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Old-Fashioned Cherry Cobbler

Old-Fashioned Cherry Cobbler

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Cherry cobbler is a classic summer dessert that pairs sweet and tart canned cherry pie filling with a buttery topping, and this recipe couldn’t be any easier to make. Just add a scoop of vanilla ice cream and you’re good to go!

Cherry cobbler is a delicious dessert perfect for any occasion, but it’s definitely one of those recipes you automatically associate with summertime. While you could spend precious time pitting cherries and staining your fingers red in the process, this easy cherry cobbler is made with a shortcut: canned cherry pie filling!

What Is a Fruit Cobbler?

A fruit cobbler is a type of dessert that consists of fruit and a dough or batter topping. Fruit cobblers can be made with fresh, frozen, or canned fruit, and they are often served warm with ice cream or whipped cream.

While a lot of people confuse fruit cobblers, fruit crisps, and fruit crumbles, they’re actually all different desserts! Each starts with a fruit base, but crumbles have a streusel crumb topping and crisps have a lighter streusel made with oats.


Since this recipe uses canned pie filling, it’s easy to switch it up with different varieties. You can easily make a stone fruit cobbler, a sour cherry cobbler, blackberry cobbler, apple cobbler, or blueberry cobbler using this recipe as a template. You can even go the savory route and make a tomato cobbler!

cherry cobbler on a blue plate with 1 scoop of melted vanilla ice cream and a metal spoon

Serving Suggestions

So now that you’ve got your homemade cherry cobbler ready, how should you serve it? Here are a few suggestions:

  • Pair it with a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream, or use my Peach and Toasted Almond Ice Cream for a summery twist.
  • Add a dollop of whipped cream.
  • Garnish it with a sprig of fresh mint.

Storage and Reheating Instructions

Cherry cobbler can be stored in the fridge for up to 3 days. When you’re ready to eat it, simply reheat in the oven at 350ºF in an oven-safe container or microwave until it’s warmed through. (It can be eaten chilled or at room temperature, too, but warm is always best!)

Cherry cobbler can be frozen as well! Place it in a freezer-safe container and freeze it for up to 3 months. When you’re ready to eat, thaw it in the refrigerator overnight and reheat before serving.

cherry cobbler on a blue plate with 1 scoop of melted vanilla ice cream and a metal spoon


Cherry Cobbler

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By using canned cherry pie filling, it takes all the hassle out of making homemade cherry cobbler! This summertime treat is sure to bring smiles!

Course DessertsCuisine AmericanKeyword cherry pie filling, easy cherry cobbler, old fashioned cherry cobbler

Prep Time 10 minutes Cook Time 50 minutes Total Time 1 hour

Servings 9 servings
Calories 388kcal
Author Julie Chiou


  • Square baking pan


  • 42 ounces cherry pie filling (two 21 ounce cans)
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • ¾ cup white sugar
  • ¼ cup light brown sugar packed
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter room temperature
  • ½ cup milk
  • ½ cup boiling water

US Customary – Metric


  • Preheat the oven to 375 °F (191 °C)
  • Pour the cherry pie filling into an 8×8 baking pan and set aside for later.cherry pie filling being spread into a square baking dish
  • Whisk the flour, sugar, brown sugar, baking powder and salt together in a large bowl.flour and other dry ingredients mixed together in a bowl with a metal whisk
  • Cut the butter into the dry mix until it forms a crumbly mixture.butter being cut into flour with a pastry cutter
  • Pour in the milk and stir until combined.milk is poured into a bowl with butter pieces and flour
  • Pour the mixture on top of the cherry filling and spread it out.cobbler topping spread in an even layer in a square baking dish
  • Pour the water on top then bake for 40-50 minutes or until the top turns a light golden color.water being poured on top of cobbler topping
  • Allow cobbler to cool for 10-15 minutes before serving with vanilla ice cream, if desired.


Serving: 1serving (186 grams) | Calories: 388kcal | Carbohydrates: 71g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 0.4g | Cholesterol: 28mg | Sodium: 192mg | Potassium: 186mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 23g

Photographs by Meg McKeehan Photography


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