Chocolate Cobbler Pioneer Woman


The chocolate cobbler pioneer woman is a decadent dessert that everyone will devour. With a soft and tender chocolate cobbler topped with vanilla ice cream, it’s sure to be a crowd favorite. Studies show that the antioxidants and other health benefits of chocolate can help to protect against heart disease and cancer, reduce age-related mental decline, improve skin conditions and maintain a healthy weight.

I decided to create this easy chocolate cobbler recipe, and I’m so glad I did. It is my most favorite way to eat chocolate cake. If you enjoy recipes that are as easy to make as they are yummy, then you’ll love this recipe for homemade chocolate cobbler recipe. This southern classic is done in under 30 minutes and it’s sure to please a crowd!

Chocolate Cobbler Pioneer Woman

Rich, fantastic, and retro like a cobbler! Excellent for gatherings and potlucks. Quick, simple, and always popular! Wonderful with ice cream!


Original recipe yields 8 servingsIngredient Checklist

  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup self-rising flour
  • ¾ cup white sugar
  • 1 ½ tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ½ cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • ¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 ½ cups boiling water


Instructions Checklist

  • Step 1 Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Melt butter in an 8×8 inch baking dish while the oven preheats.
  • Step 2 Combine the flour, 3/4 cup sugar, and 1 1/2 tbsp cocoa in a medium basin. Add milk and vanilla, and stir until smooth. Over the melted butter in the baking dish, pour this batter.
  • Step 3 1/4 cup cocoa powder and the remaining cup of sugar are combined. Over the batter, sprinkle. Pour boiling water over the mixture gradually.
  • Step 4 Bake in the preheated oven for 30 minutes, or until set. Serve ice cream while still warm.


Use a 9×13-inch baking dish if you are doubling the recipe’s ingredients. Additionally, the stages’ listed amounts won’t scale. When scaling, consult the ingredient list. The order of the ingredients is listed.

Easy Chocolate Cobbler Recipe

This Chocolate Cobbler is utterly amazing; it’s similar to lava cake but even simpler. It is produced with basic ingredients and has a delicious coating that resembles fudge. For a rich but simple chocolate dessert, serve with a scoop of ice cream.

Easy Chocolate Cobbler Recipe

Heads up chocolate lovers! This chocolate cobbler is decadent, rich, and one of the easiest desserts you’ll ever make.

Chocolate cobbler has more in common with a chocolate lava cake than fruit cobblers. It’s made with a simple cake-like base that’s topped with a mixture of sugar and cocoa powder. Hot water turns it into a chocolate sauce and after baking, it becomes rich and gooey. Serve with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and you have THE dessert to get your chocolate fix!

Ingredients Needed

In addition to some very basic baking materials, chocolate cobbler is created using a lot of unsweetened cocoa powder for a rich chocolate flavor.

For the Batter

  • All-purpose flour – Use the spoon and level method to measure it properly.
  • Baking powder – To give the cake lift.
  • Salt – To enhance the other flavors.
  • Granulated sugar – For sweetness.
  • Unsweetened cocoa powder – Provides the chocolate flavor.
  • Whole milk – This helps make the cake tender.
  • Unsalted butter – We use unsalted so the cake isn’t overly salty.
  • Vanilla – For flavor.

For the Topping

  • Sugar – Both brown sugar and granulated sugar are used.
  • Unsweetened cocoa powder – Turns the topping into a delightful chocolate sauce. Be sure to use unsweetened.
  • Water – The water should be very hot, close to a boil.

Recipe Variations

Want some extra chocolate flavor? Or maybe you prefer your chocolate with some coffee undertones? Here are a few suggestions to switch up this chocolate dessert.

  • Intensify the chocolate flavor. To intensify the chocolate flavor, add 1 teaspoon of espresso powder to the batter mixture. This will not make the dish taste like coffee, but will greatly enhance the chocolate taste.
  • Switch out the water. Instead of pouring the Hot Water over the flour mixture, try pouring HOT COCOA for some extra chocolate flavor. Or if you love coffee, do half hot water, half hot brewed coffee.
  • Add cherries. Add a few chopped maraschino cherries to the batter for a chocolate sundae look and flavor.

How to Make Chocolate Cobbler

This easy chocolate dessert comes together in just a few steps. The hardest part is waiting for it to cool before digging in!

