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15 Cobblers, Crumbles & Crisps

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When it’s June and it’s already a sweltering 90 degrees, turning on my oven is the last thing I wanna do. Instead, we make BLT salads and Alice Waters’ ratatouille for dinner, and sometimes homemade ice cream for dessert. Easy, oven-free territory. My only exception? Cobblers, crumbles, and crisps. (Also known as my favorite buttery, bubbling vessels for enjoying fresh summer fruit.) For those, I will gladly turn on my oven.

But in case you’re like Ali and me, and occasionally get confused about what makes a cobbler a cobbler, or a crumble a crumble, we thought we’d break it down for everyone today. Honestly, we find ourselves mixing up the names of these fruity crispy desserts quite often, and that doesn’t even include delving into pandowdies, brown betties, slumps, bonkers, grunts and buckles — oy! (And yes, those are actual names of desserts!)

Alright, here’s your culinary vocabulary lesson for the day:

Cobblers: Traditionally, cobblers are deep dish baked fruit desserts, with either a thick biscuit or cake-like pastry. In cakey cobblers (think Bisquick), the fruit and its juices bubble up, interspersing with the doughy mixture. Historically though, cobblers have a biscuit topping, often spooned and dropped on top the fruit mixture, in a rustic fashion (like a cobbled street, hence the name.)

Crumbles & Crisps: There’s not much of a discrepancy among these two, they’re pretty interchangeable. Both are made with fresh fruit, sprinkled with a streusel topping (sometimes containing nuts), and baked until the fruit is bubbly and the topping is, well, crisp. The streusel in crisps is typically made with oats, whereas the streusel in crumbles isn’t. Crumbles are also originally of British origin. Both are a simpler, lazy answer to pie, and they’re delicious.

So you say crumble, I say crisp, let’s not call the whole thing off. We love them all, especially when they’re made with fresh farmers’ market fruit, and served up with a big scoop of vanilla bean ice cream. So preheat the oven, turn on the fan, grab a spoon and dig in!

Rhubarb, Strawberry & Raspberry Crumble |

Rhubarb, Strawberry & Raspberry Crumble | Eat, Little Bird

Slow Cooker Peach Cobbler |

Slow Cooker Peach Cobbler | A Spicy Perspective

Sour Cherry Berry Crisp |

Sour Cherry Berry Crisp | Blogging Over Thyme

Caramel Apple Crumble (gluten free) |

Caramel Apple Crumble (gluten free) | Bakerita

Easy Blueberry Crisp |

Easy Blueberry Crisp | Gimme Some Oven

Maple Sugar, Bourbon, and Brown Butter Peach Crisp |

Maple Sugar, Bourbon, and Brown Butter Peach Crisp | The Bojon Gourmet

Strawberry Rhubarb Cobbler |

Strawberry Rhubarb Cobbler | Two Peas and Their Pod

Mixed Berry Crumble |

Mixed Berry Crumble | Bakers Royale

Nectarine Blueberry Crisp |

Nectarine Blueberry Crisp | Julie’s Eats & Treats

Grandma's Peach and Blackberry Cobbler |

Grandma’s Peach and Blackberry Cobbler | FoodieCrush

Individual Cherry Almond Crumbles |

Individual Cherry Almond Crumbles | Sift & Whisk

Strawberry-Raspberry Cobbler |

Strawberry-Raspberry Cobbler | Apples and Sparkle

Ginger Peach Crumble |

Ginger Peach Crumble | Gimme Some Oven

Grandma Bea's Blueberry Cobbler |

Grandma Bea’s Blueberry Cobbler | No. 2 Pencil

Stovetop Rhubarb-Cherry Crisp |

Stovetop Rhubarb-Cherry Crisp | Kitchen Confidante

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Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven

Hayley Putnam lives to eat, and loves writing, particularly about food! She contributes to Foodie Crush, and also bakes and blogs for her own little nook of the food blogosphere, Tiptoes in the KitchenShe lives in Greensboro, N.C., with her husband Jay and their four-legged furry daughter, Luma.  You can also find Hayley on Pinterest and Instagram.

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12 comments on “15 Cobblers, Crumbles & Crisps”

  1. These all look so good especially your ginger peach crumble! I love fruit desserts so much that I wrote a reference guide to all the fruit desserts I could find so people can tell the difference between crisps, crumbles, slumps and grunts!

    I hope you don’t mind the link, but I thought it was relevant and who doesn’t like more fruit desserts!

  2. We can’t wait to go picking blueberries for the first time this year! My daughter is 5 months old right now. Before we know it, she’ll be picking right along with us! I’ll be saving this post for when we have fresh handpicked blueberries on hand! :)

    • What a great thing to do with your kiddo when she gets bigger! : ) In the meantime, more blueberries for you! ; )

  3. We just made homemade short cake yesterday to kick off berry season – next ups is a cobbler or crisp!! Now if only I could stop eating all the berries plain – lol.

    • Yum, I just made a strawberry shortcake the other night! Always my most favorite. : )

  4. I love crisps and cobblers…I may try making individual sized portions this summer! All about presentation :)

  5. All of these cobblers and crumbles look phenomenal! I think the sour cherry one will be on my list of desserts to make very soon. Thank you for sharing, Ali. 

  6. The cobblers, crumbles and crisps have a comforting taste of a made-from-scratch dessert, they are filled with naturally sweet and tender fruit, finished off with a golden-brown topping and are incredibly simple to make. And what’s more, crisp, crumble and cobbler recipes only take 10 minutes of preparatory work — the rest of the magic happens in the oven.

  7. Great collection of cobblers, crumbles and crisps! I love almost all of these and cannot wait to add them to my dessert menu!