Southern Chocolate Cobbler Recipe

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!

Southern Chocolate Cobbler Recipe - 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! // addapinch.com

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!

Southern Chocolate Cobbler Recipe - 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! // addapinch.com

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.

Southern Chocolate Cobbler Recipe - 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! // addapinch.com

Here’s my Grandmother’s Chocolate Cobbler Recipe. I hope you love it!

Southern Chocolate Cobbler Recipe - 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! // addapinch.com
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Southern Chocolate Cobbler

Total Time 40 minutes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
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!
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Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup 1 stick butter
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 cups self-rising flour
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Chocolate Cobbler Topping:

  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 3 cups boiling water
  • vanilla ice cream for serving (optional, but recommended)

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350º F.
  2. Place butter into a 9x13 baking dish and into the oven to melt. Then, remove from the oven and set aside.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Top with vanilla ice cream (optional) and serve.
Nutrition Facts
Southern Chocolate Cobbler
Amount Per Serving (0.5 cup)
Calories 394 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 9g 14%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Cholesterol 22mg 7%
Sodium 78mg 3%
Potassium 121mg 3%
Total Carbohydrates 77g 26%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 59g
Protein 4g 8%
Vitamin A 5.4%
Calcium 3.5%
Iron 4.9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

All images and text © Robyn Stone for Add a Pinch

Enjoy!
Robyn xo

 

Southern Chocolate Cobbler Recipe - 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! // addapinch.com

From the Add a Pinch recipe archives. Originally published 2011.

45 comments on “Southern Chocolate Cobbler Recipe”

  1. Like it? No I absolutely love it!

  2. This looks and sounds ridiculously delectable. If I could eat chocolate, I wouldn’t share….:)

  3. Oh. My. Word. HELP ME LORD JESUS!

  4. I LOOOOOOVE chocolate cobbler, but haven’t made it in so long. I think I’ll make one for Father’s Day!! Looks wonderful, Robyn 🙂

  5. I think I just fainted!
    This looks D-E-L-I-C-I-O-U-S!
    Forget all the other recipes on my list, im making this my first priority! haha
    your recipes never dissapoint me! 🙂

  6. Maggie said it all. DELICIOUS!!! This is going on my list of recipes to make!

  7. I love this recipe – my grandmother always called it Newfoundland pudding cake 🙂

  8. Sign me up for any recipe that begins with “Southern!”

  9. Something chocolate I’ve never had! I’m so un-southern. 🙂 I can’t wait to make this, it looks delicious – thanks!

  10. I don’t know how I could have gone so long without knowing about this fabulous dessert!

  11. Delish! I could use some of this for breakfast right about now.

  12. Can you believe that I have never heard of chocolate cobbler?! Must. Make. Today!

  13. Melt a stick of butter…any recipe that starts that way is a winner in my book!

  14. I have heard of chocolate cobbler…but without the fruit component it didn’t have the same appeal. Now that I’ve seen a picture of it? I take it all back! My daughter would die over this; can’t wait to surprise her!

  15. So glad you shared, this looks so darn delicious! I’ve never heard of this dessert in the PacNW..we’ve apparently been deprived. Thanks.

  16. Holy cow, this looks A-MA-ZING. Thank you for posting, I think we’ll try it this weekend. This might have to eventually become a farm favorite (whenever we get the farm up and running).

    Keep up the good work, love your website.

  17. Chocolate cobbler reminds me of Cracker Barrel. I worked there during college and it is the only place I have ever had chocolate cobbler! I think I was introduced to all cobblers while working there, among other yummies. This looks so rich and heavenly!

  18. Oh my stars does this sound amazing!

  19. Totally. Must. Try.
    Yummy – I love chocolate and ice cream and gooeyness. This looks like it has all three!

  20. Oh my goodness… This looks amazing! I love rich, chocolatey desserts. Have to make this very soon!

  21. I love chocolate cobbler! Last time I made it I added some cinnamon and it was delicious all over again!

  22. This looks and sounds ridiculously delectable. Delish!

  23. This is going on my list of recipes to make! I love chocolate cobbler! Thank you for posting, I think we’ll try it this weekend. Delish!

  24. OMG – this sounds sinful – sinfully delicious! AND easy to make – no excuses not to make this one!!!

  25. Can I sub the butter for olive oil?

  26. My Mom made this for us a lot when we were growing up in Iowa. She called it Chocolate upside-down cake.
    Delish!!! Thanks for the reminder of how good this is!!

  27. Looks wonderful, must try!!! Happy 4th of July!!!!

  28. I’ve never had chocolate cobbler before but this sure looks good! It reminds me of the chocolate gravy my granny made for us when I was growing up. I definitely need to give this a try!

  29. I love making cobblers. They are a quick easy dessert. This one will be a definite try! Never had a chcolate one before. I’ll let you know how it turns out!

  30. OH. EM. GEE. This chocolate cobbler looks and sounds so delicious, Robyn!

  31. Hi Ann,
    I’m sorry that turned out that way for you. I’ve not had this happen, so I can’t be sure why it wasn’t as it should be. I am glad that you enjoyed it with ice cream. It’s so good with ice cream!!! I hope you enjoy it even more if you give it another try. Thanks!

  32. I made this last night for a cook out and it was amazing!!!! Will be making it again for sure.

  33. I’ve just printed this out. This isn’t exact but it’s so close to the one my mom used to make. I’ve wanted a recipe so I’m going to try yours. I can hardly wait to try it and bring back lava memories — thank you!

  34. Was delicious, but my brownie part was a bit hard. .did I overcook at 30 min. ? Even while mixing 1 c milk seemed a bit less..was a stiff batter..? Overall we ate it all up..but I wld have liked the brownie part to b a bit more moust..any suggestions..? Thanx.

  35. This is an old recipe that was popular in the early 60s. Never heard this chocolate pudding cake called Southern Cobbler. My mother was making it back then in the Northeast. 

    • Isn’t it interesting how different regions of the country name dishes a different name, Carol?! 😉
      This is a recipe my grandmother made back as far as I can remember and we always called it Chocolate Cobbler. I love hearing what your mother called it years ago! Whatever the name, I’ve always loved it and think it’s delicious! Thanks for sharing!

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