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Easy Peach Cobbler Recipe

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This homemade Southern peach cobbler recipe is so easy to make – combine a few ingredients for the magic cake layer, add spices to canned peaches, add melted butter, bake, and voila! This amazing dessert will be your new favorite Southern dish that everyone will love- even if they don’t like fruit desserts!

Bowl of peach cobbler and ice cream sitting on counter.

What Is Peach Cobbler?

What exactly is a cobbler, you ask. Good question.

According to one of my favorite research websites, Wikipedia, the definition is:

“…a variety of dishes, particularly in the United States and United Kingdom, consisting of a fruit or savoury filling poured into a large baking dish and covered with a batter, biscuit, or pie crust before being baked. Some cobbler recipes, especially in the South, resemble a thick-crusted, deep-dish pie with both top and bottom crust.”

So…basically, a peach cobbler is a lot like a peach pie – only better!

Most cobblers that I am used to only require three ingredients for the crust – self-rising flour, sugar, and either milk or buttermilk. For the filling, you can simply use a can of pie filling. Oh, and we can’t forget a stick of butter. 

I prefer to use a can of peaches in natural juices when I make peach cobbler. (It’s so much easier than preparing fresh peaches.) I add a little sugar and a couple of spices and pop the delicious cobbler in the oven. It has become one of our favorite peach recipes.

Let’s look at how to make this easy peach cobbler dessert, shall we?

Ingredients

You can make this yummy, peach-filled cobbler in less than an hour by following these easy steps. Before you get started, make sure that you have the following ingredients:

  • butter
  • self-rising flour
  • granulated sugar
  • buttermilk
  • peaches in natural juices
  • ground cinnamon
  • vanilla

How To Make Peach Cobbler

Start by preheating your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

While the oven is warming up, melt the butter by placing it in a 9-inch square baking dish or a glass pie pan and place it in the oven. For a rustic look, you could use a 9-inch cast-iron skillet. No matter which you choose to bake the cobbler, be sure to keep an eye on it. You only want it to melt, not brown.

Meanwhile, in a medium bowl mix together the topping ingredients: flour, sugar, and buttermilk. Set the topping aside for now.

Adding sugar to peaches to make cobbler.

Next, combine peaches, sugar, cinnamon, and vanilla.

Adding vanilla and spices to peach cobbler filling.

Remove the melted butter from the oven if you have not already and spoon the batter mixture into the bottom of the pan. Drain the peaches and spoon the sliced peaches on top of the batter.

It may seem strange to put the topping on the bottom and the bottom peach later on top, but trust me. The peaches will sink and the top crust rises and it’s simply delicious. It’s like magic!

Cake-like crust layer of a peach cobbler in a square glass baking dish.

Bake the cobbler for 40-45 minutes or until golden brown on top.

Peaches on top of a cake layer making peach cobbler.

Allow the cobbler to cool for approximately 30 minutes before serving.

Peach cobbler in a round pie plate.

Scoop out the warm, delicious peach cobbler into bowls and top with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, Cool Whip, or whipped topping. Watch as it magically disappears!

Baking Tip

I recommend that you place the whole cobbler on a baking pan or baking sheet before you bake it. It will make it much easier to place it in the oven and remove it. It will also help catch any drippings should the cobbler spill over.

How To Store Peach Cobbler

For any leftover peach cobbler, cover it with plastic wrap and store it in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. You can reheat servings of cobbler in the microwave on HIGH for 45 seconds. Be sure to cover it so that it doesn’t make a mess.

Can I use fresh peaches?

Yes, you can. But you will need to cook them just a bit before doing so. The best way to cook peaches is with a little bit of sugar and lemon juice. To do this, take 2 cups of fresh peach slices, 1 cup of sugar (more for sweeter fruit), and 1 tablespoon of lemon juice; add it all together in a saucepan over medium heat until boiling. Turn off the stovetop burner so that you don’t continue cooking your delicate fruit.

That’s why this peach cobbler recipe is easy – the canned peaches have already done the “work” for you.

Should you rinse canned peaches?

It’s not necessary to do so when making this recipe.

What can I use instead of self-rising flour?

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

Bowl of peach cobbler and ice cream.
Homemade Peach Cobbler With Scoop of Vanilla Ice Cream

Hungry for more?

Check out these other delicious recipes at Southern Kissed:

  • Mini S’mores Pies – All the great taste of the campfire favorite, without the campfire, and a lot tastier!
  • Easy Apple Dumplings – This is that famous recipe for apple slices wrapped in crescent dough and baked in a citrus soda mixture.
  • Old Fashioned Tea Cakes – These are just like what your grandma made if your grandma was from the Deep South. They’re so delish!
  • Orange Cookies – One of my favorite cookies that my mom makes. They’re light, citrusy, and refreshing. (Can cookies be refreshing?)
  • Blackberry Cobbler – This cobbler is made using fresh blackberries and comes together quickly.
Bowl of peach cobbler and ice cream.

Easy Peach Cobbler

This is the ultimate southern comfort food dessert recipe. It's so easy to make and tastes amazing! Serve it warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. You'll be glad you did!
4.41 from 25 votes
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Course: Desserts
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 582kcal

Equipment

  • Pie pan
  • Mixing bowl

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 cup self-rising flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 29 ounces peaches in juice
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place butter in 9-in square baking dish and place in oven to melt.
  • Meanwhile, combine flour, sugar, and buttermilk and mix well. Set aside.
  • Combine peaches, sugar, cinnamon and vanilla.
  • Remove melted butter from oven and spoon flour mixture into pan. Spoon peaches on top of flour mixture. (Discard excess peach juice.)
  • Bake for 40-45 minutes or until golden brown on top.
  • Allow to cool for approximately 30 minutes before serving.

Notes

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

Fresh peaches in season?  You can use those, too.  First, place 2 cups of peeled and sliced ripe peaches, 1 cup sugar (more for sweeter fruit), and 1 tablespoon of lemon juice in a saucepan and cook over medium heat until boiling. Remove from the heat and use in place of the canned peaches.

If you don’t have buttermilk, you can make “sour milk” and use it instead.  Place 1 tablespoon of vinegar in a one-cup measuring cup.  Fill the remainder of the cup with milk.  Allow it to sit for 5 – 10 minutes.

Peach cobbler is also delicious served with whipped cream.

The nutrition information is for the peach cobbler only.  Ice cream would add additional calories, fat, protein, and sugar.

Nutrition

Serving: 1 | Calories: 582kcal | Carbohydrates: 74g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 31g | Saturated Fat: 20g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 9g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 83mg | Sodium: 599mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 56g
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