Prepare to be wowed with just one bite of our irresistible Cannoli Baked French Toast Recipe! A luscious filling of sweetened mascarpone and ricotta is nestled between layers of fluffy brioche bread and baked to golden perfection. The aroma alone will have your taste buds dancing with anticipation!

Once it’s out of the oven, sprinkle it generously with powdered sugar for that perfect finishing touch. Trust us, this breakfast is not just a meal—it’s an experience. Get ready to say hello to a morning filled with indulgence and packed with sweet flavor, and thank us later for introducing you to this slice of heaven on a plate!

overhead image of an oval baking dish of cannoli baked french toast

What Is a Cannoli? 

A staple in Sicilian cuisine, cannolis are popular Italian pastries that taste like heaven on Earth. They’re made out of crispy shells of fried pastry dough that have been shaped into tubes and filled with sweet ricotta cream. They come in all sizes and flavor variations and are served cold or at room temperature. No matter how they’re prepared, they’re always delicious! 

Why You’ll Love this Cannoli French Toast

For this recipe, we took the sweet flavor of cannolis and stuffed it into everyone’s favorite make-ahead breakfast! This baked French toast is: 

  • Easy to prepare ahead of time
  • Quick to clean up
  • Great for holidays
  • Perfect for breakfast, brunch, and dessert! 

Ingredients You’ll Need for This Baked French Toast Recipe

Just like cannolis, this recipe consists of two parts. The first component is the actual French toast. The second is the cannoli filling. Then, we’ll put them together to create a little flavor magic! Here’s what you’ll need: 

For the French Toast Bake

  • Brioche Bread – Because it is so thick and fluffy, brioche bread works best for French toast bakes. However, French baguettes or Challah bread would work almost as well. 
  • Eggs – Eggs work to lock in the moisture of the French toast and provide shape and structure to the bread thanks to their high protein content. 
  • Granulated Sugar – Granulated sugar mixes well with the rest of the ingredients and helps create a sweet flavor perfect for the cannoli filling. 
  • Whole Milk – Technically, any milk will work, but we prefer whole milk for its creamy taste and thicker texture. 
  • Ricotta Cheese – Ricotta cheese is soft enough to blend easily and is added to the egg mixture for this french toast to create a creamier texture and even sweeter flavor. 
  • Vanilla Extract – Don’t forget the vanilla! It’s crucial to help bring out the natural flavors of the other ingredients. 
  • Kosher Salt – It might seem like a strange ingredient to add, but salt helps balance out the sweetness of the sugar and ricotta and elevates the taste of this dish.  
  • Mini Chocolate Chips – Semi-sweet, milk chocolate, and dark chocolate chips all work great for this recipe. Pick your favorite, or try them all! 

For the Cannoli Filling

  • Mascarpone Cheese – An Italian cream cheese, mascarpone has a high-fat content and a dense texture that helps create a thick, sticking filling. 
  • Whole Milk Ricotta Cheese – Similar in taste to mascarpone, ricotta has a slightly thinner texture and lower fat content. As a result, it thins out the filling just a bit to allow for easier spreading. 
  • Vanilla Extract – Once again, vanilla is important to creating the best flavor. 
  • Powdered Sugar – Crucial for topping, no cannoli is complete without a little extra sugar. 

How to Make Cannoli Baked French Toast

  1. Whisk the eggs, milk, ricotta, sugar, salt, and vanilla together. 
  2. In a separate bowl, combine the ingredients for the cannoli filling. 
  3. Create a cannoli sandwich by spreading about 2 tablespoons of the mixture onto 1 slice of bread and topping it with another. Then, slice your sandwich into 4 pieces. 
  4. Repeat step 3 until all of the filling and bread have been used. Arrange the pieces in a baking dish. 
  5. Pour the egg mixture over the bread pieces. Cover the dish, and let it refrigerate overnight. 
  6. The next day, top the bread pieces with mini chocolate chips. Bake for 30-35 minutes at 350° Fahrenheit
  7. Top your baked French toast with powdered sugar, and enjoy! 
close up image of cannoli baked french toast topped with chocolate chips

How Long Does This Recipe Last? 

