George Washington Cherry Cobbler Recipe
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George Washington Cherry Cobbler Recipe

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WE lived on a farm with lots of fruit trees when I was growing up, and since Dad loved fruit, Mother prepared it often in many different ways. Blackberries or blueberries can also be used in this cobbler. -Juanita Sherwood, Charleston, Illinois
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 30 min.
MAKES:8 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 30 min.
MAKES: 8 servings


  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1 package (12 ounces) frozen pitted dark sweet cherries, thawed
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 4 tablespoons sugar, divided
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons shortening
  • 1/2 cup 2% milk
  • Ice cream, optional

Nutritional Facts

1 serving equals 231 calories, 7 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 6 mg cholesterol, 270 mg sodium, 40 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 3 g protein.


  1. In a large saucepan, combine the sugar, cornstarch and cinnamon. Stir in water until smooth. Add the cherries and butter. Bring to a boil over medium heat; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Pour into an 8-in. square baking dish; set aside.
  2. For topping, in a large bowl, combine the flour, 2 tablespoons sugar, baking powder and salt. Cut in shortening until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in milk just until moistened.
  3. Drop by spoonfuls over the cherries; sprinkle with remaining sugar. Bake at 400° for 30-35 minutes or until golden brown. Serve warm with ice cream if desired. Yield: 8 servings.
Originally published as George Washington Cherry Cobbler in Reminisce March/April 2000, p45

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Reviewed Jul. 6, 2015 Edited Jul. 7, 2015

"doubled the recipe, used fresh Rainer cherries (20 oz) and used 2/3 c. Sugar for double recipe. Otherwise same amounts of other ingredients as recipe called for, for a double recipe. Put in a 13 x 9 pan. Doubled recipe for topping and only sprinkled 3 T sugar on top. Have it in the oven. Will update on the taste. Have vanilla ice cream in the freezer :) ~~~ okay it was fabulous but I will cut the sugar some more in the filling next time. Still a little too sweet."

Reviewed Dec. 13, 2009

"Very good....I think I would add a little cinnamon to the breading part for a little more flavor....Love the cherry part though-Yum!"

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