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Apple cobbler is a rustic dish of apples bubbling in their juices beneath a biscuit crust that resembles a cobbled stone pathway.

Apple Cobbler

As fall sets in, there’s no dessert quite as comforting as warm apple cobbler, especially when topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or whipped cream. Making it is as simple as can be: start with fresh sliced apples, toss them in sugar, cinnamon, and a bit of flour, then top them with generous spoonfuls of biscuit batter. After 45 minutes in the oven, you’re rewarded with apples bubbling beneath a golden crust. Some liken this top layer to a cobbled stone path, though others believe the name “cobbler” refers to “cobble up,” suggesting the dessert is quick and easy to whip up.

“All I can say is WOW WOW WOW!!!!!!! I have made so many apple cobblers…but this is without a doubt the best recipe ever. The biscuit topping was light and delicious.”

Debora

What You’ll Need To Make Apple Cobbler

apple cobbler ingredients

For the best results in baked apple desserts, choose a mix of tart and sweet apples for the best flavor. Additionally, use apples that are suited for baking, such as Granny Smith, Honey Crisp, Gala, Jonagold, Jonathan, and Golden Delicious, to name just a few. They hold their shape when baked, ensuring you won’t end up with applesauce.

Step-by-Step Instructions

Step 1: Make the Apple Filling

In a large bowl, combine the apples, granulated sugar, brown sugar, flour, and cinnamon.

apples, sugars, flour, and cinnamon in bowl

Toss until the apples are evenly coated.


tossed apple filling

Step 2: Make the Biscuit Topping

In a medium bowl, combine the flour, 6 tablespoons of the sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.

biscuit topping ingredients in bowl

Whisk to combine.

whisked dry ingredients for biscuit topping

Add the pieces of cold butter.

adding cubes of butter to dry ingredients

Smoosh the butter with your fingers (or cut in with a pastry cutter) until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs with pea-sized clumps of butter within.

butter cut into dry ingredients

Add the buttermilk (if you don’t want to buy a whole carton, you can make your own).

adding buttermilk to biscuit topping

Stir until just combined and evenly moistened. It will look lumpy; that’s good. Do not overmix.

lumpy biscuit batter

Step 3: Assemble and Bake the Apple Cobbler

Transfer the apple mixture to the prepared baking dish and pat into an even layer. Dot with 2 tablespoons of butter.

assembling apple cobbler with apples in baking dish dotted with butter

Using a large spoon, dollop 8 to 10 spoonfuls of the biscuit batter over the apples, allowing the filling to show through in spots (most of the filling will be covered). Sprinkle the remaining tablespoon of sugar over the batter.

apple cobbler with biscuit topping added and ready to bake

Bake until the fruit is bubbling and the top is golden, about 45 minutes (keep an eye on it during the last 10 minutes; if it looks like it’s getting too brown, cover it loosely with aluminum foil).

baked apple cobbler

Let the cobbler cool for 15 to 20 minutes, then serve with vanilla ice cream or sweetened whipped cream, if desired.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What kind of apples should I use?

A: Anytime you’re baking with apples, it’s a good idea to use a blend of tart and sweet baking apples for the best flavor. Granny Smith, Honey Crisp, Gala, Jonagold, Jonathan, and Golden Delicious are all good options—try different varietals and see what combinations you like best.

Q: I don’t have any buttermilk. Can I use regular milk?

A: Regular milk won’t work here as the acid in the butter milk helps with the leavening process. If you’d like to make your own buttermilk, it’s easy. See how here.

Q: Can I use salted butter instead of unsalted butter in this recipe, and how should I adjust the salt accordingly?

A: Sure! Salted butter typically contains around 1/4 teaspoon of salt per stick. If you only have salted butter and the recipe calls for unsalted butter, you can use the salted butter and reduce the additional salt in the recipe accordingly. In this case, decrease the added salt in the biscuit topping to ½ teaspoon.

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Video Tutorial

Apple Cobbler

Apple cobbler is a rustic dish of apples bubbling in their juices beneath a biscuit crust that resembles a cobbled stone pathway.

