When I was a kid, my mom’s plan was to teach me to cook so I would someday be a somewhat functional adult. I mean, we all kind of plan that, or at least think about it sometimes, right? Before she died when I was 9, I hadn’t learned a whole lot, but I had a handful of things in my repertoire: Melted Cheese on a Plate (which is exactly what it sounds like–I would put shredded cheese on a plate, melt it, and eat it with a fork like a very classy girl.) Sausage and Sauerkraut (because what 9-year-old doesn’t make that for all her friends? No wonder people thought I was weird.) Campbell’s Tomato Soup made with milk instead of water. Pancakes. And blueberry muffins.

These are not the blueberry muffins of my childhood; these are much better blueberry muffins. They have cinnamon streusel on them and lemon zest in in them and they’re easy to make with stuff you probably either have on hand or can easily get. They are perfect for breakfast or brunch or “hey, I’m feeling snacky, but I have to wear a bra to the grocery store, so it’s either blueberry muffins or melted cheese on a plate again.” Here’s a little life tip: blueberry muffins are almost always better than melted cheese on a plate (notice I didn’t say always, because hey, we all have our dark times.)

time to make the muffins

For these, you’ll need all-purpose flour, salt, orange or lemon rind, baking powder, buttermilk, eggs, oil (although you can sub apple sauce if you want to healthify these a little), blueberries, and sugar for the muffins

ingredients for streusel topped blueberry muffins from our best bites

You’ll also need butter, flour, sugar, and cinnamon for the streusel topping.

ingredients for streusel topped blueberry muffins from our best bites

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a 12-cup muffin tin with cupcake liners and set aside.

Lightly spoon the flour into measuring cups and level with with a knife and combine it in a large bowl with the baking powder and salt,

adding baking soda and salt to flour for streusel topped blueberry muffins from our best bites


adding sugar to streusel topped blueberry muffins from our best bites

and citrus peel.

adding lemon peel to flour for streusel topped blueberry muffins from our best bites

Make a well in the center of the mixture.

making a well in the dry ingredients while making streusel topped blueberry muffins from our best bites

Place the the egg, buttermilk, and oil in a smaller bowl…

wet ingredients for streusel topped blueberry muffins from our best bites

Whisk them together and add the mixture to the dry ingredients,

stirring just until moistened.

In a small bowl, combine the remaining flour and sugar and then toss the blueberries in this mixture until they are well-coated. Gently fold the blueberry mixture into the batter.

Spoon the batter into lined muffin tins, filling 2/3 full.

To make the streusel topping, combine the 1/4 cup sugar, 2 1/2 tablespoons flour, and cinnamon. Cut in the butter with a pastry cutter or two butter knives until the mixture is crumbly. Sprinkle over the batter

streusel topped blueberry muffins from our best bites

and bake for 18-20 minutes or until the tops are golden and a toothpick inserted into the center of one of the muffins comes out clean. Remove from oven and allow to cool in the pan for 5 minutes and then transfer to a cooling rack. Makes 12 muffins.

streusel topped blueberry muffins from our best bites

Then you should eat ’em (because they are muffins and that’s what you do).

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streusel topped blueberry muffins from our best bites

Streusel-Topped Blueberry Muffins

  • Author: kate jones


These are the BEST streusel-topped blueberry muffins ever, but they are also quick and easy made from pantry staples!




1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 3/4 teaspoons baking powder
3/4 teaspoon table salt
1/2 cup sugar
2 teaspoon grated orange or lemon peel
1 large egg
3/4 cup buttermilk
1/3 cup canola oil
1 c. fresh or frozen blueberries
1 tablespoon flour
1 tablespoon sugar


1/4 cup sugar
2 1/2 tablespoon flour
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 1/2 tablespoons butter


Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a 12-cup muffin tin with cupcake liners and set aside.

Lightly spoon the flour into measuring cups and level with with a knife and combine it in a large bowl with the baking powder, salt, sugar, and citrus peel. Make a well in the center of the mixture. In a smaller bowl, whisk together the egg, buttermilk, and oil. Add to the dry ingredients, stirring just until moistened.

In a small bowl, combine the remaining flour and sugar and then toss the blueberries in this mixture until they are well-coated. Gently fold the blueberry mixture into the batter. Spoon the batter into lined muffin tins, filling 2/3 full.

