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, trace 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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Reviewed Sep. 23, 2015

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

Reviewed Mar. 30, 2011

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

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