Peach cobbler takes many forms. This particular one has been deemed by our testers as “The finest cobbler that I have ever, or will ever, eat.” The cobbler topping isn’t biscuity so much as it is cakey with a shatteringly crisp, crackly, sugary surface and sweet summer fruit beneath.

Others are saying, “EVERYONE who has tasted this has fallen COMPLETELY in love with it.”  For more of our testers waxing poetic about this peach cobbler, read their full comments, found just beneath the recipe.–David Leite

Peach Cobbler FAQs

Can I substitute another fruit for peaches in cobbler?

We absolutely love fresh, sweet summer peaches, and this cobbler is a lovely dessert that highlights their wondrousness – but yes, you can substitute other fruits, if you choose. You can use this cobbler topping over raspberries, blueberries, apples, pears, plums, nectarines, cherries, or heck – if you’re in a hurry, you can plop this cobbler batter over the top of canned pie filling, if your heart so desires. It’ll still be delicious.

What should I serve with old-fashioned peach cobbler?

Heavy cream to drizzle over warm cobbler, a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream, freshly whipped cream, whipped cream from a can – really anything creamy and sweet will make a beautiful dessert. If you’re a “cobbler for breakfast” kinda person like we are, a dollop of vanilla yogurt with chopped fresh peaches and a few strawberries is quite nice. You could also toss a scoop of your cobbler into a bowl of oatmeal.

A spoon resting in a dish of cornmeal drop-biscuit peach cobbler.

Old-Fashioned Peach Cobbler

4.80 / 29 votes
This old-fashioned peach cobbler is made with peaches, flour, milk, sugar, and a surprise trick to make the surface irresistibly crackly and crisp. It's the best cobbler we've ever tried.
David Leite
Servings8 servings
Calories503 kcal
Prep Time30 minutes
Cook Time1 hour 15 minutes
Total Time1 hour 45 minutes


  • 4 1/2 pounds (about 10 large) peaches, unpeeled, cut into 1-inch (25-mm) chunks or slices
  • Zest and juice of 1 lemon, preferably organic
  • 1 stick (4 oz) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 to 2 cups granulated sugar, depending how sweet your peaches are, divided
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 3/4 cup whole milk, (or substitute almond milk)
  • 1/2 cup hot water
  • Heavy cream, cold, for drizzling


  • Preheat the oven to 350°F (177°C). Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil, pressing it into the edges of the pan and allowing a little excess foil to hang over the edge of the sheet.
  • Place the peaches in a 9-by-13-inch baking pan and pat them in a roughly even layer. Using a zester or a Microplane, finely zest the lemon evenly over the peaches and then squeeze the lemon juice evenly over the peaches, too, catching any seeds before they plummet into the baking dish and get lost among the peaches.
  • In the work bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter and 1 1/2 cups sugar on medium speed until sandy, about 1 minute.
  • Add the flour, baking powder, and salt and beat again for another 30 seconds, until all the flour is incorporated and the mixture is evenly crumbly.
  • Reduce the speed to low and slowly add the milk. Increase the speed to medium and beat until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes more.
  • Plop the batter in 6 large blobs over the peaches. With an offset spatula or small knife, carefully spread the batter evenly over the fruit so it’s no more than about 1/2 inch thick in any place.
  • Sprinkle the remaining 1/2 cup sugar over the batter. Then drizzle the hot water evenly over the sugar to melt the sugar into the topping. (Yes, we know, it’s a strange method. But it works. Trust us.)
  • Place the baking dish on the foil-lined baking sheet and bake for 60 to 70 minutes, until the top is cracked and golden brown. (You’ll want to start checking it at 60 minutes. A toothpick inserted in the topping should come out dry—just be sure to check it in a few places.)
  • Let the cobbler sit in the baking dish on a wire rack for at least half an hour. (It's no fun to wait, we understand. But scalding hot stone fruits are no fun, either.) Scoop the warm peach cobbler into big bowls and dribble heavy cream on top.
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Serving: 1 portionCalories: 503 kcalCarbohydrates: 96 gProtein: 6 gFat: 13 gSaturated Fat: 8 gMonounsaturated Fat: 3 gTrans Fat: 0.5 gCholesterol: 33 mgSodium: 337 mgFiber: 5 gSugar: 73 g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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Recipe © 2014 Renee Erickson | Jess Thomson. Photo © 2014 Jim Henkens. All rights reserved.

