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Easy Strawberry Crunch Recipe

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It’s so easy to make Strawberry Crunch recipe without Jell-O! Using a blend of Golden Oreos, freeze-dried strawberries, and a touch of butter. This crumble is similar to the strawberry crunchies on the Good Humor Strawberry Shortcake Ice cream bars.

Nosh on strawberry crunch crumbles all by themselves or enjoy on a Strawberry Crunch Cake recipe, ice cream, yogurt, as a cobbler topping and so much more. We’re making it a little healthier by not using strawberry jello mix.

Who doesn’t love a good crumble topping! You might enjoy this Graham Cracker Crumble topping too!

Strawberry crunch recipe in glass jar.

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Why You Will Love this Recipe

  • Unique: The blend of Golden Oreos and freeze-dried strawberries creates homemade strawberry crunch.
  • Versatile: This crumble topping is perfect for enhancing various desserts like pies, cakes, cobblers, tarts, and strawberry ice cream.
  • No Jell-O: Many recipes use strawberry gelatin, we use 100% natural freeze-dried strawberries!

Key Ingredients

Ingredients, directions and nutritional information in the printable recipe card at the end of the post.

  • Freeze-dried strawberries: You an find freeze-dried strawberries in most grocery stores or online, usually with dried fruits. They add a concentrated, all-natural sweet strawberry flavor to the topping.
  • Golden Oreos or Shortbread Cookies: Use one or the other as the base of the topping, or even a combination of both. Golden Oreos will provide a slightly sweeter and creamier flavor, while shortbread cookies will add a buttery and crumbly texture, you may also use Nilla wafers. Use regular or double stuff, though double stuff will be sweeter.
  • Butter: Use melted salted or unsalted butter and allow to cool slightly before mixing into the crumble mixture. 
Labeled ingredients for strawberry crunch recipe.

How to Make Strawberry Crunch

Food Processor Strawberry Crunch Topping

Add the freeze-dried strawberries to the food processor and pulse until they become a powder. 

Add the cookies and pulse in the bowl of a food processor until you have coarse crumbs. Pour the crumb mixture into a medium bowl. 

Pro Tip

  • Allow the powder to rest for a few seconds before removing the lid, this will allow some of the strawberry dust to settle.

In a medium to large mixing bowl, stir the strawberry powder into the crushed cookies and stir in the melted butter, combining the ingredients. Lay out on baking sheet to dry into crumble or bake.

If desired, bake the strawberry crumble for a crisper texture.

How to Make Strawberry Crunch without a Food Processor

Place the Oreo or Shortbread cookies into a ziploc bag and using a rolling pin, crush the cookies, then roll until you have coarse crumbs. Pour into a large bowl.

Place freeze-dried strawberries in the same baggie and roll until it makes a medium-fine powder, add to cookies.

Proceed with recipe as described above. 

That’s it! You can use this delightful Strawberry Crunch Topping just as it is, or take it a step further and bake it for an extra crispy texture that holds up perfectly on cakes, ice cream, and more.

USA Bakeware pans, set.

To Bake or Not to Bake

While these easy strawberry shortcake crumbles can be enjoyed without baking, baking it gives the strawberry crunch recipe an irresistible crunch. If your strawberry shortcake crunch gets soft, then bake it to revive the crispy goodness.

How to Bake Strawberry Shortcake Crunch Crumble

To bake this crunchy topping, simply spread the strawberry crumble mixture evenly on a baking sheet and pop it into a preheated oven at 350°F (175°C) for 5-10 minutes. Watch it closely to ensure it doesn’t over-brown. Make clean-up easy and line the baking sheet with parchment paper

10 Ways to Use Strawberry Crunch Crumble  

  1. Strawberry Crumble Bars: Create a crunchy layer on top of a strawberry filling in bar form. Perfect for replacing the crumble topping on Strawberry Rhubarb bars.
  2. Classic Strawberry Crisp: Make a fruit crisp with fresh or frozen strawberries as the base. Sprinkle crumble topping over the fruit and bake until bubbly. Serve with vanilla ice cream.
  3. Strawberry Muffins/Cupcakes: Try topping strawberry muffins or strawberry cupcakes.
  4. Yogurt Parfait: Layer yogurt, fresh strawberries, and strawberry crunch crumble topping in a glass or dessert dish to create a tasty parfait. Top with whipped cream.
  5. Crust: Use strawberry crumble to make a crust by processing it finer, increasing melted butter by 2 tablespoons, and pressing it into the bottom of a desired pan. Bake, cool, and proceed with your recipe.
  6. Crunchy Strawberry Pancakes: Sprinkle strawberry crunch crumble topping onto pancakes while cooking. Serve with fresh strawberries and maple syrup or fresh strawberry syrup.
  7. Ice Cream Sundae: Top strawberry, chocolate or vanilla ice cream with strawberry crunch topping, fresh strawberries, whipped cream, and a drizzle of strawberry sauce.
  8. Epic Strawberry Shortcake: Bake this sweet shortcake, then sprinkle crumble topping on vanilla ice cream to take your strawberry shortcake to new levels.
  9. Strawberry Bars: Bake a cake (sheet pan or layer cake) recipe using strawberry cake mix or your favorite boxed cake mix, add your preferred frosting, and top with strawberry crumble topping.
  10. Strawberry Crunch Bundt Cake: Add a layer of strawberry crunch in the middle of the bundt cake batter and sprinkle over buttercream frosting.
Strawberry Crunch Cake with strawberry crunch topping.
Strawberry Crunch Cake with Strawberry Crunch Topping

Storage Tips

Store the completely cooled Strawberry Crunch Topping in an airtight container at room temperature for 1-2 months in a cool place in your pantry, and freeze up to 6 months. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I make using Strawberry Jello? 

