3 Cinnamon Swirl Muffins with Streusel Topping on a bamboo board on top of a grey and white placemat with a glass of milk behind all on a wooden surface (with logo overlay)

Cinnamon Swirl Muffins with Streusel Topping

Cinnamon Swirl Muffins packed with a triple-punch of cinnamon and buttermilk are a delicious breakfast that can be made in about 30 minutes.

Sunday morning at our house means “Big Breakfast Sunday”. But there are times that we forget until waking up that morning! Oops! And, of course, the boys look forward to this so they won’t let us forget. Well, last Sunday was one such day, so I did some quick thinking searching and found a recipe for cinnamon swirl muffins.

We had all the ingredients, so I decided to give it a try while still changing a few things about the recipe. I started with this recipe that I found but varied some of the steps. One of the changes was because I misread a step, but they ended up working really well. We love the streusel on Apple Crisp so I decided it would be good on muffins, too.

I know I’ve mentioned it before, but any sweet breakfast usually has to be doubled in my house. Tyler is my little hobbit eating his breakfast then wanting second breakfast and complaining on school days that he doesn’t have time for third breakfast. We have said we need to take him to an all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet one day!

Young boy sniffing over a stainless steel bowl with a wire whisk on a wooden surface
Tyler kept telling me that the batter smells so good because of the cinnamon!

The cinnamon swirl muffins have a streusel on top, but I also mixed some of it into the batter. This helped get the cinnamon sugar flavor distributed throughout the muffin rather than just on the top.

This is the first time I’ve used buttermilk in muffins before. I was surprised at how well it works. The flavor is very subtle, but it helps keep the muffins from drying out. We don’t use buttermilk enough to buy it already prepared, so I buy it in powder form and mix some up when we need it.

Step by Step

Preheat the oven to 425F. Gather the muffin ingredients.

Stainless steel bowls with flour, sugar, cinnamon, and baking powder on a wooden surface
Cinnamon Swirl Muffins dry ingredients
Stainless steel bowls with oil, sugar, vanilla extract, and eggs next to a glass measuring cup of buttermilk on a wooden surface
Wet ingredients for Cinnamon Swirl Muffins
Stainless steel bowls with sugar, cinnamon, and butter on a wooden surface
Cinnamon Swirl Muffins streusel ingredients

In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon until there are no lumps.

Combined dry ingredients with a wire whisk in a stainless steel bowl on a wooden surface

In a separate medium mixing bowl, whisk together the oil, eggs, sugar, buttermilk, and vanilla.

Young boy using a wire whisk to stir wet ingredients in a stainless steel bowl on a wooden surface
Young boys hands using a wire whisk to stir wet ingredients in a stainless steel bowl on a wooden surface

Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients. Whisk until they are well combined.

Young boy whisking muffin batter in a stainless steel bowl on a wooden surface
Young boys hands using a wire whisk to stir muffin batter in a stainless steel bowl on a wooden surface
Combined cinnamon swirl muffins batter with a wire whisk in a stainless steel bowl on a wooden surface

In a medium mixing bowl, combine the sugar and cinnamon for the streusel. Then use a pastry blender or two butter knives to cut in the butter until the mixture is crumbly.

Cinnamon and sugar with butter cut in with a pastry blender in a stainless steel bowl on a wooden surface

Spray or line a muffin pan. We made about 16 muffins. Fill each cup about 3/4 of the way with the muffin batter.

Muffin batter filling a 12-cup metal muffin pan on a wooden surface

Sprinkle each muffin with about 1 tsp of the streusel mixture.

Young boy using a measuring spoon to add streusel to the muffin batter in a metal muffin pan on a wooden surface

Use a toothpick to swirl the cinnamon streusel into the muffin batter.

Young boy using a toothpick to swirl cinnamon streusel into muffin batter in a metal muffin pan

Top the muffins with the remaining streusel.

Overhead view of muffin batter with cinnamon streusel on top in a metal muffin pan on a wooden surface

Bake for 5 minutes at 425F then reduce the heat to 350F without opening the oven. Bake another 12-14 minutes.

Young boy watching muffins bake in the oven

Make sure the muffins are cooked in the center and a toothpick comes out clean.

3 Cinnamon Swirl Muffins with Streusel Topping on a bamboo board on top of a grey and white placemat with a glass of milk behind all on a wooden surface (vertical)

Recipe

Originally Published On: February 14, 2019

Last Updated On: February 27, 2020

3 Cinnamon Swirl Muffins with Streusel Topping on a bamboo board on top of a grey and white placemat with a glass of milk behind all on a wooden surface

Cinnamon Swirl Muffins with Streusel Topping

Muffins packed with a triple-punch of cinnamon and buttermilk are a delicious breakfast that can be made in about 30 minutes.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cinnamon, muffins
Servings: 12 muffins
5 from 3 votes

Ingredients

Muffins
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 4 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
Streusel
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 4 tsp cinnamon
  • 4 tbsp butter

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 425F
  • In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon until there are no lumps
  • In a medium mixing bowl, combine the oil, eggs, sugar, buttermilk, and vanilla extract
  • Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and whisk until they are combined
  • For the streusel, mix the sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl then cut in the butter until the mixture is crumbly
  • Spray or line about 14 muffin cups and fill them 3/4 of the way with the muffin batter
  • Sprinkle one tsp of the streusel onto each muffin
  • Use a toothpick to swirl the streusel into the muffin batter
  • Sprinkle the remaining streusel onto the top of the muffins
  • Bake at 425F for 5 minutes, then reduce the heat to 350F and cook for an additional 12-15 minutes until the muffins are cooked through
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Nutrition Facts
Cinnamon Swirl Muffins with Streusel Topping
Amount Per Serving (1 muffin)
Calories 287 Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Fat 11g17%
Saturated Fat 8g40%
Cholesterol 40mg13%
Sodium 261mg11%
Potassium 194mg6%
Carbohydrates 43g14%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 26g29%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 189IU4%
Calcium 99mg10%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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28 thoughts on “Cinnamon Swirl Muffins with Streusel Topping”

  1. Ever since I was a little girl and my grandma would make me cinnamon rolls, I have been a sucker for all cinnamon-y baked goods. I’m definitely trying this recipe!

  2. I can tell those Cinnamon Swirl Muffins with Streusel Topping are delicious. Seeing your sous-chef preparing them make me smile. I love cooking and baking with my girls.

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