This Oreo French toast is a lavish and sinfully decadent breakfast or brunch option. French toast encrusted in chocolate cookie dust is smothered in a rich mascarpone whipped cream and then topped with Oreo pieces.
It’s like eating Oreos dunked in milk, but in a way that is richer, creamier, and more elegant. The perfect balance of sweetness, creaminess, and chocolate, this is a dish that is perfect for a special brunch with kids, a Valentine’s day treat, or a morning when you really want to treat yourself.
A glass of milk is an obvious drink to have with Oreos, but you can also try pairing it with drinks that go well with chocolate: a strong coffee or a black tea like English Breakfast can be a nice pairing.
For a truly indulgent morning, an Irish coffee, a chocolate malt, or an egg cream (milk + chocolate syrup + seltzer) could be your choice as well.
This is a fairly involved recipe, but none of the steps are very challenging. You’ll make two kinds of Oreo crumbs, soak and fry the French toast, and make a mascarpone whipped cream. The most challenging part of this recipe is not eating too many cookies before you finish the toasts.
What You Need to Make Oreo Toast
You’ll need a frying pan, a whisk, a few bowls, a plastic bag, and a rolling pin for this dish. A food processor is also helpful but not essential.
There are very few ingredients in Oreo French toast. Oreos are the key element to this dish, but you do not need Nabisco-brand Oreos. Store brands are fine! Most of the Oreos will be crushed and no one will be the wiser.
You will need a few ingredients for this recipe that you may not have on hand, like brioche, whipped cream and mascarpone cheese.
Brioche is a rich, sweet bread often used for French toast, and when cut into thick slices, is perfect for the heavy toppings. You’ll want your bread to be at least a day old.
The mascarpone whipped cream is richer and thicker than whipped cream, and gives a lucious and creamy element. But you can substitute the mascarpone cheese for entirely whipped cream.
- Large Eggs
- Heavy cream
- Whole Milk
How To Make Oreo French Toast
Make the Oreo dust: Place 8-9 Oreos in a food processor and pulse until the Oreos are small crumbles or even dust. If you don’t have a food processor, place the Oreos in a plastic bag and crush them with a rolling pin until they are the right consistency.
Make the custard: Whisk together milk, Oreo dust, and eggs until smooth.
Make the Oreo pieces: Place 8-9 Oreos in a plastic bag and hit several times with a rolling pin to create Oreo pieces.
Make the French toast: Put the custard mixture in a shallow baking dish. Soak slices of brioche in the egg mixture for 4-5 minutes per side.
Use your hands or a spoon to bring up any Oreo dust that has fallen to the bottom of the dish and ensure that both sides get coated in Oreos.
Heat a non-stick skillet with butter on medium heat, and fry each piece of French toast for 4-5 minutes per side.
Make the mascarpone whipped cream: Put the whipped cream and mascarpone in a bowl and whip until well combined and thick.
When you make whipped cream, the ingredients, bowl and whisk have to be extremely cold. With mascarpone whipped cream, the temperature is less important (the mascarpone is already thick), but you do want your ingredients to be chilled.
This mascarpone whipped cream is not too sweet, which I like, as it adds a nice counterbalance to the sweetness of the cookies. You can add a tablespoon or two of powdered sugar for a sweeter version or a stabilized version.
Assemble the French toast: Place one slice of French toast on a plate and cover with a thick layer of mascarpone whipped cream. Add a layer of Oreo pieces. Serve immediately.
What can I do with extra mascarpone whipped cream?
Mascarpone whipped cream is perfect on anything you would put whipped cream on. Mascarpone has a higher fat content and is thicker than heavy whipping cream, and so adds an even more decadent, richer flavor and texture. Try pairing it with a bowl of fruit or berries, or dipping your leftover Oreos in it for a rich treat.
Can I make anything ahead of time?
The Oreo pieces and Oreo dust can be made ahead of time and stored in plastic bags for a few days before you use them. The whipped cream can also be made ahead of time, but unless you stabilize it with powdered sugar, you will want to use it within a few hours.
The French toast can be re-warmed in a skillet with a small amount of butter to avoid sticking if made a day in advance.
What other kinds of toppings can I use?
The toppings in this dish are pretty great on their own, but if you don’t like the texture of the crushed Oreos, you could also top it with other French toast toppings like chocolate syrup or chocolate sprinkles.
Oreo French Toast
- 8 slices brioche cut into ½ inch slices, preferably stale
- 3 large eggs
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 1 cup whole milk
- ½ cup mascarpone
- 2 to 4 tbsp butter
- 16 to 18 Oreos
- Place 8-9 Oreos in a food processor and pulse until crumbled and dust-like. Alternatively, place 8-9 Oreos in a plastic bag and smash with a rolling pin until crumbled and dust like.
- Whisk together 1 cup whole milk and 3 large eggs until eggs are fully combined with the milk. Whisk in the Oreo dust.
- Place custard with Oreo dust in a shallow baking dish and soak slices of brioche for 4-5 minutes per side, making sure to coat each side with Oreo dust that may have sunk to the bottom.
- Heat 1-2 tablespoons of butter in a non-stick skillet on medium heat and fry the brioche for 4-5 minutes per side.
- Place 8-9 Oreos in a plastic bag and smash a few times with a rolling pin until large pieces are formed.
- Whisk together 1 cup heavy cream and ½ cup mascarpone cheese until it is thick and able to hold its shape, 1-2 minutes.
- Assemble the French toast by spreading a layer of mascarpone whipped cream onto the toast and topping with crushed Oreos.
- Serve immediately.
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This was perfect for my Oreo loving husband!!! Such a fun, yummy breakfast treat!
Wow. Adding Oreo to it really made it so tasty!!