Cinnamon Roll Muffins (small batch)

Sunday 3 January 2021

Cinnamon Roll Muffins.  Have you ever had three words set your taste buds to tingling more?  I hope not, because these are really good muffins.

They embody all the flavours of your favourite cinnamon rolls, except they are muffins, not a yeast bread.  I am of the school that cinnamon flavoured anything is good. It doesn't really matter too much what it is and these are OMG good!

I have posted these before as a full sized recipe. If you are wanting more than just six muffins you may want to click over to here

The challenge for me at the moment, with all of the changes I have had to overgo in my life, is to present you with fresh content. Its not that I don't want to, but I am very limited at the moment as to what I can and cannot do.  Until I am in my own place, I will very much have to try to take a bit of a different route.

I am going to attempt to small batch as many recipes as I can for now. My family just don't want or need me cooking full batch things and it is a waste. I think I am a bit in the way.

So I hope you will bear with me as I go through this transition.  I am really  hoping it won't be for very long and that I will soon have a place of my own. I have  my fingers crossed as I really rely on this page to help to support me.  At the moment it is my only source of income.

Telling you this is not designed to make any of you feel sorry for me. I do not want that.  I just want you to all bear with me until things can get as back to normal as possible. There will be fresh content for sure.

There just may be a few hiccups along the way.  I think as well I am going to have to possibly give up my job writing on Home Chef. I don't think it will be possible for me to continue it as I was and its not fair to them.  I am a bit sad about that. Loss of income is loss of income  . . . but it can't be helped and I need to be realistic.

Anyways, these muffins are excellent.  I just adore the smell of anything cinnamon baking, don't you?  To me it smells like home sweet home.

However, with there only being me, baking a full batch of muffins is not practical.  As well, these don't actually freeze all that well.  I would rather bake them fresh as and when.

This recipe makes six muffins.They are well sized and gorgeously flavoured with plenty of a nutty cinnamon streusel which is stirred throughout the muffins themselves and scattered on top.

I don't think anything smells better than cinnamon goods when they are baking. To me they smell like "Home Sweet Home."

You might be a bit concerned about them sticking to the pan, but if you butter your pan really well, that shouldn't be an issue. I also like to use a quality non-stick pan.

You could also use muffin papers if you wanted to.  To be honest however, I like to bake my muffins without them if I can.

These rise nice and tall in the tin, with beautifully puffed domes/tops.  The tops of muffins are my favourite part.  I will need to get me a muffin top pan.

I had one in the UK and it worked beautifully at giving me my favourite part of the muffin. Muffin tops are fun to eat, maybe not so fun to wear. I get that.

These are the perfect weekend muffin for when you want to indulge a little bit, without going too far over the top. They have a lovely buttery batter, and that cinnamon nut streusel is to die for.

Not to mention the cream cheese drizzle on the top.  That is to die for too.

Its like a frilly petticoat adoring your favourite dress.  I remember those days.  Oh boy, at the age of 65 they are long gone, my days of petticoats and favourite dresses. 

Youth is surely wasted on the young. That is a phrase I never quite understood until I got old.

In any case, I do hope that you will all stick with me. I promise you in the end it will be worth it.  And in the meantime, I hope you will enjoy bakes such as these small batch Cinnamon Roll Muffins. 

In the end, I truly hope that this blog will become even better than it has been in the past. It is my hope to keep it going for many years to come. Please God, don't let that man have taken everything from me. At least that is my hope.

Cinnamon Roll Muffins (small batch)

Cinnamon Roll Muffins (small batch)
Yield: Makes 6
Author: Marie Rayner
prep time: 10 Mincook time: 15 Mintotal time: 25 Min
There is only one word to describe these and that is wow. Prepare to fall in love.


For the streusel filling and topping:
  • 1/2 cup (75g) loosely packed soft light brown sugar
  • 1/2 TBS ground cinnamon
  • 3/5 cup (90g) toasted pecans, chopped
  • 1 1/2 TBS melted butter
For the muffin batter:
  • 1 cup (140g) all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 sp salt
  • 1/8 (23g) cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 TBS butter, melted and cooled
  • 1 large free range egg yolk
  • 1/2 cup (120ml) milk
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
For the glaze:
  • 1/2 cup (65g) icing sugar sifted
  • 1/8 tsp vanilla
  • 2 TBS cream cheese
  • 1/2 TBS milk, or to thin


