What To Do With Leftover Bread Crusts

Remember this huge stack of bread crusts from earlier this week that I said to set aside when making mini-blinis?

There are so many ways to use up leftover bread crusts. I realize they might not be a common occurrence in every house, but I tend to have an abundance of them when making homemade uncrustables or those mini-blinis. I also always have a bag in my freezer where I collect the heels from a loaf of bread that don’t get eaten. I use those the same way I do bread crusts by just cutting them into small strips.

Here are some of my favorite ways to use those bread extras.

  • Processed in the food processor for bread crumbs.
  • Torn into chunks for homemade stuffing.
  • Tossed with some olive oil, Italian seasonings and salt and pepper. Then baked at 325 degrees for 20-30 minutes for homemade croutons.

Or, our all-time favorite way is to make cinnamon sugar bread crusts. These are so good! They turn out flaky and crispy with just the right amount of sweet.

Cinnamon Sugar Bread Crusts

  • Crusts from one loaf of bread (roughly 5-6 cups of bread crusts or sliced bread heels) *thaw first if frozen
  • 1/2 c. butter, melted
  • 3/4 c. sugar
  • 1 1/2 T. cinnamon

1. Place bread crusts in a large bowl. Pour melted butter on top. Toss to coat. Pour on sugar and cinnamon and toss to coat again. Spread onto a cookie sheet and bake at 325 degrees for 25-30 minutes, flipping at least once during the baking time, until golden brown and crispy.

We love these as a snack and they usually don’t last too long. However, they will stay good about 3-5 days in a metal cookie tin or plastic bag. (They’ll retain their crispness best in a tin but they still taste great if stored in a plastic bag.)

Do you ever have extra bread crusts or heels of bread on hand? If you do, how do you use them?

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24 thoughts on “What To Do With Leftover Bread Crusts

  1. I’m glad you posted this! I baked me some small dinner rolls 2 days ago using whole wheat flour & I just don’t like them much. I’ll use them for this recipe and they would have to taste better since cinnamon can fix anything!

  2. what a great idea! my 3 year old never eats a sandwich w/crust, yet is a cinnamon toast fanatic… two problems solved at once

  3. I usually do bread crumbs and I always wish that I would do bread pudding. Love this cinnamon stick idea! Maybe it’d be fun to try some beaten egg whites in there too…or something like that. This recipe is beautiful simplicity though and that’s always the best thing!

  4. Great ideas. I also take them and crisp them up somewhat like you do for croutons and then toss them on salads, or tops of casseroles.

    And then of course…….it’s always fun to have them on hand in the freezer for those occasional family outings to go feed the birds. ; D

    Thanks for your blog! Love it.

  5. my kids eat their crusts, shockingly, so we don’t have as many leftovers typically, but I usually like to save the bread heels, and then turn them into bread crumbs for stuffed chicken breasts.

    Love the ideas!

  6. Love this post! I just started to freeze my leftover homemade bread recently and just yesterday made my first batch of bread crumbs–for YOUR mac and cheese. Everyone LOVED it!

    Tonight I’m finally making your Bacon Waffles.


  7. Hi there! I am dropping in from Frugal Friday.

    I enjoyed your post. I have to laugh because I am a stickler about eating crusts. My mom always was too. She told me crusts make your hair curly. My hair is very curly..LOL

    Stop by and see me when you get a chance over at Free 2 Be Frugal.


  8. I LOVE that idea! I’m definitely going to give it a try. It’s funny because my kids will eat their bread crusts beside their sandwich better than on it! But I think they would eat them even better like this!

  9. These were fabulous! My kids (and the neighborhood kids) are already asking when we can make more. Thanks for a great recipe!

  10. Looks really good! Usually, I make a French Toast bake with semi-stale bread. These would be great, too!

    1. A word about birds and bread: I once heard that bread will swell up in a bird’s throat…..not a good thing. I’ve never forgotten that, but I don’t think anyone else knows.

    1. She said they taste good, she didn’t say anything about it being healthy. Note the title says “what to do with leftover bread crusts” not “super healthy non-fat things to do with leftover bread crusts.” Like seriously, do people read things they don’t like just so they can criticize it?

      To answer the innocent blogger’s question: I love bread pudding (with lots of butter, sugar and cinnamon!). That’s what I save my bread for!

  11. I tried the cinnamon sugar bread crusts with crusts that were left after making stuffing. They were wonderful. The grands really enjoyed them! Thank you so much for he idea.

  12. My little guy loves bread and would eat crusts if he could but his teeth are coming in very slowly. He only has 4 at 16 months! I’ve been assured this is normal but makes crusts tough for him to chew. I knew how to handle leftover wheat or white bread crusts but I was at a loss for cinnamon raisin or other homemade sweet fruit breads. This is perfect!! Can’t wait to try. Thank you!

    1. Diana. Don’t worry about your little ones delay in teeth. The longer they take to come thru the better the teeth will be.

  13. this is a really great idea- the cinnamon sticks. is there any way to replace the butter to those of us who suffer from lactose intolerance or simply vegans? thanks!!

  14. Omg!! I made sandwiches for a Sunday School field trip and the kids don’t like crusts so I now have a ton of bread crusts leftover.
    I will so use this recipe thanks

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