This easy apple cobbler recipe is extra easy to make, takes simple ingredients, and tastes amazing. This cobbler is made with cinnamon-spiced apple filling that carmelizes while baking, topped with a lightly crispy and buttery cake-like topping.
We love making apple recipes, especially in the fall time. If you like apple desserts as we do, you should try out our easy apple cake, apple turnovers, upside-down apple cake, and our apple crumb pie!
Why this recipe works
- Extremely easy to make.
- Loaded with cinnamon and fresh apples.
- Melt in your mouth delicious.
- Made with simple ingredients.
- Perfect when you need a quick fall-themed dessert.
For the filling:
Apples– we like to use granny smith apples for this recipe, they are a little bit less sweet, but any kind of your favorite apples will work!
Brown sugar– we use brown sugar for this recipe. Brown sugar adds a caramelly flavor. You can use dark brown sugar as well.
Lemon juice– helps to balance the sweet flavor.
Lemon zest- you will need ½ teaspoon of lemon zest from a fresh lemon.
Cornstarch- to thicken up the mixture. If you don't have cornstarch, it's okay to use flour instead.
Vanilla extract- for extra flavor.
Flour- we used all-purpose flour for this recipe. Cake flour will work great as well.
Butter– you will need 80 grams of unsalted cold butter for this recipe.
Granulated sugar- we use a combination of brown sugar and granulated sugar for this recipe. Caster sugar will work great as well.
Baking powder- you will need 1 tablespoon of baking powder for this recipe. Make sure that your baking powder isn't expired.
Cinnamon- for a delicious flavor.
Whole milk- Use whole milk for this recipe.
What are the best apples for baking?
We like using Granny Smith apples for baking. Granny Smith apples have a few advantages: they hold their shape while baking, they have a crisp texture, they are not too sweet and have a little tang to them, and they are easy to find in any grocery store.
You can use any apples that you like best, but keep in mind that different apple kinds have different textures and flavors, some are sweeter, some are sourer, some have a crisp texture, and some have a mealy texture to them.
The best apples for baking:
- Granny smith
- Yellow delicious
- Pink lady
- Ginger gold
Peel, core, and cut the apples into thin slices.
In a big mixing bowl, add the apples, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, cornstarch, lemon zest, lemon juice, and vanilla extract. Mix until the apples are covered evenly with the spices. Transfer the apples to a baking dish. We used a 9x13 inch baking dish.
kosher salt. Blend for a few seconds or until the dry ingredients are mixed.
Add the cubed COLD butter and mix again for about 10 seconds or until the mixture is sand-like.
When the food processor is still blending, drizzle the milk in and mix until just combined. Don't overmix!
Scoop the mixture on the apples and spread it around. The mixture doesn't have to cover all the apples.
Bake in a 180c (350f) oven for about an hour or until the top is golden brown and the apples are sizzling. Serve with a big scoop of vanilla ice cream and enjoy!
- Use fresh apples. We find making apple crumble pie with fresh apples instead of canned apples. The naturally sweet and tart flavors that the apples naturally have makes apple fritters irresistible.
- Mesure you flour correctly! When measuring your flour, avoid scooping it with a measuring cup. Instead, stir the flour with a spoon to create as many air pockets as possible, and spoon it into your measuring cup. Finally, level it with a back of a knife.
- Make sure that your apple pieces are about the same size, this step ensures that the apples bake evenly.
- Don’t overmix the batter, this step ensures that you have fluffy and moist topping and not dense and dry topping.
- Use room temperature ingredients. It is important that you use room-temperature ingredients like eggs. This step ensures that your mixture mixes into a homogenous mixture and bakes perfectly. you don’t want to place cold batter into the oven.
We like serving this cobbler with a big scoop of vanilla ice cream. Vanilla ice cream is a must for this recipe!
How many apples you need depends on the side of your apples. We used 5 large granny smith apples for this recipe. You will need about 7 cups of sliced apples for this recipe.
Use your favorite kind of apples! We like using granny smith apples, but any apple kind will work. If you like sweet apples, use Honeycrisp, or pink lady.
You can freeze the apple cobbler. We like to serve it fresh from the oven, but if you want, freeze it after it’s cooled completely in an airtight freezer-friendly container for up to 2 months.
More apple recipes to try:
Apple turnovers- These puff pastry apple turnovers are made with a delicious spiced apple filling and wrapped with flaky puff pastry.
Apple crumble- This apple crumble recipe is extremely easy to make, true comfort food with a crispy crumble exterior and a caramelized apple filling interior.
Easy apple cake (sharlotka)- This apple cake contains only a few simple ingredients to make and takes under 20 minutes to prep.
Granny smith apple pie- Classic apple pie with the perfect balance of tart apples and a sweet filling in a sugar-sprinkled crust.
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Easy Apple Cobbler
For the apple cobbler filling:
- 5 Apples
- ¼ cup Brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon Lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon Cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon Nutmeg
- ½ teaspoon Lemon zest
- 1 tablespoon Cornstarch
- 1 teaspoon Vanilla extract
Apple cobbler topping:
- 1 cup Flour
- ½ cup Granulated sugar
- 1 tablespoon Baking powder
- ½ teaspoon Cinnamon
- 80 g Butter
- ¾ cup Whole milk
- Peel, core, and cut the apples into thin slices.
- In a big mixing bowl, add the apples, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, cornstarch, lemon zest, lemon juice, and vanilla extract. Mix until the apples are covered evenly with the spices. Transfer the apples to a baking dish. We used a 9×13 inch baking dish.
- In a food processor, add the flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, kosher salt. Blend for a few seconds or until the dry ingredients are mixed.
- Add the cubed COLD butter and mix again for about 10 seconds or until the mixture is sand-like.
- When the food processor is still blending, drizzle the milk in and mix until just combined. Don’t overmix!
- Scoop the mixture on the apples and spread it around. The mixture doesn’t have to cover all the apples.
- Bake in a 180c (350f) oven for about an hour or until the top is golden brown and the apples are sizzling. Serve with a big scoop of vanilla ice cream and enjoy!