Cinnamon Roll Muffins

by Amy on 29 October 2012

today, i’m participating in a fun blogger event — the secret recipe club. how does it work? every blogger is secretly assigned another blog + chooses a recipe from that blog to make. on reveal day (today!), all of our posts go up at the same time, + everyone gets to see who was assigned to their blog, which recipe they chose, + how it turned out. fun, huh?

this month, i was assigned so tasty, so yummy, a fantastic blog full of wonderful dinners, fab desserts, + scrumptious sides. after looking through lots of recipes, i narrowed it down to trying sriracha chicken tenders, a caramelized onion, spinach + goat cheese pizza, or these cinnamon roll muffins. while my savory side normally beats out my sweet tooth, on this particular day i was jonesing for a sweet, so the cinnamon roll muffins won! i gathered up the ingredients, + got bakin’.

so, how did they turn out? delicious! ooey, gooey, sweet, buttery, + rich, just like cinnamon rolls should be. cinnamon rolls are one of my favorite decadent breakfast treats, but the normal yeasted version takes planning + time, often requiring an overnight rise. this muffin version, though, requires no yeast + thus, no rising time. from start to finish, including baking, these were done in about 30 minutes. amazing AND quick to make = how awesome is that?!

thank you to katie for introducing me to these fabulous pancakes, + to the secret recipe club for connecting me, yet again, with fantastic bloggers + amazing recipes!

my previous secret recipe club posts:
pumpkin spice pancakes
chocolate chip + butterscotch oatmeal cookies
lemon orzo with sautéed zucchini + tomatoes
creamy fettuccine with corn + arugula
lime + raspberry squares with pistachio-graham crust
garlic, cheddar + parmesan rolls
peppermint patty-filled brownie cupcakes
sugar cookie bars
chocolate cheesecake with dark chocolate drizzle

cinnamon roll muffins

makes 12 muffins, adapted from so tasty, so yummy


for the dough:
1/2 cup brown sugar, lightly packed
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 egg
1 cup buttermilk
3 cups flour

for the filling:
3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
1 cup brown sugar
1 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

for the icing:
1 cup powdered sugar
1-2 tablespoons milk or cream
1/4 teaspoon vanilla (optional)


measure the brown sugar, baking soda, salt, vanilla, + egg into a mixing bowl. add the buttermilk, then the flour; stir until thoroughly combined into a dough. turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface + knead for 2 minutes.

roll the dough into a 12×24 inch rectangle + spread with the melted butter. sprinkle with the brown sugar + cinnamon. roll the dough into a log beginning with the wide side. stretch slightly.

cut into two-inch pieces + put these pieces into a greased muffin tins or cupcake liners. bake at 375 for 20 minutes or until golden brown.

allow to cool for 5 minutes in the muffin tin, then transfer to a wire rack.

make the icing: combine the powdered sugar, milk or cream, + vanilla (optional) in a small ball until it forms a icing consistency. if it seems too thin/watery, add more powdered sugar. if it seems too thick, add a bit more milk/cream.

drizzle the icing over the tops of the muffins decoratively.

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{ 75 comments… read them below or add one }

51 baker street October 31, 2012 at 4:46 am

This is my favortiest muffin ever!! I love the first picture, Amy! Absolutely stunning.

52 Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie October 31, 2012 at 8:13 am

Yay! Love the muffins!

53 amy October 31, 2012 at 9:13 am

=) thank you for making something similar a few weeks ago, which inspired me to make these!

54 Ali | Gimme Some Oven October 31, 2012 at 9:32 am

Brilliant! These look crazy delicious. :)

55 Jed Gray (sportsglutton) October 31, 2012 at 12:13 pm

There is something about a good cinnamon roll that is oh too satisfying for me. Perfect with a cup of joe! Great job Amy.

Oh btw…sorry my Colts had to take care of business against your Titans. 😉

56 amy October 31, 2012 at 1:01 pm

apology accepted. =) congrats to your colts!

57 Nicole @ The Marvelous Misadventures of a Foodie October 31, 2012 at 1:13 pm

Okay these look awesome, REALLY awesome! And I looove the fact that they only take 30 minutes – that’s the best of both worlds :)

58 Ashley @ Kitchen Meets Girl October 31, 2012 at 6:09 pm

Amy, these are stunning! I need these sitting on my breakfast table Saturday morning–they look fab!

59 Kristen @ notsodomesticated October 31, 2012 at 6:28 pm

Yum! I absolutely LOVE homemade cinnamon rolls. I demand that my mom makes them every Christmas. So I have no doubt that I would love these!

60 Nicole @ Lapetitebaker November 1, 2012 at 3:24 am

I love cinnamon rolls but hate the time it takes to make them. So, I love the fact that these are muffins! So much easier.

61 Kitchen Ninja November 1, 2012 at 1:50 pm

GET OUT! These look freakin’ awesome.

62 Meghan November 1, 2012 at 3:46 pm

I don’t even know where to start!! These look incredible & your photos are fantastic!

63 sarah k @ the pajama chef November 2, 2012 at 9:44 am

amy, what an awesome recipe! these muffins are so cute!

64 Jess November 3, 2012 at 9:10 am

Cinnamon roll muffins? My mind has just been blown!

65 Jen L | Tartine and Apron Strings November 4, 2012 at 10:55 pm

Another OMG moment! Another genius recipe! I like it when baked goodies don’t involve yeast! Yay!

66 Kiran @ November 8, 2012 at 5:13 pm

Oh my. I want a few pieces to-go, please? :)

67 Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts November 8, 2012 at 8:41 pm

LOVE these!! I made them forever ago, and kind of forgot about them. My son just asked me yesterday if we could make them again.

68 amy November 8, 2012 at 8:44 pm

I like the way your son thinks! =)

69 Lynne November 13, 2012 at 9:36 am

I make yeasted cinnamon rolls all the time, but I love the look of your muffins! I’m sure they too would be a hit in my family.

70 Sarah @ Miss CandiQuik November 14, 2012 at 8:14 pm

These are so pretty, I’d love one right about NOW!

71 Shannon November 17, 2012 at 10:36 pm

Catching up on my blogs and these totally jumped out at me. They are stunning. I’m totally bookmarking this recipe for sure.

72 Megan November 20, 2012 at 2:43 am

Hello! New baby blogger here!

Just wanted to say that I think that photo is incredible! The colours! the drizzle of the icing! give me a real Donna Hay feel (She’s a famous cook book author in Australia) Hopfully one day I’ll have photos just like you :-)
-Looking upto you,
Megan (Do I have food on my face?)

73 amy November 20, 2012 at 7:21 am

Thank you, Megan! We actually own two Donna Hay cookbooks =) so that’s a wonderful compliment to me. Welcome to the wonderful world of blogging – I’m sure you’ll do fabulously!

74 Gladheart Hannah February 25, 2013 at 12:25 am

I just found this recipe through Pinterest I believe and made them just this morning and so enjoyed making them and it was so easy! AND delicious!! My family and I really enjoyed them :) Our oven is down so we are limited to whatever we can bake in an oven roaster…the muffin tin pans fits inside one and gave us a delightful treat this morning!
Thanks for posting this, I look forward to looking through your site here!
And will be posting this recipe on my own blog this week.
Blessings, Hannah

75 amy February 25, 2013 at 9:41 am

I’m so glad you found these, made ’em + loved them! And I hope your oven is all fixed soon. =) Thanks for your kind words, Hannah!

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