Streusel Coffee Cake Muffins

I had a dream last night.


I dreamt that I owned my own cafe slash bakery…  Which got me thinking about the future.  Yes…  Dreams can do that.

It would be a place where you “pay what you can”, because quality of life is more important than profit.  Where people would rather buy each other drinks than get snippy about long lines or the weather.  Where you can sneak away for a little and relax with some good food and nice music.  Preferably close to a sports bar somewhere so I can pick up cute dudes who stumble in.


I’d want a place where each mug, plate, and customer were distinct from one another and no two orders the same, because no two people are the same.  Where the food was hand-crafted individually for your satisfaction.  And where I could call each and every one of you by your name, or Scooter.

Everyone would be welcome…  Girl, boy, black, white, purple, Asian, Africa, Antarctican, or Swiss (I hear they’re nice).  Rich, poor, modern, vintage, religious, intellectual, and the works.  Teachers, doctors, hippies, pastors, babies, wanderers, coffee fiends, strangers, and puppies.


I hope the place I build creates an atmosphere where you can enjoy life and take the time to be nice to those around you, whether they are strangers or not.  I want it to be a place that allows you to fuel your body and enrich your lives with only the freshest, tastiest, and most wholesome ingredients.  Yes, butter.  Yes, whole wheat flour.  And yes, everything in between.  It’s all goldilocks up in here…  Everything needs to be just right.

I’d want a place that accepts innovation, creativity, social justice, and a little bit of weirdness, just for kicks.  I’d hope the customers are up for chatting and kiddies can grab a muffin and play together while random strangers talk about their favorite bible verse, their favorite Borat quote, or their favorite U2 song.  Where the guy in front decides to pay for the person behind of him just as a way of saying hello.  I’d want to create a place where people don’t just eat or drink…  They belong.

And the first thing about belonging begins with muffins.


Streusel Coffee Cake Muffins

adapted from How Sweet It Is

(yields 12 muffins)


For the Muffins:

1 cup all-purpose flour

1 cup whole wheat flour

1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon salt

3 large eggs

1/2 cup granulated sugar

1 cup plain Greek yogurt

5 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled

For Streusel Filling & Topping:

1/2 cup brown sugar, unpacked

1/2 cup rolled oats

1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

pinch of salt

3 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut into pieces


To make the muffins:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and line a muffin tin with liners or cooking spray.

In a medium bowl, mix together flours, baking powder, cinnamon, baking soda and salt.  In a larger bowl, whisk together eggs and sugar until smooth.

Add in yogurt, stirring until consistency is smooth and thick.  Stir in butter.  Fold in the dry ingredients and mix until combined.

To make streusel filling & topping:

In a small bowl, mix together brown sugar, oats, cinnamon and salt.  Cut in cold butter pieces using a fork or your fingers, mixing together until small crumbs form.  Set aside.

Fill the muffin tins almost halfway full with batter, then sprinkle with some of the streusel topping, making sure to slightly press down so the filling bakes together.  Add another few spoonfuls of batter on top, then sprinkle tops with another handful of the streusel mixture.

Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until golden on top.


Serve hot with butter!

Nutritional information: 235 calories, 9g fat (5 sat, 2.5 mono), 30.5g carbohydrates, 5.5g protein, 1.5g fiber

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8 Responses to “Streusel Coffee Cake Muffins”
  1. Oh man, I love streusel on any muffin! Those look delicious!

  2. THESE LOOKS SERIOUSLY FABULOUS. Jimmie and I were reading your blog earlier and I was almost drooling. I. Love. Muffins. Wanna open a muffin bakery? Yeah?? Muffins, coffee, and tea??

  3. Mary says:

    These were seriously GREAT! Can’t wait to try them again.

  4. Sally says:

    this is one mufifn that must go on my list – i am a sucker for streusel of any kind Katie!

  5. Love the streusel topping on these!

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