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. Those look YUMMY, thanks for the recipe!

  2. Those looks so good!!
    I love how simple the ingredients are- I will have to make these very soon:)

  3. Oh, those look good! I’ll have to try them–I have lots of Rice Krispies at home!

  4. 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.

  5. So I made them sooner than I thought- I just put mine in the oven. I can’t wait to try them!!

  6. Something is telling me I’ll be making these soon. Yum!! :)

  7. Mmmm those look tasty. I love Taste of Home too. My late grandmother always had that magazine. I wish I had her old ones.

    • 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!

  8. 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!

  9. 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

  10. I am trying these stat!

  11. this is exactly the kind of thing i love. thanks for the recipe!

  12. 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.

    • 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!

  13. These look delicious! Reminds me of the monkey bread that my family always makes (and fights over)!

  14. i found you on stumble!
    these look awesome :)

  15. Wow, these do look scrumptious. The smell in my kitchen alone is my reason for not making real doughnuts. What a great alternative.

  16. Chelsea says:

    Yum! I can smell the cinnamon already.

    http://www.sothisisarmylife.blogspot.com

  17. These look WONDERFUL. I am going to have to try to make some too! Thanks for posting.

  18. I love these simply by looking – would definitely try – thanks for this recipe

  19. just made these the second time and they are even better!!

  20. 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?

  21. 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!

    • 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!!

  22. Ohhh cinnamon my favorite! I’ve got to try these. They look so easy!

  23. Very yummy! I made these today during my freezer cooking day! I’m going to finish them in the AM. Thank for sharing the recipe! I shared your link on my post :)

    http://houseofwoyaks.blogspot.com/2011/09/freezer-cooking-fridays.html

  24. 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.

  25. These look amazing!!! Do you think you could make the dough the night before, put them in the fridge, then wake up and bake?

  26. 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!

  27. Wow…..found you through Pinterest, just looking at your site is making me gain weight!!!

  28. Attempting this recipe tonight! Do you need to use Butter Flavored shortening or can I use the Regular?

  29. OMG these are AMAZING! Thanks so much for posting!

  30. Wow, these look absolutely delicious! Thanks for the idea…and the Sugar Rush!

  31. Baked donut holes…I may have reached heaven! Love that cinnamon sugar coating!

  32. 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!

  33. 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.

  34. 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.

    • 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! :)

  35. 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

  36. I was wondering if you could tell me where you got your beautiful white serving dish? I love it!

    • 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!

  37. 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!

  38. 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!

  39. 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!

  40. These look delicious!!! Now on my to do list =o) Thanks!

  41. These look better than donut holes!! I can’t wait to try this out! Do you think they can be filled with chocolate or jam? I might give that a whirl. :-)

  42. Cereal as rice crispies?

  43. Just made these this morning we all loved them!!! sooooo GOOD!!

  44. 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!

  45. Can the shortening be replaced with butter? I don’t do shortening and these look AH-mazing.

  46. 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!

  47. 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!

  48. 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.

  49. 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.

    • 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! :)

  50. Hi! i don’t have butter flavored shortening and was wondering if i could substitute regular butter in?!

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