French Breakfast Puffs ~ sweet, tender muffins dipped in butter and cinnamon sugar | {Five Heart Home}

French Breakfast Puffs

French Breakfast Puffs are tender vanilla muffins drenched in melted butter and dipped in cinnamon sugar for a sweet and crunchy coating that makes breakfast time a treat!
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 18 to 20 muffins
Calories 233kcal
Author Samantha Skaggs


  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg optional
  • 2/3 cup butter at room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs at room temperature
  • 1 cup milk at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract


  • 1/3 cup melted butter
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon


  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Generously grease muffin cups with butter.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, salt, and nutmeg. In a large bowl, use an electric mixer to beat together softened butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Blend in eggs until well incorporated. Slowly mix in flour mixture, alternating with milk, until all ingredients are blended. Stir in vanilla.
  • Divide batter between muffin cups so that they are about 2/3 full. Bake until edges are starting to turn golden and a toothpick inserted in center comes clean, about 20 to 25 minutes.
  • While muffins are baking, pour melted butter in a bowl. Mix sugar and cinnamon together in another bowl. As soon as muffins are done, allow them to cool for just a minute or two before turning them out of the pan. Dip the top of each muffin in butter, allowing it to soak for about 10 seconds, and then press it into the cinnamon sugar mixture until generously coated. Serve warm.


Instead of only dipping the tops, you may drench the entire puff in butter and roll in cinnamon sugar until the whole surface is coated. In this case, you will need additional melted butter and cinnamon-sugar mixture.
If you choose to make these as mini muffins, they will probably take 12 to 14 minutes to bake.


Calories: 233kcal | Carbohydrates: 33g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 42mg | Sodium: 210mg | Potassium: 105mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 18g | Vitamin A: 327IU | Calcium: 49mg | Iron: 1mg