Allspice Crumb Muffins

Allspice Crumb Muffins

It’s Friday and the weekend is here (cue the trumpets). With the hustle and bustle of typical weekday mornings, many people barely manage a bowl of Cheerios, let alone a homemade treat for breakfast. It seems that pancakes and sausage, fluffy waffles, and jumbo muffins are often reserved for weekend indulgences. Snuggled under your mountain of blankets, convinced that nothing could pry you out of bed after a week of sleep deprivation, you catch a whiff. The bacon sizzling, the sweet maple aroma of sausage, or spiced muffins coming from the oven, and I guarantee you’re out of bed in a flash. It seems ingrained in all of us – being roused from sleep with your nose, it’s almost inevitable that as soon as your feet hit the floor your stomach is rumbling. And suddenly you can’t get to the kitchen fast enough. It’s a marvelous way to wake up, and a perfect way to remember to slow down and savor the small things that bring us joy. Whether it be loved ones, the perfect cup of coffee, or a plateful of bacon πŸ˜‰ No matter your favorite way to enjoy the laziness of a morning where you have nowhere to be, these muffins should be penciled into your weekend-slow-down-and-smell-the-bacon plans.

These muffins are every bit as Saturday-morning-cozy as you might imagine. The muffin itself is tender and light, and it gets a kick from the allspice in the batter. And then of course the streusel. Ahh, streusel. I am a sucker for anything that has streusel or buttery crumbs on it – cream cheese coffee cakes, sour cream coffee cakes, blueberry crumb cake, and it goes without saying, the holy grail of all that is sacred regarding streusel – New York-style crumb cake. As is the case with just about every muffin recipe, the beauty lies in the simplicity of the recipe, and that such a simple process can produce such amazingly delicious results. The smell of these baking away in the oven will get even the soundest of sleepers shuffling into the kitchen. Enjoy your weekend!

{Footnote: I had an assistant during my photo shoot, he kept a close eye on the muffins…}

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Allspice Crumb Muffins

Yield: Makes 12 muffins

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes


For the Streusel:
Β½ cup all-purpose flour
Β½ cup light brown sugar
Β½ teaspoon ground allspice
5 Tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut into bits

For the Muffins:
2 cups all-purpose flour
Β½ cup granulated sugar
1 Tablespoon baking powder
Β½ teaspoon ground allspice
ΒΌ teaspoon salt
ΒΌ cup light brown sugar
1 stick (8 Tablespoons) unsalted butter, melted and cooled
2 large eggs
ΒΎ cup whole milk
ΒΌ teaspoon vanilla extract


1. Center a rack in the oven and preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Butter or spray the 12 molds in a regular-size muffin pan or line with paper cups. Place the muffin pan on a baking sheet.

2. To make the streusel, put the flour, brown sugar, and allspice in a small bowl and whisk to combine. Add the bits of cold butter and toss, pinching the mixture between your fingers, until you have pea-sized crumbs. Set aside in the refrigerator. (The streusel can be made up to 3 days ahead and stored, covered, in the refrigerator.)

3. To make the muffins, in a large bowl whisk together the flour, granulated sugar, allspice, baking powder, and salt. Stir in the brown sugar, making certain there are no lumps. In a large glass measuring cup or another bowl, whisk together the melted butter, eggs, milk and vanilla extract until well combined. Pour the liquid ingredients over the dry ingredients and with the whisk or a rubber spatula, gently but quickly stir to blend. The batter will be lumpy; that is how it should be.

4. Divide the batter evenly among the muffin cups. Sprinkle streusel over each muffin, then use your fingertips to gently press the crumbs into the batter.

5. Bake for about 20 minutes, or until the tops are golden and a thin knife inserted into the center of the muffins comes out clean. Transfer the pan to a wire rack and cool for 5 minutes before carefully removing each muffin. Cool completely on the wire rack. Muffins can be stored, in an airtight container, at room temperature for up to 5 days.



72 Responses to “Allspice Crumb Muffins”

  1. jaclyn@todayslady on March 5, 2010 at 12:48 am

    Muffins + crumb topping = heaven! These look amazing, so Saturday morning! Michelle, I love your descriptions of all of your recipes. The description alone wants me to make these muffins! Have a great weekend πŸ™‚
    p.s. Your dog is such a cutie!


  2. Sana on March 5, 2010 at 2:59 am

    what accurate description of weekend mornings! i live in Dubai so my weekend is friday and this is how i actually got up today.. the muffins look good!! and i too am a fan of streusal thanks to your sour cream coffee cake!!


