Blueberry Cobbler


Makes: 6 to 8 servings
Time: About 1 hour

My friend John Willoughby found this recipe in a southern boardinghouse nearly 20 years ago. It’s become my go-to cobbler recipe, because it’s essentially perfect. I love this with blueberries, but you can make it with any fruit you like.

Cobbler dough is somewhere between a biscuit and a cookie: fluffy, a bit flaky, buttery, and at least slightly sweet. The key is not overmixing the dough; get it so that it’s just combined, barely holding together, then drop it onto the filling in mounds, leaving space for steam to escape from the cooking fruit. Recipe from How to Cook Everything.

4 to 6 cups blueberries or other fruit, washed and well dried, peeled and sliced as necessary
1 cup sugar, or to taste
8 tablespoons (1 stick) cold unsalted butter, cut into bits, plus some for the pan
1 /2 cup all-purpose flour
1 /2 teaspoon baking powder
Pinch salt
1 egg
1 /2 teaspoon vanilla extract


1. Heat the oven to 375°F. Toss the fruit with half the sugar and spread it in a lightly greased 8-inch square or 9-inch round baking pan.

2. Combine the flour, baking powder, salt, and remaining 1/2 cup sugar in a food processor and pulse once or twice. Add the butter and process for 10 seconds, until the mixture is well blended. By hand, beat in the egg and vanilla.

3. Drop this mixture onto the fruit by tablespoon-fuls; do not spread it out. Bake until golden yellow and just starting to brown, 35 to 45 minutes. Serve immediately.

Posted in American, Baking


  1. Chris MacAskill said...

    Yikes, I’m a big fan of Mark’s and read most of his articles, but after looking at this recipe I thought I must’ve found the wrong Mark Bittman. Except for the blueberries, this looks like the junk food that is making Americans fat and sick.

    • Mandy said...

      Lighten up francis. The more homemade desserts I make for my guys, the less they run to the candy aisle for processed junk. It’s ok to treat ourselves.

  2. Gail Weiss said...

    I’m actually disappointed- I have a kilo of blueberries on my counter but no food processor. So I’ll look for a recipe that seems to be more mixer friendly. Also one with less sugar or with lemon juice added to give it some tartness.

    • Mandy said...

      Hello. I don’t have a food processor and I made the recipe just fine with a mixer. Recipes are guides, they can be changed and altered to suit the tastes (or appliances) of the baker.

  3. Ivy Vann said...

    It doesn’t require a food processor. I make it all the time without. Mix the dry ingredients (and, BTW, I don’t add any sugar to the berries), mix in the beaten egg (use your fingers if you need to) and the vanilla. Sprinkle the flour mixture on the berries, dot with butter, and bake.

  4. Suzanne Brooks said...

    Made last night and was very good. I’ll add a dash of lemon juice next time. ( and btw, I like the way that we are not even allowed to have dessert anymore without people bringing up the fact that it’s killing us. People are fat because they make poor choices over and over. You wouldn’t eat this morning , noon, and night. )

  5. YoBimbo said...

    Whoa. This post really brought out "teh stoopid." First of all – get over your fat bias. Food doesn’t make people fat – choices do – mental illness does. What a mean-spirited and uninformed comment to make. This is an old recipe – what do you think people did before food processors? Throw up their hands and look for something easier? Cut the butter in by hand with a pastry cutter. Using a food processor is simply faster (and more cleanup, imo). Oh, and? Why can’t you add reduce the sugar and add some lemon juice without being told to do it? Just, wow.

  6. nprasad said...

    delicious recipe. cut down the sugar for the blueberries because we used freshly picked berries that were pretty sweet. i’m still not done searching for the perfect cobbler recipe (with lots of crust), but this was a wonderful way to showcase perfect blueberries.

  7. Floyd Hagan said...

    This is the way my grandma made this. But she didn’t use a machine, they used their hands. If had to wait on mixer & food processing we probably would of went hungry.

  8. Sandra Sims said...

    So easy and good!

  9. Mike said...

    I really don’t understand your post? Blueberry cobbler is a very old dish and his recipe is not unusual at all.

    To ascribe it to a fast food approach to cooking is a bit bizarre?

  10. Janice said...

    I have a co-worker that has a blueberry farm — and am always looking for recipes when I get my berries. This was excellent! My husband is not much of a cobbler lover — but he loved this one.

  11. Gayle said...

    OK giving this one a go, but I was scratching my head in puzzlement over the ratio of butter to flour. I have this in the oven as I speak and will see when it comes out. But I am thnking that the next version will need more flour for the cobble effect. I did cut back on the butter using only 4 Tblspoons. Used all the sugar… hey its dessert with ice cream or greek yogurt! Added raspberies to some of the blueberries and used a full 6 cups of fruit.

  12. montbongi said...

    Just tried it tonight, used a whisk and no machines. Fresh Quebec blueberries and light brown sugar instead of white – what a delight? Thanks for another simple and quick recipe.

  13. Bonnie said...

    Umm junk food? When did fruit become junk food? Fresh blueberries and peaches never made anyone sick or fat! In fact this is a healthy dessert. Moderation is key, ya moron.

  14. Mary said...

    People who can’t be nice should not comment at all.
    Thanks for this great recipe.

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