All Purpose Crumb Topping

Crumb Topping

In my professional opinion, Crumb Topping is the best-est of the best.

In essence, it’s just flour,sugar and butter, but when baked, it turns into little nuggets of golden deliciousness.

This is my All Purpose Crumb Topping.

You can use it on anything and everything…

Sweet Casseroles
Facial Scrub..ok, not so much

The possibilities are endless.

My recipe makes enough to cover a 9 x 13 pan with a nice layer of crunch.

Here is some crumb topping with chopped pecans. YUM.
Crumb Topping with Nuts

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All Purpose Crumb Topping
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An all purpose crumb topping
  • 1 cup All Purpose Flour
  • ¾ cup Brown Sugar,packed
  • 1 teaspoon Cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon Table Salt
  • 1 stick Butter, cut into 8 pieces
  • 1 cup Pecans, chopped (optional)
  1. In a medium bowl, mix together flour, brown sugar, cinnamon and salt.
  2. Add the butter.
  3. With your hands, squish the butter into the flour/sugar mixture until it comes together.
  4. You will know it is thoroughly mixed when the mixture stays together when squeezed in your hands.
  5. Mix in the nuts if using.
  6. To add to your dish, Squeeze in your hands and then crumble on-top of your item.
  7. If baking something that takes longer than 30 minutes, after 30 minutes has elapsed, gently cover with foil to prevent over browning.
Makes enough to cover a 9 x 13 pan.



  1. 1

    Love it! I sort-of have my go-to crumb mixture but have never thought to blog it. Great idea!

  2. 2

    facial scrub? i think you’re onto something with that!

  3. 3

    This is definitely something that every cook should have in their arsenal. I love the added pecans.

  4. 4

    Crumb topping is one of the best creations of all time. After the chi iron, and Tim Riggins.


  5. 5

    Yes I totally agree! If there are two treats sitting side by side and one has a crumb topping and the other does not, I will always go for the one with the crumb topping!

  6. 6

    Love crumb topping! Do you think steel cut oatmeal instead of pecans will work?

  7. 8

    One of y favorite desserts is fruit crumble and this kinda topping is eeeeesential!!

  8. 10

    Thank you for this, I’ll making it this weekend!

  9. 11

    Did you know that crumb topping is my favorite thing, like, ever?? I could eat it on anything. Love this!!

  10. 13

    The crumb topping is my favorite part too. I’ve been known to just eat the muffin tops.

  11. 15

    facial scrub, on my cereal, oh the possibilities! this looks so good, i need to get baking!

  12. 16

    Yay for crumb toppings! It truly does seem like every baked good is vastly improved by the addition of a crumb topping. Regular blueberry muffins–pretty yummy–but blueberry muffins with a crumbly topping? No contest. Thanks for the recipe!

  13. 18

    Awesome. I think it would be easier to make a list of what you can’t put this on.

  14. 20

    I used your recipe tonight on a apple cobbler… DELICIOUS! Not too sweet and balances out the tart of the grannie smith apples. Great recipe! thank you!