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Brown Sugar Apple Cobbler

Apples, brown sugar, and cinnamon are an irresistible combination in Brown Sugar Apple Cobbler.

During my school years, I always associated the beginning of a new school year with fall, despite the fact that late August in Mississippi feels nothing even remotely close to fall. In fact, summer can last well into October. But, back-to-school clothes are notoriously far more appropriate for fall than summer.

I tended to pick out lots of new fall clothes and wanted desperately to wear them in the new school year. (Did I mention it was so very hot?) Invariably, my mother would talk me out of wearing my new jeans and sweaters and tell me that I was “rushing the season.”

Yesterday as I shared those pancakes with cinnamon pears and today as I’m about to share this apple cobbler, I keep hearing my mother’s voice telling me, “You’re rushing the season.” True, it’s not technically fall yet. But, I can no longer resist the pull of apples and pears!

Brown sugar-sweetened apples are topped with brown sugar biscuits in this wonderfully delicious Brown Sugar Apple Cobbler. - Bake or Break

This cobbler has such big brown sugar flavor in both the filling and the biscuit topping. It’s so gooey and sweet and cinnamon-y and absolutely irresistible!

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Apples, cinnamon, and lots of brown sugar make this Brown Sugar Apple Cobbler a fall baking must! - Bake or Break

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Brown Sugar Apple Cobbler

Yield 10 to 12 servings
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes

Brown sugar-sweetened apples are topped with brown sugar biscuits in this wonderfully delicious Brown Sugar Apple Cobbler.

Apples, brown sugar, and cinnamon are an irresistible combination in Brown Sugar Apple Cobbler.


For the filling:

  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 6 medium baking apples*, chopped (about 7 cups)
  • 1 & 1/2 cups packed light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon

For the topping:

  • 1 & 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, cold and cut into small cubes
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1/3 cup sour cream
  • cinnamon-sugar**


To make the filling:

  1. Place the butter in a large skillet. Melt over medium heat while you assemble the apple mixture.
  2. In a large bowl, stir together the apples, brown sugar, flour, and cinnamon until combined and apples are coated.
  3. Add the apple mixture to the melted butter. Cook over medium heat, stirring frequently, until the mixture thickens (about 10 minutes).
  4. Transfer the apple mixture to a 3-quart baking dish.

To make the topping:

  1. Preheat oven to 400°F.
  2. Combine the flour, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Add the butter and mix using a pastry blender or a fork until the largest bits of butter are about the size of small peas.
  3. Add the milk and sour cream, stirring just until combined. Use your hands if necessary to get the dough mixed with minimal working of the dough. Dough will be sticky.
  4. Drop the dough in 2-tablespoon portions over apple mixture. Sprinkle the tops of the dough evenly with cinnamon sugar.
  5. Bake 25 to 30 minutes, or until the topping is lightly browned and the filling is bubbly.
  6. Serve warm or at room temperature.


*I used a combination of Gala and Pink Lady apples. **Make you own cinnamon sugar by mixing a 4:1 ratio of sugar to cinnamon. I like to use sanding sugar for that little bit of sparkle.

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    20 Comments on “Brown Sugar Apple Cobbler”

  1. Yum! Brown sugar doesn’t get enough love and I love that it’s featured in this. I agree that back to school is associated with fall in my brain. Of course I have the opposite experience than you since I grew up in the North and am now in the south. Football and back to school with 80 degree weather is strange! Bring on the hoodies and hot cocoa.

  2. I grew up in the south also…I am now living in NY where it was 39 this morning, no thank you! I truly miss the nice weather of the south and the heat and all of it. So much so, that I will try to extend my summer by traveling to stay with family for a month soon. This apple cobbler recipe looks amazing. I love pampered chef products and almost can’t make a recipe without using one of them. Thank you! Love your blog.

  3. I need a spoon and that bowl. Looks amazing!

  4. I love Pampered Chief. I have a lot of there bake ware and accessories. I would love to have these spoons and bake ware.

  5. I commenced with my apple-a-day consumption this week…and it felt pretty dang good. Eating it in the form of this cobbler? EVEN BETTER!

  6. I want this cobbler in my belly. It looks so good – that brown sugar crust is making me swoon!

  7. I just discovered your blog and I have to say, you have amazing photos. I love apple desserts, specially apple pie, and this looks delicious. I’ve never had a cobbler, I bet this is amazing.

  8. I’m in my eighties, and have been baking for a long time, but your recipes are like nothing I have ever tried. I’m anxious to make them all, anything Apple. I’d like to have one of the
    Pampered Chef’s casseroles, if I’m lucky

  9. This looks so amazing! I’ve only had cobbler once in my life, it was peach. It was homemade by a friend and I have been looking for a real recipe for a while now. So glad I found this one and it has my favorite, apples!! i can’t wait to make this! Thank you for sharing.

  10. This looks like an amazing recipe! As I look at the pictures my mouth starts to water and I imagine eating this delectable treat. Ok, you got me…… I will try this recipe tomorrow. Thank you for your dedication and hard work to your website.

  11. This looks delicious! Have you ever made in advance (a few hours)? If so, what is the best way to reheat?

  12. I made this cobbler and adored it! I shared the experience on my blog and readers are enjoying it too. Next time, I’m going to try it with peaches.

  13. It’s too bad the produce men don’t seem to know anything about the best apples for baking.

  14. Hi! This looks amazing! Do you recommend peeling the apples?

  15. Do you think you could prepare everything the night before and then just do the final baking step the next day? or are you better off baking everything and just reheating?

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