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 mins
Cook 50 mins
Total 1 hr 10 mins
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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:

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 5 Tablespoons butter , melted
  • ground cinnamon for topping

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. 4 stars
    Because the batter rises so quickly, it would have been wise of me to use a deeper dish. The batter is delicious. The binding liquid for the apples is equally delicious. Amazing dessert. Thank you

  2. Too much water with apples, not enough flour in pastry layer. Taste is good but I’d figure some adjustments before I’d make it again.

  3. 2 stars
    Measurements were all over the place. Way too much water with the apples and I had to add half a cup of flour to the topping because otherwise it had the consistency of pancake batter. Not good. I should’ve read the previous review before starting. 😭

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