Cinnamon Sugar Breakfast Puffs

These puffs are like the best doughnut holes you’ve ever eaten. Cakey and light, with crisp edges and a crunchy blanket of cinnamon sugar, they’re gently spiced, with a murmur of orange zest in the background. Brown butter gives them an especially rich, nutty flavor. Don’t skip the quick dip in melted butter before you roll them in the sugar — and make sure to enjoy these while they’re still warm!

The Breakfast Puffs

  • 1/3cup unsalted butter
  • 1/2cup sugar
  • 1large egg, at room temperature
  • 1 1/2cups all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2teaspoon salt
  • 1/4teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4teaspoon allspice
  • 1pinch ground cloves
  • 1pinch ground ginger
  • 1teaspoon orange zest
  • 1/2cup whole milk, at room temperature
Cinnamon-sugar coating

  • 6tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1/2cup granulated sugar
  • 1teaspoon ground cinnamon