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Grandma’s Apple Cobbler Recipe Fresh from the Farm

This easy apple cobbler recipe makes a perfect not-too-sweet dessert to savor the apple harvest. Serve it with a scoop of vanilla ice cream!

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apple cobbler with vanilla ice cream in a bowl

I grew up on an apple farm. From late August until mid-October we had fresh apples in bowls on the counter, in boxes in the barn, and hanging from the tree. Apples everywhere! An apple a day? Ha! More like half a dozen. And there’s nothing like a freshly harvested apple.

But besides eating them fresh, apples desserts were plentiful during harvest season. This apple cobbler recipe is one we’ve made for years. [And be sure to try my mom’s apple pie recipe, too!]

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

The difference between an apple cobbler and an apple crisp is in the topping.

  • An apple crisp is topped with a crumbly mixture that usually includes oatmeal or flour, nuts, sugar, and butter. Once baked, the crumbly topping is a bit crispy.
  • An apple cobbler is topped with a batter or biscuit dough. The finished product has more of a bread-like consistency.

This is a cobbler, but it does maintain a bit of crispness, which is why we like it.

baking dish and bowl with cobbler

Easy apple cobbler recipe

This recipe originally came from one of those community cookbooks created by a coalition of apple farming families. I remember my mom working with a group of women to collect vintage family recipes from all over the apple growing community. The original apple cobbler recipe was much too sweet for our tastes, so I’ve modified this recipe to use less sugar.

I love making apple desserts from Gravenstein apples, but they’re not commonly available. Granny Smith apples are a good choice, as is any other slightly tart apple.

This recipe can be modified to work for a gluten free diet by substituting cassava flour for the all-purpose flour in this recipe.

apple cobbler on a spoon

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baking dish and bowl with cobbler

Easy Apple Cobbler Recipe

Yield: 8 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes

Quicker and easier than an apple pie made with double crusts, you'll love this easy apple cobbler! See my notes to make it a gluten free apple cobbler.


  • 6-8 tart apples, (peeled and sliced into a 9" x 13" greased pan)
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon, divided
  • 1 cup firmly packed light brown sugar, divided
  • 1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour, or cassava flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup butter, (1 stick)


  1. Mix one teaspoon of cinnamon into the apples. Mix the second teaspoon of cinnamon together with 1/2 cup of brown sugar. Set aside. apples in a baking dish with cinnamon
  2. Combine flour, baking powder, salt, remaining brown sugar, and egg in a bowl. Spread batter over the apple slices. uncooked apple cobbler in a baking dish
  3. Sprinkle brown sugar and cinnamon on top. Melt butter and drizzle evenly over the top. Bake for 45-50 minutes in a 350 oven until the topping is golden brown and the apples are tender. baked apple cobbler recipe
  4. Serve warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. apple cobbler with vanilla ice cream in a bowl


The number of apples you use in this apple cobbler will depend upon their size. Just be sure that your pan is filled to the brim with apples. As the apples cook, they will soften and settle.

To make this a gluten free apple cobbler, use cassava flour instead of all-purpose flour. 

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1 grams
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 346Total Fat: 12gSaturated Fat: 7gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 53mgSodium: 239mgCarbohydrates: 59gFiber: 4gSugar: 40gProtein: 2g

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Originally published in November 2016; this post has been updated. 

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17 comments… add one
  • Danita Nov 25, 2020 @ 10:12

    Hmmm this didn’t turn out as a cobbler as I expected. The topping was way too dry & crumbly and not batter or biscuit-like at all. I Made for thanksgiving but I’m so glad I made another apple crisp as back up before this one, because I don’t think I’d be confident to serve this. I was not a huge fan of this recipe I’m sorry.

  • Julie Oct 1, 2020 @ 3:58

    Delicious and easy- the best things about crisps! Cobblers in our area are when you cover the fruit mixture in batter or sweet biscuit topping.
    Thanks for sharing!

  • Jackie Sep 11, 2020 @ 4:48

    Wow, my family loves this recipe! My kids went crazy over it.

    • Kris Bordessa Sep 11, 2020 @ 8:09

      Glad to hear it! It’s a favorite here, too!

  • Becky Jul 9, 2020 @ 13:48

    My topping was way to dry no way to spread on top. I finally got agitated and just mixed it in with the apples.

    • Lori Smith Jul 11, 2020 @ 12:06

      The topping is supposed to be very dry and then you add the butter and this ‘crisps’ it up. Make sure you cover ALL the crumbs with butter.

  • David Setterberg Sep 22, 2019 @ 9:31

    I made this recipe and it seems like the topping is missing something. Mine turned out like a crumble.

    • Kris Bordessa Sep 26, 2019 @ 10:33

      Hm. I wonder what happened?

    • Lori Smith Jul 11, 2020 @ 12:20

      My grandma used to make this recipe when I was a child in the 60’s and 70’s. I’ve been making it since 1975. Our recipe is a little different as it is made in a 9″ square pan and there is white and brown sugar in ours. I’ve been eating this for almost 60 years. YUM!
      This is our recipe:
      Carolyn Matheson’s Apple Crisp
      6-8 baking apples (I prefer Granny Smith’s or Northern Spy)
      1/4 cup brown sugar
      1 tsp cinnamon
      3/4 cup sugar
      1 cup flour
      1 tsp baking powder
      1 egg
      1 stick (4 oz) butter, melted
      Peel, core and slice apples as for pie. Toss apples with brown sugar and cinnamon, blend well. Place evenly in a 9″ x 9′ x 2″ pan.
      In separate bowl, Combine sugar, flour and baking powder (you can add some salt, but I prefer not to). Whisk to blend. Add egg and mix well until crumbly. Sprinkle evenly over apples. making sure to cover all apples well. Drizzle butter over crumb mixture, making sure to cover entire top (no dry places). Bake at 350F for 40 minutes, until browned and apples are soft.

  • Brenda Dec 31, 2018 @ 5:57

    I make apple crisp as my staple dessert but I decided I m going to try the cobbler as it sounds great, the only other ingredient I will add is a fourth tsp of nutmeg….going to make it for new years eve….HAPPY 2019 EVERYONE!

    • Kris Bordessa Jan 5, 2019 @ 16:39

      Hope it was great!

  • Michelle Mar 24, 2018 @ 18:52

    So good and easy to make!

  • geet Jan 8, 2018 @ 20:31

    Apple crisp is amazing! i will surely try this out.

  • Jennifer Sep 19, 2017 @ 12:27

    In our neck of the woods that is a cobbler not crisp. That being said, it is considered dessert, breakfast when grandma wasn’t looking

    • Kris Bordessa Nov 14, 2017 @ 8:24


      And yes. The original recipe calls it a crisp, so I stuck with that, but it’s more cobbler like, for sure.

  • Linda Kaaz Dec 10, 2016 @ 9:52

    Love this recipe

    • Kris Bordessa Dec 10, 2016 @ 9:57

      Why, thank you!

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