Easy Apple Cobbler With Pillsbury Biscuits

Updated on January 30, 2020
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Cholee is a stay-at-home mom who enjoys creating family and budget-friendly recipes from scratch.


With fall and cooler weather just around the corner, this easy apple cobbler is a great dessert that gives you the warm fuzzies. I love this apple cobbler because it is easy and ready to eat in just an hour.

This recipe can be tweaked to your fancy; however, if you prefer plain and simple, this cobbler is perfect for you. Before the recipe, I have provided a quick history behind the making of a fruit cobbler, as well as some fruits that would work well incase you don't like apples.

History of Cobbler:

Cobbler can refer to a variety of dishes in the United States and the United Kingdom consisting of a fruit-filled baking dish covered with a batter or biscuit crust. Unlike a pie, a cobbler never has a bottom crust.

Cobblers originated in the early British American colonies. They were unable to make traditional pies due to unsuitable ingredients so instead they covered fillings with leftover uncooked biscuits or dumplings.

Due to the topping of biscuits, the fully cooked dessert had the look of cobblestone streets, making people believe that is where the name came from. Another theory is that the name came from the idea that the ingredients are "cobbled" together.

You can find many versions of cobblers and in the United Kingdom especially you can find sweet or savory cobblers. Cobblers became extremely popular during the second world war because they require less butter and can actually be made with margarine if desired.

Fruits for Cobblers:

  • Apples
  • Pears
  • Cherry
  • Mixed Berry (Raspberry, Blueberry, Blackberry, etc)
  • Peach
  • Blueberry
  • Blackberry

Cook Time:

Prep time: 30 min
Cook time: 20 min
Ready in: 50 min
Yields: 1 9X13in pan

Cobbler Ingredients:

  • 4–6 Tart apples, (Granny Smith works best)
  • 1/2 cup Granulated Sugar
  • 1/3 cup Water
  • 1 Tbs. Cornstarch
  • 1/2 Tsp. Ground Cinnamon
  • 1/4 Tsp. Nutmeg
  • 1/8 Tsp. Ginger
  • 1 can Pillsbury Buttermilk Biscuits
  • 1/4 cup Butter or margarine (melted), Defrost in microwave for 20 secs works the best
  • 1/2 cup Quick-cooking oats
  • 1/3 cup Brown Sugar
  • 2 Tbs. Flour
  • 1/4 Tsp. Cinnamon, (Save for the crust)


  1. Core and slice apples. Peel if desired. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a 4-quart saucepan, heat apples, cornstarch, granulated sugar, water, cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger to boiling over medium heat. Boil for 1 minute.
  3. During step 2 separate biscuits and cut into quarters. In a large bowl toss biscuits and melted butter until coated.
  4. Reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes or until apples are tender.
  5. Pour apples into 13X9in pan.
  6. In a small bowl mix oats, brown sugar, flour, and 1/4 tsp. cinnamon until combined.
  7. Toss mixture gently with biscuits. Separating any biscuits that stick together.
  8. Arrange biscuit pieces over warm apples and sprinkle any remaining oat mixture over biscuits.
  9. Bake for 20–25 minutes or until top is golden brown and fruit mixture is bubbly.
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Apple mixture getting ready to boil.Quartered biscuits.Biscuits covered in butter.Warm apples in a baking dish.Oat mixture.Oat mixture and biscuits.Oat covered biscuits ready for the apples.Apple cobbler ready for the oven.Finished apple cobbler ready for cooling.
Apple mixture getting ready to boil.
Apple mixture getting ready to boil. | Source
Quartered biscuits.
Quartered biscuits. | Source
Biscuits covered in butter.
Biscuits covered in butter. | Source
Warm apples in a baking dish.
Warm apples in a baking dish. | Source
Oat mixture.
Oat mixture. | Source
Oat mixture and biscuits.
Oat mixture and biscuits. | Source
Oat covered biscuits ready for the apples.
Oat covered biscuits ready for the apples. | Source
Apple cobbler ready for the oven.
Apple cobbler ready for the oven. | Source
Finished apple cobbler ready for cooling.
Finished apple cobbler ready for cooling. | Source

Nutrition for Cobbler:

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1
Calories 420
Calories from Fat153
% Daily Value *
Fat 17 g26%
Saturated fat 5 g25%
Carbohydrates 63 g21%
Sugar 37 g
Fiber 3 g12%
Protein 5 g10%
Cholesterol 15 mg5%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

This cobbler is a quick and easy recipe ready in less than an hour. Perfect for last-minute dessert needs or whipping up something in your spare time. Cobblers are the perfect dessert for cooler weather and bringing families together. Next time you are trying to decide on a dessert, create a warm and delicious cobbler with your favorite fruits.

Finished apple cobbler with a scoop of strawberry swirl ice cream.
Finished apple cobbler with a scoop of strawberry swirl ice cream. | Source
5 stars from 4 ratings of Easy Apple Cobbler

© 2012 Cholee Clay


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    • Shesabutterfly profile imageAUTHOR

      Cholee Clay 

      7 years ago from Wisconsin

      Thanks Donna! Pecans sound like a great addition, might just have to add those next time :)

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      Donna martin 

      7 years ago

      I added pecans n my husband went nuts..literally...i love this recipe..

    • Shesabutterfly profile imageAUTHOR

      Cholee Clay 

      7 years ago from Wisconsin

      Nikki and Eiddwen--Thanks for the comments. I hope you enjoy it as much as my family did. It was super easy to make and everybody loved it. Can't go wrong with that :)

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      7 years ago from Wales

      Mmm another for me to save.

      Thanks for sharing and here's to so many more to come.


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      Nikki Major 

      7 years ago

      That looks and sounds delicious...will try.

    • Shesabutterfly profile imageAUTHOR

      Cholee Clay 

      7 years ago from Wisconsin

      rjsadwoski-I've never made a pie, but I would definitely recommend this cobbler recipe. Simple, easy, and fast:)

      carol7777-If you decide to try it I hope you like it. This particular cobbler tastes great with strawberry swirl ice cream!:)

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      carol stanley 

      7 years ago from Arizona

      Well if the photo won't get you moving to make this than nothing well. Lovely hub and I am getting hungrier by the minute.

    • rjsadowski profile image


      7 years ago

      Good recipe. I seldom have the time to make a pie but a cobbler seems to be quicker and easier to make.


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