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Marionberry Crisp a la Mode

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Marionberry Crisp is one of the best summertime desserts. Especially with a little cinnamon that will have guests guessing what the secret ingredient is.

I had to look up a la mode. No joke. It just happened. I know what it is, I just couldn’t remember if it was ala mode, or a la mode. Which is quite silly considering that ala mode doesn’t make any sense at all. I think it’s one of those mind blips, ya know like when you suddenly can’t remember how to spell the simplest word, “peel, peal, piel, stupid banana spell your own word!”

A photo of a single serving of marionberry crisp on a white bowl with a silver spoon in it and a large scoop of vanilla ice cream on top.

I grew up on crisps and cobblers. They were one of our favorite things that Mom would make for us. Kind of like this dutch oven peach crisp or cobbler. In fact, we had a lot of dutch oven food growing up. It was a summer tradition to go camping and dutch oven was our favorite way to eat.

Mom usually made au gratin potatoes and chicken, or this brisket is delicious too.

a photo of a whole marionberry crisp in a circular dish topped with two scoops of vanilla ice cream and spoon laying next to the pan.

Heirloom Recipe

Anyway, we loved being outdoors, running around in the mountains all day, playing in the river and then having a big ol’ campfire where yes, we sang camp songs (Three Sharp toothed buzzards, I’m a Villain, The Other Day I Met a Bear and so on) and roasted marshmallows. But the best part was always whatever Mom whipped up in the dutch ovens, or occasionally the reflector ovens. Dude, my mom is a pro. We even had lashed together trees to make our own kitchen and bathroom areas.

One year we went camping on horseback. First, I learned I was getting increasingly more allergic to horses, second we all learned that the Oregon mountains had really scary cliffs that the horses would slip on, jump logs and get spooked in, oh and swift rivers that we would have to ride horses across with our legs in the water it was so deep.

A close up photo of a marionberry crisp that has been served out of. two silver spoons are in the pan and it is topped with two scoops of melted vanilla ice cream.

Then, once we got to camp we unloaded the mules and were left by our guides to survive for a week. I don’t know if I ever could have prepared for that trip like mom did, but it was amazing. If it wasn’t for the horses I’d do it again. It was so peaceful and beautiful. And all we had were each other. I wish we could experience it again.

Anyway, the point is, this crisp is an heirloom recipe. It’s been around forever and will continue through the generations as I pass it along to my children and teach them about taking time to just be together as a family without distractions. And it happens to be incredibly delicious and there’s a few secrets to it that you’ll have to read through the recipe to discover.

a photo of a circular pan of marionberry crisp topped with two scoops of vanilla ice cream that has been served out of. The pan is sitting on a circular wire cooling rack.

Ingredients for a Marionberry Crisp

Some of the best desserts are made with just a few ingredients! That’s when you know the fruit is the star of the show…you don’t need much more to make it shine! Here is your ingredient list:

For the Filling

  • Marionberries
  • Granny Smith Apple
  • Sugar
  • Flour
  • Cinnamon

For the Topping

  • Flour
  • Butter
  • Old Fashioned Oats
  • Brown Sugar
  • Salt
  • Ice Cream (optional)

The measurements for each ingredient can be found in the recipe card at the end of the post.


a photo of a whole pan of marionberry crisp topped with two scoops of vanilla ice cream. the pan is circular with a large silver serving spoon sitting next to the pan.

How to Make a Marionberry Crisp

A simple ingredients list should mean a quick and easy recipe. If it’s something you can make out in the middle of nowhere camping, then it can’t be too complicated! Here are the basic steps:

  1. Preheat the oven.
  2. Combine all the ingredients for the filling in a bowl.
  3. Pour the filling into two tart dishes (or an 8×8 baking dish).
  4. Combine all the dry ingredients for the topping in a separate bowl.
  5. Add the butter and combine using a pastry blender.
  6. Use your hands to mix the topping and squeeze it until it comes together.
  7. Bake.
  8. Serve with ice cream. This is optional of course, but the answer is always yes!
The instructions can be found in more detail in the recipe card at the end of this post.

a photo of a single serving of marionberry crisp in a white bowl with a silver spoon in it topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream that is starting to melt into the crisp.

What is a Marionberry?

