This Skillet Apple Cobbler is full of old fashioned goodness with a warm, spiced apple filling and topped off with a sweet biscuit crust for a skillet dessert that is sure to become a family favorite!
I can’t resist a good cobbler! There’s something so delicious about warm fruit topped off with a delicious sweet crust. This recipe utilizes my very favorite cobbler crust which is a sweet biscuit crust. It’s soft on the inside, crunch on the outside, and is really my favorite part of any cobbler. I’m all about that crust!
This skillet apple cobbler is also really easy to make. The hardest part is slicing the apples. A good peeler, corer, slicer should run you $20 or less and takes all the hard work out of it. I actually finally caved and bought one this summer and it is a serious game changer.
What kind of apple should I use?
When choosing an apple for a cobbler or pie, you should pay attention to the recipe. A good recipe will tell you what kind of apple to buy. There are hundreds and hundreds of varieties of apples so you don’t have to have an exact match, but if you understand a little bit about the variety it calls for (thanks Google!) then you’ll be able to get a good match.
In this recipe I’ve called for Granny Smith apples which are a green, tart apple. A tart apple balances out the sweetness in the recipe. Granny Smith apples also bake really well and don’t release too many liquids or become mushy when baked.
What is the difference between a cobbler and a crisp?
A cobbler is a baked fruit dessert dish that has a batter or biscuit crust. A crisp is a bake fruit dessert dish that is topped with a mixture that resembles a streusel, and often contains a mixture of oatmeal, butter, and sugar.
Watch the video below where I walk you through every step of this recipe, including tips and tricks to help you along the way.
Skillet Apple Cobbler
- 3 pounds granny smith apples, peeled, cored, and sliced thin
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 tablespoon cornstarch
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
- ¾ cup brown 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
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- In a medium-size mixing bowl, toss apple slices with lemon juice and vanilla. Add in cornstarch, cinnamon, nutmeg, and brown sugar and stir to combine.
- Pour the apple filling into a 12 inch cast iron skillet (or a 9x13 pan) and spread out into an even layer.
- 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 theapples to form a nice cobbler crust.
- Bake in the preheated oven for 1 hour.