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Pear Cinnamon Muffins with Brown Sugar Almond Streusel

These Pear Cinnamon Muffins with Brown Sugar Almond Streusel are the perfect kind of comfort during the cold months of winter.

Brr, it’s freezing in Baltimore. It’s the kind of cold that causes you to burrow under thick, down-filled blankets for relief. The kind of cold that commands layers of socks, shirts, and thermals. The kind of cold that requires a space heater right next to your feet while you’re watching television. I’ve been living in thermal pjs, fuzzy socks, and my furry cupcake robe. It’s not sexy, people, but sexy gets thrown out the door when it’s only 19 degrees outside.

The one thing that helps warm me up is baking, so I made these Pear Cinnamon Muffins with Brown Sugar Almond Streusel for #MuffinMonday.

They’re full of chopped ripe pears, maple syrup, and greek yogurt. They’re absolutely delicious.

The pears add a moist, buttery texture to this muffin, while the cinnamon and maple add warmth. The brown sugar almond streusel is my favorite. It adds a crunchy, nutty topping.


Pear Cinnamon Muffins with Brown Sugar Almond Streusel

Yield: 12 muffins

Total Time: 30 minutes

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes



4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled slightly
1/3 cup light brown sugar
1 large egg
1 cup white whole wheat flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 cup Greek yogurt (plain or vanilla)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup pure maple syrup
1 cup chopped pears
1/3 cup cinnamon chips


1/4 cup light brown sugar
1/3 cup flour
1/4 cup quick oats
1/4 cup sliced almonds
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
4 tablespoons butter, melted


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a muffin tin with paper liners.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together brown sugar and melted butter. Whisk in egg and vanilla extract.
  4. Stir in flour mixture until just combined. Stir in greek yogurt and maple syrup until smooth.
  5. Fold in pears and cinnamon chips.
  6. Fill the muffin liners with the batter until they’re 2/3 of the way full. Top with streusel.
  7. Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  8. Streusel: In a small bowl, stir together brown sugar, oats, almonds, cinnamon, and flour. Stir in melted butter until combined.
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21 Responses to “Pear Cinnamon Muffins with Brown Sugar Almond Streusel”

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    Stacy — January 28, 2013 at 3:46 am

    These look wonderful, Jennie! I love almond streusel! In fact, any streusel with cinnamon and nuts gets my vote. And when it’s cold outside, fuzzy socks and thermal PJs are essential! Inquiring minds would also like to see a photo of your cupcake robe, please.


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    Kate | Food Babbles — January 28, 2013 at 10:09 am

    These muffins sound like they would definitely warm me up! These sound so good and I love that topping. Yum!


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    [email protected] & Trinkets — January 28, 2013 at 12:43 pm

    I’m so totally jealous of your cupcake robe. And I could use some of these warm-you-up muffins right now.


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    [email protected] — January 28, 2013 at 1:21 pm

    Love the sound of the brown sugar almond streusel! I’m going to have to make a batch of these to try and warm our house up!


  5. #
    sally @ sallys baking addiction — January 28, 2013 at 1:37 pm

    pear and cinnamon – I LOVE the two together. These remind me of a peachy cinnamon muffin I made in the summer time – except with cinnamon chips added. :) I love your muffin liners! They are adorable.


  6. #
    CCU — January 28, 2013 at 3:15 pm

    I have a soft spot for pears so these muffins look extra delicious :)

    Choc Chip Uru


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    Stay-At-Home-Chef — January 28, 2013 at 4:31 pm

    Wow – these look delicious and perfect for eating in a cupcake robe! Love the substitution of pear and the almonds must have added a nice crunch.


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    Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. — January 29, 2013 at 12:18 am

    I am in love with this flavor combination! Pears are just amazing!


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    Anita at Hungry Couple — January 29, 2013 at 8:16 am

    Mmm…I love pears in baked goods. Yummy!


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    Nancy @ gottagetbaked — January 29, 2013 at 5:45 pm

    Streusel is the best! Sometimes I just want to make streusel by itself and eat it as is. PJs and fuzzy robes are the best too. Screw sexy when it’s dreary and cold out. I don’t even bother shaving my legs all winter long which drives the Husband crazy. Hey, it’s an extra layer of warmth and no one sees my legs anyways. Is that too much info?! Yeah, it is. Sorry bout that. Back to these muffins – they look delicious and I love the cute liners!


  11. #
    Ruby @ The Ruby Red Apron — January 29, 2013 at 5:58 pm

    Muffins with brown sugar almond streusel…sounds so perfect!


  12. #
    Liz — January 29, 2013 at 9:09 pm

    Jennie, these sound marvelous!!! I adore pears in baked goods. I’m also coveting your darling muffin papers :)


  13. #
    Terra — January 29, 2013 at 9:31 pm

    I love those muffin cups! Your muffins sound, and look fabulous, and I wish I had one….maybe two:-) Hugs,Terra


  14. #
    Meghan — January 30, 2013 at 9:28 pm

    I love pears and these sound perfect, especially with the almond streusel! Great recipe, Jennie!


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    Laura Dembowski — January 31, 2013 at 3:08 pm

    Love, love, love muffins! Ones with pear are some of my favorites. This cold weather can end anytime. It will be winter soon, right? :)


  16. #
    Jenn and Seth — January 31, 2013 at 11:40 pm

    your muffins are gorgeous, i love all the flavors you have going on in them and that streusel topping is DIVINE!


  17. #
    Greta — February 4, 2013 at 4:56 pm

    I love your blog and this recipe… Could you check my rather new but coming blog:
    Thanks in advance,


    • Jennie replied February 5th, 2013 at 8:19 am

      Thank you so much, Greta!


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    Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen — February 5, 2013 at 1:15 pm

    I want to reach in there and grab one of those muffins! MMM!!


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    Christine — February 8, 2013 at 10:08 pm

    Made these tonight and loved the flavor so made another batch for my fitness class in the morning for the girls. Thanks YUMMMMY!


    • Jennie replied February 9th, 2013 at 8:08 am

      Hi, Christine! Thanks for visiting and commenting. I love hearing from readers. I’m so glad you enjoyed them.


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