Speedy Blackberry Cobbler

Speedy Blackberry Cobbler

Speedy Blackberry Cobbler with ice cream

We have a blackberry patch that is currently in full production mode next to our driveway. I collect every day hoping to beat the birds to the berries. Last year I got cleaned out in one night. So far, so good this year.

Picking blackberries with grandson

My grandson loves to help me gather berries–more than he likes to eat them.

As soon as the red berries begin to turn black, my husband starts talking cobbler. However, I haven’t been making many desserts lately, so I couldn’t get excited about it. Besides, I’m not really a big cobbler fan since I don’t like soggy pie crust nor do I care for the more cake-like versions of cobbler which can also be soggy. Then there is the problem of collecting enough berries to make most traditional cobbler recipes.

So I created this recipe using only one 6-ounce container of berries from the grocery store or about 1-1/4 cup if you are picking them yourself.  I slightly adapted the shortbread base from some of my favorite cookies (Lemon Yogurt Squares and Toffee Bars) to use as a topping.

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You only need 1 6-ounce carton of blackberries for this cobbler. Serves 2-3 people.

The result is a fruity, cobbler-like concoction with a crumbly and crispy,  shortbread cookie-like topping that goes oh-so-perfectly with ice cream or Greek yogurt. Although this recipe is designed for 2 or 3 people, it can easily be doubled or tripled when feeding a crowd. Not quite as easy is selecting the right dish to bake your cobbler in. The secret is using one that allows for two layers of berries–no more, no less.

Here’s my favorite part. Based on 3 servings there are only 122 calories per serving. If you make it 2 servings, there are still only 182 calories per serving. Of course, if you add ice cream, yogurt (my favorite), or whipped cream, and you care about calories, you will need to recalculate. When I add it to my daily yogurt snack, I can get about 6 servings. Talk about a treat to pick up your day. Works for me.

Speedy Blackberry Cobbler
Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 2-3
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A quick-to-prepare cobbler that bakes in the time it takes to eat dinner.
  • 6 ounces blackberries (approximately 1-1/4 cup)
  • 1-2 tablespoons water (I vary the water according to how juicy I want my cobbler and how juicy the fruit already is. If using frozen fruit, you won't need any.)
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla
  • ¼ cup flour
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons brown sugar (see notes below)
  • Cinnamon, dash
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon butter (melted)
  1. Place berries into a small oven-proof casserole dish small enough that you have two layers of berries. I use a 4 x 6 inch dish.
  2. Pour water and vanilla over berries.
  3. Combine flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, salt, and melted butter. After stirring it together, use your fingers to smush it into crumbles.
  4. Sprinkle crumbles evenly over blackberries.
  5. Bake at 350 degrees F for 20 minutes.
  6. Serve with ice cream, yogurt, or whipped cream.
The amount of sugar I use varies according to what I'm going to serve with it and how sweet the berries are naturally. Also, consider the intensity of your sweet tooth. Some people may like even more than 2 tablespoons. Your choice.


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Coleen February 23, 2015 at 2:13 pm

Made last night it was great. Going to try bigger one with blueberries yum


Piper July 9, 2013 at 11:32 pm

I love the small recipe! Viva la empty nest. We’ve got about 4 more weeks before blackberries in the Pacific NW. Can’t wait!!! I actually prefer cobbler because I am not a soggy crust fan either.


Meredith July 4, 2013 at 6:24 pm

Made this for dessert tonight while dinner was cooking on the grill, subbing blueberries for blackberries. What a hit! My three year old daughter exclaimed that she LOVED it and asked me to make it again for breakfast, with raspberries. Her twin brother wants a version with strawberries!


Suzanne July 2, 2013 at 8:59 am

Your small cobbler recipe looks wonderful. You look great too and your grandson is adorable.


Lorraine June 30, 2013 at 8:55 pm

I love cobblers and think they might be one of my favorite desserts (with ice cream, of course). Sweet photo of you and your little helper.


Katrina June 29, 2013 at 5:16 pm

I can’t wait to make this. I just decided to go gluten free and no refined sugar, but this would be so easy to adjust for that.


Kellee Mitchell June 29, 2013 at 9:11 am

This recipe looks so yummy!! I’m definitely going to have to try it! Who can resist blackberry cobbler, especially when it’s this easy?


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