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Easy Blackberry Cobbler Recipe

When it’s summertime, nothing says “summer” more than a blackberry cobbler. This recipe is so easy you can make one from scratch with just a few simple ingredients like flour, sugar, and milk! You’ll be surprised at how quickly this dessert comes together, too.

The best thing about these cobblers? They’re made either fresh or frozen – whichever your heart desires because they both taste great! That’s also great news because that means that you can enjoy a taste of summer even in the middle of winter thanks to frozen fruit.

Glass bowl of blackberry cobbler topped with scoop of vanilla ice cream.

If you have a blackberry vine in your yard like I do, the blackberries like to ripen on their own timeline. I can go out one day and pick a handful of blackberries – not enough to make a cobbler. If I put them in the refrigerator and go out daily to gather ripe berries to make a cobbler, there’s the possibility that the older berries will start to rot.

Blackberries growing on a vine.

To preserve my blackberries, I wash them off and allow them to completely dry. Then I place them on a baking sheet and freeze them. Freezing them on a baking sheet is a good way of separating the blackberries so they don’t get stuck together, and I can easily transfer them into a zippered sandwich bag once they’re frozen solid.

Now that you know how to preserve blackberries, let’s take a look at how to make a blackberry cobbler from scratch.

How To Make Blackberry Cobbler

For this sweet, southern dessert fav, you need the following ingredients:

  • 3 cups blackberries
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch
  • 1 ¼ cups sugar divided
  • 1 cup self-rising flour
  • 1 cup milk
  • ½ cup butter (1 stick of butter)
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350° Fahrenheit. Place butter in a 9-in square baking dish and place in the oven to melt. Keep an eye on the butter. You don’t want it to start browning or to burn.

Stick of butter in a white baking dish.

You can use any baking dish that you would like – just make sure that it holds 6 cups.

Measure out 3 cups of blackberries.

Frozen blackberries in a 2 quart glass measuring cup.

Combine (frozen) blackberries, ¼ cup sugar, cornstarch and set aside.

Frozen blackberries coated in cornstarch and sugar in a spoon.

Next, get out a large mixing bowl and whisk together flour, 1 cup sugar, milk, and vanilla. Set the batter aside.

Cobbler batter in a large glass mixing bowl.

You didn’t forget about the butter in the oven, did you? Remove it from the oven once it has all melted. Spoon or pour the batter over the melted butter.

Next, spoon the blackberries over the batter. It might seem a little backwards, but they will sink down and the batter will cover most of them creating a nice cakey layer. Go ahead and spoon any sugar/cornstarch left in the bowl over the cobbler.

Coated frozen blackberries on top of cobbler base in a white baking dish.

Place the cobbler in the oven and bake for 45 minutes – 1 hour or until golden brown on top. The baking time may vary depending on your oven as well as the size of the baking dish that you use. I recommend that you take a peek at the cobbler at the 40-minute mark.

Baked blackberry cobbler in a white rectangle baking dish.
Glass bowl with blackberry cobbler and a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

Blackberry Cobbler

This southern-style blackberry cobbler has the perfect balance of sweetness and tanginess to make it irresistible.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
10 mins
Total Time 1 hr 20 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 6
Calories 434 kcal


  • Mixing bowl
  • 6-cup baking dish


  • 3 cups blackberries
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch
  • 1 ¼ cups sugar divided
  • 1 cup self-rising flour
  • 1 cup milk
  • ½ cup butter (1 stick of butter)
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract


  • Preheat oven to 350° Fahrenheit. Place butter in 9-in square baking dish and place in oven to melt.
  • Combine (frozen) blackberries, ¼ cup sugar, cornstarch and set aside.
  • Whisk together flour, 1 cup sugar, milk, and vanilla. Set aside.
  • Remove melted butter from oven and spoon flour mixture into pan. Spoon blackberries and syrup on top of flour mixture.
  • Bake for 45 minutes – 1 hour or until golden brown on top.
  • Allow the cobbler to cool for approximately 10 minutes before serving.


If using fresh blackberries, combine them with ¼ cup sugar and cornstarch and let them sit for 15 minutes before using.  This will help them to release their juices in a process called maceration.  
If you like lemons, feel free to add a little lemon zest to the batter for a light, refreshing taste.


Serving: 1Calories: 434kcalCarbohydrates: 67gProtein: 5gFat: 17gSaturated Fat: 11gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 45mgSodium: 154mgPotassium: 197mgFiber: 4gSugar: 47gVitamin A: 693IUVitamin C: 15mgCalcium: 75mgIron: 1mg
Keyword blackberries, cobbler
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If the batter seems too “jiggly” in the center and the edges are starting to brown, remove the cobbler from the oven and carefully place aluminum foil over the cobbler. Bake in 5-minute increments to check for doneness.

Glass bowl of plain blackberry cobbler.

How To Serve Cobbler

The best way to serve a cobbler is by placing a spoonful into a serving bowl and topping it with some vanilla ice cream or whipped cream.

Glass bowl with blackberry cobbler and a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

What is your favorite cobbler?

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