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Apple Cobbler is one of the easiest and most delicious fall desserts you can make! This recipe uses a variety of fresh apples with a crunchy sweet topping.

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Why this recipe works:

I’ve adapted this recipe to use with all sorts of different fruit. Once you find a wonderful cobbler recipe, you’ll never need another!

You’ll find that it is not only the easiest homemade cobbler recipe out there, but it is the most delicious!

All of my cobblers start with a base of fresh fruit and then are covered by the same sweet and crunchy topping.

How to make apple cobbler:

This recipe doesn’t use bisquick or oatmeal or pie filling. Just a ton of fresh fruit and short list of topping ingredients that you most likely already have on hand.

  1. First step is to peel, core, and cut the apples. I like to slice my apples pretty thin, less than a quarter inch wide, and also chop them into bite sized pieces. I also almost always use a variety of apples when I bake so that I get a combination of sweet and tart, soft and firm, juicy and not-so-juicy.
  2. I toss the apples with some pumpkin pie spice and lemon juice. You can also just use cinnamon if you don’t have any pumpkin pie spice.
  3. For the topping, you simply mix 1 cup of flour, 1 cup of sugar, and one large egg in a bowl. This will turn into a crumbly mixture that gets spread over the fresh apples.
  4. Next you’ll slice 6 tablespoons of butter real thin and set the pieces on top of the crumb mixture. That’s it! No cutting in with a pastry blender.

The butter melts as the cobbler bakes and creates a perfectly crisp and crunchy sweet topping. This recipe is so easy that you can memorize it!

Apple Cobbler process photos

How many apples?

This recipe calls for 5 cups of apples, but that doesn’t really help when you’re grocery shopping.

Of course, the amount of apple you get will depend on how much skin and core you remove, and I’m pretty good about maximizing the fruit and minimizing the waste (even though the waste all goes to my chickens).

My rule of thumb is basically one medium sized apple will yield about a cup of peeled sliced apples.

The larger the apple, the fewer you will need to get a cup. Inversely, the smaller the apple, the more you will need.

When I bake with apples, I always try to find the largest apples possible because they’re the easiest to work with since you have to peel them.

how to make Apple Cobbler

Choosing the right apples:

Whether you’re making an apple pie, cobbler, crisp, crumble, or cake, my answer will be the same.

Use a variety of apples.

I will always use some kind of combination of Granny Smith, Honeycrisp, Pink Lady, Fuji or Gala. Of course, if I’m given other varieties of apples from friends with overflowing trees, I’ll use them too.

The reason you want to use a variety is because each apple not only offers a different flavor and texture, but the amount of juice will vary too. By using different apples, you’ll get the best results!

Apple Cobbler with scoop of vanilla ice cream

Everyone loves dessert recipes made with fresh apples! If you like this recipe, you’ll definitely want to try my Dutch Apple PieApple Brown Betty, or my Salted Caramel Fresh Apple Cake.

Other great apple recipes:

What can you do with lots of apples?

Have an apple tree (or do your friends have one) that’s producing more than you know what to do with? I have a ton of apple recipes!

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Apple Cobbler

Prep15 minutes
Cook45 minutes
Total1 hour
Servings 8 servings
Apple Cobbler is one of the easiest and most delicious fall desserts you can make! This recipe uses a variety of fresh apples with a crunchy sweet topping.

Ingredients 

  • 6 cups apples peeled and thinly sliced (see note)
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg slightly beaten
  • 6 tablespoons butter
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Instructions 

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  • Add apples to a 9×9 baking dish. Toss with lemon juice and cinnamon (or pumpkin pie spice).
    cinnamon apples
  • In small bowl, combine flour, sugar, and egg. Mixture will be crumbly and not fully mixed, but do your best. Cover apples with this crumb mixture. Slice butter into very thin slices and spread as evenly as possible on top of cobbler mixture.
    Apple Cobbler before it goes into the oven
  • Bake in preheated oven for 45-50 minutes until golden brown.
    apple crumble

Notes

  • Apples: I prefer to use a variety of apples to give the best taste and texture. Choose from a mixture of sweet and tart. I used a combination of Granny Smith, Honeycrisp, Fuji and Jonagold (it was what I had on hand but it worked extremely well).
  • This cobbler recipe is excellent on it’s own and even better when served warm a la mode with a scoop of vanilla ice cream

Nutrition

Calories: 281kcal, Carbohydrates: 48g, Protein: 3g, Fat: 9g, Saturated Fat: 6g, Cholesterol: 49mg, Sodium: 86mg, Potassium: 110mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 33g, Vitamin A: 343IU, Vitamin C: 4mg, Calcium: 16mg, Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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32 Comments

  1. I’m excited to make this delicious dessert tomorrow. I have one question. When I’ve made cobblers before I always melt the butter in my baking dish while the oven preheat. Can you tell me the difference it makes in putting it on top?

      1. 5 stars
        This is easy and in the oven now. I used brown sugar with the flour mixture. One more easy trick – put your 6T stick of butter in the freezer first. When you are ready for the butter take your cold stick and grate it with your cheese grater and then distribute over the crust. Easy peasy! When I try to make thin slivers of the butter I always wind up wearing most of it! This works so much better for me. Thanks for the simple recipe!

  2. Best cobbler ever! Tried a few other recipes, but this is one’s the best, just the right sweetness and crispy crust, easy to make. Definitely rate this 5 stars

  3. I wonder if you can make this with almond flour in place of the all purpose flour? Would love to make a version of this for my daughter, but she is gluten free.

  4. 5 stars
    I think apple cobblers are one of the best ways to use up apples! I am going to pin this to make later, can’t wait@

  5. 5 stars
    I always try to use a variety of apples, too. I believe it helps to complexify the flavor and takes it up a notch! Super easy apple cobble recipe. Thanks!