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Mixed Berry Cobbler

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It’s not summer time without a Mixed Berry Cobbler on the table!

Bubbling-hot, fresh fruit swirls around the golden brown edges of the light and flakey biscuit topping when my Mixed Berry Cobbler is ready for it’s unveiling from the oven.

I love loading 7 to 8 cups of fresh, sweet and juicy strawberries, blueberries, raspberries and blackberries into the mixed berry filling. As they bubble and cook into a syrupy sweetness, the buttermilk biscuit bakes into a buttery, crunchy-sugar topped biscuit that is absolutely delicious. 

Celebrating summer with a fruit fresh dessert just couldn’t get any better especially when the dessert calls for lush berries tumbled together with just a bit of added sugar, fresh lemon juice (for a soft hint of tartness), a dash of cinnamon and some cornstarch to thicken up the syrupy juices of the ripe berries.

a freshly baked cobbler topped with berries and fresh mint.

Cobblers are such a sweet and simple way to satisfy that craving for a summertime dessert, and if you really want to impress, then top off my Mixed Berry Cobbler with a scoop of your favorite, rich and creamy vanilla ice cream or whipped cream and this heavenly dessert is transformed into a sweet dish that makes an exquisite finish to a memorable summer evening.

If you like this Mixed Berry Cobbler you should check out my Mini Peach Cobblers and Pomegranate Apple Cobbler too!

Why This Recipe Works

  • It is a simple recipe to make.
  • Fresh berries are everywhere, which makes this just that much easier to make.
  • It is so versatile. If you have a favorite berry you can double up on them. Or if you have some berries that are just not your favorite, then you can leave leave them out! You can also incorporate cherries, peaches, or any of your summertime fresh fruit varieties.
  • This recipe will impress your guests.  
  • Having a big group over? This recipe easily doubles up to serve more, just use a larger 9×13 inch pan.
cobbler in a blue bowl with fresh berries and ice cream on top.

Ingredient Notes

For the ingredient measurements and entire recipe, be sure to scroll down to the bottom of the blog post where the recipe card is located.

ingredients to make a berry cobbler in small glass bowls.
  • Mixed berries: I used fresh strawberries, blackberries, raspberries and blueberries.
  • Lemon juice: The delicate tartness of the lemon juice balances out the sweetness of the berries
  • Sugar: the natural sweetness from the berries is great but a little extra sugar helps bring the dish together. Use less, if preferred.
  • Cornstarch: This thickener mixed with the  sweet berries and their juices helps make a yummy sauce for the cobbler.
  • Vanilla extract: use pure vanilla extract. This little amount enhances the fruit flavors.
  • Cinnamon: The sweet, light citrusy notes of cinnamon compliment the berry flavors in this Mixed Berry Cobbler. 
  • All purpose flour: All purpose flour helps bake up a light and fluffy biscuit topping for this summertime favorite. Use a 1-1 gluten free flour, if needed.
  • Baking powder: Baking powder helps the dough rise and adds to the light and flakey texture.
  • Salt: Never skip the salt.  It highlights the  flavors and brings the sweetness of the fruit forward.
  • Butter: biscuits get their tender crumb and layers from the suspension of fat in flour so the butter needs to be at a cold, solid state for an ultra flaky biscuit topping.
  • Buttermilk: Tangy and rich buttermilk bakes up a rich, more flavorful biscuit topping
raspberries, blackberries, strawberries and blueberries in a large white bowl.

Step by Step Directions

For the full recipe instructions, scroll down to the bottom of the blog post to the recipe card.

mixed berries in a white bowl with sugar, baking powder and cinnamon.
fresh berries in a baking dish.
  1. Combine the ingredients for the berry mixture.
  2. Pour into a 3QT oven safe baking dish.
  3. Combine the dry ingredients, cut in the butter, stream in the buttermilk and stir to bring together the soft dough.
  4. Scoop onto the berry mixture using a cookie scoop.
  5. Bake for 40-45 minutes or until the tops are browned and the juices are bubbling.
dry ingredients in a bowl with cold butter cubes and biscuit dough with a cookie scoop in another bowl.
biscuit topping on mixed berries in a casserole dish.

