Cherry Cobbler

Total Time

Prep/Total Time: 30 min.


8 servings

Updated: Jun. 24, 2023
I've made this cherry cobbler recipe for years, adapting it to suit our taste. It's a delicious way to use lots of fruit. I hope you enjoy this tart treat! —Peggy Burdick, Burlington, Michigan


  • 5 cups pitted canned tart red cherries
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons plus 1-1/2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 2 tablespoons plus 1-1/2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons cold butter
  • 1/3 to 1/2 cup milk


  1. Drain cherries, reserving 1-1/4 cups juice; set aside. Discard remaining juice. In a large saucepan, combine the sugars, cornstarch, cinnamon and nutmeg; stir in lemon juice and reserved cherry juice until smooth. Bring to a boil. Cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened and bubbly.
  2. Add cherries; pour into an ungreased 9-in. square baking dish. For topping, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt; cut in butter until crumbly. Stir in enough milk to moisten. Drop by tablespoonfuls over cherries. Bake at 450° for 10-13 minutes or until golden brown.
Cherry Cobbler Tips

Can you use fresh or frozen cherries to make cherry cobbler?

Our recipe calls for canned cherries, but fresh or frozen cherries can be used instead. The frozen cherries can be used without thawing, since this recipe has enough cornstarch to account for the extra moisture that will be released during the cooking process. If you'd like to use fresh cherries, start by pitting them before incorporating into the cobbler. Because there are no canned juices involved when using fresh cherries, you may need to adjust the cornstarch quantity slightly.

Can you use store-bought biscuit or cake mix to make the topping?

Instead of making the cobbler topping from scratch, feel free to substitute store-bought biscuit mix or boxed cake mix. Biscuit mix will create a flakey, crisp topping, while boxed cake mix will result in a tender, more sponge-like texture.

What can you serve with cherry cobbler?

To keep things classic, serve cherry cobbler with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or a dollop of whipped cream. Warm cherry desserts pair perfectly with creamy, contrasting elements like these, but there are plenty of dairy-free options, too. For added indulgence, try serving cherry cobbler with a drizzle of chocolate or caramel sauce, or sprinkle each serving with chopped nuts such as almonds or pecans.

How long will cherry cobbler last?

Cherry cobbler will last 2 to 3 days in an airtight container at room temperature. For extended storage, keep the cobbler covered in the refrigerator, where it will last for 5 days. The quickest way to reheat cobbler is in the microwave, although you can also gently heat it in a 350° oven for about 20 minutes.

Lindsay Mattison, Taste of Home Contributing Writer

Nutrition Facts

1 serving: 291 calories, 4g fat (2g saturated fat), 9mg cholesterol, 173mg sodium, 65g carbohydrate (49g sugars, 2g fiber), 3g protein.