Pinterest is an amazing website because it’s just this compilation of pictures of delicious food and gorgeous clothes, jewelry and DIY projects. My sister Brittany got me with one of those delicious food pictures. It was a recipe for cinnamon sugar muffins. I tried making these tonight, and they turned out great! I have to warn you that they are a little bit labor intensive without too much yield (the recipes makes six muffins) but it’s a pretty easy clean up process and worth it! I also love this recipe because cinnamon rolls/sticky buns are my favorite dessert, and these make a much lower butter/egg version of an unhealthy (but delicious) pastry.
Here’s what you will need:
4 tablespoons butter (half a stick)
1 tube Pillsbury refrigerated dough (I did “Crusty French Loaf”, anything like that will work.)
3/4 to 1 cup sugar
2 teaspoons cinnamon
Here’s what you do:
1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
2. Melt the butter in a small skillet over medium-low heat and brown until melted and smelling a bit nutty (about 5-7 minutes).
4. Using a sharp knife, cut the dough into 32 slices. Flatten out each of the pieces using your hand, and place them on a piece of wax paper.
5. In a bowl, mix together the sugar and cinnamon.
6. Using a pastry brush, brush all the slices with the melted butter. Then flip over the slices and butter the other side. Also brush the insides of 6 muffin tin holes with the melted butter.
7. Next, sprinkle all of the cinnamon/sugar mixture over the slices. It will be a lot, but that’s okay.
8. Now, stack the slices on top of each other, with most piles having 5 slices, and a couple having 6 slices. As you place the slices on top of each other, use your hands to add extra cinnamon/sugar from the wax paper as you go. Once you have all the piles, use a sharp knife to slice each pile in half. Place two halves per muffin tin hole, sliced side down. (I found this was easiest by flipping the two halves on their side next to each other, and then putting that whole pile into the muffin tin sliced side down.) If you have extra cinnamon/sugar, you can sprinkle over the top.
9. Place the muffin pan on top of a baking sheet to catch any falling sugar, and bake 20-25 minutes until the top is browned. Remove from the oven and allow to cool for 10 minutes. Remove, and…
Enjoy! (I think these would be delicious spread with some cream cheese too.)