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posted: 08/29/18

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This Caramel Apple Cobbler Recipe is the perfect combination of delicious tart apples coated in cinnamon and smooth homemade caramel, all in an amazing warm apple cobbler, made from scratch! It’s the old fashioned apple cobbler recipe you are looking for.

Looking for an apple cobbler recipe without the caramel sauce? We have that too! This Apple Cobbler is quick, simple, and delicious.

apple cobbler recipe on white plate with ice cream and caramel

I’ve recently updated this post from September 2015 with new pictures and a video. I really debated just deleting the content and posting as new, but I love this post so much. Plus look at that cute picture of my kids smaller! This time of year continues to be difficult and hard for our family, but I promise to be back with new stories of back to school and my chaotic life. Happy fall guys!

Over the weekend we did a walk to raise money for the hospital where Elliot spent the one week of his life. This is the sixth year in a row that we have done the walk in honor of Elliot.

The morning of the walk Gavin looked at me and said,

“Mom. I like doing Al’s Run but . . . . there are two things I don’t like about it. First, it’s about Elliot, and that makes me sad. Second . . . . well . . . . . I have to walk.”

Besides the walking piece, that’s pretty much exactly how I feel about it too. I kind of love it when my kids can so easily put into words what everyone else is feeling.

homemade apple cobbler recipe from scratch

There are thousands upon thousands of people who do Al’s Run every year in support of Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. It’s a pretty amazing place that has helped so many kids in the midwest.

Al's Run - Milwaukee Wisconsin

As you walk, and this is the part that always makes me so emotional, you see the backs of all these shirts. Most, maybe all, are graphics that represent these teams made up mainly of adults who have all come together in honor of one child. Lots and lots and lots of those children are still alive. Some of them are even wearing a special bright shirt with their own name on the back and walking with their families and loved ones.

And some are not.

This year I saw a shirt with the name Olive on the back. A little girl who’s birth and death dates, just a few days apart, were on the back of all these shirts. I almost stopped them and said, “Someone find me Olive’s mom!” I just wanted to give her a hug. She’s only one year out from losing her daughter. And I just wanted to tell her that it doesn’t stop hurting, but five years out, I can say that it starts to not be such a paralyzing pain.

Family ready to participate in Al's Run

In the midst of it all we found a short second to take our picture in front of the building on Marquette’s campus where Nathan and I first met sixteen years ago. (Awesome photo credit/chaos control credit to Cathy.)  We have a similar photo from our wedding day eleven years ago . . . you know minus the kids. It’s pretty incredible to think of how far we’ve come.

overhead view of from scratch caramel apple cobbler on a white plate

And with that, I will get to this incredible caramel apple cobbler recipe . . . thank you all for letting me ramble at you several times a week. There is not a day that goes by that I don’t think of those who visit my blog with absolute gratitude. It’s because of you that I get to do this amazing job.

(I’m feeling seriously mushy this morning.)

Making Caramel Apple Cobbler from Scratch

This homemade apple cobbler recipe is not made with apple pie filling, but with fresh apples. It has the most delicious caramel sauce that we are also making from scratch. If this sounds intimidating, take a moment to watch the video. This is an easy recipe!

Tips for this Caramel Apple Cobbler Recipe

This Caramel Apple Cobbler is made completely from scratch. The hardest part about this recipe is just peeling and slicing the apples. The peeling of the apples into the big bowl at the start makes me think of Sundays as a kid, when my dad would peel apples for an apple pie while watching the Packer game.

  1. I think peeling and cutting apples goes a lot faster if you peel them, core them, and then cut them. Or you could buy this handy tool.
  2. While your apples are cooking down, get started on your caramel sauce. It makes it go a lot faster if you cook both at the same time.
  3. Once you have peeled and cooked your apples and made your caramel sauce, the rest of the recipe comes together fast!

Other Great Caramel Apple Recipes

baking dish full of caramel apple cobbler recipe
apple cobbler recipe on white plate with ice cream and caramel
5 from 8 votes

Caramel Apple Cobbler

Serves: 8 people
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Prep: 20 minutes
Cook: 25 minutes
Total: 45 minutes
This Caramel Apple Cobbler is the perfect combination of delicious tart apples coated in cinnamon and smooth homemade caramel, all in an amazing warm from scratch cobbler!


