easy crumb topping

Easy Crumb Topping

A melt-in-your mouth easy crumb topping that bakes up into a thick layer of sweet crumbles. The perfect addition to pies, muffins, cakes, ice cream, fruit, and anything else your heart desires.

Note: The pictures posted of the crumb topping have not been baked yet. Once the crumb topping has been baked, it will become golden brown and delicious!

crumb topping

crumb topping

Easy Crumb Topping

This is an easy crumb topping recipe! Made with very basic ingredients. This recipe doesn’t have any oats (nothing against oats). I wanted a homemade crumb topping that was similar to the frozen baked apple crumb pies (which we love, and are a great option for when you just don’t feel like lifting a finger in the kitchen). There’s just something about those crumb toppings! And… This recipe is pretty close – we loved it!

crumb topping


Here’s what I did:

I whisked together the dry ingredients, flour, powdered sugar, brown sugar, salt, and cinnamon. Making sure they were completely combined. I cubed a stick of butter (8 Tablespoons). I added the cubed butter into the flour mixture and used my hands to combine the butter (a pastry cutter, large fork, or butter knifes can be used). Continue to mix together until the mixture feels like damp sand. Once you’re able to grab a handful and squeeze it, the mixture should hold its shape. You can gently break into small clumps. 

At this point you can choose to:

A. Use in any recipe that calls for a crumb topping. This recipe will produce enough crumb topping for 2 (8 inch) pies, or 1 (13×9 inch) pan.

B. Store in the refrigerator for up to a week.

C. Store in the freezer for a couple months. (For easy storage – divide the crumb topping into 2 quart sized ziploc baggies and label the outside for future use.)

D. Bake the crumb topping and use on anything. For example: top on ice cream, use on frosted cakes/cupcakes, use it to top fresh fruit and whipped cream, give that cracked cheese cake a crumble topping, or give yogurt a sweet crunch.

easy crumb topping

 Easy Crumb Topping – Makes enough for 2 (8 inch pies) Or, 1 (13×9 inch) pan  crumb topping

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 stick butter (8 Tablespoons) – cubed

Step One: Whisk together the flour, powdered sugar, brown sugar, salt, and cinnamon. Add in the cubed butter and combine with the flour mixture. I used my hands (a pastry cutter, large fork, or butter knifes can be used). Continue to mix together until the mixture feels like damp sand and you can form large clumps.

Ways to use easy crumb topping:

Use on top of fruit pies, coffee cakes, muffins. Top your pie/coffee cake with crumb topping before baking.

Can be stored in the refrigerator for 1 week.

Can be stored in the freezer for a couple months.

Can be baked and used. To bake crumb topping: Spread the topping out on a baking sheet and bake in a preheated 350 F degree oven for 15 – 20 minutes, until nice and golden brown.

By: Vanessa

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7 comments on “Easy Crumb Topping

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  2. Celli

    This is a great idea to have on hand for pies or crisps.

    1. Vanessa

      Exactly, Celli! I have been adding this topping to lots of things. :-)

  3. Megan - The Emotional Baker

    I love crumb topping and have been known to eat it by the handful – whoops!! I’m pretty sure I’m going to put this on everything from now on 😉

    1. Vanessa

      Crumb topping is delicious! :-)

      Thanks Megan!

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