Last modified on March 13th, 2018 at 6:31 AM

Cinnamon Muffins

Cinnamon muffins are so easy to make and full of pockets bursting with cinnamon flavor. Great for a snack or breakfast on the go, these muffins keep well and can be frozen for later!

Close-up of a cinnamon muffin.

It is no secret that we love muffins in our house, and these cinnamon muffins are one of our favorite recipes {along with these easy blueberry muffins!}.

Measuring cup with white sugar next to a measuring cup with brown sugar, next to a bowl with cracked eggs next to a heaping tablespoon of cinnamon on a countertop.

I usually make up a batch of these for Andy to take to work for breakfast at the beginning of the week, he loves them that much! They also keep in the freezer really well so we always have some on hand.

Pouring vinegar into milk to make buttermilk.

The secret to getting a nice soft crumb on these cinnamon muffins is using vinegar to make your milk buttermilk. You can, of course, just use buttermilk. But I never have that on hand, and this is just so easy! As a general rule, replace 1 tablespoon from 1 cup of milk with vinegar for a good buttermilk substitute.

A ice blue kitchen aid hand mixer just beginning to mix the dry ingredients for cinnamon muffins.

After that, it’s pretty basic! Mix the dry ingredients together and notice how ADORABLE that ice blue kitchen aid mixer is 🙂 {affiliate link}.

Scraping the dry ingredients to the edge of the glass bowl with a blue spatula to form a well for the wet ingredients.

After your dry ingredients are mixed up, make a well in the center with a spatula or spoon. Forming a well to put the wet ingredients into makes it easier to incorporate them gradually, minimizing lumps in your batter.

Pouring an egg into the other ingredients for cinnamon muffins.

Once all your wet ingredients are measured in, all you have to do is mix the batter up! This could definitely be done by hand with a whisk. And normally, I would just use a whisk. But I was just realllllllllllllllllllly excited to use my new hand mixer. HA. Yes, I am a five year old.

Ice blue kitchen aid hand mixer mixing up the batter for cinnamon muffins.

Also, who doesn’t love a good beater swirl in the batter?? So pretty!

Streusel ingredients (brown sugar, cinnamon, flour) in a small glass bowl.

After you have the batter ready, it’s time to make the streusel topping. This topping is what creates those delicious pockets of gooey cinnamon butter within the muffin.

A hand placing clumps of the strussel topping onto the cinnamon muffin batter already portioned in a muffin tin.

I just pinch off small portions and lay them on top of the portioned batter in the muffin tin. I push a few down deeper than others, you could even layer it halfway in the batter if you wanted.

Close-up of a cinnamon muffin broken in half, showing the gooey cinnamon center.

I like putting it all on top because I don’t want it to sink down in the bottom of the tin. I find that it burns easily when it reaches the bottom of the muffin tin. You can see in this picture how it melts pretty far down into the muffin just by being set on top anyways.

Top angled view of 6 cinnamon muffins on a counter top.

A word of caution – these cinnamon muffins come out of the oven looking MESSY. You’ll be able to see it in the video. If you want to avoid such a mess, only fill the muffin cups up 2/3 of the way. I like a bigger muffin though so I just go for it and the mess doesn’t bother me.

I hope you love this cinnamon muffin recipe as much as we do!! Let me know by leaving a rating in the comments below.

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Cinnamon Muffins

Cinnamon muffins are so easy to make and full of pockets bursting with cinnamon flavor. Great for a snack or breakfast on the go, these muffins keep well and can be frozen for later!

Course Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine American
Keyword brown sugar cinnamon muffins, cinnamon muffins
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 15 muffins
Calories 267 kcal
Author Alli


For the Muffins

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 cup milk less 1 tablespoon
  • 1 tablespoon vinegar white or apple cider
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil or butter, see note
  • 2 eggs large
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

For the Strussel

  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 3 tablespoons butter


For the Muffins

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. 

  2. Combine milk and vinegar and let sit for a couple of minutes to thicken.

  3. In a large bowl, whisk together sugar, flour, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon. Set aside.

  4. Create a well in the dry ingredients and pour in the thickened milk mixture, oil, eggs, and vanilla extract.  

  5. Mix until just combined, do not over mix.

  6. Divide batter evenly among about 15 muffin cups, they will be 3/4 of the way full.

For the Streusel

  1. Combine brown sugar, flour, and cinnamon. 

  2. Add the butter and mix until combined, it will be sticky and lumpy. 

  3. Drop small portions of the streusel over the top of the batter in the muffin tins, gently pressing a few pieces down into the batter. 

  4. Bake at 425 degrees F for 16-18 minutes or until a toothpick comes out with a few crumbs.

Recipe Video

Recipe Notes

Using oil will give these muffins a lighter texture, especially if you keep them for a few days. Butter will be slightly more dense and dry out more quickly over time. 

Nutrition Facts
Cinnamon Muffins
Amount Per Serving
Calories 267 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 10g 15%
Saturated Fat 7g 35%
Cholesterol 29mg 10%
Sodium 193mg 8%
Potassium 128mg 4%
Total Carbohydrates 39g 13%
Sugars 21g
Protein 3g 6%
Vitamin A 2.6%
Calcium 6.7%
Iron 7.3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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    February 23, 2018 at 11:53 PM

    My husbands favorite muffin recipe!

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