New York-Style Coffee Cake Crumb Muffins

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    I pretty much share all my treats with coworkers & friends because there’s no way it’s healthy if Jason and I ate all of them! I love that the panettone baking cups stand up on their own so you don’t even have to put them in a muffin tin.

    You just place them on a baking sheet and bake! They fill a lot too, which was great for this recipe since the crumb to cake ratio was about 3:1 – the best!

    Sidenote: You know what’s worse than craving Chick-Fil-A on a Sunday and having it be closed? Rolling up to a Chick-Fil-A on a Thursday evening and seeing that it’s CLOSED due to renovations.

    What the what?! So inappropriate!

    We pulled up to the CFA parking lot and there were about 7 other cars just parked in the parking lot looking as confused as we were trying to quickly think of plan B for dinner.

    Can you imagine if you had a wailing 5 year old in the backseat? “But I WANT Chick-Fil-A!!!!!” Yeah, good thing we don’t have one of those. This lady even got out of the car to see if this was a joke.

    Unfortunately, it wasn’t a joke. Lame-o.

    When it comes to crumb cakes, especially the New York-style coffee crumb cakes, I’m all about the crumb.

    I prefer very little cake and a massive crumb topping. When I found this recipe from Cook’s Illustrated, I knew I had to try it.

    If you’re tempted to substitute all-purpose flour for the cake flour – don’t. Just go to the store and buy cake flour. Why?

    If you use all-purpose flour, you’re going to end up with a dry, tough muffin. Also, use buttermilk! If you don’t have it, you can always substitute it with plain yogurt or put 1 tablespoon of white vinegar into 1 cup of milk.

    The recipe says it makes a dozen and you might find that a little unbelievable, but remember: this recipe is more about the crumb topping than the cake.

    This recipe has just a cushion of cake compared to the massive crumb topping. If you want to make an even ratio of cake vs. crumb, then it’ll only make 6 muffins.

    4 from 5 votes

    New York-Style Coffee Cake Crumb Muffins

    If there is crumb in the name for crumb muffins, you better believe there should be a lot of crumb on top!
    Prep Time: 20 mins
    Cook Time: 20 mins
    Total Time: 40 mins
    Servings (adjustable, but please note that results, timing, and cookware may vary when adjusting servings): 1 dozen
    Calories: 339kcal
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    For the crumb topping

    • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
    • 1/3 cup dark brown sugar
    • 3/4 tsp ground cinnamon
    • 1/8 tsp salt
    • 8 tbsp unsalted butter, melted
    • 1 3/4 cups cake flour

    For the muffin

    • 1 1/4 cup cake flour
    • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
    • 1/4 tsp baking soda
    • 1/4 tsp salt
    • 6 tbsp unsalted butter, cut into 6 pieces, softened but still cool
    • 1 large egg
    • 1 egg yolk
    • 1 tsp vanilla extract
    • 1/3 cup buttermilk or 1/3 cup plain yogurt


    • Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Line muffin pan with baking cups or prepare panettone baking cups by spraying them lightly with cooking spray.
    • In a medium bowl, whisk together sugars, cinnamon, and salt. Pour the butter over top and using a wooden spoon, mix until incorporated. Then add the cake flour and mix until mixture resembles a thick and cohesive dough. Set aside.
    • In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, mix flour, sugar, baking soda, and salt on low speed to combine. With mixer at low speed, add butter one piece at a time; continue beating until mixture resembles moist crumbs, with no visible butter chunks remaining, 1 to 2 minutes.
    • Add the egg, egg yolk, vanilla extract and buttermilk and mix until all has been incorporated and batter is light and fluffy.
    • Using a 1/4 cup measuring cup (**see NOTES below), divide up batter into prepared muffin pan. Then, sprinkle a generous amount of the crumb topping on top, using your fingers to pinch the dough into a crumbly mixture, if not already. Do not press the crumb topping into the batter. Just let it sit on top.
    • Bake for 20 minutes or until crumbs are golden and a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean. (Note: I did stick my muffins under the broiler at about the 15 minute baking mark so the tops would get nice and brown. If you do this, make sure to watch it carefully. You do not have to do the broiler step and can omit it completely.)
    • Let muffins cool for 5 minutes before transferring them to a wire rack to cool completely.
    • Store in an airtight container for up to 2 days.


