Cinnamon Roll Muffins with Vanilla Glaze

Tender homemade cinnamon rolls made in a muffin tin! A fun addition to breakfast or brunch.

Tender cinnamon roll muffins with vanilla glaze recipe from @bakedbyrachel. A perfect addition to breakfast or brunch!

A few random thoughts for the day…

Why do people never realize when they’re wearing too much perfume? On a recent grocery trip, a woman came down the same aisle I was in and by the time I got down to that end of the aisle – she was gone and around the corner. But her perfume lingered. And it wasn’t just a mild pleasant scent. It was strong. Perfume shouldn’t linger like that. Go light on the perfume ladies. Less is more.

Also, I wish I could fall asleep anywhere as easily as kids do… the car, sitting upright on the couch, curled up on the floor or under a table. Seriously, my kids never want to go to bed to nap, they just nap where they are. Do yours do that too?

We’re officially caught up on House of Cards and waiting for the next season. Can I just say, that is one seriously twisted show. So, now we’re back to binging on Nikita while waiting for regular shows to come back in January or February. I really hate mid-season/winter breaks for shows.

Tender cinnamon roll muffins with vanilla glaze recipe from @bakedbyrachel. A perfect addition to breakfast or brunch!

In other news… Rolls!

Specifically these super cute and fun to eat (and make) cinnamon roll muffins! Ooey gooey cinnamon rolls wrapped up and baked in a muffin tin, perfect for easy serving or just a cute way to display them for brunch or a gathering.

I’m a huge fan of breakfast and definitely cinnamon rolls, so it was finally time to try another twist on a classic. Looking for an even gooier option? Dip the top entirely in glaze instead of a simple drizzle. Either way, totally amazing. Just keep the wipes handy.

A fun breakfast or brunch treat for the entire family!

Tender cinnamon roll muffins with vanilla glaze recipe from @bakedbyrachel. A perfect addition to breakfast or brunch!

Cinnamon Roll Muffins

Tender homemade cinnamon rolls made in a muffin tin! A fun addition to breakfast or brunch.
Prep Time1 hour 35 minutes
Cook Time30 minutes
Total Time2 hours 5 minutes
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Servings: 12 rolls



  • 1 C milk heated to 115°F
  • 1/2 tsp and 1/4C granulated sugar divided
  • 2 tsp active dry yeast
  • 3 - 3 1/2 C all purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 C unsalted butter melted
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon


  • 1/4 C unsalted butter melted
  • 3/4 C light brown sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon


  • 1 C powdered sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1-2 Tbsp water or milk


  • Heat milk to 115°F. Dissolve yeast and 1/2 tsp granulated sugar. Proof for 5-10 minutes.
  • To the bowl of a stand mixer add 3 cups flour, salt, remaining 1/4 cup granulated sugar, egg, vanilla and butter. Using the dough hook attachment, mix on low to combine ingredients. Slowly mix in yeast mixture. Increase speed as needed. Add additional flour one spoonful at a time until dough pulls away from the sides of the bowl and forms a ball. Transfer to a lightly greased large bowl. Cover and allow to rise in a warm location until doubled in size, roughly 1 hour.
  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Line 2 muffin tins with 6 liners each or grease 6 muffin tin cavities well per pan. Set aside.
  • On a silicone baking mat or a lightly floured surface, roll out dough to a 12x20-inch rectangle. Brush entire surface with butter. Sprinkle with brown sugar and cinnamon filling. Drizzle with any remaining butter.
  • Starting at a short end, tightly roll dough. Cut into 12 equal pieces, placing in prepared pan or liners. If using liners, place cinnamon roll in liner prior to placing in pan.
  • Allow to rise for 20-30 minutes more in a warm location.
  • Bake for 30 minutes or until internal temperature reaches 200°F. Allow to cool in pan for 5-10 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
  • In a medium bowl, beat together glaze ingredients. Drizzle over cinnamon rolls.


*If roll is leaning during baking period, this will cause filling to spill out and caramelize slightly to the pan and liner. Carefully remove from pan and liner.
An original recipe from Baked by Rachel
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38 Responses to “Cinnamon Roll Muffins with Vanilla Glaze”

  1. #
    Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness — December 17, 2014 at 7:26 am

    YES to wearing too much perfume! I don’t know peoples nose’s can just be so broken.
    In other news: THESE MUFFINS. A cinnamon roll in muffin form? Carb heaven. Pinned!

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      Rachel — December 17, 2014 at 8:07 pm

      Thanks so much Taylor! Definitely carb heaven :)

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    Lee — December 17, 2014 at 7:39 am

    OMG these are fabulous and of course the photos rock my world :D

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      Rachel — December 17, 2014 at 8:07 pm

      Thanks so much Lee!

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    Lindsey+@+American+Heritage+Cooking — December 17, 2014 at 9:25 am

    These are my kind of muffins!!! I love how on top they look just like a cinnamon roll and then from the side they are like “surprise, we’re muffins!”

    And, yes, nothing is worse than someone wearing too much perfume…especially in the elevator…33 floors of “I can’t breathe!”

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      Rachel — December 17, 2014 at 8:08 pm

      Haha your description is awesome. And There is no way I could ever handle an elevator trip with strong perfume too. Yuck!

