Blackberry Cobbler

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Blackberry Cobbler is the perfect summer recipe that dreams are made of. Perfectly sweet and tart, with a golden biscuit topping, it’s the ultimate easy dessert.  

Just like peach cobbler, top with a scoop of frosty vanilla ice cream and you’ll be licking your plate!

Scoop of blackberry cobbler from baking dish

Perfect Summer Berries

As we head into summer, so many wonderful types of produce are at their peak, with blackberries being among them.  Plump, juicy, and the perfect mixture of sweet and tart, these berries are amazing on their own (or whipped up into a blackberry mojito!), but truly are at their best when baked into a homemade blackberry cobbler.

An Easy Classic Dessert

So, what is blackberry cobbler? Everyone has their own idea of what a cobbler is.  Traditionally speaking though, cobbler is a baked fruit dish that’s topped with a biscuit-like top.  When baked, the biscuits create a “cobbled” look, similar to a cobblestone street.

Some versions (like strawberry rhubarb cobbler) can be have a cake-like topping. I prefer to stick with the traditional old fashioned blackberry cobbler recipe.

Blackberry cobbler in baking dish

My favorite part of a blackberry cobbler is the blackberries, but that biscuit topping is a VERY close second.

How to Make Blackberry Cobbler

This blackberry cobbler can easily be doubled!  Chances are, once you try it, you’re going to want seconds (or thirds).  Just double all the ingredients and bake in a 3 quart baking dish (like a 9×13″ dish) for 5-10 additional minutes.

  1. Combine berries, cornstarch, sugar & a bit of water. Simmer a few minutes until thickened.
  2. Combine topping ingredients and drop over blackberry mixture.
  3. Bake and enjoy!

Crazy easy right? Serve warm and top with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream!

Tips for the BEST Blackberry Cobbler

  • Use fresh blackberries if you can (frozen work in a pinch, no need to thaw).
  • Taste one of the blackberries before starting the recipe and if it’s sweet, you may want to reduce the amount of sugar a bit.
  • Make sure the baking powder is fresh.  If it’s old, it may not work properly and the biscuits won’t rise very much.

For easy clean up, place an empty baking sheet on the rack underneath your baking dish in the oven in case of bubble-over.

Blackberry cobbler with vanilla ice cream

Got Leftovers?

Fridge: Like most fruit desserts and berry pies, this cobbler keeps for a few days and is best store in the fridge. Warm it in the oven/microwave before serving.

Freezer: Blackberry cobbler can be frozen, but you’ll have to do a few alterations.  Freezing a whole assembled cobbler (Baked or raw) isn’t recommended, as the topping will be soggy and not bake properly.

To Freeze Blackberry Cobbler:

  1. Mix together the filling, place in your baking dish, cover and freeze for up to 2-3 months.
  2. When you’re ready to bake the cobbler, bake the filling first for 35 to 40 minutes, stirring occasionally, until hot and bubbling.
  3. Mix together your biscuit topping, add it to the top, and bake an additional 20 to 25 minutes.

This method will yield a cobbler that tastes as close as you can get to a freshly baked cobbler!

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This easy blackberry cobbler dessert is just begging to be served at all of your summer gatherings, and I promise you, you won’t regret making it!

Scoop of blackberry cobbler from baking dish
5 from 16 votes
Review Recipe

Blackberry Cobbler

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Summer dessert made with fresh blackberries and a sweet biscuit-like topping!


  • 24 ounces fresh blackberries
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon (optional but recommended)
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • ¾ cup water


  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ cup cold butter grated or finely cubed
  • ⅓ - ½ cup cold buttermilk

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  • In a large saucepan, combine the blackberries, sugar, and cinnamon. Cook and stir until mixture comes to a boil.
  • Combine cornstarch and water until smooth; stir into fruit mixture. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened.
  • Pour into a greased 8" square baking dish.
  • For topping, in a small bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Cut in butter using a pastry blender or two forks until mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
  • Stir in milk just until moistened. Drop by tablespoonfuls onto hot berry mixture.
  • Bake, uncovered, at 350°F for 30-35 minutes or until filling is bubbly and topping is golden brown. Serve warm, with whipped topping or ice cream if desired.

Recipe Notes

 Buttermilk amount will vary from individual to individual.  You want the biscuit dough to be moist enough to hold together when pinched between a few fingers, but not moist enough that it's wet.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 354, Carbohydrates: 57g, Protein: 5g, Fat: 13g, Saturated Fat: 8g, Cholesterol: 33mg, Sodium: 277mg, Potassium: 272mg, Fiber: 5g, Sugar: 32g, Vitamin A: 580IU, Vitamin C: 17.8mg, Calcium: 93mg, Iron: 1.7mg

(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
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  1. I like to look for new & different recipes & this looks like it could be one more to add to my list.5 stars

  2. Omg! My roommate prepared this first, it was sooo delish! I couldn’t stop ravishing this delicious desert!.
    I would not have given it the time of day because it only had 4 reviews. This now opened up my eyes to all the possibilities of a most amazing dish is be passing up. This is definitely a winner peeps. No one will be disappointed.5 stars

    1. Hi Steve, in step one we combine the blackberries, sugar, and cinnamon in a saucepan to come to a boil. Hope that helps!

  3. Absolutely perfect recipe. But you must add the cinnamon. I made it at my boyfriends and he didn’t have any and it was lacking the first time I made it. The second time I made it at my house with cinnamon was perfect.5 stars

  4. Can you use low-fat buttermilk? Seems all
    my local grocery stores only sell low-fat &
    I wasn’t sure if this will work for the biscuits.