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These light, buttery French Breakfast Puffs are rolled in cinnamon-sugar for the perfect breakfast treat or party sweet.

French Breakfast Puffs

Today is a very special day around here!

And no, not just because I am actually posting 4 days before I get married – although, believe you me, that is pretty miraculous in and of itself.

No, only a handful of things could persuade me to post this close to the wedding, and today it is because I am joining with some of my blogging friends to throw a virtual baby shower for our friend Christina from Dessert for Two!

Baby Shower Badge - Dessert for Two

Surprise, Tina! (Are you surprised? I hope you’re surprised.)

Christina was one of the very first “established” bloggers to befriend me when I started this site, and has remained a dear friend ever since. We bonded over our common understanding of southern grandmothers and remained friends because of our love of dessert.

(Ok, maybe there are a few more elements to our friendship than just that…but baking is a pretty solid cornerstone.)

Alex and I adore both Christina and her husband, Brian, and we could not be more excited for them as they welcome their first child – a baby girl! – into the world.

Cinnamon-Sugar Breakfast Puffs

For Christina’s big day, I dove into the family recipe files and pulled out this recipe for French Breakfast Puffs, which is a recipe my mother acquired during her junior high Home Ec class.

This recipe is a cinch to make, and makes the most perfect little breakfast puffs dipped in melted butter and rolled in cinnamon-sugar.

Heaven help me.

Make these French Breakfast Puffs for a breakfast, brunch, or even a baby shower. If the butter and cinnamon-sugar don’t automatically make you the most popular person at the party, I don’t know what will.

Make sure to check out all of the other recipes from Christina’s friends:

Fizzy Grapefruit Margaritas from Well Plated

Earl Grey Cake with Vanilla Bean Buttercream from Country Cleaver

Mini Bourbon and Bacon Tater Tot Casseroles from Climbing Grier Mountain

Maple-Chia Overnight Oatmeal from Feed Me Phoebe

Lemon Cake for Two from Keep It Sweet Desserts

Mini Raspberry Pavlovas from The Baker Chick

Almond Berry Cake Parfaits for Two from Edible Perspective

Peanut Butter Bourbon Blondies from The Frosted Vegan

Mixed Berry Mascarpone Scones from Bluebonnet Baker

Greek Yogurt Funfetti Cupcakes for Two from The Housewife in Training Files

Bourbon Barbeque Sliders with Bleu Cheese from Saucy Pear

Steak Fajita Tacos for Two from The Sweetphi Blog

Mango Madeleines from Stetted

Citrus Salad with Mint, Honey, and Lime from Rachel Cooks

Parfaits for Two from Order in the Kitchen

Peanut Butter Chocolate Mousse with Coconut Whipped Cream from Joyful Healthy Eats

Blueberry Vanilla Cream Hand Pies from Eats Well With Others

Banana Pudding Cheesecake from The Domestic Rebel

 French Breakfast Puffs 3

PSA: When your nails match your dishes, you might have a problem. 

Yield: 10 muffins

French Breakfast Puffs

French Breakfast Puffs
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes


  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup milk

For the topping:

  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a muffin tin; set aside.
  • In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until fluffy. Add the egg and mix until well combined.
  • Sift together the dry ingredients. Add alternately the dry ingredients with the milk, beginning and ending with the dry ingredients. Fill the muffin cups 2/3 full (should fill about 10 of the cups). Bake for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown.
  • While puffs bake, mix together the remaining sugar and cinnamon in a shallow bowl.
  • Upon removing from the oven, immediately roll puffs in the butter, then then cinnamon-sugar mixture. Best served hot, but will keep for up to 3 days in an airtight container.

  • Speaking of showers – A couple of weeks ago, some of my dear friends (Christina included!) threw me a surprise virtual bridal shower! I was so touched and adored all of the recipes, as well as everyone’s kind words. No one told me that getting married meant having all of the people say beautiful, touching things about you! Check out the posts from my friends as well – love and recipes abound!

    The Cooking Actress – Chocolate Shoofly Pie with Pecan Whole Wheat Crust
    Girl Versus Dough – Mini Meyer Lemon Coconut Scones
    Sarcastic Cooking – Mini Buffalo Blue Cheese Chicken Pot Pies
    The Roasted Root – Sweet Potato Rounds with Guacamole and Bacon
    A Cedar Spoon – Strawberry Mint Mascarpone Crostini with Lemon Honey Drizzle
    Very Culinary – White Chocolate Raspberry Parfaits
    Rachel Cooks – Broccoli and Bacon Beer Cheese Dip
    Bluebonnet Baker – Maple Bourbon Balls
    Nutmeg Nanny – Broccoli Bacon Salad
    Laura’s Mess – Spiced Apple and Buttermilk Cake
    Seaweed and Sassafras – Herb and Cheese Scones
    Stetted – Meyer Lemon Meringue Pie
    All Day I Dream About Food – Chocolate Fudge Crumb Bars
    Dessert for Two – Mini Lemon Cakes
    Foodie with Family – Smoked Salmon Cucumber Pizza

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    Friday 6th of September 2019

    Always a great breakfast!!!!My goodness, nothing so simple and so satisfying as this puffs. Thanks for sharing!

    Jennie @onesweetmess

    Monday 27th of April 2015

    What a great way to celebrate a new baby. These sound so buttery and delicious. Yum!

    Karen @ The Food Charlatan

    Saturday 25th of April 2015

    Your nails match your bowls...could you be any more adorable?? Congratulations to Christina and to YOU Stephie!! I'll celebrate with a dozen or so of these puffs thankyouverymuch!


    Monday 27th of April 2015

    Adorable...or certifiable? ;-) Thank you so much!

    Kayle (The Cooking Actress)

    Monday 20th of April 2015

    1-YOU'RE MARRIED NOW! YAYYYYYY! 2-yayyyy for Christina!!! <3 3-These breakfast puffs look SO delicious. I'd love a big plate of these for breakfast!


    Monday 27th of April 2015

    Spoiler alert - the being a Mrs. thing takes a while to sink in. WHEE!

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