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A recipe for Cinnamon Toast Crunch Coffee Cake Bites. Cinnamon Toast Crunch used as an ingredient for Cinnamon Toast Crunch Coffee Cake Bites. Cinnamon Toast Crunch Coffee Cake recipe. Cinnamon Toast Crunch Coffee Cake Bites. Hey Guys! When I was growing up cereals like shredded wheat wasn’t something we ate….ever. Nor did we do, super healthy, super low in sugar, organic granola, or even steamy hot oatmeal with a sprinkle of brown sugar, diced apples, etc. (and fyi, to this very day I totally hate the stuff….yep, ‘tis true). For breakfast, my family and I ate things like spicy tofu soup, oxtail soup, rice and kimchi, rice porridge, this is just how I grew up!…but I digress. Something we did always seem to have around for a quick and easy “breakfast” was super sugary Cinnamon Toast Crunch….and Corn Pops and Rice Krispies and Cap’n Crunch …but Cinnamon Toast Crunch was by far my absolute favorite! I always felt like I was eating a cinnamon roll when eating a bowl of this cereal….and whenever I’d get to the bottom of the bowl, I was always more than happy to suck down the remaining cinnamon-sugar milk. So Good!

Anyway, I thought it would be fun to create sort of a throwback to one of my favorite childhood cereals, so today we have “Cinnamon Toast Crunch Coffee Cake Bites”. I wanted to stay in the realm of sweet breakfasts and bite-sized anythings, because small is awesome! If you’re worried about the bites themselves sticking to the muffin tin, then go ahead and use mini liners and peel them off the bites once they cool before turning them upside down and glazing them. These are really great with or without the streusel center, so it’s really up to you; the streusel helps to incorporate the actual cereal into the recipe more as well as imparts a great flavor and texture.   I hope you guys make a batch of these this weekend while thinking about your favorite sugary cereal growing up….and those cheesy commercials! xx, Jenny

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Cinnamon Toast Crunch Coffee Cake Bites
Makes 32

cereal streusel:
1/2 cup finely crushed Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal
1/4 cup finely chopped walnuts
4 tablespoons cold unsalted butter
cinnamon coffee cake:
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 cup granulated sugar
2 eggs, room temperature
1/2 cup sour cream
1/2 cup Greek yogurt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
vanilla glaze:
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar, sifted
3 tablespoons milk
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1. Preheat oven to 350°F
2. For the streusel: In a small mixing bowl toss together the cereal and walnuts. Add cold butter and cut into mixture until a fine crumble forms. Set aside.
3. For the cake: Sift together flour, cinnamon, baking soda, and salt into a mixing bowl and set aside.
4. Place softened butter and sugar into a medium mixing bowl and cream together with a hand mixer (on medium speed). Scrape down sides of bowl and add eggs, one at a time. Add sour cream, yogurt and vanilla and mix together.
5. Add flour mixture to butter mixture and mix until fully incorporated.
6. Lightly grease a mini muffin pan. Scoop batter into a piping bag or large Ziploc bag and fill each muffin hole a third high with the batter and top with a sprinkle of streusel. Pipe more batter over the streusel until about 3/4 full.
7. Bake in the oven for 25 to 30 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean when inserted into the center of the bites.
8. When cool enough to handle, carefully remove each bite from the muffin tin and place upside down onto a cooling rack. Allow bites to cool completely.
9. Place powdered sugar into a small bowl and add milk and vanilla. Gently stir with a fork until smooth.
10. Pour about 1 teaspoon of the glaze over each bite and top with bits of cereal. Serve.


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  1. Heather (Heather's Dish) Not Specified Not Specified

    i am in LOVE with the backlighting on that last shot – perfection!

  2. renee [crossed and dotted] Not Specified Not Specified

    i know what i am making this sunday morning! cinnamon toast crunch was my favorite growing up, but my mom rarely let us have it so logically it became the bottom of my college food pyramid :)

  3. Heidi @foodiecrush Not Specified Not Specified

    My daughter is currently obsessed with Cinnamon Toast Crunch, and while I grew up eating healthy cereal dictated by my mom, I’m a little looser with Smudge, so long as there’s a bit of fruit tossed in. Or maybe a Coffee Cake Bite would suffice. Thanks for the idea!

  4. susan Not Specified Not Specified

    we don’t do much processed foods in our house (and yes, my kids BEG for boxed cereal). with that said – i would make these cakes – and eat every bite!

  5. Katie @ Blonde Ambition Not Specified Not Specified

    Jealous!! We were only allowed “healthy” cereal when I was a kid, things like Cinnamon Toast Crunch or Lucky Charms were treats! The Cinnamon Toast Crunch streusel on top of these is making my mouth water!

  6. Averie @ Averie Cooks Not Specified Not Specified

    I love Cinn Toast Crunch Cereal! I made a Cinn Toast Smoothie last week because I wanted to drink those flavors and now I need to make these – oh they look so moist and they’re mini and adorable!

  7. Ashley Not Specified Not Specified

    I want these AND the plate they are sitting on. I just love that you turned them upside down. Cinnamon Toast Crunch was my favorite as well. :)

  8. erin @WELLinLA Not Specified Not Specified

    Even though I will never make nor eat this (sugar & dairy are two no-no’s in my diet due to sensitivity/allergies), the photos, stories, love and creativity keep me coming back for more! My childhood breakfasts consisted of bagels, waffles and pancakes on the weekends. Adult breakfast is usually tea, juice, smoothies or an egg with greens (kale/spinach) over quinoa for something a little more hearty.

  9. Diane, A Broad Not Specified Not Specified

    You guys are always so innovative in the breakfast department!

  10. Littledessert - Recept & Webbshop Not Specified Not Specified

    Lovely bites! (:

  11. Jenny @ BAKE Not Specified Not Specified

    These look so cute! They sound absolutely perfect mid morning!

  12. Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet Not Specified Not Specified

    How adorable! Love cinnamon toast crunch in a mini cake form – genius!

  13. Lynna Not Specified Not Specified

    Too cute! :D

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  15. Javelin Warrior Not Specified Not Specified

    Most of the time, I avoid the boxed cereals like a plague – but these little coffee cake bites are seduced me! I think the little pyramid of glazed bites did me in ;) I’m featuring this post in today’s Food Fetish Friday (with a link-back and attribution). I hope you have no objections and thanks always for keeping me inspired with new ideas…

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  17. Amanda @ Once Upon a Recipe Not Specified Not Specified

    Oh, Cinnamon Toast Crunch! The cereal of my youth! (and let’s face it, the occasional midnight snack in present times). These look dangerous!

  18. Kayleigh Not Specified Not Specified

    Looks amazing – a must make for my cinnamon-toast-crunch-loving-hubby.

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  20. Rachel Cooks Not Specified Not Specified

    omg are you kidding me? LOVE this!

  21. Christina @ The Beautiful Balance Not Specified Not Specified

    LOVE these! Little upside down muffins, so adorable!!

    By the way, who designed your site??

  22. Lisa L. Not Specified Not Specified

    These look absolutely to die for! Will have to try them out! :D


    Mostly Lisa

  23. Hannah@cake-for-breakfast Not Specified Not Specified

    coco-pops was my personal breakfast fave as a kid… no, coco-pops are probably still a fave… but these look way more appetising than a soggy brown bowl of rice-puffs!

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