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    4 — December 17, 2014 at 10:00 am

    Oh Lord! These are going to put me straight back in my fat pants but it will so be worth it!

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      Rachel — December 17, 2014 at 8:08 pm

      Haha totally worth it :)

  5. #
    Rachel @ Bakerita — December 17, 2014 at 11:20 am

    These look soooo good! What a perfect indulgent Christmas morning breakfast – especially topped with tons of that glaze. Pinned!

    • #
      Rachel — December 17, 2014 at 8:08 pm

      Thanks Rachel!

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    Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet — December 17, 2014 at 11:27 am

    These rolls are gorgeous! Cinnamon rolls are my weakness!

    • #
      Rachel — December 17, 2014 at 8:09 pm

      Thanks Anna! Mine too! :)

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    Laura+(Tutti+Dolci) — December 17, 2014 at 11:37 am

    These are absolute gorgeous and I love that vanilla glaze!

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      Rachel — December 17, 2014 at 8:09 pm

      Thanks Laura! :)

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    Melanie+|+Melanie+Makes — December 17, 2014 at 1:06 pm

    These look absolutely incredible, Rachel – can’t wait to give them a try as I know my menagerie would absolutely flip over them! Pinned!

    • #
      Rachel — December 17, 2014 at 8:09 pm

      I hope you love them! :)

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    Danae @ Recipe Runner — December 17, 2014 at 3:32 pm

    Seriously on the perfume, is it really necessary to wear the whole bottle?! These cinnamon roll muffins look incredible! Too bad there isn’t cinnamon roll perfume, I might be ok with an excess of that smell! ;-)

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      Rachel — December 17, 2014 at 8:09 pm

      Cinnamon roll perfume would be magical – we should make that happen.

  10. #
    Stacey @ Bake.Eat.Repeat. — December 17, 2014 at 6:09 pm

    Yum! Cinnamon rolls are completely my weakness. I always want one when I smell them somewhere, even somewhere like Ikea where they aren’t even good! That smell still makes me want them! Although I haven’t fallen for it at Ikea since the first mistake buying one! :) These look amazing, I love how they rose up instead of sideways, they look totally cool that way! And yes, I wish I could fall asleep as easily as my kids too. Crazy how they can sleep anywhere!

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      Rachel — December 17, 2014 at 8:10 pm

      So glad you said Ikea’s aren’t good – I’ll take that as a tip to never try them. I’ve thought about it, but haven’t! They just always smell so good! Maybe it’s that it takes hours to get through that store and then you’re starving by the end? ;)

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    Emily @ Life on Food — December 20, 2014 at 6:04 am

    Haha I am pregnant and the one smell that has really bothered me is perfume. I have been on several flights lately where I want to gag because all I can smell is women’s perfume. Torture!!

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      Rachel — December 20, 2014 at 7:20 am

      It’s the worst!! I can’t even imagine being cooped up in a plane with that.

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    Julie @ Table for Two — December 22, 2014 at 8:38 am

    Some people just love showering in perfume..gag!! Love how poofy these muffins are! They’re just exploding out of the liner :) I wish I had some right now!

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      Rachel — December 22, 2014 at 4:26 pm

      Less is more with perfume – always!

  13. #
    Katrina+@+In+Katrina's+Kitchen — December 22, 2014 at 9:27 am

    HOC is my next show to watch! Will probably dive in over the winter break while my kids are sleeping :) It would be nice to wake up to these muffins!

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      Rachel — December 22, 2014 at 4:27 pm

      I hope you love it!! Definitely an after bed show!

  14. #
    Thalia+@+butter+and+brioche — December 29, 2014 at 12:43 am

    What a delicious idea to make a cinnamon roll muffin! These look divine.. pinned!

    • #
      Rachel — December 29, 2014 at 8:26 am

      Thanks Thalia!

  15. #
    marcela — January 3, 2015 at 5:42 am

    Uh… they are so perfect for a New Year! Look amazing and delicious!

    • #
      Rachel — January 3, 2015 at 9:37 am

      Thanks so much :)

  16. #
    ATasteOfMadness — January 3, 2015 at 3:29 pm

    These are seriously gorgeous! I would love to wake up to these :)

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      Rachel — January 5, 2015 at 7:38 am

      Thanks so much :)

  17. #
    Sharon @ savormania — January 4, 2015 at 3:58 pm

    Such a great way to start the day! Thanks so much for the recipe for these amazing muffins!

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      Rachel — January 5, 2015 at 7:39 am

      Thanks Sharon!

  18. #
    elaine — January 8, 2017 at 1:20 pm

    I’m making these in a 9×13 glass pan,,,how do I prepare pan?????

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      Rachel — January 9, 2017 at 7:26 am

      I’d recommend lightly greasing with baking spray that includes flour. Enjoy!

  19. #
    K Teeling — January 23, 2022 at 8:52 am

    Like the idea of “muffin” cinnamon rolls – will try these soon. Not sure why everyone is adding comments of perfume overload on an elevator, but here’s and idea – push a button and get off and wait for a different elevator.

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      Rachel — January 23, 2022 at 9:04 pm

      Enjoy! As for the perfume part – any comments are in response to my post. :)

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