I’ve been completely in love with cobbler since I first took a bite of my grandma’s blackberry version decades ago. As far as desserts go, it’s just such an approachable one, rustic and homey but as delicious as any highfalutin treat you can buy out of a pastry case. The combination of the doughy topping (ideally with just a kiss of salt) and sweet and soft cooked-down fruit is as good as it gets, especially when it’s topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. And if cobbler is as good as it gets, this Southern Peach Cobbler is as good as cobbler gets — it’s done just right and it’s super easy to make.

Fresh Southern Peach Cobbler


  • 9 cups peaches, sliced into thin wedges (about 8 fresh peaches, or 3 lbs)
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 12 tablespoons butter, chilled and grated
  • 1/2 cup boiling water
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
How to Make Southern Peach Cobbler
  1. Preheat oven to 425°F.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the peaches, lemon juice, 1 cup sugar, 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg, cornstarch, and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Stir to combine and transfer to a 9×13-inch baking dish.
  3. Bake for 10 minutes. While peach filling bakes, work on the topping:
  4. In a clean mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, 1 cup sugar, baking powder, and salt. Add the grated butter and toss to combine.
  5. Stir in the boiling water quickly, just until combined. Batter will be lumpy.
  6. Remove baking dish from oven and drop topping over the filling in large spoonfuls.
  7. Stir together cinnamon and sugar for topping and sprinkle over the top. Bake until top is golden brown and filling is bubbly, 25-30 minutes.
  8. Serve with vanilla ice cream and enjoy!
  9. Note: This may bubble over — place on a baking sheet to catch any drips.

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Last Update: July 9, 2024