Cinnamon Roll Muffins

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Try these delicious Cinnamon Roll Muffins filled with a pecan cinnamon filling and then topped off with a light cream cheese glaze.

I love a good cinnamon roll but I hate the calories that come with it.  I know that a large cinnamon roll can pack up to 500 calories.   At school twice a month they make cinnamon rolls for us.  While I try not to eat them, every once in a while I break down and have one.  It’s hard to resist the warm, gooey rolls topped with frosting.

Cinnamon Rolls don't have to have a ton of calories! Try these fun Cinnamon Roll Muffins instead!

Whenever I host brunch I like to make homemade cinnamon rolls.   The only problem with them is that they take forever to make because they are a yeast dough and require time to rise.   Plus it’s a pain to roll them up, slice them, and then bake them.  It tastes way more time then I want to dedicate to brunch but they are so good it’s hard to say no.

Need an easy breakfast? Try these delicious Cinnamon Roll Muffins for something different!

However, I found a recipe that I think it a great compromise.  It’s a Cinnamon Roll Muffin and it has all of the delicious flavors found in a cinnamon roll, including the frosting, but with less then half the calories.   It also has only about a fourth of the work because it’s a quick bread and does not require rising.  Since they are muffins there is no rolling required either.

The cool thing about these muffins is that they have a basic cinnamon muffin dough that is filled with a cinnamon and pecan filling.   When the muffins cook the filling cooks into the dough and infuses it with all the tasty flavor.  When they come out of the oven I put on a tasty cream cheese glaze.

Want your breakfast and dessert all rolled up into one? Then try these fun Cinnamon Roll Muffins!

The muffins taste a lot like cinnamon rolls but have a different texture because they are muffins.  They smelled sweet and spicy and looked really good, especially with the glaze on top of them.  In fact, I think the glaze on top is what makes them look like cinnamon rolls.

Bite into one of these delicious Cinnamon Roll Muffins for breakfast!

So if you are looking for a delicious cinnamon roll type breakfast or even a great dessert to enjoy with coffee try these Cinnamon Roll Muffins!

Cinnamon Rolls don't have to have a ton of calories! Try these fun Cinnamon Roll Muffins instead!

Cinnamon Roll Muffins

Don't spend time making cinnamon rolls, make these delicious Cinnamon Roll Muffins instead!
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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 1 dozen
Author: Hezzi-D


For the filling:

  • 1/2 c. pecans chopped
  • 1/2 c. packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 Tablespoons milk
  • 2 Tablespoons butter melted
  • 1 Tablespoon flour

For the dough:

  • 2 c. flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 c. milk
  • 1/2 c. sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 eggs
  • Glaze:
  • 1/3 c. powdered sugar
  • 1 oz cream cheese
  • 2-3 Tablespoons milk


  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Spray a muffin pan with cooking spray.
  • To make the filling combine pecans, brown sugar, cinnamon, vanilla, and salt in a bowl.
  • Add milk, butter, and flour and stir to combine. Set aside.
  • To make the dough place the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt in a large bowl.
  • Add the milk, sugar, oil, vanilla, and eggs in a large bowl and whisk together.
  • Add the flour mixture to the milk mixture and stir until just combined.
  • Place one tablespoon of dough in each muffin cup. Top with a spoonful of filling. Place another tablespoon of dough on top of the filling.
  • Bake for 15 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  • Remove from oven and cool in the muffin pan for 10 minutes.
  • Remove from the muffin pan and cool completely on a wire rack.
  • When the muffins have cooled whisk together the glaze ingredients until smooth. Drizzle over top of muffins and serve.


Recipe adapted from Cooking Light, September 2016.

Cinnamon Roll Muffins are a delicious and easy to make breakfast

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