Double Crust Cherry Crisp

You. I know you. You’re that sneaky scoundrel who scooped all of the topping off of my cherry crisp. You took the buttery, brown-sugary baked oatmeal crisp magic for yourself, and you left the rest of us with naked, un-crispified fruit filling. I’m upset only because you beat me to it.

Double Crust Cherry Crisp - Crisp topping on both the bottom and the top!

I baked us a Double Crust Cherry Crisp, because we’ve all been where no decent person should be forced to go. We’ve spent the entire meal (or in my fruit crisp-obsessed case, the entire day) dreaming about that perfect, golden crisp topping and the hot, bubbly fresh fruit that waits underneath. We’ve arrived jubilantly at the dish, spoon and vanilla ice cream at the ready, only to discover that our dirty rotten brother/labrador/husband stole 90% of the crisp topping.

Leftovers are even worse. You know how good the crisp is and you return eagerly for a second round, only to discover someone has eaten off all of the topping and put the container with just the filling back in the refrigerator. Please tell me I’m not the only one.

Think about it. The greatest cherry pies—the pies of our mothers, grandmothers, and the bake sale ladies at church—all have two crusts. A cherry pie with only one crust would seem sad and lonely. Doesn’t cherry crisp deserve the same?

This Double Crust Cherry Crisp is GENIUS! Crisp topping on both the top and bottom, so you don't have to fight over who gets the most!

Double Crust Cherry Crisp - No more fighting over the crisp topping. This recipe has it on both the bottom and the top!Double Crust Cherry Crisp is here to right wrongs. No more disappointment, no more topping fights, no more inappropriately naked fruit fillings. Double the crisp topping and let there be peace, harmony, and total silence as we bury our faces in double-crusted summer fruit crisp nirvana.

Double Crust Cherry Crisp - Fresh CherriesNow that I’ve spent the last 200+ words blabbing about how crisp topping practically has divine powers (and yes, I do believe it is magnificent), I’m going to state that I don’t actually think the topping is the best part of cherry crisp. I adore fresh cherries, to the extent that I had to buy this cherry pitter to keep up with my mass consumption.

The beauty of cherry (or any summer fruit) crisp, to me, is the way a few simple ingredients—fresh fruit, oatmeal, brown sugar, butter—bake together into something more meaningful, comforting, and classically delectable than any single component on its own. Addictive crisp topping and wholesome fruit should exist in equilibrium. I just happen to think that equilibrium requires twice as much of the crisp component.

Making Double Crust Cherry Crisp is every bit as simply and twice as yummy as a single-crust cherry crisp. Double the usual oatmeal crisp topping mixture, press half into the bottom of the pan, then sprinkle the rest over the top of the filling.

Double Crust Cherry Crisp - Twice the topping is twice as nice

For the crisp topping (and bottoming?) I used half whole wheat flour and half all-purpose along with the rolled oats. I decided to let the crisp flavors focus on the cherry and skipped the nuts, but I imagine chopped almonds, walnuts, or even pistachios would be a fabulous addition.

Double Crust Cherry Crisp - Oatmeal crisp on the bottom and the top!

For the filling, I used sweet Bing cherries, so I kept the amount of sugar in the recipe to a minimum. If you are using sour pie cherries (my favorite—I can’t wait for them to arrive at the farmers market next week!) you may want to increase the amount of filling sugar by a few tablespoons.

Double Crust Cherry Crisp - Layers of crisp topping on both the bottom and the top!In case you were wondering, Double Crust Cherry Crisp is totally breakfast appropriate. Try it with a scoop of plain Greek yogurt. Not only will you feel like a champion in the morning, but also you’ll beat your brother/labrador/husband to the leftovers. Now, thanks to the double crust, those leftovers will include plenty of oatmeal crisp goodness to enjoy, but don’t be surprised if they go twice as fast. It’s the magic of the crisp.

Double Crust Cherry Crisp

No more fighting over the crisp topping! This cherry crisp has the crisp topping on both the bottom AND the top, so every bite is loaded with the good stuff!

Yield: 1, 9-inch round crisp

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour


For the Cherry Filling

  • 4 cups pitted sweet cherries such as Bing, pitted (about 3 1/4 pounds); fresh or frozen and thawed
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the Crisp Base and Topping

  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1/3 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/3 whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup lightly packed brown sugar (light or dark)
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted
  • Vanilla ice cream, whipped cream, or yogurt for serving.


