A few weeks ago, I met my parents at our lake house for a long lazy weekend. I like to relax as much as the next girl, but after a few days of doing nothing, I found my hands dirty – and so my search for the best cobbler recipes was under way. While I started out with the great idea of baking this amazing fruit cake, I realized that the process is a lot more work than I thought.
Needless to say, I started my cake idea and started looking for something that tastes the same but requires less effort. That’s when I fell into the delicious world of crisps, bread crumbs, and coveted cobbler recipes.
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Difference Between Cobbler, Crisp and Crumble
Truth be told, we spent a lot of time at Camille Styles debating whether it’s really possible to distinguish between cobbler, crunchy, and crumbly. And while our stomachs probably can’t tell the difference, here’s the problem we’ve solved: cobbler is a mixture of baked fruit with a cookie-like topping, while Crispy fries are a mixture of baked fruits with toasted cornmeal or oat-on bases. All three are best served with a large scoop of vanilla ice cream.
Scroll down to see some of our favorite crisps, crumbs and cobbler recipes, and let us know which one you’ll be serving this summer!
Behold, 18 of the best crisps, crumbs, and cobbler recipes for every summer party.
Blackberry Cobbler Crumble from Sugar & Charm
Why we love it: Blackberry Cobbler is as classic as they are. This dish is not too sweet, a little sour and has the perfect buttery crust that will keep us coming back for more. Pro Tip: With a little imagination, this cobbler cake recipe can perfectly double as a breakfast with a small yogurt layer on top.
Hero Ingredients: Lemon zest is the answer to bringing out the blackberry fruit flavor.
Strawberry Pistachio Crumble from Love & Lemons
Why we love it: Whether you’re after crunchy, crumbly or cobbler recipes, here’s the good news about all three: they couldn’t be easier to make. This result is a perfect example of how, when you gather some excellent ingredients, in the right season, it’s hard to go wrong. Also: Could the color on this crumb be any better?
Hero Ingredients: The top layer of pistachios is pure genius. It tastes greasy, crunchy and crunchy – in case you’re wondering the name that inspired it.
Pomegranate Vanilla Skillet Cobbler from How Sweet It Is
Why we love it: This recipe couldn’t be described more perfectly – it’s exactly what you should do “if you ever wanted to look directly at a pile of desserts…” I, for one person, would love to take a moment. quality time with it The trio of sour-sour-fragrant-sweet flavors. Who says pomegranates are only for the holidays?
Hero Ingredients: Combine two teaspoons of vanilla extract with an additional vanilla bean? Pure infatuation.
Crispy Pears & Cranberries with Walnut Streusel from Hint of Vanilla
Why we love it: One of the many great things about crunchy, crumble and cobbler recipes is that you can pick, choose, and customize your recipe with any delicious fruit you have on hand. I love the pear and cranberry combination going on here — the latter offers a mild sweet-sour flavor that enhances the earthy taste of the pear.
Hero Ingredients: Incorporating almond meal into your toppings gives your crunchy treats a certain nutty flavor.
Cherry Cobbler with Honey Butter Vanilla Bean Biscuits from Half Naked Harvest
Why we love it: While there’s nothing as American as apple pie, I suppose nothing calls for summer more than a fun dessert. While some recipes rely heavily on sugar to try to mask the bite of cherries, this genius really let them shine. Plus, pairing them with honey butter cookies is a total move.
Hero Ingredients: Cold salted butter is the key to making sky-high cookies.
Ginger Peach Crumble from Gimme Some Oven
Why we love it: There is nothing new about a peach. BUT when you add spicy-sweet ginger to the mix, it suddenly mutates. This cake packs layers (layers) of complex and pleasant flavors. And while nothing speaks to the same luxury as individual desserts, I can’t wait to explore this stunning dish with all my friends and family at once.
Hero Ingredients: There is no better winning combination than when peach meets the spicy, sweet and warm taste of cinnamon.
Walnut Pear Crisp from Love & Lemons
Why we love it: Easy, cool and a beautiful fall dessert. Baked in the oven, the fruit becomes pliable, sweet, and tender while the top layer is golden brown (and of course, the unbelievably crunchy/tough texture). Make it for Thanksgiving or any random fall weekend—you deserve it.
Hero Ingredients: Opting for brown sugar instead of granulated sugar in the toppings creates a lovely hint of caramel flavor.
Caramel Apple Crisp with Easy Caramel Sauce from Iowa Girl Eats
Why we love it: If you believe that there is no better combination in the food world than apple and caramel, first of all: you are right. Monday? You need to make this crispy as soon as possible. Assemble, bake, enjoy.
