruit will work perfectly in the same quantities. Enjoy!

  8. Marcie Burton says:

    I’m making this on Thanksgiving to give to my daughters future in-laws cuz they’re having the dinner. I have saffron cardamom infused honey in place of the corn syrup and evaporated milk in place of the whole milk cuz we don’t drink milk. It should be perfect!

    1. Blair says:

      I hope you all enjoyed it, Marcie! 🙂

  9. Becki Breed says:

    I am not sure if you will see this in time but it’s worth a shot. I would like to try this but I only have texas toast bread (basically thick slices of white sandwich bread). Will that work or should I go and buy some french bread? Thanks!

    1. Blair says:

      Hi, Becki! If the Texas toast is nice and thick, I think it should work fine! Enjoy, and happy holidays! 🙂

  10. James T Davis says:

    5 stars
    Awesome! Added a 1/2 of spiced eggnog instead of coffee creamer, which I normally use, for Christmas morning; it was a hit! – james

    1. Blair says:

      Thanks, James. I’m so glad that you enjoyed it! 🙂