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Old fashioned cobbler, made from scratch, is easier to make than you might think. 10 minutes of prep and you’ll have the best cobbler of your life!

Berry Cobbler in a white bowl.

Old Fashioned Cobbler made with a sweet biscuit crust is super easy to make. For the topping, you can choose to be truly old fashioned and use a pastry cutter to cut the butter in, or you can add a little modern convenience to this recipe and pulse it together in a food processor. You can cut down the prep time to 5 minutes using a food processor. You can use this same recipe with any fruit really. Just substitute in 3 pounds of the fresh fruit of your choice. Just make sure it’s prepared first (peeled, sliced, pitted, etc.).

Can I use frozen berries instead of fresh?

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.

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 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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Storage and Reheating Instructions

Once cooled, this recipe should be stored covered, in the refrigerator for up to 3 to 5 days. This recipe is also delicious cold. The easiest way to reheat is to dish a serving onto a plate or bowl and microwave on high in 30-second increments.

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Berry Cobbler in a white bowl.
Old fashioned cobbler, made from scratch, is easier to make than you might think. 10 minutes of prep and you’ll have the best cobbler of your life!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Ingredients
  • 3 pounds fresh berries cleaned and sliced
  • 1 lemon zested and juiced
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup white sugar
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 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
If using frozen berries instead of fresh, 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.

Nutrition

Calories: 435kcal | Carbohydrates: 71g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 41mg | Sodium: 408mg | Potassium: 373mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 36g | Vitamin A: 555IU | Vitamin C: 23.9mg | Calcium: 119mg | Iron: 2.1mg
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Berry Cobbler
Berry Cobbler in a white bowl.
Old fashioned cobbler, made from scratch, is easier to make than you might think. 10 minutes of prep and you'll have the best cobbler of your life!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Ingredients
  • 3 pounds fresh berries cleaned and sliced
  • 1 lemon zested and juiced
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup white sugar
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 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
If using frozen berries instead of fresh, 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.

Nutrition

Calories: 435kcal | Carbohydrates: 71g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 41mg | Sodium: 408mg | Potassium: 373mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 36g | Vitamin A: 555IU | Vitamin C: 23.9mg | Calcium: 119mg | Iron: 2.1mg
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Berry Cobbler
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