Cobbler, Crisp, and Slump Recipes

Pies aren’t the only baked fruit desserts

Nothing is as simultaneously simple and satisfying as a baked dessert made from ripe fruit, warm and bubbly from the oven. Pies are classic, of course, but the fun doesn't have to end there. If you want to mix things up, we've collected our favorite cobbler, crisp, and slump recipes.

The cobbler is a classic dessert of fruit topped with a biscuit dough or batter and then baked. We love blueberry-cherry cobbler flavored with cinnamon and almond extract and covered with big scoops of biscuit dough. While fruit is traditional for topping a cobbler, come fall try making it with sweet potatoes flavored with nutmeg.

If you live outside of New England, you probably have no idea what a slump is. This strangely named relative of the cobbler is also made by cooking biscuit dough on top of fruit. It's delicious made with blueberries and citrus juice and topping generously with vanilla ice cream. Our blackberry slump is a variation on that technique, with the berries mixed with white wine and spooned on top of the batter in individual ramekins. In either form, the dessert is a delicious treat.

While cobblers and slumps are topped with a biscuit dough, crisps are topped with a topping similar to streusel, generally made of sugar, flour, butter, and often oats. Our blueberry crisp keeps it simple so as to let the sweet flavor of ripe blueberries shine. In our wine-poached rhubarb crisp, the bold flavors of the fruit are matched with a topping containing orange zest, cardamom, and poppy seeds.

Find these desserts and more in our collection of cobbler, crisp, and slump recipes.

Wine-Poached Rhubarb and Poppy Seed Crisp
Wine-Poached Rhubarb and Poppy Seed Crisp

Rhubarb takes the spotlight in this bright, rose-colored crisp, sweetened with strawberries and topped with a crunchy poppy seed crumble topping, from Erin Patinkin and Agatha Kulaga of Brooklyn’s Ovenly. Get the recipe for Wine-Poached Rhubarb and Poppy Seed Crisp »

Cherry Tomato and Cherry Cobbler
Cherry Tomato and Cherry Cobbler

Cherries and cherry tomatoes bake down together into a savory-sweet layer under a sweet biscuit topping in this recipe from chef Amanda Cohen. Get the recipe for Cherry Tomato and Cherry Cobbler »

Apple Crumble with Hot Custard
Apple Crumble with Hot Custard

We enjoyed this warm and comforting dessert while visiting a sheep farm in new Zealand. Get the recipe for Apple Crumble with Hot Custard »

Blueberry Crisp
Get the recipe for Blueberry Crisp

If you are lucky enough to find yourself with an overabundance of blueberries, this easy-to-make crisp is a delicious way to prepare them. It can also be made with peaches, plums, or other summer berries. Get the recipe for Blueberry Crisp »

Blueberry Slump
Blueberry Slump

A sticky biscuit dough is dropped onto blueberries in this classic New England dessert, which is called a “slump,” “grunt,” or “cobbler,” depending on who you’re asking.

Huckleberry Crisps

Frozen blueberries are a fine substitute for fresh huckleberries in an easy baked crisp. Serve with crème fraîche or vanilla ice cream.

Sweet Potato Cobbler
Sweet Potato Cobbler

A trick we learned while getting this recipe is to make an extra top crust along with the cobbler. This way you can replace the quickly eaten up original, making two cobblers out of one.

Blueberry-Cherry Cobbler

Fluffy biscuits top this quick cobbler, which is flavored with cinnamon and almond extract.

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