How To Make Chocolate Cobbler



Growing up, we had this probably once a week. I always thought it was because everyone liked it so much but according to Mama, the frequency of this dessert had a lot more to do with it being so quick, easy, and most importantly: budget friendly. Generally, most folks have these ingredients on hand. It doesn’t hurt that you don’t even need an egg for it!

As kids, we always called this “Mud Pie”. I guess it was a fun name for the three of us. “We’re having mud pie for supper!”. I was introduced to the actual name only a few years ago while at a quilt retreat with my mother. I was speaking with a few of her friends and someone mentioned “Oh! I had your mother’s chocolate cobbler, it was WONDERFUL!”. I was awful confused. Mama makes chocolate cobbler? I’ve never had chocolate cobbler. When did she make this? Having honestly tasted everything my mother has made in the past thirty —umm…something years, I was a bit put off that she had not shared what was obviously a grand success of a recipe. After asking her, she shook her head and waved it off “Oh, its just mud pie!”.

This cobbler bakes up magically. When you pull it out of the oven you’ll have a rich chocolate cake layer on top and a hot fudge saucy layer beneath. I highly recommend it be served with ice cream.

We frequently package the dry ingredients and give them along with the recipe as Christmas Gifts. People are always intrigued by the name and very happy with the results!

You’ll need some self rising flour (see my buttermilk biscuit tutorial on how to substitute plain for self rising), vegetable oil, milk, sugar, cocoa, brown sugar, and vanilla.

In medium bowl, add flour…

…and white sugar.

Cocoa powder..

And stir to combine.
To this, add milk…

Vegetable oil…

and vanilla.


Until it looks like this.

Spray an 8×8 pan with vegetable spray (or grease however you like).

Spread into prepared pan.
In a separate bowl, combine brown sugar and more cocoa
(As always, actual recipe at bottom of page).


until it looks like this.

Sprinkle this mixture evenly over the top of your batter.

SLOWLY pour hot water over batter. SLOWLY.


Have I got you paranoid about pouring it slow enough now? Good, you’ll do it right then. 😀

Place in 350 oven for forty to forty five minutes.

Its gonna look like this…and smell like……omg…..

Oh LAWD. Just make it already!!!

Chocolate Cobbler
  • 1 Cup self Rising Flour
  • ¾ Cup sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons Cocoa
  • ½ Cup Milk
  • 1 teaspoons Vanilla
  • 2 Tablespoons Vegetable Oil
  • ¾ Cup Brown Sugar
  • ¼ Cup Cocoa
  • 1¾ Cup hot tap water
  • 1 Cup chopped pecans (optional)
  1. Mix together flour, sugar, and cocoa. Add milk, vanilla, oil, and nuts (if using). Mix well. Pour into greased 8x8 inch pan. Mix ¾ C brown sugar and ¼ C cocoa together. Sprinkle over batter. Pour, very slowly, hot tap water over dry mixture and batter. Bake in 350 oven for forty to forty five minutes.


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  1. Amie says

    A friend and I met you recently at a cornbread festival and got our co-workers excited about your cookbook. We’re having a going away party for another co-worker and we each decided to choose a recipe from your cookbook and bring it to the party. I am a terrible cook and was told to make the chocolate cobbler because of its simplicity and the easiness of the recipe. Somehow I have manage to mess this up. I followed the recipe exactly. I got organized, took my time, and somehow still got lost. Everything looked exactly like the pictures above, but after 45 minutes in the oven my hot water was still standing. No crust formed at all. What happened?? :(

  2. melanie moore says

    I am a terrible person, have you ever had a recipe that you wanted to keep to yourself, well until now this recipe neither had I. I took one look at Chocolate Cobbler and knew I wanted to keep the recipe to myself so that when I fixed it no one would know how simple it was to make it and think that I was such a talented cook.

  3. Laura says

    Love, love, LOVE this recipe! My mother-in-law cut it out of a newspaper many years ago and gave it to me, taped to a recipe card. It has so many splashes of cocoa on it it’s getting hard to read! The one difference between yours and mine is that in mine you stir the hot water into the cocoa powder and brown sugar mixture before pouring over the cake layer. I don’t know if it makes a difference or not but you don’t have to be as careful with it. Love your posts and recipes…but mostly the stories you share about your family! Blessings to you!!

  4. Susan says

    OH….MY….GOSH! I can’t wait to get home and make this for dessert! My chocolate loving husband will go nuts about this! Think I might be like Melanie though….not sure I’ll “share” it with anyone – it can be our little secret, right?!?!?! :)

  5. Doris Flowers says

    Christy, this was my favorite dessert years ago while raising my family. First it is delicious, second all the ingredients are around and third it is easy. Don;t see how anyone could have a problem making it. My kids loved it. We called it chocolate sundae cake. But it’s good by any name even mud pie.

  6. Marilyn says

    Oh my goodness – my mom’s recipe too! We have this as an extra dessert at most birthday parties. What a surprise – I’ve never seen it anywhere else. Lots of us go back in our memory to occasions when this satisfied our “chocolate craving”. Love your recipes …Thanks!

  7. Terri says

    I have my grandmother’s recipe for something very similar… she called it “funny pudding”. I make it for my kids and we still call it funny pudding. Thanks for the trip down memory lane.

  8. Janice says

    I have had this recipe for many years. My friend gave it to me and was called Chocolate Pudding Cake and we add pecans on top. My recipe is like what Laura mentioned. Very good especially served with vanilla ice cream. Never known it to be called Chocolate Cobbler until recently.

