Berry Crisp

This Berry Crisp Recipe is a classic, foolproof EASY mixed berry dessert. Sweet, tart berries are layered underneath a buttery, crunchy topping. Perfect with a scoop of ice cream or all on its own.
Mixed Berry Crisp topped with ice cream

Are you ready for your go-to summer dessert recipe? This Berry Crisp is always a crowd pleaser and is perfect when berries are in season, but is also fantastic all year long because you can just as easily use frozen berries! I have some pretty great recipes on my site for berry season, like my Blueberry Muffin Cake and my Berry Ambrosia Salad but Berry Crisp really is a must-make. So many sweet, tart berries topped with a generous portion of buttery, oat crisp!

I’ve worked hard to perfect the oat crisp topping, and it’s amazing! It’s thick, buttery and has the perfect amount of sweetness. You can pair this crumble (streusel) topping with just about any fruit, just like my Apple Crisp!

Mixed Berry Crisp Recipe topped with a buttery oat crumble

What Ingredients Do You Need For Berry Crisp?

The best thing about this Berry Crisp Recipe is that it uses simple, everyday ingredients. Here are a few of the main ingredients you will need:

  • Oats: I like to use Quick Oats in this recipe, but you can use Old Fashioned or Rolled Oats instead if that’s all you have. Quick Oats are just oats that have been roughly cut, so they cook faster. I prefer the texture in the oat topping, but again, you can use either!
  • Brown Sugar: I love using brown sugar in the crisp topping, but you can sub this out for granulated sugar as well. The brown sugar gives the crisp a more golden color and also a richer taste, in my opinion.
  • Orange Juice: I squeeze a little fresh orange juice into the berry mixture before it’s baked. The citrus flavor is very subtle, but I think it adds a nice complexity to the berries. You could also use lemon or lime juice!
  • Berries: Obviously the berries are the star of the show! I really love the mixture of strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries.

Can You Use Frozen Berries?

YES! What makes this recipe so great is that you can make it all year long thanks to frozen berries. Whether they are berries you picked during their season, or packaged frozen berries from the store, they are a great alternative to fresh berries. And a lot of times, they are cheaper.

Can I Use Different Berries Than The Recipe Calls For?

Like I said above I like using 4 different types of berries when I can. I have found that 2 cups of strawberries, 2 cups of blueberries, 1 cup of raspberries and 1 cup of blackberries is my favorite mix. I don’t like adding too many raspberries or blackberries because they have a lot of seeds that get stuck in my teeth!  But if you don’t prefer a certain kind of berry in this recipe, so ahead and use what combo you like. Just use a total of 6 cups.

How To Make A Berry Crisp

How Do You Make A Fruit Crisp?

What’s so great about any sort of crisp recipe, is that is supposed to be rustic, so there’s no need to worry about it looking “perfect”. The beauty is in the messiness, in my opinion! Here are the simple steps:

  1. The streusel mixture on the top of the Crisp is so important. You want there to be enough of the mixture that you get streusel in every bite. You also want to make sure it’s buttery enough that it’s no dry, but not too buttery that it’s greasy! My recipe for the crisp topping is totally perfect! Just make sure that when you mix it up it will hold together when squeezed.
  2. You mix the berries with a little sugar, some citrus juice, and vanilla. You will want to lightly toss the berries with 1/4 cup of flour. This will help thicken up the juices that the berries release while they are baking.
  3. All you do to assemble this is spread the berries in the bottom of the pan and then spread the crumble mixture evenly on top! That’s it! It’s really a fantastically easy dessert that will impress guests.

Triple Berry Crisp with streusel topping

Is It A Crisp, A Crumble, a Buckle or a Cobbler? What’s The Difference?

Cobblers, Crisps, or Crumbles are all very similar desserts. They all traditionally have a fruit filling, and some of the small nuances are more regional.

A Crisp or a Crumble are basically the same thing, it just depends on what part of the country you are in! They have a fruit bottom and are topped with a buttery, streusel-type topping that typically includes oats, like today’s Berry Crisp Recipe.

A Cobbler is is similar but instead of the streusel topping it has a cake-like or biscuit-style topping dropped on top of the fruit before it bakes. As it bakes it puffs up to look like cobblestone streets.

Buckles are more cake-like and rise up around a fruity center, which causes it to “buckle” around the fruit. The more you know 🙂

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Berry Crisp

  • Author: Shelly
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: serves 10 1x
  • Category: Pie
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: Dessert

Description:

This is the best dessert for summer BBQs when berries are in season, or anytime of year if you use frozen berries!


Ingredients:

Topping

  • 1 1/4 cup quick oats
  • 1 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup cold butter, diced

Berry Filling

  • 2 cups strawberries, cut in half, or quarters if large
  • 2 cups blueberries
  • 1 cup raspberries
  • 1 cup blackberries
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons orange juice
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1/4 cup flour

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Coat a 9×13 baking dish with nonstick spray, set aside.
  2. In a large bowl mix together the oats, flour, sugar, and salt. Mix in the butter with your hands or a pastry cutter until mixture form crumbs when squeezed together.
  3. Place berries in another large bowl. Stir in the sugar, juice, and vanilla into the berries. Sprinkle the flour on top of the berries and toss to coat.
  4. Place the berry mixture into the prepared pan, and sprinkle with the oat mixture evenly.
  5. Bake for 45 minutes, until the top is golden and the berries are bubbly.

Notes:

You can swap out the types of berries to suit you preference as long as you use 6 cups in total.

You can use frozen berries, just allow them to thaw and drain any excess liquid.

Store airtight in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat individual servings in the microwave, or the entire pan in a 350°F oven for 20 minutes, or until heated through.

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15 Responses
  1. Cait

    Do you think I could make this recipe in a cast iron over a fire while camping?! My husbands birthday is this weekend and it’s his favorite dessert. I’d love to make it happen! Any suggestions?

    1. Shelly

      Yes you absolutely could!! The only issue I’ve had when we tried this is getting the crisp topping, well, crispy! It’s best it you cover the skillet while baking with a lid and scooping coals on top of the lid, to heat from the top of the pan as well. The topping will be softer over the campfire than in the oven, but it will still taste good!

  2. Rachel

    Love this recipe!! Two questions:
    1. Do you suppose it would turn out ok if I baked the topping before putting it on the (also baked) berries? The topping just isn’t coming out crispy, and I want this to be excellent when I make it for my sister’s wedding in a couple weeks!
    2. Do you have any tips for making the blueberries as sweet as the rest of the berries? Most of the time when I bite into a blueberry in the finished product, it’s just bland. But I don’t want to leave them out because they are normally a favorite! I’m a novice at baking. I tried macerating them for a couple days beforehand, but it only barely helped.

    1. Shelly

      SO strange about your blueberries. I wish I had a better tip at making them sweeter, but if you are buying fresh berries and they are bland the only recommendation I would try is to buy frozen berries and thaw them. Frozen berries are frozen at peak ripeness and and are generally pretty sweet!
      As for crisping up the top, if you are looking for more of a crunchy topping you can sub in some granola for the oats

  3. Kay

    Your recipe is great. Your ads where the video follows as you scroll down to try and read the recipe is maddening!!! So annoying I didn’t get the entire recipe.

    1. Shelly

      oh no! why didn’t you get the recipe?? The little video player pops up with a close option after a few seconds, so it’s pretty easy to close out. I hope you’re able to try it again!

  4. I was looking for a dessert for the whole family and I stumbled on this article. I read and followed the instructions carefully and I made it deliciously! Every member of my family is so happy! Thanks for this

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Shelly Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

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