Skillet Blueberry Cobbler

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This skillet blueberry cobbler is a rustic delightful dessert with fresh juicy blueberries baked in a golden biscuit like cake perfectly served with a dollop of ice cream – yum!

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Easy Skillet Blueberry Cobbler

This blueberry cobbler is conveniently baked in a cast iron skillet for a rustic charm. It has a tangy sweetness from the crunchy topping and a soft natural juiciness from the blueberries. The blueberries natural juices create a lovely sauce that melds beautifully with the buttery exterior.

This skillet cobbler can be easily adapted with other fruit in place of or in addition to the blueberries. My kids love this easy dessert with a scoop of vanilla ice cream after dinner. It is also a favorite at potlucks and even if I don’t have time to shop ahead of time, I almost always have cobbler ingredients around the kitchen. Enjoy!

A freshly baked blueberry cake in a white cast iron skillet on a wooden surface.

How to Make Cast Iron Skillet Blueberry Cobbler

First assemble the following ingredients:

  • Butter (1/2 cup) – Butter adds a rich, creamy texture to the cobbler topping, infusing the dish with a melt-in-your-mouth flavor.
  • All-purpose flour (1 cup) – Flour serves as the backbone of the cobbler crust, providing structure and helping to create a satisfying, crumbly texture.
  • Granulated sugar (1 1/4 cup) – Sugar sweetens the blueberry filling and crust, balancing the tartness of the berries and enhancing the overall flavor of the dessert.
  • Baking powder (1 1/2 teaspoons) – Baking powder helps the cobbler topping rise, ensuring it becomes light and fluffy as it bakes.
  • Salt (1/2 teaspoon) – salt in the cobbler enhances the flavors of the other ingredients, making the sweet and fruity notes more pronounced.
  • Cinnamon (1/2 teaspoon) – Cinnamon adds a warm, spicy note to the dish, complementing the natural sweetness of the blueberries.
  • Lemon zest and juice (1) – Lemon zest and juice bring a bright, tangy contrast to the sweet blueberries, adding depth and zest to the filling.
  • Vanilla extract (2 teaspoon) – Vanilla extract introduces a sweet, floral aroma that enriches the flavor complexity of the cobbler.
  • Almond extract (½ tsp) – Almond extract give a really wonderful enhancement to the vanilla and nutty flavor.
  • Whole milk (1 cup) – Whole milk moistens the cobbler dough, contributing to its tender texture and rich taste.
  • Fresh blueberries (1 1/4 cup) – Fresh blueberries burst with juicy flavor, creating a vibrant and colorful filling that is both tart and sweet.

Use this Method

Prep Oven. Place the rack in the center of the oven and preheat it to 350 degrees F.

Heat Skillet. Melt butter on the stovetop in a 10-inch cast-iron skillet.

Combine Dry Ingredients. As the butter is melting, take out a medium mixing bowl. Add the flour, 1 cup of granulated sugar, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and lemon zest to the bowl. Whisk until combined.

Combine Wet Ingredients. Add the milk, vanilla and lemon juice to the bowl. Whisk until the mixture is smooth.

Assemble. Briefly swirl the skillet to butter the sides of the pan. Pour the batter into the skillet, directly on top of the melted butter. Add the blueberries to the skillet, evenly scattering them on top of the batter. Sprinkle the surface with remaining granulated sugar. If desired, reserve one tablespoon of the sugar to sprinkle on top of the finished baked cobbler, giving it added sparkle and texture.

Bake. Bake the berry cobbler for 30 minutes or until the topping is a beautiful golden brown and the blueberries are bubbly. Remove cobbler from the oven. Allow it to cool for 10 minutes.

A slice of blueberry cobbler with a scoop of vanilla ice cream in a white ceramic dish, with a rustic wooden background and green cloth.

Tips and Tricks for Easy Skillet Blueberry Cobbler

Use Fresh or Frozen Berries: Fresh blueberries are ideal when in season, but frozen blueberries can also be used without thawing to prevent the dish from becoming too watery.

Preheat Your Skillet: Heating your cast-iron skillet before adding the berries and batter helps to start cooking the bottom crust right away, resulting in a better texture.

Balance Sweetness and Tartness: Adjust the amount of sugar based on the sweetness of your blueberries, and consider adding a little lemon juice to enhance the berries’ natural flavors.

Don’t Overmix the Batter: Keep the biscuit topping tender by mixing just until the ingredients are combined; overmixing can lead to a tough dough.

Check for Doneness: Cobbler is done when the topping is golden brown and cooked through, and the berries are bubbly. Insert a toothpick into the biscuit topping to ensure it’s fully baked.

Let it Cool Before Serving: Allow the cobbler to cool for at least 10-15 minutes before serving; this helps the fruit mixture thicken up and enhances the overall flavor and texture.

Serve With a Topping: Enhance your skillet blueberry cobbler with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or a dollop of whipped cream for added richness and contrast.

