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Cinnamon Roll Muffins

Cinnamon Roll Muffins – a speedy, no-fuss version of a classic gooey delight. No yeast, no waiting – just pure indulgence, perfect for those busy mornings when you crave something special.

cinnamon roll muffin with vanilla glaze being drizzled on top


Indulge in the irresistible charm of our Cinnamon Roll Muffins—a delightful twist on the classic cinnamon roll experience but in a fraction of the time!

Picture the luscious taste of a thick and gooey cinnamon roll transformed into a quick and easy muffin that’s ready in less than 30 minutes. Topped with a heavenly vanilla glaze, these muffins embody the essence of Cinnabon from the mall food court.

Every now and then, we ought to make room for a sweet breakfast. From Lemon Pancakes to Blueberry Breakfast Cake, nothing suits a hot cup of coffee better than a little something sweet.

But what makes these muffins all the more appealing is that you can enjoy all of the cinnamon roll flavor without the yeast. That means there’s no waiting for things to rise – just a brilliant idea turned into a mouthwatering reality.

Why You’ll Love These Cinnamon Roll Muffins

  • Quick Morning Bliss – These muffins offer all the richness of a traditional cinnamon roll without the hassle of waiting for dough to rise. Skip the tedious steps and dive straight into the joy of savoring a thick, gooey delight.
  • Versatility at Its Best – Not just a breakfast treat, these Cinnamon Roll Muffins are versatile enough to be enjoyed any time. Whether it’s a quick snack, a delightful dessert, or a sweet pick-me-up, these muffins fit seamlessly into your schedule, adding a touch of warmth and sweetness to every moment.
  • Freeze for Future Happiness – Make a batch and save some for later! These muffins freeze exceptionally well, ensuring that the joy of savoring a cinnamon roll delight isn’t confined to just one morning. Having a stash in your freezer means you’ll always be prepared for a delightful treat, even on the busiest days.
  • Effortless Elegance – Impress with ease. The vanilla glaze topping adds an elegant touch to these muffins, making them a treat for your taste buds and a feast for the eyes. Effortlessly elevate your breakfast routine, turning even the simplest moments into a special occasion.
cinnamon roll muffin on a plate

What You’ll Need

Be sure to scroll to the bottom of the post for the FULL PRINTABLE recipe card.

For The Dough:

  • Buttermilk – Buttermilk is essential because it contains lactic acid, which reacts with baking soda in the recipe. This makes the muffins rise and contributes to a softer crumb, making these muffins truly irresistible. 
  • Brown Sugar
  • Baking Soda
  • Salt
  • Vanilla
  • Egg
  • All-Purpose Flour

For The Filling:

  • Butter – Use softened butter so it’s easier to spread the filling evenly over every inch of the dough. Butter that’s too cold or melted won’t create that ooey-gooey spiced layer of filling we all know and love. 
  • Brown Sugar
  • Cinnamon

For The Glaze:

  • Powdered Sugar – You must use powdered sugar to create the glaze. It dissolves quickly and easily, making it ideal for creating a glaze with a consistent and velvety texture. This is crucial for achieving the desired glossy finish on top of the muffins.
  • Milk
  • Vanilla
cinnamon roll muffin  on a plate with vanilla glaze

How To Make Cinnamon Roll Muffins

  1. Prepare Wet Ingredients. Combine brown sugar, baking soda, salt, vanilla, and egg in a bowl. Add buttermilk and mix until well combined.
  2. Incorporate Dry Ingredients. Add the flour to the wet mixture. Stir until well combined, being careful not to over-mix.
  3. Knead and Roll. Turn the dough onto a floured surface and knead for about a minute. Roll the dough into a 12×24-inch rectangle.
  4. Create Cinnamon Filling. Spread softened butter over the rolled dough. Sprinkle with sugar and cinnamon. Ensure that you cover every inch of the dough!
  5. Shape and Bake. Roll the dough into a log and stretch slightly. Then, cut it into 2-inch pieces and place it in a greased muffin tin. Bake for 12-15 minutes at 375°F.
  6. Prepare Icing. Meanwhile, mix together milk, sugar, and vanilla for the icing. Adjust sugar and milk until you achieve the perfect drizzling consistency.

