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The first time I had French Breakfast Puffs was right after I started dating my husband, my mother-in-law made them one Sunday morning and I loved them! They’re super easy to make, with just a few simple ingredients and people are always so impressed by the fluffy, buttery sweetness. This is still one of my husband’s favorite Sunday morning treats! Imagine biting into a soft, buttery puff sprinkled with cinnamon and sugar, paired with a steaming cup of coffee.

From their buttery texture to their delicate flavor, these puffs are a true delight for the senses. But beyond their culinary appeal, French breakfast puffs also teach us valuable lessons about slowing down, savoring the moment, and finding joy in the small things. This recipe is from one of my favorite cookbooks, my grandma’s Betty Crocker Cookbook.

So the next time you’re craving something sweet for breakfast, why not try your hand at making your own French breakfast puffs?

What are French Breakfast Puffs?

French Breakfast Puffs aren’t really French, this recipe is from a 1950’s Betty Crocker cookbook, but they do puff up when you bake them. They’re like a cross between a muffin and a doughnut, dipped in melted butter and rolled in cinnamon sugar.



  • Butter
  • Sugar
  • Egg
  • Milk
  • All purpose flour
  • Baking Powder
  • Salt
  • Ground nutmeg
french breakfast puffs ingredients


cinnamon sugar topping ingredients

How to make French Breakfast Puffs

In a medium bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until fluffy. Add the egg and mix until well combined.

cream sugar, butter and egg

Sift together the dry ingredients.

french breakfast puffs dry ingredients

Add to creamed alternately with the milk.

french breakfast puffs batter

Fill the muffin cups 2/3 full.

french breakfast puffs ready to bake

Bake 20-25 minutes or until golden brown.

French breakfast puffs baking

Mix sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl. Roll hot muffins in melted butter, then in sugar-cinnamon mixture.

French breakfast puffs butter and sugar

Serve hot.

French Breakfast Puffs

Tools For This Recipe

  • Farberware Muffin Tin–this nonstick muffin pan works great for making muffins, making cupcakes, or making mini quiches and casseroles.
  • Pyrex glass mixing bowl – The Pyrex Glass Mixing Bowl is handy to store in the fridge and freezer when you need to freeze contents or keep them fresh.
  • Silicone Mixing Spoon–The perfect spoons to keep your nonstick pans scratch free.

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French Breakfast Puffs

French Breakfast Puffs

French Breakfast Puffs are the perfect combination of muffin and doughnut, dipped in melted butter and cinnamon sugar. Yum!

Prep Time 15 minutes

Cook Time 25 minutes

Total Time 40 minutes

Course Bread and Muffins

Cuisine American

  • 1/3 cup soft shortening part butter
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/2 cups sifted GOLD MEDAL Flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/3 cup butter melted
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • Heat oven to 350°. Grease bottom of muffin cups or use paper baking cups.

  • Mix shortening, 1/2 cup sugar and egg thoroughly.

  • Sift together flour, baking powder, salt and nutmeg.

  • Stir in alternately with milk.

  • Fill greased muffin cups 2/3 full.

  • Bake 20 to 25 min., or until golden brown.

  • Immediately roll in the melted butter, then in mixture of 1/2 cup sugar and cinnamon.

  • Serve hot.

Keyword French Breakfast Puffs


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