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This Old Fashioned Blackberry Cobbler has the perfect sweet biscuit crust on top. People go crazy after this old fashioned, from scratch recipe and you will too!

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

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 I use frozen blackberries to make blackberry cobbler?

Yes, you can, but the end result may a bit runnier since the berries end up having extra moisture once thawed. To compensate for this, double the amount of cornstarch in the recipe.

 Blackberry Cobbler served up with a scoop of ice cream on top of it on a white plate.

Can I halve this recipe?

Yes you can! This recipe, as written, makes an entire 9×13 pan which might be a bit much for some people. You can directly halve all of the ingredients in this recipe and make a 9×9 pan instead.

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Blackberry Cobbler served up with a scoop of ice cream on top of it on a white plate.
This Old Fashioned Blackberry Cobbler has the perfect sweet biscuit crust on top. People go crazy after this old fashioned, from scratch recipe and you will too!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Ingredients
  • 3 pounds fresh blackberries cleaned
  • 1 lemon zested and juiced
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • cup white sugar
  • 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
Instructions
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9×13 pan with nonstick cooking spray.
  • In a medium-size mixing bowl, toss berries with lemon zest and juice, cornstarch, vanilla, and white sugar. Spread them out 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 berries to form a nice cobbler crust.
  • Bake in the preheated oven for 1 hour.
Notes

Nutrition

Calories: 331kcal | Carbohydrates: 51g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 33mg | Sodium: 327mg | Potassium: 414mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 22g | Vitamin A: 660IU | Vitamin C: 34.5mg | Calcium: 126mg | Iron: 2.2mg

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Jeannie Smith

Can’t wait to make the cobbler.

Judie adams

Looked very yummy

Made with sour cherries, amazing. Thank you. Delicious

Laura

3 lbs? Or 3cups? Blackberries?

Gwen

Would it hurt to leave out the lemon zest and just use the juice?
Thank You,
Gwen

Elaine

Made this for church potluck. It was awesome! I used a mixture of blackberries, raspberries and blueberries that I had in the freezer.

Tealassie

4 stars
The topping is very good, but there’s too much lemon in the berries for my taste. And I even reduced the lemon juice to half of what the recipe called for.

Pat Carroll

Can you use frozen berries in this recipe?

Can you use a mix of berries in this cobbler

Yes you can

Amy Willingham

Does this really call for 1 TBSP baking powder or do you mean 1 TSP?

surkoskycathy

Awesome cobbler! i made it gluten free great taste!

Jan

This looks awesome! Do you think it would turn out the same if I cut in half? Thanks

Anna K.

5 stars
I made half of the recipe. It turned out the same and it tasted great. I only baked it for 45 minutes in my oven.

Jan

Lol, sorry about that. I just reread the instructions. ?

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