streu·​sel | \ˈstrü-səl, -zəl, ˈstrȯi-, ˈshtrȯi-\

Definition of streusel 

: a crumbly mixture of fat, sugar, and flour and sometimes nuts and spices that is used as topping or filling for cake

Examples of streusel in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web

Scatter the remaining berries over the top, then the streusel. Rebekah Denn, The Seattle Times, "Sara Bir offers practical guidelines, and delicious recipes, for foraged fruit," 5 July 2018 Several toppings are also available including icing, powdered sugar, streusel or coffee cake. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "Fat Elvis, Coco Puffs: Paczki flavors you never knew existed," 13 Feb. 2018 One of Carroll’s favorite dishes is the date truffles with pomegranate, cashew streusel, and torn herbs. Michael Klein,, "'Top Chef's' Jennifer Carroll returns to Philly with Spice Finch," 9 July 2018 Bien Cuit, another Brooklyn bakery, has created a chocolate, barley and dulce de leche poundcake with a streusel made of Rise flour. Larissa Zimberoff, New York Times, "From Brewery to Bakery: A Flour That Fights Waste," 25 June 2018 Schrager’s 9-inch fruit pies with either a double crust or streusel topping are $20. Kristine M. Kierzek, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Mastering pie making helped her deal with change," 26 Jan. 2018 Although the pie can be prepared with a double crust, keep it simple by topping with an oatmeal streusel. Terri Milligan, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Are you a ’barbarian? Let rhubarb’s tart-sweet flavor shine in more than pie," 13 Apr. 2018 Carrot cake, with cream-cheese buttercream and caramel pecan oat streusel topping, made for a crunchy-creamy mix in every delicious bite. Marc Bona,, "Flying Fig quietly maintains its wonderful place in Cleveland's culinary world," 3 May 2018 And speaking of chocolate, there’s a terrific chocolate mousse, with white milk pearls, chocolate streusel and cocoa nibs. Phil Vettel,, "Tied House review: Chef Debbie Gold shines in return to Chicago's dining scene," 27 Apr. 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'streusel.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of streusel

1909, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for streusel

German, literally, something strewn, from Middle High German ströusel, from ströuwen to strew, from Old High German strewen

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about streusel

Statistics for streusel

Last Updated

17 Nov 2018

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for streusel

The first known use of streusel was in 1909

See more words from the same year

Comments on streusel

What made you want to look up streusel? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


amusing and light sparring with words

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Late Autumn 2018 Words of the Day Quiz

  • frosted-autumn-leaves
  • Which is a synonym of yahoo?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.


Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!