To make the streusel topping, combine the 1/4 cup sugar, 2 1/2 tablespoons flour, and cinnamon. Cut in the butter with a pastry cutter or two butter knives until the mixture is crumbly. Sprinkle over the batter and bake for 18-20 minutes or until the tops are golden and a toothpick inserted into the center of one of the muffins comes out clean. Remove from oven and allow to cool in the pan for 5 minutes and then transfer to a cooling rack. Makes 12 muffins.


  1. Even though I love blueberry muffins…okay any muffins…I'm more interested in what your super exciting little secret is!

  2. Wow these look great! I've been using my MIL recipe for years and have become disenchanted. Really I mean what are muffins without the proper pouffy muffin tops? (ours have been flat…) The only difference between yours and hers is 1/4 tsp less baking powder and buttermilk. The buttermilk has got to make the difference! Now lets see if I fall in muffin love again… Here's hoping!! (plus I need a good birthday pick-me-up as i've got one down w/ possible stomach flu and one at school w/ sinus issues and surgery later this week!!)

  3. Oh how I love me some blueberry muffins…but they've GOT to have crumb topping. So this recipe is perfect!!

    I don't want to talk about muffin tops either…sore subject right now with warm weather around the corner. sigh.

  4. Looks yummy!

    I once tried blending the blueberries into the muffin batter (in hopes that my kids might try them that way) and it did something funky. Made me wonder if there's something in the actual blueberries that reacted with the rest of the muffin mix, or just because I'd used a blender on the batter. Do you know? (And I won't be trying it that way again either 🙂

    1. Steph – You know how in quick bread recipes it says to stir in the dry ingredients “just until moistened”? That could be what the problem was with your batter in the blender experience. Over stirring (or blending) changes the texture and moistness of your end product. Don’t know if it has to do with the leavening agents, the gluten in the flour, etc, but I know that when I over-stir my biscuit dough they end up dry and almost tough.

      Or it might have something to do with the consistency of your batter. Since the blueberries are usually suspended in the batter as opposed to being part of it, your dry to liquid ratio may have gotten out of whack when you blended them. Just a thought.

  5. Steph, that's weird! I have no idea!

    Crystal–that's my guess. I'm thinking the flour kind of soaks up the juices while they're baking so the muffins don't get too much moisture in them and the sugar mixes with the flour to make a little syrup in each bite.

  6. Is there a secret to keeping the crumble from melting? I have not had much luck, even when I keep the butter really cold.

  7. For once and I mean ONCE, I have blueberries and buttermilk … there is a God in HEaven!! YUMMIE!! Thank you for the recipe, I'm off to the kitchen 🙂

  8. The reason for stirring some of the flour in with the blueberries before adding them to the batter is to prevent the blueberries from sinking to the bottom. 🙂 It's a great trick but have to admit I don't know why or how it works. LOL

  9. Coating the blueberries in the flour/sugar mix keeps the berries from sinking to the bottom of the batter by basically creating a "glue" around each berry which helps to suspend it in the batter. One doesn't have to add the sugar to the mix as the flour alone is all that is necessary. 🙂 (but it does add an extra bit of sweetness)

  10. Oh my word!!!! I just bought fresh blueberries yesterday then I got your update today. Yummy, yummy, yummy and I might add very easy to make. I always find it unnerving to add liquid to the dry, I usually do it the other way because I am afraid it won't blend well but it did today! Looking forward to your secret, hope it's something us Canadians can use. Putting pictures of the muffins on your facebook! PS. Thanks for this recipe!

  11. Just last week I came here looking for a blueberry muffin recipe and was sure that it was in your cookbook since it wasn't here. So I reminded myself that there's another reason I still need to buy that book. I was happy to see that you posted this recipe today because I still had blueberries! Not anymore. They're in yummy muffins. I didn't do the streusel top, just because I'm lazy. They still turned out great. I've been looking for a go-to blueberry muffin recipe and finally found it!

  12. I love any recipe with streusel in it. Making these today for lunch! Can't wait to hear the results of the cookbook giveaway…:)

  13. Yummmm. I'm so glad you posted this because I haven't found a good from-scratch muffin recipe yet, and I never seem to have the expensive box ones on hand. Yay!

  14. Nothing to do with the muffins, but I JUST GOT MY BOOK! Fed Ex just delivered it minutes ago. I am so excited!!!!

  15. I made blueberry muffins this morning and looked to see if you had this recipe. Could have used it. I might just have to go get some more blueberries this week.