  3. Kristen on March 5, 2010 at 7:00 am

    Muffins be damned … I LOVE the photo with your dog! I’d seen many such a look myself back in the days when I had a golden retriever underfoot. It’s that look in their eyes that warns you, “don’t turn around … I won’t be able to help myself from eating one or two or seven the instant I think you’re not looking!” I’m not a big one for muffins, but that picture made my day!


  4. Sinful Southern Sweets on March 5, 2010 at 7:11 am

    That is too cute with the dog!! I believe you just may have been describing your pups Sat. morning romp to the kitchen looking for breakfast as well πŸ™‚ Have a great weekend!


  5. shelly (cookies and cups) on March 5, 2010 at 7:50 am

    haha! your dog is just waiting for you to turn around so he can snatch one πŸ˜‰


  6. Meghan on March 5, 2010 at 8:50 am

    I have this recipe saved to make; I know I’d love them. You have an adorable little assistant there πŸ™‚


  7. Lauren on March 5, 2010 at 8:57 am

    OHEMGEE. These look delicious! I really need to pay closer attention to my Dorie book. I’m a whore for muffins! (Not literally, but you know what I mean.)


  8. Pam on March 5, 2010 at 9:23 am

    They look delicious! Wish I had one with my cup of coffee now! That’s quite an assistant you have and I would like one of those myself!


  9. gingela5 on March 5, 2010 at 10:08 am

    Looks delicious! I think I’d have a couple of assistants helping me too if I made these! πŸ™‚


  10. Diana's Cocina on March 5, 2010 at 10:50 am

    I love a good muffin and this is it!


  11. Hot Polka Dot on March 5, 2010 at 10:53 am

    That’s my favourite way to wake up too. I never seem to be the one doing the waking though. I’m not much of a morning person, but I do enjoy a good plate of muffins. I must try these!


  12. Colette on March 5, 2010 at 11:07 am

    I just made these but added a cream cheese spice filling. They are just amazing. I love how dense and moist the muffin is.
    Thanks for sharing! I’m dropping them off to the ladies at the daycare, but not before I eat one or two!
    Have a great weekend!


  13. Bob on March 5, 2010 at 11:26 am

    Man, I haven’t woken up to the smell of breakfast since I was a kid. It’s the problem with being the only cook in a relationship. Heh. Those muffins look awesome, love that last pic.


  14. ashley on March 5, 2010 at 11:38 am

    i almost made these last weekend! they look so good!


  15. Maria on March 5, 2010 at 11:42 am

    The muffins look wonderful! I really really love your dog! I had a golden retriever for 13 years, they are the best dogs. I really want another one!


  16. bunkycooks on March 5, 2010 at 11:43 am

    The muffins look so good! I know your pooch thinks so, too! πŸ™‚ My dog would have had one in his mouth and he’d be running down the hall with it!


  17. pamela on March 5, 2010 at 11:59 am

    Loved these muffins! When I made them, I couldn’t stop eating them. Guess it’s time to make them again.


  18. Chaya on March 5, 2010 at 1:16 pm

    These are the perfect muffins for my hubby although I have to make them gluten free but he would love these.

    Come on over. I am having a giveaway for cookware.


  19. Allison Raines on March 5, 2010 at 2:18 pm

    Your “assistant” is quite adorable!! Golden retriever? What a cutie pie!
    I agree: breakfast is usually the reason for my getting out of bed in the mornings, especially on the weekends =) The muffins look wonderfully scrumptious!


  20. Jamie on March 5, 2010 at 2:25 pm

    lol @ Einy eying up your cupcakes! πŸ˜‰ Too cute!!!


  21. Sweet Francisco on March 5, 2010 at 3:31 pm

    Yum! Those look delicious. If I wasn’t stuck at work, I would be making them right now. I don’t need it to be morning to devour delicious breakfast muffins.


  22. Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction on March 5, 2010 at 3:43 pm

    These muffins look great! Love the picture with your doggy keeping a watchful eye on the muffins.


  23. Jeanne on March 5, 2010 at 5:45 pm

    These look so good! I just love finding a new muffin recipe, since I eat muffins every day. Your assistant is the cutest!


  24. S on March 5, 2010 at 7:08 pm

    Ohhh that looks sooo good!


  25. Katrina on March 5, 2010 at 7:40 pm

    Yummy muffins, cute as heck picture with the dog looking on.


  26. Xiaolu @ 6 Bittersweets on March 5, 2010 at 10:35 pm

    Crumb topping and muffins are a match made in heaven. I must say I couldn’t tell you exactly what allspice tastes like, but I’m sure this is delicious!


