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Southern Chocolate Cobbler

Southern Dream: A Gooey Chocolate Cobbler (Easy & Delicious)

Southern Chocolate Cobbler

This isn't your average cobbler! This Southern Chocolate Cobbler takes inspiration from classic desserts but offers a delightful twist. Imagine a rich, fudgy sauce bubbling underneath a decadent, brownie-like topping. That's the magic of this recipe – and it's surprisingly simple to make!


  • For the Batter:
    • 1/2 cup unsalted butter (softened)
    • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
    • 4 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
    • 2 cups all-purpose flour
    • 2 teaspoons baking powder
    • 1/4 teaspoon salt
    • 1 cup milk
    • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • For the Topping:
    • 2 cups granulated sugar
    • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
    • 3 cups boiling water
  • For Serving:
    • Vanilla ice cream (optional)
    • Whipped cream (optional)
    • Fresh berries (optional)


  1. Preheat Your Oven: Get your oven nice and hot by preheating it to 350°F (175°C).
  2. Melt the Butter: Grab your 9x13 inch baking dish and toss in the butter. Pop it into the preheating oven for a few minutes, just until the butter melts completely. Take the dish out and set it aside for a moment.
  3. Dry Ingredients Party: In a large bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients for the batter. This includes the 1 1/2 cups of sugar, 4 tablespoons of cocoa powder, flour, baking powder, and salt.
  4. Wet Ingredients Join the Fun: In a separate bowl, combine the milk and vanilla extract. Give it a good stir.
  5. Batter Up! Here comes the magic! Slowly add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients, mixing gently until just combined. Don't overmix – a few lumps are perfectly fine.
  6. Batter in the House: Pour the batter evenly over the melted butter in the baking dish. It's okay if the batter doesn't reach all the corners – that gooey goodness will spread during baking.
  7. Sweet & Chocolatey Topping: In a separate bowl, whisk together the remaining 2 cups of sugar and the 1/2 cup of cocoa powder for the topping.
  8. Layering Like a Pro: Sprinkle the dry topping mixture evenly over the batter in the baking dish. This will create beautiful layers of flavor and texture.
  9. The Big Splash: Now for the dramatic part! Carefully pour the boiling water over the entire surface of the topping. Be gentle – you don't want to disturb the layers.
  10. Baking Time! Pop your cobbler into the preheated oven and bake for 35-40 minutes. The top will become set, while the bottom will be gloriously loose and gooey – just like a decadent lava cake!
  11. Cooling Down: Patience is a virtue, especially with this recipe. Setting the stage for dessert! Let the cobbler cool for 15 minutes. This allows it to firm up and the filling to thicken for a better eating experience. This allows the gooey magic to set up a bit.

Tips for a Dreamy Cobbler:

  • Butter Bliss: Using softened butter ensures a smooth and even batter. If your butter is a bit too firm, microwave it in short bursts on low power until softened but not melted.
  • Sifting for Perfection: Sifting the dry ingredients for the batter (cocoa powder, flour, baking powder, and salt) helps to remove any lumps and creates a lighter, airier batter.
  • Vanilla Love: Don't underestimate the power of vanilla extract! It adds a depth of flavor that complements the chocolate beautifully.
  • Hot Water Hero: Boiling water is essential for this recipe. It creates steam that helps the cobbler rise and gives it that signature gooey texture.
  • Don't Stir the Layers! Resist the urge to stir the batter and topping once you've poured the boiling water. This keeps the layers distinct and creates a delightful textural contrast.
  • Serving Sensations: This cobbler is divine on its own, but a scoop of vanilla ice cream, whipped cream, or fresh berries takes it to the next level!
  • Leftovers? What Leftovers? This Southern Dream Cobbler is so darn delicious, it's highly unlikely there will be any leftovers! But if by some miracle there are, store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Second helpings made easy! Reheat your cobbler in the microwave whenever the craving for a warm, gooey dessert strikes.