Old Fashioned (AND SUPER EASY) Berry Cobbler


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Berry pie, berry pie
I’m gonna make him a berry pie
I wanna be the apple of his eye
So I’m gonna make him a berry pie

This post is brought to you because of Dolly Parton – and bless her heart, she has no idea! You see, there is a song of hers on called “Berry Pie” that Katy and I have taken a shining to – and by “taking a shining to” I mean that we have taken to listening to it on a repetitive loop anytime we are in the car together :)

Have you noticed how easily music can affect your mood? Preferring to be happy and upbeat, I choose my music accordingly. Berry Pie is one of those toe tapping, dancing-a-jig-through-life types of songs that you can’t help but smile as you sing along with it.

I know we all struggle at times to maintain our positive attitudes and to focus on appreciating the good things in life rather than bemoaning the bad, so in order to do this I go for a full out assault on negativity. I try to surround myself with optimistic people whenever possible, read motivational quotes on a regular basis, listen to happy and uplifting music, and if I ever feel like I’m still being dragged down into the pit of despair, it always helps to take a moment to mentally list of all of the wonderful things in my life that I am grateful for – I hope you know that you are on that list and I’d like to invite you to leave your own gratitude list at the bottom of this post as an inspiration to others.blackberry cobbler 006

So if you’re struggling right now, either with life situations or depression of some sort, take a good look at what your listening to and consider altering your music to a more cheerful, optimistic tunes. Every little bit helps – and as you have seen with negativity, the little things add up to big things pretty quick. Instead of allowing circumstance to continually build big mountains of darkness in our lives, isn’t it time we formed our own constructions projects of big old mountains of sunshine?

As your second assignment I want you to pick someone you love and make them this cobbler. Because I’m a firm believer that the best dishes aren’t made out of a necessity to eat, they’re made out of love for the person who is going to be eating them.

This is one of those super simple recipes from the old days. Most of the recipes from the old days were simple. Folks seemed to really understand the value of “simple” back then, and I think it allowed cooks more time to put love in their dishes. You knew what you were gonna make and you walked into the kitchen and made it from the heart, without even having to look at a recipe. All that time agonizing over complicated instructions was spent instead thinking of how happy Junior was gonna be when he came home from school and found you’d made the family’s favorite cobbler. Thoughts like that just naturally make a body smile, don’t they?

I really don’t understand the thinking behind complicating things but I know folks who prefer more complicated and sophisticated cooking likely look down their nose at my ways. You know what? I’m perfectly okay with that.

I’m a whatever cranks yer tractor kinda gal anyway.

Right now, this cobbler has my engine revving up something fierce so lets get at it!

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You’ll need: Self Rising Flour, Sugar, Milk, Margarine, and about two cups of berries.

You can use any type of berries you like, fresh or frozen. I’m using frozen blackberries. YUM!

Now the rule is, ya gotta sing and dance a bit with me as  you make this.

Sorry to have to force ya but you know how rules are :)

Berry pie, berry pie
I’m gonna make him a berry pie

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Place your berries in a bowl and add about a tablespoon of margarine. Sprinkle 1/2 C sugar over them.

Heat these in the microwave for about a minute or two, until the margarine is melted and the berries are warm.

I’m using frozen blackberries I got from the grocery store. They came in a 16 ounce bag for a little over $2.00

I wanna be the apple of his eye
So I’m gonna make him a berry pie

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It will look like this.

Give them a taste and make sure they are sweet enough for you.

These are just right for me but you may have berries that are a bit on the tart side and prefer to add a touch more sugar to your taste.

Yoddle-dee-yay, yoodle-dee-yie
Yoddle-dee-yum-yum, my oh my
He’s kind of cute, I’m kinda shy
I’m gonna make him a berry pie

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In a medium casserole dish, place 1/2 C margarine.

If you don’t have a dish like this, you can just use an 8×8 pan.

Mama used to say, “To really please a man
Put somethin’ in a bowl or somethin’ in a pan
Make him somethin’ tart, make him somethin’ sweet
To get to his heart, make something good to eat”

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Place that in the microwave for a minute or so until the margarine is completely melted.

I like to cook and I love to bake
Bread and cookies and pies and cakes
I’m convinced my mama was right
So I’m gonna bake him a berry pie

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In a separate bowl, place your sugar and your flour.

