old fashioned blueberry cobbler

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I love making old fashioned blueberry cobbler, and my family can’t get enough. Now I’m not the best baker in the world, but my blueberry cobbler always turns out great. I make it from scratch, including the biscuits on top. And yes, I find that mixing up a batch of biscuits takes as much time as baking the blueberry cobbler itself (but maybe I’m just slow).

Old-Fashioned Blueberry Cobbler

“A Southern, old-fashioned blueberry cobbler made with fresh blueberries in a fluffy-style cobbler crust.”

Visual learner? Watch me make this Old-Fashioned Cobbler from start to finish!


Hey, remember when I said blackberry cobbler was my favorite kind of cobbler? I then I said no, scratch that, peach cobbler is my favorite?

And then I said hole’up strawberry cobbler for the win!!

Well, I take it back. I take it all back.

blueberry cobbler recipe

Because I’m head over heels in love with this blueberry cobbler. My gawd from Zion how did I forget what blueberry cobbler does to my soul! It’s like eating a giant blueberry muffin only better! It’s fluffy, cakey, and slightly biscuity, yet gooey from all of those fresh blueberries.

Throw on some vanilla ice cream when it’s hot out of the oven, and it’s just… almost too much comforting goodness to handle.

Blueberries are everywhere in NC right! The Farmers Market is overflowing with the best local blueberries and is pretty cheap.

Fresh and cheap? Now we’re speaking my language!

I racked up like always. Something about local berries on sale makes me go crazy and I always end up getting more than I know what to do with.It’s kinda like when the forecast is calling for a snowstorm and people feel the need to stock their fridge and pantry with bread and milk.

Yeah, only I do this with berries in the summertime. Pray for me.

I keep saying I’m going to plant a blueberry bush since my boys love them so much, but I know I would only kill the poor plant. Oh well, can’t win them all!

Fruit cobblers are usually my summer dessert of choice because they are so easy to make and a great way to use up berries. If you like cobblers and haven’t tried a blueberry cobbler yet, now is the time sista!

Get yourself some ripe, fresh blueberries and make this here cobbler.

BLUEBERRY COBBLER

Blueberry cobbler is a tasty concoction of heavenly blueberry filling made with simple pantry staples and finished with a scrumptious cakified topping.

Blueberry cobbler is the ideal dessert when you want to celebrate a holiday or spread a little love. It’s always the shining star of my Easter dessert recipes and I love making it for other holidays too. While it’s one of the best Easter recipes, this decadent little treat can be used pretty much all year round.

Blackberry cobbler is a great alternative if you’re out of blueberries, especially in the summer months. But when blueberries are in season OMG! You can choose between blueberry boy bait and lemon blueberry bars to use up those extras. Or just throw them in the freezer for later.

WHAT I LOVE ABOUT THIS RECIPE

  • The sweet, sinful filling is summertime in your mouth
  • The cake-like cobbler topping is just plain yummy
  • It pulls together without a fuss
  • The tapioca makes the filling silky smooth
How to make blueberry cobbler, prepared ingredients for the filling

HOW TO MAKE BLUEBERRY COBBLER RECIPE

Making this awesome cobbler is as easy as 1, 2, 3. Simply mix up the filling and toss it in the dish before combining the ingredients for the topping. Spoon the topping on and slide your cobbler into the oven. Voila!

How to make Blueberry cobbler, prepared ingredients for the topping

EASY BLUEBERRY COBBLER RECIPE NOTES

This recipe is a thick sweet concoction that’ll transport you to your happy place. To ensure it comes out of the oven that way, be sure to leave some openings at the top. Just spoon it on but don’t cover every little bit of the filling.

Best Blueberry Cobbler Ingredient Notes

Prepping the fruit- After rinsing your fresh blueberries, let them drain well and lay them out on a paper towel to remove excess water. If you don’t, you risk watering down your filling. You don’t want runny filling!

Instant Tapioca- There are different types of tapioca available commercially. Instant tapioca is a must in this recipe. “Minute Tapioca”  is a name brand and is instant tapioca.

  • Why do we use tapioca? Tapioca absorbs the moisture from the fruit. It gives your filling structure, so you don’t end up with blueberry soup!
  • By grinding it into a fine powder, it makes your filling silky smooth, dissolve significantly better than it does straight out of the box, and adds a beautiful shine. The easiest way to grind the tapioca is to pour an entire box into the blender and blend it until it becomes a powder. Store it in an airtight container and use as needed.
  • In the photo below, the tapioca on the right has been ground in a blender and the tapioca on the left is the texture straight out of the box.
How to make blueberry cobbler, difference from the ground tapioca and straight out of the box tapioca

Pan Size- If you’re only feeding a small group, you can easily cut the recipe in half and use an 8×8 baking dish.

Coarse Sugar Sprinkling coarse sugar on the top of the cobbler is optional. I love the sparkle it adds to the top, but the topping is perfectly sweet without it.

Frozen Blueberries – It’s the perfect way to enjoy it all year round, even when the berries are out of season. Just keep the berries frozen until you’re ready to assemble and cook.

Pie Filling – Pie filling is another excellent way to enjoy cobbler when the berries are out of season or unavailable. You will prepare the dough as directed, but the filling is ready to go! Just spoon the filling straight from the can into the dish and then top as usual.

Pair it with – a scoop of vanilla ice cream or a generous dollop of whipped cream, and you have a dessert that everyone will love.

How to make Blueberry Cobbler, making the filling and topping

Storing Tips

Your recipe will keep well on the counter for a couple of days, but I like to err on the side of caution and put mine in the fridge. Just loosely cover it with cling wrap or foil. You don’t want any moisture to build up inside.

Can You Freeze This?

