Recipe: Cinnamon Streusel Coffee Cake

Here’s the recipe. There are two parts and some assembly is required.

1-1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup Crisco (don’t use cheap stuff)
2 eggs
1 cup milk
3 cups flour
4 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt

1 cup brown sugar
4 tsp. cinnamon
4 tbsp. flour
4 tbsp. butter, melted
*Note: Just give up and double this. You know you want to. And really, can you ever have too much streusel?

Mix the dough in a bowl. (I usually mix the streusel in the bowl I nuke the butter in.) Optional: Walnuts and blueberries.

Grease and flour a 13×9 pan. Plop in half the dough. Try your damndest to get it spread out. This is not easy – you’ve greased and floured the pan, remember? Just do your best. It won’t be perfect. Don’t worry.

Update: An offset spatula works great!

Now git yer hands dirty – grab half the streusel and, well, streusel it around. Throw in a layer of nuts and berries, just like a squirrel, ha ha! Go wash your hands because now they’re going to be all slimy.


Plop the rest of the dough on top. Good luck spreading it out – now you’ve got all those damn nuts and berries rolling around. Don’t worry, it’ll be okay.

Top it with the remaining streusel, more nuts, more berries.

Bake at 350* until it’s done – about 20-30 minutes? – I dunno, I never timed it.

EAT IT RIGHT AFTER IT COMES OUT OF THE OVEN IF POSSIBLE. THAT IS THE BEST!! (Note: If you do this, your piece of coffee cake will just fall apart all over your plate. It won’t matter a bit because it is so delicious!!)

Thanks, Mom, for the recipe!

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