A sure sign that fall is truly here is when my family asks me to make my signature gingerbread cobbler. Over the years it's been given the nickname of “Autumn in the Oven”. Clever, right? —Cheryl Peterman, Prescott, Arizona
Red-hot candies and canned cherries flavor this memorable dessert from my childhood. I hadn’t had it in years, so when I found my mother’s recipe, I had to make it to see if it was as good as I remembered…and it was! —Betty Zorn, Eagle, Idaho
My grandmother used to make the best sweet potato cobbler, but, like many cooks, she didn't follow a recipe. I tried many cobbler recipes before I discovered this one. It's a favorite for church dinners and is a special treat at home.
From her kitchen in Webster City, Iowa, Judy Kay Warwick writes, “My mom used to make this every year when I was growing up. Now we take fresh rhubarb to my son in Texas so he can share this recipe with his family.”
Chock-full of berries and rhubarb, this pretty cobbler is the perfect finale for a dinner for two. Pecans in the topping and the delicious dessert sauce make it extra special. —Lillian Julow, Gainesville, Florida
"We love the combination of fruit as well as the ease of preparation for this dessert," shares Carmen Edwards of Midland, Texas. "Sometimes I double the recipe and serve it to guests. Everyone is always happy when they arrive at my house to find these comforting cobblers waiting for them."
Give cherries a golden, crunchy cobbler crust with this versatile mix. "For a quick gift, put a batch of it-along with a can of pie filling and serving directions-in a decorated bag," suggests Joyce Huber of Ste. Genevieve, Missouri.
What could be more comforting than a fruit cobbler fresh from the oven? Here's a simple way to enjoy a springtime twist on the comforting favorite using fresh rhubarb and cherry pie filling. —Jill Head, Hilbert, Wisconsin
THIS RECIPE was given to me in an exchange with a homemakers group several years ago.
Apples are a vibrant part of the color around New England in autumn. Once the harvest is in, apple treats pop up everywhere. I love to make this dessert at this time of year.
-Lucy Holland, Derby Line, Vermont
"My family enjoys the sweetness of the apples as well as the tartness of the cranberries in this old-fashioned treat," says Regina Stock of Topeka, Kansas. "It's a great dessert to make during the peak of apple season."
Nutmeg lends a homey touch to apple pie filling and canned pears topped with tender biscuits. "I've received many great comments about this dessert from my family and friends," writes Shirley Brown of Pocatello, Idaho. "Vanilla ice cream makes a wonderful addition to it," she recommends.
Miriam Christophel of Goshen, Indiana shares Microwave Apple Cobbler, a quick-to-fix dessert that's yummy served warm with ice cream or whipped cream. Says Miriam, "I make it quite often, sometimes with blackberries...and oh, my, is it good!"
I came up with this recipe after hearing a friend fondly recall his grandmother's rhubarb dumplings. My son especially likes rhubarb, and this old-fashioned dessert lets those special stalks star.
-Beverly Shebs, Pinehurst, North Carolina