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

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!

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.

Cinnamon Swirl Muffins dry ingredients
Wet ingredients for Cinnamon Swirl Muffins
Cinnamon Swirl Muffins streusel ingredients

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

Top the muffins with the remaining streusel.

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

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

Recipe

Originally Published On: February 14, 2019

Last Updated On: February 6, 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 2 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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