Apple Butter Cobbler with Drop Biscuits

A drop biscuit cobbler is a no-fuss way to enjoy apples this fall. For the most apple-iscious flavor, we suggest using a mixture of both tart and sweet apples.

Active Time:
25 mins
Bake Time:
35 mins
Stand Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 20 mins

Cobbler is one of our favorite ways to showcase fresh, seasonal fruit. Not as fussy as a pie, a fruit-filled cobbler can be topped with a beautiful lattice crust, a streusel topping, or even canned biscuits. For this recipe, we make easy homemade drop biscuits to top this seasonal apple cobbler. For the most apple-iscious flavor, we suggest using a mixture of both tart and sweet apples, which is also used in the Slow-Cooker Apple Butter. Traditionally cooked for hours over the stovetop, let your slow cooker do the work and turn out a deep, golden batch of homemade apple butter. An important element in this apple cobbler, apple butter is also delicious smeared over a hot buttermilk biscuit or spooned over a stack of fluffy pancakes. It's tempting to use all your apples in pies and cakes but making apple butter is a creative way to make use of fall's harvest. Make an extra batch and keep in the refrigerator or give as a food gift.

Apple Butter Cobbler with Drop Biscuits
Antonis Achilleos; Prop Styling: Mary Clayton Carl Jones; Food Styling: Emily Nabors Hall


Cobbler Filling

  • 2 pounds Granny Smith apples (about 4 medium apples), peeled and cut into ½-inch wedges

  • 2 pounds Honeycrisp or Gala apples (about 4 medium apples), peeled and cut into ½-inch wedges

  • 1 ¼ cups packed light brown sugar

  • 5 tablespoons all-purpose flour

  • 4 tablespoons butter

  • 1 cup Slow-Cooker Apple Butter

  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest plus 2 Tbsp. fresh juice (from 1 large lemon)

  • ½ teaspoon salt

Drop Biscuits

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour

  • 1 tablespoon baking powder

  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt

  • ¼ cup granulated sugar, divided

  • 10 tablespoons cold butter, cut into small cubes

  • 1 cup whole milk

  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted


  1. Prepare the Cobbler Filling: Preheat oven to 425°F. Toss together apples, brown sugar, and flour in a large bowl. Melt butter in a 12-inch cast-iron skillet over medium-high. Add apple mixture (skillet will be very full), and cook, stirring often, until apples are almost tender and syrup thickens, about 10 minutes.

  2. Remove apple mixture from heat; stir in Slow-Cooker Apple Butter, lemon zest, lemon juice, and salt. Bake in preheated oven 15 minutes, placing a baking sheet on oven rack directly below skillet to catch any drips.

  3. Prepare the Drop Biscuits: While the Cobbler Filling bakes, whisk together flour, baking powder, salt, and 3 tablespoons of the sugar in a large bowl. Using a pastry blender or fork, cut butter into flour mixture until texture resembles coarse meal with some pea-size pieces.

  4. Stir in milk with a fork just until mixture is evenly moistened. Remove Cobbler Filling from oven, and scoop dough into 8 (about ⅓ cup) mounds on top, spacing about 2 inches apart. Brush dough mounds with melted butter; sprinkle with remaining 1 tablespoon sugar. Return to oven; bake at 425°F until biscuits are golden brown and cobbler is bubbly, 18 to 20 minutes. Remove to a wire rack, and let stand 20 minutes. Serve warm.

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