Streusel Topping for Muffins

Christine Albury

A streusel topping for muffins takes no time at all to prepare but adds lots of crispy crumbly goodness to your baked goods.

This recipe for a streusel topping for muffins is made with just four ingredients and comes together in just 5 minutes!

It is worth making a big batch of streusel topping - also known as crumb topping - in advance, as it freezes well and means you will always have some on hand to use on future baking days. 

Streusel Topped Sweet Potatoes Image

If you do decide to freeze a streusel topping, make sure you use it within 3 months. After that, there is a chance that ice cystals may develop in the mixture. When that happends, it never gets quite crispy enough when baked.

Other ways to use streusel topping for muffins

Did you know that muffins aren't the only food to benefit from a tasty streusel topping?

Peanut Butter Streusel Brownies Photo

It also tastes great on:

  • Pies
  • Coffee cakes
  • Pancakes
  • French toast
  • Quick bread
  • Cheesecake
  • Ice cream

Variations on the basic streusel recipe

The very simplest streusel topping is made of just butter, sugar and flour. The recipe below takes things a little further and includes cinnamon, but you can add lots more than that if you choose!

Oats work well, as do nuts. To make things easy, you could even mix in some peanut butter.

Blueberry Jicama Muffins Picture

Troubleshooting your homemade streusel

My streusel isn't crumbly

This usually happens if you haven't used quite enough butter, which leaves the mixture too dry and floury. Add a little melted butter, one tablespoon at a time, until you get the texture right.

My streusel is melting

This is the opposite problem and usually indicates that too MUCH butter is in your mixture compared to dry ingredients. This often happens when you don't measure the sugar properly, which leaves your proportions all wrong. 

Be sure to 'pack' the sugar into the cup as recommended in the recipe, so you can be sure your measurements are perfectly correct.

Peach Coffee Cake Pic

Recipes with streusel

Apple Pecan Streusel Muffins

Peanut Butter Streusel Brownies

Streusel Topped Sweet Potatoes


Streusel Topping for Muffins

  12 Servings


  • 1/2 cup All-Purpose Flour
  • 1/4 cup Brown Sugar
  • 4 tablespoons Unsalted Butter, (cold)
  • 1/2 teaspoon Ground Cinnamon


  1. Mix everything together in a food processor and pulse until crumbly, or mash all the ingredients together in a bowl with a fork. 
  2. Sprinkle the mixture over muffins - or whatever you choose to top with it - right before you bake them, then bake according to the recipe.
Source: The Spruce Eats
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Author: Christine Albury
Source: The Spruce Eats
Recipe Yields: 12 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 1 serving
Servings Per Recipe 12

Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat 30
Calories 71

% Daily Value*
Total Fat 4g
  Saturated Fat 2g
Sodium 2mg
Total Carbohydrate 7g
  Dietary Fiber 0g
  Sugars 4g
Protein 1g

* Percent Daily Value are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
** Nutrition Facts are estimated based on ingredients and data provided by Fat Secret. Please consult a doctor if you have special dietary needs.
Christine Albury

About Christine

I'm a mom of 5 and love making healthy baby food with wholesome, natural ingredients. In 2005 I started the Homemade Baby Food Recipes website, sharing recipes for everything from simple fruit purees to gourmet curries for the baby food connoisseur! You'll also find plenty of tried and tested tips to help encourage even the most reluctant diner to enjoy a wide range of nutritious new foods. If you enjoy cooking, then you will LOVE learning to become head chef for a very special little customer!

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