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Easy Cinnamon Sugar Croissant Muffin Recipe (aka Cruffins)

Introducing this Easy Cinnamon Sugar Croissant Muffin Recipe, also known as Cruffins! With just four ingredients, this recipe is perfect for breakfast or a snack. 

Easy Cinnamon Sugar Croissant Muffin Recipe (aka Cruffins)

I’ve made it even simpler by using store-bought crescent roll dough, cutting down on prep time and making these croissant muffins a breeze to whip up anytime. Let’s dive into this fuss-free recipe!

Ingredients needed for this Easy Cruffin Recipe

You need just 4 simple ingredients to make this recipe, found in any grocery store:

  1. Crescent Roll Dough. The store-bought dough forms the base of our Cruffins, providing a flaky and buttery texture.
  2. Unsalted butter. Spread on top of the crescent roll dough to help the cinnamon sugar stick and create a deliciously gooey center.
  3. Granulated sugar. Sprinkled generously over the buttered dough, adding sweetness and a caramelized crust.
  4. Cinnamon. Mixed with sugar and evenly distributed over the buttered dough.

Take a look at the bottom of this post for the full recipe and baking instructions.

How to make this Easy Cruffins Recipe

Preheat your oven to 350°F and grease your muffin pan with nonstick cooking spray.

In a small bowl, mix together the sugar and cinnamon, then set it aside.

Lightly flour your work surface, then place one sheet of crescent dough on top. Roll the dough with a rolling pin if needed, making a 14 x 8-inch rectangle.

Spread 2 tablespoons of softened butter evenly over the dough. Sprinkle 1/4 cup of the cinnamon-sugar mixture evenly on top of the butter.

Starting from the long end of the rectangle, roll the edges of the dough to form a large log. Use a sharp knife to cut the log in half, then cut the shorter logs in half lengthwise. You should have 4 smaller logs per sheet of dough.

Repeat with the second layer of dough.

Roll each small log with the layers of dough facing up, to form a ball of dough with a muffin shape. Tuck the end of the dough underneath each cruffin.

Place each cruffin dough in the prepared muffin tin, layered side up, and bake for 20-25 minutes until they turn a deep golden brown and are fully cooked.

Use a large spoon to remove the warm cruffins from the muffin tin, then coat them in the remaining cinnamon-sugar until fully coated. Remember to do this while they’re hot out of the oven, still coated with melted butter, or the cinnamon sugar won’t stick. Exercise caution to avoid burning yourself!

Let them cool completely over a cooling rack, or enjoy them warm with a cup of coffee!

Easy Cinnamon Sugar Croissant Muffin Recipe (aka Cruffins)

Add-ons and Substitutions

Add-ons:

  • Chocolate chips: Sprinkle some chocolate chips over the buttered dough before rolling
  • Chopped nuts: Sprinkling chopped nuts like pecans or almonds over the cinnamon-sugar mixture is a great addition to a crunchy texture.
  • Dried fruit: Mix in some chopped dried fruit such as raisins or cranberries for a fruity flavor.
  • Cream cheese filling: Spread a thin layer of cream cheese over the dough before sprinkling the cinnamon-sugar mixture for a creamy filling.

Substitutions:

  • Homemade dough: Make your own dough from scratch instead of using store-bought crescent roll dough for a completely homemade version.
  • Brown sugar: Substitute brown sugar for white sugar in the cinnamon-sugar mixture for a richer flavor.
  • Puff pastry: Use sheets of puff pastry instead of crescent roll dough for a flakier texture.
  • Different spices: Experiment with different spices like nutmeg or cardamom in place of or in addition to cinnamon for unique flavor profiles.
  • Savory Cruffins: substitute the cinnamon sugar with savory fillings like cheese, herbs, or cooked bacon. Replace sweet spices with savory ones like garlic powder, smoked paprika, or dried herbs to enhance the flavor profile.
Easy Cinnamon Sugar Croissant Muffin Recipe (aka Cruffins)

Expert Tips

  1. Seal the edges: When rolling the dough into logs and shaping the Cruffins, make sure to seal the edges tightly to prevent them from unraveling during baking.
  2. Use a sharp knife: A sharp knife is essential for cleanly cutting the dough into logs and shaping the Cruffins. This will help maintain the layers and ensure a beautiful presentation.
  3. Coat while warm: Roll the Cruffins in the remaining cinnamon-sugar mixture while they are still warm from the oven and coated with melted butter. This will allow the cinnamon-sugar to adhere properly and create a delicious crust.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is cruffin made of?

