French Breakfast Puffs

French Breakfast Puffs – A delicious breakfast muffin made extra-special after baking when they’re dipped in butter and coated in cinnamon sugar.

French Breakfast Puffs - a delicious muffin coated in butter and rolled in cinnamon sugar.

The baking continues…

The posting has been sporadic, but the baking has continued every day.

Since we’re down a house in the computer…
wait, that’s wrong.
I mean, since we’re down a computer here in the house, it’s been a tad bit challenging.
Five people in a house with two computers and one iPad.
And of course, I’m the one who needs one the most because I have a blog and work online, right?
So the momma should have priority, of course.

French Breakfast Puffs - a delicious muffin coated in butter and rolled in cinnamon sugar.

Yeah, well, sometimes it doesn’t work out that way.
Some nights I just get too tired.
This baking every day takes a lot out of a girl, I tell ya.

hee hee

I found this incredible recipe from the Pioneer Woman herself, Mrs. Ree Drummond.

French Breakfast Puffs - a delicious muffin coated in butter and rolled in cinnamon sugar.

French Breakfast Puffs

Yield: 12 muffins


  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2/3 cup shortening
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • Coating
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 16 tablespoons (2 sticks) unsalted butter


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Prepare a 12-cup muffin tin by spraying it with cooking spray or greasing it with butter.
  3. Into a medium bowl, sift the flour, baking powder, salt, and nutmeg together.
  4. In a mixing bowl fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the shortening and sugar together.
  5. Beat in the eggs and combine well.
  6. Alternately, add the flour mixture and the milk, mixing thoroughly after each addition.
  7. Pour batter into muffin cups filling to about 2/3 full.
  8. Bake for 20-25 minutes, until lightly golden.
  9. Coating
  10. In a medium bowl, melt the 2 sticks of butter.
  11. In another medium bowl, mix together the sugar and cinnamon for the coating.
  12. Dip the muffins into the butter, making sure to completely cover.
  13. Roll in cinnamon sugar.

French Breakfast Puffs - a delicious muffin coated in butter and rolled in cinnamon sugar.

I rate everything I bake on a scale of 1-4 with 4 being the best and these French Breakfast Puffs earned 4 rolling pins.
These puffs were absolutely great by themselves, but even better with the cinnamon sugar…




Yeah, you need to add these to your life.
Date them.
Propose to them.
Marry them.
Yes, marry them.
They will complete you.
And have you at,  “Mmmmmmmmmmm…..”.

I give you BIG baking hugs and muffins!!


  1. Jeanne says

    Hi Lynn. I have made this also for 30 plus years but my recipe is pretty much a half recipe of this and yields 12 muffins also. Your recipe has 3 cups of flour in it so I think it makes more than 12 or very big muffins. It is very good though. Thanks for sharing with everyone.

    • Lynne says

      thanks for your comment!
      I had never made these before and absolutely loved them, so I’ll probably be making them for the next 30 years!!

  2. Shereen Ibrahim says

    Hi Lynn. I’m in the UK, we don’t use shortening can I replace with butter/oil.
    I love reading your recipes but find them hard to follow with cup measurements can you list in grams too please.

    • Lynne says

      Shereen, thanks for your comment.
      You could probably replace the shortening with butter, but you’ll get a different outcome. I’d check out the original recipe on The Pioneer Woman’s website, Ree Drummond to see is she comments about using butter.
      Also, because of time constraints, I only list my recipes in cups and tablespoons. You can do a Google search for converting them to grams and it will tell you exactly how much you need.

    • Lynne says

      good question. I haven’t made them with shortening, but you could try. I would check on Ree Drummond’s site, The Pioneer Woman, to see if she says anything about that as that’s where I found the recipe.
      If you make them with shortening, please let me know how they turn out.

  3. Yasmin says


    Alternative to shortening is butter.

    Checked the comments on The Pioneer Woman – looks like plenty of people have tried it, and its worked out fine!

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