By Vanessa Greaves

Some of us love the uppermost layer of a muffin so much that we'll a) eat that part first, b) savor it last, or c) bake with shallow muffins tins for maximun muffin-topness. And when that muffin top has a layer of crispy, crumbly streusel as well...words have not been invented to describe the bliss. But here's the grim reality. That crispy top gets moist and mushy when you store your muffins. (Unless you eat all the muffins at once. Don't judge.) But mush no more, my friends. Here's a simple way to keep those muffin tops at their peak of crisp perfection.

Banana Crumb Muffins

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This tip, whose genius lies in its simplicity, comes from ValerieB333:

"To keep topping from being soggy the next day, put a few saltine crackers in with the muffins when you store them (to absorb moisture). This also works to keep crunchy cookies from becoming soft."

This is where I slap my forehead and wonder why I didn't think of that.

More smart tips for non-soggy muffin storage:

  • Cool muffins completely before storing
  • Store muffins in a single layer
  • Place paper towels above and below the muffins to soak up every bit of moisture

Now go and bake your muffins, confident in the knowledge that the tops will be crisp tomorrow. And the next day.

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