Yes, in place of the freeze-dried strawberries use one 3.4 ounce package of strawberry Jell-O. Since the Jell-O has a lot of sugar in it, you may need to bake the mixture in order for it to get crispy. Bake and cool as directed above. 

Do I remove the cream filling in the Oreos?

You may, but I leave it in. The cream filling will also act as a binder in this crunchy strawberry crumble recipe.

Can I make Vegan Strawberry Crunch Topping?

You bet! Golden Oreos are naturally vegan, replace your butter with vegan plant-based butter or if preferred coconut oil, bake and enjoy!

Can I use fresh strawberries instead of freeze-dried strawberries?

No, fresh strawberries would have too much moisture in them, stick with freeze-dried strawberries or Jello-O. 

Strawberry crumble topping in jar with spoon.

What to serve with this Strawberry Crunch Recipe

  • Fresh and delicious sprinkled on top of this Lemon Ice Cream {Lemon Gelato}
  • Try a Strawberry Shortcake Bar! Bake up some of my shortcake, slice fresh strawberries, provide sprinkles, strawberry syrup, ice cream and of course this Strawberry crunch. 
  • Make your own Strawberry crunch ice cream bars; soften Vanilla Bean Ice Cream and press into popsicle molds, freeze until solid, then remove and roll in strawberry crunch crumble topping.
Strawberry crunch topping over vanilla ice cream with fresh strawberries.
Strawberry Shortcake Sundae with strawberry crunch recipe.

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Be sure to store your strawberry shortcake crumble recipe in an airtight container to retain it’s crispness and crunch. 

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Strawberry shortcake crunch topping.

Easy Strawberry Crunch Recipe

Author: Kathleen Pope
5 from 6 votes
Deliciously easy strawberry crunch recipe adds a delightful twist to your favorite desserts. Perfectly sweet and irresistible, with a variety of ways to use.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Course Sweets
Cuisine American
Servings 32 tablespoons (2 cups)
Calories 90 kcal



  • 1 cup freeze-dried strawberries, about one package
  • 20-24 Golden Oreos, Sub with Shortbread Cookies, Nilla wafers or a combination.* Do not remove cream filling.
  • 4 ounces butter, melted, salted or unsalted (½ a stick)


Food Processor Method

  • Add freeze-dried strawberries to food process and pulse until they become a powder.
  • Then place cookies and pulse until a medium-fine crumb; pour into a medium bowl.
  • Stir strawberry powder into crushed cookies. Stir in the melted butter and coat until combined. Pour onto parchment lined baking sheet and cool or bake.

Manual Hand Method

  • In a freezer baggie, place half the cookies at a time and give them a few good whacks with a meat mallet or rolling pin, then roll until medium-fine crumbs, dump into a bowl and repeat with the rest of the cookies.
  • Repeat with the freeze-dried strawberries (in a new bag if necessary) and combine the mixture into cookie crumbs. Stir in melted butter until coated. Allow to dry on baking sheet.
    That’s it! You can use it just like this or bake it, see below for how to bake and storage instructions.

Baked Strawberry Crunch Recipe

  • With mixture in single layer on baking sheet, bake in 350°F (175° C) oven for 5-10 minutes until it's golden brown. Remove and cool completely before storing in airtight container.

✱ Kathleen’s Tips

*I used regular Golden Oreos, you could use double stuff, your crumble will be sweeter. Do not remove the cream filling. 
Vegan Strawberry Crumble – Oreos are vegan, as are your strawberries, replace the butter with vegan butter or melted coconut oil. 
TIP | Allow the strawberry powder to rest for a few seconds after pulsing, as the powder creates fine dust, allowing it to settle.
To Bake or Not to Bake
I baked my Strawberry Crunch Crumble to make it even crispier holding up when adding to cakes on top of ice cream and other uses. This mixture does not need to be baked to be enjoyed. But it is a great way to refresh the crispy crunchiness of the topping when needed.
Baked Strawberry Crunch Crumble
Layer the strawberry crumble mixture on a baking sheet in an even layer and bake in preheated 350° F (175° C) oven for 5-10 minutes.
Storage Tips
Cool completely and store in an airtight container or freezer baggie for up to 2 months, in a cool pantry and freeze up to 6 months.
See original post above for ways to use this yummy crunchy topping. 


Serving: 2 tablespoons Calories: 90 kcal Carbohydrates: 12 g Protein: 0.4 g Fat: 4 g Saturated Fat: 2 g Polyunsaturated Fat: 1 g Monounsaturated Fat: 1 g Trans Fat: 0.1 g Cholesterol: 8 mg Sodium: 52 mg Potassium: 106 mg Fiber: 1 g Sugar: 8 g Vitamin A: 89 IU Vitamin C: 90 mg Calcium: 5 mg Iron: 2 mg

Nutrition Disclaimer

The Fresh Cooky is not a dietician or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is only an estimate. We recommend running the ingredients through an online nutritional calculator if you need to verify any information.

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