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Cinnamon Raisin Swirl Muffins

  • Author: Nikki Cervone
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 12 muffins 1x


With subtle swirls of brown sugar, cinnamon, and plump raisins, these homemade muffins will wake up any sweet tooth in the morning.


  • Cooking oil spray
  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar, divided
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 ounces (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt


  1. Preheat oven to 375°F. Line a 12-cup muffin pan with paper liners and spray any exposed metal on top with cooking spray. Set aside.
  2. Divide the brown sugar in half, and set aside 1/2 cup in a small bowl. Mix together the other 1/2 cup brown sugar, cinnamon, and raisins in a separate small bowl. Set aside.
  3. Cream together the butter and granulated sugar at high speed in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes.
  4. Add the eggs, yogurt, applesauce, and vanilla extract to the bowl. Mix together at medium-high speed until completely combined.
  5. In a separate medium bowl, whisk together the all-purpose flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt before adding to the liquid mixture. Mix on low speed just until combined.
  6. Gently fold the brown sugar mixture into the batter by hand to create swirls, folding only 3-4 times. Do not completely mix together.
  7. Spoon the batter into the prepared muffin pan, filling each well close to the top. Sprinkle with the reserved brown sugar.
  8. Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let cool in pan for about 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to continue cooling.
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Category: Muffins
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: Baked Goods

Keywords: cinnamon, brown sugar, raisin, muffin, cinnamon raisin