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My Grandmother’s Blackberry Cobbler Recipe

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This easy blackberry cobbler recipe is an old fashioned favorite from my grandmother

Once upon a time, they made this Blackberry Cobbler recipe. And they lived happily ever after.

OK. So life isn’t that simple—but eating my Mim’s easy Blackberry Cobbler could almost obliterate a few daily drama-trauma memories. You should try it.

This recipe has that delicious southern, old-fashioned cobbler flavor but what makes it easy is it’s a blackberry cobbler with cake mix. (Try the blueberry cobbler version of this recipe here.)

Kids Eating Blackberry Cobbler

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I like it best with fresh blackberries. I suppose that’s because the first time I tasted cobbler was after my cousins and I went wild blackberry picking.

We burst into grandma’s kitchen with lots of giggles, purple mouths, purple fingers, and buckets of berries.

Mim pulled out her casserole dishes and added just a bit of sugar, a stick of butter, yellow cake mix, and created a lifetime favorite for all of us: Blackberry Cobbler.

Looking for blackberries for cobbler

And now eating cobbler always reminds me of happy summer rituals when life was filled with carefree days and all was right with the world.

Today, I don’t always have the luxury of fresh blackberries in my refrigerator (or totally carefree days!), but canned blackberries from the pantry make a fine substitution.

And there’s nothing like a bite of warm Blackberry Cobbler, fresh from the oven, to right the wrongs of the world. Mom proved that to my boys on her recent visit.

She took my boys for an outdoor explore, giving this grateful mama a few minutes of quiet.

I heard all about their adventure when they came home, after the tears dried.

Although their walk was through a nearby manicured garden, the tale she made up had them getting tangled in jungle vines next to a crocodile-infested river.

It was scary! It was exciting! It was a true adventure!

My boys loved it.

But, my oldest somehow got “attacked” by a wild plant while pushing his way through the brush. Nothing too dreadful, thankfully, but he thought so.

What worked wonders were the kisses from Grandma…and promises of a sweet reward when they got back home…and bandages.

Because bandages always make kids feel better.

I like CURAD® products. Even if a wound isn’t major, I want to give my family the best care possible. The CURAD® brand is Hospital Approved and Life Tested – and that gives me a lot of confidence.

Although I hate it when my boys have any kind of injury, just as my sister, cousins, and I lived through blackberry thorns and fish hooks, my guys will have their own battle scars and fun memories.

And I’m certain at least some of their happy remembrances will include adventure stories with Grandma and yummy treats, like my Mim’s blackberry cobbler recipe.

So back to the sweet reward.

How to make blackberry crumble

Ingredients for Blackberry Cobbler

  • 1 box yellow cake mix
  • 6 cups blackberries (4-5 cups if they are large berries)
  • 1-2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 stick of butter
  • 1 cup of water

How to Make Blackberry Cobbler

To make Mim’s Blackberry Cobbler, pull out a 9 x 13-inch baking dish and pour in a full box of a yellow cake mix. Don’t add water or eggs. Just the dry cake mix.

Spread blackberries evenly over the cake mix.

For sure you’ve tasted a berry or two by now. Depending on how sweet they are, sprinkle one or two tablespoons of sugar over the berries.

Evenly pour one cup of water over everything. Jiggle the baking dish a little so the water kind of soaks in and settles to the bottom of the dish.

If the berries aren’t very juicy, you’ll want to add a little more water.

And if you’re using canned berries, reserve the water they’re packed in and use a cup of it instead of the plain water. Unless you don’t want the crust to be purple.

Dot the top of the cobbler with a stick of butter cut into eight pieces.

Slide it into a 350-degree oven for 35-40 minutes and get ready for a taste of joyful summer afternoons.

A scoop of ice cream on top is optional, but hey—we’re making memories here!

How do you make cobbler crust?

The crust for this recipe is so simple! Just pour the box of yellow cake mix into the casserole dish and it becomes the crust.

You can use regular pie crust strips if you don’t have a yellow cake mix. It does change the taste and texture, but it is still delicious.

Blackberry Cobbler

How do you clean fresh blackberries?

Cleaning fresh blackberries is easy. Much easier than cleaning some other fresh fruits. Strawberries, I’m thinking of you.

Pour the berries into a colander. Discard any errant leaves or stems.

Set the colander in the sink and run water over the berries. Leave it there to drain while you begin the recipe.
Blackberry Cobbler Crumble Recipe

Blackberry cobbler is guaranteed to make little guys forget about their injuries.