    You'll need to use deeper/taller than normal baking cups for this (like panettone baking cups) otherwise the crumb topping will fall off. If you use normal baking cups, use less batter then add the crumb topping.
    Source: Cook's Illustrated
    Nutrition Facts
    New York-Style Coffee Cake Crumb Muffins
    Amount Per Serving (1 Muffin)
    Calories 339 Calories from Fat 126
    % Daily Value*
    Fat 14g22%
    Carbohydrates 49g16%
    Fiber 2g8%
    Sugar 23g26%
    Protein 4g8%
    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
    *Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. 

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  • Rachel @ Baked by Rachel says:

    If I blink my eyes like Jeannie (have I lost you?) ;) will one of these appear before me? Way better than the breakfast I had!!

  • Alaina @ Fabtastic Eats says:

    oh mah gawd, I cant wait to try these! There is never enough crumb topping..ever!! These little babies look like they just may fix that!

  • Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch says:

    These muffins look a-maz-ing!!! I want one for breakfast! I would love some of that crumb topping!!!

  • Cassie | Bake Your Day says:

    I love crumb muffins. That crumb gets me everytime! I love KAF Bake and Give stuff too. I use the little loaf pans all the time!

  • Tracey says:

    Oh my word, look at that luscious crumb topping!! You can never have enough crumb topping :) These would be the best breakfast treat ever!

  • Erin | The Law Student's Wife says:

    It is SO all about the crumb. I’d love to have one (or three) of these with my coffee this morning. Thanks for the note on the cake flour too–it’s always good to know where the flour makes a BIG difference.
    Welcome back from “vacation” Julie. Glad you were able to recharge :-)

  • Marian (Sweetopia) says:

    Yum, yum, yum is right!! Experienced instant craving for these beauties!

  • marla says:

    Oh! What I would do to dive into these :)

  • Tieghan says:

    Crumb muffins are so good! Man I wish I had one of those for breakfast! These look so yummy!

  • Megan says:

    Coffee cake is totally about the crumb. The bigger the better!! These are too cute for words. And since they’re cute, I will have two. Fine, three.

  • Jenny Flake says:

    Julie!!! These are amazing!

  • For Real… I need those ASAP. Do you ship? ;)

  • Ali | Gimme Some Oven says:

    That packaging is adorable!!! I love a massive crumb topping too. These look incredible!

  • Maria says:

    Too funny! I just made coffee cake muffins-we are always on the same page! Love yours!

  • sally @ sallys baking addiction says:

    I LOVE the muffin liners Julie. And of course, the muffins too. :) I mean just look at all of that crumb topping!!! The best part, obvs.

  • Aimee @ Simple Bites says:

    Sooooooo happy that I just bought cake flour. And have buttermilk made, too! I might be tempted to make these with a maple twist, though. ;) That’s all I have on the brain right now!

  • Monique says:

    i have a serious addiction to coffee cake. It brings back memories of my childhood. My parents are huge coffee drinkers and every weekend a man from the entemanns outlet would come to the neighborhood with truckloads of entemanns products for $1 a piece. We would load up on coffee crumb cake and freeze the excess. Now, as an adult, i still love me some crumb cake and like you, feel the bigger the crumb, the better.

  • Heather Christo says:

    Are you kidding me!!! These look so good, and I love that you turned crumb cake into a portable muffin. Perfect!

  • Marie @ Little Kitchie says:

    Crumb cake as muffins = best idea ever.

  • Gaby says:

    omg. obsessed with crumb cake. I wish I could share these with you right this very moment

  • Jen @ Jen's Favorite Cookies says:

    Why do I never make crumb muffins? It makes no sense, because I really love eating them. The crumb topping is my favorite part! I can’t wait to try this one!

  • Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet says:

    New York Style crumb topping is the best! Your muffins look so scrumptious! Love the adorable tags!

  • thebakingcup - carolina says:

    I agree! the crumbs totally take the cake :) These look amazing Julie!