  27. Marcela on March 5, 2010 at 11:36 pm

    I love the picture!!! I have my assistant too!! They look alike! And she is always at the kitchen by my side while I cook!!! Poor baby, the smells drive her crazy!!! By the way I love your blog and your recipes!!!


  28. Katrina on March 6, 2010 at 7:00 am

    Ohhh how I love allspice. These look amazing!


  29. Cookin' Canuck on March 6, 2010 at 10:38 am

    If I smelled these baking, I definitely wouldn’t be able to stay in bed. I love the photo of your dog eyeing the muffins!


  30. Janet Hanson on March 7, 2010 at 11:00 am

    Made these muffins this morning, and they are delicious! I could smell the butter as they were baking, yum. I could only eat one, since they were so rich, but I will definitely make them again. The crumb topping is delicious and the muffin itself is moist. Thank-you! Oh, and I love the picture of your helper also, so cute!


  31. Aimee on March 7, 2010 at 12:34 pm

    I love allspice and these look fantastic!


  32. Eliana on March 8, 2010 at 11:39 am

    These muffins are one of my favorites from the book. And add to that – they are super easy to make.


  33. Avanika (Yumsilicious Bakes) on March 15, 2010 at 10:53 am

    Ahh streusel! My one love. Wait. Also chocolate. Also brownies. Hmm,lets just say, one of my loves πŸ™‚


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  35. Heather on September 10, 2010 at 11:00 am

    I made these last night to bring to work today. Not only are they beautiful, they are soooo yummy. I’ve been making lots of your recipes for work and they are always a hit. So, thank you!


    • Michelle on September 13th, 2010 at 10:19 pm

      Heather – So happy these were a hit! You’re welcome! Happy coworkers are… less cranky coworkers?


  36. Lisa on September 20, 2010 at 7:51 pm

    Made these yesterday and wow — delicious!! I had leftover crumb topping and I snuck a spoonful straight ;] I think I could eat that on just about anything! Thanks for sharing, this is definitely on my keepers list!


    • Michelle on September 20th, 2010 at 9:19 pm

      I am a sucker for crumb topping, I always steal a couple of spoonfuls when baking πŸ˜‰ So happy you loved the muffins!


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  38. Kathleen on July 18, 2011 at 1:04 am

    I so adore muffins! They are the perfect breakfast any day of the week. I love your assistant. I have two of my own-both very furry πŸ™‚


  39. Tegan on July 23, 2011 at 8:43 pm

    ooh these look absolutely gorgeous! i’m such a breakfast muffin person and these look super easy and super delicious πŸ™‚ andddddd i’m in a baking mood!! tfs πŸ˜€


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  44. Jamie on March 12, 2012 at 11:59 am

    I just wanted to let you know that I made these, and blogged about them, and they were delicious! Thank you for posting the recipe!


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  48. ricardo on January 23, 2013 at 7:39 am

    that was the most blend muffin i ever baked


  49. MLK on February 17, 2013 at 6:00 pm

    Made these muffins today, and the crumb topping melted while cooking. I’ve never seen this happen before. Any suggestions?


    • Michelle on February 19th, 2013 at 8:15 pm

      Make sure that the butter in the crumb topping is cold. If your kitchen is warm or if you overwork the topping too much, refrigerate it before topping and baking the muffins.


  50. Natalie on March 16, 2013 at 7:56 pm

    I just made these and I love them! I took a few liberties though. I added some apple pie spice (it is my weakness!) and a chopped up apple. I want to eat them all for dinner now! I think next time I make these I’ll add a little whole wheat flour.


  51. Emily on March 24, 2013 at 12:21 pm

    Love these!! So did my family!! The muffin has a subtle taste and the struesel gives them a nice kick. And they’re great with a little vanilla icing drizzled over them!


  52. Chilipepper on April 28, 2013 at 4:07 pm

    Kind of too sweet and greasy… ease up on the butter, but still delicious!


  53. Kim on June 10, 2013 at 5:05 am

    I guess maybe I’m not an allspice fan after all, even when combining it with sweets. My muffins were on the dry side and I didn’t put enough topping (my fault). I probably should have started checking at 15 minutes maybe. I think this would taste great with some apple chunks in them though, and maybe some icing on top since I’m not a big fan fan of the allspice flavor). Thanks for the recipe though! It was fun to try.


  54. Caitlin on June 18, 2013 at 12:09 pm

    I love these! Be warned: You HAVE to use paper muffin cups otherwise you will have a crumbly mess! I loaded my tins with oil spray and I still couldn’t take them out. I plan to half the topping next time. These muffins were a hit!!!


