French Breakfast Puffs

French Breakfast Puffs This recipe is for those of us that are going through a spring break filled with freezing temperatures, gusty wind storms and more snow. I promise these little puffs will make everything better. Well at least for those few minutes while you’re enjoying them. A hot cup of coffee is recommended to go along with them too! And we can enjoy them guilt free because at this point, it’s looking and feeling like bathing suit season will never come around here…so no prep needed for that! 😉French Breakfast Puffs I first tried one of these last fall at a family party. My aunt had made them and I took one bite and swooned! They’re like a mix between a donut and muffin and just so, so good. When I asked what they were and about the recipe, my aunt and my mom were both like, that old recipe, it’s been around forever. What?!!! Then how was I just trying them for the first time ever?! I’m still feeling slightly put out by them for holding out on this recipe for all of my life! But this is for sure an “old-time” recipe. I think it’s originally a Betty Crocker, at least as far as I can tell, and it’s been around for decades.
You can make them mini or regular size muffins – either way they’re amazing! But I highly recommend eating them while warm (give them a quick reheat before serving if needed). And no, they’re not evenly remotely healthy or good for you…but sometimes, ya just gotta treat yo self and enjoy a delicious French Breakfast Puff!French Breakfast Puffs French Breakfast Puffs French Breakfast Puffs

French Breakfast Puffs

Melt-in-your-mouth cinnamon sugar treats! These little puffs are like a mix between a donut and a muffin and oh so good! 

Course: Breakfast, Brunch
Ingredients
  • 2/3 cup butter flavored shortening
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 cup milk
Coating:
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup butter, melted
Instructions
  1. Pre-heat oven to 350ºF. Grease two mini or 1 regular size muffin tray.

  2. Mix together shortening and 1 cup sugar until thoroughly combined. Add eggs and mix until combined. Sir in baking powder, salt and nutmeg. Gradually add flour and milk, alternating between the two, and mix until combined. Divide batter among muffin cups, filling about 2/3 full. 

  3. Bake about 15 minutes or until golden brown for mini muffins and 20-25 minutes for regular size muffins.

  4. In a small bowl, mix together 1 cup sugar and cinnamon. Roll warm muffins in melted butter, then roll in sugar-cinnamon mixture. Serve warm.

Recipe Notes

Recipe slightly adapted from Betty Crocker.

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-Manda

10 comments
  • JackieThursday, April 5, 2018 - 9:32 pm

    A mix of a donut and a muffin? Say no more! These look delicious!ReplyCancel

    • MandaFriday, April 6, 2018 - 10:31 am

      Thanks! I know, it’s like the two best foods combined! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Pat SchwabFriday, April 6, 2018 - 1:32 am

    Yum! These look delicious. Have you ever tried one without the sugar topping?ReplyCancel

    • MandaFriday, April 6, 2018 - 10:36 am

      Yes, I have tried one without the sugar topping. The taste is not bad, but not overly flavorful. The butter also helps give the outside edge a slightly different texture, so you lose some of that yummy goodness as well.ReplyCancel

  • KaseyFriday, April 6, 2018 - 7:49 am

    OOOoo! Yummo, these definitely would taste perfect with coffee!ReplyCancel

    • MandaFriday, April 6, 2018 - 10:37 am

      They are the perfect combo! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • 2pots2cookMonday, April 9, 2018 - 12:20 pm

    So beautiful ! So glad to find you !ReplyCancel

  • diFriday, April 13, 2018 - 11:54 am

    Do you think butter would be ok in place of shortening? IReplyCancel

    • MandaMonday, April 16, 2018 - 11:13 am

      I think it would be fine to sub butter for the shortening. I often do in recipes, the texture might be slightly different, but probably not much, so I think it’s fine. 🙂ReplyCancel

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