Buttery, crumbly, sugary and sweet, the best streusel topping is made with chopped pecans, brown sugar goodness, and just 5 ingredients.
An Impressive and Secretly Easy Streusel Topping
Just when you thought your favorite muffin recipe couldn’t get any better, streusel showed up. And just like that, crumbly, buttery, impossibly delicious and perfectly sweet streusel topping made everything more magical.
Ready to make this simple, 5 ingredient recipe with me? Let’s go!
Really, just 5 ingredients… or 4, if you like
Crumbly, sweet, mouthwatering: this streusel topping recipe is easy to make and comes together with just 5 simple ingredients.
- Flour – I tried oat flour, but it didn’t work. Stick to all purpose flour for the best results.
- Pecans – my favorite nut to use, but can be subbed with another nut
- Brown sugar – I don’t recommend subbing this with coconut sugar. The results are too wet and overly coconutty.
- Ground cinnamon – you can leave this out if you don’t like cinnamon
- Butter – feel free to use vegan butter, not coconut oil (it won’t work).
What is Streusel Topping?
Streusel topping is a dessert & sweet breakfast topping that originates from Germany. In German, “streusel” literally means “sprinkles”. It can also mean “something scattered”. 
What’s the difference between Streusel and Strudel?
Don’t worry, folks get this one confused all the time. Streusel is a sweet topping made of sugar, flour, and butter that’s sprinkled over baked goods. Streusel originates from Germany.
Strudel is a baked pastry that consists of a fruit filling stuffed inside of pastry sheets. Strudel originates from Austria. 
Today, we’re making streusel topping. Once we master this streusel topping recipe, we can sprinkle it on every single baked good!
How to Make Streusel Topping
Learn how to make streusel topping with just 5 simple ingredients and a few steps.
First, add the flour, brown sugar, pecans, and cinnamon to a medium or small mixing bowl. Then, whisk dry ingredients together until well mixed.
Now, add in melted butter. Grab a fork or small spatula to stir and fold everything together to create crumbles for the best streusel topping.
Keep folding until you don’t see any more patches of flour. If left, they’d result in yucky clumps of flour even after baking.
You’ll add the streusel topping to the tops of your uncooked muffin batter before baking. You may need to add a few minutes to account for the added topping on your treats.
💡 Tip: Remember to chop your pecans more finely for smaller crumbles; chop just roughly for larger crumbles in your streusel topping.
When do you add streusel topping?
Once you’ve prepared your soon-to-be baked good, but have not yet baked it, add the streusel topping. So, right before the baked good goes into the oven, sprinkle the streusel topping and gently press it into the raw batter. Then, bake.
Can I substitute any of the ingredients?
You can easily swap the nuts and the cinnamon. However, for the rest of the ingredients, I recommend sticking to the recipe as listed. I’ve tried swaps with little success. 😉
How to make streusel topping for blueberry muffins?
Use this recipe to make streusel topping for blueberry muffins. You can keep the pecans, or you can swap them with walnuts or almonds.
How to make streusel topping for muffins?
Using butter, sugar, flour, and a spice of choice, you can create streusel topping for muffins. This streusel topping recipe is a good place to start. Once you learn it, you can start customizing it exactly for your muffin recipe.
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