Fruit Crisp Topping Mix Recipe

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In Grand Valley, Ontario, Wendy Masters keeps this sweet mixture on hand to use as a time-saving topping for many desserts. Sprinkle over muffins or pies, or use it to create this quick fruit crisp with convenient canned pie filling.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Bake: 30 min.
MAKES:78-104 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Bake: 30 min.
MAKES: 78-104 servings


  • 5 cups quick-cooking oats
  • 5 cups packed brown sugar
  • 5 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 can (21 ounces) cherry pie filling or pie filling of your choice
  • 1/4 cup cold butter, cubed
  • Vanilla ice cream, optional

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 202 calories, 6g fat (1g saturated fat), 0mg cholesterol, 139mg sodium, 37g carbohydrate (25g sugars, 1g fiber), 1g protein


  1. Combine the first seven ingredients. Store in an airtight container in a cool dry place for up to 1 year. Yield: 13 batches (13 cups total).
  2. To prepare fruit crisp: Place pie filling in an 8-in. square baking dish. Cut butter into 1 cup topping mix until crumbly; sprinkle over fruit. Bake at 350° for 30-40 minutes or until lightly browned. Serve warm with ice cream if desired. Yield: 6-8 servings per batch.
Originally published as Fruit Crisp Topping Mix in Quick Cooking September/October 1999, p51

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Reviewed Oct. 31, 2010

"I'm a huge fan of apple crisp but not excited about peeling apples and going to a lot of work to make dessert, so I went looking for an easy way to do it... and VOILA! This took minutes to make and was quite yummy. I will be happy to have it on hand for a quick and sweet treat."

Reviewed Jan. 24, 2010

"Love this stuff. It save me a lot of time. It tastes great. My husband and son ask for it all the time."

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