  1. Prepare the baking dish. Coat a square baking dish with nonstick cooking spray. Place on a rimmed baking sheet in case the chocolate bubbles over a bit.
  2. Make the batter. Whisk together the dry ingredients then stir in the milk, melted butter, and vanilla until smooth. Spread into the baking dish.
  3. Make the topping. Combine the sugars and cocoa powder. Sprinkle over the batter. Slowly pour the hot water over the top. Do NOT stir after this step!
  4. Bake. Bake at 350 degrees F for 40 minutes, until the middle is set. It will still have a slight wiggle.
  5. Let rest. Remove the dish from the oven and let sit for 15 to 20 minutes so that the bottom fudgy portion cools and thickens before serving.
  6. Serve. Serve with chocolate sauce spooned over the top and a scoop of ice cream.

Tips for Success

For a perfectly baked, gooey chocolate cobbler, keep the following things in mind.

  • Use full-fat ingredients. Using certain brands of reduced-fat milk and butter can result in separation and oiliness in the chocolate sauce.
  • Don’t stir the layered ingredients. Once you layer the cobbler batter, sugar mixture, and hot water in the pan, do not stir, or you will not have the molten chocolate layer on the bottom.
  • Place on a baking sheet. There’s a very high possibility that the chocolate may bubble up over the edges of the baking dish so I definitely recommend placing the baking dish on a rimmed baking sheet before putting it in the oven.
  • Do not over-bake. When the dish is done, the top will be fluffy and resting on top of a bed of chocolate sauce.
  • Let it rest. Once you remove it from the oven, let it sit for 15-20 minutes to allow the sauce on the bottom to cool and thicken. If not, the sauce will be too watery.

Serving Suggestions

This chocolate cobbler should be eaten as soon as it comes out of the oven. The chocolate sauce will be the ideal combination of rich and ooey.

I always spoon some of the chocolate sauce from the bottom of the pan on top when I serve this in bowls. We then eat it while topping it off with whipped cream or a scoop of vanilla (or chocolate) ice cream. For a chocolate sundae effect, add one or two cherries.

How to Store Leftovers

For up to three days, leftover chocolate cobbler can be kept in the refrigerator. Transfer any leftovers to an airtight container or carefully cover the baking dish. Any leftovers should be microwaved for about 30 seconds to rewarm before serving.

Homemade Chocolate Cobbler Recipe

It’s like chocolate pudding and chocolate lava cake combined in this Chocolate Cobbler. So easy to put together and so rich and delicious! A traditional Peach Raspberry Cobbler has its time and place, but the holidays were built for chocolate.

Not Your Traditional Cobbler

You all went a little crazy over my Pumpkin Pecan Cobbler last fall, so I decided to make an extra chocolatey version for the holidays. This Chocolate Cobbler Recipe is loosely based on that cobbler recipe minus all the spices, plus a whole lot of chocolate! The best way to describe this is a cross between chocolate pudding, chocolate lava cake and a classic chocolate cake. So so delicious and easy to make, thanks to all the pantry staples.

How to Make Chocolate Cobbler

This recipe for cobbler is simple. I start with creating the cake-like batter, then I sprinkle a dry topping over it. Both of these are baked after being doused in hot water. The outcome is chocolatey bliss that is ooey-gooey. Check out the recipe card at the bottom of the page for the whole recipe.

Preheat Oven

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Make Chocolate Cobbler Batter

Mix the flour, baking powder, sugar, salt, and cocoa powder in a medium bowl. Pour the milk, butter, and vanilla into the dry ingredients after making a well in the center. Combine and stir until a thick batter is created.

Fill a small, ungreased 8-inch by 4-inch rectangle casserole dish with batter.

No Eggs?

That is accurate. You are not seeing things! You don’t require eggs even though this recipe is essentially a cake with baked chocolate pudding on the bottom. There is no typo. Not to worry!

Make Topping

In a separate bowl, stir sugar, brown sugar, and cocoa powder together. Sprinkle over the top of the batter evenly.

Cover with Water

Pour hot water over the entire thing {WITHOUT STIRRING A THING!}.

Bake + Cool

Bake for 40 minutes or once the middle is set. {Be sure to place it on a baking sheet in case it bubbles over.}

Cool 5-10 minutes before serving.