Berry pie, berry pie
I’m gonna make him a berry pie
I wanna be the apple of his eye
But I’m gonna make him a berry pie

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Stir to combine.

Yoddle-dee-yay, yoodle-dee-yie
Yoddle-dee-yum-yum, my oh my
I wanna win him over so why don’t I
Let my cookin’ do my talkin’ with a berry pi

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Add in milk.

A little bit of that, a little bit of this
A lotta lotta sugar and as sweet as his kiss
I wanna give him presents so why don’t I
Show him my love in a berry pie

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Then stir that up a bit

Berry pie, berry pie
I’m gonna make him a berry pie
He’s the berry so why don’t I
Get out the fixin’s for a berry pie

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Pour batter mixture over melted margarine.


A berry pie, a berry pie
I’m gonna make him a berry pie

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It’ll look like this, with margarine floating on the top.

I wanna be the apple of his eye
So I’m gonna make him a berry pie

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Pour in your berries.

Again, do not stir.

Eee-eye, a berry pie
I’m gonna make him a berry pie

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Sprinkle just a little sugar over the top of it.

Eee-eye, a berry pie
I’m gonna make him a berry pie


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Bake at 350 for 50-55 minutes.

I wanna give him presents so why don’t I
Show him my love in a berry pie

Old Fashioned Berry Cobbler
  • 2 C Berries, frozen or fresh
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup self rising flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 stick butter or margarine
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Melt stick of butter in oven proof casserole dish in oven while mixing ingredients. Place 1 T margarine on top of berries in a small bowl. Pour ½ cup sugar over berries. Stir. Heat in microwave for 1 minute so that sugar begins to melt.
  2. Mix together 1 cup flour and 1 cup sugar until blended. Pour in 1 cup milk and mix until blended.
  3. After butter is melted, take casserole out of oven and pour batter on top of melted butter. Pour berries on top of batter. DO NOT STIR! Sprinkle a tablespoon of sugar over cobbler. Place in 350 oven and cook for 55 minutes or until golden.


What blessings do you have in your life that have slipped your mind lately? Are your children healthy? Your Mama still living? Married to a good man and live in a home with electricity and running water? What are you going to be grateful for today that you forgot to be grateful for yesterday?

And most importantly, who do you love that you’re going to get to cook for soon? ~winks~

“Make the most of today. Get interested in something. Shake yourself awake. Develop a hobby. Let the winds of enthusiasm sweep through you. Live today with gusto.”

~Dale Carnegie

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  1. Kasey says

    I followed the recipe exactly but my crust only rose on the sides. My middle was just a big hole with berries. Is there something I missed? How do you get the crust to cover the entire top?

  2. Stephanie says

    I was about to make this and realized I didn’t have self-rising flour and no baking powder, so once I get my ingredients, I will attempt this. My question is can you use other fruits without changing the recipe? This seems to be an extremely easy recipe, just my style as I am not a baker! I am excited to give it a whirl. Will post success or failure once I get it made. If it fails, I’m sure it will be something I did wrong, I mean this seems so easy, how could it fail. I’m hopeful, sorta. Thanks for letting me know about the using this recipe with other fruits:-)

  3. Stephanie says

    Well I finally got the self-rising flour and made this with blackberries and oh my goodness it was soooo good! I was amazed that I actually made it and it turned out so well. Thanks for sharing this. I will keep on making this for my husband and me! Been telling everyone about it!

  4. Mimi says

    I also add a teaspoon of vanilla flavoring to mine. My grandmother used this recipe for her peach cobbler and passed it on to all her granddaughters. I was pleased to discover that it works very well using any fruit. Try it with crushed pineapple.

  5. Avis says

    Looks delicious, and simple also. I will be trying this. Thank you for all of your recipes, and your lovely words of wisdom and love and kindness. I am so truly blessed, it is hard to know where to begin to list them. God bless you and your family as well.

  6. Dolly says

    I love this recipe! I also add freshly grated ginger to the berries, and a little almond extract to the milk and flour mixture. I’ve also tried a few different types of berries and fresh blackberries have been the best so far. The ginger is always a great addition no matter what berry you use.

  7. Mary Ann Cox says

    This was my first time on your site. I just love everything about it. It made me feel like I was a kid again! Me, my husband, and our grandson just picked some blackberries and I was looking for a recipe for blackberry cobbler and came across you web page:-) I’m going to make this cobbler tonight!! Such an easy recipe!! Thanks so much!!