Yes!! This scrumptious cobbler freezes really well. You can freeze the entire thing or just freeze the blueberries until you’re ready to use them. If you freeze the cobbler, simply slow thaw it in the fridge overnight.

How to make Blueberry Cobbler, making the topping and scooping it on top of the filling

Fresh Blueberry Cobbler Make Ahead Tips

I often make this a day before I want to serve it. After baking, cool it completely. Cover with plastic wrap and store at room temperature or in the fridge if you’re making it more than a day ahead of time.

Scooped some Blueberry cobbler in the baking dish

How Long Can You Keep This In The Fridge?

Your cobbler will stay fresh and yummy for 3-4 days in the fridge. I’ve never actually seen one stay in the fridge that long, though. They’re so insanely delicious they get gobbled up and before you know it you’ve got an empty dish.

Blueberry cobbler on a plate

RECIPE VARIATIONS

This sweet scrumptious cobbler is good enough to make grandma proud just like it is, but you can tweak it a little to make some tasty changes. Here are a few simple suggestions.

  • Blueberry peach cobbler…peaches and blueberries complement each other perfectly! The texture of the peaches also breaks up the blueberries. You’ll want about 5-6 cups of peaches to a 1-2 cups of blueberries for a good balance!
  • When the peach season rolls around, you can always whip up a Southern peach cobbler that’ll make their heads spin. Short on time? Throw together a crock pot peach cobbler instead.
  • I know that blueberry cobbler can’t be for every occasion, so you can change things up with a strawberry cobbler and a few simple swaps will give you strawberry rhubarb cobbler.

OLD FASHIONED BLUEBERRY COBBLER – A SOUTHERN BLUEBERRY COBBLER RECIPE

This Old Fashioned Blueberry Cobbler can be made with either fresh or frozen blueberries and is easy to put together and bake. It’s great on its own but can be served topped with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream too.

SOUTHERN BLUEBERRY COBBLER

I love how easy this blueberry cobbler is to make.

A generous layer of butter (a whole stick to be exact) is melted in the bottom of a 13 x 9 inch baking dish.

Then, a simple batter of flour, baking powder, salt. vanilla extract and milk is whipped together in practically a minute. Pour the easy batter right into the melted butter. At this point the batter, starts to bake a little bit in the hot butter.

Immediately pour blueberries that have been sweetened with sugar into the center of the batter. Be sure to place the blueberries in the center and not around the edge of the southern blueberry cobbler.

If you add the sweetened blueberries around the edges, the sugar will brown the edges and make the cobbler a little too crispy on the ends. If this happens, do not fret.  Just add a little extra ice cream to soften the edges. Nobody will know, I promise. And it will still taste amazing.

INGREDIENT LIST FOR EASY BLUEBERRY COBBLER

Butter or Margarine

Blueberries, fresh or frozen

Sugar

Flour

Baking Powder

Salt

Milk

Vanilla Extract

HOW TO MAKE BLUEBERRY COBBLER FROM SCRATCH (2 CUPS BLUEBERRIES)

  1. Combine blueberries and sugar; set aside.
  2. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  3. Place stick of butter in a 13 x 9 inch baking dish. Place in the oven until melted, watching closely. Remove from oven.
  4. Combine flour, baking powder and salt. Mix in milk and vanilla extract to form a batter.
  5. Pour batter directly into the melted butter.
  6. Pour sweetened blueberries into the center of the batter, avoiding the edges.  (If you use frozen blueberries, use a slotted spoon to avoid adding all the juices to the batter.)
  7. Bake for 35-40 minutes or until lightly golden brown.
  8. Eat alone or topped with ice cream, whipped cream or milk.

For the full recipe steps and ingredient amounts for homemade blueberry cobbler, scroll to the recipe card at the bottom of this post. 

Old Fashioned Blueberry Cobbler is as easy as a cobbler can be.  Make this  Southern Blueberry Cobbler recipe with either fresh or frozen blueberries.  It's great on its own but can be served topped with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream too.

BLUEBERRY COBBLER WITH FROZEN OR FRESH BLUEBERRIES

Blueberries: Use fresh or frozen blueberries in this blueberry cobbler. If you use frozen, thaw first, and use a slotted spoon to remove excess juices before adding the sweetened blueberries to the batter. I use frozen, wild blueberries which are smaller in size. Your homemade blueberry cobbler may have a little bit different appearance if you use regular-sized blueberries. Either are great. Use 2 cups blueberries in this blueberry cobbler recipe.

Sugar:  Use white sugar. If your blueberries are really sweet, you could reduce the amount of sugar, or visa versa if they are very tart.

Butter:  Margarine is a completely acceptable substitute, if desired. Melt the butter directly into the 13 x 9 inch baking dish. Watch closely so it does not brown.

Flour: Use all purpose flour. No sifting required.

Milk: Use whatever variety of milk you have on hand. Whole milk, 2%, skim, almond, etc. In a bind, half and half would work too.

Vanilla Extract:  For a fun substitution, use lemon extract or almond extract instead.

Old Fashioned Blueberry Cobbler is as easy as a cobbler can be.  Make this  Southern Blueberry Cobbler recipe with either fresh or frozen blueberries.  It's great on its own but can be served topped with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream too.

NOTES ABOUT OLD FASHIONED BLUEBERRY COBBLER WITH 2 CUPS BLUEBERRIES:

  • Use fresh or frozen blueberries. Thaw the frozen ones first, and drain off excess juices. You’ll also want to use a slotted spoon if there’s an excess amount of juice after adding sugar.
  • Carefully pour the sweetened blueberries into the center of the batter. If you get sugared blueberries around the edges, the sugar will brown too much and possibly even burn.

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