Easy Apple Cobbler Recipe

Fall is here, which means it’s time for an Easy Apple Cobbler recipe! I love cooking with apples during this season, and if you go apple picking, you’re going to need a recipe to use up all of the delicious apples you picked. The smell of apples, brown sugar, cinnamon and vanilla simmering away is the most heavenly smell. There is no substitute for the way your house smells when you bake with apples during the Fall season.

Apple cobbler is a favorite among many of us, but I’ve made some mediocre apple cobblers in my day. Sometimes the apples are underdone or crunchy, sometimes the seasonings are off, and sometimes it doesn’t cook evenly throughout. I have scoured several different recipes and sought advice from the cobbler experts in my family to create the easiest, most fool-proof apple cobbler recipe that will be sure to please every member of your family. 

We got the best results by peeling the apples and cooking them down on the stove before transferring them to the baking dish. I also think this dish tastes best if you simplify the seasonings. If you like ginger and cloves and cardamom in your apples, go ahead and add them to taste, but I think brown sugar, cinnamon, vanilla extract, lemon juice and a tiny bit of nutmeg are enough to make it taste just right. 

What You’ll Need:

  • 10 small apples or 8 large apples, peeled and sliced
  • Brown sugar
  • Granulated Sugar
  • All-Purpose Flour
  • Vanilla Extract
  • Lemon
  • Ground Cinnamon
  • Grated Nutmeg
  • Salt
  • Baking Powder
  • Milk
  • Butter

Prepare the Apples.

Preheat the oven to 350F. Place a 9X13 inch baking dish in the oven to get hot.

Peel, slice and core the apples, and transfer to a large mixing bowl. Add in the brown sugar, granulated sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla extract. Add the zest and juice of one small lemon. Mix well to combine.

Cook the Apples.

Melt ½ stick of butter on medium heat in a saucepan. Add in the apples and let cook for about 10-15 minutes or until the apples are softened and the sugar is melted.

Prepare the Topping.

While the apples are cooking, combine the flour, baking powder, salt, vanilla extract, granulated sugar, and milk in a small mixing bowl. Mix well so that everything is incorporated. Remove the baking dish from the oven and melt 6 tablespoons of butter in the hot dish. Pour in the topping and create an even layer on the bottom of the dish. If you like this gorgeous porcelain baking dish, you can click here to shop it! I found it on Amazon.

Add in the Apples.

Pour in the warm apple filling over top of the topping in the baking dish, and spread so that everything is even.


Bake for 20-30 minutes or until the topping is a golden brown around the edges.

Serve your Apple Cobbler. 

Serve warm with vanilla ice cream. 

Easy Apple Cobbler

Soft, delicious apples cradled in a buttery, crispy cobbler topping.


  • 10 Small Apples (any variety, peeled, cored and sliced)
  • ½ cup Brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp Granulated sugar
  • 1 Lemon (zested and juiced)
  • 2 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 2 tsp Ground Cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp Grated Nutmeg
  • 4 tbsp Salted Butter

Cobbler Topping

  • 1 cup All-Purpose Flour
  • 2 tsp Baking Powder
  • ¼ tsp Salt
  • ½ cup Granulated Sugar
  • ¾ cup Milk or Milk Alternative
  • 6 tbsp Salted Butter
  1. Pre-heat the oven to 350F

  2. Place the peeled, sliced and cored apples in a large mixing bowl

  3. Add in the ground cinnamon, brown sugar, granulated sugar, lemon zest, lemon juice, grated nutmeg and vanilla extract

  4. Mix well to combine

  5. Heat a saucepan over medium heat, add 4 tbsp butter. Transfer the apples to the saucepan and let the apples cook down for 10-15 minutes or until apples are soft and sugar is melted.

  6. While the apples are cooking, place the baking dish in the oven to heat up.

  7. Prepare the topping. In a small mixing bowl combine the dry ingredients: flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and sugar. Then add in the milk and mix well to combine.

  8. Once the apples have finished cooking, remove the baking dish from the oven. Melt the 6 tbsp of butter in the hot baking dish. Pour the cobbler topping into the melted butter in the baking dish and spread until even.

  9. Pour the apples into the topping and spread until even.

  10. Place the baking dish in the oven and bake for 20 minutes, or until the crust is golden brown around the edges.

  11. Serve warm with vanilla ice cream.

I didn’t grow up eating Apple Cobbler because my mom was not into baking… at all. I just discovered this recipe a couple of years ago, and just tried making it this year, and I think now I have a recipe that I can quickly turn to every Fall season to make for my family. I hope this recipe is a go-to recipe for you and your family as well. For more Fall recipes, check out my Pumpkin Spice Recipe Round-Up and my Pumpkin Spice Cinnamon Rolls!

Easy Apple Cobbler Recipe - Pinterest - Patience & Pearls
Easy Apple Cobbler Recipe – Pinterest – Patience & Pearls

Tell me how your cobbler turned out! Comment below.


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