Vanilla Muffins with Cinnamon Crumb Topping

I wanted something cinnamony for our Christmas Brunch (the invented word is pronounced:  sin-uh-money;  not to worry, cinnamony has nothing to do with sin or money, it’s all about the smell and taste of Christmas). I also wanted to use my homemade vanilla. So I played just a little bit and came up with Vanilla Muffins with Cinnamon Crumb Topping. I made mine with a mini muffin tin, but you can use a regular sized muffin tin instead if you prefer.

These muffins are very simple to throw together and will make your house smell just like Christmas while they’re baking.  That’s because they’re cinnamony. :)

Vanilla Muffins Yum

1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1/2 cup sucanat (you can use brown sugar if you want)
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup melted butter or coconut oil
3/4 cup milk

Cinnamon Crumb Topping

6 T. sucanat/rapadura (dehydrated cane sugar juice) or brown sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 T. butter, softened

Stir together flour, sucanat, baking powder and sea salt. Add egg, vanilla, butter and milk. Mix until ingredients are combined. Scoop into paper lined muffin tins. (24 mini muffins or 12 regular sized muffins)  Mix together Cinnamon Crumb Topping ingredients and sprinkle on top of each muffin. Bake in a 400° oven for 15 minutes (mini muffins) or 20 minutes (regular sized muffins).

Vanilla Muffins with Cinnamon Crumb Topping

These Vanilla Muffins with Cinnamon Crumb Topping go perfectly with Easy Breakfast Casserole. I also think the cinnamony-ness would taste great with Warm Vanilla Soother.

Up next during our Christmas Brunch:  a great giveaway from Tropical Traditions. Then, to add to our cinnamony pleasure…Gingerbread Cookies. Not only are they cinnamony…they’re gingerlicious. And full of molassessness.

You never knew our Christmas Brunch would be so full of new vocabulary words did you?

(Be sure to leave a comment again on this post for another chance to win one of our great Christmas Brunch Presents!)

Comments

  1. says

    These look yummy! We do a Christmas Day Brunch with all of the Grandparents and I may just have to make these! I’m already making a breakfast cassarole similar to yours (mine uses bread for the ‘crust’ and sausage!).

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  2. Sharmista says

    I love the new words! I think I need to make these with a warm vanilla soother tomorrow. I just happen to have egg yolks leftover from making macaroons! :) It’ll be vanilla-licious!

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  3. Julie says

    We made your homemade vanilla in August and started using it just this month. We love it! And I can’t wait to try these muffins!

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  4. says

    Was waiting for this post since your “teaser” yesterday. These are going on my menu! My kids love, love, LOVE muffins, so these will be a big hit. Can’t wait to tease their tastebuds while they are baking…great background smells for diving into stockings :)

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  5. says

    This sounds delicious! We have got to try it. Also, I followed your link on sucanat. We’ll need to pick some up at the store next time to give it a try too.

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  6. says

    Does this end up tasing a bit like a coffee cake?
    IF so, my hubby would love it. I may have to bookmark it.

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    Laura Reply:

    Yes, it does a little bit!

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  7. Jennifer Hill says

    These sound delicious. My mother-in-law loves muffins for breakfast. She just came into town today. I will have to make these for her. Thanks for the recipe.

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  8. Jennifer N. says

    These do look really yummy!! (I’m also hoping to win the Tropical Traditions gift… I have been wanting to try their products!!!) :)

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  9. Jami says

    YUM!!! I was just looking for something cinnamony the other day. I tried your chocolate swirl muffins and instead of cocoa I put in some cinnamon. Good, but not as good as these look!!! Can’t wait for the smell and of course to taste one!!!

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  10. Sami says

    A few hours earlier in posting this and I would’ve made it for my daughter’s 1st birthday!! She got banana bread instead. :) Looks awesome!!

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  11. Cathy says

    Well, I don’t have any homemade vanilla extract, but I’m definitely going to try these with store-bought vanilla soon. Maybe tomorrow morning…yum!

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  12. says

    Hee hee! I just love your new vocabulary! :)

    And I love your blog, by the way. I always look forward to getting a new post in my email. I will definitely be trying these muffins.. I think for New Years.

    Blessings!

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  13. says

    I can smell them. Right now, in my kitchen, I can smell them….. I’m sure of it!
    You have hit the mark with this recipe. Off to try it right now – after all, I have to make them today to try them out BEFORE Saturday, just to *check* they’re gonna be fab! x

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  14. Beth says

    I have been anxiously awaiting this recipe. I made homemade vanilla with you this year (thank you, and yes, we had a great time!) so this will be the first time I try it in a recipe. Thank you!

