When it comes to swoon-worthy fruit desserts, crisps, crumbles, and cobblers are top of the class every single time. These desserts often get lumped together, but they are distinctly different. Cobbler requires a biscuit-like dough with a sturdy structure and is more like a distant cousin to crisps and crumbles, while crisps and crumbles are like sisters.
We shared quite a few of these easy-to-make desserts this year, and these 10 were our favorites.
Crisps are the quintessential dessert for using up just about any type of seasonal fresh fruit. Similar to crumbles, this sweet and buttery crisp topping always includes whole oats, while crumbles do not.
Making a fruit crisp that skips the gluten altogether is surprisingly simple. There are no specialty flours necessary — just a few pantry staples.
Even if you don't follow a gluten-free diet, you need this peach crisp in your life. It's a standout double-crusted dessert that's also a totally acceptable breakfast.
Come the first hint of fall, apple crisp is a must. This version wins major points for seamlessly coming together in a single skillet.
I love this fruit crumble for how easy it is to whip together any night of the week, whether I have fresh or frozen fruit on hand. Unlike its crisp counterpart, the buttery crumb topping on the crumble skips the oats.
The very best topping for a jammy, fruit-filled cobbler is a sweet cream biscuit that bakes up with crisp crust that breaks under the pressure of your fork, yielding to a tender, cake-like center.
A good cobbler, gluten-free or not, is all about the sweet biscuit topping, and this version does not disappoint. Get these basics down and then use this topping to turn soft fruit into dessert all throughout the year.
Come summer, any and all blueberry desserts are a must, but most notably cobbler. (Always blueberry cobbler.) And we found a smart pantry hack to make this one the blueberry-iest of them all.
It's not a crisp, crumble, or cobbler, but we'd be remiss not to include this must-make buttery, vanilla-scented dessert sauce. It's a four-ingredient topping that's a real game-changer when it comes to summer fruit desserts.