If you want to make this recipe ahead of time, leftovers can be stored covered in the fridge for up to 3 days. Don’t try to freeze your baked French toast, though! The mascarpone and ricotta will not thaw well, and the bread will become soggy. 

More Crave-Worthy French Toast Recipes

If you loved the Cannoli Baked French Toast, you’re in for a treat with our other fantastic French toast recipes! We’ve got a range of flavors to suit every craving and occasion. Here are some mouthwatering options to explore:

a serving of cannoli baked french toast on a plate

Cannoli Baked French Toast Recipe

4.97 from 26 votes
Author: Food Dolls
Servings: 12 servings
Prep: 12 hours
Cook: 35 minutes
Total: 12 hours 35 minutes
Everything you love about sweet cannolis in the convenience of a baked french toast recipe, Cannoli Baked French Toast Recipe is a breakfast you'll look forward to eating!

Ingredients  

  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup ricotta cheese
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 loaf sliced brioche bread
  • 1 cup mini chocolate chips

Cannoli Filling

  • 8 ounces mascarpone cheese
  • 1 1/2 cups whole milk ricotta cheese
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions 

  • In a large mixing bowl, whisk together milk, eggs, ricotta, sugar, salt, and vanilla.
    4 large eggs, 1/4 cup granulated sugar, 1 cup whole milk, 1/4 cup ricotta cheese, 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • In a decond bowl, add all the ingredients for the cannoli filling. Mix until smooth and creamy!
    8 ounces mascarpone cheese, 1 1/2 cups whole milk ricotta cheese, 1 cup powdered sugar, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Take one slice of bread and spread 2 tablespoons of the cannoli mixture. Place another slice or brioche on top. Cut into four pieces. Arrange facing up in a buttered baking dish. Repeat until all of the bread has been used.
    1 loaf sliced brioche bread
  • Pour custard over the bread. Cover and refrigerate overnight! This will help the custard really soak into the bread.
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Remove cover from the baking dish. Top with mini chocolate chips. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until it is golden brown. Dust with powdered sugar!
    1 cup mini chocolate chips

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Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 259kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 0.03g | Cholesterol: 81mg | Sodium: 151mg | Potassium: 57mg | Fiber: 0.4g | Sugar: 24g | Vitamin A: 433IU | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 88mg | Iron: 0.5mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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65 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    This was delicious and the presentation, outstanding! My family loved it for Sunday dinner desert, & I completely followed the directions with no variations. I had quite a bit of the cannoli filling left over so the kids ate the rest with graham crackers, lol. I will definitely be trying other FoodDoll receipes!

    1. We think it would be great! We also have lots of fruit-filled French toast recipes on the site you might enjoy. 😊

      Xo,
      Alia & Radwa

  2. This recipe is absolutely delicious! I made it Christmas morning which is definitely going to become a new tradition!

  3. This looks so wonderful! My problem is that I live in an area where I can’t get mascarpone. Could I use cream cheese instead? I know it’s not traditional, but sometimes we have to improvise.

    1. Hi Lisa! Yes, cream cheese should work. The flavor will be slightly different but still tasty!

      Xo,
      Alia & Radwa

  4. 5 stars
    Love the ease of baking the French toast in sort of a casserole style. So yummy!!! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

      1. 5 stars
        I prepared the Cannoli Baked French Toast for Christmas morning alongside corned beef hash and mimosas. The french toast was delicious, easy to prepare, and enjoyed by all!! There was a bit of leftover cannoli filling, which we slathered on berries and french bread the next day. Thank you for developing this lovely recipe!

        1. Sounds like the perfect day! Thank you for sharing, Fazia. We’re so glad you enjoyed the recipe!

          Xo,
          Alia & Radwa

    1. I made it for Easter morning-super easy and so delish! I had a ton of filling left over too-does it freeze well? If not, my kids will just eat it out of the bowl no doubt!

  5. 5 stars
    First time making and it came out perfect. Not too sweet, nice touch of chocolate, definitely reminds me of a cannoli. Thank you for all the recipes. K. Girgis