Cinnamon Pecan Muffins ~ #MuffinMonday

by Kate on August 13, 2012

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I do 99% of my baking with Maddy now. This makes for a wonderful experience for both of us. I love that we can share this activity together in the kitchen and that surely these will be memories that as she gets older she will fondly look back on, as will I. However,ย baking with a nearly 3-year-old and usually a baby on my hip certainly has its challenges because despite her young age Maddy wants to help every step of the way. This can make things very interesting sometimes.

For instance, while making muffins this week things got a little harried. The moment I had deflected her attempt to skip ahead adding ingredients we weren’t quite read for just yet, she was into something else. ย Also during this muffin making project I actually did have Molly on my hip. So Maddy was holding the measuring cups as I scooped things in, at which point she would then dump the ingredients into the bowl. Just then the phone rang. It was Mike calling so figured I better answer that. As I tried to hurry him off the phone, I turned my back for a split second.

In that moment, I put down the phone and turned back around just in time to see Maddy dump the entire container of cinnamon into our dry ingredients. Gasp! Now, thankfully the cinnamon was 3/4 gone but there was still way more than the one teaspoon that the original recipe called for. I truly did gasp out loud and stood there for a few minutes stunned and not sure how to rectify the situation. So we decided to just go with it. We mixed all those dry ingredients together with our 1+++ teaspoon of cinnamon and called it a day.

I wasn’t quite sure what to expect as these muffins emerged from the warmth of the oven. Once they cooled a bit, we sampled them and I was pleasantly surprised to find that the overabundance of cinnamon did not ruin these muffins! They were wonderful in fact. Obviously the prominent taste here is the cinnamon and when it combines with the butter bits of pecan it’s a match made in heaven. Oh and that pecan we nestled on top there? Well that toasted up in the oven adding a deeper flavor to the pecan.

Despite the gross error in measurement, these muffins were a delight. So use as much or as little cinnamon as you like, it will still taste good!



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Cinnamon Pecan Muffins ~ #MuffinMonday

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 12 muffins

Cinnamon Pecan Muffins ~ #MuffinMonday

Cinnamon muffins scattered with butter bits of pecans.


  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled
  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon (or more if you like!)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup pecans, chopped
  • 12 whole pecans for garnish, optional


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a muffin tin with 12 paper liners.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the butter, brown sugar, milk and egg until combined well.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, cinnamon and salt.
  4. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and stir just until combined. Do not overmix.
  5. Gently fold in the chopped pecans.
  6. Evenly divide the batter among 12 muffin cups.
  7. Top each muffin with one whole pecan, if desired.
  8. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until a tester inserted into the center of a muffin comes out clean.
  9. Enjoy!


Adapted from Epicurious

{ 20 comments… read them below or add one }

Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious August 13, 2012 at 1:34 am

Love your adaptation here! And there’s nothing wrong with adding 1++++++ teaspoon cinnamon ๐Ÿ™‚


Kate August 14, 2012 at 1:41 pm

Thanks Chung-Ah!! So glad you like them ๐Ÿ™‚ And that cinnamon was a happy accident. It worked out well.


Stacy August 13, 2012 at 5:49 am

I baked for years with one girl measuring and the little one on my hip! But now they are both quite capable of ANYTHING in the kitchen all on their own, so it was worth the extra time and effort. (And occasional mishap!) Pecans are my favorite nut and cinnamon my favorite spice so I can just taste these now! Delicious!



Kate August 14, 2012 at 1:42 pm

Thanks Stacy! And you’re so right, the extra time it takes to accomplish things is so worth it in the long run. And I’m so glad you like these muffins.


Jennie @themessybakerblog August 13, 2012 at 8:53 am

Wow, you’re like superwoman. A wee one helping out with the muffins, a wee one on your hip, and a hubby on the phone. If that’s not superwoman worthy, I don’t know what is.

Your muffins look scrumptious! Don’t you just love it when an error works in your favor. Happy #MuffinMonday!


Kate August 14, 2012 at 1:43 pm

Aww!! Thanks Jennie! And I do love when an accident works out in the end.


Jessica@AKitchenAddiction August 13, 2012 at 10:42 am

I love cinnamon! I’ll go with dumping the container into the batter!


Kate August 14, 2012 at 1:43 pm

Then you would love these Jessica!


Anna @ hiddenponies August 13, 2012 at 10:50 pm

I hear ya on the cooking with kids ๐Ÿ™‚ I had a food processor full of blackberry puree hit the floor the other day…and the ceiling, and the cabinets, and the walls, and the fridge…but the memories are worth it! These sound amazing!


Kate August 14, 2012 at 1:44 pm

OH MY GOODNESS!! I think I would have cried as I cleaned. But that certainly makes for a great story and memory.


Lisa August 14, 2012 at 12:19 am

I love when cooking/baking accidents create a masterpiece! Not only do they look gorgeous (the extra cinnamon really enhances the color), but the addition of pecans is making me hungry! I love pecan anything.. especially ice cream. OH..btw..your photos are looking especially gorgeous this evening ๐Ÿ™‚


Kate August 14, 2012 at 1:46 pm

I was just having butter pecan ice cream last night! One of my favorites. Thanks for the compliment on my photos. I’ve been doing some reading and tried some different settings for these pictures. Guess that worked out! Now, let’s hope I can be consistent ๐Ÿ˜‰ Thanks again, Lisa!


Christine August 14, 2012 at 1:04 pm

I think I like the story just as much as the muffin recipe! What a great memory to have!


Kate August 14, 2012 at 1:50 pm

I’m so glad you enjoyed the story Christine! Baking with Maddy certainly leads to stories, that’s for sure. All of them are great memories. I love that she’s interested and wants to bake together. My older daughter was the same way when she was young and now loves to bake and cook on her own. I hope Maddy will keep doing it as she grows up too.


Stay-At-Home-Chef August 14, 2012 at 3:04 pm

I love that your muffins turned out well with a little extra help in the cinnamon department! Such a classic case of cooking with little ones, but it’s worth the extra stress (and mess!) The pecan on top looks perfect ๐Ÿ™‚


Kate August 16, 2012 at 10:11 am

Thanks so much Jasmine! I’m glad that they weren’t a disaster either ๐Ÿ˜‰ It could have been a very different story.


Tracy March 7, 2015 at 7:07 am

I DID make these with the help of my 2 year old grandson…I let him pour all of the ingredients and let him stir, stir and stir some more. They would have burned if I hadn’t smelled them…check the baking time or oven temp… I think 16 to 18 minutes would have been best in my oven. I set at 20 minutes but smelled them at 18 minutes. Still yummy! I will make them again for sure! I did add extra cinnamon.


Kate March 7, 2015 at 1:06 pm

So happy you enjoyed these muffins and extra cinnamon is ALWAYS a good thing ๐Ÿ˜‰ I love cinnamon!!


Arianne W September 17, 2016 at 12:27 pm

I made these today, and loved them. I did add a little extra cinnamon, and it was perfect. I only baked them for 18 minutes though, and they were done. Is 25-30 minutes really an accurate baking time for these?


Kate September 19, 2016 at 9:24 am

Extra cinnamon is always a good thing!! I would say that yes, in my experience 25 minutes was when mine were done but I also could have filled my cups a little more than you did which would increase my baking time vs yours. Either way, I’m glad you kept a great eye on them and had some tasty muffins afterward.


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