Easy Apple Cobbler

Desserts, Fall, Thanksgiving

This Easy Apple Cobbler recipe has a super fluffy, deliciously sweet topping. The apples are perfectly sweet and spiced. This is a simple, quick and easy dessert using the fresh fruit of fall! An absolute must is a scoop of ice cream on top.

Easy Apple Cobbler

I’m going to scream this from the rooftops but this is an Easy Apple Cobbler …that’s also fluffy and perfectly spiced and WAY easier than any apple pie you might not have time to make.

This season is all about pie, I will admit that. And of course, I have my favorite apple pie recipe that I think is a sure-fire winner. But let’s be honest, there’s not alway time for pie crust-making, rolling out, crimping, etc.

I love a cobbler. But before we dive in. Let’s discuss semantics:

Easy Apple Cobbler

What’s the difference between Crisp vs. Cobbler?

Crisp, crumblers, cobblers. What’s the difference? They’re incredibly similar. Basically they’re sliced, diced or whole fruit at the base of a baking dish. Usually tossed with a thickener (either flour or corn starch or tapioca starch), sugar, lemon juice and other flavorings. And then they’re topped with something and then baked.

  • Crisps – typically have something that makes it—yep—crisp on top. Think rolled oats, diced nuts, butter, and flour. Crisps are usually topped with a streusel like topping.
  • Cobbler – some cobblers are topped with drop biscuits, other times they’re topped with more of a looser batter.
  • This is obviously the latter. And we’re not making drop biscuits, instead we’re making a looser-type batter that resembles more of a pancake batter. But with a strong butter flavor. Lol.


What Kind of Apples for Apple Cobbler

Whenever you bake an apple dessert–whether it be for an apple pie or apple cobbler–you want baking apples. My favorite, easy-to-find apples are honey crisp apples and gala apples.

Ingredients for Apple Cobbler

This recipe is like a cake-like batter poured on top of thinly sliced apples that are tossed in spices and sugar. Here are the ingredients you’ll need for the filling:

  • Apples. I used a combo of gala apples and honey crips. Any baking apples would be great!
  • Brown Sugar + granulated sugar. These two sugars are great for this baked apple recipe. If you wanted to do ALL brown sugar, that works too.
  • All-purpose flour. This thickens the baked apple mixture. They’re not super juicy so flour vs. cornstarch is what we’re using.
  • Lemon juice. This adds a lovely tartness to this recipe. It balances out the warm spices and sweet apples.
  • Warm spices. I like to use a balanced combination of ground cinnamon, ginger, cardamom and cloves. None of these spices are prominent; you don’t really notice any one flavor–instead it’s a balanced flavor of spices.
  • For the topping, you’ll be making a simple cake-like topping. You’ll need flour, vanilla, melted butter, some leavening, sugar and milk.

How to Make Apple Cobbler

What I love about this recipe is how simple it is to come together. Here’s how to make it:

  1. Mix the filling together. I used a mix of honey crisp and gala apples. Other apple combinations will totally work. And then add the brown sugar, sugar, flour, lemon juice, vanilla and spices.
  2. The topping couldn’t be simpler: In a medium bowl goes the flour, baking powder and salt, sugar, milk, melted butter and vanilla.
  3. And then the topping goes on top of the filling in a baking dish.
  4. In the oven and boom! done!

As much as I wish this was a one-bowl recipe, it’s a two-bowl recipe. But it’s simple, simple!

Tips and Tricks for Apple Cobbler

Here are some questions, I’m sure you’re asking yourself! Can you make a biscuit topping? Sure, but this isn’t that recipe per se so I would look for a recipe like that and use the apple spiced portion of this recipe.

Would this topping work with a peach cobbler or other fresh fruit? Absolutely. Though just a heads up, you’ll need to use a more of a thickening agent than flour (what we have here) because peaches and berries are juicier than apples. Berry fruit cobblers definitely have different ratios because of this.

And of course, I put up a step-by-step of this recipe over up on my Instagram Stories–comfort food at its finest!

Easy Apple Cobbler Recipe

5 from 33 votes
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Calories: 235kcal
This Easy Apple Cobbler has a super fluffy, deliciously sweet topping. The apples are perfectly sweet and spiced. This is a simple, easy fall dessert.



  • 2 honey crisp apples, peeled, cored and cut into 1/4-inch slices
  • 2 gala apples, peeled, cored and cut into 1/4-inch slices
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • Juice from 1 small lemon, about 1 tablespoon juice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla paste or 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • Teeny pinch of ground cardamom
  • Teeny pinch of ground cloves


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup whole milk
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla paste or 2 teaspoons vanilla extract



  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease or butter a baking casserole dish that’s 9x6 or something comparable. Use what you have! And then set it aside.

To Make the Filling:

  • In a large bowl, add the sliced honey crisp apples, gala apples, brown sugar, sugar, flour, juice from 1 lemon, vanilla and spices (cinnamon, ginger, cardamom and cloves). Toss it all together until combined. Add the filling to your prepared baking dish.

