Apple cobbler goes by several names and is one of my favorite apple desserts… It’s fast and easy, low sugar with simple ingredients! My mother made this recipe every fall growing up, and it was one of the first things I learned to make from her!
We use fresh apples granny smith apples in our apple cobbler recipe, but my mother in law uses cooked apple pie filling. I prefer the fresher and a bit more “al’ dente” apples! They hold they’re shape and taste fresher! Using a pre cooked apple pie filling resembles something more like an apple sauce after baking;) But do what you prefer, or what you have on hand!
Best Apples for Apple Cobbler Recipe
Granny Smith (My favorite for their tart flavor.)
Pink Lady – Sweet and tart
Golden Delicious Apples – Sweet and Tart
Honey Crisp – Great Flavor!
Easy Apple Cobbler Recipe
Apple Cobbler Recipe Ingredients
For the Apple Filling:
- 8 medium-sized fresh apples, (I like to use granny smith apples because they are tart apples) peeled, cored, and sliced
- 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Feel free to adjust the sugar and spice quantities according to your taste preferences. This recipe is quite forgiving, so you can also add nuts or dried fruits to the topping for extra texture and flavor. Enjoy your delicious apple cobbler!
Pastry – Biscuit Topping Ingredients
- 2 cups flour (leveled)
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1 and 1/2 teaspoons of baking powder
- One fourth teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter, cold and cubed
- 1/2 cup milk, cold*
- *Optional – 1/2 cup cream to wash topping, and sprinkle with 2 Tablespoons (25g) granulated sugar
Apple Cobbler Instructions
Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C).
In a large bowl, combine the sliced apples, 2 tablespoons of flour, granulated sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Toss the apples until they’re coated evenly with the mixture.
Transfer the coated apples into a baking dish (9×9-inch or similar size), spreading them out evenly.
In a separate bowl, prepare the topping.
In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the all-purpose flour, granulated sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
Add the cold, cubed unsalted butter to the dry ingredients. Using a pastry cutter or your fingers, work the butter into the flour mixture until it resembles coarse crumbs.
Pour in the cold buttermilk. Use a rubber spatula or your hands to gently mix until a dough forms. Be careful not to overmix; the dough should be somewhat shaggy.
Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Gently pat or roll it into a rectangle that’s approximately the size of your baking dish.
Now, you’re ready to assemble your apple cobbler. Layer the cinnamon-sugar apples in the bottom of the baking dish.
Carefully place the biscuit dough on top of the apple mixture, ensuring it covers the apples evenly.
Brush the biscuit dough with the cream wash. If desired, sprinkle the optional sugar over the top for an extra touch of flavor and a golden finish.
Bake the cobbler in a preheated oven .. Place the baking dish on a baking sheet (to catch any drips) and bake in the preheated oven for about 40-45 minutes, or until the topping is golden brown and the apple filling is bubbling around the edges.
Once baked, allow the cobbler to cool slightly before serving. It’s best enjoyed warm, perhaps with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, whipped cream, or a drizzle of caramel sauce.
Revel in the flavors of this delicious apple cobbler with its biscuit-like topping, the perfect fall dessert that encapsulates the spirit of the season.
Enjoy your homemade apple cobbler warm!
Apple Cobbler – The Perfect Treat For Fall
Savor the essence of autumn with this easy apple cobbler recipe, a delightful culmination of the finest apple desserts!
As the sweet aroma of freshly baked apples wafts through your kitchen, you’ll be drawn to this classic cobbler that celebrates the bounty of apple season. Whether you opt for the tartness of Granny Smith apples or the delicate sweetness of Gala or Golden Delicious, this recipe embraces your favorite fall apples in a harmonious symphony of flavors.
It’s a medley of fresh apples, sliced to perfection, mingling in a medium bowl with a sprinkle of brown sugar and a hint of zesty lemon juice. As you gently toss these tender apples, a dance of flavors unfolds, setting the stage for the symphony of sweetness that’s about to come.
In a separate large bowl, a masterful blend of oats, brown sugar, and butter transforms into a golden brown crumble topping. With a pastry blender, effortlessly unite these elements into coarse crumbs, adding a touch of cinnamon for that quintessential fall warmth.
As you assemble the cobbler, layer the cinnamon-sugar apples with care, allowing each slice to nestle snugly into an even layer. The result? A captivating arrangement that mirrors the beauty of a freshly baked apple pie.
