Rich, decadent chocolate is on full display in this easy to make, old fashioned chocolate cobbler. It is a chocolate lover’s dream!
Old Fashioned Chocolate Cobbler
You may find yourself wondering, “What is chocolate cobbler?” Often called a Southern chocolate cobbler, this decadent treat is associated with Southern cooking, known for its rich comfort foods.
It’s a fabulous dessert that combines a rich layer of fudgy, chocolate cake that covers a layer of gooey chocolate within. If you’ve ever had a molten lava cake, then the experience is deliciously similar.
My family went wild for this dish, devouring it in a single sitting. My youngest was taking the BIGGEST bites he could possibly load onto his spoon. And, all of them raved about it afterward.
I’d only ever made fruit-based cobblers before this. But, having tried chocolate, I’ll be making this one again, and soon! And, now I’m looking for new ways to make this dessert. It would be fun as a two-person dessert served in a mini-skillet, wouldn’t it?
Chocolate Cobbler Recipe
- butter and milk
- flour, salt, and sugar
- baking powder
- unsweetened cocoa powder
- vanilla extract
- boiling water
Start by preheating your oven to 350°F. Place the butter in a 2-quart baking dish (8-inch square size) and set in the oven to melt.
Keep an eye on the butter and remove it from the oven once melted. Set aside.
Combine the flour, baking powder, salt, part of the sugar, and 2 tablespoons cocoa powder in a medium mixing bowl. Whisk to combine.
Then, add the milk and vanilla. Whisk again until smooth. Combine the remaining sugar and cocoa powder in a small mixing bowl. Whisk one final time to combine.
Pour the liquid batter over the butter in the baking dish. Sprinkle with the sugar and cocoa mixture. Slowly pour boiling water over the top as evenly as possible.
Bake for about 30 minutes, just until the top has set. Then, cool for 15 minutes before serving warm. This recipe doubles beautifully to fill a 9×13 baking dish.
If you liked this recipe for chocolate cobbler, then you should also check out this delightful Blueberry Cobbler with a cake-like, crispy topping. It’s pure comfort in a bowl.
The humble pear really shines in this Pear Cobbler. Plenty of natural sweetness underlies a buttery, cinnamon sugar topping, making each bite a dream.
For those who are looking for fresh ways to top this chocolate cobbler, may I direct your attention to Strawberries and Cream? Tangy fruit and sweet, velvety cream pair beautifully with the intense chocolate flavor.
Old Fashioned Chocolate Cobbler
- ¼ cup butter
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1½ teaspoons baking powder
- ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
- 1¾ cups white sugar divided
- ¼ cup, plus 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder divided
- ⅔ cup milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1½ cups boiling water
- Preheat the oven to 350°F. Place the butter in a 2-quart baking dish (8" square) and set in the oven to melt. Keep an eye on the butter and remove from the oven when it has melted. Set aside.
- Combine the flour, baking powder, salt, ¾ cup sugar, and 2 tablespoons cocoa powder in a medium mixing bowl. Whisk to combine. Add the milk and vanilla. Whisk again until smooth.
- Combine the remaining 1 cup sugar and ¼ cup cocoa powder in a small mixing bowl. Whisk to combine.
- Pour the liquid batter over the butter in the baking dish. Sprinkle with the sugar and cocoa mixture. Slowly pour boiling water over the top as evenly as possible.
- Bake for about 30 minutes, just until the top has set. Cool for 15 minutes before serving.