the guide to cozy berry cobbler (barefoot contessa style)


Every autumn when we set the clocks back and the sun starts setting around 4:30pm, I start getting a cozy nesting instinct. There is something so homey about a cobbler baking in the oven while the fireplace is warming up our home. Earlier this summer I had flagged an Apple Crisp recipe by The Barefoot Contessa. On Monday I wanted to make this recipe for L. but I realized we didn't have enough apples on hand, so instead I made Berry Cobbler with Blackberries, Marionberries and Blueberries which I had frozen from this summer's bounty.

The recipe is easy and this crisp is cozy and delicious even for breakfast. I used only about 1/2 the sugar called for in the berry mixture because the berries were so sweet already. The next time I'll try the recipe with apples and cranberries but this berry cobbler was the perfect recipe for a cold autumn night.

Berry Cobbler Recipe
based on The Barefoot Contessa's Apple Crisp

Ingredients for Berry Mixture
2 pounds of berries (blackberries, blueberries, raspberries) Defrost if frozen.
zest of one orange plus juice from orange
1/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice (or 1 teaspoon of cinnamon + 1/4 teaspoon of nutmeg)

Ingredients for Topping
1 cup of flour
1/2 cup of sugar
1/2 cup of light brown sugar
1 cup steel cut oats
1 stick of cold butter at room temperature (or microwave stick in a dish for 8 seconds)


  • Directions
  • Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
In a mixing bowl toss the berries, orange zest + juice, sugar and spice. Set aside. 

In another bowl add the topping ingredients. Using your hands, mix ingredients until the butter, flour, sugar and oats are incorporated. The mixture should resemble gravel. Set aside. 

Place one large cobbler dish or several oven safe smaller dishes on a cookie sheet. Pour berry mixture in bowls until 3/4 full and add topping to each one. Place in oven. This cobbler will bubble as it crisps so be sure to place the dishes on a cookie sheet!

Bake for 45 minutes.


This recipe makes enough for one large cobbler dish but I made three smaller cobblers (two to give away to friends and one to keep.) It was a HUGE hit!