Strawberry Swirl Muffins

Strawberry swirl muffins topped with a heaping pile of almond streusel made with brown sugar, butter, and slivered almonds. The topping crisps up in the oven so there’s a pop of strawberry swirl with some crunchy almond topping in every bite.

strawberry swirl muffins on a white plate

On April 1st, I thought Sunday brunch was ruined forever when I read that the New York Times planned to stop publishing their famed crossword puzzle. In that moment, my heart sank. Seriously, it was like finding out Christmas is canceled this year.

Not that I actually do the Sunday Times crossword puzzle. Instead, I just fantasize about curling up with the giant paper, some strawberry swirl muffins, and coffee while I meander my way through all the sections. The grand finale is completing the crossword puzzle. In ink. With no mistakes. I know it’s all in my head, but how could they take this away from me? How is it we get so attached to something we don’t actually do?

How to prepare the strawberry swirl muffins

It was only after reading through the entire article that I realized it was a prank and remembered why I hate April Fool’s day: I’m gullible, I hate that I’m gullible, and I really wish someone would get rid of this “holiday”.

So, for now, the fantasy is safe and, thank goodness for that, because these strawberry swirl muffins go great with coffee and a lazy morning when there’s nothing more pressing to do than think about working on an imaginary crossword puzzle.

strawberry swirl muffins in a baking tin

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Strawberry Swirl Muffins

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Each muffin has a swirl of strawberry jam, thinned with some fresh lemon juice and topped with a heaping pile of almond streusel made with brown sugar, butter, and slivered almonds. The topping crisps up in the oven so there’s a pop of strawberry swirl with some crunchy almond topping in every bite.

  • Author: April @ Girl Gone Gourmet
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 12 muffins 1x
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Cuisine: American



For the Muffins

  • 3/4 cup strawberry jelly
  • Juice of 1/2 a lemon
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup 2% milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

For the Streusel Topping

  • 1/2 cup slivered almonds
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup cold butter, cubed


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a small bowl, combine the jelly and lemon juice. In a large bowl, whisk the butter, sugar, eggs, mil, and vanilla. Add the flour, the baking powder, and salt and stir until just combined.
  3. In a medium bowl, combine the almonds, flour, and brown sugar. Add the butter and, using your hands, work the butter through the ingredients until the mixture has the texture of sand.
  4. Fill each muffin hole 3/4 full with the batter. Drop approximately 1 tablespoon of the jelly in the center of each muffin. Using a toothpick or skewer, swirl the jelly into the batter. Top each muffin with the streusel topping.
  5. Bake the muffins for 25 to 30 minutes, or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean. Cool the muffins for about five minutes in the tin before transferring them to a wire rack. Serve them warm or at room temperature.


  • Calories: 313
  • Sugar: 21.8g
  • Sodium: 79.4mg
  • Fat: 11.8g
  • Carbohydrates: 48.3g
  • Fiber: 3.6g
  • Protein: 6.6g

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  1. Nothing beats a fresh baked muffin. These look so good…perfect for breakfast, brunch or a wonderful afternoon treat!!

  2. I actually made it through April fool’s day without anyone getting me this year. Usually my kids have some pranks planned. I love that this recipe uses mostly pantry staples! I have everything already at home to make these. 🙂

    1. You’re luckier than me! There’s always at least one prank every year that trips me up – my only saving grace is that no one at home is a prankster, so I’m safe there 🙂

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