Easy Blackberry Cobbler Recipe

Nothing says “summer” more than a blackberry cobbler. This simple Southern blackberry cobbler recipe is so easy you can make this delicious dessert from scratch with just a few basic ingredients like flour, sugar, and milk! You’ll be surprised at how quickly this classic dessert with juicy blackberries comes together.

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

The best thing about this cobbler? It’s made either fresh blackberries 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.

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 juicy berries – 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 freezer bag once they’re frozen solid.

Now that you know how to preserve blackberries, let’s take a look at how to make this simple recipe.


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

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

How To Make Blackberry Cobbler

Preheat oven to 350° Fahrenheit. Place butter in a 9-inch square baking dish or cast iron skillet 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 blackberries, ¼ cup sugar, cornstarch and set aside.

Frozen blackberries coated in cornstarch and sugar in a spoon.

Next, get out a large bowl and whisk together flour, 1 cup sugar, milk, and vanilla. Set it 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, sprinkle blackberries over the top of the cobbler batter. It might seem a little backward, but they will sink and the batter will cover most of them creating a cake-like topping. 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.

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.

Serve the cobbler by placing a spoonful into a serving bowl and topping it with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or whipped cream.

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


Store leftover cobbler in the refrigerator. I recommend that you wrap the container with plastic wrap or place it in an airtight container.

Recipe Notes

If you don’t have self-rising flour, you can make your own at home.

In a small bowl, place 1 cup of all-purpose flour. Remove 1 ½ teaspoons of flour  – you can put that back in the flour container. Add 1 ½ teaspoons of baking flour and ¼ teaspoon of salt. Whisk the three ingredients together and use in place of self-rising flour.

If you like fruit cobblers, be sure to check out our peach cobbler recipe, too. We like to think that it’s the best cobbler recipe.

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.
4.58 from 7 votes
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
10 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 434kcal


  • Mixing bowl
  • 6-cup baking dish


  • 3 cups blackberries
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 ¼ cups sugar divided
  • 1 cup self-rising flour
  • 1 cup milk
  • ½ cup butter (1 stick of butter)
  • ½ teaspoon 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: 1 | Calories: 434kcal | Carbohydrates: 67g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 45mg | Sodium: 154mg | Potassium: 197mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 47g | Vitamin A: 693IU | Vitamin C: 15mg | Calcium: 75mg | Iron: 1mg
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  1. This looks delicious berries cobbler . I had peach cobbler I really like but seeing this berries cobbler I may need to cook this light tasty dessert . So easy to make a simple ingredients lemmon zest should pick up flavors of berries. Thank you for sharing recipe

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