This is the easiest apple cobbler recipe and the perfect fall dessert. It's made with fresh apples (not pre-cooked!), lots of butter, and cinnamon. This recipe also works great with canned apples or apple pie filling. The texture has it all and ranges from sticky, gooey, soft, juicy, and crispy. Serve with a huge scoop of vanilla ice cream, a pinch of cinnamon, and a drizzle of caramel syrup. By the way, have you tried my air fryer peach cobbler?
Why you will love this recipe
- The apple filling is made with fresh apples that are not pre-cooked. The filling is very much prepared like pie filling and unbelievably easy to make. The additional apple juice makes for an extra burst of apple flavor.
- You will love how many different textures this dessert has. It's pretty unique to have such a wide range of textures in a simple dessert like this one. Expect juicy and soft apples, a gooey center, and a crispy, sticky top.
- It's very beginner-friendly and requires minimal prep work. Most of the work is to peel and slice the apples. Everything else is basically, dump and bake.
What is it made of?
All you need is a few pantry staples to make this delicious apple cobbler from scratch. This recipe doesn't use pie crust, cake mix, or bisquick, but it's just as easy! Here are the ingredients you will need:
- Apple filling - apples, sugar, lemon juice, cinnamon, apple juice
- Topping - flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, milk
Note: It's not the same as apple crisp as it doesn't have a crunch topping with oats and nuts.
Which apples are best?
I love to use sweet apples like Gala or Fuji, or crisp apples like Honeycrisp, but this recipe is also delicious with tart apples like Granny Smith. The filling has ¼ cup sugar so how sweet you like the filling depends on personal preference.
Do I have to pre-cook the fresh apples?
No, just like you don't pre-cook apples for apple pie. The trick for super soft apples is to cut them into about ¼ inch (0.6cm) thin slices. Baking them in the oven makes them soft without having to pre-cook them.
Can I use canned apples or apple pie filling?
Yes! Canned apples pretty much inspired the apple filling in this recipe. Use 1 15-oz (425g) can of canned apples or apple pie filling as desired.
How to serve it
Serve warm with a big scoop of vanilla ice cream, a pinch of cinnamon, and a drizzle of caramel syrup. Add some extra whipped cream (or clotted cream if you live in the UK) if you like!
Do I have to refrigerate it?
It can be stored covered at room temperature for one day. If you intend to keep it for longer than a day, store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 days after baking.
Can I freeze it?
Yes. Wrap the baked and cooled cobbler tightly in plastic wrap and store in a freezer bag or container. Unpack to thaw and let rest for 1-2 hours at room temperature or put in the refrigerator overnight, then reheat.
How to reheat it
Reheat the entire baking dish at 360°F (182°C) for 6-10 minutes. Individual portions can be reheated in the microwave (1 minute), in the air fryer (360°F / 182°C for 1-2 minutes), or the oven (360°F / 182°C for 5 minutes).
Place the apples in a large mixing bowl, add sugar, cinnamon, and lemon juice, and stir to combine. Let sit for 1 hour to allow the apples to release about ⅓ to ½ cup (80-120ml) of their juices.
Then add the apple juice, stir to combine, and set aside.
Preheat the oven and place the butter in an 8-inch (20cm) square baking pan and let it melt completely in the oven. Then remove from the oven and set aside.
In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt, and stir to combine. Add the milk and whisk to combine and no lumps remain.
Pour the milk mixture onto the melted butter without stirring.
Then pour the apples, including all of the juice, on top without stirring. Then bake.
More apple recipes to try
If you have apples at home and don't know what to do with them, you've come to the right place! You could either make apple cakes, or one of the following recipes.
- Apple Sausage Stuffing
- Apple Cake with Caramel Frosting
- Cinnamon Apple Bread
- Air Fryer Apple Pie
- Classic Apple Pie
- Apple Crumble Pie
- Apple Upside Down Cake
Easy Apple Cobbler Recipe
- Place the apples in a large mixing bowl, add sugar, cinnamon, and lemon juice, and stir to combine. Let sit for 1 hour to allow the apples to release about ⅓ to ½ cup (80-120ml) of their juices. Then add the apple juice, stir to combine, and set aside.
- Preheat the oven to 350°F (177°C).
- Place the butter in an 8-inch (20cm) square baking pan and let it melt completely in the oven. Then remove from the oven and set aside.
- In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt, and stir to combine. Add the milk and whisk to combine and no lumps remain.
- Pour the milk mixture onto the melted butter without stirring. Then pour the apples, including all of the juice, on top without stirring.
- Bake for 38-42 minutes until golden brown. Remove from the oven and let cool for 10 minutes. Serve with a pinch of cinnamon, caramel syrup, and vanilla ice cream if you like.
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