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Easy Apple Cobbler With Pillsbury Biscuits

Pillsbury cobbler biscuit

Pillsbury cobbler biscuit

Apple Cobbler With Canned Biscuits

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 in case 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 berries (raspberry, blueberry, blackberry, etc)
  • Peach
  • Blueberry
  • Blackberry

Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

30 min

20 min

50 min

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.

An Easy and Delicious Dessert

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

© 2012 Cholee Clay