Cinnamon Roll Muffins

There is nothing I like more than waking up on a slow, sunny weekend morning and tearing into a sweet and sticky cinnamon roll. My better half prefers a big pile of eggs, bacon and pancakes, but give me one of these – or twelve – and I’ll be sitting on a cloud for the rest of the day.

They may be muffins, but the taste and texture is exactly the same of everyone’s favorite breakfast treat, the cinnamon roll – soft and ooey-gooey, swirled with warm cinnamon and brown sugar, and topped with a few messy drips of white icing.

A scrumptious cinnamon roll shouldn’t have to take hours of preparation and painful waiting for the dough to rise (no patience for sweets here) . . . It should be as easy as, well, making a muffin!

I know you’ll be over the moon for these little breakfast treats, just like I am. These marvelous muffins are soft, sweet and full of the same gooey, oh-so-good cinnamon roll goodness that you know and love… They just take MUCH less time to prepare!

Cinnamon Roll Muffins

Cinnamon Roll Muffins

Yield: 1 dozen muffins


  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 egg
  • 3 to 3-1/2 cups flour
  • 2 tbsp. butter, room temperature
  • 2/3 cups brown sugar
  • 3/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1-2 tbsp. milk or cream


  1. Preheat oven to 375° F.
  2. Measure the brown sugar, baking soda, salt, vanilla and egg into a mixing bowl. Add the buttermilk. Add the flour. Stir until thoroughly combined.
  3. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead for a minute or two. Roll the dough into a 12-inch by 24-inch rectangle. Using a rubber spatula, spread with butter. Sprinkle with sugar and cinnamon.
  4. Roll the dough into a log and stretch slightly. Cut into two-inch pieces and put the pieces into greased muffin tins or muffin tins lined with cupcake papers.
  5. Bake for 15 minutes, or until golden brown. Allow the muffins to cool for 5 minutes, and then remove from the muffin tins.
  6. Drizzle with icing (if using) when cool.
  7. Enjoy!

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  1. Umm Mymoonah says:

    Wow! I love these kind of breakfast, will try this for weekend. I like something sweet for breakfast like pancakes with fruit syrup, some fruits and fresh juice will be a perfect breakfast for me to enjoy the rest of my day:-)

  2. French toast has been my favorite breakfast food since I was a little girl. I love it so much that I’ve been known to make it for lunch and dinner also. Plus my kids love it, so I’ve always got an excuse to make it.

  3. I have never really been a cereal person. My all time favorite breakfast is definitely homemade blueberry muffins fresh from the oven slathered with butter and a tall glass of milk.

  4. Cinnamon Buttermilk Belgian Waffles with bacon! YUM!

  5. Bookmarked! My kids will love these (and so will I). My very favorite breakfast is huevos rancheros!

  6. Michael_toa says:

    Banana/Blueberry French Toast with warm maple syrup… anytime, breakfast, lunch and dinner. :)

  7. Just coffee and plain biscuits.

  8. My favorite breakfast is peanut butter and jelly sandwich!

  9. My favorite breakfast is Huevos Rancheros Suprema, with Mexican (not Spanish!) rice and a tropical fruit salad with apple poppy seed dressing.

  10. I just happened upon your blog. Love it!!!

    I’m your newest follower. Ps… I adore cheese omelets.

  11. Peanut butter and maple syrup on waffles. Sounds crazy but give it a try!

  12. Ohh so hard to choose! Either blueberry pancakes with real maple syrup OR a fresh buttered sesame bagel.
    Great recipe–it looks a lot easier than making actual cinnamon rolls!

  13. Strawberry jam ad cream cheese crepes (or nutella crepes, yummm) have to be my favorite breakfast :)

    Generally I like to eat healthy for breakfast, but when I finally save up the money to go out and splurge on the best meal of the day something totally sweet and indulgent wins! I first fell in love with crepes when I went to France with my high school French class and have been addicted ever since! :D

  14. Mmmm, plain yogurt with maple syrup and a handful of whatever fruit is in season. Right now it’s blueberries with my breakfast, but I think I might have to switch things up with those cinnamon bun muffins of yours!

  15. French Toast made with homemade cinnamon raisin bread, topped with candied walnuts. It’s almost like dessert but I’ll gladly have it for breakfast. YUM! :)

  16. Homemade waffles with chocolate chips!!!!! My kids say I’m the best parent when I make these. I make sure to have the powdered sugar handy too.

