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The Perfect Bite :: French Breakfast Donuts

August 16th, 2012

French Breakfast Donuts Recipe | Forgiving Martha for Camille Styles

Jess here with an especially sweet Perfect Bite. Today I’d like to celebrate the most important meal of the day…breakfast. On the weekends I like to step up my breakfast game with a more indulgent, often more time-consuming meal, but weekdays are typically reserved for quick breakfast bars or a hurried bowl of cereal. Clearly, my weekday brekky needs some work.

By God’s good graces, today’s recipe is quick enough to throw together before running out of my house for work.  After the batter is whipped up, they bake about 15 minutes and then take a quick dip in butter and a cinnamon and sugar mixture. Simple and quick!  And that’s how I bring a little weekend to my workweek, ladies and gentleman. Keep reading for the recipe!

French Breakfast Donuts Recipe | Forgiving Martha for Camille Styles

French Breakfast Donuts Recipe | Forgiving Martha for Camille Styles

Baked French Breakfast Donuts

Adapted from


  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup milk (I used whole milk)
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Coat donut pan generously with nonstick cooking spray. Set aside.
  2. Cream together butter and sugar until fluffy.  Add egg; mix well.
  3. Sift flour, baking powder, salt and nutmeg together. Add dry ingredients alternately with milk.
  4. Fill donut tins half full. Bake 15-20 minutes. Take out of pan immediately and swirl tops into melted butter, then sugar and cinnamon mixture. Makes 6-7 big donuts.

*Note:  These work just as well in a muffin tin, too!

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  1. Andrea says:

    Oh my, these look crazy delicious!! They would be perfect for a cozy Sunday breakfast.
    xo Andrea
    Wonderful and Marvelous

  2. Wow! These look amazing. Nice work, Jess.


  3. Alyssa says:

    These look incredible. I can’t wait to try out the recipe! I love that they’re baked and not friend–makes me feel a little less guilty!

    The Glossy Life

  4. Kayleigh says:

    They look amazing. I’ve got to try the muffin version. And your photos are wonderful, as usual.

  5. Aimee says:

    I don’t have a donut pan, but I do have a donut cutter. Can you use that instead?

  6. Vicki says:

    I want to try these

  7. Ann says:

    These were amazing. I made them earlier tonight. Thanks 🙂

  8. these look delicious! and I love that they don’t need any fancy ingredients.

  9. Annabelle says:

    Wow, those look great!

  10. Claire says:

    They look like they need more sugar…

  11. I just heart Jess… These look amazing.

  12. Momabea says:

    Terrific can,t wite

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  17. Erica O'Hara says:

    I’ve made something very similar to these out if the PW Cooks cookbook. They are called French Breakfast Puffs and are in muffin form. I love theidea of putting these into a donut. I can wait to try them!!

  18. Erica O'Hara says:

    Ugh, I hate typos!!
    To clarity, I can’t wait to try them! Lol.

  19. Nicole says:

    These look amazing! Does the cooking time need to be adjusted if using the muffin tin instead?

  20. Wendy says:

    This sounds much like a recipe I use for muffins, called french puffs. While they are still warm I dip them in melted butter and then roll in cinnamon/sugar. Delish!!

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  22. Laura says:

    Made these today and they are amazing. Fluffy and sugary. I made the muffin version and was very happy! Thanks for sharing

  23. Jess says:

    SO pleased to hear that, Laura!! Glad you liked them! xo

  24. These doughnuts look incredible!! I love that they are baked and not fried! 🙂

  25. Ceil says:

    Wow, these look amazing!

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  28. Meagan says:

    I do not have a muffin tin or a donut pan. I also don’t have a cookie sheet. Would it be possible to put this mixture in a 9×13 pan and make something like a donut cake or what would be a better alternative I solve this dilemma. I really would like to try these soon! Please help!

  29. I sometimes go to to search for recipes, but have to admit that the original wouldn’t have inspired me… it’s your lovely food photography that did the trick! I noticed you also increased the nutmeg (which I LOve). The texture looks lovely, & I like that they are not fried! I’ll be trying these for sure (although I think I might use buttermilk instead of milk for a slightly moister texture (substituting 1/4 tsp of baking soda for the baking powder) and because I love the subtle flavour you get from using buttermilk in baked goods).

    Thanks for posting this cheerful recipe!

    ~ marie, the EpicureanPiranha

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  31. sayeeda says:

    these look amazing for the muffin tin method how many spoons are you putting into each muffin tin?

  32. sarah says:

    I just made these!!! My house smells unbelievable! I did half whole wheat flour and half all purpose and added cinnamon to the dough with the nutmeg! Delish!! Thanks!

  33. jess says:

    Whipped these up this morning for sunday breakfast, super easy and so light and delicious, perfect balance of sweet and buttery! Thanks!

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  36. Rachael says:

    These were great & super easy…no buttermilk that so many doughnut recipes call for!! My kids don’t like nutmeg so I used cinnamon instead and added 1/2 tsp of vanilla. Made about 60 mini doughnuts.

