I like big fat crumb toppings on just about any dessert. Over the years, I’ve developed the perfect crumb topping recipe (some might call it a streusel topping) that I use on basically any recipe that I want to make even better!
This crumb topping recipe comes together really easily and can be added to the top of your dessert just before putting it into the oven.
Place the crumb topping on top of the scone batter just before baking to have crumb topped scones. Here’s the crumb topping on raspberry scones:
For a crumb topped coffee cake, place the crumb topping on the coffee cake batter just before baking like in this sour cream coffee cake:
And, in what may be my absolute favorite variation, here is a cookie made entirely of crumbs. I call it a crumb cookie!
My crumb topping recipe uses oats, which makes it a little different from some of the others that you might find. The oats help give the crumbs more texture and structure and make them extra satisfying!
No matter how you choose to use this crumb topping recipe, you can’t go wrong. Please share pictures of your crumb-topped desserts on Instagram with the hashtag #cupcakeproject so I can see them all!
How to Make Perfect Crumb Topping
A perfect crumb topping that can be added to the top of your choice of dessert just before baking.
- 1/4 cup unsalted butter melted
- 5/8 cup all-purpose flour 1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons
- 3 tablespoons brown sugar
- 3 tablespoons rolled oats
Mix all ingredients in a small bowl until large crumbs form. I suggest doing this with your hands. Stop as soon as you have the crumbs. Do not overmix.
Top your favorite dessert with the crumbs just before baking.
Bake according to the recipe's instructions.
Adding crumbs may cause the bake time of your recipes to change. Be sure to check your dessert for doneness before removing it from the oven.