This easy apple cobbler recipe makes a perfect not-too-sweet dessert to savor the apple harvest. See my notes below to make this a gluten free apple cobbler if you’re avoiding wheat or gluten.
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 were the basis for dessert during harvest season.
This gluten free apple cobbler recipe is one we’ve made for years. [And be sure to try my mom’s apple pie recipe, too!]
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What’s the difference between a cobbler and a crisp?
Well, funny you should ask. The original recipe — from one of those mimeographed recipe books that groups used to make for fundraising — called this a crisp. Staying true to the source, I originally titled this a crisp. But it’s not. And a number of people (a lot of people) spent a lot of time correcting me on this. So I’ve edited the title. This is, indeed, a cobbler.
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.
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.
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Easy Apple Cobbler Recipe
Quicker and easier than an apple pie with double crusts, you'll love this easy apple cobbler! See my notes to make it a gluten free apple cobbler.
Mix one teaspoon of cinnamon into the apples. Mix the second teaspoon of cinnamon together with 1/2 cup of brown sugar. Set aside.
Combine cassava flour, baking powder, salt, remaining brown sugar, and egg in a bowl. Spread batter over the apple slices.
Sprinkle brown sugar and cinnamon on top. Melt butter and drizzle evenly over the top. Bake for 45-50 minutes in a 350 oven.
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. You can see in the photo above that prior to cooking, the apples and topping are heaped above the top of the pan. As the apples cook, they will soften and sink, as you can see in the photo at the top of the page.
To make this a gluten free apple cobbler, use cassava flour instead of all-purpose flour.