Blackberry Cobbler

This easy recipe for Blackberry Cobbler is the perfect way to use fresh blackberries. Blackberries are mixed with sugar and baked with a crumbled biscuit crust on top for a summertime dessert that tastes great with a scoop of ice cream or a dollop of fresh whipped cream. 

a big scoop of blackberry cobbler on a plate with vanilla ice cream

I’m always trying to find delicious ways to use up my summer berry stash and making a cobbler is a perfect way! This simple dessert takes fresh blackberries and turns them into a decadent dessert that tastes great any time of the year. Simply mix fresh blackberries with sugar and lemon, then add a crumbly cobbler biscuit crust on top made with flour, sugar, and egg and bake until golden brown on top. 

What is a cobbler?

Many people have different definitions of what a cobbler actually is. Cobbler is made with baked fruit on the bottom and a crumbled crust on top. This creates a “cobbled” look on top which is where the name originates. You can use whatever fruit you enjoy to make a fruit cobbler, this one is delicious with fresh blackberries! 

This recipe uses a simple crumbled topping for the cobbler.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • A great way to use up in-season blackberries.
  • Pairs perfectly with your favorite ice cream or a dollop of fresh whipped cream. 
  • It makes a great summer treat that is hearty but still light. 
  • The topping is super easy to make, so don’t worry if you’re not an expert baker. 
all of the ingredients for blackberry cobbler on a white countertop

Ingredients You’ll Need

  • Fresh Blackberries – These summer berries are slightly tart and have a great texture and dark purple color making them perfect for cobblers. 
  • Lemon Juice – Cuts the sweetness of the berries and balances out the flavors. 
  • Granulated Sugar & Brown Sugar – Added in the berries and throughout the cobbler crust providing a sweet flavor. You can use light or dark brown sugar.
  • All-Purpose Flour – The main dry ingredient in the cobbler crust that makes the topping crunchy and crumbly. 
  • Salt – Balances the sweet and savory flavors in the dessert. 
  • Egg – Helps to bind the crust together and set properly. 
  • Butter – Gives the cobbler crust a rich texture and buttery flavor. 
  • For Serving – Ice cream or freshly whipped cream, for serving (optional)
mixing together ingredients for cobbler in a bowl

How To Make Blackberry Cobbler From Scratch

Step 1. Prepare blackberries for baking. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Place blackberries in a lightly greased, shallow 1-quart baking dish. Sprinkle with lemon juice and 2 tablespoons sugar, then toss to coat; set aside.

Step 2. Make the cobbler crust. In a large bowl, mix together remaining sugar, flour, brown sugar, and salt. Stir in the egg until the mixture resembles a coarse meal. Sprinkle the biscuit mixture over the berries, then drizzle the butter evenly over the cobbler.

Step 3. Bake and serve. Bake for 40-45 minutes, until golden brown and bubbly. Allow it to stand at room temperature for 10 minutes before serving with ice cream or freshly whipped cream if desired.

all of ingredients for cobbler in dish

Expert Tips

  1. Make sure you choose ripe, juicy fruits as they will produce a sweet cobbler that won’t be bitter. 
  2. When using sugar with the berries, taste the berries first to see how sweet they are and adjust sugar to your personal tastes.
  3. Do not overcrowd the biscuit topping as it will create steam inside the cobbler making it unable to become crunchy. 
  4. Right out of the oven, the berries may look a bit thin, this is why it is important to cool at room temperature for 10-15 minutes before serving as it will thicken as it cools.

Variations

  • Using frozen berries. If you can’t find fresh, you can use frozen blackberries in this dish, just make sure you keep them frozen as thawed blackberries can be a bit mushier which will change the texture of the cobbler. 
  • For a thicker cobbler, add a tablespoon of cornstarch to the blackberries and sugar. 
  • Adding more berries. You can make this a mixed berry cobbler by adding some strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries to the mix. 
  • Give the cobbler a warming flavor by adding some cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice to the cobbler crust. 
  • Don’t want to make the crumbled cobbler crust? Use a drop biscuit crust or pastry crust on top instead. 
baked blackberry cobbler in white baking dish

FAQs

How do you make a blackberry cobbler from scratch?

To make a blackberry cobbler from scratch, you’ll use simple baking ingredients like flour, sugar, and egg along with fresh blackberries that you purchase or straight from the garden. Follow this recipe for a great homemade blackberry cobbler! 

Should I refrigerate the blackberry cobbler?

Since this recipe is fully cooked with no raw dairy ingredients after baking, it can be left at room temperature tightly wrapped for 3-4 days. 

Why is there lemon juice in this berry cobbler? 

In this recipe, the lemon juice helps balance out the sweetness of the berries and also helps to thicken the filling. 

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baked blackberry cobbler in white baking dish

Blackberry Cobbler

Yield: 6 servings
Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 45 mins
Total Time: 1 hr
This easy blackberry cobbler recipe is the perfect berry dessert.
5 from 3 votes

Ingredients 

  • 5 cups fresh blackberries, rinsed and drained
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons granulated sugar, divided
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup dark brown sugar, (light brown sugar is okay too)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • Ice cream or freshly whipped cream, for serving (optional)

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Place blackberries in a lightly greased, shallow 1-quart baking dish. Sprinkle with lemon juice and 2 tablespoons sugar, then toss to coat; set aside.
    blackberries in baking dish with sugar on top
  • In a large bowl, mix together remaining sugar, flour, brown sugar and salt.
  • Stir in the egg until the mixture resembles a coarse meal.
    cobbler topping in a bowl
  • Sprinkle the biscuit mixture over the berries, then drizzle the butter evenly over the cobbler.
    cobbler on top of blackberries in baking dish
  • Bake for 40-45 minutes, until golden brown and bubbly. Allow to stand at room temperature for 10 minutes before serving with ice cream or freshly whipped cream, if desired.

Notes

Storing: Any leftover blackberry cobbler can be stored on the countertop for 3-4 days if tightly wrapped. You can also store it in the fridge, but the crumble may get a bit soggy. 
Freezing: Because the crumble is meant to be dry, freezing then thawing may change the texture therefore freezing is not recommended. 

Nutrition

Calories: 353kcal, Carbohydrates: 57g, Protein: 5g, Fat: 13g, Saturated Fat: 8g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 3g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 61mg, Sodium: 212mg, Potassium: 247mg, Fiber: 7g, Sugar: 35g, Vitamin A: 652IU, Vitamin C: 26mg, Calcium: 54mg, Iron: 2mg
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
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3 comments on “Blackberry Cobbler”

  1. This is absolutely delicious! I love that it’s such a crowd pleaser for the whole family

  2. We loved this. I had never made a blackberry cobbler before and it turned out perfect!

  3. Have made this twice, once with frozen blackberries and second time with frozen sweet cherries from my freezer. Waiting for summer and fresh fruit to make again. Hubby liked it, too!

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