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This Old Fashioned Apple Cobbler has a warm, spiced apple filling and is topped off with the perfect sweet biscuit crust. People absolutely love this from scratch recipe and you will too!

Served up apple cobbler on a white plate with a scoop of ice cream on it.

Does cobbler have a bottom crust?

This is actually a hotly debated topic in some crowds, but by definition, no, cobblers do not have a bottom crust. Cobblers have a fruit bottom and are generally topped with a sweet biscuit dough, but can also have a more cake like consistency as well. Some people still swear by having a bottom crust on their cobbler, but it is not a traditional preparation.

What’s the difference between a cobbler and a crisp?

A cobbler is topped with a batter while a crisp is topped with a crumbly mixture usually consisting of flour, cereal (like oatmeal), butter, sugar, and sometimes nuts.

Can this apple cobbler be made in a dutch oven?

Yes, this recipe will work in a dutch oven. Instead of placing everything into a 9×13 pan, you would use a 12-inch dutch oven. To create a 350 degree oven environment, place 14 coals on top, and 7 coals on bottom. The cooking time will remain approximately 1 hour.

Bird's eye view of Apple Cobbler in its baking dish.

What are the best apples to use for cobbler?

There are hundreds of varieties of apples so it can be hard to know which to purchase. There are a number of commonly sold apples that are great for baking. Green apples like Granny Smith provide a nice tart flavor and are great for baking. Other yellow and red varieties that are good for baking include Golden Delicious, Honey Crisp, Braeburn, Jonathan, Fuji, and Pink Lady. Check the apple for freshness, it should be nice and hard. If the apple is squishy, is bruised, or discolored, you will want to discard them.

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Served up apple cobbler on a white plate with a scoop of ice cream on it.
This Old Fashioned Apple Cobbler has a warm, spiced apple filling and is topped off with the perfect sweet biscuit crust. People absolutely love this from scratch recipe and you will too!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes

Apple Filling

  • 4 to 5 pounds granny smith apples peeled cored and sliced
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract

Cobbler Batter

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • ¾ cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup cold butter diced
  • 1 cup half and half
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9×13 pan with nonstick cooking spray.
  • In a medium-size mixing bowl, toss apple slices with brown sugar, cornstarch, cinnamon, nutmeg, and vanilla. Spread them out in an even layer in the 9×13 pan.
  • In a large mixing bowl, stir together flour, powdered sugar, baking powder, and salt. Use a pastry cutter to cut in butter until it resembles a course meal, or pulse the whole thing together in a food processor.
  • Pour in half and half and stir to form a thick batter.
  • Scoop the batter in large clumps on top of the apples to form a rustic cobbler crust.
  • Bake in the preheated oven for 1 hour.


Calories: 361kcal | Carbohydrates: 52g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 41mg | Sodium: 410mg | Potassium: 242mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 24g | Vitamin A: 460IU | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 119mg | Iron: 1.7mg
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Apple Cobbler

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5 stars
Love it! So delicious, it really tastes homemade. All your recipes are fabulous

Barbara B Pickett

This is a great trick I learned years ago after becoming frustrated with my cinnamon not integrating with other ingredients. I mix it with the dry ingredients first which breaks it up and it blends better. In this recipe I would blend it with the sugar before adding it to the apples.
This recipe sounds delicious.


4 stars
Needed an classic American dish to take to a Lunar landing 50th year.event (re-living the event on the big screen) here in New Zealand.
Made this cobbler recipe which looked amazing as it came out of the oven.
Snook a little whilst it was still warm, really tasty, just the right balance of apple to cobbler.
. Doubled the recipe as it needs to feed 20 people and baked it in a large roasting pan, made it with half cream & half milk.
Certainly will make again
Thank you so much ?

Belinda Slabbert

5 stars
That was very yummy indeed, thank you. My only constructive criticism is ‘half and half’ should be ‘milk’. Can’t wait to have a chance to make it again.

4 stars
i made dinner rolls the other day and they were perfect also apple cobbler is great ,thankyou for your recipes i really enjoy making them

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