Berry Cobbler

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This easy old-fashioned berry cobbler recipe includes juicy berries of your choice bursting with flavor, underneath a decadently crisp yet crumbly topping. When served with a big scoop of vanilla ice cream, it’s the perfect cozy fall dessert.

Now, I’m not shy about my love of cobblers on Southern Plate. In fact, I think there’s a cobbler recipe for every mood, whether you want a decadent chocolate cobbler, juicy peach cobbler, or a cream cheese strawberry cobbler. Today, we’re turning our attention toward easy old-fashioned berry cobblers.

One of my favorite parts of this recipe is that you can use any berries you like. They can also be frozen or fresh berries. Today, I’m using frozen blackberries. Now, this is one of those super simple recipes from the old days. Most of the recipes from the old days were simple. The only other ingredients you need are kitchen essentials: sugar, milk, self-rising flour, and butter.

The steps to make my berry cobbler recipe are very simple. We microwave the berries to make them nice and tender and juicy. Then we mix together the cobbler batter before adding that to a baking dish, along with the berries and melted butter. The only thing left to do is bake the cobbler. Now, don’t forget that a berry cobbler isn’t complete without a serving of vanilla ice cream or whipped cream. I don’t make the rules!

Whether it’s a summer berry cobbler in your house or a cozy comfort food dish in fall, the combination of the juicy berry filling with the buttery crust is a match made in dessert heaven. Seriously.

I hope you pick someone you love and make them this blackberry 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.

berry cobbler ingredientsIngredients

  • Self-rising flour
  • Sugar
  • Milk
  • Unsalted butter
  • Fresh or frozen berries

How to Make Berry Cobbler

put berries in bowl with butter and sugar and microwave.

Place your fresh or frozen berries in a bowl. Add about a tablespoon of butter and sprinkle 1/2 cup of sugar over them.

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

Microwaved berries.

It will look like this.

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

If they’re still too tart for your taste, you can easily mix in some more sugar to your taste.

put butter in medium casserole dish

In a medium casserole dish, place a stick of butter.

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

melt the butter in the microwave.

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

in separate bowl put sugar and flour

In a separate bowl, place your sugar and flour.

stir til combined

Stir to combine.

add milk

Add in milk.

stir that up

Then stir that up a bit.

pour berry cobbler batter over the butter

Pour flour mixture over melted butter.


butter will float on top. Don't stir.

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

pour in berries

Pour in your berry mixture.

Again, do not stir.

sprinkle sugar over the top of the cobbler.

Sprinkle just a little sugar over the top of it.  

baked berry cobbler

Bake at 350 for 50 to 55 minutes.

have a scoop of ice cream with your berry cobbler

Add a scoop of ice cream if you like and enjoy your blackberry cobbler!


  • Store leftover cobbler in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days. I recommend reheating in the oven briefly to make the top crispy and crumbly again.
  • Most cobblers and pies are also okay to freeze for up to 3 months. Just make sure they are cooled and well sealed in cling wrap and then aluminum foil to keep it even more tightly secured. And for convenience, it’s a good idea to store it in the freezer in what you baked it in so you can warm it up easily.

Recipe Notes

  • If you like, substitute the granulated sugar for dark or light brown sugar.
  • For added sweetness, add a teaspoon of vanilla extract when you mix the milk into the cobbler batter.
  • Here’s my guide to making self-rising flour, but you’ll also need salt, baking powder, and all-purpose flour if you make your own.
  • For added flavor, mix a teaspoon of ground cinnamon into the cobbler batter.
  • Adapt this recipe to make any kind of cobbler you like with 2 cups of fresh fruit or frozen fruit of your choice.
  • Now, some recipes mix the frozen fruit with a teaspoon of lemon zest and/or lemon juice or orange juice, but I find the blackberries are tart enough. If you want to add an extra zing though, go right ahead!

Recipe FAQs

What type of berries should I use for this recipe?

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

You can also do a mixed berry cobbler or a triple berry cobbler and combine blackberries and raspberries, or strawberries and blueberries. Whatever you desire!

What’s the difference between a cobbler and a pie?

I have been asked this question a whole bunch. So here’s the answer. A pie has a bottom crust and a cobbler doesn’t. Now how’s that for an easy answer? Thought you would like that!

How do you serve berry cobbler?

Besides serving it with ice cream, it also tastes great on its own or with whipped cream (here’s my homemade recipe).