FAQs

Can I use frozen blueberries instead of fresh?

Yes, you can use frozen blueberries without needing to thaw them first. Using them frozen helps prevent the dish from becoming too watery.

Do I need to use a cast-iron skillet?

While a cast-iron skillet is ideal for its even heating and ability to go from stovetop to oven, you can use any oven-safe skillet. If you don’t have one, a regular baking dish will work as well.

What adjustments should I make if my blueberries are very tart?

If your blueberries are tart, you may want to increase the sugar in the berry mixture slightly. Adding a bit of honey or maple syrup can also balance the tartness.

Can I make skillet blueberry cobbler ahead of time?

You can prepare the berry mixture and biscuit dough ahead of time, but for the best results, bake the cobbler just before serving to maintain the texture of the biscuit topping.

How do I store leftovers?

Leftover cobbler can be covered and stored in the refrigerator for up to three days. Reheat in the oven or microwave until warm.

Can I add other fruits to the cobbler?

Absolutely! Feel free to mix in other fruits like raspberries, blackberries, or chopped apples to create a mixed fruit cobbler.

Why did my cobbler turn out soggy?

A soggy cobbler can result from too much juice in the fruit mixture or underbaking. Make sure to measure ingredients accurately and bake until the topping is fully cooked and the fruit mixture is bubbly.

Freshly baked blueberry lemon cake in a skillet beside whole lemons and a bowl of blueberries on a wooden surface with a green napkin.

What to Enjoy with Blueberry Cobbler

Vanilla Ice Cream: A classic pairing, the creamy sweetness of vanilla ice cream complements the tartness of the blueberries, and the contrast between hot cobbler and cold ice cream is irresistibly satisfying.

Whipped Cream: Light and airy, whipped cream adds a subtle sweetness and creamy texture that balances the richness of the cobbler without overpowering its flavors.

Lemon Zest: Sprinkling lemon zest over the cobbler before serving adds a fresh, citrusy aroma and flavor that enhances the natural zestiness of the blueberries.

Cinnamon or Nutmeg: A light dusting of cinnamon or nutmeg on top of the cobbler before baking introduces a warm spice that pairs well with the sweetness of the fruit and the dough.

Fresh Mint: A few fresh mint leaves can add a refreshing touch and a pop of color, making the dish more visually appealing while adding a fresh contrast in flavor.

Almond Slices: Toasted almond slices provide a nutty crunch that contrasts nicely with the soft texture of the cooked blueberries and biscuit topping.

Honey or Maple Syrup: Drizzling a little honey or maple syrup over the cobbler can enhance the natural sweetness of the dish, perfect for those who prefer a sweeter dessert.

Coffee or Tea: A cup of coffee or tea complements the sweet and fruity flavors of the cobbler, making it a perfect dessert or brunch treat.

Caramel Sauce: For a decadent twist, a drizzle of caramel sauce adds a rich, buttery element that works wonderfully with the tart blueberry flavors.

Yogurt: Serving blueberry cobbler with a side of Greek yogurt is a great way to add a tangy contrast and can make the dessert feel lighter and healthier.

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Skillet Blueberry Cobbler

This delicious melt in your mouth blueberry cobbler is baked easily in a cast iron skillet!
Cuisine American
Keyword blueberry bites, blueberry dessert, cobbler, crumble, dessert
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings 6 people
Calories 402kcal
Author Courtney O’Dell
Cost $7

Ingredients

  • ½ cup butter 1 stick
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup granulated sugar for the batter
  • 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 lemon – zest and juice
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp almond extract optional
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 ¾ cups fresh blueberries
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar for sprinkling on top

Instructions

  • Place the rack in the center of the oven, preheat oven to 350F.
  • Melt butter on the stovetop in a 10-inch cast-iron skillet.
  • As the butter is melting, take out a medium mixing bowl. Add the flour, 1 cup of granulated sugar, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and lemon zest to the bowl. Whisk until combined. Add the milk, vanilla and lemon juice to the bowl. Whisk until the mixture is smooth.
  • Briefly swirl the skillet to butter the sides of the pan. Pour the batter into the skillet, directly on top of the melted butter. Add the blueberries to the skillet, evenly scattering them on top of the batter. Sprinkle the surface with remaining granulated sugar. If desired, reserve one tablespoon of the sugar to sprinkle on top of the finished baked cobbler, giving it added sparkle and texture.
  • Bake the berry cobbler for 30 minutes or until the topping is a beautiful golden brown and the blueberries are bubbly. Remove cobbler from the oven. Allow it to cool for 10 minutes.

Notes

Feel free to substitute another fruit for blueberries if you prefer. 

Nutrition

Calories: 402kcal | Carbohydrates: 60g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 46mg | Sodium: 333mg | Potassium: 193mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 44g | Vitamin A: 539IU | Vitamin C: 0.01mg | Calcium: 103mg | Iron: 1mg

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  1. Katherine says:

    5 stars
    Yummy!