  16. I just got my cookbook today! It and the food in it looks gorgeous. I can't wait for strawberry season to try those cream cheese-filled strawberries.

  17. OK – I made your blueberry, streusel-topped muffins and now I'm completely addicted!!! :^)
    Just tell me – do I HAVE to share them?

  18. We did have these for dinner the other night, and they were delicious!! I even made a double batch so we've been enjoying them for lunches yesterday, for snacks, and for breakfast today. A new favorite for my kids. Thanks!!

  19. I’m baking this right now as I type and it smells heavenly. I’ve been looking for a blueberry muffin recipe with crumb topping, Thank you!

  20. Thank you thank you thank you… I love muffins, but hate those heavy, dry bricks that some recipes turn out. I’ve already made these several times, and they have become a family favorite! You girls are da bomb, and the new site looks awesome. Hugs!

  21. just wanted to say your streusel topping is awesome! and for a semi-homemade muffin, i grabbed a betty crocker blueberry mix & then added your streusel. awesome!!! and so easy. i’m sure i’m not the first gal to think of doing this but i still wanted to share…big hugs!

  22. Finally making these this weekend and can’t wait to smell them baking (and eat them, of course ;-)! Just a quick FYI, I tried to print the recipe but the page comes up blank. It might just be me but thought it was worth passing along in case it isn’t. Thanks for all of the great and yummy recipes you two share!

  23. I just found your blog a couple of weeks ago and I am in love!! I made these muffins this morning and they were delicious!!! I especially love the crumb topping! Thank you!!

  24. Do these have to be made as muffins, or could you make these in a pan like a coffee cake? If so, about how long would you cook them? Can’t wait to try these!

    1. I’m sure these could be made in a loaf pan or a 9×9″ pan…most quick bread recipes that I’ve made have been successful in pretty much any shape. If you do it in a bigger pan, probably start checking after 15-20 minutes but it’d probably take up to 30-40 minutes total. Just keep checking every 5ish minutes with a toothpick until it’s done.

  25. I love this blog–its totally gotten me excited about cooking again! Thanks for the awesome recipes and great pics to go along with them. Just made these muffins and they’re delicious!

  26. These turned out really good. 🙂 I used white whole wheat flour since that’s what I had open in the pantry. I think next time I’d add an extra tablespoon of buttermilk or oil (or both) since the batter was pretty thick and the finished muffins are slightly dry. They still taste good, though. I added vanilla extract and grated nutmeg to my batter to bump up the flavor!

  27. I just made these, after a complete blueberry muffin FAIL last week… these were perfect!! They were delicious and so yummy. Thanks!!!

  28. These are so yummy! Whenever I make them though, I usually get about 18. I also call them “Kate’s you’ll use every measuring cup and spoon and most of your mixing bowls but you’ll love these blueberry muffin recipe”

  29. This is my third time making the blueberry muffins. I substituted applesauce for the oil. They are so great!!!! The aroma is just overwhelming. I can’t wait to eat one. Each time I have made them it was to give away. This time I am going to get at least one before I give them away. Everyone has raved about how delicious they are. I just can’t thank you enough for such a great recipe.

  30. Just made two batches of these. The flavor was fantastic but the crumb topping just melted into the top of the muffin (the first batch it actally melted and sunk INTO the muffin). What’s the secret to getting the crumb topping to look like your picture?!

    1. Hey, Nikki! I’m so sorry I’m just getting back to you. You know, I can’t say for sure, but my guess would be that the butter crumbles may have been a little too small and maybe too warm. Sorry I can’t be of any more help!!

  31. Love muffins and have previously done a crumble on top but tried these and the streusel topping worked so much better. Have been looking for an alternative topping and I have found it. Thank you ladies.

  32. I just stumbled upon your page and I’m in AWWW! All these wonderful receipes. I have been trying for months now to find a good bluberry streusel receipe and this it. Plus I’m about to throw my soon to be 5 yr old daughter a “tea party” for her birthday and your rainbow cupcakes are going to put her over the rainbow. Thank you SO much!!!

  33. Made these this morning, they are delicious. To answer the whole-wheat question, I used 100% whole wheat flour, and it was great. I usually have this kind of luck when I grind the wheat myself, but not with store-bought whole wheat flour. I also subbed about 2/3 of the oil with applesauce, and there was no funny texture. Thanks for the recipe!