Servings: 6 to 8
Prep Time: 30 Minutes
Cook Time: 45 Minutes
Total Time: 1 Hour 15 Minutes

Ingredients

For the Apple Filling

  • 5 large baking apples (about {2½ lbs), peeled and sliced ¼-inch thick (see note)
  • ⅓ cup granulated sugar
  • ⅓ cup (packed) dark brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons butter, cut into small pieces, plus more for greasing the pan

For the Biscuit Topping

  • 1½ cups all-purpose flour, spooned into measuring cup and leveled-off
  • 7 tablespoons granulated sugar, divided
  • 1¾ teaspoons baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • 1 stick (½ cup) cold unsalted butter, cut into small chunks
  • 1 cup buttermilk (see note)

For Serving (Optional)

  • Vanilla ice cream or sweetened whipped cream

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375°F and set an oven rack in the middle position. Grease an 8-inch square or 2-quart baking dish with butter.
  2. Make the Apple Filling: In a large bowl, combine the apples, granulated sugar, brown sugar, flour, and cinnamon. Toss until the apples are evenly coated. Transfer the mixture to the prepared baking dish and pat into an even layer. Dot with the 2 tablespoons butter.
  3. Make the Biscuit Topping: In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, 6 tablespoons of the sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Add the cold butter and smoosh with your fingers (or cut in with a pastry cutter) until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs with pea-sized clumps of butter within. Add the buttermilk and stir until just combined and evenly moistened. It will look lumpy; that's good. Do not overmix.
  4. Using a large spoon, dollop 8 to 10 spoonfuls of the biscuit batter over the apples, allowing the filling to show through in spots (most of the filling will be covered). Sprinkle the remaining tablespoon of sugar over the batter.
  5. Bake until the fruit is bubbling and the top is golden, about 45 minutes (keep an eye on it during the last 10 minutes; if it looks like it's getting too brown, cover it loosely with aluminum foil). Let the cobbler cool for 15 to 20 minutes, then serve with vanilla ice cream, if desired.
  6. Note: For the best flavor, use a combination of tart and sweet baking apples, such as Granny Smith, Honey Crisp, Gala, Jonagold, Jonathan, and Golden Delicious. (Don't use all tart or all sweet, or the flavor won't be balanced. Click here for a guide to different types of apples for baking and cooking.) I typically use 2 Granny Smith, 2 Golden Delicious, and 1 Honeycrisp.
  7. Note: If you’d like to make your own buttermilk, check out the easy method here.
  8. Make-Ahead Instructions: The cobbler can be made one day ahead and kept, covered with foil, at room temperature. Reheat, covered with foil, in 300°F oven for 25 minutes, then remove the foil and continue reheating for 15 to 20 minutes more, or until warmed through.

Nutrition Information

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  • Per serving (8 servings)
  • Calories: 407
  • Fat: 15 g
  • Saturated fat: 9 g
  • Carbohydrates: 67 g
  • Sugar: 41 g
  • Fiber: 4 g
  • Protein: 4 g
  • Sodium: 401 mg
  • Cholesterol: 39 mg

This website is written and produced for informational purposes only. I am not a certified nutritionist and the nutritional data on this site has not been evaluated or approved by a nutritionist or the Food and Drug Administration. Nutritional information is offered as a courtesy and should not be construed as a guarantee. The data is calculated through an online nutritional calculator, Edamam.com. Although I do my best to provide accurate nutritional information, these figures should be considered estimates only. Varying factors such as product types or brands purchased, natural fluctuations in fresh produce, and the way ingredients are processed change the effective nutritional information in any given recipe. Furthermore, different online calculators provide different results depending on their own nutrition fact sources and algorithms. To obtain the most accurate nutritional information in a given recipe, you should calculate the nutritional information with the actual ingredients used in your recipe, using your preferred nutrition calculator.

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Comments

  • I didn’t use a mixture of different kinds of apples, nonetheless this tasted wonderful. Just the right amount of richness for me. The biscuit layer was moist, buttery, and the density I like. I’m trying to figure a way to make the biscuit alone for breakfast and shortcake purposes, lol.
    Would definitely make this and the peach variant again!

    • — FNS on February 17, 2024
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  • We were invited by a dear friend for a Hanukkah dinner last night so I decided to make and bring this apple cobbler. I followed the recipe exactly and it was delicious. It was a big hit with the hostess who loves apples. So now I can’t wait to make her peach cobbler! Thank you for this delicious dessert!

