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Crackle Top Blueberry Cobbler Recipe

This crackle top blueberry cobbler was my go-to summer dessert in 2020 and because I didn’t entertain as much last year (ahem #quarantine), it is my go-to summer dessert in 2021!  Fruit cobblers and crisps are nothing new, but when you serve them, everyone’s face lights up.  Dare I say they will always be in style?

I adapted this recipe from the King Arthur website (this is NOT sponsored by the way) and happen to be using King Arthur organic all-purpose flour because Hubs ordered a case of it when he was making daily sourdough bread.  He settled on this one as his favorite and I will admit, I like it quite a lot, too.  He feeds his starter regularly, but isn’t making bread very often.  Anyone need some flour??  😉

I thought the idea of a crackle top cobbler sounded interesting and a little different and it is!  But not too different.  The top of the batter gets a little sugar and hot water which melts the sugar and then creates a bit of a crust when baked.  Sounds weird, I know.  But just follow the directions – super easy!  You can do this with any summer fruit, but blueberries are hard to beat.  You know how I feel about fruit desserts – don’t overwhelm them with sugar.  You want it to taste like blueberries, not just sugar!

This is one of the easiest desserts ever.  You can absolutely pull this together at the last minute or make it in the morning to serve later that evening.  If you want to serve it warm, just stick it in the oven at 350 for 15 minutes.  Serve it with vanilla ice cream if you’re living it up or lightly sweetened whipped cream or even Greek yogurt for brunch.

You can even make this when blueberries are out of season if you use frozen blueberries.  Just defrost them first so the cobbler batter cooks properly.  Mix in some other berries or peaches if you want to use up some other fruit you have.  There is no way this will not be fantastic and a crowd-pleaser.

As always, check the notes for ingredient substitutions, or feel free to leave me a comment or a question if you’re not sure about a swap.  If you make this recipe or any of my recipes, please tag me on Instagram so I can see your beautiful creations @pamelasalzman #pamelasalzman!

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Crackle Top Blueberry Cobbler
Serves: 6
  • 5-6 cups fresh or frozen/defrosted blueberries (amount depends on depth of your baking dish), about 24 ounces or 2 pints
  • Zest and juice of half a lemon, about 1 ½ Tablespoons
  • 8 Tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter or vegan butter, at room temperature
  • ⅓ cup + 2 Tablespoons maple sugar or organic cane sugar, divided
  • ½ cup buttermilk, kefir, or plain yogurt*
  • 1 cup unbleached, all-purpose flour, einkorn flour, GF oat flour, or spelt flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon aluminum-free baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1-2 Tablespoons warm water
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease a 9-inch round baking dish. Make sure it is not too shallow, otherwise the topping will overflow.
  2. Toss blueberries with lemon zest and juice and transfer to the prepared pan. Resist the urge to toss with sugar or flour. It’s not necessary.
  3. In a medium mixing bowl, beat together the butter and ⅓ cup sugar until light and fluffy, about 4 minutes. This can be done with the paddle attachment of a stand mixer. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and add the buttermilk, flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt and vanilla. Beat until smooth, about 2 minutes.
  4. Pour the batter over the blueberries. I like to dollop big spoonfuls in different areas and then spread out the batter evenly to cover all the fruit. Sprinkle remaining 2 Tablespoons of sugar over the batter as evenly as possible. Using a small spoon, drizzle the water over the sugar, getting it all wet. If you didn’t wet all the sugar before you used up all the water, take a little more water. Place the baking dish on a rimmed baking sheet.
  5. Bake the cobbler for 50-60 minutes until the surface is cracked and golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the cake topping comes out clean.
  6. Remove from the oven and place it on a rack to cool for at least 30 minutes to allow the topping and fruit to settle. Serve warm or at room temp. It’s great with vanilla ice cream for dessert or Greek yogurt for brunch.
*or place ½ Tablespoon apple cider vinegar or lemon juice in a measuring cup and add enough milk or non-dairy milk to come up to ½ cup.


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  1. Can I use oat milk as a substitute for the buttermilk? I have nut free and dairy free people in my house.

    • You can, but you need to add 1/2 Tablespoon acid to it, like apple cider vinegar.

  2. This is a wow. Followed recipe exactly and Whole family was blown away. Needed to clean out fridge so used blackberries, frozen peaches, apples, and strawberries and believe it or not it was a flavor bomb. Will be making this over and over. Thank you!!

    • Yum!! Great way to clean out the fridge. Glad you gave this recipe a try. It’s so good for breakfast or dessert. Thank you for taking the time to leave a review.

  3. Made this recipe today for lunch with friends, served it with Vanilla Bean ice cream YUM. Everyone was raving about the flavor. Excellent recipe. Will make again for sure. I used vegan butter, almond milk (with ACV) and used up all my frozen blueberries, strawberries and raspberries. Your note NOT to add sugar to the fruit was good advice. THANK YOU

    • Wow, love that you used a combination of berries. Glad everyone enjoyed it and great combo with the vanilla!

  4. Thanks For Sharing this Amazing Recipe. My Family Loved It. I will be sharing this Recipe with my Friends. Hope They will like it.

    • Yay! Glad they loved it. This is one of my go-to desserts when I’m entertaining. It’s always a crowd pleaser.

  5. I love your recipes but this one didn’t work out very well. I used vegan butter, Bob’s Mills GF flour and I made the buttermilk out of almond milk made from JOI. The topping didn’t crackle and it stayed really really soft. I was so disappointed! Perhaps I should have ground oats and used that for the flour. suggestions?

  6. Thank you for sharing. My daughter has been asking for a “crunchier” top on our peach cobbler. Can’t wait to try this!

  7. Can I use gluten free flour or almond flour for this? My son and I have Celiac

    • If there are any you like the taste of, I’m sure you can. It’s only 1 cup. I don’t usually like the taste of gf flour, so I’m going to try her suggestion of just oat flour and see how that works.

    • I would try a gluten free flour blend since you can’t swap nut flours for grain flours.

  8. Yum! If I wanted to use coconut sugar would the measurements be the same? Thanks, Pam!

    • I haven’t made this with coconut sugar but you would use the same measurement. Just be aware that coconut sugar may not dissolve in the same way that cane sugar does and the topping color will probably be darker. Let me know if you give it a try.

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I come from a large Italian-American family with 28 first cousins (on one side of the family!) where sit-down holiday dinners for 85 people are the norm (how, you might ask – organization! But more on that later …).

Some of my fondest memories are of simple family gatherings, both large and small, with long tables of bowls and platters piled high, the laughter of my cousins echoing and the comfort of tradition warming my soul.

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