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Blueberry-Apple Cobbler

Whether you are in the Midwest, Northeast, or Mid-Atlantic, chances are you have been snowed in at least once in the past few weeks.  As a Midwesterner (M Go Blue!), I am often smugly dismissive of the DC Panic Dance, done every time there’s an inch of snow, but nearly 2 feet of the white stuff is a real storm just about anywhere east of the Mississippi.  Hot cocoa is always a winter favorite, and pasta is an easy “oh-my-God-I-didn’t-go-to-the-store” dinner.  But my favorite way to fill the house with great smells and fill my kids with warm feelings and fun food is with Blueberry-Apple Cobbler.  It’s easy to make, and it’s easy to make if you have a few apples and some frozen blueberries in your freezer.  But most important, it tastes incredible!  It’s great with ice cream, whipped cream, or just a fork and a bowl.

Good cobbler should have soft, well-cooked fruit, and a sweet, crunchy crust.  It’s easy to get them backwards if you are going from a recipe or mix that assumes too much experience or cuts too many corners.  Try this one and let me know what you think.


The Crisp

  • 12 tablespoons of chilled, unsalted butter (1 1/2 sticks)
  • 3/4 cup of all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cups oats (Quaker oatmeal is perfect)

The filling

  • 3 cups of frozen blueberries (best if fresh, and frozen by you)
  • 4 large apples
  • 3 tablespoons of tapioca mix
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup water


  • Oven
  • 9×9 Pyrex dish
  • Food Processor
  • Mixing bowl
  • 2 cookie sheets
  • Large, nonstick skillet
  • Measuring spoons
  • Measuring cups


  1. Preheat your oven to 400.
  2. In a large, non-stick frying pan, cook apples, 1/2 cup of sugar and 1/2 cup of water for 15 minutes at medium-high heat.  Set aside when soft but not mushy.
  3. Stir in blueberries and tapioca mix and set aside.
  4. In food processor, pulse chilled butter, flour, brown and white sugar until the butter is cut into small pieces and the mix is well-combined.  Pour contents of food processor into a separate bowl and add oats, stir with a wooden spoon.  If you don’t have a food processor, you can grate frozen butter on a box grater and mix it into the other ingredients by hand. 
  5. Pour apple and blueberry mixture into 9×9 dish and cover with crisp.
  6. Bake at 400 degrees for 30 minutes.
  7. Enjoy!

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