Lemon Berry Cobbler

$4.78 recipe / $1.20 serving
by Beth - Budget Bytes
4.86 from 21 votes
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Forget pies, y’all. Cobblers are where it’s at. This Lemon Berry Cobbler is probably one of the easiest, most satisfying desserts you can make. The bottom fruit layer only takes about a minute to mix together (thanks to frozen berries) and the top layer, which is like a sweet biscuit, takes just a few minutes more. The combination of sweet and tart flavors in this super fast and easy Lemon Berry Cobbler is the perfect end to any meal. (Or a wonderfully sinful breakfast, but I didn’t say that.)

Overhead view of a Lemon Berry Cobbler next to a bowl that has been served and topped with ice cream

What is a Cobbler?

Cobbler is often confused with crumbles or crisps, which are similar desserts with different toppings. Cobblers are a saucy fruit filling poured into a casserole dish and topped with a biscuit-like topping. For this particular cobbler, I used frozen berries and a lemon infused sweet biscuit topping. Absolutely delicious!

How to Serve Cobblers

Cobblers are best served warm, with a scoop of cold ice cream on top for a delicious contrast between tart and creamy flavors, and cold and hot temperatures. 

How to Store Leftover Lemon Berry Cobbler

If you can’t finish the entire cobbler in one setting (that isn’t meant as a challenge 😅), let the cobbler cool to room temperature to avoid condensation, then cover and refrigerate for later. 

Side view of a bowl full of lemon berry cobbler with the casserole in the back
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Lemon Berry Cobbler

4.86 from 21 votes
With the perfect mix of sweet and tart, this Lemon Berry Cobbler is the fastest and easiest way to sweet dessert satisfaction. 
Servings 4
Prep 15 minutes
Cook 25 minutes
Total 40 minutes

Ingredients

BERRY LAYER

  • 12 oz. frozen mixed berries, thawed ($3.27)
  • 1/4 cup sugar ($0.03)
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp cornstarch ($0.06)
  • 1 fresh lemon ($0.69)

BISCUIT TOPPING

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour ($0.14)
  • 1 tsp baking powder ($0.08)
  • 1/4 cup sugar ($0.03)
  • 1/8 tsp salt ($0.01)
  • 4 Tbsp cold butter ($0.36)
  • 5 Tbsp milk* ($0.11)

Instructions 

  • Preheat the oven to 425ºF. Use a zester, microplane, or small-holed cheese grater to remove the zest from the lemon.
  • Place the thawed berries in a bowl and add the sugar, cornstarch, about 1/2 tsp of the zest, and 1 Tbsp of the lemon juice. Stir to combine. Pour the prepared berries and all the juices into a small casserole dish (4 cup capacity).
  • In a medium bowl, stir together the flour, baking powder, sugar, salt, and another 1/2 tsp of the lemon zest. Cut the butter into small pieces, then add it to the flour mixture. Use your hands to work the butter into the flour until the butter is in very small pieces and the mixture resembles damp sand. Add the milk and stir until a slightly sticky dough forms.
  • Drop the biscuit dough onto the berries in small pieces. It’s okay if the dough does not completely cover the berries.
  • Bake the cobbler in the preheated oven for 20-25 minutes, or until the top is golden brown and the berries are bubbling up around the edges. To prevent messes from the berry juices bubbling over, place the casserole dish on a baking sheet covered with parchment to catch any spills.
  • Serve warm topped with ice cream or whipped cream, if desired. Garnish with any remaining lemon zest.

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Notes

*Non-dairy substitutes, like almond or soy milk will work fine in this recipe.

Nutrition

Serving: 1ServingCalories: 378.45kcalCarbohydrates: 63.33gProtein: 4.53gFat: 13.1gSodium: 358.18mgFiber: 3.78g
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Overhead view of a bowl of Lemon Berry Cobbler topped with vanilla ice cream

How to Make Lemon Berry Cobbler – Step by Step Photos

Lemon being zested into a small bowl

Begin by preheating the oven to 425ºF. Then use a microplane, zester, or small-holed cheese grater to remove the zest from the lemon (the thin yellow part of the peel — try to avoid getting the bitter white part).

Thawed frozen mixed berries in a bowl with sugar, cornstarch, and lemon zest

Add 12oz. frozen mixed berries, 1/4 cup sugar, 1.5 Tbsp cornstarch, about 1/2 tsp of the lemon zest, plus 1 Tbsp of the lemon juice to a medium bowl. Stir everything together until well mixed. Let the berries thaw (if not already). You can let the berries thaw before or after adding these ingredients, but either way, you want to keep all the juices that seep out of the fruit.

Thawed Berries mixed with cornstarch and sugar, in a casserole dish

Pour the berry mixture and all the juices into a small casserole dish. This dish holds about 4 cups and the berries filled it about half way.

Sweet Biscuit Topping dry Ingredients in a bowl

Now move on to the sweet biscuit topping. In a separate bowl, stir together 1 cup all-purpose flour, 1 tsp baking powder, 1/4 cup sugar, 1/8 tsp salt, and another 1/2 tsp of the lemon zest.

Butter worked into the biscuit dry ingredients

Cut 4 Tbsp of cold butter into small pieces and add them to the flour mixture. Use your hands to work the butter into the flour until it’s in super small pieces and the mixture looks a little like damp sand (just like in this photo).

