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Strawberry Cobbler

Strawberry Cobbler, a favorite summer dessert

I was never much of a fan of cobblers until well into my adult years. Had I fully appreciated that they are a celebration of sweet fruit and biscuits, I feel sure I would have embraced them far sooner. Now, I just try to make up for lost cobbler time by making them as often as possible.

One of my cobbler obsessions is this simple Strawberry Cobbler that features a quick and easy filling topped with soft, sweet cream cheese biscuits. It’s such a wonderfully delicious way to enjoy fresh strawberries!

Of course, strawberries and lemons are BFFs, so I couldn’t resist adding a good bit of lemon to this cobbler. There’s lemon juice in the filling, as well as lemon zest in the topping. That double dose is just the thing to make this cobbler really outstanding.

Strawberry Cobbler, a favorite summer dessert

I strayed a bit from the traditional biscuit topping for this cobbler. While the topping is still a biscuit dough, I added a little cream cheese to the dough for a different flavor and a super soft texture. Plus, there’s that bit of lemon zest I mentioned for a hint of tartness to complement all those sweet strawberries.

You all know about my love of sanding sugar. I simply adore how just a sprinkle of that coarse sugar adds a little sparkle and a crunchy bite of sweetness to the tops of baked goods. This biscuit topping is the perfect excuse to get out the sanding sugar.

I prefer to top off this cobbler with a bit of sweetened whipped cream. Ice cream, of course, is always a good idea, too. Whether you serve it warm, at room temperature, with whipped cream, or straight out of the pan, I think you’ll find that you’ll serve it often.

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Strawberry Cobbler

Yield 8 to 10 servings
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes

Fresh strawberries combine with tart lemon and sweet cream cheese biscuits to make this fantastic Strawberry Cobbler!

Strawberry Cobbler


For the filling:

  • 32 ounces strawberries, trimmed, hulled, and quartered
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • juice of 1 medium lemon

For the topping:

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • zest of 1 medium lemon
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 ounces cream cheese, softened and cut into small pieces
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, cold and cut into small pieces
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • sanding sugar, optional
  • sweetened whipped cream or ice cream, for serving


To make the filling:

  1. Preheat oven to 375°F.
  2. Stir together the strawberries, sugar, cornstarch, and lemon juice. Set aside while you make the topping.

To make the topping:

  1. Whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, lemon zest, and salt.
  2. Add the cream cheese and butter. Mix with a pastry blender, a fork, or your fingers until the butter is about the size of small peas.
  3. Add about two-thirds of the milk, and mix to combine. Continue adding the remaining milk, and mix just until the dough comes together. (It's fine if you don't need to use quite all of the milk.)
  4. Transfer the strawberry mixture to a 1-quart baking dish.
  5. Drop the topping by about 1-tablespoon portions over the strawberry mixture. Sprinkle with sanding sugar.
  6. Place the pan on a lined, rimmed baking sheet to catch any leaks. Bake 40 to 45 minutes, or until the top is lightly browned and the filling is bubbly.

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    14 Comments on “Strawberry Cobbler”

  1. I was obsessed with peach cobbler when I was younger. There was a diner that made an amazing one. I’ve tried to replicate it, but haven’t had success yet. Strawberry is a great cobbler flavor and I’ll have to try this with some fresh, local berries 🙂

  2. I’m so excited about this recipe!  My strawberry patch is ready to pick and I can’t think of a better recipe to start with!  We are so lucky in my area to have strawberries for 6 months.  This year our spring is a good one with a nice balance of wet and dry and cool and warm.  The berries are doing great and are early.  I’m out with my basket in the morning and next stop will be the kitchen to wash, prep and bake.  My favorite gardeners will hopefully be as excited to eat it as I am to make it for them.  First strawberries of the season!  Thanks, Jennifer!!

  3. This looks absolutely delicious!! I wonder–could you use frozen strawberries (for winter-time preparation)? Thank you so much–I use and enjoy your recipes regularly 🙂

    • Hi, Marcia. You can use frozen berries. They often add more liquid to the filling, so you might want to thaw, rinse, and drain them first. If you want to use them frozen, you might increase the cornstarch by half a tablespoon or so.

  4. Where I came from Cobblers were made by putting the fruit, sugar and water in a pan bringing to a boil.  Rolling out dough, cutting into strips dropping 1×1 pieces into boiling fruit water, then making a solid size topping from the dough to cover the pan, butter that, sprinkle with sugar, , cut slits, bake until crust I golden brown.  That is the real cobblers. 

  5. Can I use gluten free flour for the cobbler? 

  6. When recipe calls for zest of 1 lemon….do i zest entire lemon?

  7. Will be trying two of the cobblers
    and cupcakes for the little ones…

  8. I made this last night for my family and it was gone in one night!   My cobbler looked just like the picture and I did not tweak it at all.   5 stars!

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