This easy Chocolate Cobbler is a classic Southern dessert recipe. With a delicious brownie-like topping over a rich fudge sauce, it’s like a lava cake but simpler to make.
My Grandmother’s Southern Chocolate Cobbler is rich, chocolatey, delicious, and a Southern classic. It is a perfect combination of a dessert with a delightful brownie top over a rich fudge sauce. When you scoop a bit out, the fudge sauce is smooth and creamy and reminds me of a rich lava cake. But this is much easier to make! If you have chocolate lovers, you should make this for them soon.
I love it served with a big scoop of homemade vanilla ice cream. That takes it right on over the top!
Southern Chocolate Cobbler Recipe
How to Make Chocolate Cobbler
This easy Chocolate Cobbler contains only six simple ingredients, comes together quickly, and makes a perfect dessert!
To make this cobbler recipe, you’ll need these ingredients:
- Butter – I use salted butter, but you can use unsalted if you wish.
- Granulated Sugar – you can use granulated, cane, coconut, or the appropriate amount for your preferred sugar substitute that works for baking.
- Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
- Self-Rising Flour – If you do not have self-rising flour, you can easily use all-purpose flour and baking powder following my quick and easy tip. You can also easily substitute with your favorite gluten-free flour if you desire a gluten-free cobbler. [Resource: How to Make Self-Rising Flour].
- Milk– whole, low-fat, buttermilk, oat milk, or another dairy-free milk
- Vanilla Extract – It enhances the flavor. I use this homemade vanilla extract, but a quality pure store-bought vanilla is also acceptable.
- Chocolate Cobbler Topping – made from granulated sugar, unsweetened cocoa powder, and boiling water
It’s easy to make with just a few steps!
Melt the butter. While preheating the oven, melt the butter in a 9×13 baking dish in the oven.
Mix the ingredients. Add the sugar, cocoa powder, flour, milk, and vanilla extract to a mixing bowl and mix to form the batter. Spoon this batter over the melted butter, but do not stir.
Make the topping. Mix the sugar and cocoa powder and sprinkle over the top of the batter. Pour boiling water on top of the sugar and cocoa mixture. Do NOT stir.
Bake until the top is set. This should take about 35 minutes.
Let it cool. Let it cool for at least 15 minutes before serving. Once baked, the bottom portion of the cobbler will still be loose but will set a bit more as it cools.
Serve and enjoy! Add a scoop of vanilla ice cream or whipped cream to the top for the ultimate dessert! Enjoy!
How to Store and Freeze Chocolate Cobbler
To store. Tightly cover the cooled chocolate cobbler with a food wrap or place it in an airtight storage container and place it in the refrigerator for 4-5 days.
To freeze. Place completely cooled cobbler in an airtight freezer-safe container and freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator before reheating the next day.
To reheat. Once the cobbler is removed from the refrigerator, remove any plastic lids or food wrap and move it to an oven-safe dish if not in one already. Then cover with foil and gently reheat in the oven until heated for about 20 minutes.
The microwave can be used (with a microwave-safe container) to gently reheat until warm throughout.
More Favorite Desserts to Try
Here’s my Grandmother’s Chocolate Cobbler Recipe. I hope you love it!
Southern Chocolate Cobbler
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)
- Preheat the oven to 350º F.
- Place butter into a 9×13 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.
How to Store and Freeze Chocolate CobblerTo store. Tightly cover the cooled chocolate cobbler with a food wrap or place it in an airtight storage container and place it in the refrigerator for 4-5 days. To freeze. Place completely cooled cobbler in an airtight freezer-safe container and freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator before reheating the next day. To reheat. Once the cobbler is removed from the refrigerator, make sure to remove any plastic lids or wrap and move it to an oven-safe dish if not in one already. Then cover with foil and gently reheat in the oven until heated throughout for about 20 minutes. The microwave can be used (with a microwave-safe container) to gently reheat until warm throughout.
Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.
From the Add a Pinch recipe archives. Originally published 2011.