Cinnamon Bun Muffins

One thing I loved to eat during my childhood was my grandpa’s cinnamon buns. Soft buns, full of cinnamon flavour, topped with a mouth-watering cream cheese frosting; he’s known for these cinnamon buns! It was great growing up and having them live so close so we could easily get your hands on some! Now, they’ve moved away and I can’t remember the last time I had one but I’ve been told people know him around their new town for his famous buns!

I love a good cinnamon bun, who doesn’t?! But there are days where I don’t have the time (or patience) for making them. You gotta let that dough rise not once, but twice?! It’d be easier to just pop open a tube of Pillsbury cinnamon buns and call it a day…but something seems wrong about eating a cinnamon bun that comes out from a tube.

Long time ago, I was really wanting some cinnamon buns for the weekend but not wanting to put the effort into making them, I was browsing Pinterest and found the perfect solution to my laziness; Cinnamon Bun muffins from Some the Wiser!

These muffins are easy to make, require way less time to make, AND pack just as much flavour – jackpot! Did I mention you can still get that cream cheese frosting – just drizzle it on top of these bad boys! Don’t have or like cream cheese? Opt for a simple powdered icing glaze by whisking together 1 cup of powdered icing and 1-2 tbsp of milk. Add in a dash of vanilla or maple to add a little more flavour.

They really are the perfect, lazy substitute, I think you’ll agree!

Cinnamon Bun Muffins
Yield: 12 muffins


2 cups all-purpose flour
3 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 cup granulated sugar
3 tbsp unsalted butter, melted & slightly cooled
1 large egg
1 cup milk

1 cup brown sugar, loosely packed
3 tsp ground cinnamon
1 cup chopped pecans
3 tbsp unsalted butter, melted

2 oz cream cheese, softened
1 cup powdered sugar
1 tbsp milk
Dash of vanilla


  1. Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees F. and generously grease muffin tin. Set aside.
  2. In a small bowl, combine all topping/filling ingredients until just combined. Set aside.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar. Make a well in the centre. Set aside.
  4. In a separate bowl, whisk together butter, egg, and milk. Pour the wet ingredients into the centre of the dry ingredients, stirring until just combined!
  5. Gently, fold half of the prepared topping/filling mixture into the batter. Spoon roughly 1/4 cup of batter into each muffin tin and top with the remaining filling mixture.
  6. Bake for 12-15 minutes or until muffins spring back at touch.
  7. Let muffins cool for at least 5 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack.
  8. When muffins are baking, make your glaze! To make glaze: Whisk together all the glaze ingredients. Drizzle over muffins. Enjoy!


Recipe Source: Some the Wiser


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