Crisp Topping for Fruit Crisp Desserts

Here we go! Another easy dessert for this time of year. I like to double this recipe to have one for now and freeze one for later. This is the best crisp I have ever had. It is everything it is supposed to be and more. Crispy, sweet, a little chewy, all like an oatmeal cookie on top of my pan of apples or any other fruit filling. You can get extra fancy by adding nuts, dried cranberries, or even some shredded coconut. Be sure to freeze each recipe flat in a zip top bag. Can freeze up to 6 months. To defrost set on counter for an hour or two. Top your favorite fruit filling and bake. Great with ice cream. This is one of my favorite desserts to serve to large crowds. I always get rave reviews.

Crisp Topping
1 cup all purpose unbleached flour
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar
1 cup rolled oats
1 T. cinnamon
1 t. vanilla extract
1 stick melted butter

In a large bowl mix all ingredients well. Store in the freezer, flat in a gallon sized zip top bag or sprinkle over top of your favorite fruit filling for the best Crisp Dessert ever. Bake in a 350° oven for 30 minutes. Makes one 9 x 13 inch sized Fruit Crisp. Apple or cherry are perfect for this time of year.

For this dessert, I big time cheated, and used two cans of apple pie filling. Shame on me.


This past weekend, my family and I attended our 9th Annual Williamsburg Grand Illumination. That is when Williamsburg is decorated with all the fresh fruit, greens, and vegetable swags, beautifully candlelit, and puts on a huge firework display to kick off the Advent Season. It was very relaxing for all of us and I always come back recharged and ready to tackle the craziness of the Christmas Season. Each year, I find neat ideas down there for gifts, cooking, and decorating. Himself even one upped me by taking me to a really good BBQ Pitt that I did not know about! I love when he gives me foodie surprises! The place was called Pierce’s and when we drove up at 2 PM on a Friday afternoon to a full parking lot we knew it had to be good. This may be a new tradition added to our W-Burg jaunt. The BBQ was excellent as well as the coleslaw and hushpuppies. I think this was the first time the kids had hushpuppies and liked them, except for Daelyn, strange. Their BBQ Sauce has a hint of cinnamon and was perfectly spicy with a touch of heat. So if you are ever in the Historic Triangle, check out Pierce’s.


  1. HoneyB
    Posted December 9, 2008 at 8:16 AM | Permalink

    I LOVE hushpuppies!

    P.S. I cheat sometimes too. lol Pie crusts have been my cheat for a long time until recently. When they taste good, I see no reason not to cheat once and a while! 🙂

  2. Sharon
    Posted December 9, 2008 at 11:55 AM | Permalink

    Oh wow, delicious! Thanks for sharing!!

  3. Dawn
    Posted December 9, 2008 at 1:33 PM | Permalink

    road trip!
    so glad I found your site…we have the same food-craving mentality. plus I get so many ideas from you.

  4. That Girl
    Posted December 9, 2008 at 6:47 PM | Permalink

    I’m so afraid of double crust pies I always turn them into crisps!

  5. Lucy
    Posted December 9, 2008 at 9:41 PM | Permalink

    Just loving crisps!! This looks wonderful, thanks for the reminder

    Robin Sue, next time you come by… please leave your email address.. I will not post it. But I would like to add you to the list of invisible friends… I’ll explain 😉

  6. noble pig
    Posted December 9, 2008 at 10:05 PM | Permalink

    Oh yum! Love the easy…love it.

  7. Grace
    Posted December 10, 2008 at 9:52 AM | Permalink

    mmm…my favorite way to get my daily dose of fruit. 🙂

  8. Jamie
    Posted December 11, 2008 at 11:35 PM | Permalink

    I LOVE your site and the Popper Dip is now famous here in Sarasota Florida (I do give you full credit everytime I make it tho!)

    But I must admit i’m terribly sad right now – when you said great bbq in Williamsburg I was so excited because I am going to visit my son in Williamsburg next week – then I saw Virginia, not New York,,,,

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