A few weeks ago, I met up with my parents at our lake house for one long, dull weekend. I love to relax as much as the next girl, but after a few days without doing anything, I itched to get my hands dirty – and then my search for the best shoemaker recipes began. While I started with this great idea of baking the ultimate fruit pie, I realized that there was a lot more work involved in the process than I thought.
Needless to say, I rejected my pie idea and started looking for something with the same good taste, but it required less hard work. That was when I fell into the delicious world of chips, crumbles and crave-worthy shoemaker recipes.
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The difference between a shoemaker, crisp and crumbling
Truth be told, we spent a lot of time with Camille Styles discussing whether there really was any difference between a shoemaker, a crisp and a crumble. And while our stomachs may not know the difference, here’s the breakdown we settled on: a cobbler is a baked fruit mix with a biscuit-like crust, while a crispy or crumble is a baked fruit mix with a toasted cornmeal or oat-based topping . All three are best served with a large scoop of vanilla ice cream.
Scroll down for some of our favorite chips, crumbles and cobbler recipes, and tell us which ones you want to be serves this summer!
See, the 18 best crisps, crumbles and shoemaker recipes for every summer party.
Why we love it: Blackberry Cobblers are as classic as they come. This take is not too sweet, a little sour and has the perfect butter crust that makes us return for more. Professional tip: With a little imagination, this shoemaker-crumble recipe can completely serve as breakfast with a splash of yogurt on top.
Hero ingredient: Lemon peel is the answer to bring out the fruity blackberry flavor.
Why we love it: Whether you land on a crispy, crumble or cobbler recipe, here’s the good news about all three: they couldn’t be easier to make. This crumble is a perfect example of how hard it is to go wrong when gathering a few amazing ingredients in season. Also: Could the color of this crumble be more beautiful?
Hero ingredient: The pistachio crumble topping is absolutely brilliant. It’s nutty, crispy and crumbly – if you’ve wondering what inspired the name.
Why we love it: This recipe could not be described more perfectly – this is exactly what you should do “if you have ever wanted to fall with your face first in a pile of dessert …” I would first of all love to spend some quality time with its sour-tangy -sweet trifecta of flavor. Who said pomegranates are only for holidays?
Hero ingredient: To combine two teaspoons of vanilla extract with an extra vanilla bean? Pure enjoyment.
Why we love it: One of the many wonderful things about chips, crumbles and shoemaker recipes is that you can pick, choose and customize your recipe with any delicious fruit you have on hand. I love the pear and cranberry combination that takes place here – the latter gives a nice sweet-sour taste that plays off the pear’s earthy taste.
Hero ingredient: Incorporating almond flour into your topping gives your crispy a decidedly nutty flavor.
Why we love it: While there is nothing as American as apple pie, I would argue that nothing screams more in the summer than a good dessert. While some recipes lean heavily on the sugar to try to mask the sour bite of the cherries, this ingenious shot really makes them shine. Plus, pairing them with honey butter biscuits is a total power move.
Hero ingredient: Cold salted butter is the key to flaky, soaring biscuits.
Why we love it: There is nothing new about a peach crumble. BUT when you add spicy-sweet ginger to the mixture, it suddenly turns. This crumble packs layer upon layer (on layer) of complex and soothing flavor. And while nothing says elegance like individual desserts, I can not wait to dig into this amazing with friends and family at once.
Hero ingredient: There is no better winning combination than when peaches meet the spicy, sweet and warming taste of cinnamon.
Why we love it: Easy, airy and a beautiful autumn dessert. Baked in the oven, the fruit is pickled, sweet and soft, while the topping gets a kiss of golden brown color (and of course an incredibly crispy / chewy texture). Make it for Thanksgiving or a casual fall weekend – you deserve it.
Hero ingredient: Choosing brown sugar as opposed to granulated in the topping gives a little nice, caramelized flavor.
Why we love it: If you think there is no better couple in the food world than apples and caramel, well, first of all: you would be right. Second? You need to make this crisp as fast as possible. Gather, bake, pamper.
