Wednesday, December 16, 2020

Aunt Joy’s Cinnamon Muffins

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Every single year on Thanksgiving and Christmas, I look forward to eating dinner with my mom’s extended family because that means we get to have my Aunt Joy’s famous cinnamon muffins!!!!  She’s been making these for most of my life, so I’ve been eating them as long as I can remember, and they are one of my most favorite things about the holidays.

Nobody even bothers to bring dinner rolls to our family get-togethers because everybody just wants the cinnamon muffins.  My aunt makes a double batch for every single holiday get-together, and this year when I realized we wouldn’t be able to eat with them because – Rona – I knew I needed to make them myself so we wouldn’t have to go without.  All of my cousins did the same for their get-togethers this year, too.  We even had a group text dedicated to the muffin-making the night before Thanksgiving.  Haha.

These are ridiculously easy to make, and you can eat them for pretty much any occasion – holiday meals, holiday parties, dinner, breakfast, dessert. 

Here’s how to make them…

Use It

Muffin Pan (I love this one that holds 12)

Muffin Cups (paper or silicone if you prefer… that’s what I use!)

Cookie Dough Scoop (I love this one… it’s so much easier/less messy to fill the cups!)

Buy It

1 box yellow cake mix

1 large box vanilla instant pudding

4 eggs

3/4 cup oil

3/4 cup water

Cinnamon sugar

Make It

1.    Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

2.    Mix cake mix, instant pudding, eggs, oil, and water together.

3.    Drop enough batter in each muffin cup just to cover the bottoms. 

4.    Sprinkle cinnamon sugar very liberally on top of batter in each cup... and when I say liberally, I mean, the more the better!

5.    Spoon more batter on top of each muffin cup to complete the muffins.  Be sure not to fill each cup more than 3/4 of the way, because they get huge as they bake.

6.    Sprinkle more cinnamon sugar on top… again, pile it on there… you really can’t have too much!

7.    Bake at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes.    

This recipe makes approximately 24 muffins.

We had some leftover this year since our gathering was so small, and the leftovers are especially yummy if you pop them in the microwave for a few seconds to get them warm and gooey… so good for breakfast or a mid-morning snack with a cup of coffee or hot tea!  I’m telling y’all, these are just the yummiest and easiest things ever! 

If you end up making them, please tag me @lindsayssweetworld in your Instagram photos and stories… I’d love to see what you think!

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  1. These sound so tasty!! They remind me a little bit of Amish friendship bread, which makes me want to make a starter mix for it.

  2. These look so yummy! I will have to try these one day! Thanks so much for sharing, and hosting the link up!
    Abby @

  3. I love anything cinnamon! And I wish I had one of these or two, LOL, With my coffee this morning!

  4. These look delicious!

  5. These sound absolutely amazing! I bet that vanilla pudding makes them super duper moist. Yummy!

  6. These sound really good. I sooo want to try these. We love everything cinnamon over here!

  7. Those muffins look SO yummy!! Have a great day!!

  8. Those cinnamon muffins look so tasty! I love muffins for a quick breakfast. I know the boys would enjoy these too. Anything with a little sweet.

  9. I made these tonight for a tasty treat-they are delicious. Thanks so much and hope you and your family have a great Christmas!

    1. Oh yay! I'm so glad that you tried and enjoyed them!! Merry Christmas to you and your family as well!


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