Scrumptious Baked Cinnamon Breakfast Bites

I love a good donut, especially a homemade one. What I don’t love is the pain associated with deep frying them. It is messy, time consuming and certainly more fattening. These baked Cinnamon Breakfast Bites mimic what I love about donut holes but without all the added stress and calories. They are super scrumptious and I encourage you to try them out yourself and see how long they last in your house!

Ingredients

1-1/3 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup crisp rice cereal, coarsely crushed
2 tablespoons plus 1/2 cup sugar, divided
3 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup butter-flavored shortening
1/2 cup milk
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 cup butter, melted

Directions

Mix flour, crushed cereal, 2 tablespoons sugar, baking powder and salt in large bowl.

Cut in shortening with pastry blender or fork until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.

Add milk and stir just until moistened.

Roll dough into approximately 2 1/2 dozen 1 inch balls.

Mix cinnamon and remaining sugar in a small bowl. Drop balls into melted butter and roll in cinnamon sugar mixture.

Place balls onto greased 8 or 9 inch round pan.

Bake at 425 degrees for 15-18 minutes or until inserted toothpick comes out clean. Cool for a few minutes in pan on wire rack before removing.

If you are looking for a perfectly rounded ball, try using a cookie sheet or jelly roll pan as mine baked together. They weren’t exactly round but they still turned out beautiful!

This recipe is courtesy of the 2001 Taste of Home Annual Cookbook and available on Taste of Home. It was submitted by Ruth Hastings.

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Comments

  1. says

    omg my mouth is watering. my gram used to do something like this. she’d deep fry them (only around the holidays b/c it is a pain) and we’d call them fritters then roll them in confectioners sugar. I can’t wait to try this.

    • says

      If you are a current subscriber you can access so many recipes online. My mom has been a subscriber since the beginning so she has a ton of old magazines and bought me this cookbook back in 2001. There are a ton of great recipes in there! I love that they include pictures of everything!

  2. says

    YUMMO! Those looks so good!

    Growing up we made these using refrigerated biscuit dough. Just rolled them into balls and dipped in butter and the cinnamon sugar mixture. I bet the homemade dough is MUCH better and looked so easy!

  3. Amanda says

    I love the recipe i am just trying it for the first time, i am just wanting to know if i crush the cereal after measuring or before? Thanks – Amanda

  4. Kyle says

    We call this “monkey bread.” I remember making it with my family in a dutch oven while we were out camping, except instead of the recipe you supplied here, we used packaged biscuit dough. Delicious nonetheless.

    • Alicia says

      I knew this looked and sounded familiar. This is always my big hit for lockins, or lazy saturday mornings, plus little ones like to help. Using biscuits is the way to go!

  5. Nichole says

    Help! The recipe calls for “2 tablespoons plus 1/2 cup sugar, divided”. Does the 1/2 cup go in the flour mixture or is it mixed with the cinnamon for rolling the dough in?

  6. Ingrid says

    ohhh i have made these twice now and they are so yummy – they are better a little stale (not fresh out of oven)…. thanks for the recipe!

    • Marian says

      Mine turned out really dry… almost like a scone. What did I do wrong?? Did I Overcook them?? HELP! I want these to be good!!

  7. Jessi says

    This sounds so Yummy. I think I will make them in the morning. Any idea if you can sub regular old butter for the shortening? I have enverything here except shortening.

  8. jenn says

    just made these this morning for my son and his friends who stayed overnight. scarfed up in seconds! these are fun to make and oh so good right out of the oven!

  9. says

    I made these this morning! I put them in mini-muffin tins for bite-size yumminess and put a little chunk of fresh apple in there! Thanks very much, was delish!

  10. Andrea Hulette says

    I was so excited to try these I made an extra batch. But I must have done something wrong because they tasted terrible…… I followed directions to a T except that the shortening I used was crisco, not butter flavored. Maybe that’s where I went wrong? I’ll be making these again with correct shortening.

  11. Andrea Hulette says

    I was so excited to try these I made an extra batch. But I must have done something wrong because they tasted terrible…… I followed directions to a T except that the shortening I used was crisco, not butter flavored. Maybe that’s where I went wrong? I’ll be making these again with correct shortening.

    • says

      Andrea, I have no clue what may have gone wrong. My guess is that not having the butter flavored shortening would leave them with a much different flavor. If you make them again you’ll have to let me know! :)

  12. Andrea Wallace says

    Where on earth did you get that beautiful dessert stand? I love it and sooo want it for my collection. Also the dessert looks amazing.

    Andrea

    • says

      I got it at TJ Maxx for less than $10 for sure! They had a lot of these kinds of dishes there and they are gorgeous! You’ll find most have a removable colored ribbon. :) Actually I think the colored napkins and the place mat came from there too. I love looking there for unique kitchen finds!

  13. Jessica says

    These were delicious on this rainy morning, but I did change a few things to suit our lifestyle. I don’t use shortening, so I substituted butter. I knew it would change the consistency, and they did come out a bit scone-like. I also have a toddler and not much time, so I pulsed my food processor to cut in the cold butter. I’m sure that over-processed the crisped rice cereal, but it brought everything together in one dish. And the cereal gave the finished product a nice crunch over a biscuit texture. Thanks for the great idea!

  14. Mandy says

    Do you think that you could freeze the dough to thaw and bake as needed if you made a large batch? I know that doesn’t work for everything, but that would make these SO convenient!

  15. Emily says

    Just finished making these. I used what we had so lucky charms (don’t worry, I picked out the marshmallows) and king Arthur whole wheat flour. I also mixed everything up in the food processor. They were eaten right up and will definitely be made again!

  16. Stephanie says

    These look delicious! As a couple other commenters have said, my parents and all the kids (there’s 6 of us) make what we call “monkey bread” with refridgerated biscuit dough in a bunt pan. I’m making a triple batch for our homeschool co-op’s dessert potluck:) They’re always a huge hit! Thanks for the homemade recipe!

  17. Bar says

    I just took them from the oven, and even tough it seems that I’ve screwed up some ingredient (because mine don’t look like the last pic at all), they taste incredibly good.

    Thanks for the recipe!

  18. Rachelle says

    Have you ever tried these with gluten free flour/do you think they would work with gluten free flour? My 9 year old is gluten free and she really wants doughnuts!

  19. Shalyce says

    I am so excited to try this recipe in the morning. Reminds me of my favorite treat from junior high. Thanks for sharing.

  20. Jennifer says

    I just made these and we were so excited about them. I just took them out of the oven and they look nothing like yours. I tasted them and they were not good. Not sure what I did, I followed the recipe to a t I even used the butter flavored Crisco. They tasted very much like flour. When I mixed in my milk it did not get everything wet ( I used the amount it called for ) and mine didn’t look like they rised like hers did. When I made them into the balls they don’t look smooth like hers I had to squeeze them together. :( We were so bummed. I just wish I could pin down what the heck went wrong.

    • says

      I am so sorry to hear that! I can’t really say what went wrong but I can completely understand your disappointment! Thanks for taking the time to try out the recipe and to comment on my blog. Hopefully you can find another recipe to try that works out better for you! :)

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