    1. You *can*, but the acid in the buttermilk helps make the muffins super tender. If you’re worried about fat, you can add a tablespoon of lemon juice to a measuring cup and then measure out the milk. Let it stand for about 10 minutes, then stir it up and use it just like buttermilk.

      Hope that helps!

  34. I’ve made these twice using half whole wheat pastry flour and virgin olive oil! They are AWESOME! MY new “go-to” muffin recipe! Thank you so much for posting! I am addicted to your site! 🙂

  35. These look delicious! I happen to have a big box of blueberries that need using so I will be making these soon. 🙂
    Just two questions for you: Can I leave the orange/lemon zest out? I don’t have either of those fruits. Also, it says 1 large egg. If I have medium eggs, should I use two or just stick with one.


  36. Oh wow! Even the batter looks amazing! A double batch is in the oven at this very moment and family members are gravitating toward the uber-yummy smell wafting from the kitchen! Thanks for a great Saturday morning recipe!

  37. i just made these this morning without orange/lemon zest. so good! i’m sure the zest makes them even better, but they were fantastic without.

  38. I have been anxious to try these muffins. Finally did this morning. Like a previous poster, I had trouble with my crumble topping melting off. I guess my butter was too warm. They weren’t as sweet as other muffins I’ve had which is a plus (calorie/nutrition wise) and a minus (b/c I do have quite the sweet tooth). Loved the texture – very light and moist.

  39. I just made these and they turned out perfect! I have also had issues with flat muffins, but these have such a beautiful top! The crumb topping adds to the muffin and makes these so delicious to eat.

  40. Making a double batch of these right now for breakfast! Didn’t have any lemon rind so i used pure lemon extract. Thanks for the great recipes!

  41. Oh my gosh! I love this recipe! I made it for the second time today and I’ve been craving it ever since the first time I made it! Hands down the best blueberry muffin from scratch recipe I’ve ever made- I can’t stop eating them!

    I also love that the recipe for the streusel is just the right amount and I don’t have a ton left over. Thank you Best Bites!

  42. These muffins are to die for! They are easy to make and came out absolutely perfect!!! The recipe does require quite a few bowls but it’s SO worth it.

    This will be my go-to muffin recipe from now on 🙂

    One quick note – I only have dark muffin pans so I preheated to 375 and then reduced the temp to 350 when I put the pan in the oven. They cooked for exactly 18 min and the result was perfectly cooked, not too dark muffins with a nice puffy top!

  43. I just made these and they were outstanding! They came out as beautiful as they were tasty, with a moist texture that was the perfect sweetness. Thanks for the great recipe!

  44. Yum! I made these with wheat flour and applesauce instead of oil. I also didn’t have any buttermilk, so I substituted with blueberry Kefir. These were delicious! Love your recipes!

  45. I made these this morning with freshly ground white winter wheat and they are excellent! I’ve had issues before with crumb topping sinking into muffins/breads, so I usually put the muffins into the oven while I make the crumb topping. Then, when the topping is done (about 5 minutes later) I pull the muffins out and put the topping on them then. Since the muffin is starting to set up a bit, it helps to keep the topping on the top of the muffin. Also, with the whole wheat, I did end up adding about 3T more buttermilk because my batter was super thick. Thanks for the recipe! We loved it!

  46. I found this recipe after looking over several others this one stood out to me. They were DELICIOUS best blueberry muffins ever!!!!! Next time I’m going to try using the orange peel.

  47. Delicious! The lemon zest makes it so much better than a regular blueberry muffin and the topping is amazing too! I always worry if my food will turn out right when I make something for the first time for company, but with your recipes I don’t have to worry! Everything always turns out just right! Thank you again!

  48. I have tried this recipe twice, and it never turns out right. The batter is too runny, and the muffins don’t rise. Maybe it’s an elevation thing?

  49. These were amazing! I made them for breakfast this morning and my husband LOVED them! This recipe will make it into the “frequent rotation.”
    Thank you for posting.

  50. I received your new cookbook this week and the first recipe that caught my eye where these blueberry muffins!! Quick question though, in the cookbook, on step 3 for these muffins, it says, “add remaining 1 Cup”. Is that suppose to say 1 tbs.?? I can’t imagine adding another full cup?! But maybe I’m wrong? Thanks for your help. Have loved your recipes since 2008!!

  51. Super glad to find this recipe on your website after being stumped by the recipe in your new cookbook. In the cookbook it calls for an additional 1 Cup of flour to mix the blueberries with so I double checked your site and 1 Tbsp sounded more reasonable. As a result, they turned out great, and I ate way more then I should have as I drooled over more recipes in the new cookbook!

