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!

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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…

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.


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.
PhotobucketThey also have a filling.
It’s made up of butter, cinnamon, brown sugar and water.
Make that next…
PhotobucketSet THAT aside too.
Then make the batter.
PhotobucketPut 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.
PhotobucketFinish with more batter and the topping…
PhotobucketBake them up and eat.
You can make a glaze if you want.
Who wouldn’t want?
PhotobucketMake 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: 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

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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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149 Responses
  1. I should not have read that post during work, I just LOL’d in the middle of a meeting. That is hilarious! I love that your husband literally whittled a toothpick. Just awesome.

  2. I love everything about this post…the image of the umbrella “protecting” the rain coming in the screen door…your husband panicking because he can’t find a toothpick…the picture of his handmade toothpick…oh, and these muffins. Oh. My. God. I must have these RIGHT NOW. Sucks that I’m at work.

  3. SarahSmile

    This just made my day!! I was laughing out loud and had to share with my male coworker, who thought it was equally funny!!!

    At least your hubby is creative…haha

  4. Oh Lawdy! Whittled a toothpick. You may have to just keep him! Who else would whittle a toothpick just to make sure your cake turned out ok!?!
    Thanks for the yummy recipe and for making us all laugh 😀

    1. Sorry, I was scrolling through here & just happens to notice your name is rena! My name is also rena! Couldn’t help myself had to stop & say hello to the 3rd person I have ever come across with my name! AWESOME!!!

  5. So last night I ask Jon David, “Jon David, if I had to leave and told you to check my cake with a toothpick when the timer went off to see if it was done, and you couldn’t find the toothpicks, what would you do?”

    He replied, “Stick a knife or kitchen utensil in it instead”

    There you are, straight from a 7 year old 😉

    LOVE these muffins, they are definitely happening here!!

  6. While hilarious, I got to hand it to your husband for whittling his own toothpick. You should keep it around so it will be deemed “his” toothpick for cake-testing when you run your errands 🙂 btw, I tooootally need these muffins in and around my mouthhole PLEASE.

  7. So, the first one I was all “Well, you were only 12! Surely, you’ve learned to handle panic a little better…”, but then I read the husband and story and I thought “Nope. They were meant to be.”

    Whittled a toothpick. I don’t think I’ll ever get over that. Ever.

  8. That is too funny that your husband whittled a twig into a toothpick to test your cake! I’ve found in panic situations, my husband and I take turns being the calm, clearheaded one and the nutcase. Sometimes it’s me, sometimes it’s him, but in each situation only one of us is clearheaded…weird, right?

  9. Kimberlee

    That’s a great story! husband wouldn’t make his own toothpick, I’m sure he’d just hack into it with a spoon or something. Even then he wouldn’t know if it was done or not. :o)

  10. Sonja

    That story is HILARIOUS!!! Thanks for the laugh – I love reading your blog and trying your recipes. You and Kristan both make my day happier when I read your blogs.

  11. Brittany

    I snorted. At my desk.

    10 points.

    My boyfriend would probably do something similar. He can McGyver anything in the kitchen, but if I’m baking something, Lord help us if he has to pull it out of the oven.

    And those muffins look faaaaantastic.

  12. OH.MY.GOODNESS! First, your story made me laugh out loud…so loudly that someone came into my office to find out what had me laughing so hard. Then the muffins. I must leave the office, go home and make these. I am sure they will understand.

    BTW – where do you purchase such lovely muffin cups?!

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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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