It will also make you remember carefree summer days when finding juicy berries felt like discovering buried treasure.

Blackberry Cobbler

Blackberry Cobbler Recipe

This simple blackberry cobbler recipe came from my grandmother -- and it's oh-so-good!
5 from 3 votes
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: blackberry cobbler
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 10
Calories: 242kcal


  • 1 box yellow cake mix
  • 6 cups blackberries 4-5 cups if they are large berries
  • 1-2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 stick of butter
  • 1 cup of water


  • In the bottom of a 9×13 baking dish, pour one box of yellow cake mix.
  • Spread blackberries over the top of the cake mix.
  • Sprinkle on 1-2 tablespoons of sugar (depending upon how sweet they are).
  • Pour 1 cup of water over top of the berries and cake mix; shake pan so water settles into the bottom. If berries aren’t very juicy, add a little more water. If they are plump, a little less.
  • Cut a stick of butter into 8 pieces and spread out over the top.
  • Bake at 350 for 35-40 minutes.



Note: The amount of sugar and water needed in this recipe can vary, depending on the berries. Before you start, taste the berries for juicy sweetness. Adjust sugar and water accordingly. Also, it is important to pour the water over the top and shake the pan. You want the berries and water to really settle into the pan!


Calories: 242kcal
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Melodee Fiske

Melodee is a mom of two energetic and independent boys who fuel her need for coffee. She is a foodie who loves creating and photography so has combined her passions to share with the world. When she’s not behind the camera, she’s giving piggy back rides, building car tracks or running to Target…again.


    1. Hannah Griffin

      May 15, 2018 at 12:38 pm

      This blackberry cobbler is a dessert that I am going to make time and time again. I pretty much wanted to eat the whole thing by myself!

    2. Tin Lopez

      May 21, 2018 at 2:12 am

      This dessert is definitely AMAZING!

    3. Julene

      May 24, 2018 at 3:06 am

      Hi. Can you tell me how many grams are in a ‘stick’ of butter, please? I’m in Australia and we use grams here. Thanks.

      • Layne Henderson

        Layne Henderson

        May 26, 2018 at 9:47 am

        Hi, Julene – thanks for stopping by. This is what Google is telling me 🙂 One tablespoon of butter converted to gram equals to 14.18 g. How many grams of butter are in 1 tablespoon? The answer is: The change of 1 tbsp ( tablespoon ) unit in a butter measure equals = into 14.18 g ( gram ) as per the equivalent measure and for the same butter type. I hope that helps… enjoy!

      • Layne Henderson

        Layne Henderson

        May 26, 2018 at 9:50 am

        Sorry – one more thing… a stick of butter is 8 tablespoons! So a total stick of butter in grams would be 113.44 in grams it looks like.

    4. Tina Strickland

      June 10, 2018 at 10:03 pm

      I have made a recipe very similar to this but used a large can or 2 regular sized cans of peaches instead of the blackberries but everything else in the recipe stays the same as with the blackberry cobbler.

    5. Nancy Harper

      August 16, 2018 at 12:24 pm

      You mentioned we could use pie crust strips.How would you use the pie crust strips if you did not have the cake mix. On the bottom or the top.

      • Layne Henderson

        Layne Henderson

        August 16, 2018 at 1:00 pm

        You could make a separate pie crust and cut strips to top the cobbler if you wanted.

    6. Tammy

      August 17, 2018 at 2:07 pm

      How come my cake mix didn’t cook all the way. It remained dry and uncooked at the bottom. The liquid never reached the cake mix???

      • Layne Henderson

        Layne Henderson

        August 17, 2018 at 3:48 pm

        When you’re making it, you need to swish the water around and make sure it gets to the bottom of the baking dish or part of the mix won’t bake. I hope it turns out better for you next time! 🙂

    7. treena

      February 1, 2019 at 8:26 pm

      I wanna have a slice of this with my coffee in the morning1 Yummy

    8. Susie

      February 15, 2019 at 9:25 pm

      I shook the water around but it didn’t sink into the cake. I baked it but the cake was still powdery. Can you stir the water into the cake mix?

      • Layne Henderson

        Layne Henderson

        February 16, 2019 at 6:47 am

        No, you don’t stir it. You’d want to continue to shake until the water did go into the bottom and was more soaked up or it will turn out dry. Good luck!

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