  17. Pancakes are my favorite–with real butter and maple syrup! yum :-)

  18. RittieKitty says:

    whole wheat pancakes with bananas and blueberries! So YUMmy!

  19. These look delicious, but I’ll take a nice big, fluffy, waffle anyday mmmmm…..:)

  20. Trendsetters says:

    My fav breakfast is waffles…love them
    your muffins are perfect….

  21. My favorite breakfast is onsen tamago with some toast and a squirt of soy sauce!

  22. Oatmeal!

  23. Scrambled Eggs, Country Potatoes, and an English Muffin for me!!


  24. InternetCookingPrincess says:

    Pigs in a blanket – no contest. In college, I used to wake up my roommate and make her go to iHop with me whenever a craving struck in the wee hours of the night!

  25. My favorite breakfast is scrambled eggs with Betty Crocker blueberry muffins.

  26. I like a large platter of fresh summer fruits, mimosa, and then a hunk of sausage with paprikas and crusty baguette.

  27. Another delicious recipe from you! Very beautiful. Can’t wait to give it a try some day soon.

  28. My favorite breakfast, hands down, is good ol’ biscuits and gravy. Always has and always will be!

  29. bagels during the week, but on the weekends i love to whip up a big batch of chocolate chip pancakes!

  30. Louisaclements says:

    I love breakfast, I think it’s my favourite meal… for me I love pancakes, with some bacon… all drenched in maple syrup!! mmmm…

  31. Biscuits and Gravy. Mom made them from Bisquick and used hamburger for the gravy, to save time and money, but it was really good.

    sjspinster at yahoo dot com

  32. My favorite breakfast is grits casserole!

  33. Breakfast is my favorite meal of the day, especially when I have time for it. I think my favorite would be the classic bacon, eggs, 2 pancakes, and toast, with a pot of coffee on the side. I can eat that meal for breakfast, lunch, dinner or in the middle of the night even! I do love sweet breakfasts of crepes, or Parisian breakfasts of croissants and coffee. But in the end, the classic wins out!

  34. My all time favorite breakfasts were when I was a little kid at the Jersey shore. My dad and I would wake up before my mom and head to the local bakery for fresh baked sticky buns. We would bring them home and devulge with mom. They were always slightly warm, incredibly sticky with soft raisins and crunchy nuts. It is a great memory with my family. I still crave sticky buns the minute I reach the shore…even at 28 years old. If I won your cute silicone pans, I would certainly bake up some sticky bun muffins – I may have to invent a recipe too! Thanks for having this great giveaway!!!

  35. When I saw the title of this post, I sort of just assumed that these were regular old muffins that had the flavors of a classic cinnamon roll, but I was totally wrong (obviously)! What a great idea this is! I can’t wait to try these, as cinnamon rolls are one of my husband’s favorites!

  36. Just found your blog through Food Buzz. My fave breakfast is a really delicious scone with a cup of tea. My fave scones are blueberry orange. Yum…might have to make some this weekend!

  37. My all time favorite breakfast is Cajun Eggs Benedict Po’boy served at Stanley in Jackson Square, New Orleans. Two poached eggs, canadian bacon, hollandaise sauce on Leinheimer french bread. Perfection in your mouth. Stanley has the greatest breakfast/brunch dishes.

  38. Gokchecoskun says:

    fav breakfast is a double chocolate chip pancake with cold milk..yum yum yum!

  39. What I like for breakfast is really dependant on the day it is. When it is early or I’m in a hurry I like some good granola with nuts, fruits and yoghurt. When I have more time, I like to make a brunch. Some of my favourite components are blueberry streusel muffins, home-made bread (brioche!) with some good butter melting away and a generous scoop of homemade jam, and chocolade croissants. And coffee, there has to be coffee. I like a lot of stuff for my breakfast, but it has to be sweet. I just can’t stand savory food in the morning.

  40. What's Gaby Cooking says:

    all time fav breakfast is a double chocolate chip muffin!!! hahaha! how fatty is that? And I love it!!

    p.s. we’re gonna have a pot luck this saturday – you should come! Lots of yummy food blogger treats – send me an email and I’ll forward the deets! xoxo

  41. Renee Carter says:

    I’m a sucker for french toast, scrambled eggs with cheese and extra crispy bacon. Mmmmmm!!!

  42. My favorite breakfast is Banana Rum French Toast, which is my husband’s recipe, and is over the top. Then there’s a little Mimosa to go drink!!! Nothing Better!

