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Crumble Topping ~ make ahead freezer recipe

Summer is here, which means berry season is near!  Having crumble topping on hand in your freezer allows you to make a fruit crisp at a moments notice. This recipe makes dessert at a moments notice exceptionally easy!

Crumble Topping ~ make ahead freezer recipe

One of my absolute favorite, and easiest summer dessert recipes is fruit crisp.  So here’s the deal, if you make this crumble topping recipe you will be able to whip a homemade dessert together in literally a blink of an eye!  Friends pop over unexpectedly?  BAM!  Make some crisp.  Get asked to a last minute potluck?  Not sure what to bring?  Voila!  Make crisp. The kicker is you will need to also have berries, or fruit on hand but well that’s not a problem is it?  Keep a few bags of frozen berries in your freezer at all times, or slice up a few apples.  

  • all purpose flour
  • brown sugar
  • white sugar
  • old fashioned oatmeal
  • butter
  • cinnamon
  • salt
  • nutmeg
  • pastry cutter, or a fork, or if you have a food processor that works too
  • large bowl
  • freezer safe container or freezer safe zip-loc bag

Add all purpose flour, sugars, oatmeal, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg to a large bowl. Mix to combine.

Cut cold butter into small pieces. Add to the dry ingredients. Using a fork or a pastry cutter start cutting butter into the dry ingredients until you have distributed the butter evenly throughout and the crumble topping is the consistency of oatmeal. You can also use your fingers, you want to work quick because the warmth from your fingers could start to melt the butter and it will get messy.

Crumble Topping ~ make ahead freezer recipe

If you have a food processor, place flour, sugars, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt in the bowl of the processor and pulse until you get a uniform crumble. You may need to take the lid off and mix with a spatula to if things aren’t completely mixing together. Depending on the size of your food processor this may need to be done in two batches. Pour the flour crumble mixture into a large bowl and add the oatmeal mix to combine.

bowl of crumble topping for fruit crisp or fruit pies

Measure into quart sized freezer zip-loc bags. Label.  Store in freezer until ready to use.

That’s all there is too it!  I measure 3 cups into each bag.  This makes 1 8×8 pan of crisp, or can be used as the crumble for one pie.  

The best thing ever is leftovers eaten straight from the pan for breakfast the next day!  It’s the little things people.  The seriously delicious little things that keep me moving forward. Berries in season, are what I look forward to all year long. I cannot get enough of them fresh on or in salads, or baked into pies, scones, muffins, or crisp!

Q: What fruit/berries work best for crisp?

A: Strawberries/Rhubarb, Blueberries, Blackberries, Raspberries, Mixed Berries, Cherries, Peaches, Apples, or mix any combo of these fruits.  I love blueberry peach, apple blueberry works too, or any combination of berries and cherries.  

Q: Do I need to add any extra ingredients to the fruit?

A: Fruit is all you need. There is enough sugar in the topping.  You can add a squeeze of lemon juice or zest is always good to brighten up the flavors.  You cannot ruin this dessert.  Cross my heart and hope to die stick a needle in my eye.  Pinky swear.

Q: How much filling and topping do I need for a larger pan of fruit crumble?

A: This recipe is not an exact science. I usually eyeball it. About 1 inch deep of fruit in the pan and then cover it with a solid layer of crumble topping.

Approximate Fruit to Crumble Ratios: 8×8 pan is 4-5 cups of fruit/berries with 3 cups of crumble. 9×13 pan is 8 cups of fruit/ berries with 5-6 cups of crumble. 12×15 sheet pan use the 1 inch of densely packed fruit with a solid layer of crumble over the top. All of these should be baked for 1 hour at 350 degrees. Fruit should be bubbling up through golden crispy crumble topping.

Take a few minutes (like 20) and make a batch or two of this crumble topping.  I promise you, it will be so worth it! A few other scrumptious crisp ideas for you dessert time pleasure:

Blueberry Peach Crisp 

Apple Crisp

Heather’s Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp

Peach Crumble Pie

Crumble Topping -make ahead for the freezer

Makes 3 bags of crumble topping ~ 3 8×8 batches of fruit crisp or 3 crumble topped pies
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Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine Dessert
Servings 9 cups
Calories 711 kcal


  • freezer safe zip-loc or reusable storage containers
  • pastry cutter


  • 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 2 1/2 cups oatmeal optional
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon heaping
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 1/2 cups cold Butter 3 sticks


  • By hand: Add all dry ingredients to an extra large bowl and toss together. Cut cold butter into small chunks and add to dry ingredients using a pastry cutter, cut butter into the dry ingredients until crumble is fine and there are no pieces bigger than the oatmeal. You can also use a fork to do this or your fingers.
  • Food Processor: If using a food processor this recipe works best if you do in two batches. Add half of the ingredients minus the oatmeal to food processor, pulse until butter is completely incorporated and crumble is uniform in size, no giant pieces of butter. Place first batch in large bowl and make your second, then add to bowl toss both batches together. Add oatmeal at this time and mix well to distribute throughout.
  • Measure 3 -3 1/2 cups of crumble into quart sized zip-loc freezer bags. Place in freezer for up to 6 months. You can also store in one large freezer safe bag and scoop out as needed.


Crisp: Add 4 cups of fresh or frozen fruit to a 8×8 baking dish or a 10 inch pie dish, spread crumble topping evenly over fruit. Bake for 1 hour at 350 degrees or until fruit is bubbling through and topping is brown and crispy. 
Pie: Place bottom crust in pie plate and crimp edges, add 5 cups of your favorite fruit filling, spread crumble topping over fruit, bake at 375 degrees for 45-60 minutes or until crust is done, crisp topping is nice and brown and fruit is bubbling up through the topping.  Allow at least 1 hour to cool before cutting into.  If you dig in too early it will be a little soupy.
Nutty Version: Add 1 cup of your favorite nut to the mix.  I love pecans!  Walnuts or almonds work perfectly too!  If making crumble by hand chop nuts and add them in at the end.  If using a food processor just throw them in with the other ingredients.


Calories: 711kcalCarbohydrates: 127gProtein: 6gFat: 22gSaturated Fat: 0.3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 0.3gTrans Fat: 0.001gSodium: 276mgPotassium: 150mgFiber: 2gSugar: 92gVitamin A: 1IUVitamin C: 0.01mgCalcium: 61mgIron: 3mg
Keyword berries, crumble, fruit, fruit crisp, pie, topping
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  1. Hi, what do you mean by sticks of butter? I would like to understand how much in weight. My daughter loves crumble and so I want to freeze some for her. Thanks Judith

    1. One stick of butter in the US is 1/2 cup or 113g. I hope this helps! You’re a good momma! Hope your daughter enjoys!

  2. Can you please clarify the weight of 3 sticks of butter? Where I live, butter comes in 500 gram blocks which I weigh as the recipe requires.

    1. I most certainly can, thanks for asking!! One stick of butter is 113 grams…so for the sake of easy math I would say you could make it 350 grams! A bit more butter is never a bad thing ;D Enjoy, Sheila

    1. I think your apple preserves sound amazing! Not dumb at all. This could be in addition to your great recipes!

  3. Brilliante!!! Great easy way to whip up a homemade dessert when you’re taking a meal to someone, too. (I hate when I don’t plan my time well and make dessert first, then have to send something store bought. Nothing wrong with that, but I prefer to send homemade). Thanks, I’ll definitely be doing this!

  4. Perfect timing! I’ve got fresh blackberries running out my ears and I need ideas on how to prepare them. This sounds delish!

    1. Perfect!! Freeze some of them berries and you can have blackberry crisp all summer long! thanks for stopping by;)