Super Quick Cobblers and Crisps
It's officially spring, and you know what that means: It's cobbler and crisp season. The sunshine is back in full force, ready to ripen the fruit that'll become sumptuous, gooey compote. Paired with buttery biscuits, bisquick, or crust, it's the perfect dessert to pair with warmer weather.
Easy Strawberry Cobbler
Just because it’s easy doesn’t mean this biscuit-topped strawberry cobbler won’t impress. In fact, bursting with vibrant berry flavor (regardless of how perfectly ripe your strawberries may or may not be), we can just about guarantee that it will. We keep this stunning berry dessert stunningly simple by using Bisquick baking mix for the topping. The bottoms of each fluffy biscuit soaks up luscious juices from the berries while the tops bake up golden-crisp. And sprinkling the cobbler’s Bisquick topping with a bit of turibinado sugar is a pro’s touch for adding visual and textural interest. Serve with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream for the full cobbler experience.
Easy Peach Cobbler
This peach cobbler features basic ingredients, making it easy to prepare on a moment's notice. Our favorite review reads, "This is by far the best peach cobbler recipe I've found. It tastes more like the peach cobblers my mother and grandmother made. If friends or family are coming by, I can prepare this dessert, pop it in the oven and wait for the oohs and aahs as my guests are welcomed to our home by the warm aroma of fresh-baked peach cobbler."
Nectarine and Berry Crumble
We love the combo of nectarines and raspberries, but use the fruit you have on hand--just be sure it's ripe and flavorful. Toasting the topping in the oven while the fruit cooks on the stovetop ensures the dessert is done lightning-fast.
Mom's Rhubarb-Apple Crisp
Honeycrisp and Golden Delicious apples hold their shape well and won't get too mushy after baking. Brown sugar lends deep molasses flavor to the topping.
Peach, Plum, and Apricot Crisp
Savor the summer's best produce with this simple, family-favorite crisp. Freshly grated nutmeg accents the flavors of the fruit while the crispy brown sugar and oat topping offers a crispy texture contrast.
Every weekend, especially during summer, the Fields family would make their version of cobbler, a cake-y mix of milk, sugar, and self-rising flour poured over fruit. Kelly says sometimes her mom would get "feisty" and add in amaretto. Here, Kelly plays to her own preferences with a bit of bourbon.
The slump (sometimes called a grunt up North) is the stovetop version of a cobbler—and the only thing you’ll want to make when it’s too hot to turn on your oven. Believed to be a variation of an English steamed pudding, a slump is simmered fruit topped with pillowy, lightly sweet dumplings. Made in a large cast-iron skillet or Dutch oven, slumps are also a popular dessert to make on the campfire or grill. The fruit is cooked down in the skillet until sweet and syrupy, then topped with mounds of soft dough, and covered. As the fruit bubbles away, the dumplings bake and “slump” down, giving the dessert its name.
Triple-Berry Crisps with Meringue Streusel
This fresh berry dessert uses a baked meringue that's crumbled and stirred into the streusel. The filling uses crystallized ginger and orange rind for a decidedly tart flavor that contrasts with the sweet topping. Because the meringue needs to sit in the oven at least 12 hours, make it a day before serving. Or make our same-day Almond Streusel variation. At her restaurant Flying Fish, Chef Christine Keff serves the crisps in small skillets, but we tested them in ramekins as well. You can also make a single crisp in a 13 x 9-inch baking dish. For a real treat, serve with ice cream.
Ginger-Peach Shortbread Cobbler
Guests will rave over this impressive peach cobbler.
Bisquick Topped Blueberry Cobbler
This biscuit topped blueberry cobbler recipe couldn’t be easier. Breaking out your trusty Bisquick baking mix keeps the recipe effortless, but you could also top the vibrant berry filling with a simple homemade drop biscuit dough as well. Using ripe, juicy blueberries gives this summertime favorite the perfect level of sweetness, while vanilla extract contributes a floral depth and a little bit of aromatic lemon zest lends a lovely balance of brightness. Served warm with a generous scoop of vanilla ice cream, this easy cobbler can’t be beat.