Recipe Testers’ Reviews

This old-fashioned peach cobbler is a delicious, homey cobbler. Perfect for summer and very simple to make. I thought it might be a little too tart since there wasn’t any sugar on the peaches, but the cobbler topping seeps down into the peaches and makes a fantastic syrup, and then you have a layer of cakey topping, and finally the crunchy sugar on top.

My cobbler was brown and bubbly after 60 minutes. My peaches were small, so it took 15 to make 4 1/2 pounds.

Most of us, at one time or another, have probably fallen in love with peach cobbler. For me, it was in a big cast-iron Dutch oven over a campfire while camping with the Boy Scouts. We used Bisquick. As mediocre as Bisquick was, it still could not hide the fact that cobbler is a delightful concoction in any form.

In the 40 years since, I have tasted many cobblers, all basically the same and yet each one unique. There are always chunks of fresh peaches and always some sort of dough or another.

Sometimes, as in this old-fashioned peach cobbler recipe, the dough rests only on the top. Other times the dough surrounds the peaches like an overgrown peach pie. I have seen pie doughs, biscuit doughs, and doughs like scones. One last thing they all seem to have in common is the fact that warm peaches and dough of any kind are always delicious!

Having regaled you with my love of peach cobbler, I will say that this one is the finest that I have ever, or will ever, eat. This seems like a bold statement, and yes, I have, on occasion, been accused of exaggeration. But in this instance, I assure you, these are the facts.

We thought that leaving the skin on the peaches was odd and hoped that we wouldn’t be sorry later. I was also concerned that pouring hot water through the sugar and dough was questionable. After 70 minutes in the oven, the peach skins had magically disappeared and the crisp, crackled, candy-like crust that sits atop this masterpiece was a dessert unto itself!

I made the first cobbler as per the instructions in this recipe. I believe it would easily feed 10 to 12 people. We (against my better judgment) gave half to our neighbors.

Several days later, I couldn’t get this cobbler out of my mind, so I made a second, but I scaled down the recipe since there are only 2 of us. I used an 8-inch square baking dish and 6 small to medium peaches, which after chopping and removing the stones came to exactly 24 ounces.

I chose to NOT reduce the amount of batter to allow for a slightly thicker topping and, of course, to allow us to enjoy it from the paddle and mixing bowl since it was egg-free, hence worry-free! I also used a bit less sugar on the top but left the water about the same at just under 1/2 cup. Everyone who has tasted this has fallen completely in love with it.

This is a very special version of a humble-sounding, old-fashioned dessert. We were intrigued by the method of pouring the hot water over the sugar-coated batter. Indeed, the result is a deep brown, crackly, utterly delicious, buttery, sweet-salty crust.

All our tasters loved the bright and clean flavors of the peaches with lemon. One tester said this dessert rates an “11 out of 10.” We made this once for our household and once as a gift. (I felt exceptionally noble that the cobbler was gifted intact, nary a crumb was missing from that crust. Fortunately, the giftee was kind enough to share with us.)

That second cobbler we made in a kitchen without a stand mixer, so we beat the dough using a wooden spoon, and it baked up just fine. I believe that, in theory, this recipe could serve 8 civilized dessert eaters, but with my crowd, it served 4 generously.

Half my testers dribbled the cobbler with the heavy cream and considered it essential, and half my testers were completely satisfied with the cobbler as is. Another tester ended up loving the cobbler for breakfast the next morning, reporting that on its own, the cobbler is too sweet, but with a cappuccino it was excellent.

WOW! This old-fashioned peach cobbler was one amazing dessert.

I happened to have some gorgeous, juicy, white peaches. I also had about 1 cup fresh blueberries, so I added them to the cobbler. The result was a delicate crackly crust unrivaled in the world of cobblers.

