Blackberry Cobbler


Easy blackberry cobbler with fresh blackberries and topped with a homemade biscuity cobbler topping. Blackberry cobbler is a delicious way to enjoy all those blackberries!

Photography Credit: Elise Bauer

Blackberry Cobbler

Have blackberries but not the time to make a pie? Make a blackberry cobbler instead! An easy blackberry cobbler makes a delicious dessert.

That’s what I love about cobblers. If you have a couple baskets of berries or some stone fruit sitting around, you can quickly prep an easy blackberry cobbler before dinner, let it cook while you’re eating dinner, and it will be ready in time for dessert, topped with whipped cream, or a side of vanilla ice cream.

Easy Blackberry Cobbler with biscuit cobbler topping in blue serving dish

How to Pick Blackberries for Blackberry Cobbler

About this time of year, blackberries are in 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.

Recipe Note: 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.

Blackberry Cobbler Recipe

  • Prep time: 35 minutes
  • Cook time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: Makes 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.


Berry mixture:

  • 4 cups blackberries, rinsed clean
  • 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 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp cornstarch (for thickening, can use instant tapioca instead)

Cobbler topping:

  • 3 Tbsp sugar
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 4 Tbsp butter
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten


1 Toss berries with sugar, lemon juice, zest, cinnamon, cornstarch in baking dish: 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 the sugar.

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

2 Preheat your oven to 350°F.

3 Make biscuit dough topping: Vigorously whisk together the flour, 3 tablespoons of the sugar, the 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.

4 Drop spoonfuls of biscuit dough on top of berries: Scoop up the dough in large spoonfuls, and drop over the berries in the baking dish like cobblestones.

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

Blackberry Cobbler

Great served 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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  1. Bonnie

    Delicious thanks!


  2. Joni

    My mother lost her fruit cobbler recipe we loved from my childhood and I have searched for a similar recipe for years. I believe this cobbler topping is it! Delicious! I used it with black raspberries, my favorite fruit (actually food)!!! I used 3-4 c black raspberries, 1 c sugar, 1 tsp lemon juice, and 3 tbsp tapioca, allowing it to sit for 30 min as this recipe and followed all the rest of the recipe. So happy I found this! I can’t wait to try this entire recipe next summer exactly with our wild blackberries when they are in season! Thanks so much for sharing. L❤️VE


  3. Anomar

    Made this a couple times and, while it is a good, easy, basic cobbler recipe, I felt the crust lacked a bit in flavor. I added lemon zest and it brings the crust to another level. Vanilla or nutmeg would also go good. All in all, I love it!


  4. Wendy

    I made this today for the beading group I’m in for our monthly potluck. It was a major hit!


  5. Patricia

    I want to make the blackberry cobbler for a camping trip. Can I make it and freeze it? Please let me know before August 4th. Thanks, you’re the best.

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