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The Best Southern Strawberry Cobbler 

May 20, 2024
Shanika | Orchids + Sweet Tea

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Indulge in our mouthwatering Southern Strawberry Cobbler! This irresistible dessert is bursting with a sweet strawberry filling and topped with a buttery, flaky cinnamon biscuit topping. You won't be able to resist!

The Best Southern Strawberry Cobbler 

Fall in love with The Best Southern Strawberry Cobbler recipe! This dessert combines sweet, juicy strawberries with a golden, buttery cinnamon biscuit topping. It's super easy to make + even easier to enjoy. Serve it warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, and watch it become a family favorite. Gluten-free + Vegan Option.

Strawberry cobbler in three metal bakeware with spoons and strawberries.

I've said it before and I'll say it again --- strawberry season is my absolute favorite time of year. Y'all know I love a good peach cobbler, but I wanted to mix it up. This is seriously The Best Southern Strawberry Cobbler you will ever taste. It’s got a juicy, sweet strawberry filling, and the golden, buttery cinnamon biscuit topping takes it to a whole other level!

This Strawberry Cobbler is the perfect spring + summertime dessert and comes together easily with just a few simple ingredients. Everyone will be asking for seconds! And you can even use frozen strawberries to enjoy it year-round. If you're a strawberry fan like me, you’ve got to try the Strawberry Lemon Layer Cake or Strawberry Cheesecake next, and don't forget to wash it all down with some Strawberry Milk.

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Fresh strawberries being held in a black wood bowl.

What Is Strawberry Cobbler?

Strawberry cobbler is a delicious dessert that features sweet, juicy strawberries baked with a biscuit-like topping --- Essentially the same as peach cobbler but with strawberries! This dessert combines the fruit with a bit of sugar + lemon juice to create a luscious filling that's slightly tart and perfectly sweet. It's often served warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. I'm drooling already. Haha.

Ingredients on a grey/brownish table.

How To Make Southern Strawberry Cobbler

There are two main parts to this dessert: the sweet strawberry filling + the buttery biscuit topping. Once assembled you bake everything until the biscuit topping is golden and crispy, and the strawberries are bubbling and juicy.

Ingredients

CINNAMON BISCUIT TOPPING:

  • All-purpose flour. I always use organic flour from Bob's Red Mill. You can also use a 1-1 Gluten-free flour to make it GF.
  • Cane sugar. I use organic sugar. Feel free to substitute with organic brown sugar or coconut sugar.
  • Baking powder. This is essential to help your cobbler topping rise. 
  • Ground cinnamon + nutmeg. These two dried spices add a delicious warming note to every bite of cobbler. 
  • Sea salt. This helps to balance and bring out the flavors.
  • Buttermilk. You can use store-bought buttermilk or make your own by mixing Almond milk + lemon juice together. The milk should be COLD. You can also use cow's milk or any plant-based milk you prefer.
  • Lemon juice. To make the buttermilk
  • Butter. Unsalted + COLD. Cut into small pieces. Use vegan butter for a dairy-free + vegan option.
Filling ingredients in a white bowl with a wooden spoon.

STRAWBERRY FILLING:

  • Fresh strawberries. Sliced thin. I like to use organic, be sure to wash + dry well beforehand.
  • Cane sugar. This helps to sweeten the filling, you can also use brown or coconut sugar.
  • Pure maple syrup or honey. Opt for maple syrup if you want to make this cobbler vegan.
  • Strawberry preserves/jam. This adds such a nice rich strawberry flavor. I love Bonne Maman for the quality!
  • Ground cinnamon + nutmeg. For more warming flavors throughout the filling.
  • Sea salt.
  • Vanilla extract. Use pure vanilla extract for the best vanilla flavor. 
  • Lemon juice. This adds a tart flavor the balances out the sweetness beautifully.
  • All-purpose flour. To help thicken the filling. Use a GF flour to make this gluten-free.

OTHER:

  • Egg wash. Optional. See vegan 'egg wash' options below!

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Here, I’ve curated a list of bakeware essentials that I use to achieve my favorite baking treats, especially with this Southern Strawberry Cobbler recipe. Everything from my fave baking sheets, parchment paper, mixing bowls, and more. SEE THEM HERE!

Strawberry cobblers assembled in three metal bakeware dishes on a baking sheet with foil.

Why You Will LOVE This Southern Strawberry Cobbler

  • It’s absolutely delicious—-sweet in all of the right places + full of warm flavors!
  • Amazing layers of buttery biscuit toppingtenderness from the filling.
  • Comes with a vegan + gluten-free option for those with gluten sensitivity or diet restrictions.
  • It's dessert magic—the dreamiest sweet treat!
  • A recipe that everyone in the family will enjoy!
  • Perfect for any time of day—Breakfast (if that’s your thing), Brunch, or dessert----whatever!
Baked cobblers on a baking sheet with foil and ice cream and a spoon.

