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Caramel Pecan Pumpkin Spice French Toast Muffin Cups

These Pumpkin Spice French Toast Cups are made with a pool of caramel sauce on the bottom and are topped with streusel. Perfect for fall breakfasts and brunches!

two pumpkin spice french toast cups on white plates, with more muffins in tray in background.

Creating This Recipe for French Toast Cups

French toast has always been a breakfast treat that I’ve enjoyed, but it often gets forgotten about in our house. Unfairly tossed aside in favor of pancakes, waffles, or muffins.

I decided to whip up a little something different. Half French toast, half muffin.

Please meet Caramel Pecan Pumpkin Spice French Toast Muffin Cups.

These french toast muffins are the perfect addition to any holiday breakfast or brunch. I chose soft, sweet KING’S HAWAIIAN® Dinner Rolls as a perfect base for this recipe.

I left a caramel pecan surprise at the bottom and sprinkled streusel on top just before baking. This truly is a breakfast treat!

Ingredients in Pumpkin Spice French Toast Muffins

To make the french toast in muffin cups, you’ll need the following ingredients:

  • Brown sugar
  • Butter
  • Molasses
  • Chopped pecans
  • King’s Hawaiian Dinner Rolls
  • Eggs
  • Maple syrup
  • Milk
  • Pumpkin puree
  • Vanilla extract
  • Pumpkin pie spice
  • All-purpose flour
  • Salt

For the complete ingredient list and detailed instructions, scroll to the bottom of this post for the FREE printable recipe card.

two pumpkin spice french toast cups on white plates, with more muffins in tray in background.

How to Make Pumpkin Spice French Toast Muffins

Believe it or not, making french toast cups is actually easier than making regular french toast! You don’t have to babysit anything, just mix it all together and bake!

  1. Melt together the brown sugar, butter, and molasses for the caramel layer. Set aside.
  2. To make the streusel, combine the brown sugar, flour, pumpkin pie spice, and salt. Cut the butter into the sugar mixture. Set aside.
  3. Place the cubed rolls in a large bowl.
  4. In a medium bowl, whisk together the eggs, maple syrup, milk, pumpkin, vanilla, and pumpkin pie spice.
  5. Pour the egg mixture over the cubed rolls and gently stir to coat.
  6. Line 8 – 10 jumbo muffin cups with muffin liners. Place about 1 – 1/2 tablespoons of caramel and 1 tablespoon of pecans at the bottom of each.
  7. Then, divide the bread mixture evenly between the cups.
  8. Sprinkle the tops with streusel.
  9. Bake at 350 degrees F until cooked through. Serve immediately.

The above is simply a quick summary of this recipe. Check out the free printable card at the bottom of this post for all the detailed instructions.

Can This Recipe Be Prepared in Advance?

I think the pumpkin spice french toast muffins are best eaten fresh out of the oven, but you can save time on a busy holiday morning by preparing the egg mixture, cubing the rolls, and making the streusel the night before.

Just store each part individually in an appropriate container in your refrigerator.

Tips for Making French Toast Cups

  • Have extra rolls from a holiday meal? No problem. These Pumpkin French Toast Muffin Cups are perfect for using up your leftover rolls.
  • If you don’t want the extra steps of preparing the caramel pecan bottom or the streusel top, you can omit one of the two and still have a delicious Pumpkin French Toast Muffin, but I wouldn’t skip both.
  • I recommend lining your muffin cups with muffin liners, otherwise the french toast cups will stick to the pan.

What to Serve with French Toast Muffins

Pair these French Toast Muffin Cups with something savory for the best results at your breakfast or brunch. Here are a few savory recipe ideas for inspiration.

Don’t see what you’re looking for here? You can always head over to check out the recipe index to look for more recipes.

More Fall Breakfast Recipes:

Pumpkin and chocolate make a great paring! Try them together in these easy Chocolate Chunk Pumpkin Applesauce Muffins. These muffins are the ultimate fall breakfast!

This Pumpkin Baked Oatmeal is a great make-ahead oatmeal recipe to make all fall and winter. It has all the delicious flavors of your favorite pumpkin pie while still providing great nutritional value to start your morning off right.

This Citrus Cardamom Coffee Cake is the perfect, cozy homemade coffee cake recipe. Your house will smell amazing while baking it!

A lightened up, gluten-free version of perfect griddlecakes, these Oatmeal Apple Pancakes are sweet, flavorful and perfect for a weekend breakfast!

These classic Homemade Waffles will be a hit with your family for weekend breakfasts!

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Caramel Pecan Pumpkin French Toast Muffin Cups

Caramel Pecan Pumpkin French Toast Muffin Cups

Yield: 8-10 jumbo muffin cups
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

These Pumpkin Spice French Toast Cups are made with a pool of caramel sauce on the bottom and are topped with streusel. Perfect for fall breakfasts and brunches!

Ingredients

For the Caramel Pecan Layer

  • 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 2 tablespoons molasses
  • 2/3 cup coarsely chopped pecans

For the French Toast

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Melt together the brown sugar, butter, and molasses for the caramel layer. Set aside.
  3. To make the streusel, combine the brown sugar, flour, pumpkin pie spice, and salt. Cut the butter into the sugar mixture using 2 knives, a pastry blender, or by pulsing a few times in a food processor. Set aside.
  4. Place the cubed rolls in a large bowl. In a medium bowl, whisk together the eggs, maple syrup, milk, pumpkin, vanilla, and pumpkin pie spice. Pour the egg mixture over the cubed rolls and gently stir to coat.
  5. Line 8 - 10 jumbo muffin cups with muffin liners. Place about 1 - 1/2 tablespoons of caramel and 1 tablespoon of pecans at the bottom of each. Then, divide the bread mixture evenly between the cups. I used about 2 heaping large cookie scoops full for each muffin cup. Then, sprinkle the tops with streusel.
  6. Bake at 350 degrees F for 20 - 30 minutes, or until cooked through. Serve immediately.

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Nutrition Information
Yield 10 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 340Total Fat 16gSaturated Fat 5gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 10gCholesterol 106mgSodium 352mgCarbohydrates 42gFiber 3gSugar 16gProtein 9g

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Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar

Thursday 31st of October 2013

Mmm these sound awesome!

Allison

Thursday 31st of October 2013

These are so creative! A yummy twist on an ordinary breakfast casserole. Can't wait to try!

Natalie @ Tastes Lovely

Thursday 31st of October 2013

Now these look GOOD!

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