Everyone loves a good old fashioned peach cobbler. It is warm, sweet, gooey, and filled with irresistible flavors like cinnamon and vanilla. I like to think of it as the yummier cousin to pie. You can make cobbler with different fruits, but peach is a favorite. It's much easier to make than peach pie and tastes way better than store bought! Serve it warm and top it with ice cream or whipped cream, and you simply cannot go wrong!
I like this recipe because it is so easy to throw together. Serving a dish like this will make you feel like a picture perfect hostess, but in reality it is time friendly, budget friendly, and nearly foolproof. There are no unusual, fancy, or expensive ingredients on this list, and you probably already have most of them in your pantry anyway. Another great benefit to this dish is that it is safe in the freezer for up to 3 months. If you have an abundance of ripe peaches, whip up an extra cobbler and freeze it for later. A frozen peach cobbler can also be a kind gesture for any friend who has recently delivered a baby, had a surgery, or experienced a loss. Take something off their plate by putting something on it!
Why You'll Love This Old Fashioned Peach Cobbler
- Procrastinator Friendly – The hardest part about this peach cobbler is waiting for it to come out of the oven and jump onto your plate! It only takes 10 minutes to prep, and is so simple. Plus, it is mostly comprised of pantry staples, so your shopping list will likely be short. You may even have everything you need sitting at home, so this can also be a great dessert to throw together when you have a sweet tooth and don’t feel like getting out of the house.
- Southern Comfort – Cobbler is a classic southern staple. I’ve never met anyone who doesn’t like it. It can be made with all sorts of fruits, but peach is definitely a favorite. This recipe incorporates fluffy cobbler, gooey peach filling, topped with crispy oats, and swirled with warm flavors like cinnamon and vanilla. It is the ultimate in comfort foods!
Ingredients For Easy Peach Cobbler Crust
- Butter – The butter in this recipe serves two purposes. It goes into your baking dish first, so it keeps the cobbler from sticking, and takes the place of oiling the dish. It also adds to the flavor of the finished product. I recommend using real butter, rather than margarine, for this recipe.
- Baking Powder – This is an important ingredient, as it is what causes the cobbler dough to rise!
- Sugar – You will need ⅓ cup of sugar for your cobbler dough, plus an additional ¼ cup for the peaches.
- Salt – In a dessert as sweet as this one, it is important to add a little salt to balance things out.
- Flour – It is worth noting that this is the only ingredient in the recipe that contains wheat. So, if you prefer a gluten free diet, you can easily swap the flour for 1 to1 gluten free baking powder.
- Egg – The cobbler dough calls for one large egg. Your batter will mix more evenly if you allow your egg to sit out for about 30 minutes before cracking it, to bring it to room temperature.
- Milk – You will need a little milk to bind your batter. Milks with higher fat content, like whole milk, will make for a moister finished product. However, 2% or nonfat will work, too, and you can even use soy milk.
- Lemon Zest – Lemon zest adds a lovely element to the batter. If you don’t have a lemon to zest, you can replace it with a drop of lemon oil, or some lemon extract. Orange or lime zest will work in its place as well. Do not substitute lemon juice. Lemon juice reacts with the baking powder in the dish and can throw off the consistency.
Ingredients for Peach Topping
- Peaches – This recipe is a great way to make use of ripe peaches. It's an abundant summer fruit and is delicious! However, if you don’t have any on hand, you can use frozen or canned peaches instead.
- Cinnamon – You can’t make this cobbler without cinnamon! Your house will smell amazing with the inclusion of this sweet spice.
- Allspice – Allspice is part of what flavors your peach filling. If you don’t have any on hand, substitute a pinch of ground cloves.
- Nutmeg – A little nutmeg adds some depth to the flavor profile of your peach mixture.
- Vanilla – Can I tell you a secret? Vanilla extract is not all the same. Using a really great quality vanilla can turn a good recipe into a favorite. It is worth the splurge to skip the imitation vanilla and get the good stuff.
- Brown Sugar – The brown sugar gets sprinkled on top with the oats to create a crispy, caramelized top layer.
- Old-Fashioned Oats – Oats act as a sort of streusel topping in this dish. If you don’t have rolled or old fashioned oats, you can use quick cooking.
How to Make This Peach Cobbler
1. Preheat oven 350F and drizzle 2 Tbsp melted butter in a 9” baking dish.
2. In a mixing bowl, whisk together the baking powder, ⅓ cup sugar, salt and flour.
3. Add 1 egg, milk and lemon zest to the flour mixture.
4. Pour the batter into baking dish.
5. In a separate bowl, fold together cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, ¼ cup sugar, vanilla and the peaches. Let rest for 5 minutes.
