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Mama’s Blackberry Cobbler

Alabama has some tasty fresh blackberries. Decades ago, my mama was heading out to pick blackberries to make a cobbler, but she ended up going to the hospital to have me instead. This is her mama's recipe. The blackberries start on top, but then end up tucked under a golden brown crust after it's baked. —Lisa Allen, Joppa, Alabama
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Bake: 45 min.
  • Makes
    6 servings


  • 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons melted butter, divided
  • 1 cup self-rising flour
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar, divided
  • 1 cup 2% milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 cups fresh blackberries or frozen unsweetened blackberries


  • Preheat oven to 350°. Pour 1/2 cup melted butter into an 8-in. square baking dish. In a small bowl, combine flour, 1 cup sugar, milk and vanilla until blended; pour into prepared dish. In another bowl, combine blackberries, remaining 1/2 cup sugar and remaining 2 tablespoons melted butter; toss until combined. Spoon over batter.
  • Bake until topping is golden brown and fruit is tender, 45-50 minutes. Serve warm.

Test Kitchen tip
  • Be sure to disperse the berry mixture evenly and all the way to the edges of the dish.
  • Nutrition Facts
    3/4 cup: 491 calories, 21g fat (13g saturated fat), 54mg cholesterol, 421mg sodium, 75g carbohydrate (56g sugars, 4g fiber), 5g protein.

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    • Rhonda
      Aug 21, 2020

      This recipe did not turn out. Way too much butter. The crust did not rise up to cover the berries. Good flavor but it was like eating tofu with berries on top.

    • lshaw
      Jun 23, 2020

      I'm almost 65 years old and just made my first cobbler yesterday using this recipe! I've made innumerable short crust pastry pies in my life but no cobblers, which is my husband's favorite. So, for Father's Day, this Blackberry Cobbler was it. It came out perfectly, with great texture and taste, but I will say, I had to bake mine up to almost 15 minutes longer at the temperature suggested to get it to turn "golden brown". I also looked up cobbler-making on YouTube before making this and found out that you're not supposed to mix the first 2 layers together! This was not mentioned in the directions so I'm glad I got wind of it ahead of time! It was so good, my son wants the same cobbler for his birthday in 2 weeks, so I'll be returning to this recipe!

    • bakermj
      Jun 19, 2020

      Inherited this recipe from my mom, who found it in a magazine. It was called, “Essie’s Cobbler”. (I’m sure she had the recipe before I was born in 1960.). This is always a delightful dessert, especially warm with ice cream. I use either blackberries or peaches. Perfect for family reunions or pot lucks!

    • sussexspaniel
      Jun 16, 2020

      Been making for 20 years. It was called “creeping crust cobbler” at the time. Also if I don’t have self rising flour, add 1 1/2 tsp baking powder and 1/4 tsp salt to every cup of all purpose flour.

    • Laura
      Jun 16, 2020

      I used the last of my frozen Mulberries. Yummy!!

    • Nona
      Jun 15, 2020

      Excellent and very easy recipe. My cobbler looked almost identical to the picture. I only had all purpose flour, so to make it self rising, I added 1/4 tsp salt and 1 1/2 tsp baking powder to the 1 cup flour and blended it well. Good basic recipe for any cobbler so I will be making it often this summer.

    • Linda Sammy
      Jun 5, 2020

      Been using this recipe for years. My grandmother taught it to me. Sounds like the lady that didn't like it used plain flour instead of self rising flour. I made that mistake once and she us right, it was horrible. You can use this recipe with any flavor pie filling or sometimes I just use sliced canned peaches.

    • Eileen
      May 19, 2020

      I followed the direction. The crust stayed on the bottom. The butter stayed separated. The fruit stayed on top. I tried cooking it longer to see if that would help. Horrible. Not edible.

    • Geri
      May 3, 2020

      For those of you commenting about the instructions saying to put the berries on top of the batter, try making it before you comment. This is correct. The berries sink down. Delicious!

    • JaneAustenite
      Mar 28, 2020

      This was delicious. I used 1/4 cup less sugar. Amazing with ice cream.