Meltaway Cinnamon Muffins

LAST UPDATED: Nov 05, 2019 | PUBLISHED: Aug 27, 2013 | By: Julie Blanner

These meltaway muffins are a deliciously simple Cinnamon Muffin Recipe made with staple ingredients. They’re rolled in butter and cinnamon sugar, and when warm, they melt in your mouth! These are perfect mini muffins for a fall breakfast or brunch treat!

cinnamon muffins in serving dish on blue napkin

We love how Barefoot Contessa’s baked cinnamon sugar doughnuts melt in your mouth. They’re reminiscent of the Tastefully Simple cinnamon sugar muffins I made years ago from a package purchased at a home party. These simple Cinnamon Muffins have the same incredible flavor, but don’t require doughnut pan.

These Cinnamon Muffins are the perfect blend of cinnamon sugar and melt in your mouth buttery flavor! We’ve dubbed them Meltaway Muffins because they literally just melt in your mouth with each bite! 

bite out of cinnamon muffin

They’re so easy, even kids can help make them! Even better, these meltaway muffins require staple ingredients you already have in your pantry! One bite and you’ll be hooked!

To Make This Cinnamon Muffin Recipe You Will Need:

These deliciously tasty mini cinnamon muffins require just a few pantry basics:

  • Flour – All purpose, no need to sift.
  • Sugar – White granulated sugar.
  • Baking Powder – Make sure it’s “fresh”.
  • Salt – Salt enhances all the other flavors in baking recipes.
  • Cinnamon – Ground, and be sure to check that it isn’t stale for maximum flavor.
  • Egg – Preferably organic / free run and as fresh as you can.
  • Milk – Whatever you have on hand. Anything from skim to Vitamin D works!
  • Butter – Unsalted, if you use salted omit the salt from the recipe.
  • Vanilla – Pure extract is preferable over imitation, it makes all the difference!

platter filled with miniature cinnamon muffins

How to Make Melt in Your Mouth Cinnamon Muffins

To see how easy this cinnamon sugar muffin recipe is, watch the video in this post. They take less than 10 minutes hands on time. It’s so easy that it’s a great recipe for little hands to help, too!

  • Combine dry ingredients. In a mixing bowl combine wet ingredients. Gradually incorporate wet mixture into dry.
  • Pour muffin batter into greased muffin cups or lined muffin tin.
  • In a small bowl, melt butter. In another small bowl combine cinnamon and sugar.
  • Roll mini muffins in butter, followed by sugar.

close up of miniature cinnamon muffins

Bitesized Mini Muffin Recipe

close up bite out of a miniature cinnamon sugar muffin

I love how cute these mini cinnamon muffins are! They are a great way to enjoy a treat without going overboard! Each muffin is around 125 calories, so they make a perfect mid afternoon snack with a cup of coffee.

Making this cinnamon muffins recipe into mini muffins gives them the perfect cinnamon sugar to muffin ratio and the melt-in-your-mouth quality that has made them famous.

If you don’t have a mini muffin pan, you can make larger versions, just increase the bake time.

close up of cinnamon muffins

Breakfast, Brunch or Dessert Cinnamon Muffins!

These muffins are the perfect addition to any brunch – Easter, Mother’s Day, New Year’s and Christmas just to name a few! They’re also the best way to wake on a Saturday morning! They are so moist and fluffy, they really do melt in your mouth! They are a great treat to serve overnight guests with a freshly brewed coffee!

Easy Muffin Recipe For Kids

This recipe is so simple and easy to make, it’s a great one to get the kids involved in, and rolling them in the sugar is such fun! They’re so incredible our girls beg to make them every opportunity they get!

A mini cake next to a mug of coffee

Tips to Make the Best Cinnamon Muffin Recipe

  • If you use salted butter, eliminate salt from the recipe.
  • Don’t overfill your muffin tins. Smaller muffins tend to bake better and offer the best sugar to muffin ratio. Fill with muffin batter to 2/3 to compensate for rise.
  • Don’t over bake your mini muffins. This will keep them melt-in-your-mouth tender!
  • Serve warm or warm them to enjoy.

A cinnamon muffin with text overlay

How to Store Cinnamon Sugar Muffins

Cinnamon Muffins are best served warm, right out of the oven after being dipped in cinnamon sugar. However, you can still enjoy them a day or two later.

Store the cinnamon sugar muffins (that haven’t been dipped in butter, cinnamon and sugar)  in an airtight container for up to 3 days. To serve, warm the muffins and dip it butter followed by cinnamon sugar mixture.

A baked muffin on a small coaster ready to eat

This recipe is an adaptation of Ina’s doughnuts into bite sized muffins. Mini muffins offer the perfect butter, cinnamon and sugar to muffin ratio! They’re like a cinnamon roll in muffin form, without the icing. 

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Meltaway Cinnamon Muffins | Cinnamon Muffin Recipe

These meltaway muffins - aka Cinnamon Muffins are from a deliciously simple Cinnamon Muffin Recipe with staple ingredients. They're rolled in butter and sugar and when warm, melt in your mouth!
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Course: Breakfast, Brunch
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 22 minutes
Servings (hover to scale): 24
Calories: 125kcal


  • 1 1/2 c flour
  • 1/2 c sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 c milk
  • 1/3 c butter softened
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • Topping:
  • 1/2 c butter melted
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 c sugar


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Combine dry ingredients. Set aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl, beat egg, milk, butter and vanilla.
  • Gradually beat in dry mixture until moist.
  • Grease mini muffin pan {easier without liners} and fill each just over 2/3 full. Bake 12 minutes. Allow to cool 5 minutes.
  • Remove muffins from pan. Coat muffins in butter, then roll in cinnamon sugar mixture.



If you use salted butter, eliminate salt from the recipe.
For the best results, don't overfill and don't over bake.
Store the cinnamon sugar muffins (that haven’t been dipped in butter, cinnamon and sugar)  in an airtight container for up to 3 days. To serve, warm the muffins and dip it butter followed by cinnamon sugar mixture.


Calories: 125kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 24mg | Sodium: 111mg | Potassium: 52mg | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 220IU | Calcium: 28mg | Iron: 0.4mg
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If you love sweet cinnamon breakfast foods, you’ll love my Cinnamon Baked Doughnuts.

Originally published August 2013, updated November 5, 2019