Easy Blackberry Cobbler

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This Easy Blackberry Cobbler comes together in less than an hour! Tart blackberries pair beautifully with sweet and crunchy cobbler topping. A huge hit every time! can be prepared and baked in less than an hour!

Close up bowl of Easy Blackberry Cobbler with vanilla ice cream and a spoon on the side.

Easy Blackberry Cobbler

This Easy Blackberry Cobbler is easily my favorite kind of cobbler. I love the tartness of the blackberries, the juices seeping into the sweetness of the golden, crunchy cobbler topping. Add a nice big scoop of vanilla ice cream or a dollop of whipped cream and you won’t be sorry. My (very picky) two-year-old licked her bowl clean and begged for more. If you haven’t had blackberry cobbler before I can almost guarantee you that it will quickly become a new favorite!

Fresh blackberries, butter, lemon, egg, flour and sugar to make Easy Blackberry Cobbler.

Ingredients for Easy Blackberry Cobbler

Let the gorgeous blackberries be the star of this dessert! You only need a few other pantry staples to round out the blackberry cobbler recipe:

  • Fresh or frozen blackberries (see notes below)
  • Sugar – depending on how sweet you like your dessert, you can switch up the amount of sugar you use. Try as little as three tablespoons to a third cup sugar.
  • Lemon zest – the zest of about half a lemon works great. You can also add a splash of lemon juice for a more tart flavor.
  • For the topping, in a medium bowl, whisk together:
  • One cup flour – all purpose flour works great, but for a more cake-like texture you can try self-rising flour.
  • Sugar – white, granulated sugar
  • One Egg
Serving spoon full of Easy Blackberry Cobbler. Scoops of vanilla ice cream in a bowl in the background.

Fresh Blackberries vs. Frozen Blackberries

It really doesn’t matter whether you use fresh or frozen berries. Both will taste great! If you do frozen, do NOT thaw them first or you’ll have a mushy mess on your hands. You can give them a quick rinse to get the ice off of them but be sure to shake the water off as good as you can before tossing with the sugar and lemon zest.

How to Bake Blackberry Cobbler

I love cooking this cobbler in a cast iron Dutch oven outside. There’s nothing quite like warm cobbler cooked over hot coals. But it also tastes delicious baked in the oven in a ceramic Dutch oven, a small casserole dish, a deep dish pie plate or an 8×8 baking dish.

Pan of baked Easy Blackberry Cobbler with vanilla ice cream scoops on the side and an ice cream scoop.

Can this Cobbler be Made in the Slow Cooker or Instant Pot?

While there are some delicious dessert crockpot and instant pot recipes, I have not had success with this particular recipe these ways.  I haven’t been able to get a good crunchy topping doing it either of those ways. If you like a golden, crisp crust I recommend using an oven.

Substitutions for Blackberry Cobbler Topping

You can easily use a dry mix of Bisquick or cake mix if you want to try it with a little different flavor. Just use 2 cups of the cake mix or Bisquick in place of the sugar/flour mixture. You will still mix it with the egg to get the crumbly texture.

Switch up the Berries

This cobbler is so easy to add a lot of variation, depending on your tastes and what you have on hand. Try tossing in a handful of raspberries, blueberries, cherries or strawberries in with the blackberries. Any combination of berries would make a delightful cobbler!

Hand holding up a spoon full of Easy Blackberry Cobbler.

Gluten Free Blackberry Cobbler

To make gluten-free blackberry cobbler you can just substitute a good GF flour for the all-purpose flour (we have used Namaste flour from Costco with success). You can also use a gluten-free cake mix or pancake batter. Just mix the dry mix with an egg and follow the instructions below substituting the dry mix for the flour and sugar.

Does Blackberry Cobbler Need to be Refrigerated?

You can leave cobbler at room temperature, covered for up to 12 hours. Some have said they leave it out for a day or two without any problems but I don’t like leaving any kind of food out on the counter that long. Personally, I like to keep leftovers in the refrigerator. If you like to eat it room temp, just remove it from the fridge and let it come to room temperature.

Bowl of Easy Blackberry Cobbler with a scoop of melting vanilla ice cream and a spoon. Bowl of ice cream and pan of blackberry cobbler in the background.

