My Family's Prize Peach Cobbler!

Peach Cobbler

the best peach cobbler recipe

This quick Peach Cobbler Recipe is a bit of magic. Sweet, juicy peaches bubbling under a thick, buttery cloud of golden topping, it takes minutes to stir together. This recipe has been in my family for generations and is the best peach cobbler recipe ever!

the best peach cobbler recipe

Why You’ll Love This Quick Peach Cobbler Recipe

  • Ridiculously Easy. I can’t overstate this enough. The batter is made with milk, flour, and sugar. You pour it into a hot baking dish with melted butter, then spoon the filling over the top and bake. SO. EASY.
  • Celebrates Peaches. Fresh summer peaches are one of the most precious gifts of summer. Like my other favorite peach desserts (Peach Crisp and Baked Peaches), Southern peach cobbler does them the justice they deserve.
  • Spoonfuls of Heaven. The crisp lid the cobbler forms on top; the sticky (in a good way), buttery topping; the sweet peaches beneath. This cobbler is so delicious, my sister asked for it in place of birthday cake.
  • A True Classic. I learned this old-fashioned peach cobbler recipe from my grammy. Three generations have made it, and it’s as wonderful now as it’s always been.
easy fresh peach cobbler in a baking dish with ice cream

5 Star Review

“This is the best peach cobbler EVER! So easy to make!”

— Mary —

About This Old Fashioned Peach Cobbler

Generally speaking, cobblers fall into two categories.

  • Northern Cobbler. The fruit is baked underneath a biscuit-like topping leavened with baking powder. The topping is denser and (IMO) dryer.
  • Southern Cobbler. The topping comes together more like a pancake batter; its taste and texture are reminiscent of a super moist yellow cake.

Southern cobblers are my favorite, because they are far easier, and I just love that moist topping!

Another name for this style of cobbler is magic peach cobbler because batter starts out below the peach filling and in the oven the two switch places, like magic!

(Pumpkin Pecan Cobbler and Pecan Pie Cobbler are two other wonderful magic cobblers.)

lazy girl peach cobbler in a bowl with ice cream

How to Make Peach Cobbler

The Ingredients

  • Peaches. Fresh, juicy peaches are sweet, flavorful, and absolutely delicious, but frozen also work. I prefer peeling the peaches, although you can leave the skin on for a super quick peach cobbler.
  • Flour. Helps thicken the batter and create a perfect cobbler crust.
  • Baking Powder. Baking powder allows the cobbler to rise.
  • Salt. Needed to balance the sweet.
  • Milk. The liquid base for the batter.
  • Butter. For rich buttery flavor and goodness.
  • Sugar. This is dessert, after all!

The Directions

sifting flour for peach cobbler
  1. Sift. Sift the flour, baking powder, and salt.
dry ingredients in a bowl for easy peach cobbler
  1. Add the Sugar. Mix until incorporated.
mixing ingredients for fresh peach cobbler
  1. Stir in the Milk. Watch the batter form.
butter in a baking dish for peach cobbler
  1. Melt the Butter. Butter makes the cobbler so delicious!
mixing ingredients for southern peach cobbler
  1. Pour in the Batter. Right over the butter. Do not stir!
peaches in large pot for peach cobbler
  1. Peel the Peaches. Cut an X onto the bottom of each peach, then drop them in pot of boiling water for 1 minute. Transfer to an ice bath to cool, then peel.
filling for easy peach cobbler
  1. Make the Filling. Stir the peach slices together with sugar.
easy peach cobbler filling in a large baking dish
  1. Spoon in the Peaches. Put them right on top of the batter.
  2. Bake. Bake easy peach cobbler at 350 degrees F for 1 hour. Top as desired and ENJOY!

Recipe Variations

  • Camping Peach Cobbler. Make my Dutch Oven Peach Cobbler.
  • Blueberry Peach Cobbler. Swap half of the peaches for fresh blueberries.
  • Canned Peach Cobbler. If at all possible, I recommend avoiding canned peaches and sticking with fresh peaches. However, I do think this would work fine. Use 2 drained, 16-ounce cans of peaches. Skip the steps for boiling and peeling the peaches.
baked easy peach cobbler with ice cream recipe

Recipe Tips and Tricks

  • Use Ripe Peaches. Make sure your peaches are ripe and slightly soft. Ripe peaches make a better cobbler and are definitely worth the wait. To help move things along, place them in a brown paper bag on the countertop for a few days.
  • Let it Rest. While it may be tempting to serve the cobbler as soon as it leaves the oven, you need to allow it to rest before serving it. As it cools, the juices from the peach filling will thicken into sweet, syrup-like perfection.
  • Choose Your Own Adventure. As my Slow Cooker Triple Berry Crisp can attest, combining an array of fruits can create something truly magnificent. So, make it your own! Substitute some of the peaches for blueberries, blackberries, or other fruits that you love.
  • Time for Toppings. While this easy peach cobbler recipe is delicious enough on its own, you can’t beat a piece of warm cobbler with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top. Or, try my family’s favorite: a pour of heavy cream! A little sprinkle of cinnamon would add a fun twist too.
a bowl of peach cobbler with ice cream and a spoon
the best peach cobbler recipe
Print Add to Collection Go to Collections

Peach Cobbler

This quick peach cobbler recipe has a simple batter made with sugar, flour, and milk. A reader favorite that takes minutes to stir together!
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 25 minutes
Servings 6 – 8 servings
Calories 526kcal
Author Erin Clarke / Well Plated

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 3/4 cup sugar divided
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter (1 stick)
  • 3 pounds fresh ripe peaches* (5-6 peaches)

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Sift together flour, salt, and baking powder.
    sifting flour for peach cobbler
  • Mix in 1 cup sugar.
    dry ingredients in a bowl for easy peach cobbler
  • Slowly stir in milk to make a batter.
    mixing ingredients for fresh peach cobbler
  • Melt butter in a deep casserole dish (about 3 quarts).
    butter in a baking dish for peach cobbler
  • Pour batter over melted butter. Do not stir.
    mixing ingredients for southern peach cobbler
  • Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Carefully add peaches (I use tongs) and boil for about 1 minute.
    peaches in large pot for peach cobbler
  • Remove peaches from the pot and plunge them into a bowl of cold water to stop cooking. Skins can now be easily removed with fingers. Slice peaches into bite-sized pieces.
    peeling fresh peaches for peach cobbler
  • In a clean bowl, Mix the peeled, sliced peaches and 3/4 cup sugar thoroughly and carefully spoon them over the batter.
    filling for easy peach cobbler
  • Bake for 1 hour. The batter should be golden brown on top before removing from oven. Top with heavy cream or vanilla ice cream.
    easy peach cobbler filling in a large baking dish

Notes

  • *Ingredient tip: Be sure peaches are ripe and slightly soft—place in a brown paper bag on the countertop for a few days to ripen if necessary.
  • TO STORE: Refrigerate cobbler in an airtight storage container for up to 4 days.
  • TO REHEAT: Rewarm leftovers in a baking dish in the oven at 350 degrees F or in the microwave.
  • TO FREEZE: Freeze cobbler in an airtight freezer-safe storage container for up to 3 months. Let thaw overnight in the refrigerator before reheating.

Nutrition

Serving: 1(of 6) | Calories: 526kcal | Carbohydrates: 95g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 42mg | Potassium: 481mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 79g | Vitamin A: 1270IU | Vitamin C: 9mg | Calcium: 111mg | Iron: 2mg

More Delicious Peach Desserts