Cinnamon Roll Muffins

Sunday, December 6, 2015
Here is the perfect copycat recipe in a cinnamon roll made in cupcake tins for those on the go and who are big fans of the famous Cinnabon Rolls that use to be sold in malls.

One of the best smells to me is cinnamon in the house. These muffin rolls make your mouth water before they even come out of the oven.

During the holiday, I always make them all dressed up with a cherry on top and tinted green sliced almonds or pistachios. They look so pretty on the table at Christmastime.

My kids love cinnamon rolls. These rolls reminded them of a famous roll in the mall we would get.

Every time I make them they are so excited to dig in.

They are delicious any time of the day and being made in a cupcake tin makes them portable to take along to work or on the go!

Scroll down to my printable recipe card for complete instructions.

cinnamon rolls made in a muffin tin with rich icing poured on top

Yeast Rolls

These copycat Cinnabon are a yeast-risen roll, so if you are in a hurry, this isn't the recipe for you.

They really are a delicious light and airy sweet roll that brings back that delicious old-fashioned flavors how my grandmother made cinnamon buns except she put raisins in the filling and no frosting.

A great little treat that you can take on road trips, to work, or pack in school lunches.

If you are on the go, these also freeze well and just thaw one overnight to be ready to take with you the next day.

cinnamon roll dough

Ingredients You Will Need To Make Cinnabon Roll Muffins


  • eggs
  • warm milk
  • butter melted
  • all-purpose flour
  • dry yeast
  • warm water
  • salt
  • white sugar


  • brown sugar
  • cinnamon
  • softened butter

Icing Recipe:

  • powdered sugar
  • butter
  • salt
  • vanilla

cinnamon rolls in muffin tins ready for baking

Other Suggestions:

  1. Add grated lemon or orange zest on top of the frosting 
  2. Freeze these on a cookie sheet then bag them after frozen solid, frost after thawing
  3. Add any flavoring you like to the icing, almond, lemon, even a sprinkle of cinnamon
  4. Keep these in an airtight container for up to 3 day
  5. These bake perfectly in a muffin tin, all the same shape and size, and look store-bought plus they taste great!
  6. You can even add any kinds of nuts on top like pecan or add a little maple flavoring in the icing to change them.
  7. If you really want to get fancy, do the maple icing and add crispy bacon to the tops!

cinnamon bun dough rising


  1. measure exactly too much flour make the hard dough and won't rise properly
  2. use as little as possible flour when rolling out
  3. yeast should never be hotter than 110 degrees or you'll kill it
  4. always use room temperature ingredients
  5. the dough is ready when it pulls away from the sides of a dough bowl or when kneading by hand forms a ball and not sticky
  6. plastic wrap the top of your bowl and cover with clean towels to prevent drafts for rising

More Easy Recipes:

Biscuit Cinnamon Rolls

Apple Pie Cinnamon Topped Muffins

Sour Cream Cinnamon Filled Coffee Cake

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Delicious Soft Yeast Muffins

If you happen to be a cinnamon roll lover, and those that made your mouth water as you walked the mall at one time, these are going to make your mouth very happy.

This yeast risen dough comes together easily, soft pillowy dough, butter cinnamon filling with all that rich flowing sweet icing, makes them just perfect.

The best part is the ease of how they shape perfectly in a muffin tin and look so perfect and professional, everyone raves about these and they are so delicious!

Cinnamon Roll Muffins

Cinnabon Roll Muffin Cup

Yield: 12
Prep time: 1 H & 10 MCook time: 25 MTotal time: 1 H & 35 M
These are a cinnamon bun made in muffin tins and a copycat of a cinnabon roll long ago in the mall.


  • Batter
  • 2 eggs room temperature
  • 1/2 cup warm milk place in microwave 20 seconds should be warm to the wrist to touch
  • 1/3 cup butter melted
  • 4 1/2 cups all-purpose flour or bread flour ( I have used both the bread flour makes them much lighter in texture which I prefer)
  • 2 packages of dry yeast
  • 1/2 cup warm water
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • Filling:
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup softened butter
  • Mix all together.
  • Icing Recipe:
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla


  1. In a large mixer dissolve yeast in warm water stirring. 
  2. Add the milk, butter, salt, eggs, and half the flour beat until smooth. 
  3. Add the remaining flour and using a dough hook beat until smooth and elastic. 
  4. Cover with foil sprayed plastic wrap and rise until doubled in size around 1 hour.
  5. Roll out dough into a large triangle. Spread the filling, roll up like a jelly roll. 
  6. Slice into 2 inch thick pieces and place in an oiled sprayed nonstick muffin pan.
  7. Bake at 350 degrees until they are browned on top around 25 minutes.
  8. While still warm drizzle with prepared frosting.
  9. For Holiday add the cherries and pistachios place immediately after frosting onto the muffin for garnish.
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cinnamon rolls with icing


  1. Oh, why have I never thought of making cinnamon rolls in a muffin tin? It's perfect . . . thank you for awaking me up to this great idea. Yours look marvelous!
    Connie :)

  2. Great idea to make these in a muffin tin!!! My family would love these on Christmas morning!

  3. Such a beautiful recipe! And, making in the muffin tin just so clever, my luv! xo

  4. So decadent, and they do make a great gift for friends. I like that you made them in a cupcake tin. Will have to give it a go as soon as possible! Thank you for sharing!

  5. Saving this recipe for when the family is home for the next holiday. Delicious

  6. Delicious recipe and so easy to cook these cinnamon rolls in a muffin tray. Thanks for this wonderful idea and in depth tutorial.

  7. These are perfect! They bring the best of muffins and cinnamon rolls into one delicious breakfast treat!

  8. My kids love having these cinnamon rolls for breakfast. I add more of the glaze cause they like it all over!

  9. These muffins are delicious! They're perfectly soft and fluffy, and that glaze adds the perfect finishing touch.

  10. Such a fun and delicious twist on cinnamon rolls! They look so good, especially with that powdered sugar icing drizzled over the top.


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