French Breakfast Puffs

Sister-in-law Megan spoiled us with these breakfast goodies over the holidays. They are melt-in-your-mouth delicious, as only The Pioneer Woman can create. They also freeze well. Megan suggests freezing each puff in an individual plastic bag and nuking it (in the bag) in the microwave for 15 seconds. Instant hot and yummy breakfast on the go!

french breakfast puffs

French Breakfast Puffs

(Printable Recipe)

Makes 12 muffins.


  • 3 cups flour
  • 3 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2/3 cup shortening (Crisco)
  • 2 whole eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 and 1/2 cups sugar
  • 3 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 sticks butter


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly grease muffin tin.
  2. In a large bowl, stir together flour, baking powder, salt, and nutmeg. Set aside.
  3. In another bowl, cream together 1 cup sugar and shortening. Then add eggs and mix again. Add flour mixture and milk alternately to creamed mixture, beating well after each addition.
  4. Fill prepared muffin tin 2/3 full. Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until golden.
  5. In a bowl, melt 2 sticks butter. In a separate bowl, combine remaining sugar and cinnamon. Dip baked muffins in butter, coating thoroughly, then coat with cinnamon-sugar mixture.

(adapted from The Pioneer Woman)

4 thoughts on “French Breakfast Puffs

  1. These look delicious and simple to make. This just might be a surprise breakfast treat for the wife this weekend. When you say muffin tin, what size are you talking about? Between mini muffins, what used to be a standard muffin tin 20 years ago and the growing size of muffin tins in general to jumbo sizes it is hard to judge today. The picture makes them look small or regular in size for a 2-3 bite size.

    Will have to get back to your site later and dig further into your blog. Thanks for the post.


    1. Definitely a nice breakfast treat for your wife! We used regular sized muffin tins, which yielded 12 muffins. I wouldn’t recommend using jumbo sized tins because the puffs are pretty decadent! Thanks for stopping by.

  2. My wife and I planned on a trip to Seven Mountains Wine Cellars, and while browsing for their web site, I came upon a ‘Culinary Couple’ review. Wanting to hear what someone else had to say about the place, I read your article. We had been there in the spring on the Susquehanna Valley Wine Tour which also included a visit to Brookmere, with an overnight stay in the mansion! Didnt see any ghosts, though!! haha, but anyway, decided to check out your site, and try my hand at these muffins….sounded pretty easy!! I experimented a bit, using pumpkin pie spice in place of nutmeg, and finishing off with a roll in pampered chef sweet cinnamon sprinkles and sweet caramel sprinkles……..soooo delicious!!! thanks for the recipe, will definately make these again!!! and took only 45 minutes!!!!

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