Berry Crisp with Oatmeal Cookie Crumble

It’s full blown summer around here: school is out, it’s hot as heck, and I’m craving berry crisp. Making crisps and crumbles just screams summer, doesn’t it? Especially when you heap a huge scoop of ice cream on top!

Berry Crisp with Oatmeal Cookie Crumble - the crumble tastes like an oatmeal cookie!

Friday was our first official day of summer vacation. It was also our first “whine and complain that I have to go to the gym with mommy day.” Why is going there such torture? It’s an hour out of the day, there are other kids, TV, toys, and you can read a book. Which is exactly what you’d do at home, except you’d be alone because there are no other kids here.

Every summer we go through this and every summer I give the same speech:

“Do you want mommy to be a nice mommy? In a good mood? Happy? Then you won’t complain when she does 1 hour of something for herself every day. Gym mommy is a happy mommy.”

Usually that speech works for one day. Then I have to give it again…and again. Thank goodness Jordan is old enough to stay home while I go to the gym, as long as her dad is here working (#iheartthatheworksfromhome). So this summer I only have to give the speech 10% of the time. Because I’m not giving up my workout time. I consider exercise my anti-depressant.

It’s also essential when I make things like Berry Crisp just because it’s a Tuesday. And especially when said berry crisp has a crumble that tastes like an oatmeal cookie.

Berry Crisp with Oatmeal Cookie Crumble

This crumble is probably my favorite crumble topping EVER. I pink puffy heart crumble topping on pretty much everything. I don’t even know if I’ve ever made a two-crust pie – I always put crumble on top!

Double crumble of course. Because single crumble is NEVER enough.

I decided to change up my normal crumble recipe for this Berry Crisp. I took the crumb from the Blueberry Crumb Pie I made last year and doctored it up just a bit. I took out the nuts to make room for lots of quick-cooking oats. Then I added cinnamon because every good oatmeal cookie has lots of cinnamon.

The result? Crumble perfection that tastes like an oatmeal cookie!

Berry Crisp with Oatmeal Cookie Crumble

At first I was just going to make a strawberry crisp, but then at the last minute I spotted the blueberries in the refrigerator. I’m so glad that berries are coming back into season and (hopefully) the prices will go down. Since my husband started Whole 30 he’s been eating berries every day and my grocery bill has skyrocketed.

Mixing up the berries in this crisp makes it easy to substitute your favorite berries, or whatever is on sale that week at the market. I used a pound of strawberries and a cup of blueberries. You want about 5 cups of fruit total, so mix and match as you please. And if fruit is still a gazillion dollars where you live, use frozen instead. It’ll wok just fine.

I coated my berries with some lemon juice, flour, and sugar. It makes a nice thick juice during baking. That’s how I love my pies and crisps. This is such an easy recipe because you just throw your coated berries in the bottom of an 8×8″ baking dish and then top it with the crumble.

When you’re making the crumble, you want to start with cold butter. It doesn’t have to be super cold straight from the refrigerator, but it’ll become a gloppy mess if you try to use room temperature butter. I like to dice it into small cubes and add it to my dry ingredients with a pastry cutter. It takes work and muscles, but it makes a better crumb than using a food processor or mixer would. You may need to get in there with your hands to get all the butter incorporated.

Once it’s baked it’s a crunchy, sweet oatmeal cookie-like crumble on top of sweet and juicy berries. This crumble is even better topped with a huge scoop of ice cream. It’s the perfect summer potluck dessert, 4th of July dessert, or just because it’s a random Monday and you want crumble and fruit.

Whatever, I won’t judge.

Berry Crisp with Oatmeal Cookie Crumble - the crumble tastes like an oatmeal cookie!

After all, I made my daughter go to the gym with me so I could eat a large slice. #momoftheyear

Berry Crisp with Oatmeal Cookie Crumble

Yield: 8 servings

Berry Crisp with Oatmeal Cookie Crumble

The topping on this Berry Crisp tastes just like an oatmeal cookie! Use your favorite berries to make a fabulous summer dessert.


  • 3/4 cup flour + 3 tablespoons, divided
  • 3/4 cup quick cook oats
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 6 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, diced
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 lb. strawberries, hulled and sliced (may substitute frozen)
  • 1 cup blueberries (frozen or fresh)
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Make the crumble by combining the 3/4 cup flour, brown sugar, oats, cinnamon and salt in a large bowl. Use a pastry cutter to cut in the butter until the mixture forms small crumbs. You may need to use your hands to help it along. Set aside.
  3. Place strawberries and blueberries in a large bowl. Toss gently with sugar, lemon, and 3 tablespoons of flour. Place in the bottom of a 8” square pan.
  4. Pour the crumble over the top and press down slightly to compact.
  5. Bake for 30-33 minutes. It’s done when the crust is browned and the topping looks crunchy. Serve warm (or room temperature) with whipped or ice cream. Note: if you serve it before it cools and has time to gel, the filling will spill in the pan.


