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Cruffins (With Puff Pastry Dough)

Cruffins are a deliciously flaky and buttery breakfast treat that's filled with a cinnamon-sugar mixture and baked until golden brown! Takes just 4 ingredients and 30 minutes to make a dozen!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Servings: 12 cruffins
Calories: 139kcal

Equipment

  • Muffin pans
  • Non-stick spray with flour added
  • Measuring spoons

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 400°F and spray a muffin pan with a non-stick spray with flour added, or line the muffin pan with liners.
  • Open up each of the four puff pastry sheets and lay them on the counter flat. Set two aside as they will be placed on top.
    2 (17.3oz.) packages puff pastry
  • In a small bowl, whisk together the sugar and cinnamon. Set aside 4 tablespoons of the cinnamon-sugar mix to be used for sprinkling on after baking.
    1 cup granulated sugar, 4 tablespoons ground cinnamon, ½ cup salted butter
  • Using a butter knife or offset spatula, spread ¼ cup of butter onto each of the bottom two sheets. Then generously sprinkles the large portion of cinnamon-sugar mixture on top of the buttered pastry sheets, covering the whole surface.
  • Place the remaining two pastry sheets on top of the cinnamon-sugar sheets.
  • Use a pizza cutter or pastry wheel to cut 6 equal strips from each pastry sheet stack.
  • Roll the slices up (cinnamon roll style), make sure to pinch the ends to help the rolls stay closed as they bake, and place each one into a muffin cup.
  • Bake for about 15 to 18 minutes or until golden.
  • Roll them around in the remaining 4 tablespoons of cinnamon-sugar mix that was set aside earlier while they are warm. Then serve immediately for best texture and flavor.

Notes

  • Are There Other Spices That Can Be Used In This Recipe? Yes, you could use a 1/2 teaspoon of ginger, cardamom, star anise, or coriander. Any of those would make a tasty variation option!
  • How Can I Prevent The Puff Pastry From Tearing As I Work With It? I have the best luck when I work with cold puff pastry, directly out of the fridge. I don’t even take it out of the fridge until I’m ready to spread the butter on it. Although, if it is frozen, it does need to thaw in the fridge overnight.
  • Can I Use Brown Sugar Instead Of Granulated Sugar In This Cruffin Recipe? You can. Just keep in mind that brown sugar will give the Cruffins a heavier texture with a little more caramel flavor. Whereas the cinnamon-sugar mixture creates more of a cinnamon roll flavor!
  • What’s The Best Way To Store These Cruffins? They’re best stored in an airtight container at room temperature. The Cruffins can then be enjoyed for up to 3 days. If you’d like them to last longer you can also freeze them for up to 2 months.
  • Can I Use Unsalted Butter Instead Of Salted Butter? Yes. If you don’t have salted butter you can make your own by mixing 1/8 teaspoon of salt into unsalted butter. However, if you don’t want salt at all, then using unsalted butter would be fine too.
  • How Can I Make Smaller Cruffins Using This Recipe? This recipe does make large Cruffins so you can easily cut the entire recipe in half to make smaller ones. To do so you can just follow these easy instructions: 
    1. Just use one package of puff pastry dough and cut the pastry into 10 1-inch strips. They’ll still be placed into a regular muffin tin, they just won’t fill the entire cup as it bakes.
    2. Bake them until golden and then sprinkle them with the remaining cinnamon sugar.
  • Is There A Way To Add Chocolate To These Cruffins? You could skip the cinnamon sugar and instead sprinkle on chocolate chips before folding and baking. Melt more chocolate chips in the microwave when the Cruffins come out of the oven. Then drizzle the melted chocolate over the tops of them.

Nutrition

Calories: 139kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 20mg | Sodium: 62mg | Potassium: 14mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 17g | Vitamin A: 244IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 29mg | Iron: 1mg