  43. First of all, congrats on making top 9 on Foodbuzz!

    Now, my favorite breakfast is belgin waffles with blueberry topping and crisp cooked applewoood bacon. However, what we eat on a weekly basis is pancakes with pure maple syrup. lol Congrats on your FB Fans!

  44. It has to be biscuits and sausage gravy. Don’t have it much but it is my favorite!

  45. When I was in college, I lived next to a very tiny little taco shop, and they had the BEST breakfast tacos (seriously! Even Food Network agreed. They were voted “America’s best tacos). Homemade tortillas, perfectly scrambled eggs, thick salty slabs of bacon… Heaven. I’d have to say that’s my favorite breakfast.

  46. Just dropped in from Joy the Baker, your site looks fantabulous. I’m just a breakfast food lover so I don’t know how the heck I’m supposed to pick just one, anything with tons of carbs and sugar!
    The best thing is Joy’s Dutch Baby recipe, I literally scarf down the entire thing (it’s probably a good 4 servings)– fluffy egg whites, light and crispy dough and tons of sugar. So good!

  47. My favourite weekday breakfast is muesli, fruit & yoghurt but my favourite lounging around weekend breakfast are zucchini, corn and haloumi or feta cheese fritters.

    Came here via foodgaker. I love making muffins – they’re so easy and delicious!

  48. Hueyandsusie says:

    Although I can’t have it until dinner, I am loving ricotta pancakes with buttercream syrup and BACON.

  49. These are gorgeous! My fav breakfast I am afraid is a bit boring… Greek yogurt with honey, blueberries and raspberries when fresh ans in season:)

  50. i love me some french toast!

  51. Foodalution says:

    Thanks for coming over to yesterday! And yes… of course I would love to check out your fab. giveaway! First off…. you did a bang up job on this post. I love your photos and the delicate glaze on top of the muffins! kudos to you! Favorite breakfast would be….homemade ranchera salsa over eggs, fresh greens tossed with vinegrette and toasted sourdough bread… and since I am feeling dreamy, a tall spicy bloody mary and long crsip celery filling the glass.

  52. I’m a sweet girl!! I like waffles with whipped cream ,strawberry syrup,and lots of fruit on top! OOh yeah!!!!!!!!!!!! I love hot coffee with donuts or eclairs and muffins are delicious too!

  53. My all time favorite breakfast that I don’t cook for myself is soysage and gravy from a vegetarian restaurant in of all places Southern Illinois. Love it! Delicious!

  54. How did you know that I woke up this a.m. thinking of cinnamon rolls!!!!??? But then I thought about how long it usually takes me to make them so I decided against such a craving BUT now you have offered me a lovely solution! Merci Beaucoup!!!

    Cinnamon Rolls are definitely high on my list as a “favorite” breakfast….but honestly, any type of yummy breakfast (sweet or savory) shared with someone else in the sunshine is my FAVORITE kind of breakfast. :-)

  55. Lately one of favorite breakfasts is a baked sweet potato stuffed with toasted pecans and a side of sauted spinach – I know it’s kind of weird, but really yummy! Oh course, fresh summer berries with yogurt and homemade granola also put a big smile on my face this time of year :).

  56. Marla {Family Fresh Cooking} says:

    Love your blog and this awesome recipe, the giveaway rocks too. I don’t own any silicone pans like these & I would love some :) Great job cutting out all that extra time and energy on this breakfast treat! My daily breakfast is my Stuffed French Toast. Can’t get enough of it!

  57. I’ve always been a pancake and eggs girl, but for the past two years the breakfast that wins my heart is hobo hash. We learned this on the fly while cooking for an outdoor event with my former boss. We k leftover meat from the night before, chopped it up and threw it on the grill. Then we tossed in some potatoes o’brein and grilled it with the meat. While that was cooking we heated up some country gravy (with sausage of course!) and toasted some biscuits. We tossed the meat and the potatoes in with the gravy, spooned over biscuits and ate the best breakfast I’ve ever had.

    I am a HUGE fan of cinnamon rolls. So huge that I’d rather receive a dozen of those on Valentine’s Day than a bouquet of stupid flowers! I’ll eat those anytime. Growing up we always had them for dessert and it wasn’t until I was in college that I learned they were known for being a breakfast treat as well. Well what a perfect way to start the day!

    Thank you for sharing this.

  58. Tiffany Olson says:

    i really like sweet breakfasts as well…. but i like starch too… so i would have to say eggs over easy, pancakes, bacon and hashbrowns… i never finish it all but boy do i give it the ole college try!!!

