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Easy Blueberry Cobbler

This Old Fashioned Blueberry Cobbler starts with a from-scratch blueberry pie filling that’s blanketed by a soft cake-like topping, made with Bisquick.  It is a classic dessert that’s easy to make and perfect for a get together with family and friends!

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Uncle Mike’s Blueberry Cobbler

Back in the day, we enjoyed fruit when it was in season and one of our favorite seasons was blueberry season!

Stacey’s Uncle Mike had a lot of blueberry bushes in Georgia and each summer he canned the blueberries and made blueberry pie filling to use later. We all looked forward to his generous gifts of blueberries to each family.

One of our favorite ways to eat Mike’s blueberries was in his blueberry cobbler. This recipe has been used in our family for at least 30 years! Most family gatherings would have at least once batch of this delicious cobbler.

During our summer beach vacations, we would make this blueberry cobbler multiple times, sometimes every day. That may sound like a lot, but our family was BIG—as in about 20 of us. This recipe did triple duty as dessert, snacks, and breakfast.

There are lots of ways to prepare blueberry cobbler, but this is the best recipe I’ve ever tasted! Something about the way those fresh blueberries come together with the soft cake-like topping is just irresistible!

Another plus is how easy this dish is to prepare! It’s all from scratch, but you can bake up this sweet treat in about an hour and it is enough for an entire family!

This old-fashioned blueberry cobbler is one of those comfort foods that should be in any baker’s recipe box. This recipe, which starts with Bisquick, is both easy and delicious. Let’s get started!

Related: Try our Blueberry Buckle Cake Recipe too!

top-down shot of blueberry cobbler in baking dish and on serving plate

What is a Cobbler?

A cobbler is similar to a pie in that there is a filling layer and a crust layer. However, unlike a pie where the pie crust is cooked first, in a cobbler the filling and the crust bake together at the same time. Berries (strawberries, blackberries, raspberries to name a few), peaches, and even chocolate are popular cobbler ingredients, but for our family it’s always been about blueberries!

Cobbler toppings can consist of different ingredients and textures: cake style, crumble, or even biscuits! Our blueberry cobbler is made the old-fashioned way, with a batter topping that bakes to a delicious golden brown.

Ingredients for Blueberry Cobbler

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Blueberry Pie Filling

  • 5 – 6 cups of blueberries
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 1 ¼ cup water
  • 3 Tablespoons of cornstarch
  • 1 Tablespoons of lemon juice
  • ¼ teaspoon each of cinnamon and nutmeg

Blueberry Cobbler Topping

  • 1 Cup Sugar
  • 2/3 Cup self-rising flour
  • 1/3 cup Bisquick pancake mix
  • 2/3 cup melted butter
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Dash of cinnamon

Kitchen Supplies Used

What is the Difference between Self-Rising and All-Purpose Flour?

You might have noticed that self-rising flour is listed on the ingredients list and may be wondering if you can substitute with all purpose.

Self-rising flour is basically all-purpose flour with a couple key additions: baking powder and salt. This creates an especially fluffy and tender result that is perfect for certain baked goods, pancakes, etc. (which is why it’s perfect for this recipe).

To substitute all purpose flour for self rising use this simple trick:

  • 1 cup self-rising flour = 1 cup all-purpose flour + 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder + 1/4 teaspoon salt

blueberry cobbler on plate with ice cream

Instructions

 

To Make the Blueberry Pie Filling:

  1. Add blueberries to a saucepan or large pot.
  2. Add remaining blueberry pie filling ingredients on top of the blueberries and stir together.
  3. Gently bring the heat up to a simmer. Cook for about five minutes stirring gently until the sauce thickens.
  4. Use immediately or store in glass jar in refrigerator until ready to use.

