Mama's Southern Blackberry (or any Fruit) Cobbler

Kathleen Hagood


As southern as they come! Just smelling it makes a person talk with a southern drawl! This is my mama's own old fashioned cobbler recipe. My dad and my husband call it "This Ain't No Lazy Woman's Cobbler" (referring to those easy dump in kind), but you won't find one that tastes better! Honestly, it's not difficult even though it's the old fashioned rolled out crust type of cobbler.

You may change the fruit with an adjustment in sugar & water.

My husband doesn't care for cakes so for his birthday, he gets a cheesecake or a cobbler. This year, he had a blackberry birthday cobbler!

★★★★★ 3 votes
makes a 13 X 9 baking dish
30 Min
30 Min


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4 c
fresh blackberries
1 1/2 c
water (you may need less if your berries or other fruit are really juicy. mine are home grown, and we've had a drought for a few years.)
1 1/2 c
sugar (adjust sugar when changing fruit.)
1/2 tsp
cinnamon (optional) (i don't always use it for blackberry.)


3 1/4 c
all purpose flour
3/4 tsp
1 1/2 c
crisco or lard (when i was a child, she used lard.)
1 1/4 c


6-7 Tbsp
1/2 c
sugar to sprinkle on the top crust
cinnamon or nutmeg to sprinkle on top of crust

How to Make Mama's Southern Blackberry (or any Fruit) Cobbler


  • 1Mix flour and salt. Using pastry cutter, cut shortening into flour. Once it becomes a meal texture, add the milk and stir together.
  • 2Mix fruit, 1 1/2 cups sugar, and 1 1/2 cups water in saucepan and bring to boil. Turn down to simmer while you roll some dough into dumplings.
  • 3Begin with about 1/4 of the dough. On floured surface, roll dough to about 1/4 inch thickness (or less). Cut into 1-inch pieces and drop into berry mixture. Allow to cook a minute before stirring down and adding more dumplings. You may need just a bit more of the original dough for dumplings. Once it has a good mixture of dumplings and juice, remove from heat. You want this to still be a little juicy. Please remember that your bottom crust will absorb some of the juice.
  • 4Split the remaining dough into near halves. If one side has slightly more, save it for last. Roll out first half. Spray Pam into bottom of glass 13 X 9 pan. Place rolled out crust into bottom of pan. (Don't cover sides.) If crust tears, it's okay, you can piece it together for the bottom of the dish.
  • 5Pour berry mixture on top of bottom crust.
  • 6I usually roll out all of my dough on wax paper, but for this step, I always do. Roll out the remaining dough into a rectangular shape larger than the 13 X 9 dish on floured wax paper. When it's large enough, use the wax paper to turn the top crust onto the cobbler. If an area tears, you can tear off some of the extra to cover the tear. If some areas go beyond the dish, work them into the dish. The top crust is yummy, flaky goodness, and extra is always a good thing.
  • 7Cut up the butter and spread out pieces all over the top crust. Sprinkle with sugar and cinnamon or nutmeg.
  • 8Bake at 350 degree oven for 30-35 minutes or until nicely browned.

    This is delicious served with real whipped cream or vanilla ice cream or just by itself.

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About Mama's Southern Blackberry (or any Fruit) Cobbler

Course/Dish: Fruit Desserts
Main Ingredient: Fruit
Regional Style: Southern

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