Old-fashioned Blueberry Cobbler is summertime perfection! Fresh juicy blueberries baked and thickened just right then topped with buttery cake-like topping

Blueberry Cobbler on a saucer

This easy Blueberry Cobbler is the perfect addition to a Sunday dinner or even a quick midweek dessert. Blueberries not only add color to your meal, they are bursting with summer sweetness that makes this simple dessert feel indulgent. The thick decadent filling balances nicely with the sweet topping in this classic dessert. Simple and delicious blueberry cobbler conjures up visions of Grandma’s back porch and summer sunsets. It’s the ultimate comfort food!

People will think you slaved away making this scrumptious dessert, but this deceptively easy recipe is a snap to make. It can be halved for a smaller group or is easily expanded to feed a large crowd. Blueberry Cobbler is a versatile dessert that can be served confidently at any gathering, formal or informal. Pair it with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or a generous dollop of whipped cream, and you have a dessert that everyone will love.

Get ready for an empty dessert dish with this yummy blueberry cobbler. You definitely won’t have to worry about leftovers! A cobbler isn’t the only way to use these delicious little berries. Our Blueberry Coffee Cake is perfect for brunch, and our Berry Chantilly Cake is a delicate, show-stopping dessert that is sure to draw rave reviews.

WHAT I LOVE THE MOST ABOUT THIS RECIPE:

  • The sweet, sinful filling is summertime in your mouth
  • The cake-like cobbler topping is just plain yummy
  • It pulls together without a fuss
  • The tapioca makes the filling silky smooth

What Is Blueberry Cobbler?

A cobbler is a dish that is typically made with a fruit base and topped with a cake-like or biscuit-like topping. Much like traditional Southern Blueberry Cobbler, this cobbler’s blueberry base is paired with a biscuit-like topping with just the right amount of sweetness to compliment but not overwhelm the berries.

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What Ingredients Do You Need To Make Blueberry Cobbler?

For the Filling:

Prepared ingredients for Blueberry Cobbler filling

For the Topping:

Prepared ingredients for Blueberry Cobbler topping

How Do You Make Blueberry Cobbler?

Cobbler is quite easy to make. You’ll first layer the filling into the baking dish after tossing the fruit with the other filling ingredients to coat it. Create a dough for the topping by cutting chilled butter into the dry ingredients and adding hot water. Spoon it over the fruit, and pop it in the oven.

Step By Step How To Make Blueberry Cobbler

Step By Step Overview: How To Make Blueberry Cobbler

1. Make the filling: toss blueberries, granulated sugar, ground tapioca, lemon juice, and salt in a bowl until evenly coated.
2. Pour the filling mixture into the prepared baking dish. Set aside.
3. Make the topping: Combine flour, 1/2 cup granulated sugar, brown sugar, baking powder, and salt in a bowl.
4. Add butter using a pastry blender or 2 knives to cut into mixture until it looks like coarse meal.
5. Pour boiling water into the flour mixture and stir.
6. Mix just until the mixture comes together.
7. Drop large spoonfuls of the dough topping over blueberries.
8. Evenly sprinkle coarse sugar on top (optional).
9. Place baking dish on a cookie sheet. Bake.

How Long Do You Bake Blueberry Cobbler?

Around 40 minutes in a 375-degree oven. Baking time might be slightly longer with frozen fruit. You’ll know it’s done when the filling is bubbling up around the edges, and the top is golden brown.

Spoon scooped some Blueberry Cobbler in a baking dish

 

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Old-Fashioned Blueberry Cobbler

Old-fashioned Blueberry Cobbler is summertime perfection! Fresh juicy blueberries baked and thickened, just right then topped with buttery cake-like topping

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Calories 388 kcal
Author Kathleen

Ingredients

Filling:

  • 8 Cups Blueberries
  • 1 Cup Granulated Sugar
  • 1/4 Cup Instant Tapioca Ground
  • 1 Tablespoon Lemon Juice
  • Pinch Salt

Topping:

  • 2 Cups All-Purpose Flour
  • 1/2 Cup Granulated Sugar
  • 1/2 Cup Brown Sugar Firmly Packed
  • 2 Teaspoons Baking Powder
  • 1 Teaspoons Salt
  • 12 Tablespoons Cold Unsalted Butter Cut Into Small Pieces
  • 1/2 Cup Boiling Water
  • 3 Tablespoons Coarse Sugar

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Butter a 9X13 inch baking dish. Set aside.

  2. Make the Filling: In a medium mixing bowl, toss the blueberries, granulated sugar, ground tapioca, lemon juice and salt until evenly coated. 

