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French Breakfast Puffs

by Christa on June 9, 2011

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I literally made these for breakfast 30 minutes ago. I was SO impressed and excited by the results that I had to share the recipe with you all as soon as possible!

My fiance described these as “bundles of pure lust”. I think that’s all that needs to be said.

…But for all of you who want more of a description before devoting the next hour to these little babies, they are mini buttermilk muffins with a touch of nutmeg that are dipped in butter and then rolled in LOTS of cinnamon-sugar.

I changed up the original recipe by using cake flour instead of AP flour and buttermilk instead of whole milk. These changes made the muffins so light and fluffy.


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French Breakfast Puffs


1 1/2 cups cake flour

1 1/2 tsps. baking powder

1/2 tsp. salt

1/4 tsp. nutmeg

1/2 cup sugar

1/3 cup shortening

1 egg

1/2 cup buttermilk

3/4 cup sugar

2 tsps. cinnamon

1 stick of butter (1/2 cup)




1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease a mini muffin tin (this recipe will make 18-20 mini muffins).

2. In a large bowl stir together the cake flour, baking powder, salt and nutmeg. Set aside.

3. In a different bowl, cream together 1/2 cup sugar and shortening. Add the egg and mix well. Add the flour mixture and milk alternately. Make sure not to over-beat the mixture.

4. Fill prepared muffin cups 3/4 full.

5. Baker in preheated oven for 15-17 minutes or until golden brown.

6. In a bowl, melt the stick of butter. In a separate bowl combine the 3/4 cup sugar and cinnamon. Dip the baked warm muffins in butter, coating thoroughly on each side, then coat with cinnamon-sugar mixture.

7. These are melt-in-your mouth delicious, especially when warm, so gobble them up once your done coating in the cinnamon-sugar!

(recipe adapted from Pioneer Woman)



They make me feel like I’m sitting at a small Parisian cafe with a Cappuccino in one hand and a French Breakfast Puff in the other. (eventhough I haven’t been to Paris yet 🙂 )

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Amanda June 9, 2011 at 8:17 pm

I'm drooling. TMI, I know.


Leslie June 9, 2011 at 9:17 pm

Don't you love when you make something then immediately post it to your blog!!!! That means it was PURLY amazing!
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Mrs. L June 10, 2011 at 8:20 pm

I love using my little mini muffin tin. And I love donut like stuff. So this is a perfect recipe for me!


All Things Yummy June 10, 2011 at 10:09 pm

Oh yum, these look delicious. Perfect breakfast treat for this weekend.


teresa June 19, 2011 at 10:00 pm

love these!


Mary June 26, 2011 at 4:43 pm

You did a fabulous job with these. It's been a while since I made them. Next time I'll try them with your changes. I hope you have a great weekend. Blessings…Mary


Now Serving June 26, 2011 at 7:42 pm

what a delicious treat – reminds me of the stuff I yearn for at cinnabon!!a definite must try one and love the ease of it – thanks for sharing this recipe 🙂


Treat and Trick June 27, 2011 at 5:38 am

They look fantastic and irresistible!


Rose June 27, 2011 at 9:22 am

Oh wow, they look delightful! At first I thought they were doughnuts 🙂



Bizzy B. Bakes July 5, 2011 at 2:56 am

How I would love to wake up to these in the morning with a cup of black coffee.

I invite you to link these up Bake with Bizzy. They are easy enough and gorgeous enough to attract a lot of people. They sure attracted me.



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