Cinnamon Muffins

November 30th, 2007


I don’t actually like muffins. To me, they’re basically just big greasy, high-calorie cakes that offer zero nutritional value and will leave you hungry again in an hour or two. (I love cupcakes, though. Go figure.) But it’s hard for me to dislike anything that I make myself. And don’t they look pretty? It’s even harder to dislike anything that pretty.

These were my contribution to our breakfast the day after Thanksgiving. I think cinnamon muffins are a southern thing, because I’ve never really seen them in bakeries in New York. I don’t really know what else to day about them. If you like cinnamon, and you like muffins, I feel pretty confident that you’ll like these. I didn’t particularly care for them. But aren’t they pretty?

Cinnamon Muffins

1/2 cup unsalted butter
1 cup sugar
1 1/2 cups sifted, all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
Pinch of salt
1 tablespoon cinnamon
2 eggs
1/2 cup milk
1/8 tsp nutmeg

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Cream together butter and sugar. Beat in eggs. Slowly add flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg and stir into wet mix. Pour in milk and stir until well combined.
3. Pour into greased muffin pans and bake for 25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into one of the muffins comes out dry. Allow to cool before removing from muffin pan. Serve.

Makes 12-14 medium size muffins.

And finally, I’ve entered these muffins in Think Spice, Think Cinnamon! 

Tags: Breakfast and Brunch · food

20 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Patricia Scarpin // Nov 30, 2007 at 6:59 am

    Katy, unlike you I like muffins – homemade, only.
    These look delicious! I’m a sucker for cinnamon, send them over! 🙂

  • 2 Katy // Nov 30, 2007 at 9:48 am

    I think maybe I was a little hard on these poor muffins.  Homemade are definitely the only way to go!

  • 3 Anonymous // Nov 30, 2007 at 12:23 pm

    Those look delicious.  Did you make them for anybody special?  I bet you did.  I bet you made them for somebody very, very special.

  • 4 Katy // Nov 30, 2007 at 12:34 pm

    Hello creepy anonymous blogger… Yes, I made them for my darling boyfriend, but he wanted some junky version made from a mix instead. Broke my heart.

  • 5 javagirlkt's cookin' // Dec 1, 2007 at 1:25 pm

    Hi there! I’m Katie from Ohio, also new to DB this month, I saw your message on the blog. 

    Your blog is great, keep up the good work!

  • 6 sunita // Dec 4, 2007 at 3:07 pm

    Katy, thanks for those gorgeous muffins…I love home made ones.

  • 7 Candy // May 7, 2008 at 5:02 pm

    Why do most “fancy” recipes call for unsalted butter?  I have tried it a few times and I was not particularly happy with the result. (Fancy recipes are any calling for unsalted butter and things not in my pantry)

  • 8 katy // May 7, 2008 at 8:55 pm

    Candy — It’s so that you can control the amount of salt in the recipe yourself better.  Different brands of salted butter have different amounts of salt, so you can end up with something more or less salty than the recipe was meant to be.  That being said, look at this: — if salted butter is David Liebovitz’s butter of choice, I just might have to convert as well!

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  • 12 Rosemaryandthegoat // Jun 29, 2009 at 7:11 am

    I have made these since the 70’s :).  My recipe is called French Cinnamon Muffins.  The recipe is the same but I always do mini muffins, dump them out when they are done, totally dip them in melted butter then in the cinnamon sugar.  These were always a hit with my kids when they were younger.  Try the mini version, Katy and you will like them.

  • 13 Janai // Jul 21, 2009 at 12:18 pm

    hello, lemme start with a little background before I make my comment- im 18, go to a private University in Manhattan studying business and psychology. I already know that I want to be a child psychologist BUT I plan to own a small tea shop/bakery in SoHo (think Alice’s Tea Cup if you’ve ever been there). So I awoke today rather late with a muffin craving, I am a cupcake master myself so I decided to search the internet for a quick muffin recipe when I stumbled upon your site. I just made these (added some vanilla extract though) and im in love ! I like to fancy myself as a pretty good cook as well (with the occasional rookie mistake) but I like your site so far and plan to try some of these recipes myself. Im thinking the pasta w. riccota and zucchini next. Thank you for inspiring me further 🙂
    And I know my dad would prob thank you too when he comes home to these muffins lol

  • 14 Ilona // Mar 30, 2011 at 8:54 pm

    These were great! The recipe only made about 11, though. AND, I added more cinnamon than called for because I really like the cinnamon flavor to be strong.

    I also dipped the hot finished muffins in melted butter and thena sugar/cinnamon mixture which gave them a nice kick.

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  • 16 kristen // Aug 1, 2011 at 1:33 pm

    what kind of sugar is it ! white or brown?

  • 17 Katy // Aug 1, 2011 at 3:46 pm

    White sugar!

  • 18 Andrea // Jul 2, 2012 at 8:34 am

    Just put tgese in the oven and will use my 4 kids as the guinea pigs! :)I I replaced 1/3 of the sugar with light brown sugar because I ran out of granulated. We love cinnamon muffins here so i’ll let you know. Thanks for the recipe.

  • 19 Andrea // Jul 2, 2012 at 11:41 am

    They were delicious. My son said they tasted like our favorite cinnamon buttermilk muffins we get at Mimi’s Cafe here in Texas, minus the yummy topping, but I didn’t dip it in the cinnamon sugar mixture others suggested. I think I will next time and use buttermilk and add a bit of vanilla too. Thank you again for the recipe!

  • 20 Lucy // Jul 19, 2012 at 9:08 am

    These were great! Everyone in my family loved them and they were pretty easy to make! Thanks for the great recipe! 🙂

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