Expert Tips and Variations

  • Make the biscuit topping gluten free by using a gluten free 1-1 replacement flour such as Bob’s Red Mill.
  • For added variety you can substitute any of the berries with Acai or boysenberries.
  • Chop any large strawberries into smaller pieces.
  • Stir the fruit gently to keep the berries from breaking down.
  • Scoop the cobbler biscuit topping onto the fruit using a cookie scoop (I used a 3 Tbsp. scoop) and be sure to leave space between each portion of topping. This allows the steam to escape while the cobbler bakes.
a spoon scooped into a berry cobbler with fresh berries and mint on top.

FAQ

How can I tell when my cobbler is done?

The cobbler should register 200°F with an instant read thermometer in the thickest part of the biscuit topping. The berry filling will be hot and bubbling around the edges and the biscuit topping will have a deep golden brown color, not light golden.

Why is my berry cobbler runny?

The berries could have been extra juicy. Be sure to wash and dry the berries so you’re not adding any excess water to the berry mixture. Allow the cobbler to cool for a few minutes to allow the juices to thicken before serving. And be sure to always use the cornstarch, it helps thicken all the juices!

What is the difference between a cobbler and a crumble?

A cobbler has a biscuit-like topping, a crumble has more of a streusel-like topping which makes it more similar to a crisp. And the difference between a crumble and a crisp is that traditionally a crisp has oats in it and a crumble does not. 

Can I use frozen berries?

I recommend using fresh but frozen will work, too! Do not thaw them before adding in. Using frozen berries will also make your cobbler more liquid-y.

How do I store baked cobbler and for how long?

I find berry cobbler is best enjoyed the same day. But if you have leftovers, I suggest you store the baked, and cooled-to-room-temperature cobbler in an airtight container for no more than 3 days. 

Can I make the cobbler ahead of time?

You can mix together the biscuit topping and combine the berry mixture together, just keep them separated until ready to bake.

Which is your summer dessert of choice?

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4.97 from 28 reviews

Mixed Berry Cobbler

Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 45 minutes
Total: 55 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
My ultimate Mixed Berry Cobbler is perfectly sweet and utilizes in season strawberries, blackberries, blueberries and raspberries. Topped with a flaky, buttery biscuit topping and best served with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream. It's a delicious and surprisingly easy dessert to make!

Ingredients

For the berries:

  • 7-8 cups mixed berries (I used fresh strawberries, blackberries, raspberries and blueberries)
  • 2/3 cup sugar, or less if preffered
  • 3 Tbsp. cornstarch
  • 2 Tbsp. lemon juice
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • pinch of cinnamon

Biscuit topping

  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 5 Tbsp. unsalted butter, cold, cubed
  • 2/3 cup buttermilk, cold
  • for topping before baking: 1 Tbsp. cold buttermilk and coarse sugar

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Instructions 

  • Preheat the oven ot 375°F.
  • Spray a 2.5-3 QT. oven safe baking dish with non-stick baking spray.
  • Make the filling: dice large strawberries into quarters. In a large bowl combine the berries, sugar, cornstarch, lemon juice, vanilla and cinnamon. Stir gently to combine. Pour into the prepared pan in an even layer.
    7-8 cups mixed berries (I used fresh strawberries, blackberries, raspberries and blueberries), 2/3 cup sugar, or less if preffered, 3 Tbsp. cornstarch, 2 Tbsp. lemon juice, 1 tsp. vanilla extract, pinch of cinnamon
  • Make the biscuit batter: Mix the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt together in a mixing bowl. Cut in the cold butter – I like to work the butter into the flour mixture by pressing it between my fingers until the butter pieces are the size of peas. You can also use a pastry cutter or just two forks.
    1 1/2 cups flour, 1/2 cup sugar, 1 1/2 tsp. baking powder, 1/2 tsp. salt, 5 Tbsp. unsalted butter, cold, cubed
  • Slowly stream in the buttermilk and stir until the dry ingredients are moistened. Scoop the dough onto the berry mixture using a cookie scoop. Brush the tops with buttermilk and a sprinkle of coarse sugar.
    2/3 cup buttermilk, cold, for topping before baking: 1 Tbsp. cold buttermilk and coarse sugar
  • Bake for ~40-45 minutes or until the tops are a nice golden/amber brown and the juices along the edges are bubbling.
  • Allow to cool for ~5-10 minutes. Scoop and serve with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream.

