For this stone fruit crisp, combine any summer stone fruit you like — peaches, nectarines, plums, cherries, apricots — with a buttery brown sugar oat crumble topping, bake it until browned and bubbling, then sit back and take bets on how long it will last.

Stone Fruit Crisp

Ok, I have a confession to make: I honestly wasn’t planning on sharing this recipe with you.  At least, not this year.  Why?  Because I’m well aware that we’re in the middle of September, the tail end of summer stone fruit season, and all anyone wants to talk about now is apples and pumpkin and such.  Not many people are sharing summery recipes (like cherry cobbler or no-churn peach ice cream) anymore.

Stone Fruit Crisp: a necessary summer recipe

But here’s the thing: I still have a lot of summer fruit sitting around.  Particularly after last weekend, when we went to an orchard in Michigan with my parents and came home with armfuls of peaches and nectarines.  To make matters more complicated, I already had a few plums sitting around (not to mention the figs and grapes and apples also hanging out in my fridge currently).  I can’t help myself.

Stone Fruit Crisp

They all ripened at exactly the same time, of course, and this past Sunday night I found myself slightly panicking about how we would eat them all in time.  So after some pondering about peach cobbler or perhaps a pie, my natural tendency towards the easiest solution won.


I threw peaches, nectarines, and plums (and the next time I made it, cherries), sliced and unpeeled, into a casserole dish with a bit of sugar and cinnamon.  I cobbled together a brown sugar oat crisp/crumble topping.  I took a few photos…just in case…maybe for next year

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But then the smell in our apartment was absolutely mesmerizing.  And then the thing came out all bubbly and golden.  And then…then I tried it.


Stone Fruit Crisp

I think Brian actually ran over because he was concerned by the shriek I let out when I tried it.  Honestly, it tastes like summer candy.  The natural flavors of the fruit truly shine through, but it’s encased in a glurping syrupy sauce formed by the juices themselves in the oven. 

The crispy oat crumble topping is the perfect foil to the sweetness, and when you put some vanilla ice cream on top?  There is no contest, this stone fruit crisp may be the best summer dessert ever.

Stone Fruit Crisp

I hope you round up all those peaches and plums and nectarines and cherries and apricots and pluots and whatever other lingering summer fruits you have sitting around, and make this stone fruit crisp immediately.  You deserve it!

By the way, I’m only slightly embarrassed to say that I made this on Sunday, today is Tuesday, and there is approximately one tiny little corner of this left.  Oops.

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Stone Fruit Crisp

For this stone fruit crisp, combine any summer stone fruit you like — peaches, nectarines, plums, cherries, apricots — with a buttery brown sugar oat crumble topping, bake it until browned and bubbling, then sit back and take bets on how long it will last.
Prep Time30 minutes
Cook Time1 hour
Total Time1 hour 30 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cherries, crisp, crumble, peach, plums, summer
Servings: 8 servings (if you’re modest…which we’re not)


For the stone fruit filling:

  • 3 pounds (1360g) ripe peaches, nectarines, plums, cherries or apricots (or a combination of all – about 8-10 cups sliced)*
  • 1/2 cup (100g) brown sugar (packed)
  • 2 Tbsp (14g) cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • Pinch nutmeg
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice (or up to half a lemon’s worth of juice if you like a more tart flavor)

For the oat topping:

  • 1/2 cup (113g) unsalted butter (1 stick)
  • 1/2 cup (100g) brown sugar (packed)
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (125g) all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup (100g) rolled (old-fashioned) oats
  • 1/2 cup (57g) chopped pecans, sliced almonds, or chopped walnuts (optional)


For the stone fruit filling:

  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.  Halve, 
pit, and slice the fruit into 1/2-inch wedges
 (halves if using cherries).  You don't need to bother peeling them unless you want to.  Place the sliced fruit in a 9×13 or 3 quart baking dish.
  • Sprinkle brown sugar, cornstarch, cinnamon, nutmeg, and lemon juice over the sliced fruit.  Gently toss it all together until evenly combined.

For the oat topping:

  • In a large microwave-safe bowl, melt the butter.  Whisk in brown sugar, cinnamon, and salt.  Stir in the flour, oats, and nuts (if using).  I found that it was easiest to mix together with my hands at this point so that everything was evenly distributed.
  • Scatter the oat topping evenly over the fruit.  Bake for 55-60 minutes, or until the topping is golden brown and you can see the fruit filling bubbling up the sides.
  • Let cool for a few minutes before serving warm with vanilla ice cream, or, if you want to be more virtuous, yogurt.  See how long it lasts.


*This was about 10 smallish peaches, plums, and nectarines for me, but the weight is the more accurate measure.  Ideally weigh the fruit BEFORE you pit and slice it, but this isn’t an exact science.  Whatever fits in your pan.
Store any leftovers in the fridge for a few days, and reheat individual servings in the microwave.
You can HALVE the entire recipe and bake in an 8×8 inch square or 2 quart baking dish for 35-40 minutes or until crisp topping is browned and fruit is bubbling on the sides.

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  1. 5 stars
    Delicious. My mother likes to drive me nuts by purchasing fruit I already have at home, leaving me with overripe fruit and lots of fruit flies. I saw the sad nectarines, peaches and cherries sitting around and decided to make this instead of them making it into the compost in the next few days. I’m so glad I did! Used vegan butter for my husband and his mom, but the non-vegans enjoyed with creamy vanilla ice cream and it really is the best summer dessert!

  2. 5 stars
    This is my third time making this recipe. It is so good and goes so fast. Great to bring to parties and the like. I’ve just made this with nectarines from my moms tree. I also like to throw in a handful of ground flaxseed and/half the sugar for the fruit or topping as it can be really sweet if then fruit is overripe. But the lemon really helps with that too. Really easy and delicious! Best combination!

  3. 5 stars
    Halved this recipe in a 9×9 glass baking dish using 2 large peaches, 1 nectarine and 2 plums, all with peels intact (last 2 fruits were overripe). Fantastic! Used about twice the amount of walnuts because my husband loves them. Served room temp with whipped cream. Great recipe!!

  4. 5 stars
    I halved the recipe, used nectarines, plums, apples, blueberries and raspberries! Super easy to make. Smells delicious baking! Tastes yummy.

  5. Stumbled upon this recipe and your blog while searching for a peach and plum crisp recipe. Made this today because the recipe was so straightforward with simple ingredients, and it’s SO good. I could eat the topping by itself. Looking forward to trying more of your recipes! BTW, I halved the recipe (with just under 1.5 pounds of fruit) and baked in 8×8 pan and it was perfect. thank you!