Soft Fluffy Gingerbread Muffins with a delicious crumb topping.  These muffins are a family favorite and perfect to serve along side coffee or for Christmas brunch!

Gingerbread Muffins with Spice Crumb Topping

As winter approaches, so does the “most wonderful time of the year”—gingerbread season!

I love gingerbread cookies, bars, and, yes, gingerbread houses. But my favorite gingerbread concoction by far is this delicious recipe for gingerbread muffins with spiced crumb topping.

This is not just my favorite gingerbread muffin, it’s one of my all-time favorite muffin recipes. I make these crumbly, tender muffins during every season of the year.

Gingerbread Muffins with Spice Crumb Topping

The crumble is the key, is what sends these muffins into the “astronomically good” realm. And it’s a super easy crumble recipe, too, because it uses melted butter instead of cold, hard butter. When you use melted butter, you eliminate the need for a pastry blender and can mix up that awesome crumble as easy as you can stir.

Gingerbread Muffins with Spice Crumb Topping

Recipe Notes:

Mixing: Do not over blend your muffin batter. The batter should remain lumpy. If over mix, your muffins will tough and too dense. You want fluffy and light muffins—not hockey-pucks.

Baking: It’s important to bake the batter right away. Don’t leave it sitting out. Recipes that use baking soda or powder can lose their leavening power if they’re left out too long.

You can use either paper liners or cooking spray for your muffin tin. Either one works. I prefer using cooking spray. I recommend filling each muffin cup about 2/3 full and fill any empty muffin cups with water.  Do not let your muffins cool for longer than 10 minutes in the baking tin or they may get soggy.

Storage:  Make sure you let the muffins cool completely before storing them in an airtight container.

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Gingerbread Muffins with Spiced Crumb Topping

These Gingerbread muffins with spiced crumb topping are packed with flavor and so easy to make!
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 16 muffins
Author Kathleen

Ingredients  

Muffins

  • 2 ¾ cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 ½ teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon ginger + ½ teaspoon
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • teaspoon cloves
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup unsalted butter
  • ½ cup sugar + 2 tablespoons
  • 2 large eggs
  • ¾ cup mild flavor light molasses
  • 1 ⅓ cups cold water

Crumble Topping

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup brown sugar firmly packed
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ginger
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup unsalted butter melted

Instructions 

  • Preheat oven to 425°F. Spray 16 muffin cups (regular size) with nonstick cooking spray or line with paper liners.

Muffins

  • In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, ginger, cinnamon, salt, and cloves until combined. Set aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl using an electric mixer, beat together butter and sugar until combined. Beat in eggs until combined. Beat in molasses until combined.
  • Add half of the flour mixture and mix just until most of the flour disappears. Add the remaining flour and mix until most of the flour disappears (don't overmix) Gradually add the water and beat until blended. Scoop batter into prepared muffin pan.

Topping

  • In a small mixing bowl, combine the flour, brown & white sugar, ginger, cinnamon, and salt. Add the melted butter and mix with a fork until it clumps and large crumbs form.
  • Sprinkle muffin tops evenly with crumb mixture, gently pressing it into the batter.
  • Bake for 5 minutes then turn down the oven to 350°F and cook for another 15 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  • Place pans on rack and cool 10 minutes. Remove muffins from pan and place on wire rack and cool completely.

Notes

Store muffins at room temperature in an airtight container for up to 4 days. 
Freeze cooled muffins in a ziptop bag for up to 1 month, defrost at room temperature. 
Pro Tip: Store muffins with a piece of bread to absorb extra moisture! 
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Nutrition Information

Serving: 1muffin | Calories: 319 | Carbohydrates: 49g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 51mg | Sodium: 281mg | Potassium: 286mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 26g | Vitamin A: 385IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 52mg | Iron: 2mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Dessert, Muffins
Cuisine American

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  1. The recipe for theses muffins on Pinterest is accompanied by a photo of enchiladas. Don’t know if that is on your end or not but it doesn’t make it look like an appealing recipe and that’s a shame because these muffins look amazing