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Easy Blackberry Cobbler

Easy Blackberry Cobbler is a delectable, no-nonsense dessert that can be whipped up in a jiffy. A secret ingredient makes this noteworthy cobbler stand out in all the best ways.

Easy Blackberry Cobbler is plated on a small dish alongside limes and a casserole dish of more cobbler behind it.

Blackberry season is in full swing, as we’ve just procured some at our local orchard a couple of weeks ago. The blackberry patch at Weston Orchard had the freshest, plumpest berries of all. I was so tickled to be racing little kids to get to them first. (No worries, I won that race.) 

Since then I have been stocking up at the farmer’s market, so I always have a surplus of them on hand. 

Hence, Easy Blackberry Cobbler.

So easy to make, so rich and delicious. Nothing is better than a warm scoop of blackberry cobbler topped with vanilla bean ice cream or homemade whipped topping. I am salivating just thinking of it.

I did decide to add one secret ingredient into the mix when concocting this recipe, though. Most cobblers use lemon juice in the berry mixture to bring out all the flavor of the berries. However, I always keep limes on hand and decided to use this instead. I’m convinced it’s even better. 

Easy blackberry cobbler is served alongside limes  with the large dish of cobbler behind it.

Lime zest and juice with blackberries is pure heaven.

I could rant and rave all day about this cobbler, but maybe I should outline how it’s done so you can just see for yourself instead.

Let’s get into how I make the ultimate summer dessert: Easy Blackberry Cobbler.

Blackberry cobbler is served on a small plate.

Tools You Need

Measuring cups and spoons

Mixing bowl

Whisk

Rubber spatula or wooden spoon

Medium-size pot

Pastry blender, optional

8 x 8 square casserole dish

Ingredients for Easy Blackberry Cobbler

For exact measurements, please see the recipe card at the end of this post.

Blackberry cobbler is served on a small plate on a marble countertop.

Flour – All-purpose white flour creates the best cobbler. Light and fluffy, it gives the perfect texture to this tasty dessert.

Milk – Milk helps create a sticky dough when combined with the dry ingredients. I prefer whole milk, but a lower fat milk will also work.

Butter – Butter, along with the whole milk, is necessary to add some flavor to this recipe. The butter gives the cobbler the perfectly rich taste we’re after. 

Vanilla – Vanilla extract brings out all the flavors by enhancing them. I use a home-brewed vanilla extract, but you can purchase one from a store, too.

Sugar – Granulated sugar is used in the cobbler dough and with the berries to add sweetness and create a sauce. 

Baking powder – Baking powder gives the perfect rise to this delectable cobbler.

Sea salt – You can use standard table salt, but I prefer sea salt. Add just enough to enhance the sweetness and round out the dough.

Lime – You can’t have a berry cobbler without some sort of citrus. Lime (or lemon) is used to add a sweet, slightly tart taste to the berry mixture to enhance the blackberry flavor.

Blackberries – Blackberries add color and texture (along with a burst of sweetness) in this delicious cobbler recipe. Be sure to rinse fresh blackberries before you use them. 

How to Make Easy Blackberry Cobbler

Start by preheating the oven to 375ºF. Rinse the blackberries and set aside.

Blackberries have been rinsed before using in an easy blackberry cobbler recipe.

Meanwhile, add the blackberries, 1 cup of sugar, lime juice and zest, water, and 3 tablespoons of flour into a pot on the stove. Cook on medium heat, stirring often, until the mixture comes to a boil. 

Blackberries are bubbling away with sugar on the stove.

Simmer for about 5 minutes. It will thicken and coat the back of a spoon when it is ready. Remove from the stove and pour the berry mixture into a greased 8×8 casserole dish. 

A back of a spoon is covered in a thick blackberry sauce.
A blackberry mixture is poured into a square baking dish.

As the blackberry mixture sits, in a separate bowl mix all the dry ingredients together with a whisk. 

Dry ingredients are mixed in a metal mixing bowl with a whisk.

Now, cut the butter into cubes and mix it with the dry mixture using either a pastry blender or your hands. Mixture will be crumbly and may have some bigger chunks, which is fine.

