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

  • Author: Cookies & Cups


makes 12 muffins



  • 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


153 Responses

  1. 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?!

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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)

  5. 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?

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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!!

    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!!!

  9. 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 😀

  10. 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

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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!

  14. 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!

  15. 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 🙂

  16. 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…

  17. 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!!

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. 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?

  21. Niki

    Talk about true love!!!! Dying laughing here in my office with everyone turned around looking at me! I love all of your stories!

  22. OMG I am laughing so hard over here I’m crying. HE WHITTLED HIS OWN TOOTHPICK! Maybe I’m laughing so hard because I can picture my own husband doing the same thing. I CAN’T CHECK THE CAKE!!!! WHAT AM I GOING TO DO??!! So funny how they are so useless in the kitchen… sorry honey. My husband is reading this. 🙂 Thanks for the laugh! Have a great week!!

  23. whittled cake tester? (I totally think there’d be a big market for that.) Sounds like the panic-y sort of thing my middle son would do… Did the pound cake survive?

    Love these muffins! My absolute fave breakfast bread is a coffee cake with these layers in it. I must try this with some GF ingredients ASAP!

  24. I love this post. Your husband is awesome for making his own toothpick. How many husbands would actually do that? They’d all be like, “Oh yeah… I tested it.” LIARS!

    Your pictures are so so pretty. And I love those liners! And the gooey part. Oooh, and that last picture! It’s all perfect. Nice job. 🙂

  25. Kellie

    I have to say your hubby’s toothpick made my day. I was sitting her reading your story and when I got to the whittling I busted out laughing. Out loud, make me feel better laughter. So while he might not handle panic well, he is good for some comic relief. And I agree with some of the others, he is like the McGyver of cake testing. Mine would have said the timer went off so I assumed it was done. Gotta give him props for caring about your cake enough to whittle a toothpick for you. Think of it as a grand romantic gesture.

  26. Nora Leigh

    I’ve never commented before but I just had to because that is just about the funniest thing I’ve ever heard! I think I laughed out loud for about 5 minutes on that one. Classic!

  27. Oh lordy, I just laughed so hard, that it was one of those epic silent laughs where nothing comes out and your body is shaking in convulsions. That story (both of them, the umbrella & the toothpick)is priceless. PRICE. LESS. Please don’t ever stop telling us your stories. Or making us yummy things.

  28. This is hysterical! I think you can count on him for anything now…anything! He wanted to please, that’s for sure.

    I wish I had these muffins right now! Will definitely be making them. Thanks so much for sharing!


  29. LMAO. that was hilarious. I even shared the story with my sister who was sitting next to me. TOO FUNNY.

    anyways, these cinnamon muffins are calling my name!!

  30. Darlene

    You crack me up and your husband unintentionally cracked me up.
    I’ve looking for a cinnamon roll recipe…I think these muffins will work nicely, thank you very much!
    And, might I add…of course I’ll make the glaze…who wouldn’t make the glaze? Why would you even be reading this blog if you weren’t going to make the glaze? I mean, REALLY!:)

  31. Jai

    Coming out of my hideout to comment because THIS story is SO funny! I laughed outloud several times. Thank you for the much needed laughter and for the muffins .. I am making 1st thing in the morning because – glory hallelujah – these look AMAZING!

  32. Tina Hoffman

    Best post ever. I can’t decide if it’s your stories I love more, or the wonderful, fun, creative recipes.

  33. I about choked on my food while reading this story! I came over seeing this delicious recipe on pinterest, and didn’t realize I’d get the biggest laugh I’ve had in a long time. Thank you for both the story and recipe. 😉 I’m going to be giggling about this all night. What a great husband to be so concerned!

  34. haha the part about whittling the toothpick made me lough out loud! love that the muffins have filling, you always make the stuff I’ve been imagining!

