Cherry Cobbler

Cherry cobbler is one of those endlessly satisfying, quick, and simple desserts that grandmothers have been making for centuries.

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Cherry cobbler is one of those endlessly satisfying, quick, and simple desserts that grandmothers have been making for centuries. Why not make a new family favorite with this easy, delicious dessert?

Don’t forget to learn How To Make A Perfect Whipped Cream to serve with your cherry cobbler! Or you could even try a flavored cream like this Strawberry Whipped Cream recipe!

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Cherry Cobbler

One of the most classic dishes to ever emerge from North America, the cherry cobbler is one of those universally appreciated desserts.

Made from a simple combination of cherry filling and a dolloped biscuit topping, this cherry cobbler is the perfect dessert for a pot-luck. Or why not make it just as an indulgent dessert for the whole family on a weeknight?   

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How To Make Your Own Cherry Pie Filling

To help make it a lot easier, this recipe uses a can of cherry pie filling. This is something most supermarkets will sell in their baking sections and is usually readily available.

These cans of filling are basically pureed or whole cherries, mixed with some starches and sugars. This makes them easily gel and turn into a perfectly textured filling for your cobbler.

Of course, if you wanted to, you could just make it yourself!

Since the cans of cherry pie filling are pretty simple, the homemade filling should be simple as well.

Though there are more precise recipes out there, your cobbler filling should be cherries that have been pitted and sliced, and then mixed with sugar and starches. You should also definitely play around and alter them to suit your personal tastes

The simplest option would be some white sugar, as well as a fine dusting of cornstarch. You could also add in a bit of butter, like with a blueberry pie, to add a bit of richness.

You could also add a little bit of lemon juice to provide a touch of acidity. However, that’s going to depend on how tart you like your cobbler.

cherry cobbler wet and dry ingredients in a bowl

Almond Extract Vs. Amaretto: Which One Should You Use?

This recipe uses a little bit of almond extract to help compliment the flavors of your cherry pie filling, but if you can’t find any, you can always use a little bit of Amaretto, an almond-flavored liquor, instead.

If you happen to have both on hand, however, which you should you choose?

Well, almond extract is the best way to get that concentrated almond flavor into your cherry cobbler. This is because of just how hyper-concentrated and intense it is. Interestingly, a lot of almond extracts are actually made from cherry pips, as cherries and almonds are surprisingly closely related.

So if you use almond extract, not only are you getting the purest flavor, but you are also staying true to your cherries!

Not everyone wants to have to buy an expensive extract just to make one recipe though. So will it hurt if you use Amaretto instead?

Well, while Amaretto definitely has a good amount of almond flavor, it also has a lot of extra water and alcohol, as well as a few other flavors.

So long as you don’t mind a few additional flavors added to your cobbler, and the chance of having that little bit of alcohol-y flavor as well, then you can feel free to just use Amaretto instead.

Make sure to use a lot more Amaretto than you would almond extract though! The flavor in almond extra is super intense, so while this recipe calls for only half a teaspoon of extract, you will likely want at least one tablespoon of Amaretto. This will help get you the same amount of almond flavor.

cherry cobbler in the pie plate

What Makes This A Cobbler?

Whenever any kind of dessert with a name like a cobbler or crumble comes up, there is always the question of why exactly it is called a cobbler. Plus, whether or not it is a true cobbler or not.

Well, a cobbler is typically any filling that is covered with a biscuit or batter, and then baked so that the biscuit firms up and becomes crunchy, tender, and delicious. Apparently, it was called cobbler because it looked a bit like an old stone pathway, known as a “cobble.”

This is different from a crumble, because a crumble is made using a mixture of oats and flour. This makes it more, as the name would imply, crumbly.

Since this recipe uses the fairly traditional combination of flour, egg, milk, sugar, and baking powder to make a biscuit topping, this recipe is most definitely a cobbler.

However, you might prefer a topping closer in texture to the other types of dessert crusts or toppings. So why not play around a bit with the ratio of ingredients, or even add a few flavorings of your own to help change up the taste?

cherry cobbler with a dollop of whipped topping

How To Serve Your Cherry Cobbler

Cherry cobbler is one of those desserts that are absolutely delicious when eaten on its own, as it has the perfect combination of crunchy, crispy, and juicy textures.

However, if you really want to kick it up a notch, why not try serving it with some additional toppings?

  • Whipped Cream

Whipped cream is the obvious, simplest addition to any great dessert. You can always find it in a convenient spray can at the supermarket. You could also try making it yourself with some heavy cream, sugar, vanilla extract, and a whole lot of whisking!

  • Chocolate Ice Cream

Ice cream is pretty much made for serving on top of pies and cobblers. But when it comes to anything with cherries in it, you just have to go for chocolate over any other flavor.

  • Caramel Sauce

If you are going to go with some kind of sauce for your cobbler, why not try a caramel sauce? Just like with the chocolate ice cream, whether you get it in a tub, or make it yourself, the sweet, dark flavors of a good caramel sauce will pair perfectly with your cherries.

Looking for more delicious Pan Dessert & Dessert Salad recipes? Try these out:

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Cherry cobbler is one of those endlessly satisfying, quick, and simple desserts that grandmothers have been making for centuries.

Cherry Cobbler

Cherry cobbler is one of those endlessly satisfying, quick, and simple desserts that grandmothers have been making for centuries.
5 from 1 votes
cherry cobbler on a white plate
Prep Time
15 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Karlynn Johnston


  • One 21 oz can cherry pie filling
  • ½ teaspoon Almond extract (or 1-2 Tablespoons Amaretto)


  • cup flour
  • 2 Tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 Tablespoons Milk
  • 1 large Egg
  • 2 Tablespoons butter (melted)
  • 4 Tablespoons Toasted sliced almonds
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon (for garnish)
  • ¼ teaspoon granulated sugar (for garnish)


  • Preheat your oven to 425°
  • In a 10 inch pie plate or a 8 inch square pan add the pie filling. Mix in the almond extract. Set aside
  • In a medium bowl add the flour, sugar and baking powder and stir.
  • In a separate small bowl add the egg and beat lightly. Add the milk and the melted butter and stir.
  • Add the milk mixture to the dry ingredients and stir to make a stiff dough.
  • Spoon the dough into four even portions on to the cherry pie filling in the pan. Make sure the dough is not touching the edges or each other.
  • Bake for 25-30 minutes, until the cherries are bubbling and the biscuits are lightly browned. Remove from the oven and sprinkle with the extra sugar and cinnamon and the slivered almonds.
  • Serve slightly warm with a dollop of whipped cream.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 404kcal, Carbohydrates: 67g, Protein: 7g, Fat: 12g, Saturated Fat: 5g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g, Monounsaturated Fat: 5g, Trans Fat: 0.2g, Cholesterol: 62mg, Sodium: 94mg, Potassium: 384mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 7g, Vitamin A: 560IU, Vitamin C: 5mg, Calcium: 109mg, Iron: 2mg

All calories and info are based on a third party calculator and are only an estimate. Actual nutritional info will vary with brands used, your measuring methods, portion sizes and more.

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