Fruit Pie Crumb Topping Recipe

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My mother always sprinkled on this wonderful crumb topping to dress up her two-crust fruit pies. The topping not only looks pretty, it provides a crisp contrast to the soft fruit filling. I used it to top pies for my daughter's wedding reception.
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 5 min.
MAKES:12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 5 min.
MAKES: 12 servings


  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup cold butter, cubed
  • Dash ground cinnamon, optional

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 69 calories, 4g fat (2g saturated fat), 10mg cholesterol, 39mg sodium, 8g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.


  1. In a small bowl, combine flour and sugar. Cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Sprinkle over fruit pies. Sprinkle with cinnamon if desired. Yield: 1 cup (topping for 2 pies).
Tip: Prepare and refrigerate up to 2 days before baking pies.
Originally published as Fruit Pie Crumb Topping in Down the Aisle Country-Style 2000, p44

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Damahb User ID: 8545869 233338
Reviewed Sep. 23, 2015

"I found it best to use melted butter vs. cold butter. It crumbs up better for the topping. Thx T."

snowman71 User ID: 4775630 30359
Reviewed Mar. 30, 2011

"Very easy to make. I used it all on one 9" pie. Would definitely make again."

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