Skillet Apple Cobbler - an easy to prepare dessert that's sure to be a crowd pleaser at holiday parties!

If you follow this blog closely you may notice that this recipe is very similar to my skillet peach cobbler. That’s because not long after I posted it I was hired by Clabber Girl to make a similar cobbler using their cornstarch and baking soda. Since I already use their products for baking I was happy to collaborate. 

Skillet Apple Cobbler - an easy to prepare dessert that's sure to be a crowd pleaser at holiday parties!

This fall dessert is simple to prepare and will surely be a crowd pleaser at holiday parties. Even though I used Clabber Girl cornstarch and baking powder to prepare the recipe, you can use whatever you have on hand.

Skillet Apple Cobbler
Serves: 4-6 servings
  • 2 pounds fresh Gala apples, cored, peeled and chopped
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon ground allspice
  • ¼ teaspoon fresh ground nutmeg
  • pinch of kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch (I used Clabber Girl)
  • 1 cup allpurpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar, divided
  • 1¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon, divided
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder (I used Clabber Girl)
  • pinch of kosher salt
  • ¼ cup + 2 tablespoons half and half or heavy cream
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • optional: vanilla ice cream for serving
  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.
  2. In a large oven safe skillet, combine the apples, butter, brown sugar, cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg and salt over medium heat. Cook for several minutes, stirring, until the apples have lightly caramelized and are soft but not mushy.
  3. Mix together the lemon juice and cornstarch and stir it into the apple mixture. Remove from the heat.
  4. Whisk together the flour, 2 tablespoons granulated sugar, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, baking powder, and salt. In a liquid measuring cup, stir together the half and half, melted butter and vanilla extract. Pour the liquid ingredients into the dry and stir until just combined.
  5. In a separate small bowl, mix together the remaining 1 tablespoon sugar and ¼ teaspoon cinnamon. For two smaller cobblers, divide the apple mixture evenly among two 5-inch oven safe skillets. For one large cobbler, leave the apples in the same skillet. Spoon the dough evenly on top of the apples and use a spatula to gently spread it out. The apples do not need to be completely covered. Sprinkle the cinnamon sugar mixture evenly on top of the dough.
  6. Bake for 18 - 22 minutes or until the sides are bubbly and the dough has cooked through. Serve hot with ice cream on top.
Equipment needed - two 5-inch or one 10-inch oven-safe skillet such as cast iron or stainless steel. This recipe can also be baked in an 8x8-inch square baking pan if skillets are not readily available.


Tools I Used

(Links go to my Amazon affiliate store)

Back to Basics Apple Peeler
Ove’ Glove Hot Surface Handler
All-Clad Stainless 3-Quart Saute Pan
Lodge Mini Cast Iron Skillet

More Apple Recipes

Savory Simple – Spiced Acorn Squash Apple Muffins
Savory Simple – Apple, Sweet Potato and Bacon Turnovers
Savory Simple – Caramel Apple Poundcake
Diethood – Apple and Cheddar Soup
Roxana’s Home Baking – Apple Pie Cups
Tales of an Overtime Cook – Apple Crumb Kugel

Disclaimer: I was paid to develop a recipe for Clabber Girl. As always, all opinions are my own.

  • Anna@CrunchyCreamySweet

    Gorgeous! I love baking in my cast iron skillet! This cobbler sounds fabulous!

  • Caroline

    Oooooh, this looks like perfection! Heading over now for the recipe!

  • Mallory @ Because I Like Chocolate

    Might I add, you managed to top it with the most perfect looking scoop of icecream ever!

  • Ruthy @ Omeletta

    Love baking in cast iron skillets- it makes such a great crust! And I don’t blame you for retooling a recipe with Clabber Girl- they’re a great product and the only baking powder I use as well. Heading straight over to see the recipe!

  • Laura (Tutti Dolci)

    Gorgeous, I love that nice golden top!

  • Tieghan

    So gorgeous! I love your photos and really need to send you an email soon!

  • Roger Stowell

    Lovely surprise there! I’ve just printed out the recipe which I shall be making today..thanks. I have to say that “Clabber Girl” is amongst the weirdest brand names that I have ever heard:)

  • Dina

    it looks delish!

  • Valerie

    *Love* skillet desserts! This cobbler looks cosy-scrumptious. :D

  • Christina @ The Beautiful Balance

    Is it weird that I just noticed the name of it is Clabber Girl and I have it in my pantry??

  • stephan

    Must. Hide. This. Recipe. From. My. Children.

    Seriously, they will be all over this. And I’m pretty on board too.

  • Laura Dembowski

    I always used Clabber Girl baking powder! It’s the best. And this look so comforting and perfect for fall!

  • Alice // Hip Foodie Mom

    This apple cobbler looks fabulous. . and baking it in the skillet adds just the right texture and crust! yumm!!! love that you added what tools you used. . awesome! heading over to the recipe now!

  • Nicole

    I love baking in a cast iron skillet! I don’t know if it’s my imagination or not, but the flavor always seems to be intensified.

  • Sophia @ NY Foodgasm

    Absolutely gorgeous! I need an iron skillet! NOW!

  • Jenny @ BAKE

    this looks gorgeous! I would never have thought to make a cobbler in a skillet, I’m going to have to try that next time!

  • Gail

    Love cast iron

  • Jackie {The Beeroness}

    I’ve been working on a beerified skillet apple cobbler and have not been able to get it quite right. Yours looks awesome!

  • Alexandra @ Confessions of a Bright-Eyed Baker

    The cobbler looks gorgeous and lately I’ve been craving apple cobbler for some weird reason (I usually just crave chocolate!). So jealous of your cast iron skillets. ;)

  • Amy @ Elephant Eats

    I want that pan…it’s so CUTE!!! And this cobbler sounds awesome. Perfect way to end a cozy fall night :)

  • Sean C

    This looks quite delicious. I love baking in a cast iron skillet.

  • Leonora

    shut UP this looks AMAZING I can’t wait to use up my apples for this <3 <3 <3

  • Terry

    I pinned this cause it looks too good!!

  • Cecilia

    This looks beautiful and sounds delicious! Oh, and I really need to get some of those small skillets. I have a bigger one but it’s nice a to be able to serve individual portions :)

  • Jackie Blades

    A lovely, delicious ending to my fall apple soiree

  • Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes)

    That is seriously one gorgeous cobbler! I think I’m in love!

  • Coral Dickinson

    I wonder if a seasoned skillet would make it taste weird?

  • Nutmeg Nanny

    Oh my, this is gorgeous and I bet it tastes heavenly :) I’ll be snagging this recipe for sure!

  • Paige

    Oh yum! This looks so good.

  • Kayla

    Oh my goodness!! How delicious looking!

  • Gianna

    That looks so delicious!

  • susan

    I pretty much love anything cooked in a skillet. Lovely photos!

  • Gail

    I had to come see if there was cardamom in this recipe LOL Looks delicious! (and shouldn’t that be “I was happy to Clabber-ate”?)

  • Kristen

    This is just so pretty!

  • Nancy Duggan

    I just made this with the last of my maple sugar: delicious!

  • Carol

    Can you make this ahead and refrigerate or freeze.

    • Savory Simple

      I haven’t tried it personally but I think that should be ok. I would remove the cobbler from the cast iron pan before making any attempt to refrigerate or freeze. The moisture from thawing could create rust.

  • 12centuries

    Just made this, and it is awesome. My wife said that it was the best apple dessert she’s ever had. I used a gluten-free flour mix which made the dough quite dry and almost powdery. It was still delicious when mixed in with the apples, however. Next time I making this gluten-free, I will be adding more liquid to the dough.