Cinnamon Roll Muffins

I seriously can’t get enough muffins. Those not so little muffins seem to disappear whenever I make them. After I made my Apple Pie Muffins, I knew I needed to make a  cinnamon roll version. Cinnamuffin? Can we call that a thing? These Cinnamon Roll Muffins are what I’ve been craving all week. My master muffin mix is so easy to adapt to all different types of flavors.

Cinnamon Roll Muffins in a pan

The idea was to really swirl the cinnamon and brown sugar right into the muffins. So what I did was put a bit of streusel on top and used a toothpick to lightly mix it in.

No cinnamon roll is complete without icing, right? So I went to town with a simple vanilla glaze. My boyfriend is obsessed with Cinnabon, so I’ve read multiple copycat recipes that seem to have cream cheese and a hint of lemon in the icing. I was feeling a little lazy, so I left out the cream cheese, but I did add some lemon. I like a really thick icing, but it’s difficult to not end up with something overly sweet. The lemon helps to cut the sweetness.

I want to be sure you guys know what makes these muffins so big. First of all, there is added baking powder which helps lift the muffins out of the pan. I also bake these muffins at a higher temperature for the first five minutes and then just turn the oven down. This is a trick I learned from reading Sally’s blog.

Frosting being drizzled over two cinnamon roll muffins on a plate

The last thing to note is that you should fill the muffin tin right to the top and then add the streusel. This will result in 12 large muffins. In order to remove them from the pan, you may need to run a knife underneath the muffin top. You should also let them to cool for at least 30 minutes will also help.  I like my muffins sky-high.

These cinnamon roll muffins are great for Fall. I wish I could eat muffins for breakfast every day, but that’s probably excessive. Yes? No?


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Cinnamon Roll Muffins

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  • Author: Julianne Dell
  • Prep Time: 23 mins
  • Cook Time: 18 mins
  • Total Time: 41 minutes
  • Yield: 12 muffins
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: American


Cinnamon muffins swirled with a cinnamon brown sugar streusel and topped with a sweet vanilla glaze.


For the Muffins:

  • 2 1/4 C Flour
  • 1 C Granulated sugar
  • 4 tsp Baking powder
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 C Unsalted butter
  • 1 Large egg
  • 1 C Milk or buttermilk
  • 1/4 C Sour cream

For the Streusel:

  • 4 tbsp Flour
  • 3 tbsp Brown sugar
  • 3 tbsp Unsalted butter
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon

For the Glaze:

  • 11 1/2 C Powdered sugar
  • 1 tbsp Milk
  • 1 tsp Vanilla extract
  • Juice of half a lemon


  1. Preheat oven to 425°. Grease a muffin pan with Crisco or baking spray.
  2. In a medium-sized bowl, mix flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt. Then set this mixture aside.
  3. In a separate bowl, beat the egg using a whisk until light and fluffy. Add melted butter and whisk together with the egg. Continue to add milk and sour cream and whisk everything together until smooth.
  4. Slowly pour wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and use a wooden spoon to mix just until combined.
  5. To prepare streusel, combine butter with all dry ingredients. Use a pastry cutter or fork to cut the butter into the dry ingredients until no large chunks remain.
  6. Fill your muffin tin all the way to the top with batter. Add 1 tablespoon of streusel to the top of each muffin. Use a knife or toothpick and swirl into the muffin.
  7. Bake for 5 minutes at 425° and then reduce heat to 350° and bake for another 16-20 minutes. Do not open the oven for at least 15 minutes, you will see how nicely the muffins rise. Baking times will vary by oven.
  8. Check your muffins for doneness by inserting a toothpick into the center of the muffin. If your toothpick comes out clean, your muffin is done. Allow muffins to cool completely in the pan. You can also cool on a wire rack, but you want to allow them to cool enough to remove and transport them out of the pan.
  9. Sift powdered sugar. This step is necessary to create a smooth glaze. Start with 1 cup of powdered sugar
  10. Add milk and vanilla extract and stir to combine. The mixture will be thick.
  11. SLOWLY squeeze in the lemon juice and mix to cut the sweetness until desired taste.
  12. For a thicker glaze, add only 1 tablespoon of milk instead of 2. Or add additional powdered sugar. There is no secret to the glaze, you have to alternate milk and powdered sugar until desired consistency and taste.

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26 thoughts on “Cinnamon Roll Muffins”

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    Jean M.Novotny

    I used muffin tins with liners. Filled to the top as directed and wow what a mess. They are huge and not looking the best. When you say muffins it’s a muffin tin right. Well there’s 13 minutes left will wait and see. Guess I’m wondering what I might have done wrong. I have 6 very large muffins. Yikes

    1. Julianne - Beyond Frosting
      Beyond Frosting

      Hi Jean, Did you halve the recipe for 6 large muffins? This recipe was made for 12 muffins

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    Lindsey @ American Heritage Cooking

    Frosting is a must! These look delicious and I can’t resist a streusel topped muffin!

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    Jess @ Sweet Menu

    Oh I have been wanting to make cinnamon roll muffins – yours look amazing! Beautiful domed top and what a lovely drizzle of glaze. I could go one right now! 🙂

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    No, I don’t think a muffin every day is excessive. These look scrumptious. Pinned!

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    Chelsea @chelseasmessyapron

    These sound delicious!! 2 of my favorites combined into one awesome treat 🙂 Pinned!

    1. Julianne - Beyond Frosting
      Beyond Frosting

      Thanks Chelsea! I feel a little bit less guilty about a cinnamon muffin than a cinnamon roll!

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    Renee@Two in the Kitchen

    I can’t get enough cinnamon in my life right now! These look divine!! 🙂 Pinned!!

  7. I think you should start a chain called Cinnamuffin. It would be Cinnabon’s much healthier, more delicious counterpart!
    These muffins are sky-high. Love the topping especially!