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Homemade Blackberry Crumble Recipe


blackberry cobbler recipe

Blackberry crumble is a gorgeous, old-fashioned dessert. Traditionally a summer treat, we don’t have to wait for sunshine anymore with frozen blackberries available year-round.   Let us celebrate blackberry crumble in January and February and March and… well, you get the idea.


  • 2 pounds blackberries
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch

First, toss blackberries & raspberries in a bowl. Add sugar, fresh lemon juice,  salt and cornstarch. Set aside for about 30 minutes, stirring occasionally to allow sugar to draw out the juices from the berries. Smash blackberries as much as you like (or not) with potato masher.

Preheat oven to 350F.

Place these ingredients into a large bowl. Cut with pastry cutter until perfectly crumbly. Crumbles should be little larger than the size of a pea.

  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 cups oatmeal
  • 1 cup butter, cut into small pieces
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon salt

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Spray baking pan with non-stick baking spray and then press 3 cups of crumble into bottom of a  9 X 13 baking pan.

Welcome back, blackberry filling. Welcome back.

Spread all of the blackberry filling over pressed crumble.

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Sprinkle with rest of crumble. Admire again. Smile some more.

Bake for about 35-40 minutes or until top is golden brown and blackberry filling is bubbly. It’s best if you allow it to sit for a few hours or overnight to cool to room temperature but hot out of the oven is delightful when served with butter or vanilla ice cream too.

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9 Responses

  1. […] upon the potluck table. One dish always stood out in the crowd, okay, maybe two. The first was a blackberry crumble. I… er… she was old enough to bake and wanted so badly to ask for the recipe but […]

  2. Ohhh…I love a good berry crumble!! This looks divine and we just found blackberries for $2 at Costco a couple weeks ago!!! Now, while they are not local, they are still very sweet and delicious and what a great taste of summer in the middle of the dreariness of winter. Scrumptious!

    • The Old Hen

      Yes, I agree. It is nice to be able to recreate a bit of summer in the middle of winter, isn’t it? 🙂 I hope you enjoy this recipe and I’m counting down ’til blackberry season with you.

  3. I need to make this for Greg when blackberries come into season again – his very favorite dessert is blackberry pie!!

  4. Carolyn

    This looks so, yummy! I do not have a food processor,is they some other method I could use to make this recipe? I would really like to make this for my husband.

  5. Can you give me an idea as to how many cups is 2 pounds of blackberries?
    I’m looking forward to making this tonight!

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