Southern Blueberry Cobbler

Southern Blueberry Cobbler will be your new go to Summer dessert! Fresh blueberries are tossed in lemon zest and sugar then topped with a thick buttery cake batter! Serve this easy blueberry cobbler warm topped with vanilla ice cream.

Looking for more Summer Fruit Recipes to make? Try my Peach Upside Down Cake, my Blackberry Crisp or my Blueberry Crumb Bars!

side view of southern blueberry cobbler in white casserole dish

Southern Blueberry Cobbler Recipe

This Southern Blueberry Cobbler aka Texas Blueberry Cobbler tops any other cobblers i’ve had before. Instead of a crunchy biscuit topping this blueberry cobbler use a thick buttery cake batter that bakes up crispy and golden brown. This truly is the BEST cobbler recipe!

The crust is a cross between a cake and a blueberry muffin. It is soft and creamy on the inside with crispy crunchy edges around the outside of the pan.The filling is made up of fresh blueberries, lemon zest and sugar. Frozen blueberries can be used if fresh are out of season. I like to thaw them before hand to remove excess moisture.

To add extra flavor to this easy blueberry cobbler recipe I brown the butter before adding it into the batter. It creates a nice nutty flavor.

Top this cobbler with a big scoop of ice cream and serve!! Enjoy!

shot of easy blueberry cobbler in baking dish

Ingredients for Southern Blueberry Cobbler

  • Butter: You can’t have a cobbler recipe without butter! We brown the butter in a saucepan to get a caramel / nutty flavor. It’s an extra step but so worth the effort!
  • Granulated Sugar: Is used to sweeten up the crust and the blueberry filling.
  • Lemon zest: Adds a nice pop of flavor to this old fashioned blueberry cobbler.
  • Milk: We usually use 2% however whole milk or even buttermilk can be used.
  • Blueberries: You can use either fresh or frozen! Whatever is in season. Just make sure to thaw blueberries before adding them to the cobbler.
  • All purpose flour: Is used in this recipe however make this a gluten free blueberry cobbler substitute gluten free flour.
  • Baking powder: Helps the batter to rise.
  • Vanilla: Adds a burst of flavor to the cobbler.

How to make Southern Blueberry Cobbler

  • Brown the butter: Add 1/2 cup butter to a small saucepan and cook over medium heat until light brown / caramel in color. 5-10 minutes. Make sure to keep and eye on it so butter does not burn. It also helps to use a light colored saucepan for this. Set aside to cool.

browning butter in saucepan

  • Make blueberry filling: In a medium bowl combine blueberries, 1/4 cup sugar and lemon zest, set aside.

tossing berries in lemon zest and sugar in white bowl

  • Make batter: Meanwhile In a large bowl combine flour, baking powder and salt. Add the milk, the remaining 1 1/4 cup of sugar, vanilla and melted butter into the flour mixture and mix until smooth. Pour batter into the prepared baking dish.

pouring batter into prepared baking pan

  • Bake: Drop spoonfuls of the blueberry mixture on top of the batter. Sprinkle with 2 tbsp sugar and bake until golden brown and edges are crisp, 45 to 50 minutes.

topping batter with blueberry mixture and sprinkling with granulated sugar

  • Cool: For 30 minutes before serving and serve with ice cream if desired!

blueberry cobbler in a bowl with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top

Can I make this with frozen fruit?

Yes you can make this southern blueberry cobbler with either fresh or frozen fruit! Word of caution though: Make sure to thaw the blueberries and measure them AFTER they have been thawed. I’ve measure frozen berries versus thawed and get about 1 cup less after the berries have been thawed.

Can I make this with other fruit?

This all purpose cobbler works great with any type of fruit. Strawberries, peaches, blackberries or nectarines would be amazing in this. You can also do a mixture of fruits. My favorite combinations are peach blueberry cobbler or mixed berry cobbler.

aerial shot of blueberry cobbler in pan

How do you know when the cobbler is done?

The top of the cobbler should be golden brown and look set and no longer giggle. Tasting Table recommends looking at the fruit filling and if you see it bubbling especially in the middle then it’s done!

Tips

  • Wait to sweeten your berries: I always suggest when baking with fruit to taste some of the fruit before adding in sugar. Some fruit is more tart or sweet than others. So add less or more and adjust to taste.
  • Add warming spices like cinnamon or a dash of nutmeg! It really adds a nice flavor to this southern blueberry cobbler.
  • Want this southern style cobbler sweeter? Sprinkle with powdered sugar after the cobbler is cooled.

scooping a spoonful of southern blueberry cobbler

Storage, Reheating and Freezing Instructions

  • Store: This Southern Blueberry Cobbler in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
  • To Reheat: Leftovers simply warm up in the microwave or reheat the whole casserole covered in foil in a 350 degree oven until warmed through 15-20 minutes.
  • Freezing: Store baked cobbler in the freezer for up to 3 months. Just make sure to wrap it really good in foil then store in an airtight container.

southern blueberry cobbler in casserole dish with a spoon

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Blueberry Cobbler

4.72 from 7 votes
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings: 8

Southern Blueberry Cobbler will be your new go to Summer dessert! Fresh blueberries are tossed in lemon zest and sugar then topped with a thick buttery cake batter! Serve this easy blueberry cobbler warm topped with vanilla ice cream.

