9 Simple Recipes: Crisps, Cobblers, and Crumbles, Oh My!

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How does a cobbler differ from a crisp and from a crumble? Glad you asked. According to What’s Cooking America, a cobbler is a dessert that has a thick crust and (usually) a fruit filling; crisps and crumbles are essentially different names for the same thing. Both can be topped with a combination of nuts, flour, sugar, and oats; crisp is the American name, while crumble has British origins.

Others – like The Kitchn – say it is slightly more nuanced than that. A crumble has a topping more akin to streusel, while crisps do not have oats in the topping. Whether recipe authors follow those guidelines is of course a different matter. But what is really in a name? All are delicious and simple to make, so pick your favorite of the following nine to try.

1. Gluten-Free Strawberry Nectarine Crisp

The Minimalist Baker has delivered an easy, gluten-free crisp, filled with fresh fruit. It isn’t overly sweet, and serving with ice cream is highly recommended.


  • approximately 4 cups strawberries and nectarines, cut into bite-size pieces
  • 1 cup gluten-free rolled oats
  • ½ cup almond meal
  • ½ cup roughly chopped pecans
  • ¼ cup packed light brown sugar
  • pinch sea salt
  • 4 tablespoons cold butter (dairy-free for vegan) or sub olive oil

Directions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and butter an 8-by-8-inch (or similar size) baking dish. Add fruit directly to the dish as you chop it, and spread until flat. To a mixing bowl, add crisp ingredients and, using your hands, mix until all of the butter is evenly distributed. Add to the top of the fruit in an even layer. Bake for 40-45 minutes or until the fruit is bubbling and the top is crisp and golden.

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