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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1 Lindsay {life and kitchen} October 29, 2012 at 11:11 am

Those look SO delicious! Great pictures!

2 Jocelyn @ BruCrew Life October 29, 2012 at 11:25 am

I love cinnamon rolls so much too, but never want to put the time into them!!! I am loving how gooey these look. This has been pinned so I can make them for my kids…ok, for me:-)

3 October 29, 2012 at 11:56 am

These have been on my list to make for far too long! Your photos are gorgeous, and your description of them makes me want to go home and make them tonight after work. Nice post!

4 Karen October 29, 2012 at 12:01 pm

STUNNING! Just stunning! Visiting from Group D and what a lovely recipe choice! Karen

5 Anna @ Hidden Ponies October 29, 2012 at 12:36 pm

Wow, I love these! Cinnamon rolls are one of my biggest evening cravings, being able to make them in 30 minutes is going to be trouble :)

6 amy October 29, 2012 at 12:40 pm

you’re right – the fact that they’re ready so quickly DOES make them a bit dangerous!

7 katie October 29, 2012 at 12:44 pm

I made these for another swap that I participate in, they are too good to resist. Glad you enjoyed them!

8 Jenni October 29, 2012 at 1:02 pm

These are adorable! Great SRC pick!

9 Megan October 29, 2012 at 2:14 pm

Cinnamon rolls? In muffin form?! I’m in!

10 Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious October 29, 2012 at 2:49 pm

I always look forward to your SRC posts! These muffins look fabulous. I love that yeast is not involved!

11 Erin @ Texanerin Baking October 29, 2012 at 3:25 pm

These look so yummy! And thank goodness that they’re gooey. I would have thought that maybe they weren’t… not that yeast is a gooey maker, but, yeah . I don’t know! Excellent selection this month. :)

12 amy October 29, 2012 at 4:09 pm

they were especially ooey gooey when they were still nice + warm, straight out of the oven! mmmmm.

13 Casey October 29, 2012 at 4:27 pm

Oh my gosh, these are adorable! They look and sound delicious, too. How can you go wrong with a cinnamon roll in muffin form?!

14 Jessica@AKitchenAddiction October 29, 2012 at 4:28 pm

Cinnamon roll satisfaction in 30 minutes?! Count me in! Love these!

15 Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel October 29, 2012 at 5:41 pm

A no-yeast, no-rise cinnamon roll muffin? Is this real-life? Loving it! And loving these so very much. Cinnamon rolls and I are BFFs!

16 Christine October 29, 2012 at 7:09 pm

These look amazing! I love how the cinnamon buns are made into muffin tins – it makes them look super cute and happy! Now I really want to eat one! Too bad I can’t eat my screen.

17 amy October 29, 2012 at 7:10 pm

bahahaha! if we could find a way to eat snacks + treats through the computer, the world would be a happier place!

18 Bakingaddict October 29, 2012 at 7:11 pm

These look amazing! I can’t believe you made them in 30minutes!! I’ll have to give them a go too. Great SRC pick :)

19 avril October 29, 2012 at 9:14 pm

LOVE these muffins! GREAT job…they look absolutely scrumptious!!!

20 April @ Angel's Homestead October 29, 2012 at 10:43 pm

Your muffins look amazing, I love the fact that you made them without yeast. What a treat for breakfast.

21 Elizabeth October 29, 2012 at 11:41 pm

I’ve been wanting to make cinnamon roll muffins and cinnamon roll cookies! These look amazing.

22 Choc Chip Uru October 29, 2012 at 11:41 pm

I would love these for breakfast lunch and dinner :)

Choc Chip Uru

23 Kathryn October 30, 2012 at 4:52 am

these look so good amy! I love how quick and easy they are.

24 danielle October 30, 2012 at 7:12 am

Wow – these look too good!

25 Renee October 30, 2012 at 7:30 am

If you only knew how much I love cinnamon rolls. I wish I had one right now to go with my coffee. I’m bookmarking this recipe.

26 amy October 30, 2012 at 7:52 am

I wish you lived closer – I have lots extra + could deliver a bunch to you right now!

27 Beth October 30, 2012 at 8:12 am

Great recipe choice! I’ve made those muffins before, and they’re wonderful. Wish I had some right now!

28 amy October 30, 2012 at 9:55 am

how cool that you’ve made them before, too – aren’t they great?

29 Regina @ SpecialtyCakeCreations October 30, 2012 at 10:13 am

Oh wow….I love how this cinnamon roll version sounds soo simply! Not rising…yay!

30 Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar October 30, 2012 at 11:05 am

These are so pretty!

31 Maggie @ A Bitchin' Kitchen October 30, 2012 at 11:07 am

These look delicious! I tried to sign up for the secret recipe club a couple weeks ago, but it’s become so popular that there’s a waiting list now! Hopefully I’ll be in soon, because your posts always make it seem fun :)

32 amy October 30, 2012 at 11:17 am

hope you make it off the waiting list soon – it really is such a fun group!

33 Ashley - BakerbyNature October 30, 2012 at 1:06 pm

You’ve outdone yourself, little lady! Gorgeous!

34 Jackie @ The Beeroness October 30, 2012 at 1:31 pm

Ok. Those are the cutest things I’ve seen all day. Seriously.

35 Cassie | Bake Your Day October 30, 2012 at 1:35 pm

I’m such a fool for cinnamon rolls, love the muffin twist on these!

36 Julie @ Table for Two October 30, 2012 at 2:07 pm

wow – these look like perfect little breakfast treats! they turned out lovely. i love the cinnamon roll effect on them :)

37 Laura Dembowski October 30, 2012 at 2:29 pm

Those look so yummy! The secret recipe club sounds like a lot of fun too!

38 Jen @ Savory Simple October 30, 2012 at 3:05 pm

What a great recipe!

39 Chandra @The Plaid and Paisley Kitchen October 30, 2012 at 3:43 pm

oh Amy these do looke like ooey gooey yumminess!

40 Rachel @ Baked by Rachel October 30, 2012 at 5:44 pm

I’ve seen something similar ages back and just about drooled. I must have these!

41 Young Wifey October 30, 2012 at 6:21 pm

What a fun blog activity! These do look pretty darn delicious!

42 sally @ sallys baking addiction October 30, 2012 at 6:53 pm

Hi Amy! :) I love this recipe – I’ve had a no-yeast cinnamon roll muffin recipe saved for some time now, but I haven’t made them yet! I want want want them right now! I’m going nuts – I want to unravel it each piece of these pretty muffins and have one for dessert right now :)

43 amy October 30, 2012 at 7:12 pm

i like the way you think! i love to unravel cinnamon rolls, too. =)

44 Tracey October 30, 2012 at 7:55 pm

You have no idea how badly I want to run to the kitchen and make a batch of these right now! The only reason I won’t is because I know I’ll eat them all myself in the next day :)

45 Nik@ABrownTable October 30, 2012 at 9:01 pm

Delicious and of course amazing photographs!

46 luv what you do October 30, 2012 at 9:09 pm

Those look incredible! I love the idea of using a muffin tin!

47 Blond Duck October 30, 2012 at 9:16 pm

This is everything I want and need.

48 Asiya @ Chocolate and Chillies October 30, 2012 at 10:14 pm

These look how there is no rise time (one of the main things that stops me from making cinnamon rolls)…pinned this recipe..Great SRC pick!

49 kirstin October 30, 2012 at 10:53 pm

Wowsa!!! These sound so good!

50 The Squishy Monster October 30, 2012 at 10:58 pm

Oooh, these are fantastic! I would love waking up to the smell of these baking—I guess you can have the best of both worlds =)

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