  35. On Fridays, I share my favorite food finds in a series called Food Fetish Friday – and I love this post so I’m featuring it as part of the roundup (with a link-back and attribution). I hope you have no objections and I look forward to seeing what you create next…

  36. Hannah-lyz

    That made me laugh a lot more than it should have! Haha, the man is equal parts daft and genius 😛 My brother would probably react the same! I may have to try these =D

  37. This is the best story I’ve read in such a long time. I was crying laughing as I was reading it to my boyfriend. You are my favorite. I can totally relate to your entire story, something about panic mode sends all logical decision-making out the door. Thank you for this story, you have made my night 🙂 And those muffins look absolutely incredible!

  38. Debra Kapellakis

    ROTFLOL…I am with you and your husband in the panic situations. My husband is not, he does what should be done and immediately. My first born was about two years old. She hit her head on the coffee table and it started bleeding like a flood. I just stood there staring…my baby “was bleeding to death” and I stood there staring. I froze! It looked like she had a HUGE cut. My husband grabbed a clean towel, put it to her head, told me to grab this and that and the other. The next thing I know my daughter is at the hospital with bloody clothes and the tiniest bit of a cut. Since then I always pray my husband is around when these things happen. lol

  39. Sandi

    Followed a link from Iowa Girl Eats. I think your husband is a genius under pressure, lol. My husband would probably use something like a dental pick or something equally boring. Can’t wait to try this divine looking muffins. Definitely bookmarked your blog. Thanks!

  40. Wendy Rusch

    I made these the other day! They were a hit! Everyone loved them, I work at a bakery/cafe/chocolates/coffee shop…they sold like hotcakes! :o)

  41. OMG that is freaking hilarious…I told my husband about it and he said “I feel his pain” LOL. Also these muffins look awesome and I can’t wait to make them. 🙂

  42. Francesca

    So I made a few minor adjustments, I used 1/4 cup of butter for the batter, 1/2 cup of agave nectar for the sugar, 3/4 cup buttermilk instead of milk, 1/2 tsp vanilla and 1/4 tsp salt. I also used only 2 tsp butter for filling. Added 1/3 cup walnuts to the topping because I didn’t have enough oats. For a great nonstick liner that is good for you and the Earth, I use If You Care Large Baking Cups.

    Fabulous story too…At least your husband would attempt to check the cake 😉

  43. I absolutely love that your husband whittled his own toothpick. 😀
    I think that’s the best thing I’ve heard in awhile.
    Going to make these muffins this afternoon – they look delicious!

  44. Laughing my freaking butt off!!!! I can not believe he whittled a toothpick. HILARIOUS!! I always tell my fiance if I break down I’m not going to call anyone. I will just cry so he better keep my car in tip top shape.

    These look awesome! I actually plan to make a cream cheese pound cake for my job I’m leaving on Wednesday. Using Smitten Kitchen’s recipe. I have cups like these, but Patriotic. I was wondering if they would work, but maybe I can just make these instead.

  45. Crystal

    Made these last night and they were DELICIOUS! They were best warm, but still tasty for breakfast the next morning. So, so good!

  46. Di

    I made them this morning and they were good. I have to say, I tried one without glaze and didn’t know if they were worth the work, but once I added the glaze I decided they are! Thanks for a good recipe.

  47. shelly

    I wouldn’t make these muffins UNLESS you have the higher type used in the recipe …. what a disaster I had batter all over the bottom of the oven.

  48. Haha! Loved your story! Love the little quirks that make everyone different 🙂 The muffins look delicious! I may have to try them out sometime soon!

  49. 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 =)

  50. Bridget

    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.

  51. garysgirl

    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!

  52. 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! 🙂

  53. 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.

    1. Shelly

      ha! Aren’t husband’s the weirdest? I have told my friend’s husband’s the same story and they all have the same reaction! LOGICAL?! Super crazy 🙂 THanks for your comment!!

  54. Michelle from Vancouver

    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.

  55. Amy from Adelaide

    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 😀

  56. mari

    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!!!

  57. Ana

    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.

  58. Katrina

    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!

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