These cruffins are made of only 4 ingredients: crescent dough, butter, cinnamon, and sugar.

What does a cruffin taste like?

A Cruffin tastes like a hybrid of a croissant and a cinnamon sugar pastry, with the shape of a muffin. It’s flaky, buttery, and has a sweet, cinnamon flavor. 

Imagine biting into a warm, gooey cinnamon roll wrapped in layers of crisp pastry – that’s what a Cruffin tastes like!

Easy Cinnamon Sugar Croissant Muffin Recipe (aka Cruffins)

Can I make Cruffins ahead of time?

Yes, you can! Cruffins are best enjoyed fresh, but you can prepare them ahead of time by storing them in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 days. Reheat them in the oven before serving for the best taste and texture.

How do you store Cruffins overnight?

Store any leftover Cruffins in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 days. You can also freeze them for longer storage, reheating them in the oven before serving.

Can I freeze Cruffins?

Absolutely! Cruffins freeze well for longer storage. Once they have cooled completely, place them in a freezer-safe container or bag and freeze them for up to 2 months. When ready to enjoy, simply thaw them at room temperature or reheat them in the oven until warmed through.

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Easy Cinnamon Sugar Croissant Muffin Recipe (aka Cruffins)

Introducing this Easy Cinnamon Sugar Croissant Muffin Recipe, also known as Cruffins! With just four ingredients, this recipe is perfect for breakfast or a snack. 
I've made it even simpler by using store-bought crescent roll dough, cutting down on prep time and making these croissant muffins a breeze to whip up anytime. Let's dive into this fuss-free recipe!
Prep Time20 minutes
Total Time20 minutes
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: croissant muffin recipe, croissant muffins recipe, Easy Cinnamon Sugar Croissant Muffin Recipe, easy cruffin recipe, sweet fix baker
Servings: 8 cruffins
Author: Maria Corcuera

Equipment

  • 2 muffin tins
  • 1 sharp knife

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 2 8 ounce packages crescent roll sheets
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter softened

Instructions

  • Preheat your oven to 350°F and grease your muffin pan with nonstick cooking spray.
  • In a small bowl, mix together the sugar and cinnamon, then set it aside.
    3/4 cup granulated sugar, 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • Lightly flour your work surface, then place one sheet of crescent dough on top. Roll the dough with a rolling pin if needed, making a 14 x 8-inch rectangle.
    2 8 ounce packages crescent roll sheets
  • Spread 2 tablespoons of softened butter evenly over the dough. Sprinkle 1/4 cup of the cinnamon-sugar mixture evenly on top of the butter.
    4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • Starting from the long end of the rectangle, roll the edges of the dough to form a large log. Use a sharp knife to cut the log in half, then cut the shorter logs in half lengthwise. You should have 4 smaller logs per sheet of dough.
    Repeat with the second layer of dough.
  • Roll each small log with the layers of dough facing up, to form a ball of dough with a muffin shape. Tuck the end of the dough underneath each cruffin.
  • Place each cruffin dough in the prepared muffin tin, layered side up, and bake for 20-25 minutes until they turn a deep golden brown and are fully cooked.
  • Use a large spoon to remove the warm cruffins from the muffin tin, then coat them in the remaining cinnamon-sugar until fully coated. Remember to do this while they're hot out of the oven, still coated with melted butter, or the cinnamon sugar won't stick.
    Exercise caution to avoid burning yourself!
  • Let them cool completely over a cooling rack, or enjoy them warm with a cup of coffee!

Notes

Expert Tips

  1. Seal the edges: When rolling the dough into logs and shaping the Cruffins, make sure to seal the edges tightly to prevent them from unraveling during baking.
  2. Use a sharp knife: A sharp knife is essential for cleanly cutting the dough into logs and shaping the Cruffins. This will help maintain the layers and ensure a beautiful presentation.
  3. Coat while warm: Roll the Cruffins in the remaining cinnamon-sugar mixture while they are still warm from the oven and coated with melted butter. This will allow the cinnamon-sugar to adhere properly and create a delicious crust.

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