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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 easy peach cobbler 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 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 it 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 peach mixture.

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.

More Delicious Dessert Recipes

Find great recipes here on the site for every occasion. You can make the perfect dessert for the holidays or any day in between.

  • Blueberry dump cake is a favorite recipe around here. It’s such a delicious recipe, and it’s super easy to make.
  • Apple dump cake – if you love fruit cobblers, you will love this dump cake. You can make it with different types of fruit, and it is a delicious dessert every time.
  • No-bake cherry cheesecake – this is a great recipe with a buttery crust (melted butter and graham crackers) and a creamy cheesecake on top. And if it’s peach season, you can switch out the cherries for sweet peaches right on top. And there’s no bake time!
  • Pecan pie cobbler – this has been a huge hit on the blog. The pecan pie cobbler filling is out-of-this-world delicious. It is the first thing we crave around here for Thanksgiving and Christmas dessert, along with the best southern peach cobbler recipe.
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.

Is It Better To Use Canned Or Frozen Peaches For Peach Cobbler?

Fresh is always better. They will taste better in cobbler. Frozen will still taste great, but fresh is always going to be better.

Is Peach Cobbler A Southern Thing?

Peach cobbler is a dessert that is loved by people in the south and all over the country. It’s an easy dessert to make and is perfect for those summer barbecues.

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.

What Happens If You Don’t Peel Peaches For Cobbler?

I’ve never tried it that way, but I think you would be fine. The peel would most likely dissolve some and become soft as it cooks.

Tips for Choosing the Best Peaches for Delicious Peach Cobbler

When it comes to making the perfect Southern peach cobbler, choosing the right peaches is important.

Flavor and texture make a significant difference in the final result. Here are some tips to help you select the best peaches for your cobbler:

  1. Look for ripe and fragrant peaches. Make sure the peaches have a sweet scent and are a little bit soft.
  2. Check for firmness. I know I said look for a soft peach, but they also need to have some firmness to them. Make sure they aren’t too soft and mushy or solid rock.
  3. Try to find peaches that are a variety of either Elberta, Red Globe or Redhaven.

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, and it might become your favorite dessert, too.

Then, share your comments below and share a picture of your old-fashioned peach cobbler recipe 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.

Ingredients

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

Topping

  • 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

Instructions

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

Cobbler

  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.

Topping

  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!

Notes

Store any leftover cobbler in an airtight container or cover with plastic wrap and keep it refrigerated.

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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Laura Williams

Tuesday 4th of July 2023

I love this recipe! I was wondering, though, can you give an idea of about how many cups of peaches to use? The size of the 8 peaches from the first time I made it was greatly different from the second, which I'm attempting, now. I know I can eyeball it, but I'd like to know your ratio for the recipe. Thanks!

Laura Williams

Wednesday 19th of July 2023

@Julie Pollitt, thanks so much! I'm making it for the third time in about as many weeks.

Julie Pollitt

Tuesday 4th of July 2023

Hi Laura, I think that would be about 4-6 cups of peaches. So glad you love it!

Mich

Saturday 1st of April 2023

Hi! I need to tell you this, Julie: I. LOVE. YOUR. RECIPES. and. BLOG. I love ALL of your creations and how you explain the process, including prep step photos. This is one of my top 3 favorite blogs. Being in R.I., I'd never had peach cobbler; just never got around to it. We love our weenies and coffee milk. When we turned 40, my best friend and I went to Dalton, GA for her flooring inspector training. Suffice it to say, we ate a LOT. We found the RYAN'S and I was forever after addicted to peach cobbler. I recreated it about 8 times over the years when home, and had bowls of it the 3-4 we returned to GA and Ryan's. I use the Whole Foods 365 brand frozen peaches and their store-bought crust (both on the bottom AND on top - because I'm a piglet!), but CAN'T WAIT to try your recipe - it looks AMAZING and took me right back to memories of those trips. When I make it this summer, I'll return and comment again. Keep up the great website and THANK YOU!

Julie Pollitt

Sunday 2nd of April 2023

Hi Mich,

Thank you so much, you made my week! I am so glad that you love the blog and the step-by-step process! I hope you love the peach cobbler!

Jeanie Manser

Tuesday 14th of March 2023

I am so excited to try this out!! We were preparing our kitchen to get our cabinets painted a few days ago and my son accidentally knocked over a glass of peaches onto the floor. The whole room smelled like them, which I have loved, and I've been craving peaches ever since, but I'd much rather that smell come from baking a peach cobbler like this! Lol thanks for sharing!

Julie Pollitt

Thursday 16th of March 2023

Hope you love it!

Celeste

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!

Goldie

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!!

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