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This apple cobbler recipe is one of my favorite autumn baking traditions. With a homemade biscuit topping and tender, juicy apples, it’s everything you want in a cobbler.

There are several recipes on this site that I have been making for YEARS. For example, I’ve been making this honey-vanilla challah recipe for 20 years. But of all the recipes I have shared with you so far, this one is the oldest. It’s been gracing my table in this exact form for 22 years. Hard to believe but it’s true.

If you are looking for an easy apple cobbler recipe that has the perfect balance between biscuity topping and tender, sweet apples. This is it! We love serving this cobbler warm with big scoops of vanilla ice cream.

Why You’ll Love This Apple Cobbler Recipe

  • Easy. If you can mix a simple batter and slice apples, you can make this recipe. This apple cobbler is one of the first desserts I taught my kiddo to make. It is incredibly simple and produces a truly satisfying fall dessert.
  • Flavorful. The key to a great apple cobbler is the apples. I recommend getting Golden Delicious or Granny Smith apples, which aren’t too sweet and hold their shape during cooking. Cook up the apples with cinnamon and sugar until tender, then add biscuit dough on top and bake until golden and fluffy. SO GOOD.
  • Flexible. You can serve apple cobbler pretty much anytime. I often make it on the weekends after we’ve gone apple picking and have also served it at Thanksgiving to rave reviews.

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How to Make Apple Cobbler

This apple cobbler recipe has a generous amount of biscuity topping. I love the contrast between warm apple filling, fluffy biscuits, and cold vanilla ice cream! This cobbler is very easy to make! Here’s how to do it:

Sliced apples in a pot with cinnamon sugar
  • Prep your tools. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or aluminum foil and set aside.
  • Make the apple filling. In a medium bowl combine the sugar, flour, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Slice the apples. Put the apple slices in a large pot, then add the sugar mix. Toss to combine. Cook over medium heat until almost tender, about 7 minutes. Give the apples an occasional stir as they cook.
  • Make the biscuit topping. In a large bowl combine the flour, baking powder, sugar, and salt. Add the butter pieces and mix them into the flour with your hands until the mixture resembles coarse bread crumbs. (You can also do this with a food processor and a pastry blade, but I prefer the hand method.) Add the milk, then the eggs, one at a time, stirring between additions with a wooden spoon. Mix until just combined.
Apple cobbler filling and unbaked biscuit dough in a pie pan
  • Assemble the cobbler. Transfer the cooked apples to a regular-sized (9-inch) pie dish. Use a tablespoon to drop spoonfuls of batter onto the apples, one next to the other.
  • Bake. Place a cookie sheet under the pie dish and bake for 30-35 minutes, or until the cobbler topping is golden brown. Check the cobbler at the 25-minute mark and if it is browning too quickly loosely cover it with aluminum foil. The cobbler is done when golden on top and the biscuits are cooked through.
  • Serve hot with vanilla ice cream. Whipped cream is tasty too!
Apple cobbler in a pie pan

Tips for the Best Apple Cobbler

Although this is an easy cobbler recipe, it never hurts to have a few time-tested tips up your sleeve. Here’s what I recommend:

  • Do not skip the baking sheet under the pie pan. Depending on how juicy your apples are, the filling can bubble over the sides of your pie pan during baking. If this happens and there is not a baking sheet there to catch the juices, the juices will fall to the bottom of your oven and catch fire.
  • Line the baking sheet. Here is another hard-won baking tip: line your baking sheet with parchment paper. This way if juices do bubble over they won’t bake into a hard mess on your baking sheet. With the parchment paper there you’ll only need to peel off the paper and throw it away. Aluminum foil also works for this!
  • Serve warm with ice cream. I supposed this depends on personal preference, but if you ask me you just can’t beat a warm bowl of homemade apple cobbler topped with cold ice cream. Especially when the ice cream melts into the apple filling – it’s heaven in every bite! You can also add whipped cream if you like.
Apple cobbler on a plate with ice cream

How to Store and Reheat Leftover Cobbler

  • Fridge: You can store extras in an airtight container in the fridge for 3-4 days.
  • To Reheat: Simply scoop your desired amount into a microwave-safe bowl and reheat for about 30-45 seconds, depending on the serving size and how warm you want your cobbler to be. You can also eat apple cobbler cold if you prefer.

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Apple Cobbler Recipe

5 from 40 votes
With warm apple slices and a biscuity topping, this apple cobbler recipe is one of my favorite autumn baking traditions. It also happens to be the recipe that made my husband fall in love with me over two decades ago!
Prep Time20 minutes
Cook Time30 minutes
Total Time50 minutes
Yield: 8 servings

Ingredients

For the apples:

  • 5-6 Golden Delicious apples, peeled and sliced (about 6 cups)
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg

For the biscuit topping:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 4 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, cold and cut into small pieces
  • ½ cup milk
  • 2 eggs

Instructions

  • Prep your tools. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or aluminum foil and set aside.
  • Make the apple filling. In a medium bowl combine the sugar, flour, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Put the apple slices in a large pot, then add the sugar mix. Toss to combine. Cook over medium heat until almost tender, about 7 minutes. Give the apples a stir occasionally as they cook.
  • Combine dry ingredients for biscuits. In a large bowl combine the flour, baking powder, sugar, and salt.
  • Cut in the butter. Add the butter pieces and mix them into the flour with your hands until the mixture resembles coarse bread crumbs. (You can also do this with a food processor and a pastry blade but I prefer the by-hand method.)
  • Add liquid and mix. Add the milk, then the eggs, one at a time, stirring between additions with a wooden spoon. Mix until just combined.
  • Assemble the cobbler. Transfer the cooked apples to a regular-sized (9-inch) pie dish. Use a tablespoon to drop spoonfuls of batter onto the apples, one next to the other.
  • Bake. Place the baking sheet under the pie dish and bake for 30-35 minutes, or until the cobbler topping is golden brown. Check at the 25-minute mark and if the cobbler is browning too quickly cover it loosely with aluminum foil. The cobbler is done when the biscuits are golden and cooked through. 
  • Serve. We like it hot with a big scoop of vanilla ice cream.
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Notes

  • You can store extras in an airtight container in the fridge for 3-4 days.
  • To reheat, simply scoop your desired amount into a microwave-safe bowl and reheat for about 30-45 seconds, depending on the serving size and how warm you want your cobbler to be. You can also eat apple cobbler cold if you prefer.

Nutrition

Calories: 424kcal | Carbohydrates: 72g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 0.5g | Cholesterol: 73mg | Sodium: 329mg | Potassium: 199mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 44g | Vitamin A: 501IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 130mg | Iron: 2mg
Nutritional info is an estimate and provided as a courtesy. Values may vary according to the ingredients and tools used. Please use your preferred nutritional calculator for more detailed info.
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    1. Rustic Family Recipes

      Thank you! It is my favorite apple cobbler recipe, always brings back good memories!