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French Breakfast Puffs

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  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 9 muffins 1x


Tender muffins are drenched in melted butter and then rolled in cinnamon & sugar for a sweet and crunchy coating that makes these muffins out of this world!


Units Scale
  • 1/3 cup shortening
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg (I use fresh nutmeg)
  • 1/2 cup milk


  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup melted butter


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a muffin tins with nonstick cooking spray (only spray 9 of 12 the cups).
  2. In a small bowl, beat shortening, 1/2 cup sugar and egg until smooth. Combine the flour, baking powder, salt and nutmeg; add to the sugar mixture alternately with milk.
  3. Fill greased muffin cups two-thirds full. Bake at 350° for 20 to 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean.


  1. Combine the cinnamon and sugar in a shallow bowl, set aside. Melt butter in a shallow bowl. Roll hot muffins immediately in melted butter, then in sugar-cinnamon mixture. Serve warm.


  • I pour a little water into the empty muffin tins before I put the pan in the oven. This helps ensure even baking, and can help keep the tin from warping as the muffins bakes. Maybe it’s an old myth, but that’s what I was taught years ago. (lol)
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Category: Muffins