Blackberry Cobbler

Have an excess of blackberries? Make biscuit-topped blackberry cobbler! It's easier and faster than pie. Start it before dinner and it will be ready in time for dessert.

Overhead view of a southern blackberry cobbler with a couple servings removed and a spoon set inside the casserole dish.
Mihaela Kozaric Sebrek

Have blackberries but not the time to make a pie?

Make a cobbler instead! An easy blackberry cobbler makes a delicious dessert. That's what I love about cobblers.

What Is a Cobbler?

Cobblers are really easy fruit desserts typically made with a biscuit-like topping. If you have a couple baskets of berries or some stone fruit sitting around, you can quickly prep an easy cobbler before dinner, let it cook while you're eating dinner, and it will be ready in time for dessert.

Serve it topped with whipped cream or a side of vanilla ice cream.

Overhead view of easy blackberry cobbler in a baking dish with a spoon set where a serving was removed.
Mihaela Kozaric Sebrek

How to Pick Blackberries for Blackberry Cobbler

During the peak of summer, blackberries are in full force, not only in markets, but all along roadsides, hills, and dales almost everywhere. If you're out picking, look for the blackest of berries.

The fruit should easily come off the vine when you pick them. And watch out for the thorns! Blackberries tend to grow in big patches worthy of Brer Rabbit. Long sleeve shirts are a must.

Blackberries range in sweetness from quite tart to wonderfully sweet, so test your berries and adjust the amount of sugar in this blackberry cobbler recipe depending on how sweet your berries are.

What If I Don't Have Fresh Blackberries?

You can make this recipe with frozen berries. Just make sure you defrost them first and drain the excess liquid before using them.

A plate with a piece of easy blackberry cobbler and a scoop of ice cream.
Mihaela Kozaric Sebrek

How to Store Cobbler

Fruit cobblers like this one should last fine loosely covered on the counter at room temperature (away from direct sun) for 2 to 3 days. Just warm it up a little in the oven before serving.

If you want to store it longer than that, wrap it tightly first in plastic wrap, then foil, and freeze it for up to 3 months.

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Blackberry Cobbler

Prep Time 35 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 65 mins
Servings 9 servings

You can use fresh or frozen berries for this blackberry cobbler. If using frozen, defrost and drain first.

Make sure you do a taste test to adjust sugar levels. Some berries are more tart than others and need more sugar for balance.


For the berry mixture:

  • 4 cups blackberries

  • 1/2 cup white granulated sugar (less or more to taste, depends on how sweet the berries are and how sweet you would like your cobbler to be)

  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest

  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice

  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

  • 1 1/2 tablespoons cornstarch (or instant tapioca)

For the cobbler topping:

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour

  • 3 tablespoons sugar

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter

  • 1/4 cup milk

  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten


  1. Make the berry mixture:

    Put the blackberries, sugar, lemon zest and juice, cinnamon and cornstarch in a 9x9 baking dish. Stir to combine everything and make sure that the berries are all evenly coated with sugar.

    Let sit for 30 minutes for the berries to macerate so that the sugar dissolves and the berries release their juices.

    Overhead view of of a baking dish with blackberries in the bottom to make a blackberry cobbler recipe.
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  2. Preheat your oven to 350°F:
  3. Make biscuit dough topping:

    Vigorously whisk together the flour, 3 tablespoons of the sugar, baking powder, and salt in a medium bowl. Cut the butter into the flour mixture with your fingers or a fork until the topping mixture resembles coarse crumbs.

    Make a well in the center and stir in the milk and beaten egg until the dough is just moistened.

    Mixing the topping for a blackberry cobbler recipe.
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    Mixing the topping for a blackberry cobbler recipe.
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    Liquid ingredients added to a glass bowl to make the topping for a blackberry cobbler recipe.
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    Overhead view of the topping for a blackberry cobbler recipe in a glass bowl.
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  4. Top the cobbler:

    Scoop up the dough in large spoonfuls, and drop over the berries in the baking dish like cobblestones.

    Dropping the topping by spoonfuls over the blackberry mixture to make blackberry cobbler recipe.
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    A baking dish with blackberry cobbler ready to be baked.
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  5. Bake:

    Bake for 30 minutes at 350°F, or until the berry mixture is bubbly and the topping is nicely browned.

    Great served with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.

    Overhead view of a blackberry cobbler.
    Mihaela Kozaric Sebrek
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
199 Calories
6g Fat
34g Carbs
3g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 9
Amount per serving
Calories 199
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 6g 8%
Saturated Fat 3g 17%
Cholesterol 35mg 12%
Sodium 153mg 7%
Total Carbohydrate 34g 12%
Dietary Fiber 4g 14%
Total Sugars 19g
Protein 3g
Vitamin C 14mg 70%
Calcium 80mg 6%
Iron 1mg 7%
Potassium 141mg 3%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. In cases where multiple ingredient alternatives are given, the first listed is calculated for nutrition. Garnishes and optional ingredients are not included.