Cinnamon Sugar Muffins

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Sweet and tender cinnamon sugar muffins are so easy and quick to make. Dip the tops in melted butter and cinnamon sugar while they're warm and enjoy a tender and delicious homemade muffin.

Cinnamon sugar muffins have been a family favorite for years. We love the sweet cinnamon flavor and the crunchy cinnamon/sugar topping of these muffins. You are going to love these sweet cinnamon sugar muffins!

Note: This recipe was originally published as a regular and sourdough version. You can find the sourdough version here.

Why You’ll Love Cinnamon Sugar Muffins

Cinnamon sugar muffins are so easy to make. You’re going to love dunking the tops of these muffins in cinnamon sugar making them perfect to make with kids or family. Everyone is going to love these delicious muffins.

Important Ingredients

  • Unsalted Butter: I always use unsalted butter in baking because I can control the salt content in my recipe. These muffins use unsalted butter in the batter AND melted butted to dunk the muffin tops in before dunking in a cinnamon/sugar mixture.
  • Granulated Sugar: White granulated sugar adds the sweetness to these muffins. You can decrease the sugar by about 50 grams if desired – but going too much further than that and it will negatively affect the flavor of the muffins.
  • Eggs: Eggs add richness and structure to the muffins
  • All-purpose flour: I use all-purpose flour or a pastry flour with a lower protein content in these muffins.
  • Cornstarch: A little cornstarch goes a long way in making these muffins light and tender.
  • Milk: 2% or whole milk
  • Vanilla Extract: Vanilla extract enhances the sweet flavor of the muffins.
  • Ground Cinnamon: Cinnamon is the over-arching flavor profile of these muffins, so we use a lot of it!
  • Nutmeg: Nutmeg adds a little extra pop of flavor to the muffins.
  • Baking Powder
  • Salt

Cinnamon Sugar Muffins

Sweet and tender cinnamon sugar muffins are so easy and quick to make. Dip the tops in melted butter and cinnamon sugar while they're warm and enjoy a tender and delicious homemade muffin.
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Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 22 minutes
Total Time 42 minutes
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Servings 12 muffins



Cinnamon Sugar Muffins

  • ½ cup unsalted butter melted
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup milk 2% or whole
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2.5 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 Tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 Tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Muffin Topping

  • 4 Tablespoons unsalted butter reserved in a small bowl
  • cup granulated sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon ground cinnamon


  • Preheat your oven to 350ºF and prepare a 12 cup muffin tin with liners or spray with non-stick cooking spray.
  • Melt butter in the microwave until just melted. Let cool if needed (butter should be warm room temperature). Pour in the sugar and eggs. Whisk until completely combined. Add the milk and vanilla and whisk until incorporated and smooth.
  • To a separate bowl whisk together the dry ingredients. Whisk the flour, cornstarch, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt together.
  • Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix with a spatula until just mixed – it's okay if your batter has a few small streaks of flour. The key to a tender muffin is not over-mixing.
  • Scoop muffin batter into the wells of the muffin tin, filling the tins about 3/4 of the way full. This recipe makes about 12-14 muffins.
  • Bake for 20-22 minutes until muffins are baked all the way through. The tops of the muffins should not jiggle and if you insert a toothpick to the middle of the muffin it will come out clean.
  • While the muffins cool prepare the topping: Melt butter in a bowl. Mix together sugar and cinnamon in a separate bowl. Dip the top of each muffin into the butter and then dip into the cinnamon sugar mixture. Continue this process until every muffin in coated in cinnamon/sugar. Enjoy warm!
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  1. We have loved following your baking adventures, and enjoy watching the grandkids’ involvement. These muffins look fabulous, and we can’t wait to try them…especially fun to see the grandkids dipping the tops in melted butter followed by sugar/cinnamon! Mmmmm! 🧁😋

    1. I just made these gluten and dairy free and they are awesome! Thank you so much for a way to use my discard.

  2. These were yummy but I would definitely decrease the baking time (which I almost always do) because they turn out dry if you bake them at 16 minutes. I would say 12-14 minutes MAX!!!

    1. Thanks for the tips! Oven temperatures can vary and bake a little differently so it sometimes helps to stick a toothpick in them after 10 minutes or so to get a feel for how much longer they need. In my oven mini muffins usually take 10-12 minutes and regular sized are anywhere from 15-18.