Do You Use Fresh or Frozen Strawberries for Cobbler?

I love using fresh strawberries for a lot of my recipes, especially with this cobbler. But, frozen strawberries are also great and the flavor is more concentrated, plus they’re more affordable.

However, note that if you’re using frozen strawberries, lightly toss them in 1 tablespoon of flour or arrowroot starch before adding them to the mixture with the other ingredients. This helps absorb excess water and prevents the berries from making the biscuits soggy or hard to bake through.

Three metal bakeware dishes with strawberry cobbler and a scoop of ice cream and spoons.

The Best Egg Wash Alternatives

As you may know, using an 'egg wash' is important when it comes to biscuit toppings and with this peach cobbler, it's no different. Of course, if you can't use regular beaten eggs as egg wash or just don't want to in the moment, now worries! Here are great alternatives:

  • Aquafaba (liquid from canned chickpeas) ---- just lightly brush some unto your biscuit topping for a nice golden look.
  • Almond milk (or whatever milk used) + maple syrup --- believe it or not, but mixing the two together works just like regular egg wash would.
  • Melted unsalted butter ---- just a light brush of melted butter goes a long way!

What Other Fruits Can I Use Besides Strawberries?

Whether you make this strawberry cobbler a few times or you just want to switch things up, you can totally substitute the strawberries for for other fruit like blueberries blackberries, or raspberries. Of course, you can also just make a great Peach Cobbler instead too!

How to Thicken Strawberry Cobbler Filling

To thicken your strawberry cobbler filling is very simple. If you don’t have or don’t want to use all purpose flour (as in this recipe), you can always use tapioca flour, arrowroot starch or regular cornstarch. Either substitution will help to thicken the mixture just fine.

How To Make The BEST Biscuit Topping

GRATE + CUBE THE BUTTER!

Yes---I know. You might be wondering why I've stated this but it works. Since we'll be using 6 Tbsps of butter in this recipe, I simply cube half of the amount butter and grate the other half. Honestly, I think that the variation in the butter pieces helps some to melt faster and settle more in the dough, which creates a beautiful flakiness like no other for these cinnamon biscuits atop this strawberry cobbler recipe.

How To Serve The Best Southern Strawberry Cobbler

This strawberry dessert is so easy to make. And it will be gone before you know it. Here are some of my fave ways to serve + enjoy it:

Dig into the cobbler while it's still warm from the oven for the ultimate treat. Add a scoop of your favorite vanilla ice cream (So Delicious brand is my go-to!), or whip up some homemade no-churn vanilla ice cream, or even a dollop of whipped cream for that creamy, cool contrast.

I generally enjoy this cobbler for dessert but you could also definitely enjoy it as a delightful breakfast or brunch treat alongside a glass of Southern Strawberry Iced Sweet Tea or with your favorite coffee!

Three metal bakeware dishes with strawberry cobbler and a scoop of ice cream and spoons.

Common Q + A's For Southern Strawberry Cobbler

Can I make this strawberry cobbler vegan?

Yes! To make this strawberry cobbler vegan, simply substitute the butter with vegan butter, and ensure that you use a plant-based milk. And see the options above for a vegan 'egg wash'.

Can I make this strawberry cobbler gluten-free?

Absolutely! To make the biscuit topping GF, simply substitute the flour with GF All-Purpose flour or 1-to-1 GF Baking Flour, which Bob's Red Mill has a great one! Ensure that other ingredients are GF-friendly (i.e. stock, etc.).

Can I use salted butter instead of unsalted?

You can always substitute the salted butter with unsalted butter. When doing so, you can omit the salt as an ingredient.

Can I use frozen strawberries instead?

Yes! If you’re using frozen frozen, lightly toss them in 1 tablespoon of flour or arrowroot starch before adding them to the batter. This helps absorb excess water.

Why do you need lemon juice in cobbler?

Basically, lemon juice adds acidity to the cobbler which adds great structure and texture as well as a nice tartness that compliments the sweetness of strawberries.

What happens if you forget baking powder in cobbler?

Since baking powder is a leavener, this means that it allows baked goods to rise. Therefore, if you forget it in your cobbler, you'll more than likely have flat biscuits.

How do you know when cobbler is done baking?

It's always great to test the middle with a toothpick or butter knife to ensure that it comes out mostly clean. Please note that you might see a bit of the filling when tested, but you shouldn't see any biscuit dough that's uncooked. Also, the filling should be bubbly around the sides, and the tops of the biscuits should be more deep amber than golden.

Up close shot of strawberry cobbler in a metal bakeware with a spoon and strawberries.