  1. Make the filling by combining the sugar and cinnamon in a bowl. Blend together with your fingers, breaking down any lumps. Stir in the pecans and butter. Combine well and set aside.
  2. Preheat the oven to 200*C/400*F/ gas mark 6. Butter a 6-cup non-stick muffin tin really, really well. Set aside.
  3. For the muffins, measure the dry ingredients into a bowl and whisk together to combine. Stir together the wet ingredients. Add all at once to the dry ingredients and stir together just to combine. Gently fold in half of the cinnamon mixture. Divide this mixture between the prepared muffin cups, filling them about 2/3 full. Top each with a portion of the remaining cinnamon mixture.
  4. Bake in the preheated oven for 12 to 15 minutes or until well risen and the tops spring back when lightly touched. A toothpick inserted in the centre will also come out clean. Cool slightly and then whisk together all of the glaze ingredients until smooth. Drizzle over the tops of the muffins decoratively.
  5. Remove to a wire rack to cool completely. If any are stuck (If you have buttered properly, they shouldn't be stuck) then you can gently release by running a round bladed knife around the edges.
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  1. Marie, all your readers understand your current position and understand. There's nothing like having your own front door (and Kitchen) and I'm sure it will happen soon. Good luck to you in this new chapter of your life.

  2. I totally agree with you about cinnamon. I make cinnamon buns quite a lot and that lovely smell of buttery, sugary cinnamon baking is intoxicating. It's a lovely flavour and one of my favourite spices.

    These sound so tempting, especially with that cream cheese drizzle over the top - talk about the icing on the cake!And I like the idea of the pecans in the filling as I've generally only ever used butter, sugar and cinnamon. You always add these little touches to make it so interesting. I'll add pecans and cream cheese to this week's shopping list as I have to try these.

    I hope that you can get settled in your own space soon, so you can plan ahead and set everything up just as you like it. Your blog is a place I come most days, both for the recipes which are always outstanding, but also for the personal anecdotes that make this so special.

    1. Thanks very much Marie. I try to post new things often, but its just a lot harder to do so right now. Hopefully in time things will settle down. I always love it when you visit! xoxo

  3. Who wouldn't love one of these delicious muffins on a frosty, cold, January Sunday morning with a hot cup of tea or coffee? They look so good. I hope you don't have to give up the Home Chef. That would be a shame. I'm sorry it's become a little awkward to be sharing a kitchen. Perhaps you could both discuss the weekly menu and assign which meals each of you would be responsible for? Develop a routine? Is preparing food at your dad's an option? He would probably love your company. I guess it's kind of complicated. Todd's deception from day one of your relationship is mind boggling. You can and will overcome his betrayal. So difficult for you. Always in my prayers, Marie. Love and hugs, Elaine

    1. I hope that I don't also, but I can't see how I will be able to do it at the moment. Creating new content is just too hard. My dad's place really isn't an option. yes, it is really complicated, but hopefully it won't always be this way! Thanks for your prayers, love and hugs, xoxo

  4. We all hope you and your blog will be around for a long time! I look forward to reading your posts each morning, like reading a note from a friend! I also enjoy your smaller batch recipes as I love to bake but my husband is good about not eating cakes, muffins and such but me, not so much.

  5. I love the idea of small batch recipes--especially for things like sweets. We have a small family--and I don't like things sitting on the counter for days tempting me! Also--it's great to bring back older recipes. I haven't read every single one-and sometimes I need to be reminded.

  6. Hi Marie, I always enjoy your delicious recipes and warm, personal writing style. You cook and write from the heart, which is why your readers love to read your blog every day. Here's hoping that 2021 brings you all good things. Happy New Year from Vancouver Island.

  7. Marie I am fairly new to your blog but I so enjoy reading your posts each day. You words speak to my heart at times. One day at a time, you are in my prayers always, lots of hugs.


    1. Thanks very much Bev! Much appreciated! xoxo

  8. Dear Marie: the old saying, "begin at the beginning", comes to mind when I read your comment today about your current situation. Have you considered getting yourself a thorough physical checkup? Having read your blog for well over ten years, way back to when it was "Oak Cottage" and not "The English Kitchen", I remember Todd's support and caring for you; your travels together; his travel to Canada with you; the photos of him looking at you adoringly; and your comments about, and care of, him through all of those years. When someone goes through surgery, and/or has a health threat, sometimes they change for a while. I remember that you both are joined forever in the eyes of God through your commitment in your faith. I don't know why you have left everything over in the UK, but is it not worth a try to see if you can sort things out? You could begin by making sure that you have a thorough health checkup. Sometimes (oftentimes), we find out that things are not as they seem, or were thought to be, once we are in the thick of it. I hope that you will give yourself permission to revisit your relationship with Todd, and directly ask him what it is that you both can do to make it work. Sending you Blessings and Hope from A Grateful Reader of The English Kitchen.