You may also enjoy these recipes:

Chocolate Cobbler Recipe (Possible Options for Food Allergies)

Easy Crescent Cherry Cream Cheese Cobbler

Cinnamon Cobbler

Pineapple Cobbler

Cherry Berry Cobbler

Apple Cobbler Recipe

Berry Cobbler

This easy old-fashioned berry cobbler recipe includes the juicy berries of your choice with a crisp yet crumbly topping. Served with ice cream, it's the perfect cozy fall dessert.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: berry, cobbler
Servings: 4
Calories: 241.6kcal


  • 2 cups frozen or fresh berries
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup self-rising flour
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 stick butter or margarine


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Melt the stick of butter in an ovenproof casserole dish in the oven while mixing the other ingredients.
    1 stick butter or margarine
  • Place 1 tablespoon of margarine on top of the berries in a small bowl. Pour 1/2 cup of sugar over the berries and stir. Heat in the microwave for 1 minute so that sugar begins to melt.
    2 cups frozen or fresh berries, 1/2 cup granulated sugar, 1 stick butter or margarine
  • Mix together flour and sugar until blended. Pour in milk and mix until blended.
    1 cup milk, 1 cup self-rising flour, 1 cup granulated sugar
  • After the butter has melted, take the casserole dish out of the oven and pour the flour mixture on top of the melted butter. Pour the berry mixture on top of the batter. DO NOT STIR! Sprinkle a tablespoon of sugar over the cobbler.
  • Place in the oven and cook for 50 to 55 minutes or until golden brown.


Calories: 241.6kcal
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      I’d love to be sitting on a beach watching the sunset right about now.
      We’re hoping to take the kids somewhere tomorrow or Sunday but not sure where yet. Bradybug has a boy scout fishing tournament tomorrow so we’re going to try to plan something around that since we had so much fun daytripping last weekend!

      Hope your day is amazing and beautiful,
      Christy 🙂

  1. Oh My,,,,Like I said, I was going to do it right now….well, one kid ate most of the peaches, so I didn’t have 2 cups, so I went and added 2 cups of frozen blueberries-proceeded as normal and it is already in the oven-lickity split-that is a fast one to put together!

    thank you!

  2. I am sooooo incredibly grateful today for house appraisers. We found out yesterday that we’re buying a house for $14,000 less than our original offer because it was appraised lower, and we’re just so thankful for this! It will be a huge ease on our finances.

    This cobbler looks so delicious. My daughter and I just made a cake this afternoon or I’d be pulling out some fruit and making this! Oh, that’s another thing I’m thankful for – my little 4-year-old loves to work in the kitchen with me. She loves tying on an apron and helping me to stir and measure when I’m cooking. Remember your post a while back where you suggested a baking kit as a gift for little kids? I did that for her birthday last Wednesday, we got her a pink mixing bowl, her own mixing spoons, a homemade apron, and several little baking mixes. She was so excited to get to use all her own stuff to make a little chocolate cake today, and I have you to thank for the awesome idea! 🙂

    1. Oh Stephanie, I’m so happy for you! A new house!!! I know you’ll get that kitchen broken in really quick! lol

      My four year old has really taken to helping in the kitchen a lot lately, too. Its kind of an eye opener for me, watching her so actively and openly try to immulate me. She says things like “Mama, when I grow up, I wanna be a Mama just like you and take care of my kids and cook fun things”.

      She follows me around and wants to help with everything I do most days. She even wants to listen to my music so she can learn the words when we’re in the car together.

      Its really humbling to know that my daughter looks up to me. Bless her heart for thinking I know what I’m doing! lol

      Katy and I have matching aprons and she really loves that, too!

      As my son is getting older, he is wanting to spend more time doing “guy things” with his dad and to see her willingly wanting to be left here so she can spend more time alone with me is just —wow. I don’t even know how to say how much it means to me. It also makes me remember when I was a girl and felt the same way about my Mama. In fact, I still wanna be her when I grow up.

      Thank you so much for telling me about the junior baking kit. I’m so thrilled and honored that anything I did inspired you in any way!!!!

      You make me feel like I have a reason 🙂

      Christy 🙂

  3. I am blessed and thankful that my hubby and I both have jobs. He did not have a job from June to September. So that is what I am blessed with; jobs, children, good health, food on the table and love.

    And I have some sliced peaches leftover, I gonna try this right now!

    I love cobbler!

    1. Oh that is wonderful! So happy for all of your blessings. The food on the table thing gets me every time I bake. I just can’t believe all of the bounty we have now that my ancestors could never have imagined.

      I’m a cobbler person myself, hope you enjoy this! My mother makes it with peaches all the time 🙂
      Christy 🙂

  4. One of the things (of the many, many things) I am grateful for today is my kid’s teachers.

    I’m so fortunate to have each child paired with teachers who really do love all of the children in their class. These women make each morning something that my children look forward to, because they both feel like they are welcome and loved in their classrooms.

    One of many things to be grateful for….but its a start 🙂

    1. My daughter is a first grade teacher (in her 2nd year of teaching). She truely LOVES all “her kids” and it is nice to know that there are teachers out there that do just that, especially in these trying times. I’m so thankful for a child who is doing what she loves, teaching our future!

      1. Hi C aka hunny bunny 2. i b jes fine.
        Sooo… how do I sign up and who is in charge of this “Southerner relocation program”? To grease the wheel, I will bake “them” this cobbler, except for the past 20 years I have used blueberries in this recipe or homegrown peaches. (it is THE most requested dessert that I make, beside my Choc. Pecan Pie recipe found on Southern Plate. My sweet GA Mother in law gave these recipes to me as I married her son). Maybe if I make all of these desserts for the person in charge of relocation, THEN we can get something done about being so far from home. Nothing moves mountains like a homemade cobbler (or pie). ;-}

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