Chocolate Cobbler is a classic Southern dessert recipe. With a delicious brownie-like topping and a rich fudge sauce on the bottom, this Chocolate Cobbler is like a lava cake but so much easier to make. Great for reunions, potlucks, and more!
My Grandmother’s Southern Chocolate Cobbler is rich, fudgy, delicious, and a Southern classic. If you have chocolate lovers in your life, you should make this for them soon.
I have to tell you a secret though, it’s best served with a big ole scoop of homemade vanilla ice cream. That just takes it right on over the top!
Grandmother Verdie would make this chocolate cobbler for reunions, church potlucks, and it was always one of those desserts that was a crowd favorite. Well, at least I was always over standing guard as the line formed to make sure as soon as the ” Amen” was said at the end of the blessing, I was close enough to grab a spoon to scoop up a bit on my plate. That was many, many, many, many years ago, but I’m not so sure I wouldn’t let my reunion manners slip again if I were given the same choices. Her chocolate cobbler is one that you definitely don’t want to miss!
It really is a pretty perfect combination of a dessert! The top is like a delicious brownie while the bottom is a rich, fudgy sauce. When you scoop a bit of it out, the fudge sauce is smooth and creamy and the combination reminds me of the rich lava cakes that my Mama loves so much! But goodness, is this so much easier!
To make it, you start by melting your butter in a 9×13 baking dish. You mix together your sugar, cocoa powder, flour, milk, and vanilla extract to form the batter. You then spoon this batter over the melted butter, making sure not to stir.
Then, you make the topping for the top of the chocolate cobbler by mixing together sugar and cocoa powder and sprinkling over the top of the batter. You then pour boiling water on top of the sugar and cocoa mixture and bake until the top is set, about 35 minutes. Once baked, the bottom portion of the cobbler will still be loose but will set a bit more as it cools. Let it cool for at least 15 minutes before serving.
Here’s my Grandmother’s Chocolate Cobbler Recipe. I hope you love it!
- ½ cup (1 stick) butter
- 1½ cups granulated sugar
- 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
- 2 cups self-rising flour
- 1 cup whole milk
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 2 cups granulated sugar
- ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 3 cups boiling water
- vanilla ice cream, for serving (optional, but recommended)
- Preheat the oven to 350º F.
- Place butter into a 9x13 baking dish and into the oven to melt. Then, remove from the oven and set aside.
- Mix together the sugar, cocoa powder, flour, milk, and vanilla extract for the batter. Spoon the mixture into the baking dish on top of the melted butter. DO NOT STIR.
- In a separated bowl, mix 2 cups sugar and ½ cup cocoa powder. Sprinkle this topping mixture on top of the batter. Pour the boiling water over topping. DO NOT STIR.
- Bake for 35 to 40 minutes or until top is set. The bottom of the cobbler will still be a little loose. Cool for 15 to 20 minutes.
- Top with vanilla ice cream (optional) and serve.
From the Add a Pinch recipe archives. Originally published 2011.