These sweet miniature cinnamon muffins have soft and fluffy vanilla centers and are topped with melted butter and sprinkled with cinnamon and sugar. I’ve also shared a video just below the recipe showing you how I make these muffins in my own kitchen!
“You ate all of them? Really? Already?”
“Yeah, they’re all gone”
“But there were 24 of them!”
I had to check the pan and, as my brother had promised, there was nothing but an empty cinnamon/sugar covered muffin tin sitting on my stovetop. Every single cinnamon muffin had been eaten, and I’d just pulled them out of the oven less than 10 minutes earlier.
Not that I’m complaining. One of the hardest things about baking all day every day is offloading all the baked goods that my kitchen produces. So, when 2 or 3 (or 4) of my siblings (plus my mom, who comes over to help with the baking and the never-ending dishes) stop over to hang out while I’m baking, I’m always glad to have taste testers on hand.
But still, 24 muffins in 10 minutes?
This mini cinnamon muffin recipe was already a hit in my family, so I really shouldn’t have been too surprised. My mom has been making these cinnamon muffins for years (we always called them “cinni-mini-muffins”, it’s less of a mouthful), the recipe pulled from a ragged magazine over a decade ago.
They’re sweet and simple, and while I’ve stayed fairly true to the recipe, I made just a few small adjustments (because I literally don’t know how not to anymore) that I think help to make them just a touch softer and more flavorful.
A little vanilla extract in the batter, a spoonful of cornstarch (it really makes such a difference!), real butter instead of margarine, and buttermilk instead of skim milk, just little changes that help make these cinnamon muffins excellent.
Good enough for a swarm of my siblings to devour 24 of them in less than 10 minutes.
Plus they’re bathed with butter and sprinkled with cinnamon and sugar while they’re still warm out of the oven. Hard to say no to that!
Muffins seem to be pretty popular around here recently (with my banana muffins and chocolate chip muffins going absolutely nuts over the past few weeks — nothing makes my day as much as your kind comments telling me how much you enjoyed one of my recipes!) so I’m hoping these cinnamon muffins will fit right in and you will enjoy these just as much.
Also, I enjoy making muffin videos because they’re much easier than some of the other recipes I’ve been filming recently! 🤣I promise, if you watch my videos I do have recipes that aren’t baked breakfast goods coming up next week!
Enjoy, and try not to eat them all at once 😉
How to Make Mini Cinnamon Muffins
Please see the video just below the recipe on how I make these cinnamon muffins in my own kitchen! If you enjoy watching my cooking videos, I’d love it if you would consider subscribing to my YouTube channel <3
Mini Cinnamon Muffins
- 1 ½ cups all purpose flour (185g)
- ⅔ cup sugar (135g)
- 2 teaspoon baking powder
- 2 teaspoon cornstarch
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
- 1 large egg lightly beaten
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- ½ cup buttermilk* (120ml)
- 6 Tablespoons unsalted butter melted and cooled (85g)
- 4 Tablespoons salted butter melted (60g)
- 4 Tablespoons sugar
- 2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- Preheat oven to 375F (190C) and line a 24 count mini muffin tin with paper liners or lightly grease and flour.
- Combine flour, sugar, baking powder, cornstarch salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg in a large bowl and whisk until well-combined.
- In a separate bowl, whisk together egg, vanilla, and buttermilk.
- While still whisking the wet ingredients, slowly pour butter until incorporated (mixture may curdle slightly).
- Add dry ingredients to wet and, using a spatula, gently stir ingredients together until just combined -- do not over-mix or your muffins will be dense and dry!
- Portion muffin batter into prepared mini muffin tin, filling each liner ¾ of the way full.
- Transfer to 375F (190C) oven and bake for 11-13 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out with moist crumbs (not wet batter, there should be crumbs or the toothpick should be clean, but don't over-bake muffins or they will be dry).
- Prepare your topping by brushing butter over each muffin while still warm.
- Stir together sugar and ground cinnamon and then sprinkle over each muffin.
- Serve warm and enjoy!
Nutritional information is based on third-party calculations and should be considered an estimate only. Actual nutritional content will vary based upon brands used, measuring methods, cooking method, portion sizes, and more.
I’ve baked for decades but Sam is the first to add cornstarch, whites And whole eggs and resting the batter. OMG! Her muffins recipes impressed me so much I signed up for the newsletter and I’ve thrown my old “favorites” away. Such a simple change up in her recipes have changed my muffin baking world 😀
Texture is like a Twinkie, stays moist in the open air so a buffet addition hit.
I always follow to the letter when I make a new recipe the first time then make my changes but not this time. I’m going to make every recipe she’s got 😀
These are so good.
I’m so glad you enjoyed them so much, Jill! 🙂
These were sooooo good; they kinda reminded me of auntie anne’s pretzel bites, which is by no means a bad thing! My dad finished off 9 within 5 minutes ;).
Sugar Spun Run
I am so glad that you enjoyed the mini cinnamon muffins, Maria! Thanks for commenting. 🙂
These cinnamon mini muffins are so good! They truly are so soft and fluffy. My daughter would have me make them every day if she got her way. The whole family loves them. Great recipe!
Sugar Spun Run
I am so glad that you enjoyed them. Thanks for trying my recipe and for commenting. 🙂
Making 100 for a brunch. Can you make ahead and freeze.
Hi Margaret! I think these would be fine in the freezer. Make sure to let them cool completely and then store in an air tight container. 🙂
These are great! I tweaked it quite a bit, I made a cinnamon filling and put it into a piping bag with a filling tip and loaded that into the center and put a light vanilla icing on top, just for extra taste. It was scrumptious! Thank you for the recipe!!
I am so glad you enjoyed the muffins, Selah! 🙂
The muffins were fantastic but my second time making themthey will need a little more flavor. Other then that everything was amazing!
I am so glad you enjoyed them, Rya! 🙂
Can you make these in a regular size muffin tin do you think?
I have question, as I’ll be trying these tomorrow. Wouldn’t cornstarch make them a bit drier? as my family loves soft muffins? waiting for your reply
The cornstarch actually makes them softer. enjoy!
Can these be made using the normal muffin cups instead of the mini?
I have not actually done this. I am sure you could, but they might be a little bit dense.
OMG these are absolutely perfect! Almost all of them gone after about an hour, and there’s only myself and my daughter at home… and the dog, but he got just one 😉
Thanks for the great recipe!
Ohh… Thanks for the new recipe 😍
I hope you love it, Maryam!
I have to try with mbaula coz my oven is not working properly
sounds good going to try them
I hope you enjoy them, Sandra!