6. Pour the marinated peaches over the batter into the pan evenly. Do not stir.
7. Sprinkle oats and brown sugar along the top of the cobbler and bake for 40-45 minutes. 8. Broil for the last 1-2 minutes of baking time.
Step by Step Instructions
To begin, preheat your oven to 350F and pour 2 tbsp melted butter evenly into a 9” baking dish. If you prefer, when using stick butter, you can slice your 2 tbsp into pats and distribute them around the baking dish evenly, then place in the oven while it is preheating to melt the butter this way! Simply remove the baking dish from the oven once the butter is melted.
First, whisk your dry batter ingredients. Add baking powder, ⅓ cup of sugar, salt and flour to a mixing bowl and whisk until mixed.
Now add egg, milk, and lemon zest to the bowl and mix until combined.
Pour your batter into the baking dish.
Place your sliced peaches in a separate mixing bowl. Fold in your cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, ¼ cup of sugar, and vanilla. Leave your peach mixture to rest for 5 minutes.
Next, pour your peaches into the baking dish, on top of the batter layer. Pour the mixture evenly, as you do not want to stir or mix the layers.
Sprinkle oats and brown sugar evenly on top of the peaches.
Bakes for 40-45 minutes, until batter is cooked evenly and golden brown. During the last 1-2 minutes, raise the oven temperature to broil, allowing the brown sugar and oats to caramelize and crisp.
Remove your cobbler from the oven and leave it to cool and finish setting. You can also add more summer peach on top if you wish. Serve warm as is or with whipped cream or a scoop of vanilla ice cream!
- You can use fresh or frozen peaches. If using frozen, defrost then drain excess liquid before mixing.
- Do not stir between layers. Cobbler is meant to be a layered dish!
- Peach cobbler can be kept in the refrigerator for up to 7 days, or frozen for up to 3 months. Reheat from frozen at 350F for 15-20 minutes.
- If you have extra fruit, eat that juicy peach as a fruit. You can also make grilled peaches!
You can use fresh, canned, or frozen peaches. If you are replacing the fresh peaches in this recipe with canned or frozen, you will need just over a cup of peaches. If using canned or frozen peaches, be sure to remove as much liquid as possible so that you do not end up with soggy cobbler.
Crisps consist of a fruit filling with a streusel topping made from oats. Cobbler has a thicker layer consisting of a dough that is somewhere between a cake and a biscuit. Cobblers can also be made using pie dough. While this recipe has a topping similar to the streusel found in crisps, it also incorporates sweet, buttery cobbler dough.
Cobbler can be runny if there was too much liquid in the fruit. This is why it is important to drain your peaches if they are not fresh. Another reason your cobbler may be runny could be that you’ve tucked into it a bit too soon. Cobbler is one of those dishes that finishes cooking on the counter. When you take it out of the oven it will likely still be a little runny. The liquid will thicken as it cools.
Yes! You can make your peach cobbler with peaches that have been peeled, or with the skin still on. Peach skin will soften in the oven, so this is up to your preference. As an added bonus - peach skin is full of fiber and antioxidants!
Give them a wash and peel and core each peach. You can leave it unpeeled as mentioned above however.
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Old Fashioned Peach Cobbler
- 2 Tbsp Butter
- 1 tsp Baking Powder
- ⅓ cup Sugar
- ¼ tsp Salt
- ½ cup Flour
- 1 Egg
- ⅓ cup Milk
- 1 tsp Lemon Zest
- 2 ¼ Fresh Peaches
- ½ tsp Cinnamon
- ¼ tsp Allspice
- ¼ tsp Nutmeg
- ¼ cup Sugar
- 1 Tbsp Vanilla
- ¼ cup Brown Sugar
- 2 Tbsp Old-fashioned Oats
- Preheat oven 350F and drizzle 2 Tbsp melted butter in a 9” baking dish.
- In a mixing bowl, whisk together the baking powder, ¼ cup sugar, salt and flour.
- Add 1 egg, milk and lemon zest to the flour mixture.
- Pour the batter into baking dish.
- In a separate bowl, fold together cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, ¼ cup sugar, vanilla and the peaches. Let rest for 5 minutes.
- Pour the marinated peaches over the batter into the pan evenly. Do not stir.
- Sprinkle oats and brown sugar along the top of the cobbler and bake for 40-45 minutes. Broil for the last 1-2 minutes of baking time.
May be frozen up to 3 months and reheated at 350F for 15-20 minutes.
May use fresh or frozen peaches. If using frozen, defrost then drain excess liquid.
Do not stir between layers.