Sometimes when Alex suggests that I make things, I take him seriously and look a recipe up. I told him about how much my friend’s muffins on Sick of Food made me want to make muffins, so he helpfully suggested I make cinnamon crunch muffins. I did a quick search yielded a recipe for Simply Sinful Cinnamon Muffins, which sounded so good that I had to make them as soon as possible.
There were 3 parts to these muffins: streusel topping, cinnamon filling, and the muffin itself. The recipe was pretty easy to make – there were simply a lot of separate steps. I used a pastry cutter to blend the butter into the rest of the streusel topping (which I may not have done very well). I made the filling by mixing together butter, cinnamon, and brown sugar (the King Arthur Flour’s suggestion if you don’t have their brand of Cinnamon Filling).
To make the batter, you mix milk and eggs with melted butter (or margarine, as I used), combine all dry ingredients (including sugar and cinnamon/butterscotch chips), and then add dry ingredients to the wet ones. My margarine seized up when I added cold milk to it, which I was afraid would happen. I heated it up a little to get it to mix together better. I mixed the batter until the ingredients were just combined.
I used a 1/8 cup (2 tablespoon) measure to spoon batter into the muffin cup liners; it was the perfect amount to put in each cup. I had a 2 teaspoon measure to use to divvy up the cinnamon filling, but I think that I actually got more like 1 teaspoon (or 1 1/2 teaspoons) filling in each. I topped the filling with another 1/8 cup of batter and sprinkled streusel on top. There was about twice as much streusel topping than I could get on the muffins.
I baked these for about 27 minutes, until toothpicks inserted into the muffins came out clean.
These muffins were pretty good. They were moist and baked up well. The cinnamon filling was good, although I wish I had spread it out to the edges. Honestly, it reminded me a lot of the filling from Brown Sugar Cinnamon Poptarts (which makes sense, since it was just cinnamon and brown sugar and butter!). I wish the streusel had come together better because I enjoyed the few nuts that were on top. The oats in the muffin gave some bites a chewier texture to contrast with the fluffy muffin. I wasn’t impressed with the butterscotch chips in the first muffin I had, but I really enjoyed them in the ones I had later for breakfast. I think these were great muffins overall. Even though they were a little more work to put together, they’re worth it for a treat. Filled muffins would be especially neat if you were feeding guests. I’d make these again.