Cinnamon Breakfast Bites Recipe


Back to school time is fast approaching!  While growing up we always had a fun breakfast on that first day back to school.  It helped calm our nerves and make the special day so exciting.   A few years ago our mom started making these delicious Cinnamon Breakfast Bites.  They actually have cereal in them – crushed rice krispies!  The crunchy sugar and cinnamon coating with a soft middle make them the perfect breakfast.  These breakfast bites taste a lot like a cinnamon sugar doughnut hole, but so much healthier since they are baked!   And just a little secret…..they are sooooo good served warm right out of the oven!  We love them with a big glass of milk and some fruit!

Cinnamon Breakfast Bites

Serves: 6

Cinnamon Breakfast Bites Recipe

Looking for a great way to start your day? These breakfast bites are a quick and easy breakfast that your whole family will enjoy!

10 minPrep Time

15 minCook Time

25 minTotal Time

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  • 1 1/3 cups flour
  • 1 cup rice krispies cereal, coarsely crushed
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup butter flavored shortening
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup butter, melted


  1. In a mixing bowl, combine the flour, crushed cereal, 2 tablespoons sugar, baking powder, and salt.
  2. Then cut in the shortening until mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
  3. Stir in milk just until moistened. (The mixture is kind of dry, but if it's way too dry add an extra 1 teaspoon of milk so it's all barely moistened.)
  4. Shape into 1 inch balls.
  5. In a small bowl combine the cinnamon and 2/3 cup sugar.
  6. Dip each ball into butter, then roll into cinnamon/sugar mixture.
  7. Arrange in a single layer in an 8 x 8 baking dish that has been lightly sprayed with non stick cooking spray.
  8. Bake at 420 degrees for 15 to 17 minutes.
  9. Makes 2 dozen breakfast bites.

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22 Responses to “Cinnamon Breakfast Bites Recipe”

  1. Hi. I was just wondering if you could substitute canned biscuits for the dough balls. I'm always looking for quicker and easier ways to do recipes. Love that these are baked and not deep fried, healthier for you. If you can say that with sugar sprinkled all over them, lol. Thanks for any answers! Have a nice day!
  2. The 1/2 cup of milk made the dough really moist, so when we baked it, the balls all spread out and connected and made more of a coffee cake. Still tasty, but lost the "donut hole" effect- what did I do wrong? Was I not supposed to add all the milk? Thanks!
    • In the directions it says to add milk just until moistened. If it's way to dry add a little more milk. But you really just want to add enough so it's just barely moistened. Some people have to use a little more depending on altitude and climate, and how accurate their other measurements are. Hope this helps.
  3. Denise
    I recently made the Breakfast Bites and the followed the directions to the letter for the first pan, even though I thought 420 was way to high. Sadly the first pan burnt on the bottom and was as hard as a rock. I tried the second batch with the rack raised to the middle of the oven and the temperature at 320 for 12 mins, and they turned out perfectly. I did however substitute the butter flavoured shortening for margarine, and the rice crispies for corn flakes simply because I had them on hand. I would probably makes these again, but using my substitutions.

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