Strawberry Cobbler is a classic dessert filled with fruity, seasonal flavor and a golden-brown sweet biscuit-like topping to create an irresistible summertime treat!
Strawberry Cobbler Is The Perfect Summer Dessert!
Every year, I look to enjoy my freshly picked strawberries in a new tasty recipe such as this Homemade Strawberry Cobbler! And doing so did not disappoint. This is easily one of my new favorite summer desserts that I plan to turn to every strawberry season!
I used my juicy, ripe, freshly picked berries from the local farm to pack this cobbler recipe with the best mouthwatering flavor. I also infused granulated sugar and light brown sugar with lemon zest simply by rubbing the mixture together to fill every bite with a seasonally vibrant flavor!
This cobbler easily serves a dozen people, making it the perfect fruity, sweet summer treat to bring to backyard gatherings and BBQs!
Strawberry Cobbler Ingredients
- Granulated Sugar
- Light Brown Sugar
- Lemon Zest
- All-Purpose Flour
- Vanilla Simple Syrup
- Lemon Juice
- Vanilla Extract
- Salted Butter
- Baking Powder
Wash and slice those freshly picked strawberries to use in this easy strawberry cobbler recipe! You can also use store-bought berries from the produce section or even frozen if needed.
To infuse this cobbler with even more bright, fresh flavor, the sugars are combined with lemon zest. Rub this mixture together with your fingers to release the lemon oils from the zest to infuse the sugars.
Substitutions & Variations
- Fruit Variation – Make this cobbler using your choice of fruit for a tasty flavor variation! Try making it with blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, or even peaches!
- Salted Butter – Unsalted butter can replace salted butter by adding an additional 1/8 teaspoon of salt to the filling and 1/2 teaspoon of salt to the topping.
- Buttermilk – Storebought buttermilk can be swapped out for a homemade buttermilk substitute.
- Simple Syrup – Plain simple syrup can be used instead of vanilla simple syrup. You can also replace store-bought simple syrup with homemade simple syrup. This is done by microwaving equal parts of water and granulated sugar until the sugar has completely dissolved.
How To Make Homemade Strawberry Cobbler
Step 1: Prepare the fresh strawberries by cutting the green stems off and then slicing them into rounds. Place the sliced strawberries in a large bowl.
Step 2: In a separate bowl, combine the granulated sugar, light brown sugar, and lemon zest.
Step 3: Whisk in the all-purpose flour and salt.
Step 4: Pour in the vanilla simple syrup, lemon juice, and vanilla extract, and stir until a thick paste forms.
Step 5: Add in the sliced strawberries and salted butter and toss until evenly coated. Try to break up the soft butter with the rubber spatula as you’re stirring.
Step 6: Pour the strawberry mixture into the prepared baking dish and then transfer it to the oven to bake for 15 minutes.
Step 7: As the berries are baking, prepare the topping by adding all-purpose flour, granulated sugar, and baking powder to a food processor. Pulse together to combine.
Step 8: Add the sliced butter to the food processor and pulse until the mixture is just crumbly/sandy looking. Be careful not to overmix!
Step 9: Pour in the buttermilk and vanilla extract. Then pulse just until the crumbly mixture has moistened.
Step 10: Drop the biscuit topping onto the hot strawberries in clumps. Transfer the baking dish back into the oven to bake until the top has turned golden brown. Serve and enjoy this homemade strawberry cobbler!
Recipe Tips To Make The Best Cobbler
- Baking – For recipe success, the topping must be added to the hot strawberries as soon as they come out of the oven. Therefore, the topping must be made as the strawberry mixture is baking in the oven. However, if you are not going to make the topping right away, you can just set the strawberries aside until you’re ready to complete the recipe.
- Measurements – The ingredients on the recipe card include weighted measurements. This way, you can use a kitchen scale to properly measure the ingredients if you prefer. Measured ingredients are the most accurate baking technique to avoid dry desserts!
- Pan Prep – When preparing the baking dish, I like to use whatever butter is left on the wrapper that I’m using in the strawberry mixture to grease the pan.
- Topping – When adding the topping to the baked strawberries, it is ok if there’s some space between the clumps of topping. When baked, these spaces will give the dessert its classic cobbler appearance!
Tasty Ways To Enjoy Strawberry Cobbler
For a saucier cobbler, serve this dessert hot right out of the oven! However, if you prefer a cobbler with a thicker consistency, simply allow the dessert to cool at room temperature for an hour.
Enjoy Strawberry Cobbler with an ice-cold scoop of vanilla ice cream, or top it with Homemade Whipped Cream!
