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Homemade Apple Cobbler Southern Style

Apple Cobbler is comfort food and a popular dessert! This recipe has three layers, a layer of melted butter topped with a cake batter, then the cooked apples are evenly spread on the batter and are baked until golden in color. Serve apple cobbler warm with your favorite ice cream.

Close up image of apple cobbler in a  bowl.

Apple cobbler ingredients

The basic Apple cobbler ingredients are the same. However, some add more spices to the filling, and some keep it simple. Some apple cobblers use biscuits as a topping while in the recipe I’m sharing today I preferred to use a batter instead.

Apples: Cored and peeled, you can use any apple or mixture of apples.

Sugar: Brown or white it depends on your taste, but the brown sugar will give a pleasant caramel flavor to the filling.

Flour: I have used all-purpose flour.

Egg: One large

Unsalted butter: It is best to use unsalted butter in this recipe so you can have control over the flavor.



Cinnamon powder

Baking Powder: For a light and fluffy cake layer.

Over head shot of southern apple cobbler.

Biscuits vs. Batter for cobbler

I like both versions, but I will go for the batter because it is lighter and fluffier, it goes well with ice cream, and when warmed it maintains the same fresh taste.

No matter what you want to go for, make sure not to overbeat the batter or over mix the dough for the biscuits. Overbeaten batter can ruin the whole dish; it will not rise and will turn chewy.

Freshly baked apple cobbler in a baking pan.

How to make apple cobbler

There are three steps in making apple cobbler. First, melt the butter in the oven, and you need to do this in the oven because you want the baking pan to be hot when pouring the batter in it.

The second step is making the filling, which consists of apples, sugar, and cinnamon. The third step is making the batter by mixing the flour with baking powder and salt. Beating the wet ingredients plus sugar in a different bowl and then mix both the dry ingredients with the wet.

If you like cobbler recipes, then try my Peach Cobbler, and don’t forget to let me know how you liked it!

Close up shot showing how tender the sponge cake is.
Spooning apple cobbler from a plate.
Small image of apple cobbler recipe

Apple Cobbler Recipe

Your choice of apple mixed with a delicious sauce and topped with moist sponge cake.
5 from 1 vote
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: apple cobbler
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 156kcal
Author: Muna Kenny



  • 3 cups peeled and sliced apples
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg optional
  • 1/3 cup sugar white or brown
  • ½ teaspoon lemon juice


  • ½ cup unsalted butter
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 large egg
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • ¾ cup milk



  • In a pan, add the apples, cinnamon powder, nutmeg (optional), sugar, and lemon juice. Cook over medium-high for 5 minutes or until juices comes out of the apples. Keep aside.
  • In a 9-inch baking pan add half a cup of unsalted butter. Place the baking pan in a preheated oven of 350F/180C, when the butter melts remove it from the oven.


  • Sift the flour with baking powder, and salt. Keep aside.
  • In a mixing bowl, add the egg, vanilla, sugar, and beat for 2 minutes.
  • Add the milk and beat until combined.
  • Add the dry ingredients to the wet and mix until combined, do not over mix the batter even if you see few small lumps.
  • Pour the batter over the melted butter, do not mix the two or the batter will sink and turn chewy.
  • Gently spread the apples over the batter and do not mix it with the batter or push it in the batter. Pour the juices from the apples all over the batter.
  • Bake the cobbler for 25 to 30 minutes. Allow the apple cobbler to set for 5 minutes.
  • Serve with ice cream and enjoy.



– If you like more juice/sauce in your cobbler, then add ¼ cup apple juice or orange juice to apples while cooking it.
– You can use the type of apple you like or even a mixture of two different types.
– When using salted butter, omit the salt from the recipe.


Calories: 156kcal
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  1. Marlene

    5 stars

  2. Mrs. McGuire

    5 stars
    Both beautiful and delicious. My beloved husband and son had two servings each. Thank you!

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