  8. Debbie Carlin says

    I came upon this site, and enjoyed the recipe and also your positive words. I know that life is short, and we must enjoy what we have…..but it is so easy to let the negative thoughts take over and they can easily blot out the happiness. As I have gotten older I feel I understand more easily that you must force yoruself to push past the ‘bad thoughts’ and the self-pity……life is a gift.

    • Marilyn says

      I have a variation ….1C self rising flour, 1stick butter melted but not hot, 1C sugar, and 1C buttermilk. Use any canned fruit. I’ve used pineapple before and threw in a handful of coconut, it was amazing. Melt butter in bowl and stir in all other ingredients, then dump in the fruit of choice. Bake at 350 until golden on top. Batter will cook over fruit.

  9. Lynetia says

    Ran across your page looking for a blackberry cobbler that my 5year old wants to make with our freshly picked blackberries. This looks awesome! We will be making this after her first dance recital today – happy Mother’s Day!!

      • Lynetia Crowe says

        Thank you, Christy! Her recital went wonderful! And even better, the cobbler was fantastic!! (While we didn’t get to make it Sunday but we did tonight!) It was a great hit! They are wanting to go picking again and make another pie to give to their teachers and our neighbors and grandparents, etc… LOL! And believe me, with the help of my 3 & 5 year old this was made with lots of love!! Thank you and I am so glad I found your site – can’t wait to try your other recipes too! God Bless!!

  10. Carey says

    Thank you, Christy, for posting this spectacular recipe. I have made this for many years, as I have been picking wild dewberries since I was a small child, and I’m now 63. I have always followed the same procedures you outline, but my ingredients are a bit different. For one, I always use King Arthur organic flour and add one teaspoon baking powder and one half teaspoon of baking soda per cup. I always use butter instead of margarine. I use buttermilk instead of fresh milk. I use less sugar in the batter, about 2/3 to 3/4 cup. And when the crust is almost set and lightly browned, I break through in several places with a cooking spoon. This results in a beautiful, marbled crust. I sometimes also apply an egg wash during the last 10 or 15 minutes of baking, and sprinkle sugar over it. I just made a large one for a dinner party of 25, and since everyone asked for the recipe, I forwarded a link to your site. Thanks again for the post and for reminding us of Dolly’s lovely song.

  11. Kathryn Grenier says

    I made this last night for my husband and I. I instead of using 1 cup granulated sugar. I used about 1/4 firmly packed cup brown sugar with about 1/2 cup granulated sugar. I also mixed in about 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon and before adding the milk stirred in 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract. Everything else was as directed. My cobbler took about 53 mins to bake and about starved us to death before it was finished baking. Once finished and cooled enough to enjoy, it was absolutely delicious!!! I also used fresh picked blackberries that we have been keeping frozen so we can use them without worrying about them going bad. Next cobbler I think I will be making with apples and then make one with peaches. Thank you for sharing such a wonderful and easy recipe! :-)

  12. amber says

    I was wanting to know if any one had tried blueberries and pineapple together and if so is it as good as it sounds in my head lol thank you so much for the fantastic song lol I loved it! Y’all stay sweet and sassy :-)

  13. Chris Betts says

    My granddaughter just found out how fun it is to pick blackberries. She wanted to
    make a cobbler with them. So, when I found this recipe, we gave it a try. She could
    hardly stand waiting for it to cool enough to serve. This recipe was so easy and very
    tasty. Most of all, it helped create a wonderful memory. Thank you so much!

  14. Amber says

    My great-grandmother, who lived in Alabama, used this same recipe and she passed it down her grandchildren, but my mom lost the recipe. I found this recipe, made it for my mom, and she was delighted! Thank you so much!!

