Fresh Southern Peach Cobbler

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Classic peach cobbler is always a hit when peaches are at their peak. This particular cobbler has over 3,000 five-star ratings, so we’re confident you’ll be thrilled with the results, too. A warm mixture of sweetened, juicy peaches is topped with a biscuit-like dough and sprinkled in cinnamon sugar. Although it’s made from scratch with fresh peaches, this easy peach cobbler is incredibly simple and comes together in just one hour. No fresh peaches? See below for tips on using canned or frozen peaches during the off season.

What Is Peach Cobbler?

A cobbler — not to be confused with a crisp or crumble — is a deep-dish fruit dessert with a sweetened fruit filling that is topped off with a biscuit-like dough. The dough may cover the entire dish or be dropped by the spoonful, earning it the name “cobbler” for its resemblance to a cobblestone street. It gives you the same fruit-and-pastry combination as pie, but without all the effort.

In the case of peach cobbler, fresh, frozen, or canned peaches may be combined with sugar, spices, lemon juice, and cornstarch (for thickening). As with all cobblers, it’s finished off with a biscuit-like topping and sprinkled with a cinnamon-sugar mixture.

Can You Use Canned or Frozen Peaches?

Although it’s hard to beat a ripe, juicy peach during peak season, canned (well-drained) and frozen peaches (thawed and drained) make a great alternative when fresh is not an option. Reviewers say they had success with both canned and frozen peaches:

“I used two bags of frozen peaches and it turned out VERY good!” says reviewer MMCCLOREY.

“…I used canned and they turned out GREAT! First time I left some of the canned juice in it, but there really isn’t a need for it!” says reviewer Lena.

Fresh to Canned and Frozen Equivalents

6-8 medium peaches (~4 cups) = 2 (16-ounce) cans

6-8 medium peaches (~4 cups) = 40 ounces frozen peaches

How to Pick Fresh Peaches

Picking a perfectly ripe peach can seem tricky, but you can rely on three simple sensory cues: look, touch, and smell. A ripe peach will have a golden-hue near the stem, it should give slightly to your grip, and it will have a sweet and fragrant smell.

If your peaches aren’t ripe, here’s the good news: They will continue to ripen with a little patience. Place unripe peaches on the counter stem-side-down at room temperature until ripe.

How to Peel Peaches — And Do You Need To?

Most folks choose to peel their peaches, but you can absolutely leave the skin on. The skin will soften as it bakes and be far less noticeable once cooked. If you do choose to peel them you can do so one of two ways:

1. Use a vegetable peeler or paring knife. It’s easier to peel a whole peach rather than a halved or sliced peach.

2. Blanch and shock. Start by cutting an X on the bottom of the peaches. Bring a pot of water to a boil and dip whole, unpeeled peaches into the water for about 30 seconds. Then immediately plunge the peaches into ice water. After about 10 seconds, remove the peaches from the water and use a paring knife or your finger to peel the skin away — it should practically peel itself!

How to Store and Reheat Peach Cobbler

While it is best right out of the oven (with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, of course!), cobbler will keep covered in the fridge for up to four days. To reheat, microwave to your desired temperature or bake at 350 degrees F (177 degrees C) for about 20 minutes, or until warmed through.

Allrecipes Community Tips and Praise

“Coming from the Peach State, I’m really picky about peach cobbler,” says reviewer AlliePeacock. “This recipe is fantastic!”

“Last summer I also made batches of the filling and then froze it, and had delicious cobbler all winter long,” says reviewer Travis Halling.

Editorial contributions by Melanie Fincher


  • 8 fresh peaches – peeled, pitted and sliced into thin wedges
  • ¼ cup white sugar
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  •  teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup white sugar
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, chilled and cut into small pieces
  • ¼ cup boiling water
  • 3 tablespoons white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  1. Gather all ingredients.

    All ingredients gathered to make southern peach cobbler.
  2. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C).

    3.In a large bowl, combine peaches, 1/4 cup white sugar, 1/4 cup brown sugar, 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon, nutmeg, lemon juice, and cornstarch. Toss to coat evenly, and pour into a 2 quart baking dish. Bake in preheated oven for 10 minutes.

    Peaches, brown sugar, cornstarch, white sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and lemon juice combined in a large bowl.
    Mixture poured into baking dish.
  3. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, combine flour, 1/4 cup white sugar, 1/4 cup brown sugar, baking powder, and salt. Blend in butter with your fingertips, or a pastry blender, until mixture resembles coarse meal. Stir in water until just combined.

    Flour, white and brown sugar, baking powder and salt combined in a large bowl with butter added until coarse-like.
  4. Remove peaches from oven, and drop spoonfuls of topping over them.

    Spoonfuls of the topped dropped over baked peaches.
  5. Sprinkle entire cobbler with the sugar and cinnamon mixture.

    Everything in baking dish sprinkled with sugar and cinnamon mixture.
  6. Bake until topping is golden, about 30 minutes.

    Cobbler baked until topping is golden-brown.
High angle, looking at a bowl full of southern peach cobbler.


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