Mama’s Classic Strawberry Cobbler Recipe

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This strawberry cobbler recipe is a classic Southern dessert that’s quick, easy, and packed full of flavor.

bite of strawberry cobbler

I love strawberries any way you fix them, so my Mama’s strawberry cobbler recipe is one I set out to duplicate the minute I got my hands on some strawberries. I just can’t resist the combination of the cake-like topping sitting over those sweetened strawberries. Fortunately, this is a fantastically easy dessert to make.

One of the best things about this particular recipe is that it’s really forgiving. If you have a little extra fruit, add it. If you are a little bit short, use what you have and don’t give it a second thought. I promise it will turn out just fine.  Remember your grandmother never had a measuring cup, they just eyeballed all the ingredients. This is a recipe from the old days and turns out just fine.  Don’t stress over it, just be glad you have a modern stove and not a wood-burning one!

Now, while this strawberry cobbler is delicious by itself, I highly recommend serving with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or with whipped topping.  My daddy even adds a little bit of sweet milk over his (common old-fashioned way of referring to whole milk), so serve it however suits your fancy. You will be the star! Let me know how your family likes it.  

Recipe Ingredients

  • Self-rising flour
  • Sugar
  • Milk
  • Sweetened strawberries
  • Butter
  • Cinnamon (optional)

How to Make Strawberry Cobbler Step by Step

Butter in baking dish.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Place your margarine in an oven-proof bowl and put it in the oven while it preheats in order to melt it.

Dry ingredients in bowl.

In a separate bowl, mix together all the dry ingredients.

Adding milk to dry ingredients

Add milk to the dry ingredients.

Stirred dry ingredients in mixing bowl.

Stir until smooth.

Now you have your batter.

melted butter in baking dish.

Now remove your dish from the oven once your butter has melted.  Pour in your batter. Do not stir.

strawberry cobbler add strawberries

Pour your strawberries over the top of that.

Do not stir.

strawberry cobbler add sugar

Sprinkle about a tablespoon or so of sugar over the batter before you place it in the oven.

baked strawberry cobbler

Bake at 400 degrees for 30-40 minutes or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean.

Removing slice of strawberry cobbler from baking dish.

Scoop up that delicious goodness onto your plate…

Adding scoop of ice cream to homemade strawberry cobbler.

Serve on its own while warm, or with whipped cream, vanilla ice cream, or pour a little sweet milk over it!


  • Store leftover cobbler in an airtight container in the fridge for up to four days. The topping will soften in the fridge, so to reheat I suggest popping it back in the oven momentarily.
  • If you’d like to freeze your cobbler, ensure it’s completely cool before you freeze it in an airtight container for up to two months. Once it’s time to eat, thaw it in the fridge overnight and then reheat it in the oven again.

Recipe Notes

  • You can make this strawberry cobbler recipe with fresh strawberries washed and cut up with a little sugar on them or you can use frozen sliced sweetened strawberries. If you use fresh ones, let them sit for a little bit after you add the sugar to make some juice. If you use frozen ones, let them thaw.  When you are in a real hurry you can stick frozen ones in the microwave for a few seconds at a time until they are thawed.
  • If you can wait, allow the cobbler to sit for 30 minutes once out of the oven before you serve. This will allow the sauce to thicken a bit more and, you know, you won’t burn your mouth with that first mouthful (always a good thing).

scoop of strawberry cobbler

Recipe FAQs

How do you choose the best fresh strawberries?

The best fresh strawberries have bright green leaves and bright red berries. Avoid any bruised or damaged strawberries.

Can I use different fruit?

Yes, you can substitute the strawberries for other in-season berries, like raspberries or blueberries. Here are some more cobbler recipes too: cream cheese strawberry cobbler, chocolate cobbler, easy berry cobbler, peach cobbler, and apple pecan cobbler

What is the difference between a crisp and a crumble?

The main difference between these two baked desserts is the topping, as underneath you’ll find similar fruit centers. A cobbler has a dough-like topping, while a crisp has a crumbly top layer.

Here are some more sensational strawberry recipes:

Fresh Strawberry Pie

Fresh Strawberry Muffins

Strawberry Cake With Cream Cheese Icing

Strawberry Pecan Bread

Mama’s Classic Strawberry Cobbler

This strawberry cobbler recipe is a classic Southern dessert that's full of flavor.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: strawberry
Servings: 4
Calories: 345kcal


  • 1 cup self-rising flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup milk
  • ½ tsp cinnamon optional
  • 2 cups sweetened strawberries fresh or frozen
  • 1 stick margarine


  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Melt the stick of margarine or butter in a 2 to 2.5-quart ovenproof casserole dish while you mix up the batter.
    1 stick margarine
  • Mix all dry ingredients together, then stir in the milk until smooth.
    1 cup self-rising flour, 1 cup sugar, 1 cup milk, ½ tsp cinnamon
  • Pour batter over the melted margarine. Do not stir!
  • Pour strawberries into the center of the batter. Once again, do not stir!
    2 cups sweetened strawberries
  • Note: This is a little something that I do extra. You can do it or not. I always sprinkle about a tablespoon of sugar over the batter and strawberries before I put it in the over. It just makes it look like my grandmother's cobbler because that was her finishing touch.
  • Bake for 30 to 40 minutes or until you can insert a knife into the center and peep into the cobbler. The batter should be cakey and not soupy. How is that for technical terms?


Calories: 345kcal
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garden over the horizon instead of enjoying the roses that are blooming

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~Dale Carnegie


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  1. 5 stars
    I love this pie. My grandmother had a recipe like this for peach pie. She called it speedy peach pie. It was such a treat for us when she made it. I have never made it with strawberries and can’t imagine why. I will try it for sure. I love strawberries

  2. Hi Mama, this is the way I make my peach cobbler but never thought about using strawberries. Will be making this soon. Thanks!

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