How to Make Crumb Topping

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I’m going to share with you how to make crumb topping. Crumb topping is so great to know how to make for so many recipes. This topping is fabulous on pie, you’ve got to have that crumb on a fruit crisp, it’s delicious on a bar cookie, on top of ice cream, on top of quick bread or coffee cake, and amazing just to snack on! This is a great easy crumble topping.

Crumb Topping Recipe

The crumble topping shown above was baked on parchment paper. It’s perfect for sprinkling on top of ice cream, funnel cakes, or eating all by itself.

How to Make Crumb Topping

How to Make Crumb Topping

Here are the simple steps to make a streusel topping for baked goods or snacking.


Preheat your oven to 350 degrees if you are going to use this to snack on or a sprinkle on top topping – like for ice cream, funnel cakes, etc.

Melt your butter

Start by melting your stick of unsalted butter.

melted butter

Add the flour

Add the flour to the melted butter.

Butter and Flour

Brown Sugar

Add the brown sugar to the bowl.

Brown Sugar Added


Add your oats.

Oats added

Mix Together

Use a spoon or fork to mix the ingredients together until evenly dispersed. If you want to add some nuts, now would be the time to add some to the mixture. Walnuts, hazelnuts, almonds, or pecans would be great. I’m one of those weird people who does not like nuts except alone.

Spread on Parchment

Spread out the crumb topping on parchment paper.

Crumble Topping Recipe-1

Bake Crumb Topping

Bake until the edges start to crisp up, about 25 minutes. It will crisp up more as it cools.

Cooled crumble topping


Store in an air-tight jar and enjoy within 10 days.

How to Make Crumb Topping
Crumb Topping to snack on

Where to Use Streusel Topping

  • Pies – you can place this streusel recipe on top, before baking, top your pie crust and filling. Bake as your pie instructions go.
  • Fruit Crisp – Peel and cut up your favorite fruit. Toss with some sugar, flour, cinnamon, and salt then you can top with the topping (before baking) and then bake for about 30 minutes.
  • Ice Cream – sprinkle the baked topping on your ice cream for a crunchy element
Crumble Topping Recipe

Crumb Topping

This crumb topping is great for adding to the top of your baked goods before baking, but also delicious baked on it's own for a topping.
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Prep Time:5 minutes
Cook Time:25 minutes
Total Time:30 minutes


  • ½ cup butter melted
  • 1 cup flour
  • ½ cup brown sugar packed
  • ½ cup oats


  • Preheat your oven to 350° degrees.
  • Melt your butter and place into a bowl.
    melted butter
  • Add the flour to the butter.
    Butter and Flour
  • Place the brown sugar into the bowl.
    Brown Sugar Added
  • Add the oats to the bowl.
    Oats added
  • Mix all the ingredients together.
    Crumble mixed together
  • If you are baking the crumble on it's own, spread out the crumb topping onto a parchment lined baking sheet.
    Crumble Topping Recipe-1
  • Bake for about 25 minutes, until the edges start to brown and crisp up. It will crisp more as it cools. Let it cool about 15-20 minutes before using a spatula to break up and serve immediately or store in a jar.


If you are going to add the crumb topping to the item before baking, follow the directions above, but sprinkle the crumb topping batter onto your recipe before placing in the oven. Follow the directions of your recipe for pie, crisp, etc.
Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: apple, pie
Servings: 1 pie or crisp

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How to Make Crumb Topping


  1. Folk refuse to be used to mix the ingredients together until evenly dispersed, but I’ sure a spoon will do nicely. Other than that, the recipe is great. Thank you.

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