Ingredients

  • 12 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar, divided plus 2 tablespoons for sprinkling on top
  • 2 teaspoons lemon zest
  • 3 cups blueberries
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoons salt
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Instructions

Images:
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place 4 tablespoons of butter into a 9 x 13 pan. Place in the oven to melt. (I do this when the oven is heating up). Once melted remove from the oven and set aside.

Brown the butter

  • Add 1/2 cup butter to a small saucepan and cook over medium heat until light brown / caramel in color. 5-10 minutes. Make sure to keep and eye on it so butter does not burn. It also helps to use a light colored saucepan for this. Set aside to cool.

Make blueberry filling

  • In a medium bowl combine blueberries, 1/4 cup sugar and lemon zest, set aside.

Make batter

  • Meanwhile In a large bowl combine flour, baking powder and salt. Add the milk, the remaining 1 1/4 cup of sugar, vanilla and melted butter into the flour mixture and mix until smooth.
  • Pour batter into the prepared baking dish.

Assemble / Bake

  • Drop spoonfuls of the blueberry mixture ontop of the batter.
  • Sprinkle with 2 tbsp sugar and bake until golden brown and edges are crisp, 45 to 50 minutes.
  • Cool for 30 minutes before serving and serve with ice cream if desired!
Nutrition Facts
Blueberry Cobbler
Amount Per Serving
Calories 445 Calories from Fat 171
% Daily Value*
Fat 19g29%
Saturated Fat 12g75%
Cholesterol 50mg17%
Sodium 243mg11%
Potassium 254mg7%
Carbohydrates 66g22%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 45g50%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 634IU13%
Vitamin C 6mg7%
Calcium 118mg12%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Blueberry Cobbler, Easy Desserts, Fruit Cobbler, Summer Recipes

 

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  • Curious what makes this Texas Style vs other style? Although I am curious on an answer to this, it doesn’t matter that much, as it looks delicious no matter the style!

    • Hi Ben,

      It is Texas Style due to the cake batter versus biscuit. It is delicious!!

      Thanks!

      Kelley

  • Deborah

    The directions for this recipe are NOT thought out and could have been more detailed. I cook and bake a lot so I’m experienced in the kitchen.
    As for the directions; it NEVER says to “whisk the melted butter & milk” into THE DRY INGREDIENTS! You say to whisk it in after the mashed blueberry instruction (#6) so I wasn’t sure where I was supposed to add it! You cannot assume in baking! Plus I’ve never made a cobbler like this so the “batter” is with the dry ingredients & melted butter & milk! Last, you never told us when to add the vanilla; so I added it to the milk before I added it to the dry mixture. Poorly written instructions ? Then I clicked on 3 stars and it highlighted ALL 5 stars! Wouldn’t let me change it. Hmmmm.

    • Hi Deborah,

      I am so sorry for the confusion. I can see how that can be very frustrating. I have went ahead and editing the recipe to make it clearer. I will also bring up the star rating to my web designer so that will not continue to happen.

      Thanks for making me aware of this!

      Kelley

    • Deborah

      Thank you Kelley! I tried the recipe again after my 1st mishap; and I saw you changed the directions! The 2nd one came out even better! I also added blackberries to the top!

  • Karen

    Kelley,
    Pls. confirm that the cake batter goes in first. Your photo looks like it goes on top.

    • Hi Karen,

      Yes the cake batter goes in first then the blueberry mixture gets sprinkled ontop.

      Thanks!

      Kelley

  • Desiree

    I’m trying this for the first time; hoping the step to add the lemon zest sugar last is correct! I’ll let you know more on 50 minutes!

  • Candice Ross

    Can I make this ahead of time and refrigerate; bake in oven the next morning??

    • Hi Candice!

      Yes you can make this ahead of time and bake the next day.

      Hope you enjoy! Thanks!

      Kelley

  • Carolyn

    The first time I tried this recipe, I had no problem following it and it came out great. Everyone loved it! However the next time I tried it, when I got to the directions that said “Sprinkle with the remaining lemon sugar” I knew that I had not done that before. Who “sprinkles” a cup and a half of sugar, minus 1 tablespoon, on top of cobbler? Then in reading the comments later, I see that the recipe was changed.
    I saved a couple of tablespoons and the added the rest of the sugar into the batter and once again received raves. However, it would be nice to have this recipe with complete instructions and amounts. I have rated the recipe with 3 stars, however I would rate the results 5 stars!
    Please revise again to clarify when the sugar should go into the batter and how much to sprinkle on top.

    • Hi Carolyn!

      Thank you for the suggestions. I will review the recipe and make the suggested changes.

      Thank you!

      Kelley

  • Emily

    We just went berry picking so I definitely needed this recipe! I’m glad it was easy to make.

  • Anjali

    This was such a great way to use up all the extra blueberries I got from the farmer’s market this week! It turned out to be delicious and was the perfect summertime treat!

  • Nic

    I’m still trying to figure out how this is so delicious. Great recipe! We used fresh blueberries from a local you-pick berry farm and this was perfect.

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