    1. Let me know when you have read this so I can delete it, thanks! xo

    2. I have read it. You are in my prayers and I know that you are going to do extremely well back in your wonderful Canada with your family. I'm always your grateful reader of The English Kitchen, and looking forward to your blog describing a new life, and good experiences. Bless you always, and your wonderful food, and loving heart. You are very brave, Marie!! XOXO

  9. Hang in there. Maybe revisit some favourite recipes from the past. The most liked from each year for example. Not everyone has been following you from the beginning and you have posted some cracking recipes through the years.

  10. Oh Marie, what a pickle, isn't it? Well, a couple of things --

    First, being the blog and the recipes. I, for one, love the small batch. So,no complaints from me. These sound fabulous. I might make them in mini-muffin tins like I do your maple oatmeal (your small batch of those yield 24 mini-muffs) and reduce the baking time!

    Second, people, even loyal readers, come and go over time for any number of reasons, and often short term. Point is, they miss something. Or forgot about a recipe from the past and don't remember enough to search for it or maybe where they saw it. Point is, old content isn't bad content. Something like a weekly "encore" from (pick a date -- three years ago or back? Two?) It's just copy/paste and any update notes at the beginning. It might require some editing for the personal notes but not much.

    Third, the only rules about posting X times a week are one's self-imposed rules. I can't manage to read blogs every day. Even my favorites (like yours!) Right now you have some priorities to deal with re: living situation, looking for a new space, establishing yourself. And you know that.

    )Almost) Finally, your writing for Home Cook (?) -- can you talk to the editor and ask for a three month (or six) leave of absence? Fully explain your situation and ask how you can work together so you don't have to give things up entirely and be back to full steam within a given period of time? Maybe you already have but my sense is that any editor worth their salt (no pun intended) would be a fool to let you go on a permanent basis and would gratefully accommodate a break. Perhaps they could do an "encore" feature to allow you a bit of income or not (depending on reprint rights to your material) but at least keeping you as part of the team.

    REALLY Finally -- ramp up how we can buy your book which is featured on the sidebar but there is no link for purchase. Is it a printed book? If a recipe you feature here is in your book, tell us it is and how to get the book. After looking (for about five minutes) I saw the cookbooklet link for pdf recipes above. That needs to be bigger and mentioned periodically. If the book is at Amazon, tell us. I have never bought a book or recipe from you because I didn't know you sold them. Has that changed since you moved? As a former marketing/promotion manager I know you have to keep promoting things like that because (point above) people don't read everything every day!

    We all want to solve everyone's problems, don't we? That's because we care about you and your recipes and most of all, your life and situation. I've made more than a few of your delicious meals over time. They work. Your stories are wonderful, adding great warmth and personality. So please accept these suggestions as delivered in love and hope for both peace of mind and a new start. It's scary as all get out. But you can do it.

    1. Thanks for all of your input Jeanie. I think first of all for the blog I need to find someone who can sort out the seo and design, etc. so everything works properly. It is all very scary. xoxo

  11. Hi Marie. I rarely comment but I have read your blog for years. I am guilty, however, of not reading the whole post if it is a dish that does not appeal to me. I think that must be how I missed what you said about Todd's betrayel and you coming back to Canada with virtually nothing. As a chef I can only imagine the amazing collection of cookbooks, and cooking equipment you must have left behind. Is there no chance of having any of it sent to you? It breaks my heart that you don't have any of your things. You mentioned that you are 65. Do you not hhave a UK pension and Canadian OAP? Maybe you are waiting for all that to be transfered to you in your new location. I hope you can get your own place soon so you can get back to doing what means so much to you. Take care.

    1. Hi Janice,sorry for the late response. Unfortunately I did not work the required number of years in the U.K. to get a pension, so was not entitled. I have just started to get my Canada lap and have applied for the oas. Hopefully I will get that. It was hard leaving everything but I just could not afford to pay to move it. Once Todd went into Prison, there was no income and our savings were gone. It’s okay, my kids now have far less to get rid of when I go! Bonus! The most difficult thing I had to leave behind was my beloved Mitzie. That hurt more than anything else. I am incredibly grateful for my family having given me a place to stay while I sort myself out. That is an incredible blessing. Xoxo

  12. Hi Marie
    I must have missed this post as I'm trying to avoid anything sweet for January at least(and alcohol too but that's another story) but just want to wish you well. You have a talent for cooking that most of us wish they had and more importantly a loving family around you. I hope you'll have a new permanent home soon but in the meantime look after yourself.

    1. Thanks Jay! I am incredibly great full for my family! Things usually have a way of working out and I just need to be patient! This too shall pass! Xoxo


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