Mmmmm, these are very nice to wake up to in the morning. I had some buttermilk leftover from making the pumpkin scones and decided to make these for breakfast this week. Both the look and the taste of these remind me a lot of the kind of donuts that are covered with cinnamon and sugar, except that I like these muffins even better (I’m not much of a donut person). The buttermilk helps give these a lighter, more fluffy texture.

If I could, I would rename these “Sugar and Spice Muffins” because that sounds better :) I could definitely see these being great for a baby shower brunch for a baby girl (you know, “Sugar and spice and everything nice, etc. etc.”) My only comments as far as the recipe goes is that you definitely don’t need as much melted butter or cinnamon/sugar mixture for the topping as they recommend. Also, I got 10 muffins out of the batch as opposed to the 9 that the recipe is supposed to yield.

Cinnamon Buttermilk Muffins
7 Tbs. unsalted butter, at room temperature
2/3 cup sugar
1 egg
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. freshly grated nutmeg
1/2 cup buttermilk
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract

For the topping:
2/3 cup sugar
1 Tbs. ground cinnamon
6 Tbs. (3/4 stick) unsalted butter, melted

Preheat an oven to 350°F. Grease 9 standard muffin cups with butter or butter-flavored nonstick cooking spray; fill the unused cups one-third full with water to prevent warping.

To make the muffins, in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the flat beater, combine the butter and sugar and beat on medium speed until light and fluffy. Add the egg and beat well until pale and smooth.

In another bowl, stir together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and nutmeg. Add to the butter mixture in 2 additions, alternating with the buttermilk and vanilla. Stir just until evenly moistened. The batter will be slightly lumpy.

Spoon the batter into the prepared muffin cups, filling each three-fourths full. Bake until the muffins are golden, dry and springy to the touch and a toothpick inserted into the center of a muffin comes out clean, 20 to 25 minutes. Transfer the pan to a wire rack and let cool for 5 minutes. Unmold the muffins and let stand until cool enough to handle.

To make the topping, in a small, shallow bowl, stir together the sugar and cinnamon. Put the melted butter in another small bowl. Holding the bottom of a muffin, dip the top into the melted butter, turning to coat it evenly. Immediately dip the top in the cinnamon-sugar mixture, coating it evenly, then tap it to remove excess sugar. Transfer the muffin, right side up, to the rack. Repeat with the remaining muffins. Let cool completely before serving. Makes 9 muffins.

Source: Williams Sonoma

  • Renea

    Mmm those look great! I might have to try those!

  • MrsSisler

    I have no idea how you bake so much & stay so thin! Everything always looks great!

  • flymansWife

    i have a similar recipe… all the sugar topping makes a mess if you try to eat in the car on the way to work ;-) they look great!

  • Jigginjessica

    These look great! These are definitely going on my must try list!!

  • Amber

    These look so perfect. Making my mouth water actually. I will be starring this recipe.

  • Valli

    Mmmmm I love the little mini doughnuts sprinkled in cinnamon and sugar, so, am sure to love these!!!Thanks for the tip!!

  • Annie, I made these this morning and they were absolutely fabulous! I also got ten muffins out of the batch and was skeptical of WS butter/topping ratio. I ended up brushing the tops with melted butter and dipping them into the cinnamon sugar mixture which worked out wonderfully. This is a definite keeper!

  • Can this recipe be doubled? We have a big family! Momstarr

  • Annie

    Of course, you can double any recipe.

  • Why do some recipes not turn out well when doubled?

  • Annie

    I haven’t heard of such a recipe.

  • Joy

    This also makes 2 dozen mini muffins!

  • Tara

    Thank you for this wonderful recipe! I’ve followed your blog and made quite a few of your recipes and they’re always wonderful. There is a bakery near my home that makes muffins similar to these and they are my favorite. When I made this recipe, I realized it is almost an exact replica! Thanks for all your wonderful posts.

  • Bonnie

    I’ve tried several of your scone recipes and they have frozen wonderfully. Do you think these muffins would do well in the freezer as well? Thanks for the great website and all the work you do to keep it up! I love it! :)

  • Annie

    I’m not sure, I really haven’t frozen muffins much. I think they would be okay but probably not quite the same as scones since you would have to freeze after baking.

  • we call them “french breakfast puffs” here aand they’re a family favorite especially for the sunday brunch

  • Julie

    These are so worth making like all of your recipes!

  • True

    Annie, once again you have given a wonderful reliable recipe. Thankyou so much :)

  • Becky

    Another perfect one ;) I made these and the Allspice Crumb Muffins for breakfast today. We loved them both, but these are especially awesome! I love how light the texture is. They were the favorite of 5 out of 6 of us. Thanks again for sharing!

  • lyann

    i made these muffins yesterday and they were a big hit. the butter added a lovely touch of richness to a delighfully light muffin. so yummy!

  • Dslandess1

    I just made these. A dream come true for a cinnamon lover!

  • These were outrageous! So easy to make and I only melt 1/2 stick of butter and used less sugar cinnamin as you mentioned. Will definitely be making these again!