Southern Chocolate Cobbler Recipe

This scrumptious 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. 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 everyone loves so much! But goodness, is this so much easier!

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!

Southern Chocolate Cobbler Recipe

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

How to Make Chocolate Cobbler

• Melt your butter in a 9×13 baking dish as the oven preheats.

• Mix together the 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.

Making the Topping

To make the topping for the chocolate cobbler as follows:

• Mix together the sugar and cocoa powder and sprinkle over the top of the batter.

• 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

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!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time35 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chocolate cobbler recipe, easy chocolate cobbler
Servings: 12
Calories: 394kcal
Author: Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch

Ingredients

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 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.

Nutrition

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

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.

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

  32. 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!

  33. 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.

    • I’ve not had that happen, Sara. I’m not sure what caused it – it could have cooked a bit too long, but not sure. I’m glad you enjoyed it though! xo

    • When we make chocolate cobbler we never add cocoa to the cobbler part, only to the second, chocolate “gravy” part. You might try that, it may help.

  34. 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!

  35. I made this for a “get together” of 8 girlfriends and it was a huge hit. The cobbler is absolutely delicious! I served it with Breyer’s Natural Vanilla Ice cream and I can’t imagine a dessert any more delicious than this.

  36. I’ve made this for several years now and it’s a five-star comfort dessert every single time! This gets two thumbs up, a “woo-HOO!” and a big southern hug. Yum!

  37. Will this keep if made a day ahead?

  38. I laughed my head off at some of the comments. Well, because I understood just exactly how good it must taste and I can’t wait to make it. Chocolate is the best.

  39. oh My gosh, this recipe is fantastic, we loved it, and I will definitely make again!

  40. Great recipe for chocolate cobbler! This is my daughter’s favorite cobbler. Love it with ice cream while hot

  41. Well Lady bug it’ s official, I’m a pig . lolol Don’t ask if I ate almost the whole pan. Um ,,,,yeah I did. It’s the very best

  42. Awesome sauce!!! This is so easy and yet sooooo DIVINE!!! Love, love, love it!!! Will be making it many times more!!!

  43. Hey Robyn: I have some family members who would LOVE to try this, but would you think it’s okay to substitute the sugar with Organic Stevia? Thought I would ask…..thanks for sharing your delicious recipes!!

  44. This looks absolutely, insanely, gloriously delicious!!! Could I make this the day before and then take to dinner the next day? (Only missing 1 scoop? 😉) I am bringing dessert to a friend’s house for a luncheon after church, and I would LOVE to bring this Southern Chocolate Cobbler. Would it be okay made the day before then reheated and served? Would I need to keep it refrigerated in the meantime? Thanks for your help, advice, FUN stories and FABULOUS recipes!!! 👏👏👏

    • Hi Lisa,
      You can make this ahead. I would refrigerate it and then reheat it if possible right before serving. To me, this dessert really tastes better warm and with ice cream! Thanks!

      • Hi Robyn, 
        Thank YOU so very much for your quick reply and help!!! I seriously cannot WAIT to make this and enjoy it!!! Blessings!!! 

        PS: I forgot to rate this recipe—definitely 5+ STARS!!! ☺️

  45. Can this be made the day before it is served?

  46. Can you sub 2% milk for whole milk?  I don’t have whole milk….

  47. Wow, this looks fantastic. I had no idea chocolate cobbler was even a thing. But now I’m happy to know that such ta thing exists. It looks like a pretty simple to put together recipe, which is nice. I love chocolate so this is something I have to make. Definitely going on my need to try soon recipe list.

  48. Hey Robyn, I hope you read this.
    I think this could be a recipes I have tried to find for about 20 years now.
    A dessert that Cracker Barrel Gatlinburg had once served years ago. I have tried to replicate without luck and they don’t make anymore.
    Is it?
    It was fantastic and did have nuts though.
    I will give it a whirl, look delish. I am pinning.
    Thanks.

    • Hi Vickie,
      I have never had chocolate cobbler at Cracker Barrel but they have made it. This is a recipe my grandmother made when I was a little girl so its been around a long time. Hope this is at least close to the one you have been looking for. Thanks!

  49. OMG! Chocolate is all my life! I have to try this recipe!!

  50. I did not know this kind of recipe exists! It looks like a lava cake that I can make for company…wow! Chocolate is the best! Thank you for sharing your recipe!

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