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sweet dark cherry cobbler shown in a ceramic pie dish with a scoop removed
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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.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: Cobbler, Dessert, Pie
Cuisine: American
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