Boysenberry Cobbler

Come late spring, our boysenberry vines start giving up their berries, a few cups a day. What to make with them? Boysenberry cobbler. Quick and easy, this recipe produces a delicious cobbler, a formidable blow to any low carb diet. The cobbler is similar in its irresistible yumminess to strawberry shortcake and I expect that later in the season we’ll be applying it to blackberries as well.

Boysenberry Cobbler Recipe

  • Prep time: 10 minutes
  • Cook time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 8.


Berry Mixture:

  • 1 1/2 Tbsp cornstarch
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 4 cups boysenberries
  • 1/8 cup water
  • 1 Tbsp butter
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice

Batter topping:

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 Tbsp soft butter
  • 1 egg slightly beaten
  • 3 Tbsp of milk


1 Preheat oven to 350°F.

2 In a saucepan mix cornstarch, sugar, and water. Add berries and cook on medium to medium high heat until mixture is thickened, about 15 minutes. Add butter and lemon juice. Pour into an 8" baking dish.

3 Prepare the batter by mixing all of the batter ingredients and beating with a spoon until the batter is smooth.

4 Drop the batter over the berry mixture. Bake 25-30 minutes at 350°F.

Let cool. Serve with whipped cream or ice cream.

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  1. Margaret

    The boysenberries you are using must be different from ours,1 cup of sugar does not sweeten 4 cups of berries.Ours are very tart.I don’t know the variety of them,just they are very very tart.

  2. elise

    Margaret – I guess the thing to do is to adjust the sugar for the sweetness of the berries, or only pick the ripest ones which also tend to be the sweetest.

  3. Grace

    I live in Stockton, California. Where can I find marionberries in and around Troutdale, Oregon? I used to pick all the berries you can think of. Thank you.

  4. elise

    Hi Grace –

    Marionberries (or Marion Blackberries) grow wild in Oregon, but they don’t in California. They need cold winters to thrive. You might checking around local berry farms in the foothills. I found one outside Placerville that grows a lot of marion berries. The Summerfield Berry Farm. Phone: 800-251-2451. You can look up references to them online. Marionberries are delicious, aren’t they? Full of juice and not seedy.

  5. Anonymous

    Hi there,
    I love your website! I made this with blueberries last week, and it got gobbled by my friends and I rather quickly…very tasty. Thanks for sharing!

  6. Nathan

    My best friend and I were just outside gethering boysenberries and we started tasting a few! Very impressed with what we experienced we decided to take the boysenberries one step further.! We found your recipe and decided to try it out. Best dessert ever!

  7. Carol

    I live in Oregon and always have lots of berries in the freezer. I made this today, it was good but had to add more sugar to filling but did cut back on sugar with topping. I simmered filling for 10 mins, it was good. Thanks for sharing :-)

  8. reluctant housechef

    I LOVE the topping, it’s like a cookie! I’m thinking of other uses for the filling and the topping, because WOW. The filling almost didn’t make it to the pan because of the tasting going on while heating it. I love how the berries break down and are like a jam or sauce and the cookie topping provides just enough sweetness and crisp. Mmm – just delicious. Thank you Elise!

  9. Moore Or Less Cooking

    This sounds so much like my Great Grandma’s recipe, I have to try it!


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