So-Easy Lemon Cobbler

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Get ready to indulge in a delightful dessert that combines the tangy goodness of lemons with a buttery, sugar-cookie inspired topping.

finish lemon cobbler being scooped out.

❤️ Why you’ll love this recipe

  • Full of Flavor: Everyone loves lemon, but the best part of this recipe is the topping. You’ll NEVER make another cobbler topping again.
  • Simplicity at Its Best: Made with pre-prepared lemon pie filling and easy-to-make cookie dough, this is a dessert that even kitchen novices will ace.
  • Perfect for All Seasons: Whether it’s a hot summer day or a chilly winter evening, this lemon cobbler can be your go-to treat all year round.

This is an overview of the ingredients. You’ll find the full measurements and instructions in the printable recipe at the bottom of the page.

ingredients on marble counter.

You’ll need the following for this easy lemon dessert:

  • Lemon pie filling
  • Fresh Lemon
  • Butter
  • Sugar
  • Vanilla
  • Egg Yolk
  • All-purpose Flour
  • Baking Powder
  • Salt
  • Powdered sugar or coarse sugar (optional)
  • Vanilla ice cream (optional)
  • Whipped cream (optional)
  • Fresh berries (optional)

🍴Instructions

Step One: make dough for topping

process of making sugar cookie cobbler topping.

In a medium bowl, beat the butter, sugar, and egg yolk with an electric mixer until light and creamy. Add the dry ingredients and mix on low until is smooth and well combined. The batter will be thick like a wet cookie dough

Step Two: assemble

cobbler with topping unbaked.

 In a mixing bowl (or right in the can), add the lemon juice and zest to the lemon pie filling. Pour the prepared lemon pie filling into the greased baking dish, spreading it evenly. Carefully spoon the dough over the lemon pie filling.

Step three: bake

baked cobbler in round dish.

Place the baking dish in the preheated oven and bake for 30-35 minutes or until the top is golden brown and baked through. During the last few minute, sprinkle coarse sugar on top if you’d like. Once baked, remove the cobbler from the oven and let it cool for a few minutes.

🥫 Storage instructions

This cobbler can be stored in the refrigerator, covered, for up to three days.

🔍 FAQs

Can I use homemade lemon filling?

Absolutely, if you’re up for it, feel free to use homemade lemon filling. But I’ll warn you that making it is a lot work! 😊

Is this best served warm or cold?

Doesn’t matter, but not super hot.

👩🏻‍🍳 Expert tips

Don’t rush the baking time. Allow the cobbler to bake fully for that golden crust.

Start with room temperature eggs and butter for easy mixing

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🍽 Serve it with

  • Pair it with vanilla ice cream or a dollop of whipped cream for an extra creamy touch.
  • Top it with fresh berries to add a burst of color and fruity goodness.
close up of finish lemon cobbler with sparkling sugar on top.

📖 Here’s the recipe

close up of lemon cobbler.

Easy Lemon Cobbller

A super simple dessert that combines the zesty flavors of lemon with a buttery and crumbly topping. We'll use a prepared lemon pie filling to simplify the process.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Serving Size 6 servings

Ingredients 

Cookie Dough Topping

  • ½ cup softened butter 1 stick
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 egg yolk
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • ¼ teaspoon baking powder
  • pinch salt

Filling

  • 1 lemon need zest and juice
  • 1 21 ounce can prepared lemon pie filling we like Lucky Leaf premiumm
  • Powdered sugar for dusting optional
  • Vanilla ice cream or whipped cream for serving optional

Instructions 

  • Prep. Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C). Grease a 9-inch square baking dish or any similar-sized baking dish.
  • Make topping. In a medium bowl, beat the butter, sugar, and egg yolk with an electric mixer until light and creamy. Add the dry ingredients and mix on low until is smooth and well combined. The batter will be thick like a wet cookie dough.
  • Assemble. In a mixing bowl (or right in the can), add the lemon juice and zest to the lemon pie filling. Pour the prepared lemon pie filling into the greased baking dish, spreading it evenly. Carefully spoon the dough over the lemon pie filling.
  • Bake. Place the baking dish in the preheated oven and bake for 30-35 minutes or until the top is golden brown and baked through. During the last few minute, sprinkle coarse sugar on top if you'd like. Once baked, remove the cobbler from the oven and let it cool for a few minutes.

Notes

The fresh lemon isn’t an absolute must, but you may find the filling to be a bit too sweet without it.
A pie plate or quiche dish works well for this.
We love this served with vanilla ice cream and fresh berries.
So-Easy Lemon Cobbler
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