Salted Caramel Buttermilk Brown Sugar Muffins

I love when muffins get a nice domed top. And when they’re dripping in salted caramel.

But not all of muffins get that coveted dome. Nor are they always drenched in caramel.

Salted Caramel Buttermilk Brown Sugar Muffins - Soft, fluffy muffins that are dripping with salted caramel! Best breakfast ever!

But these are both. I was hoping for the best with the shape and texture because I adapted one of my most popular recipes, Cinnamon-Sugar Crust Cinnamon-Ribbon Bread.

I had never made the recipe as muffins, but when I make the bread, it always rises beautifully and cooks through so evenly. And it’s such an easy recipe to make. One bowl, no mixer, nothing fussy.

Salted Caramel Buttermilk Brown Sugar Muffins - Soft, fluffy muffins that are dripping with salted caramel! Best breakfast ever!

It totally delivered for the muffins and they’re soft, wonderfully moist, and the crumb has the perfect balance of density and lightness.

The batter has melted butter, oil, and buttermilk. The later two in particular keep quickbreads and muffins soft, moist and supple.

Salted Caramel Buttermilk Brown Sugar Muffins - Soft, fluffy muffins that are dripping with salted caramel! Best breakfast ever!

The buttermilk balances the sweetness and I just love baking with buttermilk. The results are unparalleled and everything turns out so fluffy and tender.

I used real buttermilk but if you don’t keep it on hand, I highly recommend this Powdered Buttermilk. If you don’t use buttermilk often, but sometimes see a recipe that needs a small amount, but think you won’t use the rest of the jug before it goes bad, then the powder is for you. Shelf stable, keeps for ages.

Or make buttermilk by souring your own milk. Add about 1 tablespoon vinegar or lemon juice to 1/2 cup milk, wait 10 minutes for it to curdle, then use as indicated.

Salted Caramel Buttermilk Brown Sugar Muffins - Soft, fluffy muffins that are dripping with salted caramel! Best breakfast ever!

To sweeten the batter I used brown sugar which provides wonderful depth of flavor because as the muffins bake, the butter and brown sugar caramelize, creating subtle caramel undertones.

And clearly I played up the caramel flavor by drizzling the muffins with salted caramel. Make your own or use storebought. The muffins don’t ‘need’ it, but why not.

Salted Caramel Buttermilk Brown Sugar Muffins - Soft, fluffy muffins that are dripping with salted caramel! Best breakfast ever!

The basic recipe is a great jumping off point for tweaking to your liking. Add mini chocolate chips to the batter or go stick with cinnamon-sugar.

Rather than topping with salted caramel, try a vanilla cream cheese or a browned butter glaze. Can’t go wrong with any of those options.

Salted Caramel Buttermilk Brown Sugar Muffins - Soft, fluffy muffins that are dripping with salted caramel! Best breakfast ever!

The muffins are so fluffy that they’re are almost like eating cupcakes for breakfast, minus the frosting. And in place of it, all that caramel.

Which I’m not exactly complaining about.

Salted Caramel Buttermilk Brown Sugar Muffins - Soft, fluffy muffins that are dripping with salted caramel! Best breakfast ever!

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Salted Caramel Buttermilk Brown Sugar Muffins

These easy, one-bowl, no-mixer muffins are soft, wonderfully moist, and the crumb has the perfect balance of density and lightness. The batter has melted butter, oil, and buttermilk to keep the muffins fluffy and tender. Don't overfill your muffin pan because the muffins rise very well. While baking, the butter and brown sugar caramelize, creating subtle caramel undertones. Although they don't 'need' it, I played up the caramel profile by drizzling with salted caramel. Make your own or use storebought. Use the batter as a jumping off place and try adding chocolate chips or glaze them with another favorite.

