Strawberry Margarita Crisp

Sweet, fresh  strawberries topped with a crispy macaroon crumb topping and sliced almonds make this Strawberry Margarita Crisp the perfect summer dessert. Plus its got the edge on most crisps with the addition of your favorite margarita flavors, tequila and orange liqueur. Of course, you’ve got to top it with a scoop of ice cream, right? Great for backyard barbecues, dinner parties or just your own sweet indulgence.

Strawberry Crisp on white tabe with margarita & flowers in background.

Berry Crisp

Summertime is so hot here in florida that easy meals and quick desserts are the name of the game. When I saw strawberries on sale in the grocery store I just had to scoop them up.  They were actually so well-priced that I bought way more than I needed. So, I froze some, used a few for a Spinach Strawberry Salad for lunch, whipped up a Strawberry Avocado Salsa for a cool appetizer and, of course, I couldn’t leave out a Strawberry Lemonade Margarita to go along with this awesomely spiked dessert.

4 Baked Berry Crisps on wooden board overhead.

This easy berry crisp is made in only 2 bowls and goes together so quick that you can even make it on the spur of the moment when your sweet tooth acts up. The strawberries are mixed in one bowl with all those margarita flavors we all love and the crumb topping is made in a food chopper or food processor. And the almonds don’t even need a bowl, just sprinkle on top.

Strawberry Crisp Topping Options

Don’t care for coconut macaroons? (although I don’t know who wouldn’t love them!) You can swap them out for a brown sugar crumb topping or an oat topping comprised of 1 cup oats, 1/2 cup flour and butter. Then layer it in either individual ramekins or an 11×7-inch baking dish, sprinkle with almonds and bake.  Closeup of crisp in ramekin with ice cream and strawberry on top.

Of course, it wouldn’t be a complete summer dessert without a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top, right? It melts into the dish and gives a creamy texture and additional flavor to the fresh tangy strawberry mixture. Go on, you know you want to!

Closeup of bite with sliced strawberry and ice cream on spoon.

I like to eat it right away while it’s still warm. It just smells so good that I’m drooling before it even comes out of the oven. Take a bite and savor the sweet berries with a hint of orange against the crispy, chewy deliciousness of coconut and almonds.

Frequently Asked Questions About Berry Crisp

What is a crisp?

A crisp is a dessert made with a base of any kind of fruit and baked with a crunchy topping, usually brown sugar crumbs or oatmeal.

Can frozen strawberries be used to make this crisp?

Either fresh or frozen berries can be used for this recipe. When using frozen berries, let them thaw then pat dry and follow the instructions as written.

Can this dessert be made ahead of time?

You can definitely save time and make ahead with the exception of the crumb topping. Place the fruit in the ramekin then store in refrigerator. Just before baking, sprinkle on macaroon crumble and bake as directed.

Can this Strawberry Crisp be frozen?

Yes, you can freeze this for up to 3 months. However, freeze without the topping. When ready to use, thaw in the refrigerator, sprinkle the topping on, then cook as directed in the recipe.

Can I make a crisp with other fruit?

Yes, this same recipe can be used for any berries, such as blueberries and raspberries, and even peaches and pears.

How to Make Strawberry Margarita Crisp

All ingredients to make this berry crisp.

All ingredients you’ll need to make this Strawberry Crisp.

Steps to make macaroon crumble.

  1. Gather ingredients for crumb topping – macaroons, graham cracker crumbs and melted butter. (photo 1)
  2. Place macaroons and graham cracker crumbs in food chopper. Chop until resembles fine crumbs. (photo 2)
  3. Add melted butter. (photo 3)
  4. Process again until well combined. Set aside. (photo 4)

Steps to make strawberry filling.

  1. Gather ingredients for strawberry filling – cut-up strawberries, sugar, tequila, Grand Marnier and ramekins sprayed with nonstick spray. (photo 5)
  2. Add sugar to strawberries. (photo 6)
  3. Sprinkle in cornstarch and stir. (photo 7)
  4. Pour in tequila. (photo 8)
  5. Add Grand Marnier. (photo 9)
  6. Toss to coat. (photo 10)

Steps to assemble Strawberry Margarita Crisp.

Assemble the strawberry crisp.

