Mixed Berry Cobbler with any kind of berries, fresh or frozen
This Berry Cobbler takes about 10 minutes to throw together and THIS is your reward: Plump, juicy berries that are just the right amount of sweet, tart, and saucy baked under a buttery, chewy, sugar cookie like topping.
This cobbler is just as delicious freshly baked, warm, and topped with a scoop of ice cream as it is for breakfast the next day, eaten cold, straight from the pan.
This is My Kind of Cobbler
There is a lot of variety in the category of dessert we call "cobbler". Much of the time, it refers to a saucy fruit filling covered with a sweet biscuit like topping. But cobblers get their name because of how the topping is dropped over the fruit filling - so that it resembles a cobblestone road - not because of any kind of uniformity in the topping itself.
Cobbler topping can be biscuit-like, or cake-like, or cornbread-like, or chewy and cookie-like. There are even recipes for cobbler that resemble a deep dish pie with a top and bottom crust. So, it's a kind of anything-goes category for saucy fruit baked underneath a sweet topping.
Of all those varieties, THIS is my favorite. The fruit filling is slightly tart, not too sweet, and super saucy. And the topping is soft, tender, and chewy like the very best sugar cookie you can imagine.
It's the kind of dessert you ladle into bowls and serve with a spoon. It's incredibly comforting eaten warm with a scoop of really good vanilla ice cream. But, it's just as delicious for breakfast the next morning. Perhaps even more so.
If this sounds like your kind of cobbler as well, jump on down to the recipe and get baking. But also check out these recipes, which are slight variations on the same idea of saucy fruit baked under a chewy, buttery, cookie-like topping:
Use Any Variety of Fresh or Frozen Berries in Any Combination
I'll give you two reasons why this cobbler is my #1 choice for unexpected guests, middle of the afternoon cravings, and days when there is a need for pure comfort in the form of something that can be eaten with a spoon:
- I almost always have all of the ingredients on hand
- This cobbler can, quite literally, be thrown together in in less than 10 minutes
Berries, fresh or frozen, are something we almost always have in our kitchen. In the summer months, when fresh berries are ripe, juicy, and in good supply, I have a tendency to purchase more than we can eat before they spoil. This situation is all the excuse I need to make a Mixed Berry Pie or this cobbler.
I also have at least a couple bags of frozen berries in my freezer year round for smoothies, Mixed Berry Muffins, and ... this cobbler.
I have used every kind of berry available to me in this cobbler, in every combination. It's all good. The only real difference between using fresh or frozen berries is how long the cobbler takes to bake. If you're starting with frozen berries, the cobbler will take about 15 minutes longer to bake than if you're using fresh ones.
Three Simple Steps to Making Berry Cobbler
#1. Add the berries and the rest of the filling ingredients (sugar, cornstarch, and lemon juice) to a square baking dish and toss it all around to mix.
#2. Add all the topping ingredients (butter, sugar, flour, vanilla, baking powder, and salt) to a bowl and stir with a spoon or rubber spatula just until all the dry ingredients are moistened. Use your fingers to distribute the topping over the berries, squeezing it together as you do to create some clumps.
#3. Bake. Wait impatiently for 10 minutes or so then spoon it out into bowls, top with a scoop of ice cream, and devour.
Quick recap: Why I think this is the BEST Berry Cobbler ever
- The berry filling is slightly tart and not too sweet and super saucy
- You can use fresh or frozen berries of any kind and in any combination
- The topping is soft, tender, and chewy like the very best sugar cookie you an imagine
- It's deliciouly comforting eaten warm with a scoop of really good vanilla ice cream
- It's just as delicious for breakfast the next morning (if not more so)
- Making this berry cobbler is ridiculously quick and easy, requiring only one bowl and one baking dish
For the Berry Filling:
- 1 ½ lbs (680g/ about 5 ¼ cups) berries, any variety or combination, fresh or frozen
- 1 ½ tbsp lemon juice
- 2 tbsp (15g) cornstarch
- 2 tbsp (24g) granulated sugar
For the Cobbler Topping:
- ½ cup (113g/ 4oz) salted butter, softened (Here's how to quickly soften butter)
- ¾ cup (150g) granulated sugar
- 2 tsp vanilla
- 1 cup (120g) all-purpose flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- ½ tsp salt
- Heat the oven to 350 degrees F (176 degrees C).
- Add all the berry filling ingredients to a 9-inch square baking dish and stir to mix. Spread the berries out in the pan into an even layer.
- Add all the cobbler topping ingredients to a bowl and stir just until all the dry ingredients are moistened.
- Using your fingers, top the berries with the cobbler topping, squeezing it together as you do to create some clumps.
- Bake the cobbler for 55 - 70 minutes, until the berry filling is bubbling all around the edge of the pan. How long your cobbler needs to bake will depend on the temperature of the berries.
- Let stand for about 10 minutes before serving. Serve in bowls with with a scoop of vanilla ice cream if you like.
Can I use any kind of berries in this cobbler?
Yes! Use any kind of berries you like - fresh or frozen. In these photos, I used a combination of blackberries and sliced strawberries. But any kind of berries - blueberries, raspberries, marionberries - in any combination are delicious in this cobbler.
Why do the recipe instructions for this cobbler include such a wide range for the baking time?
This cobbler is "done" and ready to come out of the oven when the berry filling is bubbling all around the sides of the baking dish. How long this takes depends on the size and temperature of the berries. Frozen berries will, of course, take longer to bake.
Likewise, larger, more sturdy berries like strawberries will take longer than small, delicate berries. How juicy the berries are can also affect the bake time. So, check on your cobbler after it's been in the oven for 55 minutes, then every 5 minutes after that, until the berry filling is bubbling around the edges of the pan.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 376Total Fat: 16gSaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 41mgSodium: 400mgCarbohydrates: 57gFiber: 3gSugar: 35gProtein: 3g