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

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?

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  1. 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)


    Laura Reply:

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


  2. 1ofeach says

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



  3. Sarah says

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


    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!


  4. 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!


  5. 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!


  6. 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!


  7. 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!


  8. 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! :)


  9. 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! (:


  10. 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.


  11. Becky says

    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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