To Make the Topping:

  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt and sugar. Add the milk, butter and vanilla; mix until combined. Pour the topping on top of the filling. It’s ok if some of the filling is peaking through or it’s not a totally perfect on top. I like it when some of the filling shows through. And then transfer to the oven to bake for about 40 to 45 minutes, until the filling is bubbling and the top is golden brown.
  • Remove from the oven and serve warm with cold vanilla ice cream.


Perfect Apples for Baking: 
I used a combination of these first two, but here is a list of apples that are great for baking: Gala Apples, Honey Crisp Apples, Granny Smith, Northern Spy, Braeburn, Fuji. 
Individual Cobblers: 
This recipe can be adapted to more of a personal-serving size. Feel free to divide the fruit amongst 6 to 8 ramekins and then top it with the batter topping. If doing this in ramekins, you might want to dice the apples, vs. slices since they might not fit. Bake them on a sheet pan for about 15 to 20 minutes, until golden brown on top. 
Stainless Steel Bowl | Silicon Spatulas | Citrus Squeezer |
CuisineAmerican, English
Keywordapple cobbler recipe, best cobbler, easy apple cobbler
Calories: 235kcal
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  • Reply Juanita Artman September 28, 2020 at 5:05 pm

    5 stars
    Made this today, used 1 to 1 gluten free flour, came out great. Followed recipe except used pinch of nutmeg instead of cardamom and cloves. Delicious used Macintosh apples. Loved the cake like topping. Will be making many more times.. Thanks

    • Reply Adrianna Adarme September 28, 2020 at 9:19 pm

      love hearing this! sounds like delicious additions!

  • Reply Cara September 25, 2020 at 6:21 am

    5 stars
    Made this last night and it was phenomenal! Such an easy recipe with delicious results! 🙂 Thank you!!

  • Reply Gabrielle September 19, 2020 at 8:14 pm

    5 stars
    How would you suggest I proceed if I would like to make this in advance for a dinner party?

    • Reply Adrianna Adarme September 20, 2020 at 2:35 pm

      hmmm…to be honest, this isn’t the best make ahead recipe. i would bake it before ppl show up so that it’s already baked and you can rewarm it on low in the oven!

  • Reply Cheryl August 5, 2020 at 6:18 pm

    5 stars
    This is my first cooked apple anything and it was so simple and easy to follow and delicious! Did I say delicious? My entire family loved it! Thank you!

  • Reply Kai June 15, 2020 at 2:32 pm

    Awww man, you guys are wimps! Granny Smith apples are the ONLY apple worth baking with! As for me and my house, we will slice the Smith!

  • Reply Kristi J Love June 10, 2020 at 10:47 am

    Can I use canned apple pie filling instead of fresh apples?

    • Reply Adrianna Adarme June 17, 2020 at 3:44 pm

      i would definitely discourage from using apple pie filling. but you can try it!

  • Reply Lisa P. March 29, 2020 at 8:47 pm

    5 stars
    Easy and super tasty! Perfect apple choices. I upped the citrus juice a bit and used half orange and half lemon juice. Also upped both the cardamom and cloves to “several shakes” each. I added several shakes of Wigle orange pomander bitters to the fruit mix as well. Two shakes of nutmeg went into the topping. Served with whipped cream. This recipe is a keeper!

  • Reply Alanna Glover November 27, 2019 at 1:13 pm

    5 stars
    Made this tonight and loved it! The only change I made was adding a teaspoon of caramel extract to the filling – so, so good. I thought it was really well balanced, not too sweet at all.

  • Reply Dana November 21, 2019 at 8:24 pm

    5 stars
    Holy heck, this is delicious!! I made it as directed except subbed Bob’s Red Mill gluten free 1:1 baking flour and added a few tablespoons of frozen blueberries. I learned that I should make it in a shallow dish so the topping can be spread out in plops. As it was when it looked perfect at 45 minutes it turned that the topping was not yet cooked. Do those toothpick tests! Thank you for the recipe!

    • Reply Adrianna Adarme November 21, 2019 at 11:09 pm

      love hearing this! so glad the gluten free flour mix worked too!

      • Reply Carol November 26, 2019 at 9:58 am

        Hi..can you please tell me what honey apples are? I am shopping for ingredients for STUNNING apple cobbler

  • Reply Baylee November 10, 2019 at 2:00 pm

    5 stars
    I used what I had! Which did not include whole milk or lemon juice. It still turned out tasty with the almond milk. I am looking forward to making it again with all the expected goodness.

  • Reply Cassie Thuvan Tran November 7, 2019 at 7:57 am

    This is such a lovely recipe! Cobbler isn’t a recipe I dabble much with as I’m more of a crisp person. However, the way the topping looks is absolutely wonderful–light, fluffy, and oh-so delightful. I have to try this with nondairy milk like coconut milk and vegan butter! You can’t go wrong!

  • Reply Linda November 6, 2019 at 6:02 am

    Sounds delicious! I do wonder about the amount of sugar in the apples though: isn’t it wayyy too sweet?

    • Reply Adrianna Adarme November 6, 2019 at 9:20 am

      It’s actually not that much sugar compared to what goes into a pie. But if you like, you can always dial back the sugar 🙂