This Apple Cobbler recipe is filled with a homemade cinnamon apple filling encased in a buttery batter. Serve it warm straight from the oven with a generous scoop of vanilla ice cream and a drizzle of warm caramel sauce.
Easy Apple Cobbler Recipe
How do you make Apple Cobbler? The batter for this Apple Cobbler is how my Mom made cobblers for us as a family. The apple topping is made from scratch by simmering apple slices with butter, sugar and cinnamon on the stovetop until fork tender. Melt the butter in the casserole dish while you whisk together self rising flour, sugar, eggs, vanilla and milk to form the batter then pour it over the butter in the dish. Dollop the cooked apple filling on top, sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar and bake until it's puffed and golden.
How to Make the Best Apple Cobbler Recipe
- Ingredients you'll need to make homemade Apple Cobbler: 6-8 large Granny Smith Apples peeled, cored and cut into ¼ inch slices, butter (salted or unsalted), granulated sugar, light brown sugar, ground cinnamon apple pie spice, lemon juice, self rising flour, large eggs, whole milk or buttermilk, vanilla extract, cornstarch and apple juice, apple cider or water.
- Kitchen gadgets you'll need: A large skillet to cook the apples, a 13 x 9 inch baking dish or 12 inch cast iron skillet, vegetable peeler, apple corer, mixing bowl, whisk, measuring cups and spoons, sharp knife and cutting board.
- What variety of apples are best for cobbler? I use Granny Smith apples in this recipe since the tart flavor balances the sweet. They also tend to hold their shape well. That said, you could use Gala or Honey Crisp in the same amount, if you prefer.
- The apple filling can be made up to 2 days in advance and kept chilled in the refrigerator until assembling the cobbler.
- I really like serving this cobbler with a drizzle of warm salted caramel sauce. It's delicious with or without it so the choice is completely yours.
- Store leftover apple cobbler in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat in single serving portions in the microwave.
How to Make Apple Cobbler in a Slow Cooker
If you'd like to make this recipe in a slow cooker, you can. This is how you make crockpot apple cobbler:
Prepare the apple filling per the recipe. Set slow cooker to low. Melt the butter in the microwave or on the stovetop and pour it into the bottom of a 6 quart oval slow cooker or similar. Make the batter per the recipe and pour into the slow cooker. Dollop the apples over the batter then sprinkle the top with cinnamon and sugar. Place doubled paper towels over the opening and firmly lock the lid into place. Cook on low for 3-4 hours or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cobbler batter comes back clean. Let stand uncovered for 5 minutes, then scoop into bowls and enjoy.
More Southern Style Apple Dessert Recipes to Make
Apple are readily available year-round so an apple dessert, cake, muffin or pie is always a possibility for your dessert menu. More apple sweets you may also like to try:
- Apple Pie Bars are a handheld dessert suited for any occasion.
- Glazed Apple Fritters are like a fluffy doughnut filled with chunks of fresh apples.
- Apple Crumb Pie is topped with a buttery streusel that takes it over the top.
- Start your morning with these Apple Muffins and a cup of coffee or tea
- My recipe for Southern Fried Apples is the only one you'll ever need.
- Apple Cider Glazed Doughnuts are impossible to resist.
- Apple Chutney from Food Network.
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Helpful Kitchen Items:
- 6 large Granny Smith OR Honey Crisp Apples cored, peeled ¼ inch slices
- 4 tablespoon unsalted butter
- 2 teaspoon lemon juice
- ¼ cup granulated sugar
- ¼ cup packed light brown sugar
- 2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon apple pie spice
- 1 tablespoon cornstarch
- ½ cup apple juice, apple cider or water
- ½ cup unsalted butter
- 1 ½ cups self rising flour
- 1 cup granulated sugar plus 2 Tbsp
- 1 cup milk
- 2 large eggs
- 1 ½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- vanilla ice cream and warm caramel sauce for serving
- To make the Apples: In a heavy bottomed skillet, melt butter over medium-high heat.
- Toi the skillet add apples, granulated sugar, brown sugar, lemon juice, cinnamon, apple pie spice and salt. Mix well. Lower heat to medium-low. Simmer allowing to bubble gently for 15-20 minutes.
- Mix 1 tablespoon cornstarch with apple juice until dissolved. Increase heat to medium-high and stir into the apples. Remove from the heat and set aside to cool. (This can be done up to 2 days in advance and placed into the refrigerator.)
- To make Cobbler: Preheat the oven to 350°F. Put ½ cup butter in a 13 x 9 inch baking dish OR 12 inch cast iron skillet and into the oven to melt while it preheats.
- Meanwhile, in a medium size bowl whisk together self rising flour, 1 cup granulated sugar, milk, eggs and vanilla extract until fully combined.
- Remove dish from oven and swirl to coat all sides with butter. Pour batter evenly into the dish.
- Spoon apples all over batter. Mix together reserved 2 tablespoons granulated sugar with 1 teaspoon cinnamon and sprinkle on top.
- Bake for 35-40 minutes or until golden and puffed.
- Serve warm with vanilla ice cream and a drizzle of warm salted caramel sauce, if desired.
- Prepare the apple filling per the recipe. Set slow cooker to low.
- Melt butter and pour into the bottom of a 6 quart oval slow cooker or similar.
- Make the batter per the recipe and pour into the slow cooker.
- Dollop the cooked apples over the batter then sprinkle the top with cinnamon and sugar.
- Place doubled paper towels over the opening and firmly lock the lid into place.
- Cook on low for 3-4 hours or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cobbler batter comes back clean.
- Let stand uncovered for 5 minutes, then scoop into bowls and enjoy.
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