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Notes

  • Storage: I find berry cobbler is best enjoyed the same day. But if you have leftovers, I suggest you store the baked, and cooled-to-room-temperature cobbler in an airtight container for no more than 3 days. 
  • Frozen berries: I recommend using fresh but frozen will work, too! Do not thaw them before adding in. Using frozen berries will also make your cobbler more liquid-y. 

Nutrition Information

Serving: 1serving, Calories: 392kcal (20%), Carbohydrates: 43g (14%), Protein: 5g (10%), Fat: 12g (18%), Saturated Fat: 7g (44%), Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 3g, Trans Fat: 0.4g, Cholesterol: 29mg (10%), Sodium: 607mg (26%), Potassium: 177mg (5%), Fiber: 6g (25%), Sugar: 56g (62%), Vitamin A: 435IU (9%), Vitamin C: 6mg (7%), Calcium: 54mg (5%), Iron: 2mg (11%)

Nutritional information is provided as a courtesy and is automatically calculated. It should only be construed as an estimate rather than a guarantee. Ingredients can vary and Kroll’s Korner can’t make any guarantees to the accuracy of this information.

This recipe was featured as the June 2023 Kroll’s Korner Baking Challenge recipe of the month! ?

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Shannon

This was amazing! I used blueberries, raspberries, and strawberries and I could eat the entire dish lol.

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Tamara G.

I made this cobbler with strawberries, blueberries and a few raspberries sprinkled in. I subbed brown sugar in the topping and crumbled the topping over the entire top of the berries. It came out fantastic! I served it with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and it was the best cobbler we’ve had, hands down! Thanks for the yummy recipe!

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Alison

Made the alternate recipe with my toddler daughter for the cooking challenge in May. Way tasty! We loved it with ice cream.

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Jessica M.

I made this for Mother’s Day and everyone LOVED it. My uncle said he thought it came from a bakery it was so delicious. I liked how the berries were super sweet, but the biscuit on top gave a little hint of salt to even it out. Absolutely delicious and will make it again many times!

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Adrienne L.

This was perfect for using up an abundance of blueberries and blackberries I had. I added some oats to the topping for added crunch and texture and it was delicious. I added some fresh strawberries and a scoop of ice cream and it made for a perfect dessert!

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Becky Karim

This berry cobbler is so easy to make and so delicious! I used blueberries, raspberries and black berries for this one. The topping comes together in a breeze (I used a food processor) and I love the cookie scoop method. Will be serving it with ice cream after dinner tonight!

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Judi H

I like to use a box of cookie dough mix for dry ingredients..its quicker and and easier.

Stacey Oconnor

Perfection! It was so easy to make and a huge hit. I served it with vanilla icecream. Very yum!

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Christine

I can’t wait to eat this! It smells so good ?

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Susannah

REALLY good! The combo of lemon juice, vanilla, and cinnamon was unexpected but ended up complimenting the berries very well. If making in a 9×13 I might increase the biscuit dough by just a little, especially if it’s your favorite part of the cobbler, like it is mine 🙂

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Lynn Larrabee

Delicious! My family loved it and I will definitely share the recipe with friends and family. I will be making it again soon!

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