Cinnamon Buttermilk Muffins

A Symphony of Spice: Mastering the Art of Cinnamon Buttermilk Muffins”

Embark on a culinary journey that harmonizes the rich essence of cinnamon with the luscious texture of buttermilk in our Cinnamon Buttermilk Muffins. These delightful treats aren’t just baked goods; they’re a warm hug for your taste buds, a symphony of flavors that dances on your palate. Join us as we delve into the intricacies of crafting these moist, aromatic muffins, blending tradition with innovation for a baking experience that is as gratifying as the first bite.


For the Muffins:

  • 7 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the Cinnamon-Sugar Topping:

  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon


  1. Preheat and Prepare:
    • Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C). Line a muffin tin with paper liners or grease the cups for easy removal.
  2. Cream the Butter and Sugar:
    • In a large mixing bowl, cream together the room temperature butter and sugar until light and fluffy. This step creates the foundation for the muffin’s soft and tender crumb.
  3. Incorporate the Egg:
    • Add the egg to the butter-sugar mixture, beating well to ensure a smooth and homogenous blend. This contributes to the muffins’ moist texture.
  4. Sift and Mix Dry Ingredients:
    • In a separate bowl, sift together the all-purpose flour, ground cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Gradually incorporate these dry ingredients into the wet mixture, stirring gently.
  5. Introduce Buttermilk and Vanilla:
    • Pour in the buttermilk and add the vanilla extract. Blend the batter until just combined, being careful not to overmix. This ensures the muffins maintain their light and airy texture.
  6. Spoon into Muffin Cups:
    • Using a spoon or scoop, evenly distribute the batter into the prepared muffin cups, filling each about two-thirds full.
  7. Prepare Cinnamon-Sugar Topping:
    • In a small bowl, mix together the sugar and ground cinnamon for the topping. Sprinkle this mixture generously over the muffin batter in each cup.
  8. Bake to Golden Perfection:
    • Place the muffin tin in the preheated oven and bake for 18-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. The aroma of cinnamon will fill your kitchen, creating an anticipation of the delightful treats to come.
  9. Cool and Enjoy:
    • Allow the muffins to cool in the tin for a few minutes before transferring them to a wire rack to cool completely. This step ensures the perfect balance of warmth and tenderness.

Cook Notes

  • Quality Ingredients: Using room temperature butter and buttermilk enhances the muffins’ texture, creating a moist and flavorful result.
  • Gentle Mixing: Be cautious not to overmix the batter; a gentle hand ensures the muffins maintain their lightness.
  • Cinnamon Essence: Adjust the amount of ground cinnamon based on your preference for a more pronounced or subtle cinnamon flavor.

Variations for Culinary Creativity

  1. Nutty Crunch:
    • Incorporate a half cup of chopped pecans or walnuts into the batter for added crunch and a delightful nutty undertone.
  2. Fruit Fusion:
    • Fold in a cup of diced apples or raisins to infuse a burst of fruity sweetness into the muffins.
  3. Cream Cheese Swirl:
    • Create a cream cheese filling by blending 4 ounces of softened cream cheese with 1/4 cup sugar. Swirl this mixture into each muffin cup before baking for a decadent surprise.

Keto and Low-Carb Adaptations

Keto Version:

  • Almond Flour Alchemy: Substitute almond flour for all-purpose flour in a 1:1 ratio to create a keto-friendly muffin base.
  • Sweetener Swap: Replace sugar with a keto-friendly sweetener like erythritol or stevia.

Low-Carb Version:

  • Coconut Flour Conversion: Experiment with coconut flour to reduce the carb content while maintaining a delightful texture.
  • Moderated Sweetness: Adjust the sugar content to your liking, reducing it slightly for a lower-carb alternative.

As you relish each bite of these Cinnamon Buttermilk Muffins, let the comforting warmth of cinnamon and the tender embrace of buttermilk transport you to a realm of pure satisfaction. Whether enjoyed with a steaming cup of coffee or shared with loved ones, these muffins encapsulate the joy of homemade baking. May your kitchen be filled with the tantalizing scent of cinnamon, and may each muffin be a testament to the artistry of blending flavors to create a truly delightful experience. Happy baking!

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