Pull Apart Brown Sugar Muffins


When I was younger (like a lot younger) I took a baking class with one of my best friends. It was one of those summer camp type classes and for a week we baked everything from whoopie pies to zucchini bread. Honestly, looking back at it, this might've been what made me fall in love with baking at a young age! I remember thinking about how delicious every recipe we made was and how easy they each were too. One of the recipes that I remember being one of my favorites was a delicious, homemade cinnamon sugar pull apart bread and to this day I still haven't forgot how amazing it tasted.

Tweaking the classic

These pull apart brown sugar muffins are similar to a classic pull apart bread with a few tweaks here and there and are in the form of jumbo muffins, which in my opinion makes them even better. They're easy to make and at the end you have a muffin coated in cinnamon and brown sugar with a doughy center.

pull apart brown sugar muffin

Starting with the dough

The dough for these pull apart muffins is pillowy and soft and simple to make.

  • flour
  • sugar
  • active dry yeast
  • salt
  • milk
  • water
  • butter
  • egg

Then it's as simple as dividing the dough into 30 roughly equal sized nuggets. Then you coat each nugget in melted butter and cinnamon sugar and place in greased muffin tray, placing five nuggets for each muffin.

cinnamon sugar muffins

Coat in cinnamon sugar and let rise!

Once your muffins are ready in the pan, let rise for approximately 1 hour. Your nuggets will poof up an this allow them to get extra doughy, pillowy, and of course jumbo! Then you'll bake them for approximately 15-20 minutes ensuring not to let the muffins burn as then the sugar coating will over brown and burn so keep a close eye on your muffins towards the end. The center should be baked all the way through with still a soft, doughy consistency.

While your muffins are baking it is the perfect time to get the glaze ready. This glaze is a tried and true for us and I use it all the time for our sweet dessert recipes. It's as simple as they come (with only three ingredients) and it always adds the perfect drizzle of sweetness.

Pull apart brown sugar muffins

After you drizzle with your icing glaze then serve warm and enjoy for brunch or for a sweet afternoon snack. Jumbo in size, they're the perfect warm and cozy winter treat!

Pull Apart Brown Sugar Muffins

Pull apart brown sugar muffins, filled with brown sugar, cinnamon, and a doughy center. Jumbo in size and finished off with a glaze drizzle.



Servings: 6


  • 3 ¼ cups flour
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 2 ¼ tsp active dry yeast
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup water
  • ¼ cup butter, cubed
  • 1 egg
  • ¼ tsp cinnamon
  • ½ cup light brown sugar
  • 4 tbsp butter, melted, plus additional for coating


  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 4 tsp milk
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract


  1. Combine 1 1/2 to 2 cups of the flour, the sugar, yeast, and salt in a stand mixer and whisk to combine.
  2. Next, combine milk, water, and butter in a bowl and microwave until warm but not too hot in order to be able to activate the yeast.
  3. Add the butter mixture to the flour mixture and mix to combine using the dough hook attachment.
  4. Add the egg and then gradually add the remaining flour, beating until combined.
  5. Once combined flour your work surface and form dough into a ball and let rest for 5 minutes.
  6. Cut dough into 30 nuggets and combine cinnamon and brown sugar in a small bowl. Coat each nugget in melted butter and then roll each in the cinnamon brown sugar mixture.
  7. Place nuggets in greased jumbo muffin tray. Place 5 nuggets in each, making 6 muffins in total.
  8. Let dough rise in muffin tray for 1 hour and preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  9. Once done rising, bake for approximately 15-20 minutes. While muffins are baking combine powdered sugar, milk, and vanilla extract together in a small bowl.
  10. Once muffins are done baking, let cool and then drizzle icing on top and enjoy.
Prep Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour and 40 minutes

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