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Gooey Cinnamon Muffins

These Gooey Cinnamon Muffins are a delicious twist on the classic cinnamon roll breakfast. These muffins are the ultimate cinnamon sugar treats that are sure to brighten up any morning!

Easy Cinnamon Muffins Recipe

Do you ever wonder how you will react in a panic situation?
I have wondered.

And I know that it will be a mess. Huge.
So I don’t wonder about myself anymore.
In panic situations I either make completely inappropriate choices or start crying.
The crying part needs no explanation.
But here’s an example of an irrational decision made in a panic situation:
When I was probably about 12-ish we lived in Houston. It was summer and a hurricane was coming through…rain pounding and the wind gusting.
I was home alone with my younger brother and we had the back door open with just the screen door closed.
I panicked because rain was coming through the screen and getting the ground wet.
Instead of doing what any person with normal brain function would do…close the house door…I made the decision to set an umbrella in front of the screen to block the rain.

My mom came home to see the back door open, umbrella on the ground in front,  rain pouring in, me crouching in the corner thinking about how I was going to fashion a raft out of the coffee table…
She was like, “What is going on?”
Suddenly I had a moment of clarity. Close the door.  Duh.
Of course I made up some giant lie on how the wind was blowing so hard I couldn’t get the door closed, hello Wizard of Oz, which she completely didn’t believe…
But yeah. That was my first memory of not handling a panic situation appropriately.
Since then I have had many others.

BUT, here’s the thing…Apparently I married a man who also responds poorly when panicking.
This past weekend I was making THIS pound cake.

I had to leave the house before it was done, so I asked my husband if, when the timer went off, if he could test the cake and pull it out when it was done.
Simple task?
I thought so.

Well, when I arrived at my destination (the movies) I noticed there was a message waiting for me on my phone.
I listened to the message and it was a completely irrational, crazy version of my husband yelling into the voice-mail that he had NO IDEA where the TOOTHPICKS are and he CAN’T TEST THE CAKE! CALL BACK IMMEDIATELY!!!!!

I called back.

Here’s what happened…

No, he didn’t use a knife, a skewer or anything else pointy…
He couldn’t find the toothpicks, was scared that I might kill him if he burned/undercooked the cake, so went out back found a twig and WHITTLED HIS OWN TOOTHPICK!

Did you hear me?


That really happened.

Here’s a picture…A hand-whittled toothpick in the palm of a hand

So, moral of the story…
If there is ever a hurricane or a cake that needs to be baked, do NOT come to our house.

The end.

Now onto this delicious breakfast food.

Gooey cinnamon muffin with icing

How to Make The Best Cinnamon Muffins

There are a few steps to making these, but they are all easy steps, so don’t worry.

These muffins have a yummy topping.

Make that first and set it aside.
Oat crumb topping mixture in a mixing bowlThey also have a filling.
It’s made up of butter, cinnamon, brown sugar and water.
Make that next…
A collage of two images of cinnamon, brown sugar, butter mixture in a bowlSet THAT aside too.
Then make the batter.
Top view of Gooey Cinnamon Muffin batter in a mixing bowlPut a little batter in the bottom of your liners and then plop some of the filling on top.

I bought these Wilton liners a few years ago, but here’s a similar version.
Gooey Cinnamon muffin batter in muffin cupsFinish with more batter and the topping…
Crumb-topped Gooey Cinnamin Muffins in muffin cupsBake them up and eat.
You can make a glaze if you want.
Who wouldn’t want?
Gooey cinnamon muffin with icing broken in halfMake them, you won’t be sorry!

Again, here’s a link to a similar baking cup, if you’re interested.

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Gooey Cinnamon Muffins

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  • Author: Shelly
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 12 muffins 1x
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American


These Gooey Cinnamon Muffins are a delicious twist on the classic cinnamon roll breakfast. These muffins are the ultimate cinnamon sugar treats that are sure to brighten up any morning!




  • 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1/3 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 3 Tbsp softened butter
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon


  • 3 Tbsp softened butter
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 3 tsp cinnamon
  • 5 tsp water


  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 3/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup old fashioned oats
  • 2 Tbsp cornstarch
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup white chocolate chips

Glaze *optional

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 Tbsp softened butter
  • 2 Tbsp milk


  1. Preheat oven to 400°
  2. Line muffin tin with cupcake liners, or spray with cooking spray.


  1. Mix all ingredients together with a fork until crumbly. Set aside.


  1. Mix all ingredients together until consistency is similar to a loose frosting or pudding. Set aside.


  1. In a large bowl whisk together butter, milk and eggs. In another bowl combine flour, oats, cornstarch, sugar, baking powder, salt, nutmeg and white chips.
  2. Pour the dry ingredients into the wet and stir until just combined.
  3. Using half the batter, fill each muffin tin with 2 Tbsp batter. Then drop 2 tsp of filling into each tin. Finish, by dropping another 2 Tbsp of batter on top. Depending on the size of the muffin tin, you may get more than 12 muffins.
  4. Now sprinkle your topping evenly on the muffins (about 1 tbsp on each).
  5. Bake 20-25 minutes until centers are set.
  6. Cool on wire rack.


  1. Combine butter, sugar and milk, stirring until there are no lumps, adding more powdered sugar or milk until desired consistency is reached. Drizzle on muffins when ready to serve.
  2. Drizzle with glaze when ready to serve.


adapted from King Arthur Flour


  • Serving Size:
  • Calories: 455
  • Sugar: 45.3 g
  • Sodium: 228.6 mg
  • Fat: 17.7 g
  • Carbohydrates: 69.6 g
  • Protein: 5.4 g
  • Cholesterol: 71 mg

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149 comments on “Gooey Cinnamon Muffins”

  1. These muffins look amazing! I can’t wait to try them! I have to tell you, that I am sitting at work in an office full of people and had to use every fiber of my being not to laugh out loud at the whittled toothpick! My eyes were watering and everything. I’m surprised no one noticed! Awesome story! And what a sweet husband you have. He must care a lot to go though all the effort of whittling his own toothpick!

  2. These muffins are great! I like the fact that you incorporated oatmeal into the recipe. I too filled the muffin cups too much and had a bit of a mess on my hands, but the muffins are still delicious.

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