Apple Cobbler

Total Time

Prep: 25 min. + chilling Bake: 45 min.


12 servings

Updated: Sep. 13, 2023
Treasured by my family, this easy recipe for old-fashioned apple cobbler is a delicious nostalgic dessert. It travels well and slices nicely, so it's perfect for picnics or tailgate parties. We like apples, but you can use your favorite fruit. —Rita Reifenstein, Evans City, Pennsylvania
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  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup sugar, divided
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup cold butter, cubed
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons 2% milk
  • 3 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 8 cups thinly sliced peeled tart apples
  • 2 tablespoons quick-cooking tapioca
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon 2% milk
  • 3/4 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon


  1. Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, combine flour, 1/4 cup sugar, baking powder and salt. Cut in butter until crumbly.
  2. In another bowl, whisk eggs, milk and vanilla. With a fork, gently stir into flour mixture until dough forms a ball. Press half into a greased 13x9-in. baking dish. Cover and refrigerate remaining dough.
  3. In a large bowl, toss apples with tapioca, cinnamon and remaining 3/4 cup sugar; arrange over crust. On a lightly floured surface, roll remaining dough to fit top of pan. Place over apples. Brush with milk. Combine sugar and cinnamon; sprinkle over top. Bake until apples are tender and crust is golden, 45-50 minutes.
Old-Fashioned Apple Cobbler Tips

What kind of apples should you use in old-fashioned apple cobbler?

There are so many types of apples out there, especially when you visit an orchard. However, some apples are better suited to baking than others. Apples that are best for apple pie are also ideal for cobblers. Try Granny Smiths, Cortlands, Jonagolds or McIntosh apples for best results.

Can you make old-fashioned apple cobbler ahead of time?

Part of the appeal of cobbler is enjoying it fresh out of the oven topped with a hefty scoop of vanilla ice cream. There's just no beating a warm cobbler! In general, cobblers are best eaten right away. If you prep too far in advance, the apples can brown and the topping will get soggy.

Can you put the fruit right into the dish and skip the bottom crust?

Good news: Cobblers (and crisps and crumbles and more) don't have bottom crusts. That's one of the joys of these recipes. You fill the pan with fruit and then layer the crust on top. That's it!

Lisa Kaminski, Taste of Home Editor

Nutrition Facts

1 each: 234 calories, 7g fat (4g saturated fat), 42mg cholesterol, 179mg sodium, 40g carbohydrate (20g sugars, 2g fiber), 3g protein.

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