Marion blackberry, marketed as marionberry, is a blackberry that is a cross between the ‘Chehalem’ and ‘Olallie’ blackberries.

It was developed in Marion County, Oregon.

The marionberry is a little tart but is larger, sweeter and juicier than the ‘Evergreen’ blackberry.

Are Marionberries Good For You?

Marionberries contain high levels of Vitamin C.

They also contain antioxidants that help promote circulatory health, and fight against cancer.

a photo of a pan of marionberry crisp that has been served out of. there are scoops of vanilla ice cream on top that are melting into the crisp.

What is a Crisp?

A crisp is a type of American dessert, usually consisting of a type of fruit, baked with a crispy topping.

The topping usually consists of butter, flour, oats, brown sugar and usually spices, such as cinnamon and/or nutmeg.


It’s a good thing that marionberries are only in season for a short time or else I’d be making this crisp way too often! Those warm berries with that crunchy topping and the hint of cinnamon is what summer dessert dreams are made of!

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a photo of a circular pan of marionberry crisp topped with two scoops of vanilla ice cream that has been served out of. The pan is sitting on a circular wire cooling rack.

Marionberry Crisp a la Mode

3.79 from 19 votes
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 6
Marionberry Crisp is one of the best summertime desserts. Especially with a little cinnamon that will have guests guessing what the secret ingredient is.


For the Filling

  • 8 Cups Marionberries fresh or frozen
  • 1/2 Apple Granny Smith, grated
  • 1/2 Cup Sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons Flour
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Cinnamon Saigon

For the Topping

  • 1 Cup Flour
  • 3/4 Cup Butter unsalted
  • 1 1/2 Cups Rolled Oats Old Fashioned, quick works fine too-and we prefer Quaker Oats
  • 1 1/2 Cups Brown Sugar
  • 1 Pinch Salt
  • Ice Cream for serving-we use Tillamook


  • Heat the oven to 350 degrees.
  • In a bowl, mix together the berries, apple, sugar and flour.
  • Pour into two tart dishes, or an 8x8" baking dish.
  • In a large bowl, combine the flour, oats, sugar, salt and mix to combine thoroughly.
  • Add the butter and using a pastry cutter, cut it into the mixture.
  • Then, use your hands to gently squeeze and mix the topping until it all comes together when you squeeze it in the palm of your hand.
  • Bake at 350 for 20-30 minutes or until golden on top.
  • Serve with ice cream


You can use whatever fruit is the most fresh, and for apples and peaches you can leave out the flour.
To reheat:  Place in a 350 degree oven for 15-20 minutes, or until hot.
Nutrition Facts
Marionberry Crisp a la Mode
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 729 Calories from Fat 234
% Daily Value*
Fat 26g40%
Saturated Fat 15g94%
Cholesterol 61mg20%
Sodium 228mg10%
Potassium 503mg14%
Carbohydrates 123g41%
Fiber 13g54%
Sugar 81g90%
Protein 8g16%
Vitamin A 1120IU22%
Vitamin C 41mg50%
Calcium 122mg12%
Iron 4mg22%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


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Cade and Carrian have three children and love to spend time together whether it’s vacationing or snuggled up on the couch for a good movie.

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  • We just bought a house in Oregon to spend more time with my mother. Her all time favorite dessert is Marionberry Cobbler! She used to order it at “Heidi’s” in Yachats, but now that restaurant closed. So excited to surprise her with this recipe once we move out there.

    Question: You say divide between “two” tart dishes, could you modify this recipe for 6 individual tart dishes?

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    • You definitely can modify it!

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  • Almost just had a heart attack when my saved link to this recipe errored out 😱 So glad I found it with the search! I’ve been following this recipe for 4 years for every special event, backyard BBQ, random Sunday night dessert! So versitile and easy to make gluten free! So far my favorite has been with apricots and nectarines 😍 Fresh picked Pear-apple is in the oven now! 

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    • Oh my goodness, apricots and nectarines?!! GENIUS! I’m totally coming over for dessert. like, really. 😉

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  • Made this with some berries I had frozen from the summer and it came out super wet. What would you recommend to fix that if using frozen berries. Taste was amazing even still and my kiddos gobbled it up! Thanks in advance.