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  15. Amber Rogers says

    OH, do I ever love you!! I am too brainless to come up with my own recipe. Thanks for sharing. Will be trying these soon!!

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  16. says

    Headed to the kitchen to make these muffins. Can’t wait for the ginerbread recipe. I bought a jar of molasses the other week for a recipe that called for 1 tbsp. So needless to say I still have a jar of molasses to use up. Any recipes?

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  17. Michelle says

    Those look fabulous! I’m super excited about all your recipes, my little boy is going to have lots of healthy food and treats to look forward to. :)

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  18. Annie says

    Mmm…what would happen if I left out the egg die to allergies? Ill have to find out, because these look TOO good to pass up!!

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  19. Heather says

    I love seeing your new recipes…it makes me wish we were staying home for Christmas so we can have our own traditions! However, we are so THANKFUL that we have family to visit and keep their traditions alive. I will these for our lazy mornings during the rest of the winter.

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  20. Barbara says

    I’m headed to the kitchen to make cookies, I think I must make a batch of these as well. They sound ‘yummylicious’

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  21. Kris says

    I’m enjoying the brunch. Haven’t tried sucanat yet, but after reading about it here so often I’m going to be on the look out for it. I’m sure they have it at our co-op.

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  22. says

    This look so delicious! I’ve had quite a bit of trouble with your baked goods recipes (think “rock-like”) when I make them (and I’m not an inexperienced baker…just need to sit down and pinpoint what the difference is between your recipes and what I normally make). It puzzles me like crazy since I’m in central IL, so there shouldn’t be an elevation difference. I’m going to try once more, though…

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  23. jerilyn says

    I just gained 5 pounds looking at those pictures. I adore Cinnamon (and ginger)! I might sit these ones out then ;) I’ve made NO treats this season as the hubsters and I are trying to be healthier and I have a slight addiction to sugar. :) Maybe next year after I run my marathon? I certainly could justify some treats then! :)

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  24. says

    oh yum! I have so been waiting for this recipe. I am making this for sure. =0) I LOVE VANILLA. I was also an english major in college and it is just fine to give yourself what I call “poetic license” to make up your own words for your very own blog. =0) I 2nd “cinnamony.”

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  25. Angie says

    I’m not trying to cheat and enter again. I’ve already posted to this post (so only count me once), but I forgot to ask a question. Do you use hard white wheat or soft white wheat in your muffin recipes? Thanks!

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  26. Bethany says

    Love the new vocabulary words! This recipe sounds a lot like one I have for a coffee cake… but I’ve never made it as muffins. I’ll have to try this even though I didnt make my own vanilla. Thanks for sharing it with us!

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  27. says

    These look really yummy and I am sure my family will love them. I am wondering however, you said you used your homemade vanilla in the recipe. When the recipe says to use 1 tsp. is that of the homemade or do we use only 1/2 homemade vanilla?
    thanks for the clarification. I am sure a bit extra vanilla wouldn’t hurt though :)

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  28. Michelle B says

    These look fabulous! I may have to convince my mom to add these to our baking list for Christmas. I am sure my kids and husband will love them. One question, I am sure my mom doesn’t have sucanant in her kitchen. Would brown sugar work?

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    Krista Reply:

    From what experimenting I’ve done with some of Laura’s other recipes, you could use either brown or white sugar as a replacement for sucanat. It all depends on the intended use. In this case, I’d probably use white for the muffins and brown for the crumb topping. HTH!

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  29. hartlandmama says

    I can’t wait to make these! They look fabulous!…I am with others, I am going to have to look into the sucanat…you are a true inspiration!

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  30. Krista says

    These look soooo yummy!! I was wondering, though, if the coconut oil imparts a coconut flave to these muffins? Not that I would mind, but some of my extended family members might.

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  31. Shannon says

    These look great. Do you know if there is a way to make them soaked? Do you think I could soak the flour in the milk with a tablespoon of yogurt?

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  32. Coby says

    Can’t wait to make thiese muffins. I think I’ll soak the flour in the milk with a little yogurt and see how they turn out.

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  33. Kori Ireland says

    Oh yummy! I think we will need to make these just as soon as my mother has opened her box with homemade vanilla in it! They sound yummy! Thank you.
    Kori

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  34. Missie says

    Note to self: Never read Laura’s posts before breakfast. Because then you will not want what you have in the fridge already, you will want to make her yummy recipes. But that will take too long and you are already hungry. Then you will be frustrated and try to lick the computer screen. And that would be gross. Love, Self.

