Individual Berry Crumbles for Your Holiday Guests

Cal Giant | December 1, 2015


Have I mentioned lately that I love my job? Take this morning, for instance. I got to work around 7:30am, got straight to making some individual berry crumbles, and the smell of them baking quickly filled our office.  After I took them out to cool, I listened to the “folky Christmas” station on Spotify and edited the absolutely gorgeous photos of said individual berry crumbles. Pretty awesome for a Tuesday, right?



But, back to these crumbles. Have you ever seen a more perfect holiday presentation? Your guests (or in my case, the in-laws) will be totally impressed. What fun it will be to see their faces light up as you serve each of them their own individual berry crumbles. And you know they will all be Instagraming their personal serving size crumbles. Just you watch.


I found these ramekins at Pier 1 for $3.95, which may seem a little pricey to buy for each of your guests, but I’m willing to bet they will ask you to make these again next year, and the next…you get the picture.


And better yet, these crumbles are the perfect excuse to bust out all of your frozen berries from the summer time! Or, you can totally use fresh. But feel free to use whatever berries you have on hand!




6 cups of your favorite berries (I used blackberries, blueberries and raspberries)

1/2 cup sugar

3 tablespoons cornstarch

Zest from two lemons + juice from said lemons

3/4 cup all-purpose flour

3/4 cup granulated sugar

1/2 cup light brown sugar, lightly packed

1/2 cup old-fashioned oats

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Pinch of salt

1 stick unsalted butter, diced, at room temperature



Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Place four medium ramekins (or six small ramekins) on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.

In a large bowl, toss together the berries, 1/2 cup granulated sugar, the cornstarch, lemon zest, and lemon juice. Divide the mixture evenly among the ramekins.

For the crumble, combine the flour, 3/4 cup granulated sugar, the brown sugar, oats, cinnamon, and salt in a bowl. Add the butter and use a hand mixer (or your stand mixer) to combine until the mixture is crumbly. Use your hands to crumble the mixture over the berries (it will not cover them entirely).

Bake for 35 to 40 minutes, until the berries are bubbly and the top has browned. 


Will you try these this holiday season? I'd love to hear your thoughts below! 

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