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    • Were the berries store bought or fresh when frozen? A homegrown or local farm berry tends to be juicier as they are picked at a better time. When we use fresh frozen berries I drain them off a little and add a little more flour into the pot when cooking.

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      • Ok, I’m terrible at inferring anything from recipes.  I have fresh frozen berries.  When do you drain them off?  After it’s done baking?  And when you say add more flour to the pot, do you mean more flower to the berry mixture before pouring it into the pan?  Thanks!  So excited to make this!

      • If you froze the berries they won’t be covered in juices, so you won’t need to drain them before cooking. Store bought have additional juices. Sorry, missing what you mean by the flour question

  • Excited to make this tonight! Just picked A TON of marionberries today (why does spell check not recognize that berry??) Thanks for sharing your recipe!

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    • AMEN! It corrects marionberry for me every time. And, you have no idea how jealous we are. We cannot get them at all around here anymore.

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  • Just made this. Excellent recipe! Everyone loved it! Thanks.

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    • Did you??!! Thank you so much! It’s one of our absolute faves!

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  • I’m going to make this, but it seems you don’t include where to put the apple. I’m going to assume with the berries! =) Sounds quick and delicious, just what I need… Thanks (from the Oregon Coast)!

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  • I’m a cobbler and crisp girl too! Any day of the week it’s my choice for dessert, and love the marionberries, great idea. Too bad the horses turned you off, they don’t deserve you anyhow 🙂

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    • sometimes I look at people going horse back riding and I’m totally jealous, but yeah lungs closing off is never worth it. Seriously the best camping trip ever though.

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  • Oh goodness, this is absolutely amazing! I love this recipe 🙂

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    • Thank you!!! It’s such a favorite around here! I’m kind of obsessed… sshhhhh

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  • sounds delish! i love berries.

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  • Uau this is amazing:) I love it!

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  • I’m not much of a cobbler person, not sure why, but that’s about to change very soon! I want to dive right in!

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  • This is stunningly beautiful! I haven’t cooked with marionberries before. Looks wonderful!

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  • This dessert looks beautiful, and I’m sure tastes like heaven!!

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  • Where the heck can I find some marionberries?! Because, I need this crisp!!! SOOOOOOOO gorgeous, friend!!! xo

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    • If you aren’t in the Pacific northwest you’ll have ot go to costco in the frozen berries or grocery stores in the frozen berries. They come and go, but when costco gets them we stock up. If all else fails you can do blackberry or blackberry and raspberry

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  • I’ve never even heard of Marionberries. I’ll have to see if there’s anything like that here in Ohio.

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    • ccheck your frozen berry section especially in costco

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  • Oh man, marionberries. I fell in love with marionberry cobbler when I used to work at a restaurant in Vancouver and we served it. Love love love them! Thanks for reminding me 🙂

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    • If it was Sherry’s, Sherries I can’t remember but either way I’ll die. I love that we are from the same place

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  • What a gorgeous dessert! My husband grew up on this stuff too. Must be a Utah thing. We do dutch oven cobblers all the time when we are camping, nothing beats a hot cobbler under the stars! 🙂

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    • I totally grew up on it too but in Washington. I guess they only grow in oregon. What the heck/?!! I hate that I can only buy frozen

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  • Totally my kind of dessert, with all of the melty ice cream…duh-lic-ious!!!

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    • thanks Gerry!

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  • Mmmm, I adore Marionberries!

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    • me too!!! They are seriously amazing

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  • This is gorgeous!

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  • I had no idea you lived here in the PNW until we talked about it in Austin, it is a special place and I hope you get to come back! And we can hang out and go to food trucks in Portland.

    This crisp is nothing less than amazing of course!!!

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  • I would love a slice of that with my coffee right now!

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  • This is gorgeous, Carrian! A must-make dessert in my kitchen this summer, for sure! I don’t think I’ve ever had marionberries before…

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    • WHAT?!!!! Girl, get on that. Do you have a costco by you? Ours sells them in the frozen foods and you don’t even want to see how many I keep in our outside freezer. crazy!

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  • What a lovely A La Mode!

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    • Thank you!!!!

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  • That is so beautiful and I have never worked with marionberries before!

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  • This sounds amazing, but looks even better! I am in awe! Stunning!

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