Chocolate Cobbler Recipe (With Food Allergy Options)

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Chocolate lovers, you’re going to melt when you try this rich, fudgy, and indulgent old-fashioned Southern chocolate cobbler recipe. Fortunately, it’s simple, quick, and easy to make.

Chocolate Cobbler Recipe

Learn how to make this delicious Southern chocolate cobbler recipe using things I bet you already have on hand. We’re talking cocoa powder, milk, sugar,  flour, and vegetable oil. Yep, this delicious recipe comes together so easily with shelf-stable ingredients and fridge essentials.

All it takes is a little mixing and your chocolate cobbler will be ready for the oven in no time at all. The end result is a decadent dessert that combines a brownie-like topping with a rich fudgy chocolate sauce underneath. Similar to a molten lava cake and also known as a chocolate pudding cake, if I was a chocolate lover I would dream about this chocolate cake.

This old-fashioned Southern chocolate dessert is great for potlucks or get-togethers. You can serve it like I do on its own or add a big dollop of vanilla ice cream or whipped cream

This recipe is an adaptation of my original chocolate cobbler post because I wanted to feature how incredibly versatile the recipe itself is, especially if cooking for folks who have food allergies. Throughout the years, I have altered this recipe to accommodate just about every allergy there is with no discernible change in taste or quality and everyone being able to indulge.

A recipe that can accommodate kids with serious food allergies and make them feel like they are getting the best dessert rather than a runner-up? That’s a win! So whether you’re dairy-free, nut-free, or gluten-free, I’ve included options that suit you below.

Chocolate Cobbler Recipe ingredients.

Recipe Ingredients

  • Cocoa powder (could use carob as a substitute if sensitive to cocoa)
  • Brown sugar
  • Milk (can use any type so you can adjust it for those with food allergies)
  • Sugar
  • Flour (gluten-free self-rising flour recipe here)
  • Vanilla extract
  • Vegetable oil

How to Make Chocolate Cobbler

Stir together sugar and cocoa powder in bowl.

In a medium-sized bowl, stir together sugar and cocoa powder.

Add oil, vanilla, and milk and mix well.

Add in the type of milk you desire, oil, and vanilla extract. Stir that up until it looks like brownie batter.

Spread batter into the bottom of a baking dish.

Spread this into the bottom of a greased 8×8 baking dish.

Sprinkle batter with topping mixture of cocoa powder and brown sugar.

In a separate bowl, stir together your topping ingredients of cocoa powder and brown sugar. Sprinkle every last bit of that over the top of the batter.

Sidenote: If anyone reading this has never had a chocolate cobbler before, I sure do hope you fix that soon. As in, tonight, or a few minutes after reading this post. 

Slowly pour hot water over chocolate cobbler batter in baking dish.

Now slowly pour your hot water over the top of your dish.

Tip for this recipe

You want to do this as slowly as you can to avoid mixing up the batter into the topping. I usually place my cup close to the edge and pour very gently, moving it around to different corners from time to time as I do so.

Chocolate Cobbler ready for the oven.

It will look like a chocolate swamp when you’re done :).

Place this in a 350-degree oven for 45 minutes. Let cool for up to 20 minutes and then get a spoon ready… and maybe some good quality vanilla ice cream if you have the hankering. I usually have it on its own though.

Chocolate Cobbler Recipe



Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days. Reheat in the microwave.

Recipe Notes

  • Double the recipe easily and bake it in a 9×13-inch baking dish instead.
  • Instead of vanilla ice cream, serve your chocolate cobbler with whipped cream and your favorite fresh berries, like cherries.
  • For added chocolate flavor, I won’t tell anyone if you fold 1/2 cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips into the cobbler batter.
  • To enhance the chocolate flavor, add teaspoon of espresso powder.

Recipe Substitutions for Food Allergies

  • Egg allergies: there are no eggs in this easy chocolate cobbler recipe.
  • Nut allergy: while my mother’s recipe calls for adding pecans, I’ve never added nuts to my chocolate cobbler so these are easily avoided as well.
  • Dairy allergy: I use Silk soy milk, the vanilla flavor, and no one has ever been able to tell a difference. You can use any kind of milk you like, including regular milk, almond milk, coconut milk (avoid these two for nut allergies), soy milk, or oat milk.
  • If you need a gluten-free self-rising flour you can find a recipe here.
  • For those who are allergic to cocoa, investigate if carob is a good alternative.

Please make sure you thoroughly investigate all ingredients if you, your child, or someone you know with food allergies is wanting to have this dish. Check with your physician to ensure there are no issues with any ingredients.

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Chocolate Cobbler

Chocolate lovers will enjoy this rich, fudgy, and indulgent old-fashioned Southern chocolate cobbler recipe. It's simple, quick, and easy to make.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chocolate, cobbler
Servings: 8
Calories: 319kcal


Batter ingredients:

  • 1 cup self-rising flour substitute for gluten-free flour
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa can use carob
  • 1/2 cup milk any type of milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil

Topping Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup cocoa can use carob
  • 1 3/4 cups hot water


  • In a medium-sized bowl, stir together flour, sugar, and cocoa from the batter ingredients. Add milk, vanilla, and oil. Mix well until it becomes a thick brownie-like batter.
    1 cup self-rising flour, 3/4 cup sugar, 2 tablespoons cocoa, 1/2 cup milk, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • Pour batter into greased 8x8-inch pan.
  • In a separate bowl, stir together topping ingredients (brown sugar and cocoa). Sprinkle over the batter.
    3/4 cup brown sugar, 1/4 cup cocoa
  • Very slowly, pour the hot water over the dry mixture and batter.
    1 3/4 cups hot water
  • Bake in a 350-degree oven for 40 to 45 minutes.


  • For those with allergies please always check with your physician re: ingredients.
  • If you need a gluten-free self-rising flour you can find a recipe here.
  • For those who are allergic to cocoa, investigate if carob is a good alternative.


Calories: 319kcal
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  1. I baked it for an extra 20 minutes and still couldn’t get all the water absorbed 🙁 Any guesses on what I did wrong?

  2. Sounds so yummy!! Can I make this with regular AP flour? Do I need to change the recipe in any way with that? Thanks!!

        1. Kimberly, I’d mix in 1 tsp. of Baking Powder, 1/4 tsp. Baking Soda and 1/4 tsp. Salt with the flour. Hope this helps.

  3. I used to make this all the time only it was called chocolate sludge, I always topped mine with good vanilla ice cream!! No calories or carbs if shared

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