Easy Caramel Apple Cobbler

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The perfect fall dessert, Caramel Apple Cobbler blends fruit and warm spices in a classic filling, then tops it off with a sugar cookie-inspired cobbler topping and plenty of caramel.

Pie is hard. Cobbler is a breeze. No rolling pins, no chilling, no making things look perfect.

You’ll never go back to any other cobbler technique after you try this one. I’m sorry to be the one to tell you you’ve been doing it wrong all this time.

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

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 degrees with the rack in the center.  Prepare a baking sheet by lining with aluminum foil.
  • Make and pre-bake filling. Combine the apples, brown sugar, cornstarch, cinnamon, cloves, and allspice in a large mixing bowl.  Pour the filling into a 13×9 baking dish.  Cover it with foil, place on the foil-lined 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, make the topping.   Beat the butter and sugar in a large mixing bowl using an electric mixer on medium speed.  Beat for about 3 minutes, until fluffy.  Add the egg and beat 1 minute.  Add the flour, baking powder, and salt and beat on low until just combined. Remove the hot filling from the oven and remove the aluminum foil.  Drop the topping on by heaping tablespoons, spacing relatively evenly.  
    dough in bowl and on top of filling
  • Bake. Bake, uncovered, for 45 minutes until topping is golden brown and filling is bubbly.  Remove from oven and immediately pour 1/4 cup of caramel onto hot cobbler. 
    baked cobbler with caramel sauce
  • Serve. Allow to cool 20 minutes before serving.  Can be served warm or room temperature.  Best with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top.
    scoop of finished dessert

Notes

If you use a sweeter variety of apple, reduce the sugar to 1/2 cup
A fully baked cobbler can be made a day ahead and warmed in oven, but preparing it ahead of time and then baking does not work well.  
You can cut this recipe in half and bake in a pie plate or quiche dish.

You’ll need the following for this easy dessert:

  • tart apples
  • light brown sugar
  • cornstarch
  • cinnamon
  • cloves
  • allspice
  • salted butter
  • granulated sugar
  • egg
  • all-purpose flour
  • baking powder
  • salt
  • prepared caramel sauce
ingredients on white tile counter
  • 13 x 9 baking dish
  • hand mixer

🥫 Storage instructions

First, let the cobbler cool completely. Then, cover it tightly with plastic wrap or aluminum foil and place it in the fridge. If you have a small amount of leftovers, transfer them to an airtight container rather than leaving them in the casserole dish.

You can warm it up in a 300-degree oven for about 15 minutes, or until heated through.

This recipe does not freeze well.

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

👩🏻‍🍳 Expert tips

diced apples in bowl
  • If you have chosen a sweeter apple variety, like Honeycrisp apples or Gala apples, either reduce the sugar slightly or add 2 teaspoons of lemon juice to the filling.
  • Be sure to dice your apples! Sliced apples are a pain to scoop. 😊
  • If you like nuts, try sprinkling chopped pecans on top of the dough when it comes out of the oven.
  • If you haven’t tried any of my cobbler recipes, the topping may seem weird to you. It’s the best, and you’ll just have to trust me on this one.
  • You can cut the recipe in half and bake in a quiche dish or deep pie plate.

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