How To Store Strawberry Cobbler
Transfer leftover strawberry cobbler into an airtight container or wrap the baking dish tightly with plastic wrap or aluminum foil. Afterward, store the cobbler in the refrigerator to enjoy for up to 4 days.
For longer storage, you can freeze this cobbler for up to 1 month. To do so, tightly wrap the freezer-safe baking dish with plastic wrap and then again with aluminum foil.
When you’re ready to enjoy, transfer the cobbler from the freezer to the fridge to thaw overnight.
Strawberry Cobbler Recipe FAQs
Cobbler can be reheated in the microwave or oven. To reheat in the oven, cover the oven-safe dish with foil and then bake it at 350 degrees F until the filling is bubbly and the top is warm. This should take about 20 minutes.
To reheat in the microwave, place a serving in a microwave-safe bowl or on a microwave-safe plate. Then heat in the microwave at 30-second intervals until it reaches your desired warmness.
Yes, this strawberry cobbler can be left out at room temperature for up to 24 hours. After 24 hours, I recommend storing it in the fridge to preserve for up to 3 to 4 days.
Simple syrup can be found at your local grocery store in the coffee or liquor mixers aisle. Walmart and Amazon also carry simple syrups as well. Torani syrups are my favorite brand for their high-quality taste!
The cobbler fruit mixture goes on the bottom of the pan, and the biscuit topping goes on top of the fruit.
Pie has a bottom crust and usually a top crust as well. However, a cobbler has clumps of biscuit topping dropped on top of the fruit mixture.
A cobbler has a biscuit-like topping, whereas a crumble has a streusel-like topping that is typically made with oats.
If your cobbler turned out mushy, the strawberries may have been overripened. Overripened berries as too much extra juice to the dessert, which will result in a runny, mushy dessert.
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- Food processor
- 9×13-inch baking dish
- Large mixing bowl
- Liquid measuring cup
- 6 cups sliced strawberries about 2 pounds
- 1 cup granulated sugar 230g
- ¼ cup light brown sugar 40g, packed
- 1 teaspoon lemon zest
- ¼ cup all-purpose flour 55g, spooned and leveled
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 2 ounces vanilla simple syrup
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice fresh is best
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- 4 tablespoons salted butter room temperature/very soft
- A note before you begin: Be prepared to make the topping while the strawberries are baking since the topping must be added to the strawberries when they are hot. If you are not going to make the topping right away, just set the strawberries aside.)
- Preheat the oven to 375°F and grease a 9×13-inch baking pan with butter. I like to use whatever butter is left on the wrapper that I'm using in the strawberry mixture.4 tablespoons salted butter
- Pre the 6 cups sliced strawberries by slicing into rounds and placing in a large bowl, set aside.
- In a large bowl, whisk together the 1 cup granulated sugar, ¼ cup light brown sugar, and 1 teaspoon lemon zest to infuse the sugars with lemon flavor.1 cup granulated sugar, ¼ cup light brown sugar, ¼ cup all-purpose flour, ¼ teaspoon salt, 1 tablespoon lemon juice, 1 teaspoon lemon zest, 6 cups sliced strawberries, ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- Add in ¼ cup all-purpose flour and ¼ teaspoon salt and whisk together.
- Stir in 2 ounces vanilla simple syrup, 1 tablespoon lemon juice, and ½ teaspoon vanilla extract until a thick paste forms. Then add in the prepared 6 cups sliced strawberries from step 3 and the 4 tablespoons salted butter and toss until evenly coated, breaking the soft butter up with the rubber spatula as your stir.
- Pour this mixture into the prepared baking dish and bake for 15 minutes.
- While the strawberries are baking, prepare the topping by adding 2 cups all-purpose flour, 1 cup granulated sugar, and 2 teaspoons baking powder to a food processor and pulse together.½ cup buttermilk
- Add the sliced ¾ cup salted butter and pulse just until the mixture is crumbly/sandy looking (do not overmix).¾ cup salted butter
- Pour in ½ cup buttermilk and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract and pulse just until the crumbs are moistened. Drop this mixture in clumps onto the hot strawberries as soon as they come out of the oven. If you allow the strawberries to cool at all, the topping will not bake properly. It is okay if there is some space between the clumps of topping.1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Bake for 32 to 35 minutes until the top is golden brown.
- Serve right out of the oven for a saucier cobbler, or let sit for an hour to thicken up. This cobbler can be enjoyed warm or at room temperature.
- Plain simple syrup can be used in place of vanilla. Both are easy to locate in the grocery store (usually in the coffee or liquor mixers aisle). You can also make it by microwaving equal parts sugar and water until the sugar dissolves.