  • Carla @ Carla's Confections says:

    OMG I need these muffins! Please send me these in a package. Thank you ;) Oh yeah and some CFA too since Ive never been…

  • Kristen M. says:

    It must be a subconscious thing because when I get Chick Fil A cravings it tends to always be on Sundays. These muffins look so good. Oh that crumb topping! :P

  • Tara @ Chip Chip Hooray says:

    Innnn love. Giant crumbs–the more the better!! ;)

  • Julie @ Julie's Eats & Treats says:

    I’m seriously in love with all of those crumbs!!

  • Kay says:

    These look amazing!!!

  • Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain says:

    I totally feel you! Craving CFA is like craving Chipotle. When one isn’t open, the world doesn’t seem right. Good thing there are epic crumbly muffins to keep us distracted! These look so maj!

  • Rachael {Simply Fresh Cooking} says:

    You’ve gotta be kidding me, woman! Yummy. And yeah, that packaging is SO flipping cute!

  • Laura (Tutti Dolci) says:

    You can never have too much crumb, love these muffins!

  • Kiran @ says:

    Yummy coffee cake crumb muffins!! And I agree, you can never have too much crumb. Pretty cute packaging too!

  • Jessica @ Portuguese Girl Cooks says:

    These look absolutely delicious!! I seriously wish I was your co-worker lol!

  • Tonia says:

    Oh my! Those look so good. I’ll be dreaming of these when I drink my coffee in the morning.

  • Nicole @ Young, Broke and Hungry says:

    The more crumb topping the better! I love these muffins.

  • Mimi @ Culinary Couture says:

    The panettone baking cups are ridiculously cute!

  • Jocelyn @BruCrew Life says:

    Wowza! Now that’s how I like to see a muffin! That topping is to die for, and the packaging is super cute!!!!

  • Nikki @Seeded at the Table says:

    Oh my soul. I want to scoop up that crumb topping now!

    And, yes, we’ve craved Chick-fil-a many Sundays and even pulled up to one that was closed for renovations before, too! The worst was when we used to not have a Chick-fil-a near us and would depend on getting it during road trips, but would be out of luck if we were driving by one on a Sunday! Grrrr.

  • Megan says:

    I love the way you packaged these. They look stunning!

  • carrian says:

    Haha, I opened your post and immediately wanted to tell you that Cooks Illustrated has the bestest version ever, but it looks like you were totally aware. Haha. Oh, and lady, these are my favorite photos you’ve take. so lovely.

  • Jackie @ Domestic Fits says:

    these look amazing! I love that they are portion sized so that I can pretend that I’ll have restraint ;)

  • Katie @ Blonde Ambition says:

    I am all about the crumb too! My Italian New Yorker great grandma used to make a crumb cake with HUGE crumbs – the recipe is now cherished among us ladies of the family :)

    Those muffin tins are so cute!

  • a farmer in the dell says:

    First of all, I would give my right arm for one of these coffee cake muffins. Second of all, those packaging cards are adorable! Love!

  • Laura Dembowski says:

    Crumb cake is for sure all about the crumbs! The muffins look great. Always wondered about those panettone papers – I’ll have to give them a try.

  • Gerry @ Foodness Gracious says:

    Anything crumb topped is awesome and these look so good, wait can you imagine a crumb topped spicy chicken sandwich…i’m in love with the spicy chicken and buffalo sauce :)

  • Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. says:

    Oh my gosh, Julie, these look so incredible! The crumb topping is definitely the best part and I love that cute packaging!

  • Kevin @ Closet Cooking says:

    I could definitely go for some of those muffins for breakfast right now!

  • naomi says:

    Love this recipe from Cooks Illustrated! these look great

  • Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel says:

    Hooooly bejesus. Look at the crumb on that thing! INSANITY. Crumbs are the best part of any kind of coffee cake, muffin or crumb cake, am I right or am I right?! LOVE THESE.

  • angela @ another bite please says:

    those gift tags are so cute…and i’ve gotta try those baking cups…and hahaha nice throw back to big butts…big crumbs yes please. :-)

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