Meltaway Cinnamon Muffins | Cinnamon Muffin Recipe

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  • 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!
    Amazing melt in your mouth muffins - these cinnamon sugar donut holes are a family favorite!

    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.

    melt in your mouth cinnamon sugar muffins

    This Cinnamon Muffin 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. They’re so incredible our girls beg to make them every opportunity they get!

    Cinnamon 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!

    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. Just 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.

    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.

    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.
    • In a small bowl, melt butter. In another small bowl combine cinnamon and sugar.
    • Roll mini muffins in butter, followed by sugar.

    5 from 6 votes

    Meltaway Muffins

    Course Breakfast, Brunch
    Cuisine American
    Keyword cinnamon, muffins, sweet breads
    Prep Time 10 minutes
    Cook Time 12 minutes
    Total Time 22 minutes
    Servings 24
    Calories 125 kcal
    Author Julie Blanner



    1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
    2. Combine dry ingredients. Set aside.
    3. In a large mixing bowl, beat egg, milk, butter and vanilla.

    4. Gradually beat in dry mixture until moist.
    5. Grease mini muffin pan {easier without liners} and fill each just over 2/3 full. Bake 12 minutes. Allow to cool 5 minutes.
    6. Remove muffins from pan. Coat muffins in butter, then roll in cinnamon sugar mixture.

    Recipe Video

    Recipe Notes

    If you use salted butter, eliminate salt from the recipe.

    For the best results, don't overfill and don't over bake.


    Nutrition Facts
    Meltaway Muffins
    Amount Per Serving
    Calories 125 Calories from Fat 54
    % Daily Value*
    Total Fat 6g 9%
    Saturated Fat 4g 20%
    Cholesterol 24mg 8%
    Sodium 111mg 5%
    Potassium 52mg 1%
    Total Carbohydrates 14g 5%
    Sugars 8g
    Protein 1g 2%
    Vitamin A 4.4%
    Calcium 2.8%
    Iron 2.4%
    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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