Skip to Content

Rhubarb Crunch

Thanks for sharing!

This is one of my husband’s favorite desserts. A layer of rhubarb is covered in a sweet buttery crust for the perfect sweet tart treat.

bowl with a serving of rhubarb crunch topped with vanilla yogurt and mint

My husband has been begging to plant some rhubarb at our house ever since we moved here.  Four and a half years later and we still don’t have it!  

It’s not that I don’t want it, it’s just that we never think of it at the right time. I think he only wants it so he can have this Rhubarb Crunch on an annual basis anyway.  So when my parents moved to a place with rhubarb, we were in!

    Now that doesn’t mean that we won’t be planting a plant ourselves, it just means we can have rhubarb crunch in the years between now and the time it actually happens!  My husband doesn’t go on and on about food very often.

   I hear about his mom’s lasagna, that is definitely a favorite.  One of the other recipes I’ve heard about is this one.  So it is about time I actually make it!

bowl of crumble topping in front of pan of chopped rhubarb.

    So I swiped some rhubarb from my parents. (Actually MiMi gave it to me, don’t worry!) Then I quick got the recipe from my mother-in-law, Nana.

   She said it actually came from my husband’s grandma and generations of his family have been enjoying it.  You know I love a good family recipe!

    The recipe is actually really simple.  Rhubarb is really tart on it’s own, so it requires a good amount of sugar to make it palatable.

    Luckily I always have a healthy supply of sugar on hand.  You never know when you might need to make a dessert!

    So simply toss the chopped rhubarb in some sugar and place it in the bottom of your pan.  Then you make a quick crumble to sprinkle over the top.

   The juice from the fruit and the crumble come together to make something wonderful!  I can see why this is one of those recipes that my husband has an affinity for!

serving of rhubarb crunch and a glass of milk.

    My husband’s grandma suggested to serve this with a glass of milk on her recipe card.  That is truly a great combination.

    A little fresh whipped cream would be good too, but I could eat freshly whipped cream on just about anything.  Today I decided to serve it with a dollop of vanilla yogurt to go along with the brunch theme and that was great as well!

     I haven’t done much experimenting with rhubarb before this.  So now I am wondering what are your favorite rhubarb recipes?

Yield: 9 Servings

Rhubarb Crunch

serving of rhubarb crunch and a glass of milk.

This is one of my husband’s favorite desserts. A layer of rhubarb is covered in a sweet buttery crust for the perfect sweet tart treat.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour


  • 3 cups rhubarb, diced
  • 2 cups granulated sugar, divided
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 Tablespoons butter
  • 1 large egg, beaten


  1. Butter an 8×8″ pan and preheat oven to 350°F. 
  2. Combine rhubarb and first cup of sugar and spread in the bottom of prepared pan.
  3. Whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. 
  4. Cut in butter, then egg. Mixture should be crumbly. Sprinkle over top of rhubarb, then bake for 40-50 minutes.
  5. Recipe can be doubled in a 9×13 pan.

Recommended Products

As an Amazon Associate and member of other affiliate programs, I earn from qualifying purchases. Please view my disclosure page for more information.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 273Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 31mgSodium: 154mgCarbohydrates: 57gFiber: 1gSugar: 45gProtein: 3g

All nutritional information is estimated and will depend on the exact ingredients you use.

Did you make this recipe?

I'd love to see it! Share a picture on Instagram or Pinterest and tag me @carleecooks to let me know how it went!

This is one of my husband's favorite desserts. A layer of rhubarb is covered in a sweet buttery crust for the perfect sweet tart treat.

Thanks for sharing!


Monday 12th of June 2017

I love rhubarb crisp and this would be a perfect way to start off Father's Day. Thanks for linking up this recipe to the Celebrate 365 Father's Day Favorites Blog Party and for joining our team :)


Tuesday 13th of June 2017

I am really excited to be a part of the team, thanks!


Friday 26th of May 2017

Thank you!

A Day in the Life on the Farm

Thursday 25th of May 2017

Always excited for rhubarb recipes. Thanks


Friday 26th of May 2017

I don't have nearly enough of them, but I am glad I finally got to make this one!

Big Rigs 'n Lil' Cookies

Thursday 18th of May 2017

I should make this for a family get together sometime. My family all LOVES rhubarb!


Saturday 20th of May 2017

You should! I need to get more!

Jessica Jarrell

Monday 15th of May 2017

I've often thought about growing rhubarb so this recipe gives me another reason to try planting some. I'm a sucker for any kind of crisp, but this one looks yummy! :-)


Wednesday 17th of May 2017

We really just need to do it, but every year we think we are going to move the garden and don't want to do it until we do. Then we plant the garden without moving it and the cycle continues ;-)

Skip to Recipe