How to Make the Best Caramel Apple Cobbler – Simple and Delicious

This Caramel Apple Cobbler recipe is the perfect fall treat that combines juicy apples and a delicious, cookie-like topping. It’s so easy to make – no need to worry about rolling pins, chilling, or making everything look perfect.

Once you try this recipe, you’ll be hooked. It’s just that good, especially when you add a scoop of creamy vanilla ice cream.

plate of apple cobbler with ice cream and caramel sauce

Caramel Apple Cobbler

Fresh apples are cooked with brown sugar and fall spices, then topped with a delicious sugar cookie-like topping.  Perfect with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Serving Size 16 people

Equipment

  • 13 x 9 baking dish
  • Hand mixer

Ingredients 

For the filling:

  • 9 cups diced Granny Smith apples (7-9 apples, depending on size)
  • cup brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon cloves
  • teaspoon allspice

For the topping:

  • 1 cup softened butter (salted, 2 sticks)
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • pinch salt

For serving

  • vanilla ice cream
  • 1 jar prepared caramel sauce

Instructions 

  • Prep. Preheat oven to 375°F (190°C) with the rack in the center. Prepare a baking sheet by lining it with aluminum foil.
  • Prepare the apples. Peel, remove the core and cut 7-9 Granny Smith apples into small pieces to get 9 cups.
    diced apples in bowl
  • Make and pre-bake filling. In a large mixing bowl, combine the diced apples, brown sugar, cornstarch, cinnamon, cloves, and allspice. Pour the mixture into a 13×9 baking dish. Cover with foil, place on the prepared baking sheet, and bake for 20 minutes, until the filling is juicy and the apples are soft.
    filling in baking dish
  • Make the topping. While the filling is baking, beat the butter and sugar in a large mixing bowl using an electric mixer on medium speed until fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add the egg and beat for 1 minute. Gradually add the flour, baking powder, and salt, and beat on low until just combined.
    dough in bowl and on top of filling
  • Assemble and bake. Remove the filling from the oven and discard the foil. Drop the topping by heaping tablespoons onto the hot filling, spacing them evenly. Bake, uncovered, for 45 minutes or until the topping is golden brown and the filling is bubbly. Immediately pour 1/4 cup of caramel sauce over the hot cobbler.
    baked cobbler with caramel sauce
  • Serve. Allow the cobbler to cool for 20 minutes before serving. Serve warm or at room temperature, ideally with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top.
    scoop of finished dessert

Notes

Granny Smith apples work well because they are sour and keep their shape when baked. If you use sweeter apples, use less sugar or add 2 teaspoons of lemon juice to the filling to avoid making the cobbler too sweet.
Make sure to cut your apples into small pieces! Sliced apples are hard to scoop. Keep the size of your apple pieces the same so they cook evenly, and the filling has a consistent texture.
When making the topping, make sure the butter is softened, not melted. Softened butter mixes better with sugar and creates a light and fluffy topping similar to a cookie.
You can halve the recipe and bake it in a quiche dish or a deep pie plate. If you like nuts, try sprinkling chopped pecans on the top of the dough when it comes out of the oven.
You can adjust the amount of spices to your liking. A little nutmeg or extra cinnamon can add a personal flavor to the cobbler.
Calories: 103kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 20mg | Sodium: 14mg | Potassium: 16mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 19g | Vitamin A: 26IU | Calcium: 14mg | Iron: 1mg

More Tips:

Make sure your oven is completely heated before baking. The accurate temperature helps the filling cook properly and the topping to turn golden brown.

When adding flour to the topping mixture, mix it just enough until combined. Over-mixing can make the topping heavy instead of light and fluffy.

Covering the baking sheet with aluminum foil catches spills and makes cleaning up easier. The filling may spill over, and this step saves you from scrubbing the oven.

Pour the caramel sauce over the cobbler right after it comes out of the oven. This allows the caramel to mix with the hot filling, giving it a rich, gooey texture.

Let the cobbler cool for at least 20 minutes before serving. This helps the filling to set and makes it easier to serve.

A fully baked cobbler can be made a day ahead and warmed in an oven, but it doesn’t work well to prepare and bake it ahead of time.

The topping might seem strange if you haven’t tried any of my cobbler recipes. Just trust me, it’s the best.

finished cobbler with scoop missing

Serving Suggestions

This dessert shines when paired with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, whipped cream, hot caramel sauce, chopped nuts (like pecans or walnuts), and a cup of hot coffee or tea.

Key Ingredients and Tools

Here are some important items and ingredients you’ll need for making this dessert.

ingredients on white tile counter
  • Granny Smith Apples: These apples are sour and hold their shape well during baking, making them perfect for this cobbler.
  • Cornstarch: This thickens the apple filling, giving it the right texture. You can find it in the baking aisle of most grocery stores.
  • Softened Butter: Make sure your butter is softened (not melted) for the topping to have a fluffy, cookie-like texture.
  • Electric Mixer: An electric mixer is useful for beating the butter and sugar to the right consistency. If you don’t have one, a hand mixer works, too.
  • 13×9 Baking Dish: This size dish ensures even cooking and the right thickness for the filling and topping.

You’ll be ready to make a delicious cobbler with these items and ingredients.

Here are some alternative ingredients you can use for this recipe:

  • Granny Smith Apples: You can use Honeycrisp or Braeburn apples, but you may need to reduce the sugar slightly.
  • Brown Sugar: Substitute it with white sugar and a tablespoon of molasses.
  • Cornstarch: Use an equal amount of all-purpose flour instead.
  • Salted Butter: You can use unsalted butter and add a pinch of salt to the topping mixture.
  • Vanilla Ice Cream: Try caramel or cinnamon ice cream for a different flavor.

These substitutions may slightly alter the recipe’s outcome, but feel free to experiment and find what works best for you.

Storage Instructions

When storing, let the cobbler cool completely first. Then, cover it tightly with plastic wrap or transfer it to an airtight container and store it in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.

To reheat, place a portion in the microwave for 30-60 seconds or until warm. Alternatively, you can reheat it in a preheated 350°F (175°C) oven for 15-20 minutes.

Remember, this cobbler does not freeze well, as the topping may become soggy, and the apples can lose their texture.

To cut down on prep time, prepare the filling, topping, refrigerate them separately, and assemble them right beforehand.

Remember to gather around and enjoy this delightful Caramel Apple Cobbler with your loved ones. It’s the perfect treat for any gathering and will bring joy and comfort to everyone at your table.

Whether you pair it with a scoop of ice cream or savor it on its own, this cobbler is bound to be a crowd-pleaser.

plate of cobbler and ice cream
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