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Best Rhubarb Crisp Recipe

Updated on August 3, 2012

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Fresh Rhubarb

If you're lucky enough to have your own rhubarb plants in your garden, then you can enjoy this dessert recipe often! Rhubarb is a hardy vegetable that comes back each spring. I have a set of three rhubarb plants that have been growing for over 20 years.

Choose reddish stalks that are about a 1/2 inch wide. You can also purchase rhubarb - the fresher, the better!

I love doubling this recipe in an 8x10 pan. Cook time is the same.

Delicious served warm - fresh rhubarb crisp!
Delicious served warm - fresh rhubarb crisp! | Source

Cook Time

Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 40 min
Ready in: 50 min
Yields: 9 servings
diced rhubarb
diced rhubarb | Source


  • 3 cups diced rhubarb, fresh
  • 2 tablespoons orange juice
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon/all spice
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • Crisp, Topping:
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 2/3 cup flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2/3 cup quick cooking oatmeal
  • 1/4 cup melted oleo, (butter)

Easy Instructions

  1. Place rhubarb evenly in bottom of greased 8x8 pan.
  2. Sprinkle orange juice over. Sprinkle sugar and spice over.
  3. Dot with 1 tablespoon butter.
  4. In separate bowl, melt butter in microwave. Combine remaining ingredients with melted butter until crumbly.
  5. Sprinkle over top of rhubarb mixture.
  6. Bake in 375 degree oven for 40 minutes.

How To:

Pick rhubarb when it is about 1/2 inch thick (size of your little finger). If you pick some that are larger (size of your thumb), slice it first down the middle before dicing into 1/2" pieces.

do not skip this step
do not skip this step | Source


Spread the rhubarb evenly across the bottom of the pan.

Use 3 cups for a 9x9 pan as recipe states.

(Use 8 cups for an 8x10 pan. Double all other ingredients for 8x10.)

Sprinkle the 2 T. orange juice over the rhubarb pieces. I use pulpless, not from concentrate.

The orange juice is a key ingredient.

Do not skimp on the orange juice.

sprinkle the good stuff
sprinkle the good stuff | Source

Sprinkle 1/2 cup white sugar over pieces.

Use 1/4 tsp. cinnamon and/or all spice.

I admit that I prefer cinnamon.

I also admit that having a four-year grandchild helping you is the best part.

Dot with 1 T. butter.


topping mixed separately and sprinkled on top
topping mixed separately and sprinkled on top | Source

Topping Makes the "Crisp"

With small bowl, melt butter first in microwave.

Then add the crisp topping ingredients, 1/3 c. brown sugar, 2/3 c. flour, 1/4 tsp. soda and 2/3 cup quick cooking or one minute oatmeal, and stir into the butter. Mix till it's crumbly and sprinkle evenly over the top.

Bake in oven at 375 degrees for 40 minutes.

Final Hints:

When baked the juice will be bubbly and the topping lightly browned.

Serve warm or cold. Refrigerate leftovers, if you have any.

Tastes great with chocolate chip icecream.

Tastes better from your own homegrown rhubarb.

Tastes best shared with a loved one.



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    • farmloft profile image

      farmloft 5 years ago from Michigan

      Tangy rhubarb does taste good with the sweet sugar. This dish never lasts long around my home.

    • Pamela99 profile image

      Pamela Oglesby 5 years ago from United States

      I have never really used rheubarb much in cooking, but this recipe sounds good and as does the recipe, so I may give it a try. Thanks.

    • brackenb profile image

      brackenb 5 years ago

      I can almost taste it! Will certainly try this.