Cinnamon-sugar rolled coffee muffins

Cinnamon-sugar rolled coffee muffins |

I remember posting a coffee cake recipe once and a reader objecting that it wasn’t a coffee cake because there was no coffee among the ingredients. Just so I don’t get a similar complaint in this post, a coffee cake is a cake that is meant to be served with coffee. In the same manner, there are such things as coffee breads and coffee muffins. Depending on how you intend to serve a cake, bread or muffins, anything can be classified as a coffee cake, a coffee bread or a coffee muffin.

That said, I got the recipe for these delicious muffins from Andie, the blogger behind Can You Stay For Dinner? who described them as “a dead ringer for an old fashioned cake donut.” Now, I don’t know what a “cake donut” is, I’ve made donuts with yeast and these muffins are definitely nothing like those donuts. These are more like the baked apple donuts with cinnamon and nutmeg. The difference is that the baked apple donuts were made with butter, these cinnamon-sugar rolled coffee muffins were made with vegetable oil. Both, however, were dunked in melted butter after baking. Both are delicious.

Recipe: Cinnamon-sugar rolled coffee muffins


  • 1 and 3/4 c. of all-purpose flour
  • 1 and 1/2 tsp. of baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. of salt
  • 1/2 tsp. of nutmeg
  • 3/4 tsp. of cinnamon
  • 1/3 c. of vegetable oil, plus 1 tbsp. of greasing the pans
  • 3/4 c. of white sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 c. of milk (I used non-fat)

For the coating:

  • 1/4 c. of butter, melted
  • 1/3 c. of white sugar stirred with 1 tbsp. of cinnamon


  1. Preheat the oven to 350F.
  2. Brush the holes of a muffin pan with vegetable oil.
  3. In a bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt, nutmeg and cinnamon.
  4. In another bowl, mix together the vegetable oil, sugar, milk and egg.
  5. Make a well at the center of the flour mixture, pour in the wet ingredients and stir just until smooth.
  6. Pour into the oiled muffin pans (see the trick for making uniform-sized muffins). Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until a skewer inserted at the center comes out clean.
  7. Take the muffins out of the oven. Working carefully so that you don’t burn your hands, run a thin knife around the muffins to loosen them.
  8. Cinnamon-sugar rolled coffee muffins
  9. Dunk each muffin in the melted butter making sure that every inch of the surface is coated with the butter.
  10. Roll the wet muffins in the sugar-cinnamon mixture.
  11. And then eat the muffins while still warm. We didn’t even have time to make coffee. We just went ahead and ate.

Preparation time: 10 minute(s)

Cooking time: 25 minute(s)

Number of servings (yield): 9 to 12, depending on the size of your muffin pans

Cinnamon-sugar rolled coffee muffins


  1. natzsm says

    I remember once bringing a coffee cake to a gathering and someone commented that it wasn’t a cake because yeast was used as the leavening agent, and should therefor be called bread. I didn’t even bother to argue.

    I also had similar comments regarding tea cakes. (people would ask if there was tea in them)

  2. Trina says

    My son will love this! I’ll make this later as an afternoon snack. He always comes home from school hungry. Thanks for sharing this recipe. :)

  3. crisma says

    Nakuuu, very easy to make. Thanks again, Connie. That’s what I like about the recipes that you share… hindi intimidating. Nakapila na ito sa aking mga “To Do…” babalita ko if nagawa ko na ;)

    • crisma says

      Hehe, yes , medyo nga mahaba na ang “to do” list ko, Connie… But I’m getting there, one day at a time. Sometimes kasi gusto kong gawin, but then I lack one or two ingredients/ like for this one, I’m out of nutmeg and cinnamon. ;)

      • says

        My “to do” list is very long too. Often, I wish that a person only needs an hour of sleep everyday so there will be 23 hours left for the “to do.” LOL

  4. Joy says

    ms connie did you use small muffin pans or the regular ones? just asking coz by the looks of it it seems like the mini muffin pan. looks very yummy & easy will make it tomorrow! love your recipes, thank you!!!!