Hero Ingredients: While I used to believe that the words “easy” and “caramel sauce” could never go together, this recipe proves otherwise. With just four ingredients, with butter being the most important in terms of flavor and silky smooth consistency, you’ll soon be able to make this in your sleep.
Stovetop Rhubarb Cherry Crisp from Kitchen Confidante
Why we love it: Have you ever craved that crispy potato chip that you wanted to eat within minutes? Similar. While most recipes spend about 45 minutes or so in the oven (the crucial time when the toppings become crispy and light brown), the roasting is streamlined. This is the answer to all prayers about our favorite cobbler recipes. It’s the best way I can think of to enjoy summer’s delicious bounty.
Hero Ingredients: This recipe changes the citrus game, choosing orange and lemon juice instead of lemon. While I can’t decide which offers more flavor, I have to say: definitely a good decision.
Peach & Blackberry Cobbler from Foodie Crush
Why we love it: There’s something about my favorite cobbler recipes that makes a combination that’s tempting but not perfectly filling. Case in point, this Peach & Blackberry Cobbler knows a thing or two about satisfying and leaving you wanting more.
Hero Ingredients: Peaches and cherries, peaches and raspberries… but, peaches and raspberries? Don’t knock it until you’ve tried it—you may have just found your new favorite combo.
Easy Vegan Apple Crisp from Love & Lemons
Why we love it: For all of my vegan food lovers out there, this delightful treat is for you. It’s an upcoming dessert that couldn’t be easier or quicker to put together. While life may prove otherwise, when it comes to desserts, you can really have it all.
Hero Ingredients: Tossing your apples with apple cider vinegar is pure genius. After all, food must taste exactly what it is.
Easy Blackberry Crisp from Miss In The Kitchen
Why we love it: My plan for this crunchy treat: Wake up early, pick up all the raspberries I can bring, and go straight home to make this delicious summer dessert. Of course, the perfect way to end the day is with a spoon.
Hero Ingredients: I’ve said it before, and I’ll stress it again: lemon is a raspberry’s best friend.
Crispy Avocado from Life Made Simple
Why we love it: If you haven’t jumped on the brown butter train yet, now is the time to do it. Get started with this recipe that knows how to make all your favorite crunchy ingredients even better. Ripe butter adds a delicious flavor and depth of flavor that nothing else can replicate.
Hero Ingredients: Cardamom, friends! It is herbal, floral and just a little spicy. Trust me: You will use it for a long time.
Gluten-free red grapes from Call Me Cupcake
Why we love it: If you’re gluten-free and think the beauty of crunchy, crumbly, and cobbler recipes isn’t for your palate lovers, think again, This pie proves you can have it all, too. Both textures and flavors are as delicious as butter.
Hero Ingredients: Red lovers are yet to get the attention they deserve, but this demise is a step in the right direction.
Strawberry Rhubarb Cobbler with Honey Butter Biscuits from Half Naked Harvest
Why we love it: It took me far away from home to realize that not everyone likes the fresh beauty of the rhubarb tree when spring comes. While its hard fruit is incredibly sour (and you wouldn’t dare try it raw…), when combined with strawberries, something amazing happens. Believe in the sweet summer wonder.
Hero Ingredients: Buttermilk keeps your cookies soft and spongy – as usual.
Cherry Peach Crisp with Oatmeal Cookie Crumble from How Sweet It Is
Why we love it: Figuring out creative ingredient pairing is one of my favorite ways to get creative in the kitchen. Cherries and peaches are an unproven classic that you can enjoy all the flavors of summer — all at once.
Hero Ingredients: Fresh mint seals the deal on the warm weather flavor that this crunchy/crushed blend shows off to the full.
Maple Sugar, Bourbon and Brown Butter Peach Crisp from The Bojon Gourmet
Why we love it: Maybe it’s the fact that I’m from Vermont, but whenever I hear, read, or come across the possibility that maple might be in a dish or recipe, I sell. Of course, you have to be wary, as some like to trade in high-sugar syrups for the real thing. Make sure your maple sugar uses the latter here — just best for my favorite crisps.
Hero Ingredients: The combination of floating salt and raw sugar sprinkled on top is a dreamy texture.
Spiced Pear Crusher from Bake or Break
Why we love it: When autumn comes, I not only crave comfort but also want a dessert that can give a warm, cozy feeling, wrapped in a sweater. This spiced Cobbler pear was the answer to my cold weather needs.
Hero Ingredients: Cinnamon is good (OK, great), but nothing stuns me more than the spice trio of ginger, allspice, and nutmeg. The taste of autumn, defined.
This post was originally published on July 3, 2019 and has since been updated.