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  38. Brittany says:

    I’ve made this recipe twice now but the last time I reduced a cup of apple cider down to about a 1/4 cup and added it my mixture for apple cider donuts. They came out as fluffy and delicious as the first time AND had the delicious apple cider flavor I had been craving!

  39. karen says:

    These look great! How much would you say the salt amounts to in grams?

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  41. Joanna says:

    Made these tonight and I must say, they are awesome and so easy! Love it! Thanks for sharing!

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  45. nik says:

    Have a muffin pan in the oven right now, I used a “special” butter so I’ll probably forget to tell you if they were good. 🙂

  46. Kara says:

    Do they keep overnight well to have the next morning? I wanted to bake them the day before an early work meeting?

  47. Kara says:

    They keep overnight! They were great in the morning! I doubled the recipe and made them in muffin tins. Got 18 muffins. They were very yummy!

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  49. Christy says:

    I made the muffin version used half the sugar/butter and whole wheat flour. Delicious! Husband digs them too! Thanks!

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  52. Georgia says:

    Almost baked!!!! MMMM they smell great…I’ll let you know soon.
    I just finished eating two of these yummy donuts /muffins‚ ave my husband two & BROUGHT TWO TO MY NEIGHBOR ~ She called just now and LOVED THEM)
    They are quite good ~ I ate one very hot and another just a bit warm I personally liked the warm one best because I could taste the nutmeg and the texture was more like a doughnut. 🙂 ALL THAT SAID‚ THEY were very good. BTW ~The batter was fantastic:).
    They took about 30 minutes to back.Every stove may be different?
    I’m a messy baker and this was fast with easy clean-up time.
    .~ SIMPLE? OUI !!

  53. Diana says:

    These look very good will have to give them a try

  54. Hermanie says:

    I wonder if not dipped in sugar how they might be with butter and jam…thoughts?

  55. Georgia says:

    Do you think you could use almond milk instead? My daughter can’t have soy or any dairy so would almond milk be an ok substitute??? Thanks (I was planning on just trying to make these with her nutlex

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  66. Tessa says:

    I just made these this morning in muffin form and they are so good! Light and fluffy with a hint of spice and a super delicious cinnamon sugar topping. These would be perfect for a brunch because they look and taste like they were a lot of work, but they’re not 😀

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  69. Kendra says:

    I made these today and was blown away! They are easy and full of flavor. Simply Sinful!

  70. Karen Spolin-Shivley says:

    Am making them tomorrow for brunch…they look wonderful!!! Merci

  71. Jayne Coney says:

    So easy & delicious. I whipped them up before a new client dropped in & I think I’ll need a plate of them for every wedding appointment.

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  73. Kama says:

    Delicious. Baked them in Texas muffin pans and they took 10 mins longer but worth the wait.

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  75. Monika Hack says:

    I baked them in a muffin pan for 20 minutes. I added some more milk and they turned out very nice. In my case the nutmeg is a little too strong (I grated a nutmeg nut and didn’t measure),
    but this is something I could make more often. It’s light and sweet. Thank you for sharing!

  76. Danielle says:

    These were delicious!! My daughters (9 &11) just made them in the Babycakes donut maker. Cooked in about 3 minutes and tasted great! 🙂 Had a little trouble getting the topping to the right consistency but it didn’t affect the taste at all! Thanks for sharing!

  77. Lauren C says:

    These look wonderful. Do you think substituting almond milk for the milk would still work?

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  80. Jane says:

    Just made the muffin version of these with some minor amendments based on what was in my cupboard. I ended up with a rich flavour and delicate texture. I think they can be considered a big success!

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  83. tif says:

    These are amazing and so easy. They will be repeated in my household.

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  85. Chris says:

    Not very good at all. Dry and cakey. About to throw all of mine away. Ugh. I hate wasting supplies!

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  87. Denise says:

    These were a HUGE success with my family. Personally, I liked them better after they had completely cooled =)

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  95. Stephanie says:

    I am 6 months pregnant and got a craving for donuts and remembered that I had pinned this a while back. They were so easy to make and tasted so light and airy. I thought the nutmeg might be too heavy but when I tasted it with the cinnamon sugar it was perfect! I definitely agree with the other reviews that these taste better at room temperature. I used a muffin tin and now I can’t wait to go out and get a donut pan to make these again!

  96. Jenny says:

    I just finished baking, my son, he is a donuts lover, he said its great.
    I used less milk, than use pastry cutter, to me its more test like health scones, but really good.

  97. Hannah says:

    How many “muffins” does it make?

  98. Renee nicholas says:

    Is it 360 degrees F or C ?

  99. Love your photos and the recipe !!

  100. mel says:

    Awesome donuts, so easy to make! I injected jam in the middle of them, the kids loved it.

  101. Marie says:

    I made these today for Christmas breakfast and everybody loved them!

  102. evelyn says:

    I made them today and they came out perfect! Thanks for the recipe! Love it!

  103. Kelly says:

    Can i use a donut maker with this recipe?

  104. noush says:

    These were a big hit! Nice and easy too! Thanks!

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