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Easy Southern Peach Cobbler

Southern peach cobbler is a traditional recipe that is filled with flavor and the comforts of home.

The dessert is made with fresh peaches, delicious seasonings, and plenty of love.

The recipe might just become your favorite dessert.

One Of The Best Southern Desserts

peach cobbler on a plate with ice cream.

My husband absolutely loved this recipe and is already asking for more and I am telling ya, it’s the best peach cobbler recipe out there.

The fresh sweet peach dessert is perfect for those summertime barbecues and after church parties. Plus, the ingredients bring back all the comforts of home.

Peach cobbler with ice cream on a plate.

What Is Southern Peach Cobbler?

Southern peach cobbler is a traditional dish that has been around for generations.

The recipe is is usually made with fresh peaches, cinnamon sugar, and dough. Some people like to make their recipe in a cast iron skillet to bake, or add to a pie crust with a lattice top.

The great thing about fresh peach cobbler is that is can be made in a variety of ways.

What Ingredients Do I Need For Southern Peach Cobbler?

  • Sliced ripe peaches
  • White sugar
  • Brown sugar
  • Ground cinnamon
  • Ground nutmeg
  • Lemon juice
  • Cornstarch
  • All-purpose flour
  • Baking powder
  • Salt
  • Butter
  • Boiling water

Full printable recipe with measurements and instructions listed at the bottom of the post in the recipe card.

How Do I Make Homemade Peach Cobbler?

  1. Peel and slice the peaches.
  2. In a large bowl, add the peaches, sugar, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, lemon juice, and cornstarch and toss until the peaches are covered.
  3. Add to a greased baking dish.
  4. In another bowl, add the flour, sugar, brown sugar, baking powder, and salt. Mix well.
  5. Next, add the cubes of butter and mix until it reaches the look of coarse sand.
  6. Finally, add the boiling water and mix well.
  7. Spoon bits of dough over the peaches.
  8. Lastly, mix the cinnamon and sugar and sprinkle over the cobbler.
  9. Bake for 30 minutes, or until the homemade peach cobbler is golden brown.

Peeling Peaches

I found the easiest way to peel peaches is to drop them in boiling water for about 30 seconds and then drop them into an ice bath for another 30 seconds.

Peeling a peach.

Once you go through that process, the skin will just slide right off and it should be easy to peel, pit, and slice them. Although, they are slippery little things.

Sliced peaches on a cutting board.

Slice the peaches and place them into a large bowl. They smell so fresh.

Step-By-Step Instructions On How To Make Peach Cobbler

Sliced peaches in a bowl.

Add the sliced peaches to a large mixing bowl.

Peaches in a bowl topped with sugar.

Next, sprinkle the sugar over the top.

Sliced peaches with white and brown sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg.

Followed by the brown sugar, 1/2 teaspoon of ground cinnamon, 1/8 teaspoon of ground nutmeg, lemon juice, and cornstarch.

Mix the ingredients until the peaches are completely covered.

Peaches in a baking dish.

Pour the peaches into the greased baking dish and set it aside until you get the topping ready.

Peach Cobbler Topping

Flour in a glass bowl.

Grab a medium-sized bowl for the topping and start by adding the all-purpose flour.

Sugar, brown sugar, and flour in a glass bowl.

Next, add the white and brown sugars, as well as the baking powder and salt.

Cubes of butter in a glass bowl with sugar and flour.

Now, add the cubed butter and mix until it looks like coarse sand.

It’s better to use cold butter for this recipe because it will help achieve the coarse sand texture.

I used a hand mixer when I made this, but you can also use a dough cutter (aka pastry blender) to mix the ingredients.

If you end up with some larger chunks of butter, that’s ok. I had some larger chunks and it turned out fine.

Pouring boiling water over a topping.

Finally, pour the boiling water over the mixture and mix well.

Dough on top of sliced peaches.

Place spoonfuls of dough over the peaches.

Cinnamon and sugar in a small bowl.

Take three tablespoons of sugar and one teaspoon of ground cinnamon and mix the two ingredients together.

Cinnamon sugar on top of peach cobbler in a baking dish.

Sprinkle the sugar and cinnamon mixture over the top of the cobbler.

Baked peach cobbler

Bake the peach cobbler for 30 minutes or until the top is golden brown.

It can be a little hard to tell when it’s done because of the cinnamon and sugar mixture, but you can also use a cake tester to see if it’s done baking.