You can substitute equivalent amounts of any berry. Raspberries and/or blackberries would be so good in place of added to the other berries. You want a total of about 5 cups of berries, fresh or frozen.

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  1. This looks so good! I love crisps, crumbles, and berry-based summery desserts like this. The oatmeal cookie part, oh wow, that alone makes this even better. And berries, skyrocketing groc bills, yep!
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  2. This looks phenomenal! I love the shot with the ice cream on top…
    Kids will whine no matter what you do, so tune out the complaints. That’s what good moms do! :)
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  3. This looks so good!
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  4. This crumble looks insane…I mean, oatmeal cookie crumble?! HELLO YUMMY.
    I’ve actually only ever had apple crisp…not berries, so I can’t wait to try this! Pinne :)
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  5. Topped with the ice cream…. OH MY! This looks so yum!
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  6. Haha, I am totally the same. I’ll eat a large piece of dessert and then make up for it in the gym :) This berry crisp looks like it is totally worth a few more miles on the treadmill! I love these types of desserts and so does my husband! Pinned :)
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  7. Crisps and cobblers are definitely a staple of summer! And this berry crisp looks amazing! Wish I had some for breakfast right now! Pinned!
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  8. Come to mama! You have such a beautiful way with this crisp and the vanilla ice cream is the cherry on top!
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  9. I love a good oatmeal cookie crumble! This looks awesome!
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  10. This looks perfect, what a great cookie crumble! :)
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  11. Wow I just love that topping! It looks amazing! What a fabulous idea :)
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  12. I feel you. Gym Lindsey is Happy Lindsey. I’ll be the first to admit that I am kind of mean when I don’t work out. And when you whip up fantastic cookie crumble topped cobblers like this on a Tuesday, the gym time becomes a necessity! I don’t know about you but if my crumbles were 80% topping, I would be a happy camper! Pinned!
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  13. This totally screams “Summer!”, Dorothy, love this so much!
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  14. Crumble topping that tastes like an oatmeal cookie?! Yes, please!
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  15. I can definitely do a crumble tasting like an oatmeal cookie! This looks and sounds delicious Dorothy!
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  16. You’ve sparked my sweet tooth. Eeeek!! Haha! That looks yummy. Thanks for sharing. I think I pin every post you make. Haha.
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  17. This cooking crumble is making me weak in the knees! YUM!
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  18. I now officially have a serious craving for a crisp, especially with a big scoop of ice cream!
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  19. I love berry crumbles, and this one looks fantastic! All that oatmeal cookie goodness definitely looks worth any extra time at the gym :) Pinning!
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  20. I love crisps, and that topping makes me want to just dive in! It looks SO delicious! :)
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  21. Wonderful recipe! This looks absolutely delicious and now that blueberries are in season this is a perfect dessert. Yum!
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  22. yummy comfort food!
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  23. Dorothy,
    What a great summer treat! I can’t wait to try it and eat it on my back deck in the early evening, what fun. Thanks for the recipe.
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  24. Jamie @ Love Bakes Good Cakes says:

    I hate to admit that I’m a “topping picker off-er” …. it’s my favorite part of a crumble!! :) This one sounds insanely delish!!

  25. I just made this for my husband, i used peaches and it was delicious thank you!

  26. Perfect summer dessert! Way to stick to your guns on the gym thing. I know my mental health suffers when I don’t get enough exercise.
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  27. i love when summer fruit jumps into autumn crisps and crumbles! Oatmeal cookie crumbly topping?! I must makes these and get a giant tub of ice cream to go along with it! Might even throw in some blackberries too!

  28. Yikes! It’s been a week — is the speech still working? Poor Jordan, it’s going to be a long summer if it isn’t… ;) Gym time is definitely a daily requirement, as both an anti-depressant and calorie-eraser. After all of the desserts I’ve been sampling lately (ugh I’m SO sick of cake right now, too much recipe testing!), I practically want to live at the gym instead of in my kitchen! But hey, a berry crisp totally counts as a serving of fruit, right? So that might counteract all of the other desserts instead! A girl can dream…
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  29. Fruit crisp with a topping that tastes like cookies? Holy yum!!! I want this in my life immediately!!!
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  30. I have made this 3 times now….and added 1 1/2 cups of fresh pitted cherries in addition to the strawberries and blueberries. It is amazing!!!

  31. This was SO delicious and easy to make! I made it with 4 cups blackberries and 1.5 cups strawberries. I loved that it could be made in advance and then baked while we had dinner with guests. Thank you for this wonderful recipe… it’ll be my go-to now for summer berry crisps. I’m just sad that I waited til the end of summer to try it :)


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