Apple Cobbler

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BEST apple cobbler! How to make apple cobbler packed with apples, not too sweet, with a ginger cobbler topping. This easy apple cobbler is sure to be a family favorite.

Photography Credit: Elise Bauer

Fall Favorite: Apple Cobbler

Stop by my parent’s house in September or October and likely you will not leave without a bag filled with granny smith apples from their tree.

My father grafts several varieties of apples on to his trees, but the Granny Smiths are the ones that are the most prolific, and they’re also great for pies, applesauce, apple butter, and apple cobbler.

One of our favorite things to make with our apples is this apple cobbler. The filling is seasoned with cinnamon, lemon, and vanilla and isn’t overly sweet. The buttermilk biscuit cobbler crust is speckled with bits of candied ginger.

Try This Easy Apple Cobbler!

As much as we love a good apple pie, this easy apple cobbler is much less fussy. With apple cobbler, you don’t have to chill the dough, or roll out a pie crust.

You just spoon the crust dough on top of the apple filling. So you get the great taste of pie with half the work!

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Updated September 6, 2018 : Photos and introduction updated

Apple Cobbler Recipe

  • Prep time: 30 minutes
  • Cook time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 6-8


Filling ingredients:

  • 3 lbs of a variety of good cooking apples such as Granny Smith, Pippin, Fuji, Golden Delicious, Gravenstein
  • 2 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 4 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 Tbsp flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Crust ingredients:

  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick or 4 ounces) unsalted butter, cut into small cubes
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 Tbsp finely chopped crystallized ginger
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest or orange zest


1 Prep the apples: Peel, quarter, and core the apples. Cut them into 1/4 to 1/2 inch chunks. As you prep the apples, add them to a bowl and toss with lemon juice to keep them from oxidizing (turning brown).

prepping apples for apple cobbler

2 Make the apple cobbler filling: Melt the butter in a large pan over medium heat. Add the chopped apples (and the lemon juice from the bowl), sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Toss to coat with everything so that the spices and sugar are well distributed throughout the apples.

Partially cover the pot and cook until the apples are just tender, about 10 minutes.

Stir in the vanilla, and toss to coat with a tablespoon of flour.

precooking apples for easy apple cobbler

3 Transfer filling to cobbler dish: Transfer the apple cobbler filling (including any juices from the apples) to a 10-inch pie dish, a 9-inch deep-dish pie dish, or a 9x9-inch baking dish.

4 Preheat the oven to 425°F.

5 Make the cobbler topping: In a medium bowl whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.

Add the cubed butter and toss to coat with the flour mixture. Use your fingertips or a pastry blender to cut the butter into the flour mixture until the largest piece of butter is no bigger than a pea.

Stir in the candied ginger and zest.

Make a well in the middle of the flour mixture and pour in the buttermilk. Use a fork to stir the flour and buttermilk together until the flour is all moistened. Do not overwork the dough!

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6 Crumble topping over apples: Crumble the cobbler dough over the top of the apples in the baking dish. (If you want extra pizzaz you can sprinkle the top with a little brown sugar.)

fill pie dish with pre-cooked apples for apple cobbler top apples with dough mixture for easy apple cobbler

7 Bake: Place a rimmed baking sheet on the lowest rack in the oven (to catch any drippings), and place the cobbler on the next lowest rack.

Bake for 10 minutes at 425°F until the top is beginning to brown, about 10 to 15 minutes.

Then lower the temperature to 350°F and bake for 30 more minutes until the topping is cooked through and the filling is bubbly.

Serve warm with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.

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Elise Bauer

Elise Bauer is the founder of Simply Recipes. Elise launched Simply Recipes in 2003 as a way to keep track of her family's recipes, and along the way grew it into one of the most popular cooking websites in the world. Elise is dedicated to helping home cooks be successful in the kitchen. Elise is a graduate of Stanford University, and lives in Sacramento, California.

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  • Foram

    I’m a very occasional baker. Made apple cobbler for the first time following this recipe. My MIL who is a very picky eater and strict lacto- vegetarian loved it!!
    I made it in half the quantity using exactly half of every measurement. Also used freshly grated ginger in filling mixture instead of candied ginger in the dough. Which worked really well with other flavors.




  • Micaelaw

    I just made this for a gathering I will be having on Sunday (2days away) does it reheat well? I wanted to have a trial run before Incase I didn’t do it right. All turned out great just worried about how long the table life is for this cobbler?!

  • marianne

    Can I use fresh ginger instead of crystalized?? would the amount be the same?
    Thanks so much!

  • Jessica

    Wow Elise, that crust looks incredible! I’m ready to make my first pie of the season and this is going to be it :)

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