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  56. Lainy on November 19, 2013 at 5:51 pm

    I agree Catlin. thx for the tip! LOVE IT!!!:)


  57. Lainy on November 19, 2013 at 5:52 pm

    thx for the warning Catlin it helped a whole lot!:)


  58. Hampton VonRichenbich on February 9, 2014 at 6:57 pm

    Even a goat wouldn’t eat these.

    They exploded in the oven and made an enormous mess. I am extremely displeased. Upon feeding them to my pet dog, he immediately vomited and required extensive medical treatment. These muffins turned what could have been a lovely Sunday morning into a catastrophic fiasco.

    An extremely disastisfied customer


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  60. Shelli on March 8, 2014 at 10:19 pm

    The crumb topping was really good. They rose nicely. The muffins seemed like they needed to be sweeter and they came out dry. Did anyone else’s come out dry? I’m not sure if it’s the recipe or If I did something wrong. I’d like to try them again but not sure how to make them moist.


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  62. k on April 19, 2014 at 9:08 am

    Hampton’s review cracked me up. Unfortunately, I didn’t look at these negative reviews before trying the recipe…

    Followed the instructions perfectly, but I think there was a tad too much baking soda (could taste it), and not enough salt or vanilla. Still, not bad, just not one I would save.

    I think the amount of crumble topping per muffin could be clarified for beginners (like me). I filled each muffin tin the top, but there was still a good half a cup leftover. And my muffin tins are generously sized. Now that they’re baked, I assume you’re suposed to fill them so the top is rounded?


  63. Lulu on May 24, 2014 at 2:37 pm

    Love your site and your beautiful food!

    Since I’m always looking for practical comments about the recipes on food blogs, I thought I’d actually leave one. So:

    1) It seemed like complaints listed in the comments cancelled one another out, so I followed the recipe (almost) exactly. I did add more allspice (…a lot more allspice), because I’m an allspice fanatic and I couldn’t really taste it in the batter beforehand.

    2) In a normal muffin pan, these did fill exactly 12 muffin cups.

    3) My melted cooled butter seized when it hit the milk. This happens to me every time I mix melted butter with cool liquid (and I always forget), so I wound up warming the liquids a little to melt the butter back down and incorporate it better before mixing with the dry. Tip for others: I wonder if the little cold bits of butter not being mixed in could account for both the dryness some people had (i.e. the butter wasn’t thoroughly incorporated leaving parts of the muffins dryer) and the greasiness others had (i.e. hitting pockets of butter that weren’t blended). To avoid this, you could (a) warm the milk, or (b) use oil in place of butter.

    4) This did make more streusel than I needed. I was generous with topping, sprinkling and pressing in as directed, and then went back over for another sprinkle. Then I just ate some out of the bowl. I still have about 1/2 cup left.

    5) These smelled gorgeous while baking, puffed up beautifully and generously. The smell alone is worth the price of admission.

    6) My streusel also sank and spread a little, so it’s not very evenly spread over the tops. But this happens to me every time, too.

    6) I always, always have to wait longer than 5 minutes to remove muffins from paper cups, or they stay glued to the sides of the liner and fall completely apart. So, tip for others: If you’re having your muffins come apart, you can (a) grease the liners, or (b) wait until the muffins are completely cool to remove them from the liners. That said, after about… say, 10 minutes? Still hot, I was able to peel these easily out of liners.

    8) The flavor was milder than I wanted, even with something like triple the allspice. I would probably up the spices further next time (like I said, I’m a fanatic). The texture is excellent and moist–not dry or greasy in the slightest–and the streusel is nice and crunchy and sweet and spicy.

    There – hopefully that all is useful to the next baker! Or to me, the next time I come back trying to remember how this recipe worked for me.

    Thanks, BEB!


  64. Darnell on January 13, 2015 at 7:36 am

    These sound so really good. I also love the picture of the wooly one looking upon them. I love the goldens for I have one myself.


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  66. Charlotte on April 30, 2015 at 8:28 pm

    I made these muffins today and I cannot believe how amazing they are!!! I am completely addicted! I am going to try them with some apples as suggested by Natalie! YUM!
    Have you ever tried these?


  67. Foam Rolling on July 5, 2015 at 3:30 pm

    Made these and wow – they are absolutely amazing.


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  69. Vanessa Stanfill on May 6, 2016 at 9:51 am

    Your recipe looks delicious, but unfortunately there are so many pop ups and ads and noisy videos on your blog that it is nearly impossible to navigate πŸ™ Just getting to the recipe was a challenge on my brand-new computer with an excellent connection.


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