Crisp crust and gooey pecan pie goodness taste even better in a crowd-pleasing cobbler.
Easy Apple Cobbler
Usher in the fall season with a warm pan of (almost too) easy apple cobbler. For this simple and delicious apple dessert, peeling and slicing the fruit will be the bulk of your workload. The combination of brown sugar and apples yields an exceptionally gooey-rich filling that was made to team up with a buttery, golden crust and a scoop of vanilla ice cream. While we preferred hearty Granny Smith apples for the filling, you can certainly use a different variety if that's what you have on hand. Regardless of the type of apple you pick, this warm and comforting cobbler is easy enough to make at the last minute, and is always a welcome addition to the holiday dessert spread.
Pear and Sour Cherry Crisp with Oat-Hazelnut Topping
This fruit crisp features a pear and cherry mixture topped with crumbly oat and hazelnut clusters.
You won’t find an easier or more delightful summer dessert than this simple raspberry cobbler. The crispy crust gives way to a creamy, juicy center, bursting with bright berry flavor. If you are working with super ripe raspberries, feel free to cut back on the added sugar. You can easily substitute other summer berries or peaches into this easy cobbler recipe as well. Pro tip: Don’t skip the vanilla ice cream; a generous scoop on each (warm) serving makes for the best “sauce” as it melts.
Grilled Peach Cobbler
Serve hot off the grill or at room temperature. Crown it with a scoop of vanilla ice cream for an extra sweet touch.
Easy Individual Apple Crisps with Oatmeal Crumble
You can also peel and coarsely chop the apples, if you prefer. For more tender apples, decrease the heat to 400° and bake 5 to 10 minutes longer.
Classic Blueberry Cobbler
If the peak of summer had a flavor, we’re willing to bet it’d taste a lot like this classic blueberry cobbler. Using ripe, juicy blueberries gives this summertime favorite the perfect level of sweetness, while vanilla extract contributes a floral depth and a little bit of aromatic lemon zest lends a lovely balance of brightness. Be sure to let the lattice crust hang a little over the sides of your baking dish and press the dough firmly into the sides to adhere. The baking dish will be very full, but the volume of the berries will shrink as the cobbler cooks, so slightly overfilling will leave you with a flat top instead of a sunken one.
Whether prepared as one large cobbler or in individual ramekins, you're sure to love the unique filling of plums, ginger, and lemon juice. Each serving weighs in right under 300 calories.
The irresistible buttery, spiced oat topping and perfect balance of sweet to tart in the fruity filling make this a recipe we reach for every summer. Carolyn Beth Weil, author of Williams-Sonoma Pie & Tart (Simon & Schuster, 2003), created it for Sunset years ago. Serve this fresh raspberry-rhubarb crisp with lightly sweetened softly whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.
Served hot or at room temperature, nothing says summer like a fresh fruit cobbler. When the dish first comes out of the oven, the fruit juice will be a little thin, but it will thicken as the cobbler sets and cools down. Peaches and blackberries come together in this easy to assemble recipe, but feel free to substitute your favorite berries or stone fruits. You can make the crumble topping mix ahead of time and store it in the refrigerator.
Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp
Some would say you haven’t truly embraced spring until you’ve made our Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp, and we’d be inclined to agree. It’s a simple dessert that relies on the inherent synergy of its ingredients: rhubarb’s bright tang matched with jammy strawberry sweetness, accented by a delicate touch of cardamom, ginger, and orange zest—all topped off with a forever-crunchy, addictively toasty oat and almond crumble. While 1/2 cup of cornstarch might be more than you’re used to seeing for a fruit crisp recipe, note that rhubarb releases a substantial amount of liquid during the baking process. Thus, you need a bit more of the thickening agent in order to yield a lush, syrupy filling rather than one that’s too loosey-juicy. Warm from the oven, this Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp wants nothing more than a generous scoop of vanilla ice cream.