Cinnamon Roll Muffins

Sunday morning I woke up with an overwhelming urge for a shamelessly large cinnamon roll. You know what I am talking about…that warm ooey, gooey, melt-in-your-mouth cinnamonny goodness that you know you should be ashamed of eating, but really aren’t. Yes, one of those! Unfortunately we don’t have a Cinnabon within an hours drive and I didn’t have three hours to make homemade yeasted cinnamon roll. So what’s a girl to do? I wasn’t about going to resist the craving, so I went on the hunt for a no-yeast cinnamon roll alternative.

Looking back through all of the recipes that I have bookmarked I found this recipe for cinnamon roll muffins. Since you don’t have to hassle with the rising time of yeast, you can have these on the breakfast table in under 30 minutes! Perfect! They’re a great alternative to the more time-consuming yeasted cinnamon rolls that I make for special occasions.

Soft, ooey gooey muffins swirled with cinnamon, brown sugar and pecans and topped with a drizzle of icing, these muffins definitely hit the spot. Although yeasted cinnamon rolls will always be my favorite, these muffins are a wonderful substitution when you’re short on time.

Cinnamon Roll Muffins

All the taste of a cinnamon roll in one fast and easy muffin! On the table in under 30 minutes!

Yield: 12 muffins

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 18 minutes


For the Muffins:
1 cup buttermilk
1/2 cup light brown sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 large egg
3 to 3 ½ cups all purpose flour

For the Filling:
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
1 cup light brown sugar
1 ½ teaspoons cinnamon
3/4 cup pecans, finely chopped

For the Icing:
1 cup powdered sugar
2-3 tablespoons milk
splash vanilla extract


Heat oven to 375 degrees. Grease a muffin pan or line with muffin liners.
In a medium bowl, mix together the brown sugar, baking soda, salt, vanilla and egg. Add the buttermilk, then the flour. Stir until thoroughly combined.
In a small bowl, make the filling by combining the brown sugar, cinnamon and pecans. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured work surface and knead for a minute or two. Roll the dough into a 12-inch by 24-inch rectangle. Spread with butter, leaving a 1/4″ margin at the long side of dough, then sprinkle with the cinnamon sugar mixture. Use the rolling pin to roll over the sugar/cinnamon mixture a few times. Roll up the dough tightly, beginning with the long side, under-tucking after each completed rollover. Cut into 12 rolls.
Place in prepared muffin pan and bake until golden brown, about 15-18 minutes. Allow the muffins to cool in muffin pan for 5 minutes before removing to a wire rack.
Make the glaze with the muffins are cooling. In a small bowl, combine powdered sugar, milk and vanilla until smooth. Drizzle over the top of the muffins and serve.

Source: adapted from The Baker Chick , originally from
The Comfort of Cooking


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33 Responses to “Cinnamon Roll Muffins”

  1. #
    Monet — August 20, 2012 @ 10:10 am

    I am often waking with an urge to make and then eat an enormous cinnamon roll. These muffins seem like they would satisfy my craving…without requiring hours of my time. Thank you for sharing!

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    Aimee @ ShugarySweets — August 20, 2012 @ 10:25 am

    Oh my goodness, these look seriously amazing. PINNED!

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    Whatcha Makin' Now? (@whatchamakinnow) — August 20, 2012 @ 10:39 am

    Love that they are ready so quick! I’m with you; yeast is just too much sometimes. Thanks for the recipe!

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    Nami | Just One Cookbook — August 20, 2012 @ 10:39 am

    These muffins look so delicious. I think this is my first time visiting your blog and I really enjoyed browsing around! I am not much of a baker but I definitely enjoy all kinds of desserts. I can’t wait to try some from your blog. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

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    colleen — August 20, 2012 @ 10:40 am

    Holy crap! I love that these are still spiraled up and stuffed with filling. These are perfect and I’ll definitely be making these.

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    Lola Velasco — August 20, 2012 @ 11:41 am

    Ahora soy yo la que no puede resistirse y tendré que hacerlo para satisfacer mi deseo de éste dulce.
    ¡Me parece delicioso y perfecto!

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    Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie — August 20, 2012 @ 12:18 pm

    Brilliant! I always want to make cinnamon rolls but don’t feel like dedicating the time.

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    ChgoJohn — August 20, 2012 @ 1:24 pm

    I took one look at that photo and immediately pinned it. Reading on, I saw that they take but 30 minutes to prepare and if I could have pinned it twice, I would. 🙂

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    brighteyedbaker — August 20, 2012 @ 3:48 pm

    These look flat-out amazing! We all need a good cinnamon roll every now and then!

