This easy apple cobbler recipe is so easy, you can whip it up anytime the mood strikes. It has hints of cinnamon and nutmeg making a great fall dessert!
It's as simple as slicing the apples, tossing them with spices. Layer them in a casserole dish, and top them with a biscuit crust. That will probably take you 15 minutes at most. Then you just have to wait for the cobbler to cook.
The great thing about this easy apple cobbler is you don't have to wait for it to cool before serving it. Warm apple cobbler paired with vanilla ice cream is absolute perfection!
My favorite thing about this recipe is it isn't overly sweet. Unlike my pear crisp, I intentionally avoided adding excess sugar to the apples. Instead, I kept all the sweetness in the topping, which still isn't too sweet.
Why this recipe works
- Granny Smith apples are used because they are tart and pair well with the sweet topping. However, you can use any apple variety you prefer or use a combination of different apples.
- There's no need to precook the apples before baking. They get cooked enough just from baking.
- The topping is from my poplar cherry cobbler recipe. It's crisp, sweet, and soaks up all those wonderful apple juices.
What is the difference between apple cobbler and apple crisp?
Apple cobbler consists of a layer of apples in a large baking dish. The apples are usually topped with a cake-like or biscuit-like batter that bakes up and looks "cobbled" on top.
Apple crisp is similar to apple cobbler but instead of a biscuit topping, it has a loose streusel topping that is made with oats.
What apples to use for cobbler?
Granny Smith, Honeycrisp, Pink Lady, and Golden Delicious are the varieties I tend to use for cobbler. If you want some depth in flavor, use a combination of apple varieties. Or stick with one to keep it simple.
I used all Granny Smith apples when testing the recipe.
How to make apple cobbler?
This is probably the best apple cobbler simply because of how easy it is.
The steps are minimal and you can have the cobbler in the oven in about 15 minutes.
Step 1: Make the apple filling
You can be lazy like me and not peel the apples or you can peel them if you'd like. Either way, core the apples and slice them into thin slices.
Toss the apples in sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, lemon zest, lemon juice, and vanilla.
Brush a 2-quart baking dish with butter and layer the apples inside.
Step 2: Make the cobbler topping
Whisk flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon together in a medium bowl.
Use a pastry blender to cut butter into the flour until it resembles coarse crumbs.
Add just enough milk to moisten the dough. It should resemble thick cake batter.
Drop small spoonfuls of batter over the top of the apples.
Step 3: Bake the cobbler
Bake the cobbler for 30-40 minutes or until the apples are tender and the top is golden brown.
Allow the cobbler to cool for 10 minutes then serve with ice cream.
How do you store apple cobbler?
Keep apple cobbler tightly covered and store in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. The topping will soften after refrigeration so I recommend heating the cobbler before serving.
How to do reheat apple cobbler?
Reheat leftover apple cobbler in a 350°F oven for 15 minutes. This will crispen the topping and warm the filling.
You can also heat leftovers in the microwave for 30-40 seconds until warmed through but the topping will remain soft.