We are big fans of weekend brunch, and is there anything that screams classic brunch more than French toast? We’re shaking things up a bit, though, with a fun twist: strawberry cheesecake French toast buns filled with luscious strawberries and cream, all cooked to crispy perfection in an air fryer!

This recipe is a total crowd-pleaser, ridiculously easy to whip up, and it’s guaranteed to add a splash of sunshine to your brunch spread or even a mid-afternoon tea. Heck, you could even sneak a bite as a midnight snack! Trust us — there’s never a wrong time to indulge in this scrumptious delight!

strawberry cheesecake buns

What makes Strawberry Cheesecake French Toast Buns special

These are utterly delicious and so sweet, the perfect recipe for a delightful breakfast or a dessert. They’re so fun because we use Hawaiian buns for the base.

Hawaiian buns are similar in flavor to a French brioche (they’ve got that delicious sweetness that plays with your taste buds) but they incorporate potato flour and are actually based on Portuguese baking. We think they make for a wonderful base for these French Toast Buns!

Plus, the strawberry and whipped cream cheese makes for a sweet, creamy, and slightly tangy filling. Each bite that gets you a combination of the Hawaiian buns with the filling is perfect. We think this recipe is so full of incredible flavor — and we’re convinced you’ll agree!

What equipment do you need to make Strawberry Cheesecake French Toast Buns

In addition to bowls and whisks for mixing the ingredients, you’ll want an air fryer to get these French Toast Buns to utter perfection.

Air fryers are tabletop and portable convection ovens that function by circulating hot air around food in a basket. They don’t traditionally “fry” foods in the sense that they don’t use heated oil to cook them, which means it’s a much healthier alternative, but it still achieves that same crispy effect. If you don’t have an air fryer, you can wrap these Strawberry Cheesecake French Toast Buns in aluminum foil and bake.

How to make Strawberry Cheesecake French Toast Buns

  1. Cut out the center of the Hawaiian rolls and press them into the roll.
  2. Mix together whipped cream cheese, and sugar in a bowl until thoroughly combined.
  3. Fold in the chopped strawberries.
  4. Stuff about 1 heaping tablespoon of the filling into the Hawaiian buns.
  5. In another bowl, whisk together eggs and milk.
  6. Dip stuffed Hawaiian rolls in egg and milk mixture until thoroughly coated.
  7. Air fry at 350 degrees F. for 6-8 minutes until buns are golden brown.
  8. Dust with powdered sugar.
  9. Serve and enjoy!
overhead of filled hawaiian rolls

How to bake in the oven

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  • Place in a buttered baking dish and bake for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown.

How to store leftovers

On the off chance you have leftovers (which we don’t predict since these are so delicious!), store the buns in a single layer in an airtight container. Place them in the fridge and eat within three days. 

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a hand holding an air fried strawberry cream cheese stuffed Hawaiian roll

Strawberry Cheesecake French Toast Buns

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Author: Food Dolls
Servings: 12 servings
Prep: 20 minutes
Cook: 8 minutes
Total: 28 minutes
These little strawberry cheesecake stuffed Hawaiian rolls are so good and great for a weekend breakfast/brunch!

Ingredients  

  • 12 Hawaiian bread rolls
  • 8 ounces whipped cream cheese
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped strawberries
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup milk

Instructions 

  • Cut out the center of the Hawaiian rolls and press them into the roll.
    12 Hawaiian bread rolls
  • Mix together whipped cream cheese, vanilla, and sugar in a bowl until thoroughly combined.
    8 ounces whipped cream cheese, 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • Fold in the chopped strawberries.
    1/2 cup finely chopped strawberries, 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • Stuff about 1 heaping tablespoon of the filling into the Hawaiian buns.
  • In another bowl, whisk together eggs and milk.
    3 large eggs, 1/4 cup milk
  • Dip stuffed Hawaiian rolls in egg and milk mixture until thoroughly coated.
  • Air fry at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 6-8 minutes until buns are golden brown.
  • Dust with powdered sugar, optional.
  • Serve and enjoy!

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Notes

  • Baking instructions: Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  • Place in a buttered baking dish and bake for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 179kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 0.02g | Cholesterol: 246mg | Sodium: 151mg | Potassium: 127mg | Fiber: 0.1g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 591IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 60mg | Iron: 1mg

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

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    1. Hi Melody! You will want to lower your air fryer temperature by 25 to 50 degrees and keep a close eye on the oven, adjusting the cook time as needed until the rolls are golden and slightly crisp. Hope this helps!

      Xo,
      Alia & Radwa