  1. Place rack in the center of oven and preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Lightly coat a 9-inch pie dish, 9-inch cake pan, or 11x7-inch baking dish with cooking spray.
  2. Prepare the filling: In a large bowl, gently toss together the cherries, granulated sugar, cornstarch, lemon juice, and vanilla. Let stand while you prepare the crisp base and topping.
  3. Prepare the crisp base and topping: In a medium bowl, stir together the oats, all purpose flour, whole wheat flour, brown sugar, cinnamon and salt. Pour in the melted butter, then stir until the mixture is combined and evenly moistened. Press half of the mixture into the prepared baking dish.
  4. Spread the cherries evenly over the bottom of the baking dish, the sprinkle the remaining crisp mixture over the top. Bake for 35 to 45 minutes, or until the filling is bubbly and topping is golden. Let stand 10 minutes. Serve warm topped with vanilla ice cream, whipped cream, or yogurt.

Get your $$’s worth out of that cherry pitter I convinced you to buy:

About Erin Clarke

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  1. Guilty is charged! I did pick the crisp topping off. But at least my hands were clean. Always room for a new and delicious cherry crisp recipe in my cookbook. Eager to try. Good thing for the double crust. Can’t let all those church ladies have all the crust making power. Have a great weekend!

  2. Oh how I love cherry pie! Why haven’t I had cherry crisp?!

  3. Best idea ever Erin, I NEED double crust!

  4. I broke down and bought a cherry pitter when I was making cherry pie and it really helped the process go more quickly. . .this sounds delicious and i love the fact that it is no nuts (my husband is allergic). Will have to give it a try!! :)

  5. Love this and it may be the healthiest crisp recipe I’ve ever seen! PS- I did steal the topping…how did you know? :)

  6. Double crust cherry pie. That means double the fun for me and me only!

  7. Oh Erin, you are speaking my language. I’m always longing for more crisp! What a great idea!

  8. Double the crisp = double the love! There’s a mountain of cherries sitting in my kitchen waiting for me to make this tonight!

  9. Oh man, this looks divine!! When I was little and my mom would bake a crisp, I’d always try to sneak a little crumb off the top, but that was the most I could take without her noticing, haha (lucky for everyone else, I suppose, that I didn’t dare take more!). And like you, I am SO excited to get a hold of some tart cherries soon…!

  10. I totally pick off the crust too. Its the best part! That and I eat all the cherries before they ever make in into a dessert. So I would be content with fresh cherries and a bowl of crumble topping on the side. ha ha

  11. You are brilliant! I don’t think I’ll ever be satisfied with a single layer of crisp again after seeing this!

  12. Haha! I love how you write, I always hang on every hilarious word of your posts before drooling over the recipe. Like this one. Ah! You’ve hit the nail on the head… I always feel like crying when there’s no crunchy golden topping left on the crisp or crumble (as we call them in Aussie land). Double crisp is the perfect solution. Love the use of summer cherries, too! Yum xx

  13. I would pick the whole crispy topping too! Best part, isn’t it?!

  14. philiakelnhofer Reply

    I confess…it was me who ate the crispy topping lol! This looks absolutely delicious, and there’s nothing better than fresh fruit crisps!

  15. i love cherries but cant do them in the form of pies or crisp, dont hate me.

  16. Love this!! I adore all things in crisp form! I prefer this over any other kind of dessert!

  17. This looks amazing! It will be on my table soon. Cherry and almonds go so well together. If you were to use almonds, would you put them in the crust? And if so, would they replace anything?

  18. DOUBLE the crisp you say?! I am all over this!

  19. and by crisp, I mean crust. boop!

  20. Ahhhh! I love this. Double crust crisp with cherries! Want this now.

  21. THIS is brilliant. Like, why haven’t I ever heard of this?! And has this ever been done before?! If not, you need to go down in the annals of dessert history as being a pioneer, hero, and genius.

  22. Yep! That’s totally me. I will eat the crisp topping and forget about the rest haha

  23. Yes, double crust! Love the crust, I totally pick away at it while the crisp cools…guilty! And I’ve never had cherry crisp before, mostly because the thought of pitting cherries makes me tired…so maybe I should get myself a cherry pitter. Looks delicious, Erin!

  24. Woahhhh there, cherry crisp. This is brilliant and beautiful, Erin! I’ll make it if you come over and help me eat it. I know I’d lose all self-control in the presence of that crispy oat goodness!

  25. On a cruise I did a couple of years back, they served a cherry crisp, gahhh, it was amazing. :) Thanks for the recipe, I can make my own now.

  26. Oh man, this looks so stinkin good! I would totally be that person to scoop off the topping and put the rest back in the fridge.. Hehe! ;)

  27. You’re exactly right. The topping is the best part! Never even thought about just adding it to the bottom, too!!! I love cherries, too so this is perfect for me. :)

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