The anticipation builds as your creation bakes in the gentle heat of the oven. Imagine the moment when you pull out the casserole dish – the edges of the pan adorned with bubbly, caramelized perfection. The cobbler topping has transformed into a buttery haven, embracing the tender apples beneath. Your kitchen is infused with the enticing fragrance of cinnamon and baked apples, a promise of the delicious apple cobbler that’s about to grace your table.
How to Serve
Once the masterpiece is out of the oven, let it cool slightly before you indulge. Whether you choose to savor it on its own, crown it with a big scoop of vanilla ice cream, or even drizzle it with a luxurious cascade of caramel sauce, the experience is nothing short of sublime.
As you relish each spoonful, let the flavors transport you to the heart of the fall season, where apple farms come alive and the air carries the promise of cooler days ahead. The beauty of this easy apple cobbler recipe lies not only in its delectable taste but also in its simplicity – a true testament to the joys of homemade comfort food. Weather you call it apple crisp, apple crumble or apple cobbler… You will love this recipe!
This recipe card is your gateway to an extraordinary yet so simple, where the main difference between apple cobbler and apple crisp is the kind of apples you choose and the style of the crisp topping. So gather your fresh apples, unleash your creativity, and create your own rendition of this beloved dessert. And don’t forget, the leftover cobbler (if there is any!) can be stored in an airtight container to be enjoyed at any time – a little piece of the fall season to savor throughout the year.
More Apple & Fall Season Recipe
The Best Apple Pie
- For the Fritters:
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 2/3 cup whole milk, at room temperature
- 2 large eggs, beaten
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 cups diced large apples (Honeycrisp or Granny Smith)
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- Avocado oil, Coconut oil, Vegetable oil, or Canola oil for frying oil My favorites are Coconut and Avocado Oil!
- For the Glaze:
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 2 tablespoons milk (whole milk, almond milk, or soy milk)
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1. Peel, core, and dice the fresh apples into small chunks. For the best results in your apple fritters, aim for apple chunks that are roughly 1/4 to 1/2 inch in size.
2.Toss the diced apples with lemon juice to prevent browning. Set aside.
3.In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, granulated sugar, baking powder, salt, ground cinnamon, and ground nutmeg.
4. In a separate bowl, combine the milk, beaten eggs, and vanilla extract.
5. Gradually add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients, mixing until just combined.
6. Gently fold in the diced fresh apple chunks until evenly distributed throughout the fritter dough.
7. In a Dutch oven or deep frying pan, heat about 2 inches of vegetable oil over medium heat to medium-high heat to 375°F (190°C). Use a candy thermometer to monitor the oil temperature.
8. Using a spoon or an ice cream scooper, carefully drop spoonfuls of the apple fritter batter into the hot oil. Fry 2-3 fritters at a time to avoid crowding the pan.
9. Fry the fritters for about 2-3 minutes on each side, or until they are golden brown and cooked through.
10. Use a slotted spoon to transfer the fried fritters to a paper towel-lined baking sheet, or cooling rack, to drain excess oil.
11. In a medium bowl, whisk together the powdered sugar, milk, and vanilla extract until smooth and well combined. (You want a smooth and drizzle-worthy consistency.)
12. While the fritters are still warm, dip each fritter into the sweet powdered sugar glaze, allowing any excess glaze to drip off. For best results coat fritters while donuts are still hot!
13. Place the glazed fritters on a wire rack set over a baking sheet to allow the glaze to set.
Serve and Enjoy
These fritters are best when eaten the same day they are made, but you can store any leftovers in an airtight container and enjoy them the next day.
1. Maintaining the correct oil temperature is key. If the oil is too hot, the fritters might brown too quickly on the outside before cooking through. If it's too cool, they might absorb more oil and become greasy. Use a candy thermometer to keep the oil around 375°F (190°C).
2. Make sure your apple chunks are not too large, as they might affect the cooking time and evenness. Similarly, avoid overmixing the batter to keep the fritters tender. For the best results in your apple fritters, aim for apple chunks that are roughly 1/4 to 1/2 inch in size. This size allows the apple pieces to cook through evenly while the fritters fry, ensuring that you get a balance of tender apples and golden-brown batter.
3.Don't overcrowd the pan when frying. Fry 2-3 fritters at a time to maintain the oil temperature and ensure even cooking.
4. If the glaze is too thick, add a splash of milk to thin it out. If it's too thin, add a bit more powdered sugar. You want a smooth and drizzle-worthy consistency.