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Southern Peach Cobbler

Peach Cobbler made with fresh or frozen peaches, a touch of cinnamon, brown sugar, and a little half and half to make the easy crust rich and delicious.

A bowl of fresh Southern peach cobbler.

Gorgeous round peaches hanging from those pretty trees that dot the landscape in middle Georgia are a sure sign that summer has arrived.

And that means it’s time to make a good Southern Peach Cobbler, full of golden peaches surrounded by crisp, gooey, buttery goodness and a favorite dessert at every gathering.

What Do You Need to Make the Best Peach Cobbler

There are no special tools needed for this easy peach cobbler recipe. You need a 9×13-inch baking dish and a pot to cook the peaches in. That’s about it!

I have made this peach cobbler recipe so many times that it’s second nature to me now and I don’t even pull out the recipe. It’s a great dish to take to potluck gatherings, so if you have a baking dish with a lid you are ready to go!

One of the nice things about this recipe is that it transports well and you don’t have to worry too much about juice getting in your car.

Peach Cobbler Recipe

This recipe is a simple one that my Granny used for years, as have many other fabulous Southern cooks. According to a History of Peach Cobbler, the dessert evolved from a traditional pie to the biscuit-type dessert we know today.

I’ve taken the liberty of adding a little cinnamon, some grated nutmeg, and brown sugar to the peaches, along with a little brown sugar sprinkled on top of the batter just before baking.

I also use half-and-half instead of milk, which makes the crust richer and more flavorful.

My husband says this is the best peach cobbler recipe he’s ever tasted and I tend to agree! I’ve upped the amount of batter while still having plenty of flavorful juice from the peaches so there’s plenty of gooey crust—and everyone knows that’s the best part of a cobbler anyway!

Peach Cobbler Crust

A staple in most Southern kitchens, a peach cobbler recipe is one of those family recipes that may go back generations. And there are so many versions of homemade peach cobbler.

Some place a pie crust on top and bottom, others have a lattice crust just on top, like Monique’s Old Fashioned Peach Cobbler.

Other recipes use an easy technique that makes its own crust, which is my favorite because it’s simple and I like the gooey crust that develops.

The method for making this old-fashioned peach cobbler is similar to my Chicken Pie, where you melt butter and simply stir together flour and milk to make a batter, which you pour over the butter.

The difference for the peach cobbler is that you also add sugar to the flour mixture.

Peach Cobbler Ingredients

A lot of recipes for peach cobbler call for canned peaches and you could certainly use canned peaches in this recipe if you like. I do not because I just don’t like the texture of canned peaches.

If fresh peaches aren’t in season then I prefer frozen peaches.

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  • Peaches
  • Sugar
  • Butter
  • Flour
  • Half and Half (can use whole milk)
  • Vanilla extract
  • Cinnamon
  • Nutmeg
  • Brown sugar

How to Make Peach Cobbler

Step 1.

Stir together peaches, brown sugar, water, cinnamon, nutmeg, and vanilla in a large saucepan or Dutch oven. Bring to a boil, then simmer about 5 minutes.

Peaches cooking in a pot.

**Pro Tip: If using store-bought frozen peaches, just take a knife and fork and cut some of them into smaller pieces.

Step 2.

Melt the butter in a 13×9 inch baking dish.

Melted butter in a dish.

Step 3.

While the butter’s melting, whisk together the flour and sugar in a large bowl.

Pro Tip: If you don’t have self-rising flour, you can substitute all-purpose flour and add 1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder and 1/4 teaspoon salt per cup of flour.

Flour and sugar and milk for the crust.

Step 4.

Slowly stir in the half and half and whisk it all together until you have a nice, smooth batter.

Step 5.

Once the butter is melted, slowly pour the batter over the butter but don’t stir.

Batter poured in butter for peach cobbler.

Step 6.

Then gently spoon the peaches and any accumulated juices over the mixture and do not stir.

Peaches dropped in batter in baking dish.

Step 7.

Sprinkle a little extra brown sugar over the top and bake for 45 minutes to 1 hour.

Step 8.

Bake the peach cobbler until golden brown and bubbly on top. Yum!

Dish of baked peach cobbler.

Serve your Southern Peach Cobbler hot or at room temperature with vanilla ice cream or homemade sweetened whipped cream. Enjoy!

A serving of peach cobbler with ice cream.

Pro Tips for Making the Best Peach Cobbler:

  • Use good quality butter as it’s the base of the crust.
  • If using all-purpose flour, add 1 1/2 teaspoons of baking powder and 1/4 teaspoon of salt per cup of flour.
  • Be careful not to over-bake the cobbler.
  • Serve warm or at room temperature.
  • Store the peach cobbler in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

How to Freeze Peach Cobbler:

This peach cobbler should be baked before frozen. 

  • To freeze, allow the cobbler to cool then wrap the dish tightly in plastic wrap.
  • Cover the plastic wrap with aluminum foil and place in freezer.
  • For best results, use within three months.

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A serving of peach cobbler with ice cream.

Southern Peach Cobbler

Yield: 10 servings
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes

The best peach cobbler made with fresh or frozen peaches, cinnamon, brown sugar, and a little half and half to make the crust rich and delicious.

Ingredients

Peaches

  • 4 cups peach slices (can use fresh or frozen)
  • 1/2 cup water (usually need 1 cup if using frozen peaches)
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 2 tsp vanilla

Crust

  • 1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter
  • 1 1/2 cups self-rising flour*
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups half-and-half or whole milk

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350. Place butter in 9 x 13-inch dish and melt in oven. Remove dish from oven when butter is melted.
  2. Cook peach slices in water with brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and vanilla until boiling then turn down to a simmer and cook for about 5 minutes.
  3. Stir together flour and sugar, then stir in half-and-half (or milk). Slowly pour the batter into the melted butter but do not stir.
  4. Gently pour peaches and accumulated juice over the batter. No stirring!
  5. Bake at 350 for about an hour or until crust is golden brown.

Notes

*Pro Tips for Making the Best Peach Cobbler:

  • Use good quality butter as it's the base of the crust. 
  • If using all-purpose flour, add 1 1/2 teaspoons of baking powder and 1/4 teaspoon of salt per cup of flour.
  • Be careful not to over-bake the cobbler. 
  • Serve warm or at room temperature
  • Store the peach cobbler in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. 

How to Freeze Peach Cobbler:

This peach cobbler should be baked before frozen. 

To freeze, allow the cobbler to cool then wrap the dish tightly in plastic wrap

Cover the plastic wrap with aluminum foil and place in freezer. 

For best results, use within three months

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 10 Serving Size: 10 servings
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 401Saturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 49mgSodium: 19mgCarbohydrates: 56gFiber: 1gSugar: 40gProtein: 4g

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More Southern recipes:

Blackberry Cobbler

Strawberry Cobbler

Peach and Blueberry Upside Down Cake

Update Notes: This post was originally published September 17, 2010, and on November 6, 2018, was updated with one or more of the following: step-by-step photos, video, updated recipe, new tips.

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Sam

Thursday 16th of August 2018

I just made this, but I didn't have any half and half so I did half cinnamon roll coffee creamer and half milk......it made it taste amazing.

Jordan

Sunday 10th of June 2018

I made this today....just got it out of the oven and mmmmmm this is the best peach cobbler I have ever eaten! Put some fresh whipped cream on it! It is heaven! Thank you so much for sharing!

Lucy

Sunday 10th of June 2018

Hi Jordan, Thank you so much! I'm so glad you enjoyed the peach cobbler--my family has been loving it for years. Thanks for visiting Southern Food and Fun!