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Cinnamon Roll Muffins


I am swooning over these Cinnamon Roll Muffins! Everything you love about a good cinnamon roll, but ready in a fraction of the time. 

Cinnamon Roll Muffins - Easier than a cinnamon roll but with the same delicious flavor! Easy Breakfast!

This one goes out to my mother. She’s the lady who despises cooking but against her wishes finds herself in charge of Christmas breakfast more often than not. So instead of the cinnamon rolls that she normally tries to turn out for the big occasion, those cinnamon rolls that require yeast and rise times and rolling pins, I offer these Cinnamon Roll Muffins.

These Cinnamon Roll Muffins require much less of a time commitment, but one sweet bite and I think you’ll agree that they make a pretty impressive substitute for standard cinnamon rolls.

Cinnamon Roll Muffins - Easier than a cinnamon roll but with the same delicious flavor! Easy Breakfast!

These are easy to make, but I have to tell you that it took me a few tries to get this recipe right. The first batch I delivered to my mother were much too crumbly and the brown sugar – cinnamon topping exploded all over the pan. But I knew in my heart of hearts that Cinnamon Roll Muffins needed to exist in my life so I persisted undaunted. Thirty-six muffins later, I am now happy to report that I have achieved not just success, but in fact, perfection.

After consuming a couple of these gooey, sweet, perfect muffins, I feel bold enough to declare that these Cinnamon Roll Muffins might very well be the best thing I have ever managed to cook up in this humble little kitchen of mine. They are that good. No joke. 

Cinnamon Roll Muffins - Easier than a cinnamon roll but with the same delicious flavor! Easy Breakfast!

Maybe make these beauties for Christmas morning. Or maybe make them because you are too lazy to make cinnamon rolls. Or make them just because. You really don’t need much of a reason, just make them.

4.9 from 7 reviews
Cinnamon Roll Muffins
 
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Serves: 12 muffins
Ingredients
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons melted butter, cooled slightly
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup milk (plus more as needed)
Topping and Filling
  • 1 cup brown sugar, loosely packed
  • 3 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1½ cups coarsely chopped pecans or walnuts
  • 3 tablespoons melted butter
Frosting
  • 2 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • dash of vanilla
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Generously grease a standard 12 cup muffin tin.
  2. In a large bowl, sift together the dry ingredients. In a separate bowl, whisk together the wet ingredients until well combined. Make a well in the center of the flour mixture and add the egg mixture, stirring only until just combined.
  3. Combine all the topping/filling ingredients. Gently fold half of the mixture into the muffin batter.
  4. Spoon the muffin batter, about ¼ cup, into each muffin tin. Top with remaining brown sugar mixture. Bake at 400 degrees for 12 to 15 minutes, or until muffins spring back when pressed lightly. Remove from oven. Cool slightly, then transfer carefully to a wire rack.
  5. Whisk together all of the frosting ingredients. Drizzle over the top of the muffins and enjoy every single delicious bite . . . maybe even lick your fingers when you're done.

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Cinnamon Roll Muffins - Easier than a cinnamon roll but with the same delicious flavor!

    1. I feel the same way about cinnamon rolls. But these really are so much easier! I hope you give them a try :)

  1. Just msde these and their absolutely delicious! ! The best cinnamon roll muffin ever!! I have been searching recipes for some time now and this is definitely a keeper. You should be very proud of yourself. Well done!!

    1. Yes, these are easy to freeze and reheat beautifully. Just make the frosting when you are ready to serve them. What a lovely idea to serve them for a wedding brunch! Enjoy!!

    1. Yay! Thank you! I love the idea for the chai spice blend – I must try that.

  2. The pictures had me hooked and. . . I Loved! Loved the Cinnamon Roll muffins! Moist and packed full of the real roll flavors! The glaze just sent it over the top! I have no idea how they tasted the next day they didn’t make it past 10 a.m. Thank you for the recipe!

    1. Yay! So happy to hear this! Thanks for taking the time to leave a review. :)

  3. I’m cooking for a girls camp this summer. I’m looking for a muffin recipe for one of the breakfasts. I need to 20 times the recipe. We have done blueberry muffins in the past, but in that quantity you can’t be careful enough with the blueberries and I end up with purple muffins. I’m going to try a batch of these in my own kitchen today. Do you have any tips for making them on a larger scale? I could possibly make them the day before and just heat them up the morning of.

