Cinnamon Muffins

Total Time

Prep/Total Time: 30 min.


1 dozen

Updated: Jan. 01, 2024
These cinnamon muffins, with a dash of nutmeg in the batter, are seasoned to please. My husband grew up enjoying these tender muffins that his mother made on special weekend mornings.—Katherine McVey, Raleigh, North Carolina


  • 1/3 cup shortening, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon


  1. In a large bowl, cream shortening and sugar until light and fluffy, 5-7 minutes. Beat in egg. Combine the flour, cinnamon, baking powder, salt and nutmeg; add to creamed mixture alternately with milk until well combined.
  2. Fill greased muffin cups half full. Bake at 350° for 15-20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  3. For topping, add melted butter to a shallow bowl. In another shallow bowl, combine sugar and cinnamon. Dip muffin tops in butter, then in cinnamon-sugar. Serve warm.

Cinnamon Muffins Tips

How do you store cinnamon muffins?

Store baked muffins, once completely cool, in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 to 3 days. You can also freeze them for up to 3 months. Here's how to store all your favorite baked goods.

Can you use muffin liners to make cinnamon muffins?

Certainly! Using muffin liners for your cinnamon muffins helps not only with portability and sharing, but also keeps the muffins from drying out. With liners, you can also skip greasing the muffin cups in the pan; simply line with muffin liners, fill and bake. There are even more ways to use muffin liners in the kitchen (that aren't muffin recipes).

How can you make sure these cinnamon muffins turn out light and fluffy?

When mixing the wet ingredients into the dry, use a gentle hand and do not over-mix the ingredients. Often, it's OK to still see some streaks of flour. This will go a long way toward ensuring your muffins turn out tender and fluffy.

Mark Neufang, Taste of Home Culinary Assistant

Nutrition Facts

1 muffin: 209 calories, 9g fat (3g saturated fat), 27mg cholesterol, 188mg sodium, 29g carbohydrate (17g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.