  1. Divide the strawberries evenly between the ramekins or pour into a baking dish. (photo 11)
  2. Sprinkle top with macaroon-graham cracker mixture. (photo 12)
  3. Top with a sprinkling of sliced almonds. (photo 13)
  4. Ready to bake. (photo 14)

Baked ramekins on foil lined cookie sheet.

Bake 25 minutes and eat while still warm. I like to add a scoop of vanilla ice cream, ’cause why not? And it’s so good!

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5 from 2 votes
Strawberry Crisp with ice cream on white table with margarita in background.
Strawberry Margarita Crisp
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
35 mins
 
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keywords: Berry Crisp, Strawberry Crisp, Strawberry Crisp with tequila
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 347 kcal
Author: Linda Warren
Ingredients
Crispy Topping
  • 9-12 coconut macaroons
  • 2 Tablespoons graham cracker crumbs
  • 2 Tablespoons butter melted
Strawberry Filling
  • 4 cups strawberries cut in quarters
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1/3 cup tequila
  • 1 Tablespoon Grand Marnier or other orange flavored liqueur
Garnish
  • 1/4 cup sliced almonds
Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare 6 individual ramekins, a pie plate, 9-inch baking dish or 11x7-inch dish by spraying with nonstick spray. Set aside.
Crispy Topping
  1. Place macaroons and graham cracker crumbs in food chopper. Chop until resembles fine crumbs.
  2. Add melted butter and process again until well combined. Set aside.
Strawberry Filling
  1. Cut up strawberries and place in medium bowl.
  2. Add sugar and cornstarch and stir.
  3. Pour in tequila and Grand Marnier and toss to coat.
Assembling Strawberry Margarita Crisps
  1. Divide the strawberries evenly between the ramekins or pour into a baking dish.
  2. Sprinkle top with macaroon-graham cracker mixture. Use all of the crumb mixture.
  3. Top with a sprinkling of sliced almonds.
  4. Bake for 25 minutes or until you can see the sauce bubbling.
  5. Remove from oven and let cool only slightly before topping with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and a strawberry.
Recipe Notes

Frequently Asked Questions About Berry Crisp

What is a crisp?

A crisp is a dessert made with a base of any kind of fruit and baked with a crunchy topping, usually brown sugar crumbs or oatmeal.

Can frozen strawberries be used to make this crisp?

Either fresh or frozen berries can be used for this recipe. When using frozen berries, let them thaw then pat dry and follow the instructions as written.

Can this dessert be made ahead of time?

You can definitely save time and make ahead with the exception of the crumb topping. Place the fruit in the ramekin then store in refrigerator. Just before baking, sprinkle on macaroon crumble and bake as directed.

Can this Strawberry Crisp be frozen?

Yes, you can freeze this for up to 3 months. However, freeze without the topping. When ready to use, thaw in the refrigerator, sprinkle the topping on, then cook as directed in the recipe.

Can I make a crisp with other fruit?

Yes, this same recipe can be used for any berries, such as blueberries and raspberries, and even peaches and pears.

Nutrition Facts
Strawberry Margarita Crisp
Amount Per Serving
Calories 347 Calories from Fat 117
% Daily Value*
Fat 13g20%
Saturated Fat 8g40%
Cholesterol 17mg6%
Sodium 154mg6%
Potassium 326mg9%
Carbohydrates 47g16%
Fiber 4g16%
Sugar 36g40%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 128IU3%
Vitamin C 56mg68%
Calcium 30mg3%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Original recipe was found in an old Cooking Light magazine.

Sweet, fresh  strawberries, flavored with tequila and orange liqueur, and topped with a crispy macaroon crumb topping make this Strawberry Margarita Crisp the perfect summer dessert. Of course, you\'ve got to top it with a scoop of ice cream, right? Great for backyard barbecues, dinner parties or just your own sweet indulgence. #dessert #strawberries #macaroons #summer #easy #recipe #margarita

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3 Comments

  • Reply
    Jennifer Farley
    07/29/2019 at 10:54 am

    5 stars
    This is the ultimate summer dessert! I suggest everyone tries it!

    • Reply
      Linda Warren
      07/31/2019 at 3:51 pm

      Thanks Jennifer! We love it here. It’s just the right lightness with a little decadence for summer evenings.

  • Reply
    Kalee
    07/29/2019 at 10:44 am

    5 stars
    Yum! I love how unique and summery this recipe is! It’s the perfect addition to brunch!

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