Hero ingredient: While I once believed that the words “light” and “caramel sauce” could never work together, this recipe proves the opposite. Just four ingredients, of which butter is the most important in terms of flavor and silky texture, you will soon be able to make it in your sleep.
Why we love it: Have you ever wanted a crisp that you would eat within minutes? Same. While most recipes spend well over 45 minutes or so in the oven (the all-important time the topping gets crispy and lightly browned), this streamlined spin is the answer to all of our favorite shoemaker bean recipes. It’s the best way I can think of to enjoy this summer’s delicious bounty.
Hero ingredient: This recipe changes the citrus game and chooses orange juice and limes instead of lemon. Although I can not decide what gives more flavor, I must say: definitely the right decision.
Peach & Blackberry shoemaker from Foodie Crush
Why we love it: There is something about my favorite cobbler recipes that makes the indulgent but not overly filling combination perfect. An example of this is this Peach & Blackberry Cobbler that knows a thing or two about satisfying while making you want more.
Hero ingredient: Peaches and cherries, peaches and raspberries … but peaches and blackberries? You do not have to knock on it until you have tried it – you may have just found your new favorite combination.
Why we love it: To all my vegan foodies out there, this delicious treat is for you. It’s a go-to fall dessert that couldn’t be easier or faster to put together. While life may turn out differently, you can really get it all when it comes to dessert.
Hero ingredient: Throwing your apples with apple cider vinegar is pure genius. The food must taste exactly as it is.
Why we love it: My plans for this crispy: Wake up early, pick all the blackberries my arms can carry, and head straight home to make this delicious summer dessert. Of course, the perfect way to end the day is to dig into the spoon first.
Hero ingredient: I’ve said it before and I want to emphasize it again: lemons are blackberry’s best friend.
Why we love it: If you have not yet jumped on the brownie bandwagon, now is the time to do it. Start with this recipe that knows how to make all your favorite crispy ingredients taste even better. The browned butter adds a delicious dimension and depth of flavor that nothing else can recreate.
Hero ingredient: Cardamom, everyone! It is herbal, floral and just a little spicy. Believe me: You’ll be spending it all fall.
Why we love it: If you are gluten free and thought that the beauty of crispy, crumbly and cobbler recipes was not meant for your taste buds, think again. This crumble proves that you too can have all the flaky, buttery textures and flavors.
Hero ingredient: Red currants have not yet received the spotlight they deserve, but this crumble is a step in the right direction.
Why we love it: It took moving away from my hometown to realize that not everyone is adorned with the beauty that is fresh rhubarb for spring. While the stalked fruit is incredibly sour in itself (and dare you not try it raw …), when combined with strawberries, something beautiful happens. Believe in the sweet summer magic.
Hero ingredient: Buttermilk helps your biscuits stay light and airy – as they should be.
Why we love it: Coming up with inventive ingredient pairings is one of my favorite ways to get creative in the kitchen. Cherries and peaches are an under-the-radar classic that proves you can have all the flavors of summer – at once.
Hero ingredient: Fresh mint seals the agreement on the taste in hot weather, as this crisp / crumbled hybrid fully shows.
Why we love it: Maybe it’s the fact that I’m from Vermont, but when I hear, read, or catch the possibility that maple may be in a dish or recipe, I’m sold. Of course, you need to be vigilant, for some like to swap in sugary syrups for the right item. Make sure your maple sugar uses the latter here – only the best for my favorite chips.
Hero ingredient: The mixture of flake salt and coarse sugar sprinkled on top is a texture daydream.
Why we love it: When autumn comes, I not only feel like comfort, but I also want a dessert that can deliver the warm, cozy, wrapped in a sweater vibe. This Spiced Pear Cobbler is the answer to my demands in cold weather.
Hero ingredient: Cinnamon is good (OK, amazing), but nothing surprises me more than the trifecta of spices that are ginger, allspice and nutmeg. Autumn taste, defined.
This entry was originally posted on July 3, 2019 and has since been updated.