This old-fashioned Apple Cobbler is one of my FAVORITE fall desserts. It’s made with fresh apples in a cinnamon sauce, with a delicious cake-like topping.

We can’t get enough of cobbler recipes at our house.  We enjoy peach cobbler and blueberry cobbler all year round, but when apple season comes, it’s either homemade apple crisp, apple cobbler, or fresh apple cake; on repeat!

A cream bowl with gold rim full of apple cobbler and a scoop of ice cream.

Apple Cobbler

Many apple cobbler recipes are made with a biscuit like topping, I wanted the same old-fashioned cake-like topping that I use in my other recipes! It has a slight crisp on the top and is soft in the center, and pairs so well with the sauce and tender apples in this recipe.

How’s Apple Cobbler different from Apple Crisp?

There is a difference between apple crisp and apple cobbler. Just like its name, apple crisp has a crispy crumble topping made with oats. The topping for this apple cobbler is a smooth batter that is poured on top of the apple filling and bakes more cake-like.

Which apples are best for baking?

Any baking apple will work great!  I tend to prefer Granny Smith apples but I also like Gala apples, Honeycrisp, Golden Delicious, or any other tart apple.

To peel or not to peel?

Yes, I like to peel the apples for apple cobbler!   The skin doesn’t break down during baking and can make for a tougher texture. (But you can leave the skin on if you want, and chop the apples into smaller cubes!)  I use my Johnny Apple Peeler for this part because it does the work for me. It PEELS, CORES and SLICES the apple all at once!

4 steps to easy Apple Cobbler:

Make the Apple Filling: Stir together water, brown sugar, cornstarch, lemon juice, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt in a large saucepan. Stir in apples. Cook over medium heat for 3-5 minutes.

Make the batter: In a large bowl mix together the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Stir in the milk and melted butter, just until combined.

A saucepan with sliced apples in a cinnamon sauce next to another photo of a white 9x13 inch pan with the apple mixture in it.

Pour into dish.  Add apple mixture to your pan and pour the batter evenly on top.  Sprinkle it lightly with cinnamon and it’s ready to bake!

Bake: at 350 degrees for about 38-40 minutes. Serve warm, with a scoop of ice cream, if desired.

Side-by-side photos of a pan of apple cobbler with batter on top before it has been baked and after baked.

Make Ahead and Freezer Instructions:

You could prepare the apple filling and store it in the fridge for up to 3 days, or freeze it for up to 3 months.

You can also freeze the baked cobbler for up to 3 months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator and warm in the oven before serving.

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Recipe

A cream bowl with gold rim full of apple cobbler and a scoop of ice cream.
Prep 20 minutes
Cook 50 minutes
Total 1 hour 10 minutes
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Ingredients
 
 

  • 6 medium apples (Granny Smith, Golden Delicious, or other good baking apple), peeled and cut into chunks ¼ inch thick
  • 1 cup water or apple juice
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar , packed
  • 1 Tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 Tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt

For the batter:

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F and grease a 9×13 inch pan lightly with cooking spray.
  • Stir together brown sugar, water, cornstarch, lemon juice, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt together in a saucepan. Stir in apples. Cook over medium heat for 3-5 minutes, stirring.
  • Pour mixture into prepared pan.
  • In a large bowl mix together the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Stir in the milk and melted butter, just until combined.
  • Pour the mixture over the apples in the pan. Sprinkle lightly with cinnamon.
  • Bake for about 38-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the topping comes out clean.
  • Allow to cool for at least 15 minutes before serving. Serve warm with vanilla ice cream, if desired.
  • Cover and store leftovers in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.

Notes

Make Ahead:
You could prepare the apple filling and store it in the fridge for up to 3 days, or freeze it for up to 3 months.
You can also freeze the baked cobbler for up to 3 months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator and warm in the oven before serving.

Nutrition

Calories: 330kcalCarbohydrates: 64gProtein: 3gFat: 9gSaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 22mgSodium: 177mgPotassium: 313mgFiber: 4gSugar: 46gVitamin A: 354IUVitamin C: 8mgCalcium: 83mgIron: 1mg

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  1. 5 stars
    Thank you! So easy and turned out so well! I halved the recipe and used 2 large Fuji apples and it was so good! Could not wait for it to cool!

  2. 3 stars
    It’s a decent recipe but, you have to triple the amount of apples and sauce ingredients for it to be a proper ratio. Also, I tripled the amount of vanilla and cut the sugar in the crust down to 3/4 cup.

  3. 1 star
    Why is the batter completely liquid ?? Since when this is a cobbler ?? Terrible terrible. What a waste of ingredients

  4. This recipe was SOOOO good and easy to make. The crust came out perfect and I like it did not require a lot of butter. I made it today for the second time and saving it to use when I want something sweet that’s quick to make! Thank You

  5. 1 star
    Have just made this for some friends and am mortified. It was totally disgusting. It took three times as long to cook as the recipe said and bore no resemblance to any cobbler I have ever made before. Don’t waste your money on ingredients or your time

  6. 2 stars
    Way, WAY WAY too much sugar… should’ve been skeptical when the entire recipe asked for 1 and 1/3 cups of sugar. Next time will vastly reduce the amount of sugar, butter, and milk for the batter (you probably were expecting a crispy batter instead of something like this). Overall, the crumble was way too sweet and made me almost nauseous.

    1. Errrr isnt a crumble…. is a cobbler. Different animals….. maybe you are british or so? Then i can understand why you have a skewed view of baked goods 😉

  7. 5 stars
    I made this as written and it came out PERFECT!!! What a nice take on cobbler using apples. The only change i made was i added 2 tablespoons butter to apple mixture ( only because flour and cornstarch need a fat to thicken properly) lesson learned from making apple pies equal fat to starch by measures ie 1 tbsp to 1 tbsp starch to fat. It thickened up perfectly. What a wonderful dessert. I ate 2 bowls while still warm.
    Reading through the comments seams most people who had issues or problems cant follow a recipe and have to make changes in measurements of ingredients then when it fails blame the recipe that THEY DIDN’T FOLLOW.
    I WILL be making this my go to cobbler recipe for all fruit cobblers I make in future. I give it a well deserved 5* rating and am bookmarking this website to try other recipes and know they will be just as good as this one.
    Folks before you give a bad review because you altered the recipe try making it as written then if it fails…. Get out of the kitchen you cant cook… Just kidding… Have a great day all.
    Signed … I shoulda been a chef. lol!!

  8. 5 stars
    This recipe was outstanding! Made this for one of our Thanksgiving desserts. Used about 8 or 9 small to medium sized granny Smith apples. Doubled the topping ingredients. Baked for over an hour until a knife came out clean. It was soooo good warm with a scoop of ice cream! Yummmmmm!

  9. Found it to be a very satisfactory recipe. It was good and I intend to use it as a starting base for a variation that I will like even more. It was a very well received by the Thanksgiving diners as an alternative to the apple pie that I didn’t feel like making.

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