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. 5 stars
    Great recipe for dinner parties, my cobbler was a hit! People loved the excess caramel at the bottom, which was great since there was quite some at the bottom and I was worried that it was too little dough and lots of juice. this is a new favourite for us, thanks!

  2. Can I half this recipe? Theres only 3 ppl in my house. Has anyone done this? Ive tried other recipes for smaller cobblers and we didnt like them at all.

  3. 5 stars
    Followed the recipe exactly – I used a variety of Granny Smith – honey crisp – pink lady (prob about 8 cups all chopped up)… and I sprinkled the top with cinnamon sugar rather than just cinnamon.

  4. 5 stars
    Easy to follow, and very yummy.I added a cup of fresh blueberries topped it with vanilla ice cream and a caramel cream drizzle. (whipped cream optional)

  5. 5 stars
    I made this x10 for a buffet. It worked out great, but I made some changes for that size batch – reduced the nutmeg total to 1/2T (it is a very potent spice), increased the brown sugar to about 2#, reduced the baking powder to 4T. Also, I used frozen apples and reduced the water/apple juice amount down by about 1/3. You can always add more water. Taste and adjust your spice/seasoning level after instruction #2.

  6. 5 stars
    I do alot of cooking, but very little baking. This recipe was easy and excellent, a huge hit. Use apple juice if you can.

  7. 5 stars
    I’ve made this recipe like 6 times now and it’s wonderfully delicious every single time. Everyone always loves and enjoys it when I make it. Definitely taste the best when you add apple juice compared to water. Thank you again, I’m saving this recipe! ^o^

    1. Thank you for indicating that it’s better with apple juice verses the water. This was exactly what I wanted to know.

  8. I followed the directions as written. I found the cobbler to be too sweet and the crust thin. I will try to make it again with adjustments.

  9. Made this recipe and it turned out like soup. 1 cup flour and 1 cup sugar with 3/4 cup of milk is very thin. Was this a misprint ?

  10. I held out the butter from the batter; I topped the batter with chopped pecans, sprinkled a little brown sugar and cinnamon then poured the melted butter over it as evenly as possible. It was delicious!

  11. 4 stars
    I made this last nite and had some while it was still warm.I was so delicious,but the topping was very runny underneath. Is this normal?

  12. 5 stars
    I made the apple cobbler for our community potluck dinner. It was a hit. Everyone complimented on the excellent taste. Great recipe

  13. Hi Lauren, I’m going to try the apple cobbler right now….. Can’t locate my recepie from 1968, and yours is the closest.. I’m sure we will love it….

  14. 4 stars
    I made the Apple Cobbler yesterday. I followed the recipe but I cut down on the sugar for the batter, I chickened out watching all those calories being poured into the bowl, frightening! Anyway, the apples were lovely but I was a little suspect about the batter topping, it looked uncooked underneath despite being cooked for the full 40 minutes. Was it supposed to look like that I wonder? I’ll make it again but I guess I’ll need to cook it for maybe 50 minutes, even a full hour?
    Will report back on this.

  15. 5 stars
    Very easy recipie! Used fresh apples picked at Stepps Orchard in Hendersonville, N.C.
    Used gluten free all purpose flour and it came out DELICIOUS! We almost ate the entire
    cobbler in one day!
    Brenda

  16. 5 stars
    Absolutely incredible recipe! And very easy, even for a super amateur baker! The most time consuming part was prepping the apples…after that, simple! It smelled amazing while baking and tasted even better!

  17. Making this for the second time now!’ Family fav after just one baking!!! So delicious and yes, with ice cream 😋 yum

  18. I love the simplicity of this recipe.It made the mouth water when taken out of the oven.I made the full size and plan to share with neighbours.LOL

  19. 5 stars
    this was so good and so easy!! I made this using a few old apples i had and it was soooo yummy. highly reccomend with some ice cream over top. definitely gonna make this again this season!

  20. Just made this apple cobbler. It was so easy, and delicious! Really good warm. We ate it without any ice cream or whipped cream . I will make this again.

  21. 5 stars
    Made this for my 100 year old Mother and some of her neighbors and everyone raved about it. When I make it again, I think I’ll add another apple or two. Otherwise, I wouldn’t change a thing. Delicious and easy to make!!

  22. 5 stars
    First time making apple cobbler and this recipe is delicious, made it from own grown apples, will make it again 👍🏻

  23. Awesome recipe – mixed pink lady and gala apples. Used 8 apples and adjusted recipe accordingly to fit my baking dish. Thank you

  24. 5 stars
    A delicious cobbler, maybe even my favorite ever <3
    It's fun to mix apple types and experiment a bit – this time I did gala and granny smith.

  25. 5 stars
    I love this recipe. The spicing is subtle, the batter is simple, all of which allows the taste of apples to shine.

  26. Made this yesterday. Cut the sugar amount in half and it was still super sweet, I’ll use less next time. I used Gala and Honeycrisp apples and added walnuts to the topping. It was delicious and I will make it again. Thank you for the recipe.

