Friday, March 23, 2012

Cinnamon Roll Muffins

We all know that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Why should it always be boring bran flakes? Sometimes we deserve a special breakfast treat. Mark is always very special, so he always deserve a breakfast treat, which is exactly why I made these. I found this recipe and I adapted it to fit what I had on hand. These little muffins are really cute and delicious. It is just like a cinnamon roll without the hassle of yeast dough. You don't even need a stand mixer to make these. What's not to like? Next time I might add pecans or raisins (or both!) to the filling, but for the first time, I wanted them in their purest form. I handed them out at the office as a special breakfast treat.
Cinnamon Roll Muffins
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 tsp. baking powder
1 egg
1/2 cup sour cream
1/2 cup milk
1/4 tsp. salt
3 cups flour (I used 2 cups white, 1 cup whole wheat)
6 Tbs. butter
1 cup brown sugar
1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 cup powdered sugar
2 tsp. milk

1. To make the muffins, combine brown sugar, baking powder, salt, and egg. Add the milk and stir together until smooth.2. Add the flour and stir until just combined. Don't overmix or your dough will be tough.3. Place the dough on a floured surface and knead for 5-10 seconds. Then roll out the dough in a rectangle about 8" x 12".4. To make the cinnamon sugar filling, melt the butter slightly for 30 seconds in the microwave. Combine the soft butter with brown sugar, cinnamon, and salt.
5. Using a spatula, spread the mixture out evenly all over the dough. Go right up to the edges so that the end buns aren't empty.
6. Roll up the dough tightly into a log. If the dough sticks at all to the counter, you can use a spatula to help loosen it.
7. Cut the log in half, then cut those pieces in half. This will help you make your pieces even. Then cut each of those quarters into 3 pieces. Now you have 12 even buns.
8. Spray a muffin tin with non-stick spray and place each bun into a muffin tin.
9. Bake at 375 degrees for 15-20 minutes until the only just begin to brown.
10. Allow them to cool for 5 minutes in the tins before removing them. Since they are messy, I like to put them in muffin liners at this point.
11. When they have cooled completely, you can add a drizzle of powdered sugar, whisked together with milk.

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