Yield: 1 dozen medium muffins

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: about 18 to 20 minutes

Total Time: about 30 minutes, for cooling

Ingredients:

1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
1 cup buttermilk
1 large egg
1/4 cup canola or vegetable oil
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 cup light brown sugar, packed
2 cups plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon
pinch salt, optional and to taste
salted caramel, for drizzling (storebought or homemade)

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Line a Non-Stick 12-Cup Regular Muffin Pan with paper liners or spray well with floured cooking spray (I prefer the cosmetic look of no liners); set pan aside.
  2. In a large microwave-safe bowl, melt the butter, about 1 minute on high power; set aside.
  3. In a 2-cup glass measuring cup or medium bowl, add the buttermilk, oil, egg, vanilla, and whisk to combine.
  4. Add the buttermilk mixture to the melted butter and whisk to combine.
  5. Add the brown sugar and whisk to combine.
  6. Add the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, optional salt, and stir until just combined; don't overmix. Batter will be lumpy and don't try to stir the lumps smooth or muffins will be tough.
  7. Using a large cookie scoop or 1/4-cup measure, distribute the batter evenly among each cavity of the prepared muffin pan. Cavities will be between 2/3 and 3/4-full; don't exceed 3/4-full or muffins could overflow because they rise very well.
  8. Bake for about 18 to 20 minutes, or until tops are domed, puffed, and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, or with a few moist crumbs dangling but no batter. Bake until done; watch your muffins and not the clock. Allow muffins to cool in pan for about 10 minutes before carefully removing.
  9. Drizzle muffins with salted caramel as desired. Don't add the caramel until you're ready to eat them because they could get soggy. Muffins are best fresh, but will keep airtight for up to 5 days at room temp; or in the freezer for up to 4 months.

Adapted from Cinnamon-Sugar Crust Cinnamon-Ribbon Bread

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70 Responses to “Salted Caramel Buttermilk Brown Sugar Muffins”

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    My Linh — April 8, 2014 at 2:54 am

    Ohh you had me at “salted caramel”. Salted caramel is good with anything! These babies look so delicious.. The dripping salted caramel makes me want to lick my screen ^^;

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    Chelsea @ Gal on a Mission — April 8, 2014 at 3:08 am

    Oh boy… I think I will just take 10 of these. As always, looks absolutely delicious, Averie. Pinned.

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — April 8th, 2014 at 11:14 pm

      Thanks for pinning & I pinned your latest salad…wow, looked so good! Your pics always rock!

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    Mir — April 8, 2014 at 3:14 am

    One bowl and no mixer. Winner! And the inside looks so dense and still soft. I’m going to add this to my breakfast menu sometime this week. Especially because the salted caramel is required. Right? ;)

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    Rochelle @ Oh So Sweet Baker — April 8, 2014 at 3:19 am

    Gah.. I love anything salted caramel but this is a perfect excuse for me to have it at breakfast

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    Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness — April 8, 2014 at 3:28 am

    Mini food is the best food! It’s so cute and easy to eat…..and when it involves salted caramel and brown sugar and carbs? CAN’T SAY NO! Pinned

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — April 8th, 2014 at 11:13 pm

      Thanks for pinning and brown sugar and carbs can do no wrong…or so I tell myself :)

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    Marie @ Little Kitchie — April 8, 2014 at 4:09 am

    I love every word in this recipe title! These look so great, Averie!

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    Chloe — April 8, 2014 at 4:24 am

    So cute! I love the caramel sauce :-)

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    Sarah@WholeAndHeavenlyOven — April 8, 2014 at 5:03 am

    Just reading the title makes my mouth water. That first photo makes me seriously consider running into the kitchen right now and making a batch of these gorgeous muffins. These muffins are perfect, Averie! I love that you used buttermilk in ‘em. That pretty much guarantees that they’re going to turn out incredibly soft and moist every time. And caramel sauce drizzled on top of these muffins for breakfast?? I think I could get on board with that. ;) pinned!

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — April 8th, 2014 at 11:13 pm

      That pretty much guarantees that they’re going to turn out incredibly soft and moist every time. <– AMEN! And thanks for pinning!

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    Laura (Blogging Over Thyme) — April 8, 2014 at 5:10 am

    Salted caramel drenched muffins?! Where do I sign up? Love that they are one-bowl too! Doesn’t get better than that.

