- In cobbler the biscuits atop this fruity fave resemble cobblestones, which is how this dessert is presumed to have gotten it's name.
- In a crumble the fruit filling is topped with a crumbly streusel made from flour, sugar, and butter.
- In a crisp, which is often confused with the crumble, the streusel topping is made crunchy with nuts or oats.
- A pandowdy is much like a cobbler; it's fruit topping is topped with pie crust or biscuit dough, but the pandowdy's surface is often arranged in a patchwork pattern.
- A grunt (aka slump) is a cobbler that's cooked, covered, on the stovetop instead of in the oven. The funny name is a reference to the noise that comes out of the pot while it cooks.
- A brown Betty is a dish made of layered buttered breadcrumbs with sliced apples or other fruit that is baked until browned.
- A buckle reverses the order of the fruit and batter - the batter is the base and the fruit is the topping. When baked, the base bubbles and buckles up around the juicy fruit piled on top.