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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.

Looking for more dessert cobbler recipes? You’ll love delicious recipes like Peach Cobbler, Strawberry Cobbler, and Blackberry Cobbler.

White bowl and spoon with chocolate cobbler topped with vanilla ice cream. // addapinch.com

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

White baking dish and wooden spoon digging into brownie-like top to reveal fudge inside of chocolate cobbler  // addapinch.com

How to Make Chocolate Cobbler

This easy Chocolate Cobbler contains only six simple ingredients, comes together quickly, and makes a perfect dessert!

Ingredients

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, buttermilkoat 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

Step-by-Step Instructions

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!

Bowl of chocolate cobbler and a spoon topped with vanilla ice cream. // addapinch.com

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

Hummingbird Cake

Sweet Potato Pie

Banana Pudding

Pecan Pie

Easy Fudge

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

5 from 23 votes

Southern Chocolate Cobbler

Dessert 40 mins

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
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 35 mins
Servings 12
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Author Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch
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!

Ingredients  

  • 1/2 cup 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)

Instructions 

  • 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.

Notes

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, 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.

Nutritional Information

Serving: 0.5cup | Calories: 394kcal | Carbohydrates: 77g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 22mg | Sodium: 78mg | Potassium: 121mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 59g | Vitamin A: 270IU | Calcium: 35mg | Iron: 0.9mg

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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.

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Robyn Stone

Robyn Stone is a wife, mom, blogger, recipe developer, and cookbook author. Welcome to Add a Pinch where I share thousands of delicious, tested and perfected easy recipes that the whole family will love.

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