Mine turned out a tiny bit doughy underneath and my husband loved that. If you don’t like the doughy texture as much, cook it a little bit longer.

Peach cobbler on a plate topped with vanilla ice cream.

Eat the peach cobbler by itself (which is amazing), or add a scoop of vanilla ice cream right on top.

The only thing you need now is a spoon.

Peach cobbler on a plate with ice cream on top.

Homemade southern peach cobbler is such a wonderful treat, especially in the summertime.

When you combine peaches, sweet dough, and cinnamon sugar, you’ve got one great dessert that will become a family favorite.

Peach cobbler on a round plate with ice cream on top.

Can I Use Frozen Peaches?

You can use frozen peaches, just make sure to thaw them out and drain the juice before adding them to the recipe.

Can I Use Canned Peaches?

You can use canned peaches, but again, make sure you drain the juice before adding them to the recipe.

What Can You Do With Peaches That Have Become Squishy?

Peaches can be a tiny bit squishy and still be fine to eat. If they have a bruise or a bad spot and the rest of the peach is ok, just slice that part off and discard it.

You can use them in the cobbler, make a smoothie, or put them on top of some ice cream.

How Can You Tell If A Peach Has Gone Bad?

They will begin to turn brown, ooze goo, and smell rotten. Peaches will also get very soft when they have gone bad. Be sure to throw any bad peaches away.

Easy Southern Peach Cobbler Recipe

Check out the southern peach cobbler recipe below, grab those ingredients, and start baking! This is one of our favorite things around here.

Then, share your comments below and share a picture of your cobbler on the Pinterest Pin!  If you made any changes or added something different, be sure to share it with us so we can try it, too!

Peach cobbler on a round plate with ice cream on top.

Southern Peach Cobbler

Yield: 8 servings
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour

Southern peach cobbler is a flavorful and rich dessert to make. The best part of this sweet treat is how easy it is to make with fresh juicy peaches, a few household ingredients, and lots of love. It's the perfect cobbler.



  • 8 peaches, peeled, pitted, and sliced
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 6 Tablespoons butter, cut into small cubes
  • 1/4 cup boiling water

Sugar topping

  • 3 Tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon


  1. Preheat oven to 425-degrees and grease a baking dish. (I used a 10" x 8" dish).


  1. Peel the peaches and slice them into small pieces.
  2. Add the peaches to a large bowl.
  3. Next, add the sugar, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, lemon juice, and cornstarch and toss until all of the peaches are covered.
  4. Pour the peaches into the greased baking dish and set aside.


  1. Combine flour, sugar, brown sugar, baking powder, and salt to a large bowl and mix well.
  2. Next, add the cubes of butter and mix until the mixture is like coarse crumbs.
  3. Pour the boiling water into the bowl and mix until everything is well blended, creating the dough.
  4. Place spoonfuls of dough over the cobbler.

Sugar Topping

  1. Mix the three tablespoons of sugar with one teaspoon of cinnamon and sprinkle over the peach cobbler.
  2. Bake for approximately 30 minutes or until the top is golden brown.
  3. Serve and enjoy!

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 316Total Fat: 9gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 23mgSodium: 279mgCarbohydrates: 58gFiber: 3gSugar: 43gProtein: 3g

Nutrition is approximate.

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Thursday 7th of July 2022

Hi Julie! I came here from your Pinterest post on this recipe. A lot of comments on that post, people are having a hard time getting to the recipe. I copied the “list” and went to safari and “paste and go” - it’s picking up the word blog above the link instead of grabbing the link to get here and it’s not working properly. Might try eliminating the https://www. at the front of your link as we don’t need to type that part anymore to get here - maybe then the “paste and go” will work for people that know how to do that. Just trying to help 😊 Thank you! 👍

Julie Pollitt

Thursday 7th of July 2022

Hi Celeste! Thank you so much for pointing that out to me. I tried to fix it and Pinterest won't let me edit it. 😩 I will add another peach cobbler story pin so people will have an easier time finding it. Thanks again!


Thursday 2nd of June 2022

Just made it and it is absolutely delicious!! I didn’t need to alter anything. Thank you!

Julie Pollitt

Sunday 5th of June 2022

Great to hear!!

Lisa Barger

Thursday 2nd of September 2021

How do I subscribe to your blog? I love it! Thank you!

Julie Pollitt

Friday 3rd of September 2021

Hi Lisa,

When you get on the site, there's a little widget thing next to a heart, that pops up. Click on that and then you can sign up. Thanks!

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