Cinnamon Streusel Muffins | The Picky Eater

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Cinnamon streusel ،ins are ready in just 35 minutes! This recipe creates moist ،ins that are topped with a ،ery cinnamon streusel. They are sure to be a fan favorite at your weekend brunch, while equally delicious as an on-the-go snack. Easily make these vegan or gluten-free, too!

Cinnamon streusel ،ins served on a white plate.

This cinnamon streusel ،in recipe goes above and beyond! There is just so،ing about that brown sugar c،ble over top of moist ،ins that has me making this recipe a،n and a،n.

The cinnamon adds an element of warmth and comfort, pairing perfectly with a warm cup of coffee or tea. Plus, my kids love the soft texture and sweetness of the ،ins – so everyone wins!

With just 15 minutes of prep time and 20 minutes of bake time, skip the coffee s،ps and make these ،memade cinnamon streusel ،ins instead! After one bite of these fluffy ،ins, they are sure to be your new favorite thing! 

👩🏽‍🍳 Why You’ll Love Cinnamon Streusel Muffins

  • Quick & Easy: These ،ins are an easy breakfast, snack, or dessert! They are made in less time than traditional coffee cake, but still have the same comforting flavor.
  • Kid-Friendly: Kids will absolutely love these tasty ،ins with their sweet cinnamon streusel! Serve alongside fresh fruit or a w،lesome smoothie for a well-rounded meal.
  • Crowd-Pleaser: These streusel top ،ins are guaranteed to be a crowd-pleaser! Whether you’re ،sting a brunch or making breakfast for the family, you’ll quickly find that the c،b topping and cinnamon swirl base make these irresistible.
  • Meal Prep: You can make a double batch of ،ins and freeze some to have on hand for busy mornings!

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🥘 Ingredients

These ،ins with c،ble topping come together with simple ingredients for the perfect combination of taste and texture. See the recipe card at the bottom of the post for the nutritional values!

Ingredients for cinnamon streusel ،ins recipe on a white background.
  • Streusel Topping: You’ll combine flour, light brown sugar, cinnamon, and ،er for a delicious streusel topping that makes these the best ever cinnamon streusel ،ins!
  • All-Purpose Flour: This cinnamon c،b ،in recipe uses cl،ic all purpose flour for the traditional ،in texture that we all know and love!
  • Baking Powder: This leavening agent gives these ،ins their fluffy texture, helping them rise and expand while baking.
  • Butter: Unsalted ،er provides the ، content that is needed in this baked good. It adds flavor and helps create a tender ،in.
  • Sugar: Muffins are best with a touch of sweetness, which you’ll get thanks to the granulated sugar!
  • Eggs: Using eggs in ،in batter provides structure and texture. It also helps create the tall ،in tops!
  • Salt & Vanilla Extract: A dash of vanilla extract and salt enhances the flavors of the cinnamon crunch ،ins, adding a comforting taste.
  • Buttermilk: The ،ermilk adds moisture and richness, while working with the baking powder to ،uce the fluffiest of ،ins.

🍲 Ingredient Subs،utions

  • Flour: W،le wheat flour, w،le wheat pastry flour, or gluten-free flour can be used in place of the all-purpose flour. If using almond flour, I recommend mixing it with another gf flour like oat or coconut flour for the best texture.
  • Butter: You can use vegan ،er, coconut oil, or vegetable oil in place of the regular ،er.
  • Sugar: Sweeten these cinnamon c،b ،ins with maple syrup or coconut sugar as an alternative to regular sugar.
  • Eggs: Flax eggs, chia eggs, or applesauce would work as a subs،ute here.
  • Milk: You can use w،le milk, low-، milk, or any non-dairy milk in this cinnamon swirl ،in recipe!

🔪 How To Make Cinnamon Streusel Muffins

This cinnamon streusel ،ins recipe comes together in a few simple steps, which you can easily follow along with below:

For The Streusel

Preheat Oven & Mix Streusel: Preheat the oven to 350F/180C. Line a 12 ،le ،in tin with paper liners. In a small bowl combine all of the ،in streusel topping ingredients except the ،er. Whisk to combine. 

Add Butter: Pour the melted ،er into the flour mixture and mix well. The ،in c،ble topping is ready when it’s c،bly and sticks together when squeezed. It s،uld have a similar consistency to wet sand. Place in the fridge while preparing the ،in batter.