Sweet Biscuit Topping Batter

Finally, stir in 5 Tbsp milk (that’s 1/4 cup + 1 Tbsp) until a slightly sticky dough forms. You can use non-dairy milk here.

Sweet Biscuit Topping on Berries in the casserole dish

Drop the biscuit topping onto the berries in small pieces. It’s okay if the topping doesn’t fully cover the berries. To prevent a mess in your oven from the berries boiling over, place the casserole dish on a baking sheet lined with parchment to catch any spills.

Side view of the baked Lemon Berry Cobbler with a bright berry juice drip down the side of the casserole dish

Bake the cobbler for 20-25 minutes, or until the biscuit topping is golden brown and the berries are bubbling up around it. NOM.

Lemon Berry Cobbler in a bowl with ice cream being eaten with a spoon

While this Lemon Berry Cobbler is a show stealer on its own, a scoop of ice cream or whipped cream takes it over the top.

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  1. Hi. I’ve made this a couple times before and we love it!! Wondering if this would work with a strawberry banana frozen mix?

  2. I’ve made this dish so many times over the years for parties, and it’s always a hit! Thank you so much for sharing! Do you know what, if any, adjustments would have to be made if I wanted to bake this in a cast iron skillet? Thank you!

    1. I’m not sure, I’d probably have to test it to see how it turns out using cast iron.

  3. I was elated when I saw that I had everything to make this yummy recipe (except a lemon, so I used an orange instead). Came out perfect. Will make this again and again! Can’t wait to eat leftovers tomorrow! 

  4. Hi! I am hoping to make this on Christmas day. Would it be possible to prepare ahead of time and pull together after dinner? thanks!

    1. You can prepare the berry part ahead of time, but I would wait until just before baking to do the topping. The baking powder will start reacting, although slowly, as soon as it’s moistened, so you don’t want the gassed to have time to escape before it’s baked.

  5. Brought this to a colleague who was in a car accident and stuck at home recovering. (Berries have healing properties, after all. 😉) We each had a piece, and I left the rest at his place. But then—literally on the way home—I HAD to stop for more ingredients so that I could immediately make another one all for myself! Most delicious thing I’ve eaten since…well, since the last time I made this cobbler! He’s still enjoying it, so your recipe is serving a good cause. :)

  6. Hi Beth, I’m a long-time Budget Bytes fan and I’ve had a ton of success with your recipes. I’ve also gained a lot of insight from the comments so I’ve decided to start leaving some as well! I’m not a fan of desserts so I rarely bake, but I do have sweet-lovers in my family so I decided to surprise everyone with this cobbler recently. It was a big hit and was really not stressful to make for a non-baker.

    I made the dough a couple of hours in advance and kept it cool until the main course was drawing to a close. Then it was a breeze to drop it on top of the berries and pop in the oven. Great dessert if you want to serve something impressive and warm but don’t want much hassle.

    1. Thanks for sharing, Kiki! You’re right, comments can be very helpful for other readers as well, so I’m glad you’ve shared. :)

  7. Oh. My. Goodness. The Lemon Berry Cobbler is absolutely DELICIOUS!!! Unfortunately, I was unable to find a 12 ounce bag of frozen mixed berries but used a 16 ounce bag instead. I served the cobbler with some vanilla ice cream, and a tall glass of milk. I’m definitely going to make this recipe again. Thank you, Beth!!! :-)

  8. I made this the other day for my dinner party and the flavors were out of this world! The only problem I had was – the dough didn’t cook all the way through, even though I followed the recipe exactly. I definitely want to make this again. What should I do differently next time? Oh, and my oven temps are pretty accurate. Thanks, Beth! :)

    1. Hmm, well it will likely stay a bit wet on bottom because of the berries, but maybe try lowering the heat to 400 and baking slightly longer. Hopefully that works! :)

  9. I love your website and the slow cooker chicken taco bowls recipe has changed my life! :) Berries (and lemon) are my favorite, and I just bought a bunch at our farmer’s market. How disastrous do you think would it be to use some Whole Foods pancake/biscuit mix with a bit of extra sugar? I’ve got a bag I can’t seem to use up.

    1. I think that would work just fine! I think a lot of biscuit mixes have instructions on the package for that sort of thing. :) That’s really all it is… a biscuit with a tad more sugar. :)

      1. Wow, thanks so much for responding! I kind of figured it was, but would rather hear it from you. Came out very tasty!

  10. I added a little fresh chopped rosemary to the topping which paired so well with the lemon berry flavors! It was a hit at the potluck I took it to:)

  11. I made it last night, and it turned out amazing! Followed the recipe throughout and it look and taste so good that it was gone withing seconds. I served it with vanilla icecream and it put it over the top. Bless your soul for this recipe!

  12. I made this the other day for my dinner party and the flavors were out of this world! The only problem I had was – the dough didn’t cook all the way through, even though I followed the recipe exactly. I definitely want to make this again. What should I do differently next time? Oh, and my oven temps are pretty accurate. Thanks, Beth! :)

  13. Oh my goodness! This looks so good. I must try and make this some time.

    x. Cattleya

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