  27. 5 stars
    Great for Sunday desert and when you don’t have time to make a pie. Thank you it was yummy and will make again

  28. This was so good! Didn’t change a thing (except I might have spilled in a little more cinnamon because we’re cinnamon freaks around here). Nice and sweet but not sickly. Top was perfect.

    Will make this again for sure!

  29. Made this but added 1/4 c sugar to apple filling in saucepan then added plumped raisins too great dessert better then apple pie lot easier

  30. 5 stars
    I made this as a last minute dessert to take with me to a friend’s house for lunch. So easy! I was out of cornstarch so I substituted 2 Tablespoons of tapioca starch flour. Easy to make and so very delicious!!! Everyone loved it!

  31. I love this recipe. It’s simple and always turns out good. Just the right amount of spicing.

  32. 5 stars
    Making now. To be continued…..
    Easy and delicious. Had some apples I was going to toss if not eaten in a few days instead made this yummy dish in my air fryer.

  33. I made this for my mother’s 94th birthday. She likes apples so I made this instead of a cake. She loved it and so did her grandchildren that don’t like dessert. I added some cranberries which gave it a bit of a tart flavor. Just the same it came out awesome.

  34. 5 stars
    This was easy to make and delicious! I prepared the apples a day ahead and the breading Christmas morning. Put it together and in the oven when we sat down for Christmas dinner, and it was a wonderful dessert. Thank you for this recipe.

  35. 5 stars
    I LOOOOOOOVED it!!! The whole family did. I am not good at baking at all whatsoever, but I didn’t want to waste apples and searched for a simple enough recipe. It was so easy and so satisfying to everyone’s palate, which is very hard to do. I am most definitely repeating this recipe often. Thank you SOOOOOO much!!! Yum yum yum!! 🙂

  36. For the 3 day storage of the filling, should that be cooked or uncooked? This looks delicious, looking forward to making this.

  37. 5 stars
    I made this for Thanksgiving since I didn’t want to take the time to make a whole pie. It was my first time having cobbler and it was amazing!! This recipe was so easy to follow and it tasted absolutely delicious. I definitely recommend slicing the apples nice and thin (1/4 inch as recipe says) because they turned out perfectly cooked through. Still had a bit of structure, but were perfectly fork tender. This is going to be a staple in my kitchen! 10/10!

    1. How did it taste adding cranberries with the apples? Someone gave me two grocery size bags of sweet apples so I’d like to add something more tart. Do you have any other ideas?

  38. I made this apple cobbler tonight and I was not disappointed!!! It is so good and gooey. I tweaked it a little toy liking…less apples (I used pink lady picked from the local farm), added sugar to the filing recipe (I used the brown sugar as suggested too) and I used margarine instead of butter. I love it!!

  39. 5 stars
    Simply Delicious!!! Everybody loves it so much that I’m baking at least one every week! And by the way ……… this is my 2nd compliment!! ThanQ!

  40. 5 stars
    Doubled up to make a bigger batch and it was still perfect! And if you have no nutmeg crushed allspice worked beautifully!

  41. 5 stars
    This was my first time making an apple cobbler from scratch. I have used canned apples but never made my own filling. Until now! This was soooo good! I will never used canned apples again. My family loved this recipe. My son asked me to pack a bowl in his lunchbox tomorrow. The recipe is so easy! Thanks so much!

  42. 5 stars
    Just tried it!
    My first cobbler ever!
    Great hit with the kids.
    Added whipped vanilla cream and blueberries in the presentation.
    Thanks for sharing!

  43. 5 stars
    I made this to take to a friend’s house for dinner. I followed the recipe perfectly, adding two baked sweet potatoes to the topping mixture. It was a hit!
    Can’t wait to make another one and add dried cranberries and golden raisins to it.

  44. 5 stars
    We picked 1/2 bushel of Zestar apples today and needed something to do with them. Found your recipe, used 7 apples, cooked maybe a little longer in pot than mentioned, but it came out great! Was a big hit with everyone. If we need to use up more apples I will make several batches of filling and freeze. Thanks for that tip and the recipe.

  45. You definitely have a winner here! I made this early Saturday morning, but the plan was to wait until late this afternoon to heat and eat. But, it smelled sooo good we could NOT wait to eat it! DEEElicious! We absolutely enjoyed it, and no changes were made to your original recipe! 😉ThanQ!

  46. 5 stars
    Absolutely delicious! I like the balanced blend of the soft fluffy crust, slightly bitter apples, with just the right amount of sugar in the sauce! The family loved it! I changed nothing in the recipe.

  47. 5 stars
    So I was out of lemon juice, and my husband is allergic to cinnamon. I traded one for one apple cider vinegar for the lemon juice. I cut out the cinnamon and used an entire teaspoon of nutmeg instead. Other than that I stuck to the recipe. I have never seen my has been so excited about food before. He almost cried and said he hasn’t tasted anything like that since he was little before his allergy developed. Thank you so much!