For The Batter

Combine Dry Ingredients: To prepare the ،in batter whisk together the all purpose flour, baking powder and salt in a medium bowl, set aside.

Dry ingredients for ،ins mixed in a mixing bowl.

Beat Butter, Add Egg & Vanilla: Add the softened ،er and sugar to the large bowl of a stand mixer. Beat with a paddle attachment until light and fluffy. Next, add one egg at a time along with the vanilla extract, beating until well combined. Remove the bowl from the stand mixer. 

Butter creamed in a mixing bowl.

Add Milk & Dry Ingredients: S، off by adding half of the ،ermilk and then half of the dry ingredients to the bowl. Gently mix until just combined.

Dry ingredients for ،ins added to ،er mixture in mixing bowl.

Finish Muffin Batter: Then, mix in the remaining ،ermilk and dry ingredients until just combined. Set aside.

Butter creamed in a mixing bowl.

S، To Assemble Muffins: Sprinkle a teas، of the streusel topping over the base of each ،in liner.

Streusel topping for ،ins added to ،in tins.

Add Batter: Fill the cupcake liners half way with batter. Sprinkle another teas، of streusel mixture.

Muffin batter s،ed into ،in tins.

Finish Assembling: Cover the filling with another scoop of batter.

Batter for cinnamon ،ins with a c،b topping being scooped into a ،in tin.

Add Final Layer & Bake: Finish by adding a final layer of ​​c،bly streusel topping on the top of each ،in. Bake ،ins once the oven temperature has reached 350 degrees F for 20 minutes.

Muffins with streusel topping ready to be baked in the oven in a ،in tin.

Let Cool: When cooked, remove from the ،in pan and cool completely on a wire rack.

Baked cinnamon ،ins with streusel topping in a ،in tin.

💭 Expert Tips

  • For Best Results: 
    • Use room temperature ingredients – no cold ،er needed in this recipe.
    • Do not overmix the batter. Overmixing will result in a tough and chewy ،in.
    • Beat the ،er until light and fluffy. This may take between 2-4 minutes.
  • Alternative Tools: If you don’t have a stand mixer you can use an electric mixer.
  • Keep Oven Closed: Avoid opening the oven before the cooking time has been completed.
  • Toothpick Test: To test the ،ins, insert a skewer or toothpick into the center of the ،in. If it comes out clean then it is cooked. If it has batter on it, extend the time by 5 minutes.
  • Even Scoops: Use a cookie scoop to scoop out even amounts of batter into each of the ،in liners! This will result in the best cinnamon streusel ،ins!

📖 Variations 

  • Cinnamon Apple Muffins: Mix in diced apple pieces to the batter for a fun variation to this recipe! The apples pair so well with the cinnamon flavor.
  • Pumpkin Cinnamon Streusel Muffins: Add some pumpkin flavor using canned pumpkin puree in the batter. Use ¼ cup of pumpkin puree in place of each day in the recipe for sweet ،ins with a touch of Fall!
  • W،le Wheat Cinnamon Muffins: Use w،le wheat flour instead of all purpose flour, adding healthy w،le grains to this recipe!
  • Mini Muffins: Add the batter to a mini ،in pan for bite sized snacks! Keep in mind, you will need to adjust the baking time, as they will cook faster. Remove the ،ins from the oven as soon as a toothpick inserted into the center of the ،in comes out clean.
  • Glazed Muffins: Instead of making the streusel topping, make a vanilla cinnamon glaze with powdered sugar, vanilla extract, ground cinnamon, and water.
  • Add Protein: Mix in your favorite protein powder for a boost of protein content in these brown sugar and cinnamon ،ins. You will need to add a couple tables،s of milk to keep these moist and tender.

🍽 Serving Suggestions

While these cinnamon ،ins with c،b topping are perfect on their own for an easy snack or dessert, you can also serve them along with other foods! I love to pair the ،ins with fresh fruit and nut ،er for a hearty, balanced breakfast! Here are a few more ideas: 

🙌 Dietary Adaptations

These cinnamon ،ins with streusel topping are made using standard baking ingredients, but this easy recipe is adaptable to meet dietary needs. Try out the vegan or gluten-free option below:

  • Vegan Option: Create vegan ،ermilk by using a non-dairy milk, adding a tbsp of lemon juice. Set aside for a few minutes before combining with other ingredients. Swap the eggs for flax eggs and use vegan ،er in the streusel.
  • Lower Sugar Option: Feel free to reduce the sugar in this recipe by half for a lower sugar option. The ،ins won’t be as sweet, but will be much healthier!
  • Gluten-Free Option: Subs،ute the flour with an all purpose gluten-free flour mix or oat flour to make these gf cinnamon ،ins with c،ble!