I made the peach cobbler to serve to guests tomorrow night but managed to sneak a little in a manner that wouldn’t show when I serve it and had to force myself not to eat the entire cobbler. I think I could have sat down with a glass of cold milk (well, almond milk, since I’m lactose intolerant) and slowly but surely finished off the entire cobbler.

The only change I made was to substitute almond milk for the whole milk and not serve it with heavy cream, as I think it’s perfect as is.

The recipe is well-written and other than substituting almond milk for the whole milk as an option for lactose-intolerant folks, the only other change I would suggest is to possibly add about a teaspoon cornstarch mixed with a tablespoon cold water to the peaches if they’re very juicy. My peaches were extremely juicy, and the result was slightly runnier than I would have preferred, even after a half hour of sitting, but that’s not really a negative.

The addition of the blueberries was the icing on the cake. I think next time I may try making this with cherries and blueberries, but this recipe is definitely a keeper.

The flavors were good. The hot water really does work much in the same way as a pudding cake does. I always think this is a little magical. I also liked that the author specified that the peaches should be unpeeled.

This peach cobbler recipe was clear and easy to follow. Half an hour before the end of baking, I covered the top of the cobbler with aluminum foil to stop it from browning, as I found it had colored enough by this time, but it still hadn’t cooked through. I would suggest baking the cobbler at a lower temperature, perhaps 300°F to 325°F (150°C to 160°C ), as the top seems likely to burn easily.

I didn’t find the topping particularly crackly as stated in the recipe; instead, it was a bit chewy and like toffee in parts, which was also quite nice. Perhaps my topping didn’t get crackly because the foil kept the steam in and prevented the topping from hardening.

Within minutes of seeing this old-fashioned peach cobbler recipe posted on the LC site and reading the other tester comments, I knew I had to make this. The peaches from our tree were ripe and ready to harvest, I had all the other ingredients in my pantry, and it was perfect timing. It was destiny.

I’ve made cobbler many times over the years and this is the best version I have ever made or tasted by far. It’s really that good—so good, in fact, that I shared the post with several family members and friends who love to cook. This recipe is a keeper, I only wish I had found it sooner!

The light and somewhat airy topping is perfection in itself. It has almost a caramel, butter, brown sugar, cake-like taste, and it’s surprising how the peaches were perfectly sweet. Assembly the cobbler was a breeze. I love that the peaches don’t need any peeling, and it’s amazing that the skins do just melt away and become virtually undetectable.

About David Leite

I count myself lucky to have received three James Beard Awards for my writing as well as for Leite’s Culinaria. My work has also appeared in The New York Times, Martha Stewart Living, Saveur, Bon Appétit, Gourmet, Food & Wine, Yankee, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, The Washington Post, and more.

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  1. 5 stars
    Since it isn’t quite peach season yet, blueberries are perfect for this cobbler. I personally like lots of the crust, so it is a bit thicker as it was made in a 3 qt. cocotte. Also, added 1/2 teaspoon of lemon zest to carry the lemon flavor throughout the cobbler. I agree with the previous comments that is the only cobbler recipe needed. Looking forward to summer peaches to make another cobbler.

    The vanilla ice cream recipe is also from this site ~ perfect with the cobbler. Everyone loved this dessert!

    1. That looks like the perfect way to enjoy blueberry season, Lily. Great choice to add in that extra lemon zest as it would pair beautifully with the blueberries.

  2. 5 stars
    This is my favorite peach cobbler recipe – SO easy & delicious. I made 1/2 recipe in 7″ pan, adding 1/2 tsp cinnamon to cobbler ingredients. I wish the ingredients list said “divided” after the sugar – it’s so easy to dump the whole amount in without seeing that some needs to be saved for the topping. Instead of regular sugar for the topping I used demerara sugar for extra crunch. It baked at 350 degrees in my air fryer for 30 minutes (no need to heat up the kitchen with the oven). Topped with vanilla bean ice cream – perfection!

    1. That looks perfect, Martha! I’m delighted that you love it so much. There’s nothing quite like a peach cobbler made with peak season peaches. I’ve also updated the recipe to reflect that the sugar does get divided. Thanks so much for catching that.