Crisp Peach Cobbler


This recipe was inspired by one from Renee Erickson's in cookbook, 'A Boat, a Whale, and a Walrus.' It's a lot crispier than a regular cobbler, and you can use the technique for other fruit cobblers. Serve warm with vanilla ice cream.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
45 mins
Additional Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 35 mins
8 servings


  • 6 large fresh peaches, pitted and cut into eighths

  • 1 lemon, zested and juiced


  • ½ cup unsalted butter, at room temperature

  • 1 ¼ cups white sugar

  • 1 ⅓ cups self-rising flour

  • cup rolled oats

  • cup whole milk


  • ¼ cup white sugar

  • 2 tablespoons cold water, or as needed to wet topping sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Place a baking sheet on the rack under the middle rack to catch drips. Generously butter a 2-inch deep (2-quart) baking dish.

  2. Place peach sections into prepared baking dish. Sprinkle with lemon juice and zest.

  3. Stir butter and sugar together in a mixing bowl. Mix until creamed and resembles a sugary, buttery paste, 4 to 5 minutes. Add oats and flour; stir until flour and oats are incorporated into the butter-sugar mixture and mixture resembles coarse crumbs, 4 to 5 minutes. Pour in milk; stir until mixture is wet and creamy, like a thick spreadable batter, 3 to 4 minutes.

  4. Drop batter by spoonful on top of the peaches. Spread batter evenly over the surface of the peaches. Sprinkle 1/4 cup sugar on the batter. Spritz with water until sugar is wet and surface glistens.

  5. Bake in preheated oven on middle rack until browned and crispy, about 45 minutes. Let cool at least 30 minutes before serving.

    close up view of Crisp Peach Cobbler with vanilla ice cream in a glass bowl
    Chef John

Chef's Note:

To make your own self-rising flour, whisk 1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour, 2 teaspoons baking powder, and 1/2 teaspoon fine salt together in a bowl.

If you don't have a water spritzer, you can use a pastry brush to moisten the sugar topping.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

371 Calories
13g Fat
62g Carbs
3g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 371
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 13g 16%
Saturated Fat 8g 39%
Cholesterol 33mg 11%
Sodium 279mg 12%
Total Carbohydrate 62g 23%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 45g
Protein 3g
Vitamin C 43mg 214%
Calcium 111mg 9%
Iron 1mg 7%
Potassium 105mg 2%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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