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — April 8th, 2014 at 11:12 pm

      I want to try your pancakes with some caramel sauce next :)

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    Kris — April 8, 2014 at 5:27 am

    I can’t pretend these are healthy, but they do look delicious!

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    Laura Dembowski — April 8, 2014 at 5:34 am

    These are the perfect excuse to eat salted caramel for breakfast! As though I needed one :)

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    Belinda@themooblushbaker — April 8, 2014 at 5:42 am

    Yum these are seriously good looking muffins! Your drizzle pics are perfect! Who needs frosting when you have salted caramel for breakfast?

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    alison @ Ingredients, Inc. — April 8, 2014 at 5:43 am

    pinned!

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    Kitchen Belleicious — April 8, 2014 at 5:52 am

    you are cray girl and I like it:)))

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    Paula — April 8, 2014 at 6:33 am

    Salted caramel anything is always good! No frosting needed–drippy, luscious caramel makes a great topper, and the texture of the muffins looks just perfect. Love the brown sugar and cinnamon in them too!

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — April 8th, 2014 at 11:11 pm

      Skipping the frosting and just the luscious caramel is such a timesaver…and tastes just as good! (better sometimes than many frostings, actually!)

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    Melanie @ Carmel Moments — April 8, 2014 at 6:39 am

    Beautiful in every way. These surely make me want to forget all about lunch and go straight for the sweets. Pinning. :-)
    Have a beautiful Tuesday Averie!

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — April 8th, 2014 at 11:10 pm

      Thanks for pinning & hope you DID go straight to dessert :)

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    marla — April 8, 2014 at 7:30 am

    Oh girl do these ever look GREAT!!

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — April 8th, 2014 at 11:09 pm

      And thanks for pinning, my friend! :)

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    Annie @Maebells — April 8, 2014 at 7:41 am

    Yum! I am totally a glaze person all the way, I prefer something drizzled and gooey over frosting every time. I will definitely be trying these soon!

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — April 8th, 2014 at 11:09 pm

      I prefer something drizzled and gooey over frosting every time <– it’s a huge time-saver, if nothing else! :)

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    Ilona @ Ilona's Passion — April 8, 2014 at 7:48 am

    Sweet little muffins, love it!

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    Karly — April 8, 2014 at 7:48 am

    Love this! I could totally eat these for breakfast or dessert or, you know, all day long!

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — April 8th, 2014 at 11:09 pm

      Lately I keep seeing so many of your dips on Pinterest that I could seriously eat, all day long!

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    Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet — April 8, 2014 at 8:36 am

    The caramel, the brown sugar, the buttermilk – definitely a recipe for a fabulous muffin! LOVE these! Pinned!

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    ashley - baker by nature — April 8, 2014 at 8:43 am

    Oh my gosh, Averie! You hit the spot with these muffins! So gorgeous!!!

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    Crystal | Apples & Sparkle — April 8, 2014 at 10:00 am

    These are so perfect! I just want one of these so bad as I am sitting here with my morning coffee. Pinned! = )

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    Kristi @ My San Francisco Kitchen — April 8, 2014 at 10:14 am

    *drool* !!

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    Julie @ This Gal Cooks — April 8, 2014 at 11:00 am

    I want to eat all of them.

    These are just perfect, Averie. The gooey caramel. The soft dough. Yum. Pinned!

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    Katrina @ WVS — April 8, 2014 at 11:57 am

    Whenever I have leftover buttermilk I always seem to make waffles, but muffins sound like an even better idea! Yum!!

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — April 8th, 2014 at 10:57 pm

      Waffles aren’t too shabby either!

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    Amanda @ Once Upon a Recipe — April 8, 2014 at 12:59 pm

    I am presently on day 2 of a 3-day juice cleanse and I cannot tell you how amazing these look! And that’s not just my hunger talking.