  59. Jenn's Food Journey says:

    I think my new favorite will be these muffins…but so far, my all time favorite breakfast is a big warm, freshly made cinnamon roll with decedant cream cheese frosting… mmmmmm!!! Thanks for hosting the giveway.. I just love love love silicone pans!!!

  60. I’m definitely a lover of all baked sweet breakfast items- scones, muffins, biscuits, etc. But I have to admit that I also have a weakness for biscuits and gravy with sausage. MMMmmmm. Maybe I’ll need to find some for lunch today.

    These cinnamon roll buns look amazing, I’m definitely going to have to give them a try!

  61. Thos looks great. I love cinnamon rolls. My ultimate breakfast has got to be a baked dutched pancake. I could have that no matter which meal or which day.

  62. Every Christmas morning my dad and I make Tassajara pancakes and bacon. Nothing else compares. I guess it isn’t just the food though. But the pancakes ARE really good.

  63. They look so good!! I’ve done the hours-of-waiting thing for the yeasty cinnamon rolls, but the quick fix is very appealing.

  64. those muffins sound delicious…..there something special about cinnamon buns, as muffins they just call to me! My all time favorite breakfast was one my mother would make on special occasions……refried Beans, pan fried thin sliced potatoes (cooked in lard), home made flour tortillas and a huge glass of milk!
    I would be in heaven!!!

  65. My favorite breakfast? No doubt: a glass of warm milk with Italian cream cookies that get super soft in the milk!

  66. All time favourite Breakfast… Bacon cooked in the oven. Eggs, over easy. Buttered whole wheat toast. Complemented with a fruit salad.


  67. Amanda @ says:

    My favorite breakfast used to be cinnamon rolls. But now I look forward to Nutrigrain waffles and turkey sausage for breakfast or even dinner.

  68. Georgia!
    Am I forbidden to enter the giveaway because we’re good blog friends? Hope not, because I need those in my life! Oh, and my favorite breakfast, well, nothing beats peanut butter and banana on toasty wheat bread. Well, maybe a New York bagel. Ah…

    Anyway, your muffins are absurd. I’m thinking about making summer squash muffins today. Talk soon!

  69. Wow. Those muffins look amazing!

    Favorite breakfast food is a tough choice… there are so many great breakfasts out there. But I guess I will have to go with almond crusted, stuffed (with cream cheese, jam, and fresh fruit) french toast. For that deliciously decadent start to the day. =)

    Thanks for sharing!

  70. Breakfast is my absolute favorite meal of the day and I could eat it for every meal, so this is VERY hard for me to choose – but eggs are my favorite. I love them scrambled, over easy, in omelettes, frittatas, eggs benedict – need I really go on? I love those cute little mini muffin pans too!!

  71. tea and a freshly baked pound cake

  72. These cinnamon roll muffins look AMAAAAAZING!! I’ve been wanting to make these for a long time and still haven’t done it. I guess I’ve been waiting on the right muffin pans. *wink wink*

    My favorite breakfast dish is Ihop’s New York Strawberry Cream Cheese pancakes. At home, my favorite dish is regular cinnamon rolls. I love making them more than eating them, though, especially when I make them for my girlfriend’s daughters. I put all of my love for the girls into the rolls :).

  73. These muffins look SO good! I am definitely saving this recipe. And as for my favorite breakfast…anything that I don’t make myself! I am comatose in the morning. When I make pancakes and french toast, it’s usually for dinner!

  74. My favorite breakfast is the one that’s cooked for me! With summer in full swing my favorite breakfast is yogurt with fresh strawberries and blueberries.

  75. The best breakfast I ever had was okonomiyaki with pancetta and toast. Not quite a “real” breakfast food, but hey, it had eggs, and it was delicious :)

  76. Brownieville Girl says:

    I love a good old Irish Mixed Grill!!!

    Thanks for the give away :-}}

  77. I love to have dosas (indian pancakes) with sambhar (lentil soup) when in India and now after shifted to U.S, my liking has also changed towards raisin bread toast and a cup of freshly squeezed orange juice for most of the times as breakfast…thanks for this lovely giveaway!!!

  78. Suburban Prep says:

    I love the spinach leek quiche I make with Canadian bacon.

  79. The Food Hunter says:

    I’m thinnking these cinnamon roll muffins are going to be my new favorite breakfast food!