More Tasty Cobbler Recipes

You just can’t beat a good cobbler for dessert. Don’t have blackberries on hand? Try one of these!

How to Make Easy Blackberry Cobbler

Bowl of Easy Blackberry Cobbler with a scoop of vanilla ice cream melting on top. Side bowl of ice cream and pan of cobbler.

Easy Blackberry Cobbler

5 from 3 votes
This blackberry cobbler can be prepared and baked in less than an hour! You can use fresh or frozen blackberries. A huge hit every time!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 6 servings


  • Dutch Oven


  • 4 c. fresh blackberries (if using frozen, see notes above)
  • 3 Tbsp. sugar
  • 2 tsp. lemon zest

For the topping:

Optional extras:

  • vanilla ice cream
  • whipped cream
  • fresh mint (for garnish)


  • Preheat oven to 375-degrees.
    Spray a smal (8-9")l Dutch oven, casserole dish, or 8-inch baking dish with cooking spray. 
    Add blackberries to the dish and sprinkle evenly with 3 Tbsp. sugar and lemon zest.
    Baking dish with fresh blackberries, lemon zest and sugar to make Easy Blackberry Cobbler.
  • In a medium mixing bowl, add flour, sugar and egg. Stir well until mixture becomes crumbly. 
    Mixing bowl with flour, sugar and egg crumble topping for Easy Blackberry Cobbler.
  • Sprinkle mixture evenly over blackberries. 
    Pan with crumble topping covering the fresh blackberries to make Easy Blackberry Cobbler.
  • Lightly drizzle melted butter over the crumb topping. 
    Pan with butter drizzled on top of the crumbed topping for Easy Blackberry Cobbler.
  • Bake for 35-40 minutes or until crumb topping becomes golden brown. 
    Pan of baked Easy Blackberry Cobbler.
  • For best results, allow to cool 5-10 minutes before serving.
    Pan of baked Easy Blackberry Cobbler with vanilla ice cream scoops on the side and an ice cream scoop.
  • Serve with vanilla ice cream, whipped topping and/or fresh mint (optional).
    Top view of a bowl of Easy Blackberry Cobbler with melted vanilla ice cream. Separate bowl of vanilla ice cream scoops and pan of Blackberry Cobbler.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 510kcalCarbohydrates: 92gProtein: 7gFat: 14gSaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 59mgSodium: 119mgPotassium: 308mgFiber: 10gSugar: 55gVitamin A: 745IUVitamin C: 35.2mgCalcium: 62mgIron: 2.9mg

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  1. Ok, so this was a surprise! I was prepared to leave a negative review, as it looks horrible. I think I used a Dutch oven a bit too small, so that is my fault. I had 3 cups of hand picked homegrown black raspberries that I used in this, that’s why I felt comfortable using a bit smaller Dutch oven than called for. Next time I will probably use just a regular casserole dish. Anyway, while it was cooking it looks horrible! I pulled it out of oven was was very disappointed that I wasted my hard work picking black raspberries on this. But it smelled good so decided to try it, and WOW!! It’s absolutely amazing!! It was so quick to throw together and baked right along with my meal. So glad I gave it a shot! Will make again. Perfect balance of tart berries and sweet sugar. Thanks for sharing recipe!

    1. I am so glad it turned out well in the end! I’m always disappointed when a recipe doesn’t look as good as it tastes! However, I hope that you will try the recipe again! Good luck!

      1. Just top it with some whipped cream or ice cream and you will never know!! My teen daughter had the EXACT same reaction to this dessert as I did! She loved it too!!

  2. 5 stars
    Blackberries are so beautiful. I’m always looking for more recipes to utilize these little beauties. This is a great one! Thank you so much!

    1. You can always toss the berries in cornstarch before baking– this will help thicken up the filling. You can also toss the berries in sugar and allow the berries to sit in a bowl for an hour or so, this will release some of the juices. Use a slotted spoon to take them from the bowl to add to the recipe. Hope this helps!

  3. Will this work with rhubarb? If yes, and using frozen rhubarb should you thaw it first? What would the amount of required sugar?

    1. We have never tried this with rhubarb so I can’t tell you for sure. If you try it, please come back and let us know how it turned out!