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Cinnamon Streusel Topping

This cinnamon streusel topping is deliciously buttery and sweet, and is the perfect topping for your favorite pies, muffins, and cakes.

image of cinnamon streusel topping being made with a fork

How to Make Cinnamon Streusel Topping

To make sure your cinnamon streusel turns out as amazing as possible, let’s walk through each step together!

I’ve also included a video tutorial of the process below.

In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, brown sugar, granulated sugar, ground cinnamon, and salt. 

Pour the melted and cooled butter into the dry ingredients and gently stir together with a fork to make some nice, big crumbles.

You should end up with a bowl of what looks like wet sand with some pea-sized chunks.

Be careful not to over-mix! You want to leave some of those buttery chunks intact.

Use on top of your favorite muffins, cakes, and pies!!

Cinnamon Streusel Topping: Swaps & Substitutions

While I love this cinnamon streusel recipe just the way it is, I know some of you might not have all these ingredients on hand.

Below are some swaps and substitutions that can be made in this recipe:

  • All Purpose Flour – This recipe turns out best with all-purpose flour. You can swap in a good gluten free flour blend (like this) if needed but it will change the texture a bit.
  • Granulated Sugar – I do not recommend reducing the amount of sugar or changing the type of sugar, as it will change the flavor and texture of the streusel.
  • Brown Sugar – I like using light brown sugar but dark brown sugar will work too!
  • Unsalted Butter – If you only have salted butter on hand you can use it in place of the unsalted butter. Just be sure to omit the salt that this recipe calls for. You can also use vegan butter in its place!
image of ingredients laid out to make cinnamon streusel topping for a cake and muffins

Streusel Troubleshooting: Why is My Streusel Topping Not Crumbly?

We all know the best part of streusel are the big chunks of buttery goodness!

Sadly, some batches of streusel end up looking greasy or almost like batter.

A lot of times this happens when your butter is too hot. It can melt the sugars, which totally throws off the texture.

The best way to avoid this is to let your butter sit for at least 10 minutes after it’s been melted. You want it to still be liquid, but not hot to the touch.

image of cinnamon streusel topping being made with a fork

How Much Streusel Does This Recipe Make?

This cinnamon streusel recipes makes enough topping to cover a dozen muffins or cupcakes, a 9″ or 10″ pie, or the top of a 9”x13” sheet cake.

Tips for Making the Best Cinnamon Streusel Topping

  • Let your butter sit for about 10 minutes after you’ve melted it. This will help you make larger, more defined crumbles in your streusel.
  • Use a fork to mix your streusel! It allows you to combine your ingredients while leaving some of those delicious little butter bits intact.
image of a layered cinnamon coffee cake topped with cinnamon streusel topping

Making This Streusel in Advance

The cinnamon streusel topping can be used immediately, refrigerated for 5 days, or frozen up to a month. Store in an airtight container to keep it fresh.

Let Me Know What You Think

If you try this cinnamon streusel topping recipe, I’d love to hear what you think!

Please leave a rating below and a comment to let me know your thoughts.

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Yield: 1 1/2 cups

Cinnamon Streusel Topping

image of cinnamon streusel topping being made with a fork

This cinnamon streusel topping is deliciously buttery and sweet, and is the perfect topping for your favorite pies, muffins, and cakes.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes

Ingredients

Cinnamon Streusel

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour (130g)
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar, packed (100g)
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar (66g)
  • 1 Tbsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp fine salt
  • 6 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted and cooled (85g)

Instructions

Cinnamon Streusel Filling

  1. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, brown sugar, granulated sugar, ground cinnamon, and salt.
  2. Pour the melted and cooled butter into the dry ingredients and gently stir together with a fork to make some nice, big crumbles. You should end up with a bowl of what looks like wet sand with some pea-sized chunks. Be careful not to over-mix! You want to leave some of those buttery chunks intact.
  3. Use on top of your favorite muffins, cakes, and pies!!

Notes

Yield:

This cinnamon streusel recipes makes enough to cover a dozen muffins or cupcakes, a 10" pie, or the top of a 9”x13” sheet cake.

Tips for Making the Best Cinnamon Streusel Topping

  • Let your butter sit for about 10 minutes after you've melted it. This will help you make larger, more defined crumbles in your streusel.
  • Use a fork to mix your streusel! It allows you to combine your ingredients while leaving some of those delicious little butter bits intact!

Making This Streusel in Advance

    The cinnamon streusel topping can be used immediately, refrigerated for 5 days, or frozen up to a month. Store in an airtight container to keep it fresh.

Nutrition Information

Yield

12

Serving Size

1

Amount Per Serving Calories 141Total Fat 6gSaturated Fat 4gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 2gCholesterol 15mgSodium 52mgCarbohydrates 21gFiber 1gSugar 13gProtein 1g

Huma

Sunday 16th of January 2022

Hi, Im in LOVE with your website/recipes! The 'substitutions' if you don't have an ingredient is what I have been looking for so long. By the way, Have been looking for some recipes like cinnamon star bread. I saw it somewhere( tiktok maybe?) but can't find it on the website. Would love to try it. Could you share the link?

Thank you ?

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