  3. Pour the filling mixture into the prepared baking dish. Set aside while you make the topping.

  4. Make the Topping: In a medium mixing bowl combine the flour, 1/2 cup granulated sugar, brown sugar, baking powder, and salt. Add the butter and using a pastry blender or 2 knives to cut into mixture until the mixture looks like a coarse meal.

  5. Pour the boiling water into the flour mixture and stir, just until the mixture comes together, and is just mixed through.

  6. Drop large spoonfuls of the dough topping over blueberries. Sprinkle coarse sugar evenly over top of dough.

  7. Place the baking dish on a cookie sheet, in case the cobbler bubbles over and drips, and bake for about 40 minutes or until the topping is golden and baked through and the blueberries are tender.

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Nutritional Information

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Nutrition Facts
Old-Fashioned Blueberry Cobbler
Amount Per Serving (1 /12 of the recipe)
Calories 388 Calories from Fat 108
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 12g 18%
Saturated Fat 7g 35%
Cholesterol 30mg 10%
Sodium 201mg 8%
Potassium 181mg 5%
Total Carbohydrates 70g 23%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Sugars 47g
Protein 3g 6%
Vitamin A 8%
Vitamin C 12%
Calcium 5%
Iron 7.6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Recipe Notes For Blueberry Cobbler:

Prepping the fruit- After rinsing your fresh blueberries, let them drain well and lay them out on a paper towel to remove excess water. If you don’t, you risk watering down your filling. You don’t want runny filling!

Instant Tapioca- There are different types of tapioca available commercially. Instant tapioca is a must in this recipe. “Minute Tapioca”  is a name brand and is an instant tapioca.

Why do we use tapioca? Tapioca absorbs the moisture from the fruit. It gives your filling structure, so you don’t end up with blueberry soup! By grinding it into a fine powder, it makes your filling silky smooth, dissolves significantly better than it does straight out of the box, and adds a beautiful shine. The easiest way to grind the tapioca is to pour an entire box into the blender and blend it until it becomes a powder. Store it in an airtight container and use as needed.

In the photo below, the tapioca on the right has been ground in a blender and the tapioca on the left is the texture straight out of the box.

Different results between tapioca powder grounded in blender versus tapioca powder straight of the box

Pan Size- If you’re only feeding a small group, you can easily cut the recipe in half and use an 8×8 baking dish.

Coarse Sugar Sprinkling coarse sugar on the top of the cobbler is optional. I love the sparkle it adds to the top, but the topping is perfectly sweet without it. 

Superfood- Here’s the best part- blueberries are a superfood! Blueberry Cobbler will treat your family to a healthy boost of antioxidants, vitamins, and fiber. They won’t even realize it as they enjoy this decadent dessert. Don’t worry- we won’t tell them if you don’t!

Make This Blueberry Cobbler Recipe With Fresh Or Frozen Blueberries!

Can you make this blueberry cobbler with frozen blueberries? Absolutely! It’s the perfect way to enjoy it all year round, even when the berries are out of season. Just keep the berries frozen until you’re ready to assemble and cook.

Blueberry Cobbler on a saucer

Can You Make Blueberry Cobbler Ahead Of Time?

Yes! Absolutely. I often make this a day before I want to serve it. After baking, cool it completely. Cover with plastic wrap and store at room temperature or in the fridge if you’re making it more than a day ahead of time.

How To Make Blueberry Cobbler With Pie Filling?

Pie filling is another excellent way to enjoy blueberry cobbler when the berries are out of season or unavailable. You will prepare the dough as directed, but the filling is ready to go! Just spoon the filling straight from the can into the dish and then top as usual.

Spoon scooped some Blueberry Cobbler in a baking dish

Variations:

Besides being utterly delish, blueberry cobbler lends itself to multiple variations. Blueberry cobbler Pioneer Woman style has a biscuit top with a sweetened filling thickened with flour. Consider adding peaches to make blueberry peach cobbler. The blueberry cobbler Paula Deen makes is a berry mixture with a cinnamon-spiced topping made in a slow cooker! More variations on the cobbler theme include blueberry cobbler pie or try blueberry cobbler Bisquick dough topping for a convenient shortcut.

  • Mixed Berry – Mix in a cup or two of blackberries, raspberries, or a little of each to add flavor and depth to the fruit filling. Just try for about 8 cups of berries in whatever combination works for you!
  • Peach Blueberry Cobbler– (my favorite variation) Peaches and blueberries compliment each other perfectly! The texture of the peaches also breaks up the blueberries. You’ll want about 5-6 cups of peaches to a 1-2 cups of blueberries for a good balance!

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