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I am all about smells. There is something about the sense of smell that evokes feelings or memories. I went out to my car last night, and for the first time, it actually really felt like fall – all because of the smells. I could smell the leaves, and there was something burning in the air that smelled like the candles inside of a jack-o-lantern. Ahh, how I love the emotions that brought on!

These muffins brought along a lot of feeling as well – all because of the smell they filled the house with as they were baking. The melting sugar, the orange, the cinnamon – it felt like the holidays in my house!! These probably could have tasted horrible, and I would have still wanted to make them, just to fill my house with that scent!

Recipe notes:

  • I would probably double the amount of the “sticky” mixture next time – there just wasn’t enough!
  • As I was typing out the recipe, I realized that I put the cinnamon sugar mixture on the tops of the muffin pan, not in between two layers of the batter. Ooops! It still worked out!
  • My biggest complaint with these is that I didn’t know how to serve them. The sticky side up? That was kind of difficult because the other end was rounded. But I wouldn’t want to leave the sticky side on the bottom….
  • This is a perfect, quick alternative to sticky buns. You get kind of that same feeling, but much easier and quicker than having to wait for the dough to rise!

Recipe rating: 4 out of 5

Orange-Honey Sticky Bun Muffins
from Family Circle All-Time Favorite Recipes

makes 12 muffins

1/2 cup walnuts
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
2 tablespoons butter, melted
2 tablespoons honey
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons butter, melted
1/4 cup honey
2 teaspoons grated orange rind
1 egg
2/3 cup milk
1 tablespoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 cup chopped raisins, optional

Heat oven to 375F. Line a baking sheet with foil. Coat a standard 12-muffin pan with nonstick cooking spray. Divide walnuts evenly among cups of muffin pan. Combine brown sugar, butter, honey and cinnamon in a small bowl. Spoon 1 rounded teaspoonful into each muffin cup.

Prepare batter: Combine flour, baking powder and salt in a medium-size bowl. Blend butter, honey, orange rind and egg in another medium-size bowl. Beat in milk. Stir flour mixture into milk mixture just until combined. Spoon half of batter into muffin cups.

Combine sugar, cinnamon and raisins (if using) in a small bowl. Sprinkle over muffins. Top with remaining batter. Place pan on foil-lined baking sheet.

Bake in the preheated oven for 22 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the centers comes out clean. Cook pan on rack for 5 minutes. Invert muffins onto waxed-paper lined tray. Spoon any sticky mixture left in pan over muffins.

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13 Responses to Cookbook of the Month Recipe – Orange-Honey Sticky Bun Muffins

  1. Tia says:

    those look like timbits! mmmm

  2. Ingrid says:

    Yes, yes, more sticky !

  3. Maria says:

    Great muffin flavor!

  4. Barbara says:

    Nothing in this world I like more than sticky rolls so I'll double the sticky mixture! I like the orange and honey flavors a lot.

  5. The Food Hunter says:


  6. Cakebrain says:

    I must say…I'm a sucker for sticky buns and those look yummy!

  7. Grace says:

    yeast-free sticky buns? sign me up! and to me, it's always a good idea to go ahead and double any glaze/frosting/sticky-topping-goo. 🙂

  8. Katie says:

    These look the perfect sweet treats. Like mini sticky buns – yum!

  9. easy recipes says:

    This recipe look amazing. Can I use almond instead of the walnuts?

  10. Sylvie says:

    You're right, it's amazing how smells can just transport you right back to a place from your memory.
    Lovely baking.

  11. Abby says:

    No yeast! Praise be!

  12. eatme_delicious says:

    Ohh I've never thought of making cinnamon rolls in bun shapes like this. Makes it much easier! They look delicious. I would serve them sticky side up but yea it is annoying that they're round on the bottom and would fall over.

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