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Apple Pecan Cobbler

I’ve been holding out on all of you. I’ve been reluctant to share this recipe because I felt like it was too easy. But, then I thought that during the busy holiday season, we can all use a little bit of too easy.

This is the easiest apple cobbler you’ll ever make. Actually, it’s the second easiest, but I’ll get to that in a minute.

The secret here is canned pie filling. While I prefer to go the homemade route with most things, there are times when a little shortcut can be a life saver.

Apple Pecan Cobbler features plenty of sweet, spiced apple pie filling underneath a crunchy, nutty topping. - Bake or Break

Other than opening the cans of pie filling, you’ll just need to whisk together the topping ingredients, slice some butter, and chop some pecans. That’s it! Then, after a little oven time, you’ll have an impressively delicious, mostly homemade cobbler.

One bit of advice for making this… Be sure that when you place the butter over the top that you’re using small pieces and placing them evenly over the topping, including all the way to the edges. That will ensure that the topping will get completely covered with the butter as it melts.

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Now, as for the easiest apple cobbler you’ll ever make? Forego the topping in the recipe and use a cake mix. Several years ago, I made a similar version that was featured in Taste of the South and used a butter pecan cake mix as the topping. Sprinkle about 1/2 cup of brown sugar over the pie filling, cover with the cake mix, top off with butter, and bake.

Whichever method you use, you’ll get a warm, cinnamon-y apple cobbler topped with toasty pecans. Go ahead and get out the ice cream for this one. Vanilla is just fine, although I highly recommend Salty Caramel from Steve’s Ice Cream.

Apple Pecan Cobbler

Yield 12-16 servings
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes

This easy cobbler recipe uses canned apple pie filling as a shortcut!

Apple Pecan Cobbler


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar (light or dark)
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 & 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3 21-ounce cans apple pie filling
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
  • 1 cup chopped pecans


  1. Preheat oven to 350°.
  2. Whisk together flour, brown sugar, sugar, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon. Set aside.
  3. Spread pie filling evenly in a 9"x 13" baking pan. Cover top of filling evenly with flour mixture. Place pieces of butter evenly over top of flour mixture.
  4. Bake 35 minutes. Sprinkle pecans over top of cobbler. Return to oven and bake 15 minutes.
  5. Serve warm, preferably with ice cream!


Store any leftovers in a tightly sealed container in the refrigerator. Reheat before serving.

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    7 Comments on “Apple Pecan Cobbler”

  1. Apple and pecans are the best of friends! This looks lovely.

  2. Since I cook for one, it look’s like I can cut the recipe in third’s & use a small baking pan. I had never heard of Steve’s ice cream but their website decribes really good flavor combinations!

  3. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: never say no to cobbler. And there is NO SUCH THING as a too easy cobbler. Unless you’re worried it’s so easy that it will become a weekly (daily) happening. Which it might for me. Seriously how can I ignore this now? 😉 It’s practically screaming “eat me” through the screen.

  4. I’ve never thought to add nuts to my cobbler.

  5. I’ve only had peach cobbler before but apple and pecan sounds like it would easily trump that! gorgeous photos too!

  6. That. Looks. Delicious. Besides the combo of apple and pecans are right up my street!

  7. This does look easy. Cobblers are probably my favorite deserts. I whill have to try this. Thanks.

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