Cinnamon Breakfast Muffins

Delicious, easy Cinnamon Donut Breakfast Muffins. These are perfect, popable bites and they freeze well too!
Cinnamon Muffins: easy breakfast muffins rolled in cinnamon/sugar. Perfect for the freezer too!

Any of you Tastefully Simple fans out there? These taste JUST like their Cinnamon melt muffins (actually I don’t remember what they are called). Rolled in butter and dredged through cinnamon sugar, these definitely will bring you to that sugar high quite quickly. I usually make two batches so that I can freeze them. 25 mini muffins fit quite nicely in a Ziploc gallon bag. I froze 4 bags of these, plus we had another 20 or so left to eat hot out of the oven.

You can make these big (using a regular sized cupcake pan), however you would have less cinnamon/sugar to muffin ratio. And I like crunch of the sugar on my muffin. Plus, you don’t feel as bad eating 3 little ones instead of 1 big one! Trust me on this.


Cinnamon Breakfast Muffins


  • 3 cup flour
  • 3 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2/3 cup butter flavored Crisco
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp cinnamon
  • 2 sticks butter, melted


  1. Mix one cup sugar with shortening until well blended. Add eggs.
  2. In separate bowl, mix flour, baking powder, salt, 1/2 tsp cinnamon and nutmeg. Add flour mixture alternately with milk to the creamed mixture. Beat well after each addition.
  3. Lightly grease 18 muffin cups (or 48 mini muffins). Fill muffin cups half full. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 20-25 minutes (minis for about 13-15 minutes).
  4. While baking, melt 2 sticks of butter. In separate bowl, mix sugar with cinnamon. Dip baked muffins in butter, coating thoroughly, then coat with cinnamon-sugar mixture. Eat, enjoy, and eat some more!
(Recipe slightly adapted from Pioneer Woman)

27 Responses to “Cinnamon Breakfast Muffins”

  1. posted Aug 25, 2011 at 12:52 pm

    Oh my…..these just look too good. 😉

  2. posted Aug 25, 2011 at 3:34 pm

    I have this recipe and make these all the time. One of the first recipes I put on my blog! Make these, they are wonderful!!!

  3. posted Aug 26, 2011 at 12:22 am

    Call me crazy, but I swear I can actually smell these if I sit close enough to my screen. Those look divine.

    • Beverly Harris
      posted Dec 9, 2013 at 6:48 pm

      I could smell them too. And they just melted in my mouth as I slobbered all over the screen. LOL

  4. posted Aug 26, 2011 at 7:09 pm

    These look so good. Can’t wait to try the recipe.

  5. posted Aug 28, 2011 at 4:56 am

    Oh yum, these look delicious.

  6. posted Aug 29, 2011 at 4:38 am

    I love anything that is drenched in butter and rolled in cinnamon sugar! Thanks for linking up to Fat Camp Friday. Hope you enjoyed your weekend, see you next time!

  7. posted Aug 29, 2011 at 1:02 pm

    These look so yummy. I have a mini muffin pan I don’t put to use nearly enough. I’ll have to make these.

  8. posted Aug 31, 2011 at 12:26 am

    Ohh I want some of these! Thanks for sharing the recipe. I’d love for you to stop by and link up to my Share the Wealth Wednesday Link Party at I’m your newest follower.

  9. posted Sep 2, 2011 at 6:31 am

    My family is crazy for these muffins. They made the Top for last week’s Sweets for a Saturday. Congrats!

  10. Anonymous
    posted Aug 12, 2012 at 1:17 pm

    If you don’t have Butter flavored Crisco what could you substitute?

    • posted Aug 12, 2012 at 2:09 pm

      Hi, you could either use regular Crisco or substitute unsalted butter in it’s place. ENJOY!

  11. Caryn
    posted Apr 19, 2013 at 1:00 pm

    You stated you couldn’t remember what these muffins were called. They are “French Breakfast Puffs”. My Mom got the recipe (exactly the same as yours) from her sister in law Carol when she and her husband were stationed in France. We’ve been making them for years in our house. Most espicially for holiday morning breakfasts!. They are my favorite!

  12. jill
    posted May 24, 2013 at 9:16 am

    I have a recipe that I have made for about 25 yrs now, that is similar, but they are called mini applesauce muffins. They obviously have applesauce in them, and are rolled in cinnamon sugar too. My daughter who is 35 ask me to make these for her when I ask her what would you like for your birthday dinner. I never realized how much she liked them till that day. I don’t make them often now that the kids aren’t home, but might make the recipe on this page and freeze them like suggested!

  13. posted May 24, 2013 at 10:15 am

    And they look beautiful in that beautiful Pampered Chef Bamboo bowl!

  14. posted May 24, 2013 at 8:23 pm

    OMG…these look so good! I followed that picture all the way over from g+ :) YUM

  15. Pam
    posted Aug 25, 2013 at 10:57 am

    I found these a little dry maybe because I didnt dip them in the melted butter I just made a sugar and cinnamon topping

  16. Anonymous
    posted Dec 3, 2013 at 11:25 pm

    Can you prepare these the night before then pop in oven?

  17. Holly
    posted Jan 6, 2014 at 4:08 pm

    If frozen, Do you know how long they take to thaw? Do they fold up and taste the same after being frozen! I have to have breakfast on the table at a certain time.

    • posted Jan 6, 2014 at 6:23 pm

      They don’t take long to thaw at all, depends on how warm your house is! I usually pull them out in the morning and I would say within 30 minutes they are ready. If you’re worried, you could always take them out the night before.

  18. Christine
    posted Feb 13, 2014 at 6:15 am

    with regards to freezing: do you freeze them before or after the butter and sugar dredging process. And also, what is the best technique for re heating?

    • posted Feb 13, 2014 at 6:42 am

      I freeze mine after the butter and sugar. They don’t look as pretty after removing from freezer, but my kids still devour them. I just let them thaw on my counter top for an hour or so, no need to reheat. If you want, you can freeze them BEFORE dredging, then when ready to re-use, thaw on counter. Pop in oven or microwave to warm them up and dredge them. Up to you!

  19. Katie
    posted Feb 26, 2014 at 3:59 pm

    I have made these little yummies at least 5 times already. I think someone should cut me off! I could seriously eat an entire batch single handedly. They’re SO GOOD. I wouldn’t know if freezing them works well since there are never enough to freeze! Thank you thank you thank you for this recipe.

  20. Mary
    posted Apr 24, 2014 at 4:03 pm

    What if you have an egg allergy can you sub the egg for just milk?

  21. Kishani
    posted Apr 25, 2014 at 2:40 am

    HI , Im from Sri Lanka and unfortunately shortenings arent available in my country. Can you tell me any other ingredient to used besides shortening? Thanks

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