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Streusel in a white ceramic bowl with a spoon on a white surface

Streusel Topping Recipe

Streusel topping is made with butter, sugar, flour, and cinnamon, and adds a super crunchy crumb to your muffins, pies, and cakes!
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Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: crumb topping, streusel, streusel topping
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Chilling time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 24 people
Calories: 70kcal
Author: Sam Adler


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4-1/2 tsp cinnamon depending on preference
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt
  • 6 tbsp cold butter diced small


  • Preheat oven to 350 F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • In a small bowl combine the 1 cup flour, 1/2 brown sugar, 1/4 cup granulated sugar, 1/4 -1/2 tsp cinnamon, and 1/4 tsp salt.
  • Use a pastry cutter to cut in the butter or pinch the butter into the mixture with your fingers gently until small clumps are formed no larger than the size of a pea.
  • Put it in the freezer for 20 minutes to chill.
  • Spread chilled streusel onto prepared baking sheet and bake for 10-12 minutes. If there were larger chunks of butter and they melted, that's ok, you'll break it up anyways!
  • Once streusel has cooled, break up larger clumps and sprinkle over baked goods.


Either sprinkle this all over your coffee cakes or muffins before baking or bake this by itself.
If baking by itself, be sure to watch the oven to ensure it doesn't burn. Oven times may vary. Mine was done after 12 minutes.
Store into an airtight container for up to a week.


Nutrition Facts
Streusel Topping Recipe
Amount Per Serving (1 tbsp)
Calories 70 Calories from Fat 27
% Daily Value*
Fat 3g5%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 8mg3%
Sodium 51mg2%
Potassium 12mg0%
Carbohydrates 11g4%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 7g8%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 87IU2%
Vitamin C -38mg-46%
Calcium 5mg1%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.