  15. Lena Ennis says

    I have Celiac Disease Aka Gluten intolerance or sensitivity and almost 10 yrs now I’ve been on a 100% gluten free diet and most dairy too. I just wanted to let any Celiac or gluten free diet followers know that this is a very very easy amazing comfort food or dessert they can make and or eat. KRUSTEAZ brand nows has a cup for cup gluten free flour. Meaning cup for cup what you can do with regular flour you can also do with this flour. Tonight I made hubby’s regular cobbler and I made my cobbler with this new flour. I also used my lactose free milk 1%. I have the recipe half for me with my ingredients and half for him with his ingredients. I didn’t change or add anything to my flour or even check if it was self rising come to think of it, but it did. When I pulled them out of the oven they were identical. Color height risen too and consistency, exactly the same. By far the best I’ve ever cooked or eaten. No complicated additional expensive ingredients (anthem gum etc.) And it tasted out of this world. So thank you for the site sharing and thank you for letting fellow celiacs know they too can enjoy this and it’s easy and cheap. You can buy a Betty Crocker gluten free cake mix now for $4, cheap yes but I can’t eat a whole cake and I don’t want to freeze a bunch of desserts. This one can be so easily adjusted it’s a win win for the celiacs today!!

  16. Debra says

    I found your recipe and knew this was the one I had to make. My sister had asked me to make a blackberry cobbler for my brother in law’s birthday cookout this weekend and I had never made one before. I doubled the recipe and I used 10×13. I used the King Arthur all-purpose flour adding 1 T baking powder, and 1/2 tsp salt. Six 6oz pkg of fresh blackberries – they were huge and plump, and I used 1 pkg kerry gold unsalted butter. I haven’t tasted it yet but at least it looks beautiful. The whole experience made me recall my mom making washtub (huge enameled pan which could be used for laundry/washing dishes) boysenberry cobbler – fond memories.
    thank you

  17. Monika says

    Just made this today we absolutely LOVE it!!! I bought your book, Southern Plate. I have tried so many recipes and I love them all. I thank you for all the wonderful recipes I get to share with my family and friends!!!

  18. Nona says

    Made an altered version this evening since i only had a stick butter and no self rising flour. Multiplied the recipe by 1.5 since i had 3c berries and a larger pan. Added 1/4 coconut oil to my melted butter. Used 2.25t baking powder and .75t salt to the 1.5c flour. I added about 1.5T coconut oil to the frozen mixed berries(blackberries mostly with some strawberries, blueberries and a few raspberries) instead of the butter with 1c sugar. Ended up blending the milk and sugar (1.5c each) together cuz that was just how I got them out at the time. Slowly whisked the flour in with the salt and bp. Was going to add some roasted ginger but it completely slipped my mind this time. Will do next time. Other than a bit of over flow from the oil, it turned out buttery and absolutely delicious. Can truly say this was the best cobbler I’ve eaten and I’ve ate quite a number of servings of cobbler in my life. Incredibly easy at that. Much like the ease of a dump cake. Thank you for the recipe. It’s been added to the favorites.

    • Connie says

      Just discovered your site. As a Southern gal, I love comparing and tweaking my receipes with others from my area. However, I never made cobbler’s before. I know, huge undiscovered hole in my culinary skills and I am flaudering around with this question: do you measure the blueberries by weight or volumn?

      I used a cup to measure out two cups and didn’t have enough juice. Then again, I think I might not have left the berries in the microwave long enough for them to break down. Whatever my mistake, probably both, It turned out more like blueberry cobbler cake. Don’t get me wrong. It was great! But I’m thinking it would be superb with that extra syrup.

      So please tell me if I should use the scales or a cup?

  19. uncljayf says

    I think I may have found a typo in your Southern plate cookbook on page 69 in the Blackberry Cobbler recipe. In the ingredients, there are 2 entries for sugar, 1 cup and 1 1/2 cups + 1 Tbsp. The directions only use 1 1/2 cups and a sprinkle, like your recipe here.
    I’m actually gonna change this to a Blueberry Cobbler and swap out some of the sugar with Splenda to make it a little more diabetic friendly. I’ve done that with your Peach Cobbler recipe and it works great!
    Can hardly wait for your new cookbook to come out!

    • says

      Hey! I hear that one a lot, I’m afraid. I am not near my book right now but I believe part of it was to go over the fruit (if need be) and the rest was in the batter. Oddly, I can’t recall if it is an actual type-o but I do believe last time I checked it was correct but just not as clear as it should be. I’m afraid the Alabama heat has scrambled my brain for the day but I’ll try to check soon as I have a chance and thank you so much!

  20. Brianna K. says

    I absolutely ADORE this recipe! I’m in college and whenever I come home the first thing my dad asks is “Where’s my berry cobbler?!” Hahaha! I make it with a combo of fresh and frozen strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries…Delicious! Thank you!


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