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Southern Chocolate Cobbler

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Prep Time: 10 mins    Cook Time: 40 mins

5 from 11 votes

Calling for only six ingredients, this Southern chocolate cobbler couldn’t be easier to make! I’m sure you’ve tried fruit cobbler recipes before, but this chocolate one offers a change of pace.

A cup of southern chocolate cobbler with ice cream and a spoon in it.
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Rich and fudgy, this indulgent dessert is sure to impress everyone who is lucky enough to taste it. It’s incredible with whipped cream or, my favorite, vanilla ice cream! And so is this keto apple crisp!

It is a dream to make if you’re looking for something to whip up quickly and easily. Some ingredients are mixed, while the others are layered on top and then you simply bake it in the oven.

When you start to smell the incredible aroma, that means it’s nearly done, so grab bowls, spoons, and vanilla ice cream and get ready to be amazed at the flavor of this wonderful cobbler.

I also like to bake this Boston cream pie cake when chocolate cravings hit. I just love the rich chocolate ganache topping.

Main Ingredients

There are only 6 ingredients in this easy recipe along with water and whatever you are planning to serve with it. These are the main ingredients needed:

  • Cocoa powder: For a perfect chocolate flavor. Use unsweetened cocoa powder in this recipe for the best results. Cocoa gives a rich taste to the cobbler. You might want to add a handful of chocolate chips (any type) for an extra chocolate appeal!
  • Sugar: To add sweetness. Cobbler recipes are famed for being sweet and delicious which is why sugar goes into the mixture. Plain white granulated sugar is fine to use here. You could substitute brown if you prefer, but the flavor won’t be exactly the same. There is no reason you couldn’t use a sweetener instead. Just check the packaging to see how much sweetener to sub for the sugar.
  • Butter: To grease the baking dish and add richness. Butter is a popular ingredient in many dessert recipes and it has a dual purpose in this one. The butter greases the dish so it won’t stick and it also adds a rich, satisfying flavor.
  • Vanilla: For a contrasting flavor. A few drops of vanilla extract complement the chocolate taste of this dessert. If liked, you could use a different flavor extract instead, such as almond, coconut, or hazelnut extract.

Instructions Overview

You don’t need any special equipment, just the ingredients themselves and a baking dish. First of all, you will melt the butter in the baking dish in the oven. Combine some sugar, milk, cocoa powder, vanilla, and flour, and then add this on top of the melted butter.

The next step is to add more sugar and cocoa powder on top and then some water. It’s important not to stir the ingredients so you end up with a crisp, chocolate cobbler topping over the fudgy cake underneath. It's amazing served warm from the oven!

Common Questions

Can I make it ahead?

Yes, you can make it ahead. To warm it back up, give it about 10 minutes in the oven at 275°F.

How should I store chocolate cobbler?

Leftover cobbler (not that there is likely to be any!) can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. Keep it in an airtight container.

Will this freeze?

It will lose some of its flavor and texture if frozen. However, if you do want to freeze it, wrap it in plastic wrap and then foil. Let it thaw overnight in the refrigerator.

What is best to serve with a southern chocolate cobbler?

A generous scoop of ice cream is the perfect pairing with many southern recipes and this cobbler is no exception. If you prefer whipped cream, that is also great.

How can I tell when it is cooked?

When the top is firmly set and the sauce is bubbling up the sides, it is done. There are no eggs in the recipe so you don’t have to worry about a runny middle. Over-baking will make the center of it less fudgy and more cakelike.

Chopnotch Tips

  • Sift the flour through a sieve before using it, to ensure your cobbler comes out lump-free.
  • For maximum moisture and richness, use full-fat butter and milk.
  • Using a shallow baking dish? Put it on top of a baking pan to catch any sauce that bubbles over the top.
  • Feel free to add any other ingredients you like. Chopped caramel candies, white chocolate chips, or walnut halves would be nice in there.
  • To know when it is perfectly baked, check if the top is dry and has some cracks, while the edges should have tiny bubbling fudge sauce.

You will love not only how easy this southern chocolate cobbler is to make, but how incredible and rich it tastes. This recipe is a keeper!

Let us know what you think! Give this recipe a rating in the comments section below.

Recipe

How to Make

Southern Chocolate Cobbler

This fudgy cobbler is a 10-minute recipe that’s easy, rich, indulgent, and oh so good! Enjoy it with vanilla ice cream.
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Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 40 mins
Cooling Time: 20 mins
Total Time: 1 hr 10 mins
Servings: 12 people

Ingredients

  • 1 cup salted butter
  • 3 ½ cups granulated sugar
  • 3 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • ½ cup cocoa powder
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 cups self-rising flour
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 cups water, boiling
  • vanilla ice cream, for serving
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Instructions

  • Melt butter in a baking dish in the oven preheated to 350°F.
  • Mix 1 ½ cups sugar, 3 tablespoons cocoa powder, milk, flour, and vanilla extract in a bowl until well combined, and then pour it into the baking dish on top of the melted butter. Do not stir.
  • Mix 2 cups sugar and ½ cup cocoa powder in a separate bowl. Pour this mixture into the baking dish on top of the cobbler batter. Do not stir.
  • Pour the boiling water on top. Do not stir.
  • Cook in the oven for 35-40 minutes. Cool for 20 minutes. Serve with ice cream and enjoy!
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Notes

  • Sift the flour through a sieve before using it, to ensure your cobbler comes out lump-free.
  • For maximum moisture and richness, use full-fat butter and milk.
  • Using a shallow baking dish? Put it on top of a baking pan to catch any sauce that bubbles over the top.
  • Feel free to add any other ingredients you like. Chopped caramel candies, white chocolate chips, or walnut halves would be nice in there.
  • To know when it is perfectly baked, check if the top is dry and has some cracks, while the edges should have tiny bubbling fudge sauce.

Nutrition Facts

Calories: 461kcal (23%), Carbohydrates: 77g (26%), Protein: 4g (8%), Fat: 17g (26%), Saturated Fat: 11g (69%), Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 4g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 43mg (14%), Sodium: 149mg (6%), Potassium: 128mg (4%), Fiber: 2g (8%), Sugar: 59g (66%), Vitamin A: 506IU (10%), Calcium: 39mg (4%), Iron: 1mg (6%)
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  1. 5 stars
    Sounds delicious……will definitely make.
    But what size baking dish for 1x recipe? Unless I missed it, I didn’t see a size.

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    • Hi Marcia, you can use a 8x8-inch or 9x9-inch baking dish for this recipe. Let me know how it turned out!

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  2. 5 stars
    Made it for Mother’s Day - yummy!

    Reply
    • Thanks for the feedback, Greg! Hope you and mom loved it!

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