Bring on the bacon this Thanksgiving

by | Nov 18, 2022

Bacon is a crowd pleaser all year long, especially during Thanksgiving! If you have family coming into town, prep one meal in advance with these Maple Bacon Crumble Muffins.

This delicious dish took home third place during the N.C. State Fair’s Make-Ahead Breakfast Challenge, sponsored by Superior Sleep Experience! Callie Osterman of Holly Springs is twelve years old and was thrilled to have her dish chosen as a winner this year at the fair. She loves to cook!

These muffins can be made ahead of the holiday rush and taken out to enjoy one morning with friends and family. They also make a great on-the-go breakfast if you are craving something sweet and filling as you rush out the door. Check out the recipe below and be sure to stock up on local ingredients at a farmers market, roadside stand or grocery store near you today!

Maple Bacon Crumble Muffins 

Makes 10 servings, 1 muffin per serving 


  • 1 1/2 cups sugar, divided
  • 3 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup Buttermilk
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 5 or 6 strips of bacon, cooked crisp and coarsely crumbled/divided
  • Maple bacon glaze:
    • 1 cup confectioner’s sugar
    • 1/4 cup 100% pure maple syrup
    • 1 1/2 tablespoon heavy cream
    • Pinch of salt
    • Bacon crumbles


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Use ten decorative cupcake liners or about 12 regular liners. Spray lightly with non-cooking spray.
  2. In a small bowl, combine 1/4 cup of sugar and cinnamon; set aside.
  3. In a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking soda and salt; set aside.
  4. In a large mixing bowl, combine the butter milk, oil, egg, vanilla and remaining 3/4 cup of sugar and mix with an electric hand mixer.
  5. Add flour to the mixture and beat until moistened.
  6. Spoon half of the batter evenly into bottom of muffin cups. Sprinkle some of the cinnamon-sugar mixture over the batter, then some crumbled bacon and a bit more cinnamon mixture.
  7. Spread remaining batter evenly over the tops of each prepared muffin.
  8. Top evenly with remaining cinnamon-sugar mixture.
  9. Bake at 350 degrees F for 25 minutes or until a toothpick in the center of the muffin comes out clean or with only a few crumbs.
  10. Combine glaze ingredients and add crumbled bacon as garnish, if desired.
  11. Serve warm or cool on a wire rack.
  12. Enjoy your grab-n-go Maple Bacon Crumble Muffin!

** To store: Place in an airtight container and store at room temperature for up to three days. **