Mixed Berries and Cream Cheese Mug Crumble

Mug crumbles are fast and easy to make. A few ingredients are added to a mug, microwaved then finished off with a crumble on top. Being a non-coffee drinker, I used to eye my husband’s coffee mugs lying around the house with suspicion, now the mug is my new best friend!

This recipe contains some of the ingredients you would use to make a cheese cake, such as cream cheese, fruit and a crumb mixture. But if you want to have your dessert ready in less than 10 minutes, give this method a try instead!

There are many ‘mug recipe’ variations- how about a ‘Pear and Chocolate Mug Crumble’ or ‘Apple and Caramel Mug Crumble’?- the possibilities are endless!

Mug Crumbles require a minimum of equipment and less than 3 minutes in the microwave. To make a successful crumble mixture, rub the ingredients together using your finger tips, rather than using a spoon.

To make my crumb mixture I used Lotus ® biscuits, a light caramelized cookie with a light cinnamon flavor. If you can’t find that brand in your supermarket, you could also use a shortbread or gingersnap cookie instead.


Mixed Berries and Cream Cheese Mug Crumble
Serves 2
Mixed Berries , lemon-flavored cream cheese and a crumble prepared in a mug- ready in less than 3 minutes in the microwave.
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
3 min
Total Time
13 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
3 min
Total Time
13 min
  1. 6 tbsp cream cheese, softened
  2. Juice of 1 lemon
  3. 4 tsp caster sugar
  4. 1 apple, cored and diced
  5. 4 tbsps mixed berries, fresh or frozen
  1. ½ inch slice of salted butter (30 g)
  2. 2 tbsps soft brown sugar
  3. 6 Lotus® caramelized biscuits (cookies) or 45 g shortbread cookies, crushed
  4. 2 heaping tbsp. white flour
  5. Zest of 1 lemon
  1. In a bowl, combine the softened cream cheese, lemon juice, 2 tsp of the sugar. Spoon the mixture into the bottom of two mugs. Add the apple slices on top, then the mixed berries; sprinkle 1 tsp sugar each onto the top of the mixture. Cover the mugs with plastic wrap, pierce the wrap several times, then microwave for about 1 minute 15 seconds.
For the crumble
  1. Slice the cold butter into small cubes and transfer to a bowl. Add the brown sugar, crushed biscuits (cookies) flour and lemon zest. Work the mixture with your fingertips to form the dough. Crumble it into the mug and microwave for 1 minute. Let cool for a little before serving.
Adapted from Mug Crumbles by Christelle Huet-Gomez
Adapted from Mug Crumbles by Christelle Huet-Gomez
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  • John/Kitchen Riffs
    September 28, 2016 at 1:03 pm

    Wow, simple, fast, and easy! Perfect for a quick dessert. Or a snack when the munchies hit. Fun recipe — thanks.
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  • Joanne T Ferguson
    September 28, 2016 at 3:10 pm

    What a delightful dessert Fran! Love the photo!

  • Juliana
    September 29, 2016 at 11:14 am

    Nice mum crumble…and I am loving all the layers of it…thanks for the recipe Fran.
    Hope you are enjoying your week 🙂
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  • Colleen
    September 29, 2016 at 5:41 pm

    Looks good might be good for diabetics with cinnamon and berries, have to check sugar in the biscuits but nearly ticks all boxes probably better to use sugar free biscuits

  • Amira
    September 30, 2016 at 6:14 am

    This is really a very clever idea… easy and quick with no oven included and the variations are endless… Pinned
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  • Denise Browning
    October 3, 2016 at 12:16 pm

    My type of dessert: quick to prepare and super delish.

  • Kathy @ Beyond the Chicken Coop
    October 3, 2016 at 12:53 pm

    What a lovely treat in a perfectly portioned dish! I’d need a second mug filled with coffee to go along with this treat!
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  • All That I'm Eating
    October 7, 2016 at 8:43 pm

    I love the idea of this, so easy and just perfect when you need dessert in a hurry!
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  • Raymund
    October 10, 2016 at 5:19 pm

    This looks like a perfect breakfast dessert! I love it
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  • Jean |
    October 13, 2016 at 10:56 pm

    Fran, I love your Mug Crumbles! What a grand treat to whip up when the mood strikes!
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