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Cinnamon Streusel Muffins

Updated October 06, 2016
Cinnamon Streusel Muffins
Cinnamon Streusel Muffins
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Editor's Note: There's nothing like a warm muffin to start the day off right - that's why they're one of my favorite easy breakfast ideas. These Cinnamon Streusel Muffins are sweet and lightly spiced with flavors of cinnamon and brown sugar that make this muffin recipe the perfect morning pick-me-up. Muffins make for great east breakfast recipes if you're hosting a brunch or just cooking for the whole family, as they're great on their own or accompanied by other dishes. This cinnamon muffin recipe is sure to become a fast favorite at your family table!

One of the reasons muffins are so popular is because they are quick and easy to make and full of flavor. Adding the liquid all at once to the dry ingredients actually is called the "muffin method" and makes muffins that are light and tender with an even texture inside. Serve these muffins warm from the oven with apple butter to enhance their spicy cinnamon flavor.

Makes12 muffins

Cooking MethodBaking

CostInexpensive

Easy

Total Timeunder 1 hour

Kid FriendlyYes

Recipe CourseSide Dish

Dietary ConsiderationHalal, Kosher, Peanut Free, Soy Free, Tree Nut Free, Vegetarian

MealBreakfast, Brunch

Taste and TextureButtery, Spiced, Sweet

Type of DishBread, Muffins, Quickbreads

Ingredients

  • ¼ cup (30 g) all purpose flour
  • ¼ cup (57 g) firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon (5 mL) cinnamon
  • 3 tablespoons (43 g) cold butter
  • 2 cups (242 g) all purpose flour
  • ½ cup (100 g) sugar
  • ¼ cup (57 g) firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon (15 mL) baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon (5 mL) cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon (2.5 mL) salt
  • ¾ cup (177 mL) milk
  • ½ cup (114 g) butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon (5 mL) vanilla
  • 1 egg, beaten

Instructions

  1. Heat oven to 400°F (200°C) with oven rack in middle. Lightly spray 12 cups in a standard muffin pan with nonstick cooking spray.

To Make the Streusel Topping:

  1. Combine flour, brown sugar, and cinnamon in a small bowl. Cut in butter with a pastry blender until mixture resembles coarse crumbs with some pea-sized pieces.

To Make the Muffins:

  1. Combine flour, sugar, brown sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt in a large bowl. Make a well in center of the flour by pushing ingredients out toward sides of bowl.

  2. Combine milk, melted butter, vanilla, and egg in a medium bowl. Pour milk mixture into the flour mixture, and stir only until the flour is moistened even though the batter is not smooth. Scrape down sides of bowl.

  3. Divide batter into prepared muffin cups, filling them about 2/3 full. Sprinkle about 1 tablespoon (15 mL) of streusel over each muffin.

  4. Bake 18 to 20 minutes or until golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the center of a couple of muffins comes out dry. Cool slightly and remove from the pan.

  5. Run a small metal spatula around edge of each muffin to loosen it, and lift gently from the pan. Serve muffins warm with butter or jam.

Notes

  1. Baker’s Note: For muffins, I prefer spraying the muffin cups instead of using paperliners because the muffins usually stick to the paper.

  2. Secret to Success: Muffins are at their best served warm from the oven. Any uneaten muffins can be wrapped and stored and room temperature. I reheat them in the microwave before serving.

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You say "streusel," I say "yum." Can't wait to try these!

1 star. Typical terrible internet recipe. Cook times are way off. 400 degrees for 18 mins resulted in hard, biscuit-like muffins. Very irritating.

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