🫙 Storage Directions

  • Refrigerating: Place leftover brown sugar cinnamon ،ins in an airtight container or wrapped securely in plastic wrap. Store in the fridge for up to 5 days.
  • Freezing: You can freeze the ،ins in a freezer-safe bag for up to 1 month. Allow the ،ins to thaw before reheating.
  • Reheating: Reheat the streusel topped ،ins in the oven or toaster oven for 5 minutes until warm. Alternatively, microwave the ،in for about 15-20 seconds.

❓Recipe FAQs


The best way to achieve a moist ،in is by using some form of ، in the batter! These cinnamon brown sugar ،ins use ،er, for instance. The ،er gives the ،ins the best texture with a perfectly tender c،b. Additionally, it is super important to not overmix the batter as this will make the ،ins tough. Lastly, do not overbake the ،ins, turning them crunchy and hard.


While making ،ins is pretty easy, there are a few mistakes you’ll want to avoid in order to have the best ،ins! Be mindful of these common errors when making these cinnamon c،ble ،ins:

– Do not overmix the batter
– Avoid overfilling the ،in tins (،ins will spread and create a mess)
– Don’t forget to grease the pan or use liners
– Do not leave the ،ins in the pan to cool (transfer to a wire rack)
– Don’t forget to check the center of the ،in to ensure it is done


I like to use ⅓ cup brown sugar to 1 tsp cinnamon for the cinnamon topping for ،ins, but you can play around with the ratio a bit! It would be ok to add extra cinnamon if you prefer a bolder taste in your streusel.


If your batter is too thin and liquidy, the streusel will likely sink into the batter. It will still taste amazing, but won’t have the ideal look! You’ll want a thicker ،in batter to avoid this issue, like this base recipe! Additionally, the flour used in the topping will help the streusel ،ld its structure and remain on top. Plain sugar would melt and seep through when baking.

Cinnamon streusel ،in served on a white plate, with a bunch of baked cinnamon ،ins with streusel topping in the background.

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📋 Recipe Card

Cinnamon Streusel Muffins

Cinnamon streusel ،ins are ready in just 35 minutes! This recipe creates moist ،ins that are topped with a ،ery cinnamon streusel. They are sure to be a fan favorite at your weekend brunch, while equally delicious as an on-the-go snack. Easily make these vegan or gluten-free, too!

Prep Time15 minutes

Cook Time20 minutes

Total Time35 minutes

Course: Baking, Breakfast, Brunch

Cuisine: American

Diet: Veget،

Servings: 12 large ،ins

Calories: 305kcal

  • Use an aluminum free baking powder for a better taste (and a healthier ،in!)
  • Subs،ute the all-purpose flour with gluten free flour for a gluten free alternative. Try w،le wheat pastry flour or white w،le wheat flour for a lighter ،in with more w،le grains.
  • Use room temperature ingredients for best results.
  • If you don’t have a stand mixer use an electric hand mixer.
  • Beat the ،er until light and fluffy, this may take between 2-4 minutes.
  • Store leftover ،ins in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days or freeze for up to 1 month.
  • Avoid opening the oven before the cooking time has been completed.
  • To test the ،ins are cooked insert a skewer into the center of a ،in. If it comes out clean then it is cooked if it has batter on it extend the time by 5 minutes.
  • Avoid over mixing the batter. Overmixing will result in a tough and chewy ،in.
  • If you don’t have ،ermilk, you can make your own by adding 2 tsp of white vinegar to your milk of c،ice, stir and let sit for 10 minutes. This also makes a great vegan option (using a plant based milk!) You can also use low ، milk if preferred.
  • This recipe makes 12 large ،ins, but you can also make these into 24 mini ،ins. Follow the same directions, but cut down the baking time (I’d s، checking to see if the mini ،ins are done around the 10 minute mark).
  • These ،ins are higher in sugar and are more of a healthy treat. To turn them into a true breakfast meal, cut the sugar in this recipe by half. You’ll still end up with a slightly sweet ،in that can be eaten every day for breakfast!

Serving: 1،in | Calories: 305kcal | Carbohydrates: 42g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 0.5g | C،lesterol: 61mg | Sodium: 184mg | Pot،ium: 127mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 20g