    • — Rosie V. on December 11, 2023
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  • I LOVE this recipe so much! It’s everything I was looking for and more. Highly recommend! Everyone loved it. I thought it was easy to make too.

    • — Emily on November 25, 2023
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  • Thanks for another amazing recipe! Made it with a combination of 2 Granny Smith apples, 2 Bosc pears and 2 honey crisps and was delicious! And made my own buttermilk for the first time with lemon juice and half and half. My new favorite dessert recipe!

    • — Sharon S on November 24, 2023
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  • I just made this for Thanksgiving this year and what a hit!! I had looked for an apple cobbler recipe and kept finding problems with all of the recipes and then I finally hit on Jen’s. Oh, for crying out loud, why didn’t I go here first?!! It’s my favorite cooking site.

    Well, needless to say the reviews are in and it was unanimous that this is a keeper for next year. I’m happy because it’s less work than my usual apple pie and soooo much better.

    • — Teresa Migratorious on November 23, 2023
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    • 💕

      • — Jenn on November 23, 2023
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    • This looks delicious but where are the amounts of the ingredientĺĺ?
      I see a picture of “what you’ll need for this recipe” but that doesn’t tell me how much white & brown sugar, etc. I’d love to make this & it gets great reviews, but I can’t without knowing how much flour, baking soda, etc is needed.

      • — Virginia C Cowling on November 24, 2023
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      • Hi Virginia, It sounds like you are just looking at the portion of the page that has the pictures with some instructions above. If you scroll down a bit to under the pictures, you’ll find the full recipe. Alternatively, at the very top of the page, to the right of the recipe name, you’ll see an orange/red button that says Jump to Recipe – if you click on that, it will take you directly to the recipe. Hope that clarifies!

        • — Jenn on November 24, 2023
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  • Do you recommend any recipe adjustments for high altitude? I’m located in Denver, Colorado.

    • — Laura Sparaco on November 20, 2023
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    • Hi Laura, Thanks for your note. I don’t have experience baking at high altitudes so, unfortunately, I don’t have any wisdom to share – I’m sorry! You may find these tips helpful though. Hope you enjoy the cobbler if you make it!

      • — Jenn on November 20, 2023
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  • Delicious. Making my second cobbler in 6 days. The topping is the best ever!

    • — Patti on November 17, 2023
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  • This recipe is outstanding. The apples retain a bit of crunch, and the topping is light and fluffy = a wonderful texture contrast. Plus, the cobbler isn’t overly sweet. Made the cobbler in a 2-quart oval Staub casserole dish, and the presentation was guest-worthy.

    • — Laura on November 13, 2023
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  • I’m feeding a large crowd and would like to use a full steam pan. Do you suggest the recipe x 4 for this purpose? And can you make ahead and not cook until the day of?
    Bobbie

    • — Bobbie Stiltner on November 6, 2023
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    • Hi Bobbie, I worry it won’t cook evenly in such a large pan. I’d do 4x the recipe and use two 9×13 pans. Unfortunately it can’t be prepared ahead – sorry!

      • — Jenn on November 6, 2023
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  • This recipe was so delicious! I didn’t change a thing and it was perfect. Do you recommend storing leftovers in the fridge or is it OK to sit out? Also, can this be made ahead and frozen, then thawed and reheated? I would love to make this ahead of time to bring with us to an out of town Thanksgiving dinner.

    • — Joanna on October 28, 2023
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    • Hi Joanna, So glad you enjoyed it! Yes, it’s okay to cover any leftover cobbler loosely with a kitchen towel and leave it on the counter. (Don’t cover with plastic wrap or the topping will get soggy.) And I haven’t frozen this, but I think it should work.

      • — Jenn on October 30, 2023
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  • So easy and so tasty. Thank you Jenn!

    • — SueC on October 25, 2023
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  • This apple cobbler is a winner! I used a mix of Winesap and Granny Smith apples and it was delicious. I am not a baker (more of a cook) and always have some trepidation when a recipe calls for dough. I found the instructions and video very helpful – the dough was easy to make and came out great.

    Thanks, once again, for making me look good to friends and family, Jenn 🙂 Your recipes, directions, and tips are always spot on!

    • — Dawn Holl on October 22, 2023
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