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Cinnamon Raisin Muffins

The most delicious Cinnamon Raisin Muffins EVER! These muffins are light, moist, speckled with raisins, and topped with cinnamon-sugar. They are quick and easy to make, so you can enjoy them whenever the urge strikes!

Three cinnamon raisin muffins on a gray plate.

This recipe is an old recipe from the blog that has been updated.

The muffins are spiced with cinnamon and loaded with plump raisins. The great thing about this recipe is you can use any dried fruit you like.

The trick to getting puffy tops on the muffins is to work fast! Get them into the oven as quickly as possible after mixing the batter.

This recipe is another one that has lived on the blog since 2014. Since first sharing this recipe, I have continued to test and tweak it until I finally got the perfect muffin.

Cinnamon raisin muffins on a white towel.

Yep, I'm finally happy with the result. And the updated recipe is much, much better than before! It's up there with my lemon blueberry muffins now.

This is the cinnamon raisin muffin of your dreams. It's buttery and tender. It is loaded with plump raisins. And the extra cinnamon sugar over the top takes it to another level.

When working with basic muffins, it is best to work quickly. Once you mix the wet and dry ingredients together, the baking powder begins to react. This means you can't waste any time getting those muffins into the oven. Otherwise, you risk having muffins without the well-loved muffin top.

Also, to keep the raisins super plump, they need to be soaked in boiling water for about 10 minutes before adding them to the muffin batter.

Do this step first, before you even begin mixing the batter.

Drain the raisins well after their 10-minute spa and they are ready to be used.

Cinnamon raisin muffins on a rustic board.

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Three cinnamon raisin muffins on a gray plate.

Cinnamon Raisin Muffins

Yield: 12 muffins
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

The most delicious Cinnamon Raisin Muffins EVER! These muffins are light, moist, speckled with raisins, and topped with cinnamon sugar streusel. The are quick and easy to make, so you can enjoy them whenever the urge strikes!


For the muffins

  • ¾ cup (108 g) raisins
  • 1 ¾ cups (227 g) all-purpose flour
  • 2 ½ teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ cup (110 g) light brown sugar, packed
  • ¼ cup (50 g) granulated sugar
  • ⅓ cup (75 g) unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¾ cup (180 ml) whole milk, room temperature

For the topping

  • 2 tablespoons light brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon


  1. Bring 3 cups of water to a boil in a small saucepan. Remove from heat and add raisins. Let sit for 10 minutes to plump the raisins. Drain well and set aside.
  2. Preheat oven to 400ºF. Spray a 12 cup muffin pan with cooking spray or line with paper liners; set aside.
  3. In a large mixing bowl combine the flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and sugars. Stir with a whisk to combine. Make a well in the center.
  4. In a 4 cup measuring cup with a pour spout whisk the butter, egg, vanilla, and milk together until well blended. Pour into the center of the flour mixture. Fold everything together until just moistened. Avoid over-mixing. Fold in the raisins.
  5. Divide the batter among the prepared muffin cups. Mix the the cinnamon and sugar for the topping together in a small bowl and sprinkle it over the batter in muffin cup. Bake for 18 to 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  6. Transfer muffins to a wire rack to cool completely.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 12
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 213

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Since different brands of ingredients have different nutritional information, the values shown are just an estimate.

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Friday 23rd of July 2021

I've made these muffins several times and they last about 3 days in our house. They are so tasty. I followed the recipe to a T but wondered if I could use choc chips instead of raisins? I find this muffin recipe the best and easiest and wondered if I add choc chips, it would change the muffin result? Thank you for sharing this wonderful recipe.

Jen Sobjack

Saturday 24th of July 2021

Chocolate chips would be great in these muffins!


Thursday 10th of June 2021

In The Oven! And They SMELL AMAZING!! Hope They Taste As GOOD!


Sunday 30th of May 2021

Delicious recipe and smells great too. I also added nutmeg and a sprinkle of cloves. Instead of butter I used olive oil.


Tuesday 13th of April 2021

I would add cranberries instead of raisins as of alot less sugar alot healthier. I decreased the sugar to 1 tbsp. And used 1/2 c of unsweetened applesauce and used oatmeal organic instead of flour . With combined ingredients and spices nutmeg you would never know I altered the ingredients. They were so delic. I used coconut sugar.


Tuesday 16th of June 2020

According to the recipe,the batter I made is only for half pan (6 paper cups of the tray amount, ) is this right?

Jen Sobjack

Thursday 18th of June 2020

No, this recipe makes 12 regular sized muffins.

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