Easy Blackberry Cobbler (from Scratch!)

Blackberry Cobbler is an easy, from-scratch, scrumptious, summer dessert recipe featuring plump, tart blackberries ribboned through a layer of sweet, tender cake. And don't forget the vanilla ice cream!

Aerial view of Blackberry Cobbler with text overlay.


 

One of my favorite summer desserts is cobbler. And while that often brings to mind peaches, I also love to change things up with Blackberry Cobbler! I don't know about you, but there aren't many baked desserts that bring summer to my mind more than a homemade cobbler...served warm, oozing with fruit, and topped with vanilla ice cream. And blackberries add such delicious flavor and gorgeous color to this popular seasonal treat!

I realize that different regions around the country make different versions of cobbler. And while they all involve fruit and some type of dough or batter, there are various expectations of what a cobbler should truly be. Well, I'm not here to argue technical or historical definitions, but I would venture to claim that this Blackberry Cobbler recipe is a pretty common manifestation of cobbler in the south.

Blackberry Cobbler on a plate.

Ingredients

So what do you need to make this homemade, easy Blackberry Cobbler? No artificial cake mix or Bisquick here! Just a few simple, real ingredients...

  • Blackberries. If it's blackberry season, by all means use fresh! But any other time of year, frozen and thawed berries will work just dandy.
  • Sugar + water. For the simple syrup that the blackberries simmer in.
  • Butter. For the baking dish
  • Flour, baking powder, sugar, salt, + milk. To make the homemade cobbler batter.
  • Pure vanilla extract. Because everything's better with vanilla!
Blackberry Cobbler with piece scooped out.

How to Make Blackberry Cobbler

(The below photos are intended to be helpful, but please refer to the recipe card at the bottom of this post for FULL DIRECTIONS.)

Your start with your fruit. As I previously mentioned, in Texas, that typically means peaches or blackberries, since those are abundant through the summer in these parts. Of course, when your favorite stone fruit or berry is out of season, frozen fruit makes a great substitute for fresh.

So here's how ya make this from-scratch Blackberry Cobbler recipe:

  1. In a medium pot, combine blackberries, sugar, and water.
Blackberries in pot.
Adding sugar to pot.
Adding water to blackberries and sugar to make syrup for Blackberry Cobbler recipe.
Making filling for easy Blackberry Cobbler.
  1. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to a simmer, and cook for 5 to 10 minutes until reduced and thickened, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat.
Blackberry Cobbler filling in pot.
  1. While blackberries are cooking, whisk together flour, remaining sugar, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl. 
Flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt in glass bowl.
Whisking dry ingredients in bowl.
  1. Slowly blend in milk and vanilla and mix until batter is smooth.
Blending in milk and vanilla to make best Blackberry Cobbler batter.
Homemade cake batter in bowl for Blackberry Cobbler recipe.
  1. Put pats of butter in the bottom of a baking dish and place it in your preheated oven for a couple of minutes to melt. Remove the dish from the oven and tilt it so that the melted butter evenly coats the bottom.
Pats of butter in baking dish.
Melted butter in baking dish.
  1. Slowly pour batter over melted butter.
Pouring homemade Blackberry Cobbler batter into glass baking dish of melted butter.
  1. Gently spoon berries and syrup evenly over batter without stirring.
Spooning blackberries onto homemade Blackberry Cobbler.
Easy Blackberry Cobbler ready to go into oven.
  1. Bake until Blackberry Cobbler is light golden brown and tests done with a toothpick inserted in the center. Serve warm with vanilla ice cream or fresh whipped cream!
Blackberry Cobbler in dish and on plate.

And that's it friends! But before you dig in, I feel obligated to mention something that I often get questions about...

An Important Note!

When you spoon the blackberries on top of the batter, the fruit will initially sink.

How to make blackberry cobbler.

However, as your cobbler bakes, some of the berries will rise a bit. The result is a cake-like dessert with a gorgeous, fruity layer ribboned throughout.

So -- here's the important part -- that's why the photos in this post show blackberry deliciousness on the bottom of the baking dish...even though the instructions tell you to spoon the fruit on top of the batter.

Blackberry Cobbler recipe straight out of the oven.

How to Serve Blackberry Cobbler

Have I mentioned ice cream yet? In my humble opinion, cobbler is best served warm (either fresh out of the oven or reheated). And it must be topped with vanilla ice cream. If you're feeling particularly industrious, homemade ice cream is even better. 😉

I'm not ashamed to admit that I've been known to enjoy this Blackberry Cobbler recipe for breakfast. It's made with fruit, right? So it can't be that bad. Of course, it's easier to justify eating cobbler for breakfast than ice cream, but what's a girl to do?

Well, let me tell you what a girl does. A girl gets a carton of vanilla yogurt out of the fridge and spoons that on top of her cobbler for a perfectly acceptable breakfast variation. Brilliant, right? And, I can assure you, also delicious.

Easy Blackberry Cobbler recipe with ice cream and spoon.

So the next time you have an occasion to make a summertime sweet treat -- like perhaps this weekend? -- go for this glorious, homemade, easy Blackberry Cobbler!

It's like the downhome comfort food of desserts.

And rumor has it it can even double as breakfast. 😉

Blackberry Cobbler recipe on a plate with ice cream on top.