  80. My current favorite breakfast is a scrambled egg (sometimes with chives) on a slice of toasted Ezekiel bread l I’ve come a long way since Pop Tarts…

  81. ahh, bacon! with anything! Heck, I’ll taking it any time of the day!

    Angie L.

  82. My favorite all time breakfast is French Toast with a little Agave Syrup and a delicious cup of Coffee. These cinnamon roll muffins look Amazing! The size is perfect for one although one doesn’t look like it would be enough. I am so making them, and I will let you know how they turn out!

    I love your idea for a contest! Fun!


  83. Over medium egg on toasted English muffin with Canadian bacon and cheese. Sounds like a mcmuffin, eh? Your cinnamon roll muffins look scrumptious! scrambledhenfruit(at)gmail(dot)com

  84. Lisa~Koreanamericanmommy says:

    Forget the giveaway give me some of your muffins, hehe (=

    My favorite breakfast is old fashion oatmeal, 2 eggs fried on medium heat in sesame oil with soy sauce and leftover veggies. A bit of an asian flavor. Healthy, savory and delicious.

  85. Thanks for the tip for my cinnamon rolls! This way of making them is so easy, I will definitely give this a try sometime.
    Breakfast is my favorite meal of the day. I love it so much I don’t really have a favorite, but if I had to choose a ‘last’ breakfast it would have to be blueberry stuffed french toast with some eggs over-easy. :)
    Thanks for the giveaway! I think it’s awesome :)


  86. Your Cinnamon Roll Muffins look yummy! I recently baked some cinnamon rolls too but they were nothing close to the the soft gooey ooey cinnamon rolls. Mm, my all time favorite breakfast would be scrambled eggs with avocado on toast!

  87. Laurieruffolo says:

    I love your blog.!! My favorite breakfast is, of course, something homemade!! Fresh banana bread,
    blueberry muffins, or orange almond scones!!! Anything like this!!! YUMMMMM!!!!

  88. I have the best morning when my dad cooks chorrizo and eggs. I swear he does something special to them and they just bring me back to childhood :)

  89. Stephanie Hobson says:

    Pancakes with maple syrup and a side of ham! But my grandkids would love these muffins, and we could make them together. Fun!

  90. In my eyes, if there aren’t any eggs, you’re not really eating breakfast. And nothing’s better than a sesame bagel with sausage, egg and cheese. Delicious.

  91. Katarina Kopasek says:

    My favorite breakfst is baon, eggs and toast. I want these pans :)

  92. Eggs with ham and cheese, side of toast, diet coke, perfect!

  93. Peanut butter and banana pancakes with maple syrup. Mouth watering…

  94. Great Big Fresh and fluffy Waffles. With fake maple syrup on the side and a load of butter. Your mouth will savor it all the way down to your hips. MMMM

  95. I love belgian waffle with fresh fruit and whipped cream!

  96. Hands down, Eggs Benedict!

  97. My all-time favorite breakfast is crispy fried cornmeal mush, bacon and over easy fried eggs.

  98. ice cream waffle sandwich!

  99. Heidi's Recipes says:

    I actually love “Creamed Chip Beef Gravy” on toast. My mom used to make this for me and the memories are as good as the breakfast.

  100. You never fail to impress me. These look so beautiful. I dragged my husband away from his work to look at your site because I just love what you do here!

  101. Baking Serendipity says:

    5 stars
    I love the idea of an easier cinnamon roll. What an awesome recipe! My absolute favorite breakfast is pancakes. But not plain old boring pancakes. I like to experiment with fun, crazy additions and flavors. Your muffins kind of make me wonder if a cinnamon pancake could be drizzled with some of that frosting :) And, the mini muffin tins are adorable! I just said to my husband yesterday, “I still don’t have any baby muffin tins…” Perfect timing!

  102. 5 stars
    These muffins look so good! I can’t wait to try them! I’m looking forward to following your blog – I think we like the same kind of things. Thanks.

  103. Would it be possible to make these Cinnamon Roll Muffins into a Cinnamon Roll Cake? Would it be the same baking time, same batter? And what would the size of the pan be? I want the same taste as these muffins! Thank you so much! These look fantastic, by the way!

  104. These muffins are made from a kneaded dough, not a wet, quick bread like dough, so I’m not entirely sure what the consistency of a cake would be as I’ve never made these muffins into one. I wouldn’t recommend it, though. Sorry!

  105. Anonymous says:

    It’s okay! Thanks so much for the great-looking recipe anyway!

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