Butter cubes are added to a mixing bowl.

Add milk and vanilla to the dough, mixing with a spoon just until no dry mixture remains. Do not overmix. 

A biscuit dough is mixed together for topping fruit.

Scoop heaping spoonfuls of the dough over the blackberry mixture until it’s covered. Bake at 375º for about 30-35 minutes. Cobbler should remain a nice, even color (turning a golden brown) when it’s done. 

A blackberry cobbler is spooned onto a square baking dish.
A cobbler is finished being topped with biscuit dough before baking.

Cool for 15 minutes before serving. Store, covered, for up to one week in the refrigerator.

A cobbler has just been pulled from the oven and bubbles in a rich purple sauce.

Tips for Making Easy Blackberry Cobbler

Simmer the berry mixture on the stove just long enough for the sauce to coat the back of a spoon. After removing the cobbler from the oven, let it sit for 15 minutes before serving. By following these two rules your cobbler sauce should not be too runny. Though, honestly the sauce is delicious regardless.

If you don’t have limes, feel free to use lemons or oranges in place. Any citrus will do for that matter. You just need something tart and acidic to enhance the flavors of the berries.

For the perfect cobbler, keep the butter as cold as possible up until it’s time to use it. 

To test for doneness, with a spoon gently lift a biscuit up to check for soggy bottoms. The bottom will be coated in fruit filling, but the biscuit should not look like a wet dough.

Blackberry cobbler has a sauce oozing from the cobbler with limes arrange alongside it.

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Easy Blackberry Cobbler

Easy Blackberry Cobbler is a delectable, no-nonsense dessert that can be whipped up in a jiffy. A secret ingredient makes this noteworthy cobbler stand out in all the best ways.
Course Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword blackberry recipes, cobbler recipe, easy blackberry cobbler
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 6
Calories 475kcal

Equipment

  • measuring cups and spoons
  • mixing bowl
  • whisk
  • rubber spatula or spoon
  • medium-sized pot
  • 8×8 square casserole dish or similar size baking dish
  • pastry blender optional

Ingredients

Cobbler

  • 3 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 3 cups blackberries
  • 1 whole lime, juiced
  • 1/2 lime, zested

Topping

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup butter, cubed
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 lime, zested
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Instructions

  • Start by preheating the oven to 375ºF. Rinse the blackberries and set aside.
  • Meanwhile, add the blackberries, 1 cup of sugar, lime juice and zest, water, and 3 tablespoons of flour into a pot on the stove. Cook on medium heat, stirring often, until the mixture comes to a boil.
  • Turn heat to low and simmer for about 5 minutes. It will thicken and coat the back of a spoon when it is ready.
  • Remove from the stove and pour the berry mixture into a greased 8×8 casserole dish.
  • As the blackberry mixture sits, in a separate bowl mix all the dry ingredients together with a whisk.
  • Now, cut the butter into cubes and mix it with the dry mixture using either a pastry blender or your hands. Mixture will be crumbly and may have some bigger chunks, which is fine.
  • Add milk and vanilla to the dough, mixing with a spoon just until no dry mixture remains. Do not overmix.
  • Scoop heaping spoonfuls of the dough over the blackberry mixture until it’s covered. Bake at 375º for about 30-35 minutes. Cobbler should remain a nice, even color (turning a golden brown) when it’s done.
  • Cool for 15 minutes before serving. Store, covered, for up to one week in the refrigerator.

Notes

Simmer the berry mixture on the stove just long enough for the sauce to coat the back of a spoon. After removing the cobbler from the oven, let it sit for 15 minutes before serving. By following these two rules your cobbler sauce should not be too runny. Though, honestly, the sauce is delicious regardless.
If you don’t have limes, feel free to use lemons or oranges in place. Any citrus will do for that matter. You just need something tart and acidic to enhance the flavors of the berries.
For the perfect cobbler, keep the butter as cold as possible up until it’s time to use it.
To test for doneness, with a spoon gently lift a biscuit up to check for soggy bottoms. The bottom will be coated in fruit filling, but the biscuit should not look like a wet dough.


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