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — April 8th, 2014 at 10:57 pm

      Oh girl bravo to you for doing a cleanse AND reading dessert blogs. Eeek! I love the feeling of doing cleanses, but not on day 2. Day 3 when it’s done is the best :)

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    Laura (Tutti Dolci) — April 8, 2014 at 3:10 pm

    Yes please to muffins dripping with salted caramel, love!!

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    ami@naivecookcooks — April 8, 2014 at 3:46 pm

    Averie, one bowl recipes are a big hit with me as I hate doing dishes!! Great looking muffins!

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    Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust — April 8, 2014 at 5:48 pm

    I really wanted to make muffins or bread today and I ran out of time. Now I’m really made I didn’t because I want these!!!!!! Love that drippy caramel!

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    Laura @ Laura's Culinary Adventures — April 8, 2014 at 7:24 pm

    Yum! I think this is the first muffin recipe I have ever seen drenched in caramel.

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — April 8th, 2014 at 10:48 pm

      There’s a first for everything, right!

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    Jessica @ Sweet Menu — April 8, 2014 at 8:23 pm

    Can’t stop thinking about these muffins. Anything with caramel is a friend of mine!

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    Beeta — April 8, 2014 at 8:48 pm

    I love Salted Caramel anything, so I am excited to try these out!

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    Kayle (The Cooking Actress) — April 9, 2014 at 11:49 am

    I loove how beautifully your bread recipe translated into these muffins! and ahhhh salted caramel, soooooo amazing!

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    Chelsea @chelseasmessyapron — April 9, 2014 at 3:23 pm

    I LOVE one bowl, easy recipes. So good. And that sauce? Drooling! Averie, these look so amazing! Pinned!

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    Lyuba@willcookforsmiles — April 9, 2014 at 8:00 pm

    I LOVE this flavor combination! Gorgeous photos, as always!

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — April 9th, 2014 at 11:23 pm

      Thanks for all your support here, on FB likes, etc! :)

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    Hayley Parker — April 10, 2014 at 8:46 pm

    Pretty sure I am going to faint because these look INCREDIBLE!! I can’t get over muffins with a salted caramel glaze. And brown sugar + buttermilk sounds like it makes one helluva good muffin. This is for sure the best part of breakfast!

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    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — April 10, 2014 at 11:51 pm

    That perfect risen dome and dripping caramel – what more could you need in a muffin?!

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    Kevin | keviniscooking — April 11, 2014 at 8:30 am

    These look so good! Funny I just posted my Apple Shortcake Buttermilk Muffins and it’s nice to see like minded baking! Scrumptious photography, too!

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    Amy @ Amy's Healthy Baking — April 12, 2014 at 7:44 pm

    Why can’t all muffins come with gorgeous drippy caramel sauce?? Oh right, because then I’d eat dozens at a time and be as large as a whale and never be able to fit through a doorway, let alone my teensy tiny kitchen… Bummer. ;)

    You always take such gorgeous photos Averie! I’m absolutely in love with your white wooden backdrop. Did you follow a tutorial for it at all?

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — April 12th, 2014 at 10:54 pm

      No, I bought it. I have no time to DIY! ha!

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      • Amy @ Amy's Healthy Baking replied: — April 12th, 2014 at 11:07 pm

        That’s awesome! My dad loves to woodwork as a hobby, so I’m hoping I can beg him to help me someday soon. Fingers crossed it turns out as cute as yours!

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    Liz @ Floating Kitchen — April 16, 2014 at 6:49 am

    These look amazing. That dripping caramel is just calling my name!

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    Emily @ Life on Food — April 17, 2014 at 4:31 pm

    Brown sugar. Salted Caramel. All in one muffin. Yep, I will take one of these babies!

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    briana veniana — June 18, 2014 at 11:30 pm

    Blogged about this recipe, instead of caramel I put in dark chocolate chips. Muffins turned out so delicious!

    Blog – BrianaVeniana.Wordpress.com

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — June 19th, 2014 at 3:29 am

      Oh I’m so happy to hear that you loved them and you can never go wrong with dark chocolate!

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