Best Berry Cobbler

Photo: Yossy Arefi

This cobbler is topped with simple biscuit dough that lets the berries shine. Use blackberries or raspberries; a dash of cinnamon rounds out their flavor. Martha made this recipe on episode 704 of Martha Bakes.


  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour

  • 2 teaspoons baking powder

  • ½ teaspoon coarse salt

  • 4 ounces (1 stick) cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces

  • ¾ cup cold heavy cream, plus more for brushing

  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • ½ cup granulated sugar, plus more if needed

  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch, plus more if needed

  • 6 cups (3 pints) blackberries or raspberries

  • Sanding sugar, for sprinkling

  • Vanilla ice cream, for serving (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Pulse flour, baking powder, and salt in a food processor (or whisk together by hand in a large bowl) until combined. Add butter and process (or cut in using a pastry blender or two forks) until mixture resembles coarse meal. Transfer mixture to a large bowl, if needed, and add heavy cream in a slow, steady stream, mixing with a wooden spoon until dough just comes together. Pat dough into a square on work surface and cut into 9 equal squares.

  2. Whisk together cinnamon, granulated sugar, and cornstarch in a bowl. Add berries; toss gently to coat. Transfer mixture to an 8-inch square baking dish. Top berries with dough squares, spacing evenly. Brush dough with heavy cream and sprinkle with sanding sugar. To catch any juices that may bubble over when baking, place the baking dish on a rimmed baking sheet lined with parchment paper and fitted with a wire rack or lay a piece of foil on the rack below the cobbler. Bake until berries are bubbling in center and biscuits are golden brown, 50 to 75 minutes. If biscuits are browning too quickly, tent with foil. Transfer dish to a wire rack and let cool slightly, about 30 minutes. Serve with ice cream if desired.

Cook's Notes

The amount of sugar and cornstarch needed will depend on the sweetness and ripeness of the fruit. Taste the berries. If they are sour, add an extra 1/4 cup sugar in step 2. If juicy, add an extra 1 teaspoon cornstarch.

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