  48. 5 stars
    This recipe was easy and so delicious! We got a bunch of apples from our tree this year and it was a great way to use some of them up. I will definitely make this again. Thank you for sharing!

  49. 5 stars
    I love to make all types of foods, I am from the south, so cobblers and soul foods are my favorite things to make, and I like this recipe.

  50. This is my third time making my apple cobbler using your recipe and that says a lot for me. In the past, i made the Southern-style dumplings for the topping, but once i went through your recipe, I opted for the cake-like topping and everyone loved it. The one adjustment I made was to use 1 + cup of sugar – depends on the apple variety We do not care for very sugary desserts especially if it is going to be topped with something sweet like ice-cream. So far, we have eaten it sans any extra topping. Great eating…Love it & thanks for sharing this recipe

  51. 5 stars
    I find your Apple Cobbler recipe so easy to follow. And it’s taste really good. Thank you for this recipe and looking forward to try some of your other recipes.💖💖💖

  52. 4 stars
    It was a delicious cobbler but however my batter didn’t look presentable. It fell through the apples and when it was finished baking, the apples were visible and the batter sunk through. Would you perhaps know the reason why? This recipe is a keeper so I will definitely be using it again.

    1. 4 stars
      Kristina,

      My batter was the same way. Too wet so it sank when I baked it. I assume I have to adjust the milk.

      1. 5 stars
        I made this for my 2 girls and they are in love. This is a big deal as my 12 year old is so picky but she asked for a second serving. The only reason I didn’t taste it is because I’m doing the low-carb thing, but it smelled up the house beautifully. I followed everything to the letter except I didn’t have nutmeg. The topping didn’t really sink through when I poured it on top of the apples but it barely covered them all. However, it did spread some upon baking. The worst part was peeling the apples…then smooth sailing. I cur the apples in all different sizes for fun. Definitely a keeper and will make again.

    2. 4 stars
      My batter also sunk. Next time I wont use so much water in the apple mixture. It sure made my whole house smell good.

    3. 4 stars
      To combat the watery topping issue, I simply upped the amount of flour to 1 3/4 cups. Beyond that I used boiling water in place of the milk (1/2 cup) and instead of melted butter I used chilled butter and cut it into the dry ingredients until it it resembled course crumbs then added the water. Perfection!!

  53. Instead of using milk for the batter, can I use water instead? What would it do to consistency and taste?

  54. 4 stars
    This was good though I’d use 1/4 the amount of nutmeg next time. My 7 smallish apples fit into a large pie plate, with raised rim, very nicely. I added lemon zest as well as dried cherries and cranberries. Guests enjoyed it very much.

  55. 4 stars
    I merged two recipes, I used this recipe for the filling and it was amazing!But I used a crumbly topping from another recipe. It was my first cobbler and it was delicious. I posted the photos on Instagram @sistshatty.

    1. Why can’t you at least try the recipe as instructed JUST ONCE???
      Give the original contributor credit.
      I don’t believe your narcissism.

    2. 5 stars
      Gwendolynit is completely unfair to give a recipe less than five stars when you didn’t even follow the recipe! You used another recipe completely for the topping! Do NOT review a recipe when you haven’t made the recipe at all!

  56. 5 stars
    As a first time cobbler maker, this was an amazing and simple recipe to follow, I halved the recipe and used Gala apples and it came out absolutely phenomenal!

  57. 5 stars
    I usually make a crisp or a pie… but this was way easier and SO good! Great recipe – and despite the fact that I messed up and put in 1/2 tsp of salt with the apples (instead of 1/8, still wonderful. I was able to use up apples that we weren’t enjoying as plain eating apples, and in these days of not being able to food shop easily, that’s a good thing.

  58. I’m just making this now I’m so excited it’s in the oven smells amazing but I could not figure out the recipe calls for 1 cup water or apple juice but the instruction dont say what to do with it so I just omitted it hope it still works…

  59. 5 stars
    My family loves it!! It’s not to sweet and has just the right amount of everything. Thanks for sharing this recipe!

  60. 5 stars
    I made cobbler for the first time using this recipe for Christmas Dinner with my boyfriends family (talk about pressure!) This was fantastic! Only thing I tweaked was added more cinnamon and lemon juice.
    Thank you for sharing this recipe!! It will be a keeper!
    Merry Christmas!

  61. 5 stars
    I just took it out of the over – looks and smells amazing! Question – you mention water or apple juice in the recipe but it’s nowhere in the procedure. I added it in the saucepan with the apples. Hope that was right!

  62. 5 stars
    My middle daughter is the pickiest eater and had a critique for everything I make. As she finished her first bite she comes around the corner and says “it smells like menards at Christmas time, but it actually tastes really good”. I’m in shock she actually ate it and asked for more. Thank you!!