Gooey Cinnamon Muffins

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 delicious breakfast food.

Gooey Cinnamon Muffins.
PhotobucketThere 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 Roll Muffins
makes 12 muffins
  • ½ cup brown sugar, packed
  • ⅓ cup old fashioned oats
  • ½ cup all purpose flour
  • 3 Tbsp softened butter
  • ¼ tsp cinnamon
  • 3 Tbsp softened butter
  • ½ cup light brown sugar
  • 3 tsp cinnamon
  • 5 tsp water
  • ½ cup butter, melted
  • ¾ cup milk
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1¾ cups all purpose flour
  • ½ cup old fashioned oats
  • 2 Tbsp cornstarch
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp ground nutmeg
  • ½ 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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What a great story!! These look so good.


Whittled a toothpick! Hi-larious!! Thanks for the laugh this morning!


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?!

Ali @ Gimme Some Oven

Oh my goodness. Now THAT’S love. 🙂

Cheers to whittled toothpicks…and gorgeous muffins!!!


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.

Ashley @ Kitchen Meets Girl

OMG, I”m dying laughing here. Only because this sounds like something MY husband would do. In other news, these muffins look seriously amazing.

Villy @ For the love of Feeding

Haha! The story is so funny!! Thumbs up for creativity though! Those muffins look insanely delicious!

sue @ Cakeballs, cookies and mor

sorry but I cannot stop laughing at your hubby, that is so something I would do, but at least the muffins are yummy;p


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.


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)

Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust

OMG that is hilarious. I just about spit out my coffee. Which these muffins would go perfect with, BTW.


Both stories – seriously laughed out loud!! And you don’t know how happy one of these muffins would make me right now!

Tara @ Chip Chip Hooray

Bahahahaha, he would totally win at a survival baking contest…whittling toothpicks?! Epic.

Living The Sweet Life

I don’t do well in panic situations either … at all!! Let’s just focus on the muffins .. ohhh myy ooeeey gooey love!! I want to jump in the middle of these and live forever 😉


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?


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.

Emilie @ Emilie

this story made my morning


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.


Also, can’t you just picture him hunched over a twig, furiously whittling away as the oven timer is beeping in the background?

Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch

These looks mah-vu-lus! My husband and son would be all about whittling a toothpick to check a cake. It just sounds like a man thing. 🙂


Your husband is like Macgyver. That’s awesome! These muffins look incredible.

Liz @ Tip Top Shape

Oh my gosh, that is the funniest thing I have heard in a while!!!

Cookbook Queen

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!!


Amazing. At least your husband is crafty!!

Rena brewer

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!!!

Katrina @ In Katrina

I am dying. I can’t believe he whittled his own toothpick. This is the stuff if movies. Ot at least made-for-TV movies.


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 😀

Madeleine @ Teenie Baker

I can’t believe he WHITTLED A TOOTHPICK! Oh my goodness, that’s hilarious!
These muffins look fantastic too!

The Mrs @ Success Along the Weigh

I’m thinking a dude with the presence of mind to whittle his own toothpick in the absence of one is a handy guy to have around! Now please pass a muffin! 🙂


Pretty sure I’d have no problem eating the whole batch. The crumb topping is perfect!


That story made my day! I’m still laughing.


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


i so wish i was a baker. i blame my oven. it’s junk!
these muffins look SO GOOD. i might try my hand at it.
wish me luck.

Blog is the New Black

Whittled his own toothpick?? Amazing.


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.


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.

Chelsea @ Chelsea is dishing up

I can’t believe he whittled a toothpick, that is so hysterical. I just laughed aloud in court while reading this.

Too funny.


That story had me laughing out loud at work. It’s totally something that my fiance would do. The muffins look amazing. I can’t wait to make them!


So, how was the cake???
My four year old just asked me why I was crying! Laughing so hard picturing my husband and what he would have done!

Averie @ Averie Cooks

They look so delish! And the blue liners kind of even remind me of Cinnabon packaging 🙂


Cinnamon muffins sound incredible!

Jersey Girl

These look fantastic!!

Your husband has issues; but you probably already knew that : )


That story made my day…whittled a toothpick…bah! PS – those look amazing!!! Megan


BWAHAHAHAHAHA!! I laughed so hard I got tears in my eyes! That’s sounds exactly like something my hubby would do! LOL! They do the silliest things, don’t they?

Thank you for the recipe, the kids are still sleeping, I’m gonna make these and hope the scent wakes them up 🙂

Anne Weber-Falk

What a wonderful man that loves you so much he would whittle a toothpick cake tester so your cake would turn out perfectly cooked for you. True love…sighhh…

sally @ sallys baking addiction

that filling! that icing! that crumb topping! Is there anythign these muffins don’t have? completely amazing!

PS: your story made me seriously LOL at my desk hahaha

Angelyn @ Everyday Desserts

Thank you for making my day! Funniest thing I’ve heard in a while 🙂 The muffins look absolutely yummy too!!

KIm Campbell

Oh my gosh! What a great story! I am sitting here all alone in my office laughing about the hand whittled tooth pick in a moment of panic! That’s great! And these muffins, yeah, there is nothing to describe what I’m thinking about those. I’d love to make some of these for my husband, I’m not sure though if he’d be able to test them for me when they were done :o) Thanks for sharing!!


I’ve been lurking for a while now but I had to come out of hiding to tell you how much I love this. I’m glad I was working from home, because husbands whittling toothpicks is pretty darn funny and I laughed out loud. I love the stuff you make, not just the idea of all that sugar and butter (because who wouldn’t love that?!) but also your gorgeous photos.


Oh my goodness – I’m trying SO HARD not to laugh out loud while I’m at work. I love the picture to show is genius even more. Ah…..husbands…..

And these muffins look AMAZING. I think I might have to try them this weekend. FOR SURE.

bridget {bake at 350}

Busting a GUT laughing over here. (That’s a nice visual, huh?) I am SO giving my husband the “what would you do if you couldn’t find toothpicks” pop quiz when he gets home. I think your hubby may have watched too many of those survival shows?