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    Jessamyn — August 20, 2012 @ 4:21 pm

    Made these this afternoon almost immediately after I read your post and they were fabulous! Thanks for sharing the recipe! I ended up baking 4 and freezing the other 8 so hopefully they will bake up well some other time.

    • Christina replied: — August 21st, 2012 @ 10:42 pm

      Yea!! I am so happy to hear that you enjoyed them! Thanks so much for letting me know how they turned out for you! 🙂

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    Irreverent Jo — August 20, 2012 @ 4:28 pm

    This looks amazing. Truly spectacular. I need to try this, I can see it becoming a family favourite.

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    Teresa — August 20, 2012 @ 7:12 pm

    I want one of these!!!

  13. #
    Barbara @ Barbara Bakes — August 20, 2012 @ 9:36 pm

    I’d love to have one of these for dessert too!

  14. #
    overtimecook — August 20, 2012 @ 11:41 pm

    Oh my, these look phenomenal! I must try this! Pinning it!

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    the second serving — August 21, 2012 @ 5:05 am

    I. need. those!! I want to pick out the middles, warm, gooey, and into my mouth! Hah, but really. They look incredible.

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    Sally — August 21, 2012 @ 5:09 am

    OMG OMG Christina!! I am salivating. LOOK at how beautiful these cinnamon roll muffins are! And I love that they do not have any yeast. I’m sorta kinda intimidated by the stuff! These are easy and beautiful.. i can’t imagine how amazing they make the kitchen smell. pinning these because i have GOT to make them ASAP! PS: I can’t wait to see your new blog design!

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    Laura Dembowski (@piesandplots) — August 21, 2012 @ 10:58 am

    This is such an interesting and great twist on muffins! I can’t wait to try them 🙂

  18. #
    iamahoneybee — August 21, 2012 @ 11:13 am

    these are insane. I want this right now for lunch.
    so mouthwatering

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    Erin @ Texanerin Baking — August 21, 2012 @ 1:46 pm

    Oh wow. These are quick! Cinnamon rolls don’t even exist where I live so if I want them, I have to make them. I’ve bookmarked this for my next craving. 🙂

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    nikkithekiddo — August 21, 2012 @ 2:34 pm

    I am DEFINITELY making these!

  21. #
    Stefanie — August 21, 2012 @ 4:25 pm

    Yum yum! These look amazing! And such a great alternative to yeasted cinnamon rolls. Just what I’ve been looking for 🙂

  22. #
    wendy@chezchloe — August 22, 2012 @ 5:30 am

    Right on!!!

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    Livebakelove — August 23, 2012 @ 11:39 am

    my god this one looks good!!! i was craving cinnamon rolls last week when i heard about the ” sweet bun bandit” that keeps stealing sweet buns from a ladys bakery :-)!!!!

  24. #
    mamawolfe — August 25, 2012 @ 9:14 am

    How could this be so easy>? I can’t wait to try them!

  25. #
    Michelle @Amourbeurre — August 25, 2012 @ 4:27 pm

    Look how big these are!!! Wow. These would amaze any brunch crowd!

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    Mamawolfe — August 26, 2012 @ 10:02 am

    These were really easy to make! I used coconut milk thickened with vinegar for the buttermilk, 1.5 c of white whole wheat flour, and added 1/4 c flax seed. Yum!

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    Jill — August 26, 2012 @ 7:18 pm

    These were easy and quick to make- tasted ok but they were pretty dense…. Wondering of too much flour was kneaded into it and thats what the problem was ….. Thoughts?

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    Christina — August 31, 2012 @ 9:42 pm

    I am sorry to hear that they turned out pretty dense for you. 🙁 The only thing I could think of would be that maybe you added too much flour while rolling out the dough. I try to use as little as possible when rolling and sometimes have even rolled out the dough between sheets of parchment paper. If you give them another try I would love to hear how they turn out. 🙂

  29. #
    Nicole — September 26, 2012 @ 2:38 pm

    These look wonderful!

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    Emily — November 15, 2012 @ 10:52 am

    Not only do they look good…
    Well, after a night of super easy baking I have to say… EVERYONE at work gives these a THUMBS WAY up! Directed them to your blog!
    Thanks for the great recipe!

    • Christina replied: — November 20th, 2012 @ 5:58 pm

      I’m so happy to hear that you enjoyed the muffins Emily! Thanks so much for letting me know how they turned out for you! 🙂

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    Destiny — November 26, 2012 @ 11:48 am

    i am making these for my boyfriend tonight:) i hope he will take them to work instead of buying breakfast every morning:)

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