  9. says

    I have tried several times to print the “smoked ham & veggie salad,” and when I click on it, it comes up” how to make chocolate clobbler” I have that already, really want the salad receipe!!!!
    Thanks, HAPPY 4TH of July to the “Jordan’s”,

  10. Christine says

    Made your cobbler recipe today. I added cinnamon, salt, and instant coffee to the batter, and it was amazing! Thanks for posting this. I cannot wait to make it again!

  11. Michelle says

    First I want to say I’m so excited to have found this website!! There are so many dishes I want to try! I started with the chocolate cobbler. I’ve been wanting to try it for awhile and attempted this afternoon. I followed the directions and it smelled delicious and looked great!! When I cut into it, the top set and was perfect, the bottom was full of chocolate water. Any clues as to what I did wrong?? My husband said if I could fix that it would be great!!!

  12. says

    I just wanted to tell you how much I enjoy your posts. I had a recipie for chocolate cobbler in the crockpot that I have used before, but needed one for the oven, and knew JUST where to look! I don’t normally cook, but this came out so well, that the ladies in my Bible Study group couldn’t believe I made it, and all wanted the recipie! Thank you for making this such a success!!

  13. Linda says

    This looks yummy…wish I was a “chocolate person.” But I’m not, so I think I’m going to use this recipe to make a White Chocolate Cobbler, using only white sugar & white chocolate powder (which I have on hand). Hope it turns out as good as this Chocolate Cobbler looks!

  14. Cheryl McLarty says

    My mother made this while we were eating. We could never wait for it to cool,
    we never had ice cream on it but Daddy like cream on his. I can just see us sitting at the table waiting for her to get it out of the oven. Brought back such wonderful memories. I can’t wait to make it for my grandchildren. Your recipes bring back so many great memories. Thank you.

  15. Jen says

    Made this for us last night– yum! Lovethe swaping the coffee for the water idea someone had in the comments. I think it would really enhance the chocolate flavor, plus I loooove coffee. Thank you for your awesome websiteand all your recipes and stories that you share.

  16. Julianne says

    Mmmmmm- I am thinking about how dark decadently chocolate this could be if I subbed some coffee for some of the water and used dark cocoa.

    Or added some mint extract to make it Grasshopper Cobbler (use your imagination on the mental image those words bring to mind, lol)

    Thinking making this will be a great spirit lifter in the ginormous snow storm that’s arriving in 3…2…1… :)

  17. Tess says

    Yuuuummmmmy, oh this is Heaven! Most anything chocolate will do, I prefer dark chocolate so I used Hershey’s Special Dark Cocoa Powder. (that’s all I had in my pantry and I didn’t want to dash to the store for the regular cocoa) It is sinfully devine, and with the Special Dark it is very rich, it will definitely get rid of an intense chocolate craving. Hopefully this won’t offend anyone but last spring I was at a retreat and someone had brought a “Better than Sex Cake” I’ve heard about those for years but had never tasted one, well in all honesty I thought it was good but certainly not as good as, well, you know! Until I tasted this rich, chocolatey ooey gooey melt in your mouth and oooh were my little taste buds happy, as well as my daughter and husband. I looked at my husband and said, ok, now this one is getting close!!! (giggle)
    Thank you Christy for all your wonderful recipes. Most of all for letting your light shine, you’re an awesome inspiration! God bless you and your beautiful family, shine on!

  18. Annetta says

    Our mom served this as well. Her recipe from a 1950s Betty Crocker cookbook didn’t use self-rising flour, but otherwise it looks the same. It was so yummy! We lived on a dairy, so always had fresh whipped cream on desserts. There was also a lemon version in that cookbook, but we loved the chocolate.

  19. Patricia Hawn says

    We are having a covered dish dinner at church on Sunday, so I’m auditioning this today. It is in the oven right now and smells really good. A few months ago I picked up a can of “Special Dark” cocoa to make hot chocolate. Well, it didn’t do that very well, so I’m using it for this. Can’t wait to taste it!
    I made it in a 13×9 inch pan, so we get double the amount!
    Thanks for such an excellent website!

  20. Johnna DeMoss says

    Made this several months ago & forgot to review the recipe. Made this for my mom’s birthday & she loved it. She loved it so much she asked me to make another one for a friend at work who was celebrating her birthday. It was a big hit at her work as well!

  21. Dawn says

    My kids grew up on this dessert – easy and cheap. We called it Hot Fudge Pudding Cake. Sometimes we would add some chopped nuts to it, either in the cake or mixed in the sauce.for more of a sundae effect. Also always added extra vanilla or used almond extract for another flavor. The Betty Crocker Lemon one is also good, but the kids always preferred the chocolate. We even made it once without the cocoa for a more butterscotch effect for someone who didn’t like chocolate. Wonderful adaptable recipe – like many of the older ones.

  22. WENDY SWANSON says

    Can YOU PLEASE Tell me WHERE I can See or FIND your ” (see my buttermilk biscuit tutorial on how to substitute plain for self rising) ” Flour For to Make this Chocolate Cobbler ! ? All we have here is ALL PURPOSE FLOUR – Not ……….. SELF RISING .

    THANK – YOU HUN ! <3 :)

  23. Bev says

    Who knows why in the world I waited so long to try this recipe! It is wonderful…my husband and I finished it in just 2 meals. By the way, I put the leftover in the refrigerator last night, then stuck it in the oven to warm while we prepared and ate our lunch today, and it was perfect. I’m writing to ask you to please come up with a lemon version!

  24. Jen says

    I thought I commented here back around Thanksgiving but I guess I forgot– oops. lol. Anyway, I last made this chocolate cobbler along with an apple crisp for our Thanksgiving desserts this past Thanksgiving and it was a huge hit. I have made it many times before also. I plan to try the cinimon version very soon. God bless, Jen


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