For Apples

  • 6 apples peeled and sliced thin (I used a mixture of Gala and Granny Smith)
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 TBSPs granulated sugar

For Caramel Sauce

  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • For Cobbler Batter

For Cobbler Batter

  • 1/2 cup butter melted
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 2 tsps baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 tsps vanilla extract


  • Preheat your oven to 400 degrees and pull out a 9 by 13 baking dish .
  • Combine your apple slices, 1 tsp cinnamon and 2 TBSPs granulated white sugar in a large sauce pan over medium low heat. Cook the apples, stirring regularly until they are soft, about 10 minutes.
  • While the apples are cooking down, combine 1 cup brown sugar, 1/2 cup (one stick) unsalted butter, 1/4 cup heavy cream in a small sauce pan over medium heat. Stir consistently until the mixture begins to boil. Continue stirring for another minute or so until it is smooth, remove from the heat.
  • Pour the 1/2 cup melted butter into the baking dish.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together 1 cup sugar, 1 cup flour, 2 tsps baking powder, and 1/4 tsp salt. Whisk in 1 cup milk and 2 tsps vanilla extract. Pour the mixture over the butter and whisk in gently.
  • Add 1 cup of the caramel sauce to the apples and stir to combine, reserve the rest for serving (I had about 1/3 cup left). Pour the caramel apple mixture over the batter. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until the edges are golden brown. Serve warm with ice cream and the reserved caramel sauce.
Calories: 580kcal (29%) Carbohydrates: 87g (29%) Protein: 3g (6%) Fat: 26g (40%) Saturated Fat: 16g (100%) Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g Monounsaturated Fat: 7g Cholesterol: 72mg (24%) Sodium: 129mg (6%) Potassium: 244mg (7%) Fiber: 6g (25%) Sugar: 69g (77%) Vitamin A: 950IU (19%) Vitamin C: 5.8mg (7%) Calcium: 170mg (17%) Iron: 0.7mg (4%)
Author: Lisa Longley
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
apple cobbler recipe on white plate with ice cream and caramel

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  1. Joan Hayes says

    You have such a beautiful family, and this post made me tear up!

    This cobbler looks so unbelievably good, I can’t wait to make it ASAP! <3

    • Lisa Longley says

      Thank you Joan! MWAH!

    • Debbie says

      I just made this for a clambake and it was delicious.
      The caramel sauce was so tasty. Will make again.
      You have an adorable family.

      • Lisa Longley says

        Thank you Debbie!

  2. Haylee says

    I just made the caramel apple cobbler for my thanksgiving dinner hope it’s good I used weat flour. Ill tell you how I like it, it looks sooooo good!

    • Lisa Longley says

      I hope you liked it Haylee!

  3. Shericka says

    So good and this caramel sauce is so amazing

    • Lisa Longley says

      Thank you for coming back to let me know Shericka!

  4. Gwynneth says

    This looks so good. I will probably make it tonight.

  5. Ashley says

    This was great! My whole family loved it. Thank you for a great recipe.

    • Lisa Longley says

      I’m so glad to hear that!

  6. Kristin says

    simply amazing :) a much have recipe for fall! will definitely make it again.

    • Lisa Longley says

      Thanks Kristin!!

  7. Terry Garrett says

    I have an excess of apples and would like to make one for Thanksgiving do you think it can be frozen?

    • Lisa Longley says

      Terry, I apologize, I’m way too late answering this. I haven’t tried freezing this, but I don’t see why it wouldn’t work.

  8. Christie says

    Is the cobbler natter supposed to rise to the top during baking….? Mine didn’t so it looks like dried out Apple open faced pie. I’m sure it’ll taste good but I was worried about the preparation with the batter on bottom and I wish I would’ve gone with my gut on that :-(

    • Lisa Longley says

      Yeah, it definitely should bake up and around the apples. Is there *any* chance that your baking powder is old? Toss a little in some water and if it doesn’t bubble immediately you need some new stuff :)

  9. Linda says

    I just made this recipe and it came out wonderful. For me, it was sweet enough without having to drizzle extra caramel on it. So delicious.

    • Lisa Longley says

      So glad you liked it!

  10. Christina says

    Just came upon this recipe & I’d really love to make it .. But I don’t have any heavy cream on hand .. is there any chance half & half would work for the caramel sauce? If not I guess I’ll have to make a trip to the grocery store soon ;)

    • Lisa Longley says

      Hi Christina! You have likely figured this out already, but I wouldn’t make it with half and half, I would stick with heavy cream.

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