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  35. Katie says

    I will definitely be trying these sometime this holiday season. Thank you for your recipes. We love muffins in our house so this will be a great addition!

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  36. says

    I tried these tonight and the topping melted and slid off the muffins onto the muffin tin. Any suggestions as to what I did wrong? I went the brown sugar route – I wonder if that had something to do with it.

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    Laura Reply:

    I would think it should have worked with brown sugar too…I’m not sure what happened either?? :)

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  37. says

    I’m gonna try this recipe soon~~~~~~looks
    so yummy!! I do think that I must have
    clicked on to the “comments” tab again on
    accident, cuz I’m getting the replies that
    you get. How can I undue this so that I
    don’t keep bugging you about it? Hmmmmm

    As far as the soaking thing goes, NT does
    make it sound like it has to be in a warm
    place…….& you’re supposed to use warm
    liquids, too, sooooooo I was wondering
    what they were thinking as far as where
    to do this at. I have a friend who uses
    her oven light to keep things “warm”, but
    I don’t have that option. I just don’t
    want to bother in taking this extra step
    of “soaking” if it’s not “getting the job
    done” with the phytates by just leaving it
    on the counter, overnight. How could I get a hold of Sally (from NT) to find out? Hmmmmmm

    Thanks!! Hope you enjoyed your Super Bowl
    party, tonight!! ;o)

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    Laura Reply:

    Okay, I unsubscribed you to all post comments. ;)

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  38. 1ofeach says

    Made these last night too (also made your easy breakfast casserole.) Eight thumbs up! (Four people, two thumbs each…you get it.)

    :)

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  39. Sarah says

    I was wondering what kind of baking powder you use? I never knew it had aluminum in it!

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    Laura Reply:

    I usually use Rumford baking powder, but you can find others without aluminum…the aluminum free baking powders always specify! Crazy that aluminum is added to so many others!

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  40. says

    Oh my goodness! I just made these and they are absolutely delightful!! I just couldn’t wait for the first batch to get done in order to use my muffin tin again, so I made my second batch into a loaf of bread. It is divine! Thanks for sharing your recipe. Also, my topping was sprinkleable( new word :) ) but that ooey gooey mixture that I somehow made was terrific. Have a blessed day!

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  41. Amanda says

    I have to post and say that I make these muffins weekly! They have made us a muffin family and it is expected by husband and two babies that these muffins are in the oven Saturday mornings and boy do they go fast!

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  42. Tituslady says

    These were excellent! My husband requested that the next I make these to use our organic all purpose flour instead of the whole wheat flour. He still liked them though. My only problem was though that my muffin mixture didn’t go far enough. I have a jumbo muffin pan and it didn’t fill all six like it usually does on the blueberry muffins. Hmmm.. They were still VERY yummy though! Thanks for the recipe!

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  43. Jenny Moore says

    I made these the other day. I added chocolate chips and left off the crumb topping. My kids call them chocolate chip cookie muffins! They were a big hit and some friends (children) said they were the best muffins they ever had! We love trying lots of your recipes!

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  44. Kayla says

    I made these today because i was really craving some nice some what healthy muffins that didn’t require whole wheat PASTRY flour, and let me say they are amazing! i used regular whole wheat flour, i substituted the cane sugar topping with stevia (all natural 0 cal sweetener), and i also used light brown sugar. Honestly, they were SO good!! Thank you so much for this recipe! :)

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  45. alicia says

    Just have to say here that these are some of our favorite muffins (right along with applesauce, pumpkin choc chip, and chocolate chocolate chip!). Today I multiplied the recipe x 4, and got 2 dozen mini muffins, and 2 dozen good-sized regular muffins…our freezer likes them too! (:

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  46. Charlotte says

    I’ve been looking for a basic vanilla muffin for so long, and the recipes I saw always had TONS of sugar. I made these today, and they’re exactly what I’ve been wanting! Thank you! The kids love them, of course, and they’re very filling. I like how dense and satisfying they are. Very nice rounded shape, too — they don’t just ooze into flat tops.

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  47. Becky says

    Laura,
    I was looking through and copying down some of your recipes to try some more of them when it dawned on me, your recipes never have a ton of ingredients and usually only a small paragraph about how to mix and cook them. No wonder I am always drawn back to your site!! I love that everything is sooooooo simple! Thank you so much and have a Jesus-filled weekend!!!

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