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.


Gooey Cinnamon Muffins

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

Nutrition Information:

45.3 g
228.6 mg
17.7 g
69.6 g
5.4 g
71 mg

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Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

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Jan 18, 2020 1:10 pm

Delicious gooey muffins! The recipe worked a treat. Thank you.

Sep 2, 2015 3:29 pm

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!

May 2, 2015 7:14 pm

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.

Apr 3, 2015 10:06 am

This is the best story ever! I just laughed so hard! I love how resourceful he is. These muffins look amazing!

Mar 5, 2015 4:58 pm

These gooey cinnamon roll muffins were AWESOME!!! I did however do something wrong. I filled the muffin tins too full I think and maybe made the filling a little too runny because they overflowed! They however were very moist and tasted wonderful! My new go to recipe for cinnamon rolls or muffins for sure!! Thanks for a great recipe!!!

Amy from Adelaide
Sep 25, 2014 7:59 pm

Heya, I tried making these delicious muffins last night, but for some weird reason, I had difficulty getting the filling right. I made two batches and both times it was as though it had curdled/split. Not sure what I did wrong, but I was wondering if anyone else has had this problem before?

As an aside, I baked the muffins without the filling and they were still super tasty 😀

Aug 30, 2014 6:57 pm

Your stories are absolutely hilarious! Thanks for a big laugh. Now onto the muffins!

Michelle from Vancouver
Aug 27, 2014 5:42 pm

OMG, I’m standing at the bus stop laughing my head off … yes people are staring !
You’ve got a keeper! That’s hilarious .
I’m also a person you do not want around in am emergency.
Thanks for the great post, can’t wait to make the muffins.

Aug 27, 2014 1:17 am

This story made my funnyyy..and the muffins look delicious..gonna try it pronto..

Aug 26, 2014 9:05 pm

You have five million comments on here, because you’re AWESOME, so I have no idea if you’ll ever even read this one, but that story Made. My. Day. Literally. I was actually crying (for reasons) when I saw the link on Facebook to this recipe, and your husband’s toothpick made me burst out laughing. Thank you. And, these muffins look insanely delicious and I can’t wait to make them for my cinnamon-aholic Mom. 🙂
PS- My husband thinks your husband’s reaction is completely logical. I think they’d get along.

Aug 26, 2014 8:14 am

Seriously LOLing at that story! Haha!! Your husband gets point for creativity! And these muffins…. Ever since you posted them on your Facebook page a few days ago, I have NOT been able to get them out of my head!!!!! Thanks a lot! Lol, making them this morning! 🙂

Aug 25, 2014 10:34 am

Omgosh I’m laughing SO hard! But I say kudos to your hubby for making his very own toothpick! Such a guy thing to do-but truly a brilliant idea. And nice that he went that far to please you! 🙂 These muffins look amazing and I can’t wait to make them!

Aug 24, 2014 9:55 am

Just made these for breakfast and my 3 kids helped! So good and tastes just like a cinnamon roll but solo much better! We used a mini bundt pan and they were delicious.

Aug 24, 2014 3:52 am

Haha that’s absolutely brilliant. I found these via your post of Facebook and clicked through for what sounded like a brilliant recipe and instead I get a recipe for the most gorgeous muffins and a story that has me giggling over my breakfast =)

Aug 23, 2014 10:36 pm

I loved your stories, too! I have a question – how many muffins does the recipe make?

Shelly Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

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