Old-Fashioned Cherry Cobbler

Old-Fashioned Cherry Cobbler

This easy cherry cobbler starts with melting butter in the oven to prepare the baking dish. While that melts, you’ll stir together the batter ingredients including self-rising flour, sugar, milk, salt, vanilla and almond extracts. Pour the batter into the hot, buttered baking dish. Then add the cherry pie filling, distributing it evenly. Top with a sprinkling of brown sugar. Bake for about 45 minutes until browned and bubbling. Enjoy this sweet treat topped with ice cream if desired!

How do I know when the cherry cobbler is fully baked through?

Check for the golden brown top crust and bubbling cherry filling, then test doneness by inserting a toothpick into the center of the cobbler. If it comes out clean with no wet batter, your cobbler is finished baking. If it’s still sticky, bake for 5-10 more minutes and check again with a fresh toothpick. Getting the right baking time can take some trial and error based on your oven.

Can I substitute fresh cherries instead of using canned pie filling?

Yes, you can use 2-3 cups of fresh pitted cherries instead. Sweet or sour cherries work well. Since fresh cherries won’t be pre-sweetened like canned filling, taste the fruit mixture first and add a bit more brown sugar until the sweetness tastes right to you.

What if I don’t have self-rising flour to use in the batter?

Self-rising flour already contains salt and leavening. To make your own, mix 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour, 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder, and 1/2 teaspoon salt in a bowl before adding the wet ingredients. This DIY self-rising flour will give the same lift.

How long does it take to bake the cherry cobbler?

Bake time will vary based on your exact oven, but plan for 45-55 minutes in a 350°F preheated oven. Check at 45 minutes, testing with a toothpick. If needed, continue baking 5-10 more minutes until set in the middle with a golden top crust.

What other fruit fillings work in place of cherry pie filling?

This basic cobbler recipe takes well to substitutions with your favorite fruits. Try peach, apple, blueberry, strawberry, blackberry or other pie fillings. You can also use fresh sliced fruit like peaches or berries, adding sugar to taste.


  • 1 stick (8 tablespoons) butter
  • 1 cup self-rising flour
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 (21 ounce) can cherry pie filling
  • 1⁄4 cup light brown sugar for topping
  • 1 ounce cream cheese (optional)


Preheat Oven

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Place 1 stick of butter in a 2-quart baking dish to melt in the oven.

Combine Batter Ingredients

In a mixing bowl, stir together the self-rising flour, granulated sugar, milk, salt, vanilla and almond extracts until just combined. Do not overmix. There may be some small lumps remaining. Recipe by Ineskohl.info

Pour Batter and Add Filling

Carefully remove the hot baking dish from the oven. Swirl the melted butter to coat the bottom and sides. Pour the batter into the baking dish. Distribute the cherry pie filling evenly over the batter. You can add small dollops of cream cheese over the cherries at this point if desired.

Sprinkle with Brown Sugar

Sprinkle 1⁄4 cup light brown sugar evenly over the top.

Bake Cobbler

Bake for 45-50 minutes, until the top is browned and the filling is bubbling. [[4]] Allow to cool for at least 10 minutes before serving.

Enjoy this easy cherry cobbler on its own or topped with ice cream or whipped cream. The sweet cherry filling paired with the subtly almond flavored batter makes this dessert a crowd-pleasing treat.


  • Use high quality cherries – Fresh, ripe cherries or canned pie filling without high fructose corn syrup will give you the best flavor. Visit farmers markets if cherries are in season.
  • Soften refrigerated dough properly – Let the refrigerated pie crust dough sit at room temperature for 15-20 minutes before rolling it out. This prevents cracking and breaking.
  • Check doneness before removing – Underbaking leaves a wet center while overbaking dries it out. Insert a toothpick to test – it should come out clean when done.
  • Serve warm with ice cream – The temperature contrast takes this dessert to the next level! Classic vanilla works well, or get creative with flavors like cinnamon or chocolate ice cream.
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