When I was a kid, one of my favourite snacks was toast with melted butter sprinkled with cinnamon sugar. So simple but so delicious, I’m not quite sure why I ever stopped eating it. Since then, my love for cinnamon has accompanied me through many dishes – on my yogurt, in my pancakes, on my sweet potatoes, even in my coffee. And today, it has brought me to these adorable cinnamon brown butter bites.
Light and fluffy, sweet and nutty, these little bites make the perfect dessert/snack/brunch side dish (if that makes sense). A few things to note when making these. I strongly recommend you use a stand mixer if you have one. It’s the best way to get your batter ultra light and ensure the bites come out fluffy. Also, you can use regular butter, but I strongly suggest making brown butter. The dark flecks of brown butter add such a wonderful nutty flavour. Finally, these babies are best enjoyed warm. Feel free to make them ahead, freeze them and pop them in the oven to warm up when you want a sweet snack.
Cinnamon Brown Butter Bites
Makes 24 bites
1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp sea salt
1/4 tsp freshly grated nutmeg
1/2 cup sugar
5 tbsp unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup buttermilk
2/3 cup sugar
1 tbsp cinnamon
6 tbsp unsalted butter
1. Preheat oven to 350°. Grease a mini muffin tin or line with paper liners. Set aside.
2. In a medium bowl, add flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and nutmeg. Whisk to combine and set aside.
3. In the bowl of an electric mixer, add the softened butter and sugar. Beat for a few minutes until light and airy. Add the egg and vanilla and continue to beat until combined. Next, add 1/3 of the flour mixture, then 1/2 of the buttermilk. Repeat until both mixtures are combined with the butter/sugar mixture. Beat until just combined.
4. Divide the mixture evenly in the mini muffin tin and bake for 12-14 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean.
5. While the bites are baking, it’s time to make the brown butter. Add the butter for the topping in a small saucepan and set over medium heat. Cook, stirring frequently. The butter will begin to bubble. Once this happens, keep an eye on it because brown butter can turn into burnt butter very quickly. Continue stirring until you see brown butter bits in the bottom and you notice a nutty scent. That means the brown butter is done. Take off the heat and set aside. In another bowl, combine the sugar and cinnamon.
6. When bites are baked, remove from the oven and transfer to a wire rack. This is where things get extra yummy! Take a bite, dip the top in the brown butter (try to get some of those nutty brown butter bits on there), then dip in the cinnamon sugar. Place on the wire rack and repeat with the rest of the bites.
7. Eat them while they’re still warm. Heaven!