Grandma’s Sweet Cherry Cobbler

Grandma’s sweet cherry cobbler is a classic, homestyle fruit dessert. Tender biscuits top juicy cherries for a delightful treat you’ll adore all summer long.

sweet cherry cobbler served on light blue plates with a scoop of vanilla ice cream

My friends, if you have not made a classic cobbler recipe you are missing out on a goody of epic proportions.

So many people think cobbler is just for peaches or maybe berries.

But let’s not limit this dessert experience.

Instead make it with juicy cherries so you get a holiday cherry pie feeling with none of the effort of homemade piecrust.

cherry cobbler in a blue ceramic pie dish shown with a silver spoon in it

What is a cobbler anyway?

Cobblers are down home fruit desserts that have tender biscuits or dumplings on top of saucy, jammy sweetened fruit. In this case cherries.

They are similar to a buckle, a crisp and a crumble.

In fact, you may hear these terms used interchangeably sometimes, though incorrectly.

This article from Slate breaks down the differences in case you are curious.

In any case, I’m a big fan of playing with cobbler recipes and will switch out fruits and even make the occasional s’mores cobbler.

sweet dark cherry cobbler shown in a ceramic pie dish with a scoop removed

How to Make the Filling

To make this cobbler recipe, start by making the cherry filling.

The filling is very easy to make.

Just whisk the sugar, cornstarch and cinnamon together in a large skillet to combine.

Then whisk in the water until the sugar dissolves. Then stir in the cherries and the butter and turn the heat on to medium low.

Cook the filling, stirring often.

It will begin to thicken and then bubble.

It will take a few minutes for the mixture to start to bubble.

Though it may be tempting, don’t turn the heat up to cook the cherry filling faster or you may burn the mixture.

Once the mixture has bubbled and thickened, pour the filling into an 8″ buttered pie dish.

sweet dark cherry cobbler in a blue pie dish on a wooden cutting board with dark cherries and a sugar dish in the background

Making the Topping

To make the topping, whisk together the flour, 2 tablespoons of sugar, 2 teaspoons of baking powder and the half teaspoon of salt in a mixing bowl.

Then, a little at a time, cut in the shortening using a pastry blender.

The shortening and the dry ingredients will form coarse crumbs.

Next, pour the milk into the batter.

Stir it only until it is just combined. 

sweet cherry cobbler served on light blue plates with a sugar dish in the background

Putting It Together

At this point, you can use a tablespoon to drop dollops of batter evenly over the top of the cherry filling.

Keep doing this until you’ve used all the batter up and the filling is covered.

Then sprinkle the last 2 tablespoons of sugar evenly over top of the cobbler.

Bake at 400 for 30 to 35 minutes.

You’ll know it’s done when the filling is bubbling at the sides and the top forms a beautiful golden brown biscuit crust.

Take it out of the oven and let it rest for 5 minutes before serving as is or topping with a big scoop of ice cream before serving.


sweet cherry cobbler served on light blue plates with a scoop of vanilla ice cream

Tips and Tricks

Follow these pointers to make sure your cherry cobbler is perfect each time you make it.

  • Don’t rush cooking the filling! If you turn the heat too high, you risk scorching the cherries.
  • Whole milk or buttermilk works best in the topping but any milk will work.
  • The topping doesn’t have to look pretty. Some cherries might show through and that’s ok.
  • Don’t want to pit fresh cherries? A bag of frozen (already pitted) sweet cherries will work in this recipe. 

Other Fruit Cobbler Style Desserts You’ll Love

This cherry cobbler is the best of down home desserts and just like Grandma used to make. Make it this cherry season and see for yourself how delicious it is.

Looking for another fruity dessert? Try these:

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sweet dark cherry cobbler shown in a ceramic pie dish with a scoop removed

Grandma's Sweet Cherry Cobbler

Grandma's sweet cherry cobbler is a classic, homestyle fruit dessert. Tender biscuits top juicy cherries for a delightful treat you'll adore all summer long.
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Course: Cobbler, Dessert, Pie
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 6
Calories: 358kcal


For The Cherry Filling

  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tbsp cornstarch
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 3 1/2 cups fresh, pitted sweet dark cherries roughly 14 ounces
  • 1 tbsp salted butter

For The Topping

  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar divided
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3 tbsp crisco
  • 1/2 cup milk


To Make The Filling

  • In a large skillet add 1/2 cup of the sugar, cornstarch, and cinnamon. Whisk together.
  • Whisk in the water until the mixture is smooth and the sugar's dissolved.
  • Stir in the cherries and butter, and heat over medium low heat.
  • Cook, stirring often, until the filling begins to thicken and then bubble. It will thicken before it bubbles. Don't raise the heat to speed the process up. This will result in the mixture scorching.
  • Butter an 8" pie dish and then pour the filling into it. Use a spatula to scrape the skillet so that you don't miss a drop.

To Make The Cobbler Topping

  • In a mixing bowl whisk together two tablespoons of sugar, baking powder, and salt until combined.
  • Add the shortening in little dabs. Use a pastry blender to blend the crisco into the dry mix until they've combined to form course crumbs.
  • Pour the milk into the mixture, and stir just until combined to moisten the mixture into a dry batter.
  • Using a tablespoon, drop chunks of the batter over top of the cherry filling. Continue until all the batter's been used and the filling is covered.
  • Spread the last two tablespoons of sugar evenly out over top of the cobbler topping.
  • Bake the cherry cobbler at 400 degrees for 30-35 minutes, or until the filling is bubbling at the sides and the topping is golden brown and crusty.
  • Remove it from the oven and let the cobbler rest for 5 minutes.
  • Serve as is, or with a scoop of ice cream or whipped cream on top.


recipe adapted from Bunnys Warm Oven


Calories: 358kcal | Carbohydrates: 67g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 7mg | Sodium: 223mg | Potassium: 524mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 44g | Vitamin A: 180IU | Vitamin C: 10mg | Calcium: 118mg | Iron: 2mg


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