Chocolate Cobbler is a simple, classic Southern recipe that’s so easy to make. You just need cocoa, eggs, butter, sugar, milk, and flour and you’ll have this delicious dessert on the table in a jiffy!


Finished chocolate cobbler in a dish with a spoon on the right.

Chocolate cobbler is one of those old desserts that came about due to the Southern home cook’s need to “make do with what we have.” There is nothing fancy in the ingredient list and it comes together quickly and easily, yet the end result is magical and delicous.

How to Make Chocolate Cobbler

Start by mixing flour, baking powder, salt, sugar and cocoa in a bowl. Whisk until well blended and smooth.

Mixing ingredients for chocolate cobbler.

Stir in milk, melted butter and vanilla, and pour it all into a greased 8-inch dish. It will be a little like brownie batter.

Spreading chocolate cobbler batter in the dish.

Whisk together brown sugar and more cocoa and sprinkle all over the top of the batter until covered.

Sprinkle cocoa mixture over the chocolate cobbler batter.

Now comes the fun part. Heat 1 3/4 cups of water to boiling and then carefully and very slowly pour over the top until covered.

Gently and slowly pouring water over chocolate cobbler batter.

Now you’re thinking, “Well, this just looks like a mess.” And it does. But something happens in the oven. That hot water soaks down into the batter and creates a luscious fudge sauce underneath the brownie-like top. So the end result is gooey, fudgy, and amazing.

Chocolated cobbler makes its own gooey, chocolate sauce in the bottom.

I serve the cobbler with good quality vanilla ice cream with the sauce spooned on top. It’s heaven in a bowl.

Bowl of chocolate cobbler.

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Chocolate Cobbler

A fudgy, gooey, chocolate dish that's part brownie and part fudge sauce and all delicious!
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 30 minutes
Total: 45 minutes
Servings: 8 servings


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • 7 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • ½ cup whole milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 4 tablespoons cocoa


  • ¾ cup light brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 4 tablespoons cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon instant espresso powder
  • 1 ¾ cups boiling water


  • Preheat oven to 350. Lightly butter an 8-inch baking dish or pan.
  • Mix flour, baking powder, salt, granulated sugar, and 4 tablespoons cocoa in a medium bowl. Whisk until well blended.
  • Add butter, milk and vanilla and whisk until blended. Pour batter into prepared dish.
  • Whisk together brown sugar, and 4 tablespoons cocoa. Sprinkle over batter.
  • Add espresso powder to the water and stir to blend. Then slowly pour boiling water over the topping until the dish is completely covered in water. Use all the water.
  • Bake about 30 minutes or until center is lightly set. The cobbler will still jiggle so don't overcook.


Serving: 8servings, Calories: 319kcal, Carbohydrates: 55g, Protein: 3g, Saturated Fat: 7g, Cholesterol: 28mg, Sodium: 16mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 40g
Course: Desserts
Cuisine: American
Calories: 319
Keyword: chocolate cobbler, chocolate dessert, easy chocolate cobbler, Southern chocolate cobbler
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  1. I LOVE THIS!! My Mom made this when I was kid. I always looked forward to it by her. Now I can make it.