  4. These were AMAZING! I had to add a little milk (about 1/4 cup), because my batter was a bit too dry, but otherwise followed the recipe exactly. WOW! So fluffy and flavourful. Way better than any coffee cake or muffin I have ever made. Thanks for sharing!

  5. Made these today as a surprise for my hubby at work. At first when I started to put batter into the tins I noticed the batter was getting low so instead I used 2 TBS in each section and was worried I wouldn’t have enough batter. But low and behold I did 😊. And once they came out of the oven they had risen perfectly. And look great.

  6. OMG, these are beyond delicious! I made these this past weekend and they were devoured. Everyone loved them and I shared the recipe. My husband said he’d love these muffins to be made every Sunday morning! :-) Can’t beat that.

    1. Yay! Thanks so much for taking the time to comment – I love hearing from people making the recipes here! So glad you enjoyed them as much as we do. :)

  7. I have made this recipe so many times, my family just loves it! I am just wondering what the best technique is for making the milk/butter/egg mixture, I melt the butter and then when I add in the milk it ends up causing the butter to harden. Thanks in advance!

  8. Hi! These look amazing! I’m wondering if it would be possible to omit the nuts due to allergies? If so should I add anything else to the filling mix? Thanks!

  9. These look delicious! I was wondering if I could bake them in a cake pan instead of muffins. Do you have any suggestions on the temperature or amount of time to cook if I do it this way? Thanks!

  10. I literally just made these and they are amazing! At first I was worried because the batter seemed too thick and dough-y, but i added a little more milk and with the brown sugar mixture, it was perfect! I made them in a 24 mini-cupcake pan and they’re so cute and delicious, perfect for a snack or even taking to someone’s house. Since I made the two bite version, I had so much extra brown sugar mixture so I will probably make a little less next time, because for me the mini bites are much more practical! Great recipe, easy to follow and ingredients I already had at home, I totally will make them again! Thanks:)

  11. I don’t have a muffin pan, so I made this recipe exactly according to the instructions except I poured it in a standard round cake pan and baked it for 20 minutes. Came out perfectly. Yum!

  12. Love, Love, Love, Love this recipe. It was very easy, did not have to go out and buy any ingredients, when batter was slightly dry, I just added a little milk. Family gave me the thumbs up. All turned out lovely on this rainy Sunday. Excellent.

  13. Love, Love, Love, Love this recipe. It was very easy, did not have to go out and buy any ingredients, when batter was slightly dry, I just added a little milk. Family gave me the thumbs up. All turned out lovely on this rainy Sunday. Excellent.

    I literally just made these and they are amazing! At first I was worried because the batter seemed too thick and dough-y, but i added a little more milk and with the brown sugar mixture, it was perfect! I made them in a 24 mini-cupcake pan and they’re so cute and delicious, perfect for a snack or even taking to someone’s house. Since I made the two bite version, I had so much extra brown sugar mixture so I will probably make a little less next time, because for me the mini bites are much more practical! Great recipe, easy to follow and ingredients I already had at home, I totally will make them again! Thanks:)

  14. Do you layer the batter with the sugar? The steps were not opening correctly on my computer, but I’d love to make these this weekend.

  15. I made these. Im an impatient baker…but my boys love cinnamon rolls and I do not like making them…so when I came across this, it was an immediate “have to make!”.

    So, me being the impatient baker, I missed that I was supposed to save half the ‘filling’. I made it with all the filling….and I doubled the crumb topping.

    I made mini muffins. SO, SO, SO, SO, SO GOOOOOOODDD!!! House smells amazing…easy recipe…and if you falter like I did, they’re still amazing. Thank you for this amazing recipe.

  16. Made the Cinnamon Roll Muffins this morning, they came out perfect. Only thing I had to do as suggested in the recipe was to add a couple of dollops of milk to the batter as it is quite think. I also sprayed my muffin pans and cooked them in my over at 350 degrees, the last 5 minutes raised the temperature to 375 degrees . The muffins came out perfect, moist on the inside. The combination of the muffin with the cream cheese frosting is so delicious, you could sell these in a bakery. Whole family loves them, I will make the muffins forever. Thank you for a great recipe!

  17. Both times that I have tried this recipe, I felt that the batter was too dry. I doubled the recipe and still needed an entire cup of milk to make it the consistency that I wanted! I added 1/4 teaspoon and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla into the batter to amp the flavor a bit. I also added about 2/3 of the topping into the batter, because I don’t like to much crumbly stuff that could fall off, I’de rather just eat it. They came out so good! Going to bring them to my class tomorrow, thanks for the wonderful recipe!!

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