  52. I’ve been making your blueberry muffins for quite some time and we all love them. I have one hitch in my personality and that is I can only make biscuits with all white flour, otherwise I use part whole wheat pastry flour (that I mill from soft whole wheat berries) for muffins, cookies, etc., and white wheat for all my yeast breads in addition to the white flour. I’m a registered dietitian, and thus the reason why I’m compulsive about trying to get whole grains in where and when I can. With the blueberry muffins I double the recipe and use 2c WW pastry flour and 1.5c all-purpose flour and they are great. Sooooo my question and request is what fun things have you made with WW pastry flour….I’d love some new ideas. Thanks!

  53. So I am looking for clarification on this recipe vs. the one in the new cookbook (which I just recieved for my birthday!) I was reading through each recipe, because I’m weird like that, and when I got to “blueberry muffins” the third step was confusing, so I googled you guys and wondered if this recipe was on your website.

    I am assuming this is the same one. The third step in the cookbook says to “combine remaining 1 cup flour and 1 tablespoon sugar…then toss on blueberries…” I’m assuming this was a misprint and, based on this recipe (and logic), that you mean one tablespoon of flour and not one CUP of flour right? Just wanted to make sure.


  54. GREAT recipe! I made them without the topping (and without the shake-the-blueberries-with-flour-and-sugar tip, because of the typo in the cookbook — maybe that didn’t matter as much since I always make muffins in my mini-muffin pan, anyway). But they are still hands-down better than the other blueberry muffin recipe I had. The orange zest in it was simply delicious. I’ll be making these again soon (they are already almost gone!!)

  55. Could you use frozen blueberries? I ALWAYS have those in my freezer so I wouldn’t have to get them fresh @ the store. Just a thought!

  56. Does anyone know how long they will stay fresh for? I wanted to make them this weekend, but it won’t be until the next Thursday or Friday that they’ll be eaten (when my family comes home). Will they still be good or would it not be worth making? Thanks! They look delicious!

    1. You’ll want to pop them in the freezer as soon as they’re cooled, and then they’ll be nice and fresh for your company!

  57. These are very good! I tried them this morning and my kids loved them. I was having a hard time trying to find a good recipe and this turned out to be the best that I have done with blueberries.

  58. So glad this recipe is on the website and not just in the book. Needed to double check the flour typo 🙂 Glad to know no one is perfect! Love your recipes. Keep them coming!

  59. Looking for a new Blueberry Muffin recipe so pulled out your cookbook and voila! There is a mistake though in the directions step three. It should read 1 T. of flour, not 1 cup (for the mixing with the blueberries). I couble checked on the blog to see what the discrepancy was. Just FYI. They smell heavenly!

  60. These Blueberry Muffins are so good! My kids loved them!

    FYI: I noticed a misprint in the recipe in your Seasons cookbook. In the third step of the directions it says to combine remaining 1 cup flour with sugar and blueberries. On your website it says use 1 tablespoon.
    Just thought you might want to know.
    My family LOVES every recipe I’ve made from your cookbooks! I can’t wait to get the newest 400 calories or less cookbook!

  61. So yummy! I added some frozen raspberries along with the blueberries and they were Perfect! Will definitely make again. You guys are the best!

  62. Can’t stop chuckling over your bra to go to the store or cheese on a plate dilemma! ?? Recipe looks delightful too!

  63. First of all let me say that it breaks my heart every time you mention that you lost your mom at such a young age. Young or old, losing your mom is never easy but I know it has to be especially difficult being young.

    Secondly, I love these muffins!! They are my go-to muffin. I have made them a LOT! ? Thank you so, so much for such an awesome recipe. ❤️?

  64. I always love your commentary, Kate. Thank you for literally making me laugh out loud as I read this while waiting in my son’s therapist’s lobby. You’re my favorite!

  65. Is it just me or are the blueberries adorably small in your pics and perfect little sweet nuggets for muffin making? May I ask what brand these are or where you got them? (My kids complain about whole blueberries being to big and juicy in baked goods/breakfast foods…) ?

  66. These came out amazing!!! My family loved them! Perfect texture, the lemon zest gives it a nice tang and the crumb topping puts it over the top. Just the right amount of blueberries too. I googled the weight of 1 cup which came to 100g. Thank you!

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