Recipe Tips & Tricks

  • No buttermilk? No problem! Use this Homemade Buttermilk Trick!
  • Don’t overmix the dough. Once the flour is added, stir until just combined. Overmixing can lead to tough muffins. A little lumpy is better than overworked!
  • Get creative with fillings. Experiment with different fillings like chopped nuts, raisins, or chocolate chips. 
  • Add citrus zest to the glaze. If you want to take this recipe over the top, add a touch of citrus zest to the glaze. Both lemon and orange will add a refreshing burst of flavor that complements the cinnamon and cuts through the sweetness. 
  • Try a different glaze. You can also experiment with different kinds of glaze. A cream cheese or maple glaze would taste divine on top of these muffins. 
  • Freeze unbaked muffins for later. Prepare the muffins, but instead of baking them all at once, freeze some unbaked. Pop them in the oven when you crave a fresh batch without the prep. 
  • Or, bake and freeze them for later. Alternatively, you could bake and freeze the muffins before adding the glaze. When the craving strikes, defrost the muffin and heat it in a toaster oven or air fryer until warm and gooey again. 
  • Double the batch for a crowd. Planning to share? Double the recipe for a large gathering. These muffins are sure to disappear quickly, and having extra is always a good idea.
cinnamon roll muffin on a plate with vanilla glaze
Can I freeze cinnamon roll muffins?

Absolutely! Freeze unbaked muffins and bake them later for a fresh batch. Or freeze baked muffins, but skip the glaze before freezing.

What can I use if I don’t have buttermilk?

You can substitute buttermilk with a mixture of milk and vinegar or lemon juice. See my Homemade Buttermilk post for the exact amounts and how to do it.

How do I store leftover muffins?

Store leftover muffins in an airtight container at room temperature for a day or two. If keeping them longer, store them in the freezer and reheat them when the craving strikes!

More Fun Muffins Recipes

Yield: 12

Cinnamon Roll Muffins

Cinnamon Roll Muffins - the taste of a thick and gooey cinnamon roll in a quick and easy muffin. Ready in about 30 minutes, topped with a vanilla glaze, and perfect for breakfast!

Cinnamon Roll Muffins - the taste of a thick and gooey cinnamon roll in a quick and easy muffin. Ready in about 30 minutes, topped with a vanilla glaze, and perfect for breakfast!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes



  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 whole large egg
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour


  • 2 Tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • 2/3 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon


  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2-3 Tablespoons milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Preheat oven to 375º F. Grease a 12 cup muffin tin. Set aside.
  2. In a bowl combine brown sugar, baking soda, salt, vanilla and egg. Add in the buttermilk, mix until well combined.
  3. Add the flour. Stir until it is just combined and forms a dough.. Be careful not to over mix!
  4. Turn the dough onto a floured surface, and knead for about a minute. Roll the dough into a 12x24 inch rectangle.
  5. In a small bowl mix the brown sugar and cinnamon filling together. Spread the butter over the dough, and sprinkle with the brown sugar mixture.
  6. Start from the long side and roll tightly into a log. Cut into 2 inch pieces. Place each roll into the prepared muffin tin.
  7. Bake for 12-15 minutes, until they are puffed and golden brown.
  8. Remove from the oven and let cool for 5 minutes before removing from the pan.
  9. Meanwhile, prepare the icing. Mix together milk, sugar, and vanilla until well combined. Adjust the sugar and milk if necessary to get the right consistency.
  10. Drizzle the icing over the muffins and serve.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 281Total Fat 4gSaturated Fat 2gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 1gCholesterol 26mgSodium 299mgCarbohydrates 55gFiber 1gSugar 27gProtein 7g

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Sunday 4th of February 2024

Cinnamon Roll Muffins for breakfast were a dream come true! They had all the flavors of a cinnamon roll but were so much easier to make.

Beti Micevska

Friday 2nd of February 2024

These were moist and tasted just like a cinnamon roll, but easier to eat. Great for a quick treat. I'd definitely make them again!

Katerina Micevska

Friday 2nd of February 2024

Oh my goodness, these cinnamon roll muffins were incredible!! They were perfect for breakfast or a snack. A great recipe I'll make again!


Thursday 1st of February 2024

These muffins are such a good treat for breakfast! The smell in the kitchen woke up my kids!


Thursday 1st of February 2024

The whole family LOVES these - they have become a weekend staple.

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