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Up close shot of strawberry cobbler in a metal bakeware with a spoon and strawberries.

The Best Southern Strawberry Cobbler 

May 20, 2024
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Fall in love with The Best Southern Strawberry Cobbler recipe! This dessert combines sweet, juicy strawberries with a golden, buttery cinnamon biscuit topping. It's super easy to make + even easier to enjoy. Serve it warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, and watch it become a family favorite. Gluten-free + Vegan Option.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
Serves: 4 servings

Ingredients

CINNAMON BISCUIT TOPPING:

  • 2 cups organic all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup organic cane sugar
  • 2 tsps baking powder
  • ¾ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 cup Almond milk, VERY COLD + 2 Tbsps  (You can use whole milk or your fave plant-based milk)
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 6 Tbsps COLD unsalted butter, cut into pieces

STRAWBERRY FILLING:

  • 4-5 cups organic fresh strawberries, sliced thin
  • ½ cup organic cane sugar
  • ¼ cup pure maple syrup or honey
  • 2 Tbsps strawberry preserves/jam
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 tsps vanilla extract
  • 2 tsps lemon juice
  • 2 Tbsps organic all-purpose flour

OTHER:

  • Egg wash

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit and lightly grease 4 mini oval bakeware or a medium 10-inch deep skillet with butter or oil.

TO MAKE THE STRAWBERRY FILLING:

  • In a large bowl, add the sliced strawberries and toss them together the lemon juice, cane sugar, maple syrup or honey, strawberry preserves/jams, flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, and vanilla, mixing until combined and strawberries are fully coated. Place the strawberry mixture into the prepared oval bakewares or skillet, tuck in the pieces of butter in between the strawberries, and set aside.

TO MAKE THE CINNAMON BISCUITS (TOPPING):

  • In a bowl or measuring cup, mix together the milk and lemon juice until combined and allow it to sit for a few minutes to thicken slightly. This acts as the "buttermilk". NOTE: If using whole milk or heavy milk, the thickening should happen more quickly.
  • In a bowl, add together the flour, baking powder, sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg, whisking everything until combined.
  • Add in the COLD butter and using a pastry blender (or two forks), blend in the butter into the dry ingredients until everything looks 'peas-like'.
  • Add the 'buttermilk' and stir everything together using a rubber spatula until just combined and wet enough. The batter should look a little thick, but wet like biscuit dough. NOTE: DON'T OVER-MIX!

ASSEMBLE + BAKE:

  • Using a spoon (or large ice cream scoop), scoop 2 Tbsps of biscuit dough at a time and place them unto strawberries, about 1-inch apart. Repeat until all dough is scooped on top. NOTE: If using 4 mini oval bakeware, it should be about 1-2 scoops of biscuit topping in each bakeware.
  • In a bowl, whisk together the egg and milk to create the egg wash.
  • Lightly brush biscuits with a bit of egg wash and bake for 35-40 minutes or until biscuits are deep golden brown (or a more amber-like color), crisp on the outside but cooked through (comes out clean) when tested with a toothpick or knife, and strawberry filling is bubbling through. NOTE: Your filling should be 'thickened' and not too watery.
  • Remove the cobbler from the oven, slightly cool, and serve immediately with a scoop of your favorite ice cream or whipped cream!
  • Bon Appetit!

Tips & Tricks

  • STORAGE: Store any leftovers in a tightly covered container or glass dish covered and refrigerated for 2-3 days before the topping begins to get mushy. To reheat, simply add leftover strawberry cobbler to a preheated oven of 375 degrees until warmed through.
  • GLUTEN-FREE OPTION: To make the biscuit topping GF, simply substitute the flour with GF All-Purpose flour or 1-to-1 GF Baking Flour, which Bob's Red Mill has a great one! Ensure that other ingredients are GF-friendly (i.e. stock, etc.).
  • GRATED + CUBED BUTTER: To create a beautifully crumbly and flaky biscuit topping, I suggest grating your butter instead of cutting them into cubes. To grate your butter, add the butter to a freezer for 15 minutes. Remove from freezer and using a grater, grate into pieces. 
  • FROZEN STRAWBERRIES: If you’re using frozen strawberries, lightly toss them in 1 tablespoon of flour or cornstarch before adding them to the batter. This helps absorb excess water.
  • SALTED VS. UNSALTED BUTTER: You can always substitute the salted butter with unsalted butter. When doing so, you can omit the salt as an ingredient.
  • VEGAN OPTION: To make this strawberry cobbler vegan, simply substitute the butter with vegan butter, and ensure that you use a plant-based milk.

Nutrition

Calories: 540kcal | Carbohydrates: 135g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 0.2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.5g | Sodium: 880mg | Potassium: 118mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 81g | Vitamin A: 5IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 215mg | Iron: 3mg

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