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French Breakfast Puffs Recipe
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French Breakfast Puffs

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"This was a favorite recipe of mine growing up. Now, I continue to make them for my husband and I. These muffins are easy to make, and quite tasty."

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Original recipe makes 1 dozen Change Servings
  • PREP

    5 mins
  • COOK

    25 mins

    30 mins


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease 12 muffin cups or line cups with paper muffin liners.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, salt, and nutmeg. In a separate bowl, cream together 1/2 cup sugar and shortening. Beat in egg. Stir flour mixture into shortening mixture alternately with milk. Beat well. Spoon batter into prepared muffin cups.
  3. Bake in preheated oven for 20 to 25 minutes. While muffins are baking, combine 1/2 cup sugar and 1 teaspoon cinnamon.
  4. Remove muffins from oven and muffin pan. Immediately, dip the tops of the muffins into the melted margarine, then into the sugar/cinnamon mixture. Repeat with each muffin, until all muffin tops are covered. Serve warm.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Mar 09, 2008

The entire family LOVES these. Recipe is wrong. Do *not* sift the 1/2 cup sugar in with the dry ingredients. Make sure it gets left out to cream with the shortening. These are moist and delicious and YUMMMMMMMY!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Feb 10, 2003

something's off with the sugar - recipe calls for 1/2c sugar which in step 2 is supposed to be added to the flour; and then you're supposed to cream sugar and shortening together. but you've already put the sugar into the flour -- so i dont know where the error is

Dec 07, 2010

Instead of shortening, I used butter. I also used whole wheat white flour and buttermilk. When dropping them into the mini muffin tins, I used my small cookie scoop not only to make uniform sized muffins but it was just easier to make just the right amount for each muffin cup. I also used butter for the "dip" part, too. My family basically had these gone in a matter of seconds. Next time, I'll double the recipe and I think I'll add a little more spice when I make it and maybe some vanilla or maple flavoring to the "puff" part. NOTE: When you make these, be sure to watch them carefully as you reach the end of baking time. Mine were a bit overdone.

Jun 10, 2012

These definitely are delicious, slightly sweet, bite-sized treats! You might be tempted as I was to nibble on them on all day...! My husband just loved these with a nice cup of coffee. I used butter instead of shortening and I happen to like spices so I used 1/2 tsp. of nutmeg in these plus 1/2 tsp. of vanilla. The end result is a very light, moist, irresistable little treat that's easy to make!

Dec 03, 2003

Apsolutely deliciuos, they are so light and also light in cals. If you don't have nutmeg just put cinoman in it is just as good, i also made it as a cake as my friend did not have a muffin tin, just cook a little longer about 20-25 mins.

Jul 29, 2008

I can see if left as is these would be bland. I made the recipe as is, except I did not have shoretning, I subed oil. ok folks.. make these as mini muffins and dip the whole muffin in the butter and roll in cin/sugar mix. You have a great treat. As a large muffin you are going to get bland, there is not enough spice in the batter to make these tasty. It kinda reminds you of a donut hole with cin/sugar.

Apr 01, 2009

My grandma used to make these when I was a little girl and they are still a favorite of mine after all these years. She would bake them in a cast iron muffin tin shaped like bears and then dip the whole muffin in butter and roll in the cinnamon and sugar mixture. I make them the same way, except I add a teaspoon of vanilla extract to the batter for additional flavor. Love these and the memories that come with them!

Jun 12, 2006

Great recipe, suggest using mini-muffin tins to maximize the cinnamon-sugar surface area to mass ratio. :)


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  • Calories
  • 231 kcal
  • 12%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 29.5 g
  • 10%
  • Cholesterol
  • 16 mg
  • 5%
  • Fat
  • 11.8 g
  • 18%
  • Fiber
  • 0.5 g
  • 2%
  • Protein
  • 2.5 g
  • 5%
  • Sodium
  • 214 mg
  • 9%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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