Marionberry Crisp a la Mode


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


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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!”

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 grew up on crisps and cobblers. They were one of our favorite things that Mom would make for us. (Pardon the old pictures) Kind of like this dutch oven peach crisp or cobbler. (Haha, food bloggers remember when we used to take pictures really close up of our food and you couldn’t even tell what it was or left our kitchen lights on and used a flash so food looked unappetizing. Welcome to those the old posts. yay!) 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.


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


Mom usually made au gratin potatoes and chicken, or this brisket is delicious too. Oh man, forgive the photos for real. I just didn’t know any better.



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


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. 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.


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

Anyway, the point is, this cobbler 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.


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 containg antioxidants that help promote circulatory health, and fight against cancer.


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.


Marionberry Crisp a la Mode

Yield: 8x8" dessert

Marionberry Crisp a la Mode

Marionberry Crisp a la Mode
Marionberry Crisp is one of the best summertime desserts. Especially with a little cinnamon that will have guests guessing what the secret ingredient is.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes


For the Filling

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

For the Topping

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


  1. Heat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a bowl, mix together the berries, apple, sugar and flour.
  3. Pour into two tart dishes, or an 8x8" baking dish.
  4. In a large bowl, combine the flour, oats, sugar, salt and mix to combine thoroughly.
  5. Add the butter and using a pastry cutter, cut it into the mixture.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving:Calories: 3458 Saturated Fat: 0g Cholesterol: 366mg Sodium: 0mg Carbohydrates: 516.1g Fiber: 19.2g Sugar: 320.9g Protein: 32.7g


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Carrian Cheney

Lover of all things beautiful, good and delicious. Wife, mother, friend, foodie.

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44 comments on “Marionberry Crisp a la Mode”

  1. 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! 

  2. 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.

    • 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.

      • 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

  3. 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!

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

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  6. 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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  8. 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 🙂

    • 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.

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

  10. sounds delish! i love berries.

  11. Uau this is amazing:) I love it!

  12. 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!

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

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

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

    • 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

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

  18. 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 🙂

  19. 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! 🙂

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

  21. Mmmm, I adore Marionberries!

  22. 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!!!

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

  24. 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…

    • 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!

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

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