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Wednesday
Feb222012

Cinnamon Sugar Muffins

Cinnamon Sugar Muffins

The rich spice of cinnamon and the sweet tone of sugar compose one of my nearest and dearest comfort flavors. As far back as I can remember, cinnamon and sugar have been a sweet force in my life. The flavors complement each other so well, becoming the Sonny and Cher or Simon and Garfunkel of the culinary world.

Growing up, my babysitter would feed me cinnamon sugar toast on cold winter afternoons, after I had trudged home from school in the snow. The hot toast with a layer of melted butter and the spicy crunch of cinnamon sugar warmed my insides and brought the life back into my cheeks.

Cinnamon Sugar Muffins Cinnamon Sugar Muffins

My mother makes a spectacular side dish out of white rice and cinnamon. A cross between sweet rice pudding and savory white rice, it is my favorite pairing to a grilled chicken breast. Nevertheless, the rice is creamy and just ever so sweet, with a thick sprinkling of cinnamon on top. Someday, I will be certain to share this treat with you, too.

Yet, cinnamon and sugar have found more subtle ways to pervade my life. My grandmother would coat her leftover pie crust pieces with cinnamon and sugar to make sweet, flaky cookies while we waited for the pie to bake. My mother grew up sprinkling cinnamon and sugar atop her pancakes, using a swirl of cream instead of maple syrup. I adore a light dusting of cinnamon and sugar on top of my morning oatmeal, making me feel as if I'm being decadent while enjoying a healthy meal.

That may be what I love most about cinnamon sugar—it's a sweet, simple way to bring decadence into everyday life.

Cinnamon Sugar Muffins

These Cinnamon Sugar Muffins have a very unique taste and texture. It's almost as if a muffin and a doughnut got a little too cozy in the oven and popped out a batch of these muffins. Made with a little whole wheat flour, it's fun to pretend these are healthy (as long as you ignore the fact that the muffins are dipped in melted butter). These are lovely for both breakfast and a snack (and sometimes for both of these moments in the same day).

With my love for cinnamon sugar, these muffins were bound to happen sooner or later. The same, I think, can be said for this cake.

Cinnamon Sugar Muffins Cinnamon Sugar Muffins

These Cinnamon Sugar Muffins are sweet and addictive. The muffins, straight from the oven, are not terribly sweet but they have a fantastic spiced flavor due to a hint of nutmeg and cinnamon. After cooling slightly, the muffin tops are dipped into melted butter and coated with cinnamon sugar. I love these plain, with no spreads or additives. Warm from the oven, these may very well be a small piece of heaven.

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Cinnamon Sugar Muffins

Yields 10-12 muffins

1/3 cup (5 tablespoons) butter, softened
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 cup whole wheat flour
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 cup milk

For topping:
1/4 cup granulated sugar
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
3 tablespoons butter, melted

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (180 degrees C). Lightly grease a muffin pan or line with baking cups.

In a large mixing bowl, cream together 1/3 cup butter and sugar. Mix in the egg and vanilla extract. Stir in the flours, baking powder, salt, ground cinnamon, and ground nutmeg. Stir in the milk and mix until well blended.

Fill baking cup 2/3 full with muffin batter and bake for 18-22 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Allow muffins to cool in pan for 5 minutes before removing.

Whisk together cinnamon and sugar for the topping into a small bowl wide enough to fit a cupcake. Dip the top of each muffin into the melted butter and coat with cinnamon sugar mixture. Set upright on a cooling rack to set.

These muffins are best eaten the day they are made. Serve warm or room temperature.

Reader Comments (17)

These are such a treat! Like you, I love cinnamon and sugar ANYTHING! These look so lovely!
Lloyd's favorite. Gorgeous pics!
These look gorgeous - like a cinnamon doughnut but lighter and healthier and just delicious!
02.23.2012 | Unregistered Commenterthelittleloaf
I really wish I had one......... or a dozen of these for breakfast today!
Cinnamon sugar anything... Love
Beautiful! I love that they're half whole wheat. Anything with cinnamon and sugar calls to me - I think I need to try these :D
Cinnamon holds a place in my heart as well. My mom used to make us cinnamon sugar toast when we didn't feel well and my cousin introduced me to putting cinnamon in our pancake syrup. As an adult I don't eat my oats without putting cinnamon on it no matter what other toppings I include. Cinnamon and blueberries, normal right? haha. Lovely pictures!
02.23.2012 | Unregistered CommenterHeather
Cinnamon sugar is definitely one of the top three flavors that I absolutely adore and will never get enough of. I'm eally intregued about the cinnamon and rice; it sounds so good and just a little fancier than plain old rice. I hope someday you do share that with us :) And cinnamon sugar toast is the best treats to have. I also love muffins, so dusting cinnamon sugar onto a muffin will definitely get you my love <3 These looks amazing, and I can't wait to try them.
What are the calories per muffin?
02.23.2012 | Unregistered CommenterTracey
Heather-- I love cinnamon and blueberries too!

Becca-- I will be sure to share it with you!

Tracy-- There are about 150-175 calories per muffin, depending on the milk you choose and whether or not you use all of the butter/sugar coating.
02.23.2012 | Registered CommenterKristin Rosenau
Ooooh I love cinnamon sugar muffins! These sound even more amazing since they are like a cross between a muffin and donut! Beautiful photos too :)
Mmm....it's like a cinnamon donut muffin! :D
Yum! Definitely making these in the near future. I love the combination of cinnamon and sugar. Hope your doing well Kristin!
OMG those are amazing!!! Love cinnamon sugar :)
02.24.2012 | Unregistered Commenterkat
these look delish and your photos are lovely!
02.24.2012 | Unregistered Commentersusan
Made as mini muffins, baked them in about twelve minutes. Turned out absolutely amazing! Thank you!
07.9.2013 | Unregistered CommenterElise
So I made these today and they were amazing! New favourite muffins!
03.28.2014 | Unregistered CommenterHayley

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