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!
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.
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.
Whisk together brown sugar and more cocoa and sprinkle all over the top of the batter until covered.
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.
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.
I serve the cobbler with good quality vanilla ice cream with the sauce spooned on top. It’s heaven in a bowl.
- 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.