Brown Butter Breakfast Puffs

These mini-muffins puffs can be made in a cake-pop maker.  This recipe for brown butter mini-muffins is easy, fast and delicious!  Bake these in a cake pop maker, then roll in brown butter, and cinnamon and sugar.

brown butter I’m so bad at cleaning the kitchen.  I just hate that job.

Yesterday, I spent a bunch of time scrubbing the sink and washing the pots that didn’t come clean in the dishwasher and putting away all the accumulated crap on the counter.  It feels so good to have a clean kitchen.

But… as soon as the kitchen is clean, and I do mean AS SOON AS, I feel an overwhelming urge to use everything in it.  I can dirty a spotless kitchen in no time flat.

My husband is obviously thrilled.

Today I came home from running all my errands, took one look at the sparkling clean sink, and decided it was time to bake.

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Smitten Kitchen might be the best food blog on the planet.  I’ve made these gorgeous breakfast puffs several times, and it was the first thing that came to mind when I decided to bake some afternoon snacks.

There are few things in this life tastier than brown butter.

I generally like to make some changes to a recipe, just to make it my own.  Or because I don’t have all the required ingredients and I’m too lazy to go to the store.  In this case, though, I deviated NOT.  Not one little bit.

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Except in this one way, which is that Smitten bakes hers in a mini muffin pan, and I did them in a cake pop maker.

It makes everything so bite-sized and lovely, doesn’t it?

And since they were all cute and round, I went ahead and rolled the entire thing in brown butter, and cinnamon-sugar, instead of just the muffin tops.  And, if you’re going to do that, you might need a little more butter, like 8 T., instead of the 6 T. in the original recipe.

Just be sure to clean up right away, so you’re ready when the urge strikes to bake something else!

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Brown Butter Breakfast Puffs
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A breakfast muffin coated in brown butter and cinnamon and sugar.
Recipe type: Breakfast
Serves: 36
  • ⅓ cup butter, softened (5 T. + 1 tsp.)
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 egg
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ½ tsp. baking soda
  • 1½ tsp. baking powder
  • ¼ tsp. nutmeg
  • ½ cup buttermilk
  • 1½ cups flour
  • ½ cup butter
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 T. cinnamon
  1. Cream butter and sugar. Add vanilla and egg and mix well.
  2. Add salt, soda, baking powder, and nutmeg, and mix well.
  3. Add flour alternately with buttermilk, mixing just until incorporated.
  4. Place spoonfuls of dough in a hot cake pop maker, and cook for 4 minutes. (Or use a mini muffin pan, and bake at 350 degrees for 12-14 minutes.)
  5. Meanwhile, brown butter over medium high heat. Mix sugar and cinnamon together in a small, shallow dish. Roll puffs in butter, and coat in cinnamon-sugar mixture.
  6. Serve warm.

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Apple Cinnamon Muffins with Crumb Topping from How To Simplify
Cinnamon Sugar Pancake Muffins from A Kitchen Addiction
Powdered Sugar Donut Muffins from Sally’s Baking Addiction

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5 thoughts on “Brown Butter Breakfast Puffs

  1. Averie @ Averie Cooks

    I was wondering how you got them so round and perfect. Cake pop maker! I have both a mini donut (and mini muffin pan) and a cake pop maker but usually don’t reach for it b/c the lack of being able to submerge it is slightly annoying. lol Seriously they are beautiful, Jen! Pinned!


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