This easy peach cobbler recipe is equal parts warm, comforting and delicious. Juicy in-season peaches (or frozen!) bathing in a sweet and warm spiced filling thats topped with a biscuit-like topping. The result: utter deliciousness.
If you are looking for the perfect dish to pair with your easy peach cobbler, then check out my Oven-Baked BBQ Ribs and Southern Collard Greens recipes, next!
Easy Peach Cobbler
This easy peach cobbler recipe is a treasured family recipe, passed down from by dad, a southern man from Georgia.
What makes this fresh cobbler so special is the perfect balance of warm spices, juicy peaches and just enough added sweetness that marries incredibly well with the biscuit-like topping.
While I don’t go without having warm fruit cobbler served with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, it’s worth noting that this cobbler is damn good on its own.
Why This Southern Style Peach Cobbler Recipe Works
- Adaptable – No fresh peaches, no problem. Frozen peaches also works well!
- Easy to make – The most time consuming part of the recipe is peeling the peaches, the rest is a simple pour mix, add, and bake sequence. Incredibly simple, yielding major WOW-factor.
- Not too Sweet – I’ve tried many iterations of peach cobbler and have found that many are just too sweet for my liking. This recipe is not overwhelmingly sweet, even when coupled with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
What is Southern Peach Cobbler?
In a nutshell, it is a fruit-based baked dessert with a biscuit-like or lattice pie topping, and is typically cooked in a deep dish and sometimes a cast-iron skillet.
Peach cobbler can be made with fresh, frozen or canned peaches and mixed with warm spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice (just to name a few), sugar (cane and/or brown sugar), cornstarch (to thicken the filling), and lemon juice.
Oftentimes a serving of will come with a scoop of ice cream.
How to Pick Peaches for Cobbler
A couple of things to keep out for when selecting perfectly ripe peaches for cobbler:
- Peach should have a little “give” when gently squeezed.
- Select peaches that are fragrant. The peachier the smell, the better.
- Choose peaches that are full in color.
If you come up on rock-hard peaches, don’t fret. Leave them on your kitchen counter for a couple of days and run through the above checklist again.
Southern Peach Cobbler with Frozen Peaches
Let’s face it, nothing beats fresh, in-season peaches when making peach cobbler. But during the holiday season when peach cobbler is a must-have, we opt for frozen peaches and the result is always loved by all.
To substitute fresh for frozen peaches, simply use ~40 ounces of frozen peaches–viola!
Fresh Peach Cobbler Ingredients
- Fresh peaches – In-season, ripe peaches will yield the best flavor. if making during off-season, go for frozen peaches.
- Spices – Cinnamon and nutmeg give this cobbler a good dose of warmth.but feel free to add other warm spices.
- Dry ingredients – Flour, baking powder, sugar, brown sugar, salt, tapioca (or corn) starch.
- Wet ingredients – Buttermilk, butter, vanilla, lemon juice.
- Vanilla ice cream – What’s southern peach cobbler without a scoop or ice cream to bring the flavors full-circle.
How to Make Peach Cobbler
- Add peeled peaches to a bowl with brown sugar, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla, pure vanilla extract, lemon juice, melted butter, tapioca starch. Mix until well-combined.
- Pour into a 2-quart baking dish. Then bake in a preheated oven for 10 minutes.
- While the peaches pre-bake, add flour, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, baking powder, and salt to a bowl and whisk to mix dry ingredients. Blend cubed butter with flour using a pastry blender until butter is pea-sized. Add buttermilk and stir just until combined.
- Remove peaches from oven and add topping by the spoonful. Bake until golden brown, ~40 minutes.
How to Peel Peaches
I typically use a good ol’ fashioned vegetable peeler. You can also leave the skin on as skin will soften as it bakes.
Some do not mind leaving the skin on, but my personal preference is to peel the peaches.
How to Store Leftover Southern Peach Cobbler
Cobbler will keep in the refrigerator for up to five days. To reheat, simple microwave desired amount and serve with a scoop or ice cream.
You can also reheat in the oven at 325°F for 15 minutes or until warmed through.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I use frozen peaches for this recipe?
Don’t worry, for those months when peaches are not in season, go for frozen. Simply thaw 40 ounces of peaches and drain excess liquid. Continue with the rest of the recipe and you’re good to go!
Can I use canned peaches?
I would suggest against using canned peaches as it contains a lot of added sugar, which even after drained, can alter the taste of the peach filling. For best results, stick with fresh or frozen.
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Easy Peach Cobbler
- 8×11 baking dish, or 2-quart baking dish
- Pastry blender
Peach Cobbler Filling
- 7-8 medium peaches, peeled, sliced into ½-inch wedges, see note below if using frozen peaches
- ¼ cup sugar
- ¼ cup brown sugar
- ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- ¾ teaspoon lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon tapioca starch, or cornstarch
- 2½ tablespoons melted butter
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- ½ teaspoon kosher salt, Diamond Crystal brand
- 1½ teaspoons baking powder
- ⅓ cup sugar
- ¾ teaspoon cinnamon
- pinch nutmeg
- 7 tablespoons butter, cubed and chilled
- ¼ cup buttermilk
- Vanilla ice cream
- Preheat oven to 375°F.
- Add peeled peaches to a bowl along with brown sugar, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla, pure vanilla extract, lemon juice, tapioca starch, and melted butter. Mix until well-combined. Pour into an 8×11 (or 2 quart) baking dish. Cover with foil, and bake in the oven for 10 minutes.
- While peaches pre-bake, add flour, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, baking powder, and salt to a bowl and whisk to mix dry ingredients.
- Blend cubed butter with flour using a pastry blender until butter is pea-sized. Add buttermilk and stir just until combined.
- Remove peaches from oven and add topping by the spoonful. Bake until golden brown, ~40 minutes. Check after 30 minutes.
- Enjoy with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Cobbler is best eaten when warm.
It was really good, easy to make. I will def making this again!
This is my new favorite peach cobbler. I found you on Buzzfeed Tasty and made it the same night. My kids loved it. Making it again for Labor Day weekend and will try frozen peaches when I make this for the holidays.
Thank you so much, Lizett!
I have tried 4 different recipes prior to this one because I was trying to find a peach cobbler recipe that resembles the one that I use to eat when I was living in the south, none of the recipes came close, they claimed that their recipe was biscuit topping but was too soggy. It’s only because I just happened to be scrolling through Instagram and saw your recipe posted on BuzzfeedTasty, I decided to give it a try. I have saved this recipe because it is THE best one I’ve tried so far, so quick and easy so thank you for sharing it!
Thank you SO much, Naomi! I’m so glad you enjoyed this recipe! xx
Wow. Just wow. This was so good. Easy to follow recipe and the perfect amount of sweetness. Made this on July 4th and it was loved by all. Thank you!
Thank you, Jada!