Skip to Content

Old-Fashioned Cherry Cobbler

As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases

Jump to Recipe | Save Recipe

Cherry cobbler is a classic summer dessert that pairs sweet-tart 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!

Overhead view of cherry cobbler in bowl with ice cream

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! 

Don’t worry, though—the topping is made from scratch, so when you combine the two together, you get a dessert that tastes positively homemade.

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. 

Fruit cobblers can be traced all the way back to the 18th century American colonies; depending on who you ask, the name either comes from the type of bowl it was made in, or the “cobbled” appearance of the topping.

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.

(Check out my Strawberry Mint Crisp and Blueberry Pecan Crumble recipes to see the difference for yourself!)

Overhead view of cherry cobbler in 2 bowls and baking dish

Can I Make This Recipe With Other Fruit?

Yes! Because this recipe uses canned pie filling, it’s easy to switch it up with different varieties. You can easily make strawberry cobbler, apple cobbler, blueberry cobbler, or peach cobbler using this recipe as a template.

What You’ll Need

Scroll down to the recipe card below this post for ingredient quantities and full instructions.

  • Canned cherry pie filling
  • All-purpose flour
  • White sugar
  • Light brown sugar – Dark brown sugar has a more pronounced molasses flavor, so I recommend sticking with light brown sugar for this recipe.
  • Baking powder
  • Salt
  • Butter
  • Milk – Whole milk is always best for baking, but you can use what you have on hand.
  • Boiling water

Should I Add Cornstarch to Canned Cherry Pie Filling?

No, there’s no need to add cornstarch to canned cherry pie filling. The cherries in the pie filling are already cooked and have thickeners added. If, on the other hand, you’re substituting homemade cherry pie filling, you might want to thicken it up a bit by adding a cornstarch slurry.

Overhead view of cherry cobbler in baking dish with a few portions removed

How to Make a Cherry Cobbler

This easy cherry cobbler comes together in a matter of minutes! Here’s what you’ll need to do.

Prepare. Preheat your oven to 375ºF and pour the pie filling into an 8×8-inch baking dish.

Make the topping. In a large bowl, whisk the flour, sugars, baking powder, and salt. Cut in the butter until a crumbly mixture forms, then stir in the milk.

Assemble. Pour the topping onto the cherry pie filling and spread it evenly, making sure the entire pan is covered. Pour the boiling water over the top.

Bake. Bake your cherry cobbler for 40 to 50 minutes, or until the top is golden brown and baked through.

Serve. Let the cobbler cool for 5 minutes, then serve. A scoop of vanilla ice cream is optional, but definitely recommended!

Spoonful of cherry cobbler in baking dish

Tips for Success

This recipe is super simple, but here are a few hints and tips to help make sure your cherry cobbler turns out perfect!

  • Use a quality pie filling. Believe it or not, Target brand pie filling is highly rated and ranks above a lot of name brands!
  • Don’t over-mix the topping. When you stir flour too vigorously, it forms gluten, which makes baked goods tough.
  • Be careful when pouring the water in. You don’t want it to splash or spill onto your hands! Take care when putting the pan in the oven, too, since it may be hot.

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.
Spooning cherry cobbler into bowl

How to Store and Reheat

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 or microwave until it’s warmed through. (It can be eaten chilled or at room temperature, too, but warm is always best!)

Can This Recipe Be Frozen?

Yes, cherry cobbler can be frozen! Just 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 fridge overnight and reheat before serving. 

Overhead view of cherry cobbler in bowl with ice cream

Cherry Cobbler

Using canned cherry pie filling takes all the hassle out of making homemade cherry cobbler!
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 9 servings
Author: Julie Chiou
Save Rate Print

Ingredients 

  • 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, at room temperature
  • ½ cup milk
  • ½ cup boiling water

The default measuring system for this website is US Customary. Unit conversions are provided for convenience and as a courtesy only. While we strive to provide accurate unit conversions, please be aware that there may be some discrepancies.

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 375 °F
  • Pour the cherry pie filling into an 8×8 baking pan and set aside for later.
  • Whisk the flour, sugar, brown sugar, baking powder and salt together in a large bowl.
  • Cut the butter into the dry mix until it forms a crumbly mixture.
  • Pour in the milk and stir until combined.
  • Pour the mixture on top of the cherry filling and spread it out.
  • Pour the water on top then bake for 40-50 minutes or until the top turns a light golden color.
  • Let it cool for 5 minutes before serving with vanilla ice cream if desired.

Recipe Notes

This cobbler can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days or frozen for up to 3 months.

NUTRITION FACTS

Serving: 1 serving | Calories: 148 kcal | Carbohydrates: 34 g | Protein: 2 g | Fat: 1 g | Saturated Fat: 1 g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1 g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1 g | Trans Fat: 1 g | Cholesterol: 2 mg | Sodium: 168 mg | Potassium: 44 mg | Fiber: 1 g | Sugar: 23 g

This website provides approximate nutrition information for convenience and as a courtesy only. Nutrition information can vary for a variety of reasons. For the most precise nutritional data use your preferred nutrition calculator based on the actual ingredients you used in the recipe.

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: easy cherry cobbler, old fashioned cherry cobbler, summer dessert
Recipe Rating