How to Serve Chocolate Cobbler

As you can see, a good portion of this is actual cake, but then there’s some thick chocolate pudding/gooeyness under it all that is amazing!!

My favorite way to eat this is with vanilla ice cream, but my husband prefers chocolate ice cream with his Chocolate Cobbler. He is the exact definition of a chocoholic, in case you were wondering.

You could also serve this up with homemade whipped cream.

Storing Chocolate Cobbler

Unbelievably, there are even more reasons to celebrate with this dish. If any Chocolate Cobbler is left over, it can be kept in the refrigerator for up to three days! Yes, feel free to indulge in this treat repeatedly. Remember to keep it in an airtight container only!

Health Benefits of Chocolate

1. It can help your heart to stay healthy

Numerous studies show that the flavonoids in chocolate might keep your arteries and veins flexible. 114,000 participants who received a couple servings of dark chocolate each week were monitored over the course of 7 trials. The findings revealed that those who consumed more chocolate had a reduced risk of heart attack by around 37% and a lower risk of stroke by about 29%.

2. It may help improve your memory as you get older

According to research, aged people’s cognitive performance significantly increased when they were given specially produced, high-flavanol cocoa extracts. The only issue is that due to processing and the inclusion of eggs, sugar, and milk, eating chocolate significantly reduces the percentage of those cocoa flavanols.

3. It can help to avoid sunburn

According to a London-based study, women who were given chocolate with a high flavanol concentration were able to resist twice as much UV light without burning their skin than those who received lower dosages.

4. It may make you better at math

I never did well in arithmetic in school. Maybe I should’ve indulged in more bittersweet chocolate! This is the unexpected conclusion I came to after reading about Professor David Kennedy’s research, who serves as the Director of Brain, Performance, and Nutrition at the Northumbria University Research Center (UK). A cup of hot chocolate containing 500 mg of flavanols was delivered to the participants. As a result, their blood supply to the brain was improved, and they were better able to handle challenging math problems.

5. It may put you in a better mood

When he advised my aunt to stop crying and “cheer up,” I wished my uncle had offered her some chocolate. Evidently, he was unaware of the Australian University of Swinburne’s research. These researchers focused on cocoa polyphenols once more and discovered that it improved the individuals’ mood by making them calmer and happier.

6. It may help lower cholesterol levels

The Journal of Nutrition carries an interesting article about the results of a study done to determine whether dark chocolate could have any effect on the LDL cholesterol levels. They found that when subjects were given bars of dark chocolate with plant sterols and flavanols, they were getting lower scores on their cholesterol levels.

7. It may help people with Alzheimer’s disease

As is well known, when Alzheimer’s disease strikes, the nerve pathways to the brain are harmed, leading to a serious decline in some mental abilities. It is amazing to see that lavado, a cocoa extract, can really lessen the harm done to these important routes.

8. It can help you with your workout

Epicatechin is yet another wonderful flavanol found in chocolate. When mice were fed this chemical, they were much stronger and fitter than mice who just had access to water. Researchers advise limiting your intake of chocolate to to a half-square each day in order to maximize your workout outcomes. If you have too much, the positive effects can be reversed.

9. It is very nutritious

You can have a really healthy snack if you choose chocolate with a high cocoa content (75% to 85%), did you know that? Consider a 100-gram chocolate bar as an example. Nearly your entire RDA for copper and manganese is included in it. More than half of your RDA for magnesium and around two thirds (67%) of your RDA for iron are present in it. Additionally, it contains 10% fiber. There is also a lot of potassium, selenium, and zinc.

10. It can help to lower your blood pressure

You might not be aware of it, but having the proper level of NO (nitric oxide) in your body can aid in the relaxation of your arteries. It will also relieve some of their pressure, which will drop their blood pressure. Another advantage of the flavanols in dark chocolate, which contribute to the creation of this essential nitric oxide.

11. It helps you produce more endorphins

You may experience a high as a result of excitement, affection, or following exercise. Endorphins, which are hormones produced in the brain, are what cause this high. The amazing thing about chocolate is that its flavanols can promote endorphin generation without requiring marathon training! Endorphins are essential in the fight against depression and other mental illnesses.

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