4-step photo collage showing how to make blueberry pie filling

How to Make Blueberry Cobbler:

  1. Pour 1 quart of blueberry pie filling into the bottom of a baking dish.
  2. Mix together cobbler topping ingredients in a large bowl.
  3. Using a large spoon, drop big dollops of dough on top of the blueberry filling. You don’t have to cover all the blueberries, just try and drop the dough around evenly as pictured.
  4. Bake for 45 – 60 minutes until the topping is browned and the filling is bubbling. Remove from oven and allow to cool slightly before serving.

4-step photo collage showing how to make blueberry cobbler

Can You Use Canned Pie Filling?

When it comes to blueberries, fresh is best! I do recommend making your own blueberry pie filling instead of buying it canned. Of course, you can use canned in a pinch. But these days blueberries are usually pretty easy to find in the store. You could also use frozen blueberries if that’s what you have on hand.

Can This Recipe Be Made Gluten Free?

Sure! In fact, I’ve done this before by making my own copycat Bisquick and gluten free self-rising flour. Because I didn’t have any pre-made, I simply used recipes I found online to make a flour mixture using ingredients I already had on hand. I thought the taste turned out great!

However, if you don’t want to try experimenting, my son-in-law created this delicious gluten free blueberry cobbler recipe!

top down shot of pan of blueberry cobbler

What to Serve with Blueberry Cobbler

This cobbler is delicious enough to stand all on its own! However, for a special treat, serve warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or a dollop of whipped cream.

Does Fresh Fruit Cobbler Need to be Refrigerated?

Yes, homemade cobbler should be kept refrigerated. Not only is this safer, but it also helps preserve the quality of the dish. When you leave a cobbler out for too long at room temperature, the fruit dries out and the topping gets mushy.

I usually keep the cobbler in the same pan in which I baked it, and then I cover it with plastic wrap. This keeps it from drying out too quickly.

Homemade blueberry cobbler, when kept in the fridge, can last up to 3-4 days.

 

Old-Fashioned Blueberry Cobbler Recipe (Printable Copy)

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Old Fashioned Blueberry Cobbler

Sara Garska
Old Fashioned Blueberry Cobbler is an American classic made with fresh blueberries. It is a classic dessert that's easy to make and perfect for a get together with family and friends!
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 10 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 8
Calories 429 kcal

Equipment

  • Saucepan for blueberry filling
  • Mixing bowl for batter
  • Oven-safe baking dish

Ingredients
  

Blueberry Filling

  • 5-6 cups blueberries
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 3 TB cornstarch
  • 1 TB lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

Cobbler Ingredients

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2/3 cup self-rising flour
  • 1/3 cup Bisquick pancake mix
  • 2/3 cup butter melted
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • cinnamon just a dash

Instructions
 

Blueberry Pie Filling

  • Add all ingredients to a saucepan and bring to a simmer.
  • Cook for about five minutes stirring gently until the sauce thickens.
    4-step photo collage showing how to make blueberry pie filling
  • Use immediately or store in glass jar in refrigerator until ready to use.

To Make the Cobbler

  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Add about a quart of blueberry filling to an oblong baking dish.
  • Mix all the topping ingredients by hand in a medium bowl.
    step by step photo collage showing how to make blueberry cobbler
  • Using a large spoon drop spoonful’s of dough on top of blueberry filling. You don’t have to cover all the blueberries, just try and drop the dough around evenly as pictured.
  • Bake for 45 – 60 minutes at 350°F until the topping is browned and the filling is bubbling.

Notes

Blueberries: Fresh is best! I do recommend making your own blueberry pie filling instead of buying it canned. Of course, you can use canned in a pinch. But these days blueberries are easy to find in the store. Frozen would probably work too.
Note: Nutrition information is an estimate only and will vary based on ingredients used and serving size.

Nutrition

Calories: 429kcalCarbohydrates: 69gProtein: 3gFat: 17gSaturated Fat: 10gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 65mgSodium: 173mgPotassium: 109mgFiber: 3gSugar: 53gVitamin A: 566IUVitamin C: 10mgCalcium: 28mgIron: 1mg
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