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This blackberry cobbler recipe is easy and crowd pleasing! A golden fluffy topping covers a sweet and jammy berry layer.

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This crowd-pleasing dessert won over our family and friends recently, so we’re excited to share it today. Try this Old fashioned blackberry cobbler recipe! The topping is sweet and fluffy with a crunchy sugar coating on the top, and it covers a zingy berry layer that’s scented with vanilla and cinnamon. We dare you not to take another bite! Smother this summer dessert in melty vanilla ice cream or homemade whipped cream and prepare to be amazed.

Ingredients in blackberry cobbler

Traditionally a cobbler has a fruit filling topped with dollops of biscuit-like dough that’s lightly sweetened. But another popular way to make a cobbler in America is with a simple, cake-like topping that forms a solid sheet of batter, which is then scooped into bowls when serving. This blackberry cobbler recipe is a spin on the latter version, and similar to our blueberry cobbler, it makes for one easy and stunning dessert.

The ingredients are simple and aside from the berries, you might already have them in your pantry or fridge. The ingredients for blackberry cobbler are:

  • Fresh blackberries (or substitute frozen)
  • Granulated sugar
  • Cornstarch
  • Lemon zest and juice
  • Cinnamon
  • All purpose flour
  • Baking powder and salt
  • Butter
  • Milk
  • Vanilla extract

Using fresh blackberries versus frozen

The blackberry cobbler is the perfect use for a mound of fresh blackberries in the summer, like berries from a U pick, a farmers market, or home garden. This recipe calls for 4 cups of blackberries, a quantity that can be rather expensive when bought from the store or even at a farmers market.

So if you’d like, you can swap in frozen blackberries! Use them right from frozen; no need to thaw. Since frozen berries aren’t typically as sweet as frozen berries, increase the sugar in the filling to ½ cup granulated sugar. Taste and add a little more if the flavor doesn’t pop or isn’t sweet enough.

Flavor variations

This blackberry cobbler recipe is great as written in the recipe below, but you can add a few things to make the flavor pop! Here are a few ideas:

  • Orange: Substitute the lemon zest and juice for orange zest and juice for an even more citrusy zing (use ¼ teaspoon orange zest instead of ½ teaspoon)
  • Cardamom: Use ¼ teaspoon ground cardamom in the topping, or sprinkle with a hint of ground cardamom when serving (we also love this in a cherry crisp)
  • Bourbon or amaretto: Why not? Stir in 1 tablespoon amaretto or bourbon for a boozy boost
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Serving blackberry cobbler

Allow this blackberry cobbler recipe o cool for 30 minutes to 1 hour before serving, which lets the texture set and cools it to warm. You can also allow it to cool longer until it is room temperature. It tastes incredible as is, but we think adding a topping takes it to the next level. Here are a few ways to serve it:

  • Vanilla ice cream: Buy a pint or even better, make it homemade
  • Whipped cream: make homemade whipped cream for the best creamy topping
  • Creme fraiche: Mix it with a little maple syrup or sugar before serving

Storage and make ahead info

Blackberry cobbler is best the day it’s made, but it’s also great made in advance! It’s best prepared the night before, but it stores up to 3 days refrigerated. Reheat in a 350°F oven until room temperature or warm before serving.

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More blackberry recipes

There are so many ways to use this versatile berry! Here are a few more ways to highlight blackberries in your cooking:

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Blackberry cobbler

Easy Blackberry Cobbler

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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 60 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
  • Yield: 8 1x


This blackberry cobbler recipe is easy and crowd pleasing! A golden fluffy topping covers a sweet and jammy berry layer.


  • 4 cups fresh blackberries* (1 pound)
  • ¾ cup plus ⅓ cup granulated sugar, divided, plus more for topping
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • Zest of 1/2 lemon
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup-all purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 6 tablespoons salted butter, melted
  • ¾ cup milk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  2. Combine berries with ⅓ cup granulated sugar, cornstarch, lemon zest, lemon juice, and cinnamon in the pan in a 9 x 9″ or 7 x 11″ medium baking dish.
  3. In a medium bowl, combine the flour, ¾ cup sugar, baking powder and kosher salt; stir in the melted butter, milk and vanilla and mix batter until smooth. Let stand 1 minute for the batter to thicken.
  4. Pour the batter over the filling, smoothing it to the edges. Sprinkle 2 teaspoons granulated sugar on the top. 
  5. Bake for 55 to 60 minutes, until golden brown and set. Cool for at least 30 minutes before serving. Cut individual pieces and serve with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream. Stores up to 3 days refrigerated; reheat in a 350°F oven until room temperature or warm before serving.


*You can swap in frozen blackberries if you like: no need to thaw! Since they’re typically not as sweet as frozen berries, use at least ½ cup granulated sugar in the filling (add more to taste if desired).

  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegetarian

About the authors

Sonja & Alex

Hi, we’re Alex and Sonja Overhiser, married cookbook authors, food bloggers, and recipe developers. We founded A Couple Cooks to share fresh, seasonal recipes and the joy of cooking! Our recipes are made by two real people and work every time.

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  1. basketball stars says:

    Do I actually need to frozen berries?

    1. Alex Overhiser says:


  2. Nona Waldeck says:

    There’s a little mistake in the directions for frozen berries. Should I add an extra 1/2 cup of sugar is using frozen? Thanks.