Blueberry Cobbler

Blueberry Cobbler, with a juicy blueberry filling and a light cake batter topping, is the summer dessert we’re all craving. It’s fresh, sweet, and completely irresistible topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

blueberry cobbler in a baking dish with a serving missing next to two dishes of cobbler

Fruit desserts have my heart in the summer, and cobblers are some of the easiest fruit desserts around. While I love making a Blackberry Pie or Cherry Pie, there’s something about the simplicity of a cobbler that entices me to bake on a mid-week summer day. 

This blueberry cobbler recipe is everything I’m looking for in a summer dessert:

  • It’s quick to make.
  • It’s bursting with fresh berries.
  • It’s perfect for serving with ice cream!

serving of blueberry cobbler topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream

I especially love this easy blueberry cobbler because it’s a bit rustic and not fussy in the least. The blueberry filling is mixed up right in the baking dish. Then you’ll mix together a few ingredients for the topping, which you’ll pour over the berries.

The topping bakes up light and sweet and is the perfect counterpart to the juicy blueberry filling. Warm from the oven, this cobbler will call everyone to the kitchen. I’ll admit I had to sneak a taste, right from the baking dish!

What is a Cobbler?

A cobbler is a baked fruit dessert that is often topped with a biscuit topping (like my Peach Cobbler), or, like this blueberry cobbler, a cake batter topping. 

Some old-fashioned cobbler recipes, including my Cherry Cobbler, call for melting butter in the baking dish, then pouring in the cake batter and placing the fruit on top. In those recipes, the cake batter rises to the top while baking. 

Cobbler vs. Crisp vs. Crumble

Crisps and crumbles differ from cobblers in that they have a streusel topping that crisps up as it bakes. Many times, the names crumble and crisp are used interchangeably, but sometimes a crumble topping is made without oats, while crisps typically contain an oat topping.

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Blueberry Cobbler Ingredients

ingredients for blueberry cobbler recipe

Blueberry Filling

  • Blueberries: Fresh blueberries are my favorite in this cobbler. You just can’t beat the flavor of fresh blueberries! Frozen blueberries work well too, and are a great option when blueberries aren’t in season. 
  • Granulated Sugar: The filling needs just a little sugar to sweeten up the already sweet berries. The sugar also helps to make the filling juicy.
  • Lemon Zest: Lemon and blueberries are a delicious combination, and lemon zest brightens up the flavors.

Cobbler Topping

  • All-Purpose Flour: For a healthy swap, replace half of the all-purpose flour with white whole wheat flour. I prefer white whole wheat over regular whole wheat flour because it is milder in texture and flavor.
  • Granulated Sugar: For sweetness.
  • Baking Powder: To make the dough rise so that it is light, not dense.
  • Cinnamon and Salt: For flavor. Salt is necessary in baking to bring out the other flavors.
  • Milk: I recommend whole milk, but any type that you have on hand will work. 
  • Melted Butter: Adds richness and flavor and makes the topping light and tender in texture.

Find the full printable recipe with ingredient amounts and instructions in the recipe card below.

How to Make Blueberry Cobbler

  1. Make the filling. Place the blueberries in a baking dish. Sprinkle on the sugar and lemon zest and stir gently. Spread the blueberries out into an even layer, all the way to the edges of the baking dish. fresh blueberries, sugar and lemon zest in a white baking dish
  2. Mix up the cobbler dough. Whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon and salt. Whisk in milk and then melted butter. two photos showing ingredients for cobbler dough and then mixing melted butter into the batter
  3. Drizzle the batter over the blueberries. cobbler dough batter poured over blueberry filling in baking dish
  4. Bake. The cobbler is done when the filling is bubbly on the sides and the dough is cooked through when tested with a toothpick. 

fresh blueberry cobbler and serving spoon in a baking dish with a serving of cobbler removed

Blueberry Cobbler Recipe Tips

  • If you are using frozen blueberries, you do not need to thaw them before using them in this recipe.
  • For a pretty presentation, leave some blueberries peeking through when you pour the batter over the top of the blueberry filling.
  • Bake the cobbler until the blueberry filling is bubbly around the edges and the center dough is cooked through. A toothpick inserted into the dough in the center of the baking dish should come out mostly clean, not gooey.
  • Have other types of berries on hand? While I haven’t tried this recipe with berries other than blueberries, I bet it would be delicious with a combination of berries. I’d suggest blueberries, raspberries and blackberries.
  • You can halve this recipe and bake it in an 8×8-inch baking dish. The baking time will be the same.
  • This is best served warm from the oven. After it cools, the blueberry filling loses some of its juiciness, but it is still delicious.

a scoop of juicy blueberry cobbler on a serving spoon

More Delicious Summer Desserts

Blueberry Cobbler

fresh blueberry cobbler and serving spoon in a baking dish with a serving of cobbler removed
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5 from 1 vote
This Blueberry Cobbler is easy to make, with a juicy blueberry filling and a light cake batter topping. It's fresh, it's sweet, and it's completely irresistible topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword blueberry cobbler, blueberry cobbler recipe, blueberry desserts
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time50 mins
Total Time1 hr 10 mins
Servings 8 servings
Calories 283kcal

Ingredients

Blueberry Filling

  • 6 cups fresh or frozen blueberries (no need to thaw if frozen)
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • zest of 2 lemons (or 1 large lemon)

Cobbler Dough

  • 1 ¼ cups all purpose flour
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup milk
  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter (melted)

Instructions 

Make Blueberry Filling

  • Preheat oven to 350° F.
  • Place the blueberries in a 13x9-inch baking dish. Sprinkle the 3 tablespoons sugar and lemon zest over the top of the berries. Stir to combine and then make sure the blueberries are in an even layer in the dish. Set aside.

Make Cobbler Dough

  • In a medium bowl, combine the flour, ½ cup sugar, baking powder, cinnamon and salt. Whisk until well combined. Add the milk and whisk until smooth. Whisk in the melted butter.
  • Drizzle the batter over the top of the blueberries.
  • Bake for 45-50 minutes, until the cobbler dough is browned on top and dough is cooked through in the center of the baking dish (a toothpick inserted in the center of the dough should come out mostly clean, not gooey). Let cool for about 10 minutes before serving.

Notes

  • You can halve this recipe and bake it in an 8x8-inch baking dish. The baking time will be the same.
  • This is best served warm from the oven. After it cools, the blueberry filling loses some of its juiciness, but it is still delicious.
  • Leftover cobbler may be stored in the refrigerator, covered, for up to 4 days.

Nutrition

Calories: 283kcal | Carbohydrates: 50g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 22mg | Sodium: 162mg | Potassium: 251mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 30g | Vitamin A: 328IU | Vitamin C: 11mg | Calcium: 91mg | Iron: 1mg
Nutrition information is an estimate.
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