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Easy Spicy Sourdough Cinnamon Muffins

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You can’t go wrong making these Sourdough Starter Cinnamon Muffins. They use flour, baking soda, an active starter and a few other ingredients to make the best muffins ever!

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When you’re craving something irresistibly sweet and full of flavor, this recipe for Sourdough Cinnamon Muffins is a must-have. These muffins are relatively easy to prepare, whether you’re skilled in the kitchen or just getting the hang of baking goodies from scratch. You are about to enjoy a great recipe and a family favorite.

Are you a fan of cinnamon muffins? Who doesn’t love the sweet glaze that pairs perfectly with the cinnamon flavoring added to these soft, flavorful baked goodies? If cinnamon muffins are one of your favorite treats, you can learn how to easily prepare them from scratch using this Sourdough Discard Cinnamon Muffins recipe. It’s much easier to make these muffins from scratch than you might think, and once you start making these sweet baked treats at home, you will never go back to buying pre-made options again!  For more tasty cinnamon flavored recipes, try our Fresh Homemade Banana Cinnamon RollsEasy Buttery Cruffins Only 4 Ingredients or Sweet Spicy Apple Cinnamon Rolls With Cream Cheese Frosting.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe for Sourdough Cinnamon Muffins

  • Although you’re making these muffins from scratch, the recipe is super simple and easy to follow, so you should have no problem preparing the most delicious muffins you’ve ever tried.
  • The Sourdough Cinnamon Muffins have the perfect taste and texture!
  • These cinnamon muffins are versatile enough to have whenever you’re in the mood for them, whether you want one first thing in the morning or even in the middle of the day as a quick snack or a lunchbox treat.
  • Freezes and stores well.

Ingredient Notes

(ingredient measurements can be found in recipe card elow)

  • All-Purpose Flour – Start with the flour as the base for your muffin batter.
  • Baking Soda – It’s always good to use baking soda in a recipe like this to ensure your muffins have that perfect texture.
  • Baking Powder – Don’t forget the baking powder, yet another must-have ingredient for these delicious muffins.
  • Ground Cinnamon – Enhance the taste of your muffins with a bit of ground cinnamon. A little bit goes such a long way.
  • Butter – Melt four tablespoons of butter to mix in with your batter. Melted butter is the best in this recipe.
  • White Granulated Sugar – You want your muffins to have a slightly sweet taste, so be sure to use white sugar in your recipe.
  • Sourdough Starter – Use a cup of your sourdough starter, which you may already have at home and ready to use. An active sourdough starter is an important part of this recipe. You can make your own sourdough starter. Try this perfect sourdough starter recipe.
sourdough cinnamon muffin ingredients

Sourdough Cinnamon Muffins Notes

  • Always preheat your oven to 400 degrees F before you put your muffins into the oven.
  • When adding your muffin batter to the muffin tin, use liners and grab a large baking scoop, using it to scoop out an even amount of batter.
  • Check the center of your muffins with a toothpick to make sure they’re fully baked before you remove them from the oven.


What other toppings work well with the Cinnamon Sourdough Muffins?

The stresel topping is so good, but if you want to change it up, try an icing drizzle.

What should I do if I don’t have brown sugar?

You can mix some molasses with granulated sugar as a substitute as in the recipe for making brown sugar.

How to Make Sourdough Cinnamon Muffins

  • Pre-heat the oven to 400°f.
  • Mix 1 1/2 cup flour, baking powder, baking soda, 3 teaspoons cinnamon, and 1/4 teaspoon salt in a large bowl.
  • Mix in 4 tablespoons melted butter, 1/2 cup brown sugar, 1/2 cup granulated sugar, vanilla, milk, and egg. Mix well until the batter is smooth.
  • Add the sourdough starter and mix. Set aside for 15 minutes.
  • In a mixing bowl, add the remaining ingredients and mix by hand forming clumps of streusel topping.
  • Add muffin liners to a muffin tin. Using a large baking scoop, add the batter to each muffin cup.
  • Add the topping to each muffin fully covering the batter.
  • Bake the muffins at 400°f for 15-18 minutes until the center of the muffin is fully cooked. Use a toothpick to test the center of the cupcake.
  • Let muffins cool completely before removing and enjoying.
flour and spices in bowl
butter sugar milk in bowl
sourdough starter added to mix
cinnamon sourdough muffin mix
combine butter and brown sugar for streusel
streusel for sourdough muffins
muffin pan filled with batter
streusel added to tops of muffin batter
baked muffins
sourdough discard cinnamon muffins stacked on white plate with milk

Sourdough Cinnamon Muffins

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Course: Breads, Breakfast, Dessert, Quick Breads
Cuisine: American
Keyword: sourdough,discard,cinnamon,muffins
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
rest time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 12 muffins
Calories: 341kcal


  • cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • 3 teaspoons ground cinnamon spice
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 4 tablespoons butter melted
  • ½ cup Brown Sugar
  • ½ cup Granulated Sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup milk
  • 1 cup sourdough starter
  • 1 egg

Crumble Topping

  • 6 tablespoons butter softened
  • ½ cup Brown Sugar
  • ½ cup Granulated Sugar
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon salt


  • Preheat the oven to 400℉
  • Mix 1½ cups flour, baking powder, baking soda, 3 teaspoons cinnamon and ¼ easpoon salt in a large mixing bowl.
  • Mix in 4 tablespoons melted butter, ½ cup brown sugar, ½ cup granulated sugar, vanilla, milk and egg until smooth.
  • Add the sourdough starter and mix. Set aside for 15 minutes.
  • In a separate bowl, mix together by hand, the ingredients for the topping. The topping will be clumpy.
  • Place muffin liners in your muffin tin. Using a large scoop, add the batter equally to each cup.
  • Ass the topping to the top of each muffin, fully covering the batter.
  • Bake the muffins in the preheated over for about 15 minutes, until the muffins are cooked through. Test by sticking a toothpick into the center of a muffin. It should come out without any liquid on it. If not, bake a bit longer.
  • Cool muffins on a wire cooling rack.


Serving: 1muffin | Calories: 341kcal | Carbohydrates: 59g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 0.4g | Cholesterol: 39mg | Sodium: 208mg | Potassium: 103mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 35g | Vitamin A: 320IU | Vitamin C: 0.01mg | Calcium: 47mg | Iron: 1mg

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