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Blackberry Cobbler in dish and on plate with scoop of ice cream.

Easy Blackberry Cobbler (From Scratch!)

Blackberry Cobbler is an easy, from-scratch, scrumptious, summer dessert recipe featuring plump, tart blackberries ribboned through a layer of sweet, tender cake!
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 10 servings
Calories: 294kcal
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Ingredients

  • 4 cups fresh blackberries
  • 1 ½ cups sugar, DIVIDED
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 ½ teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 ½ cups milk, at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 6 tablespoons butter

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • In a medium pot, combine blackberries, 1 cup sugar, and water. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to a simmer, and cook for 5 to 10 minutes until reduced and thickened, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat.
  • While blackberries are cooking, whisk together flour, remaining ½ cup sugar, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl. Slowly blend in milk and vanilla and mix until batter is smooth.
  • Put butter (sliced into 6 equal pieces) in a 9- by 13-inch baking dish and place in preheated oven for a couple of minutes to melt. Remove dish from oven and tilt so that butter evenly coats the bottom. Slowly pour batter over melted butter. Gently spoon berries and syrup evenly over batter without stirring.
  • Bake for 30 to 35 minutes or until cobbler is light golden brown and tests done with a toothpick inserted in the center. Serve warm with vanilla ice cream or fresh whipped cream.

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Notes

  • About 20 ounces of frozen blackberries (thawed) may be substituted for fresh.
  • The blackberries will start to break down when they are simmered. If you prefer some whole blackberries in your cobbler, you may simmer only 3 cups of berries with the sugar and water and then stir in the remaining 1 cup of berries after removing from the heat.
  • The longer you cook the berries, the thicker the syrup will get.
  • Blackberries are typically pretty tart, but if you use particularly sweet blackberries, you may reduce the sugar used in the simple syrup.
  • The blackberries and syrup are to be spooned on top of the batter. However, the berries will sink through the batter and then partially rise as the cobbler bakes. This is why you see the blackberry layer at the bottom of the cobbler in the photos.

Nutrition

Calories: 294kcal | Carbohydrates: 52g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 22mg | Sodium: 195mg | Potassium: 263mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 35g | Vitamin A: 390IU | Vitamin C: 12.1mg | Calcium: 106mg | Iron: 1.3mg
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Post originally published on May 26, 2014, and updated on June 19, 2019, September 2, 2020, and June 21, 2023.

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  1. There’s a few things wrong with this recipe. It says 1/2 cup of water mixed with the berrys. And further on in the written section 1 cup of water. Needless to say my blackberrys would not cook down as berrys give off their own juices . So no water .
    The batter / dough was chewy but 5hat is on me as I could not get the cobbler to brown forcing it to over cook.

    1. Hi Jerry. So sorry for any confusion. Nowhere in the recipe does it say 1 cup of water. 1/2 cup water is listed in the ingredients, and then in the directions, 1 cup of *sugar* is in bold (since the total amount of sugar from the ingredient list is divided).

  2. 4 stars
    Great cobbler! Hubby picked the berries and asked for a cobbler. I was frustrated by the list of ingredients however. It is much easier to follow a recipe when ingredients are in order of use, this recipe lists butter fourth and it is actually the last in in the instructions.

    1. Hi Lucy! I'm so glad you enjoyed this cobbler! Thanks for bringing the order of the ingredients to my attention...I'm not sure how that happened. I just edited it so that butter is now listed last. Hope that helps! 🙂

  3. 5 stars
    I’ve made this two times now. The first time I followed the recipe to a T (except I microwaved the butter instead of melting it in the oven) and it turned out great. The second time I made it, instead of coating the bottom of the dish with the melted butter, I used Baker’s Joy and instead stirred the melted butter into my cobbler batter which I poured on top of the greased dish and then spooned in the berries and sauce on top. Honestly this made the cobbler taste and smell (and look) so much better. I also like my desserts extra sweet so I added a little more sugar to both the filling and the cobbler and yummy yummy stuff! Wonderful recipe that I’ll definitely use over and over again in the future! 😋

  4. 5 stars
    I accidentally bought more blackberries than we could eat so I decided to make this blackberry cobbler. It was a huge hit with my family! It was easy to make and turned out so yummy.

  5. 5 stars
    Since it’s the beginning of blackberry season, I only had 2 cups of blackberries from our blackberry bushes, so I cut the recipe in half & baked the Cobbler in an 8” x 8” baking dish. It is delicious! My husband loves it & said it’s the best cobbler he ever had! He ate almost 1/2 of it, topped with vanilla ice cream, of course. When more berries are ripe, I plan to make another Blackberry Cobbler!

  6. 5 stars
    This was excellent! Husband and I were impressed. We think it's more of a breakfast option. I used frozen blackberries and I also used bisquick (lazy). I printed this out and will be making in the near future!

  7. 5 stars
    Samantha, this cobbler was perfectly amazing! I love blackberries so much and yes, this was definitely worth having for breakfast - maybe even lunch or dinner, too! 🙂

    1. 4 stars
      I loved the recipe but I added a tablespoon of cornstarch in the blackberries to thicken the sauce a little bit more and it was perfect!!

  8. 5 stars
    Love this cobbler. Last summer was the first time my blackberries really produced a
    lot of fruit. I made the cobbler 4 or 5 times. PERFECT! Thanks!