This Bisquick apple cobbler recipe is an easy-to-make dessert where tart apples and sweet cinnamon are combined with buttery Bisquick and baked to perfection. This classic Fall treat comes together in under an hour, is a family favorite, and I'm sure it will become yours too!
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💭 Why you'll love this recipe
Bisquick apple cobbler is a classic, easy-to-make Fall dessert that is delicious.
- Easy to make. This Bisquick apple cobbler recipe couldn't be any easier to make. You'll need a few simple ingredients and be done in no time! But it is because it's deceptively delicious. The buttery Bisquick crust and fresh sweet apples create the perfect combination of flavors.
- Easy to customize. You can customize it by adding your favorite mix-ins such as nuts, raisins, or even dried cranberries!
- Great make-ahead and pantry-clearing dessert. You can make it ahead of time and store for up to two days in the refrigerator before baking. And it's a great way to use up extra apples that have been lingering in the fridge or on your countertop!
📋 Ingredients and Notes
To make the best apple cobbler recipe, you'll need Granny Smith apples, granulated sugar, brown sugar, cornstarch, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, vanilla extract, and freshly squeezed lemon juice are all required ingredients for the best Bisquick apple cobbler. For the topping, you'll need Bisquick mix, whole milk, melted butter, cinnamon, and brown sugar.
Notes and Variations
- Apples. I use the tart and crisp Granny Smith apples, though you could certainly opt for another variety such as Honeycrisp, Fuji or Gala apples.
- Toppings. You can take the recipe up another notch by adding some extra crunch with nuts such as walnuts, pecans, or almonds.
- Substitute Bisquick mix. If you don't have Bisquick mix at the ready, pancake mixes or other pre-made biscuit doughs make excellent substitutes.
- Type of milk. Whole milk is recommended for the best results, but feel free to get creative with alternatives! I've used almond milk and oat milk before and they both work great, if you want to go plant-based.
- Substitute cornstarch. If you don't have any cornstarch, arrowroot powder is the perfect substitute!
- Light brown sugar vs. dark brown sugar: I prefer using light brown sugar in this recipe, but you can also use dark brown sugar if that's what you have.
📖 How to make Bisquick apple cobbler
First, preheat the oven to 375˚F. Lightly grease a 9” cast iron skillet or a 9"x9" baking dish (like this square pan, which is the best non stick baking dish I've ever used in my life!)
In a large bowl, mix together apples, sugar, brown sugar, cornstarch, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, vanilla extract, and lemon juice until well coated to make an apple pie filling (or rather, apple cobbler filling!)
In a separate bowl, stir together Bisquick, milk, butter, cinnamon, and brown sugar until well combined. Transfer the apple pie filling to the prepared skillet and smooth it out in an even layer.
Spoon the Bisquick topping mixture evenly over the apples. Bake for 45 minutes, until the top, is golden brown and the apples are soft.
Allow it to cool for a few seconds, but serve warm with a giant scoop of vanilla ice cream or whipped cream (or four!)
👩🏽🍳 Top tips for the best Bisquick apple cobbler!
This easy Bisquick apple cobbler recipe is as simple and straightforward as it gets and you're guaranteed a top-notch treat if you follow these time-tested tips from my kitchen:
- Pick the right apples. The key to any good apple cobbler is in choosing the right apples. We recommend using Granny Smith apples for their perfect balance of tartness and sweetness.
- Don’t overmix your batter. Mixing your batter too much will result in a tough cobbler topping that won’t bake up properly. Instead, stir your ingredients together just until it is mixed well.
- Don’t overfill your pan. When pouring your batter into the pan or skillet, don’t fill all the way up to the top edge — leave at least an inch of space at the top so that when it bakes, it doesn't spill over and make a mess. You want all that baked goodness confined neatly within its pan!
- Bake until golden brown. If there's one thing worse than an undercooked cobbler topping, it's one that's overcooked. The edges will be dry and crumbly instead of tender and flaky. To prevent this from happening, bake your cobbler until it's golden brown on top (about 45 minutes). And don't forget to tent it with foil if you notice it browning too quickly!
- Let it cool before serving. The last tip is probably the most important (and most difficult!) one: let your cobbler cool before serving! This allows all those delicious flavors to marry together perfectly while giving you time to whip up some homemade whipped cream or vanilla ice cream for serving.
👩🏽🍳 Troubleshooting FAQs
Bisquick is a baking mix made from flour, baking powder, shortening, and salt. This Bisquick baking mix can be used as a substitute for making biscuits, pancakes, waffles, dumplings, and as well as simple desserts like this apple cobbler!
According to the manufacturer, Betty Crocker, Bisquick Original contains flour, vegetable oil, dextrose, leavening, salt, sugar and emulsifiers (monoglycerides). Monoglycerides, when undisclosed, can derive from animal fat. But based on reports, Bisquick Original, Heart Smart and Gluten Free versions are likely vegan.
Yes, I recommend peeling fresh apples for this Bisquick apple cobbler recipe. This influences the texture quite a bit, since the skins are not as soft as the flesh, and you want a consistent texture.
This might seem like a lot of work, but the reward is definitely worth it. Use this apple corer (dishwasher safe too!) and either this peeler (if you want to peel by hand) or this fancy one that makes it a breeze to core and peel many at once (but still super cheap!)
The best baking apples are Granny Smith, Honey Crisp, and Gala apples. These apples hold their shape well and have a pleasant tartness that complies with the sweet flavors of a cobbler. While you can use any apples, these three types consistently give the best results.
Apple crumble and apple cobbler both use fresh apples, but differ in one main respect - the topping. Apple crumble boasts a streusel crumb topping (like on this pumpkin muffin) while an apple cobbler uses a biscuit-style top layer. Ultimately, it’s all about personal preference!
🍴 Serving and Storage Suggestions
Bisquick apple cobbler is best enjoyed fresh out of the oven. If you actually have enough restraint to have leftovers (and I commend you!) you can store it for up to two days after baking. Let it cool completely, wrap with aluminum foil or place in an airtight container and place in the fridge.
When ready to enjoy, remove from refrigerator and reheat in the oven at 350°F for 10-15 minutes or until heated through.
Note: I do not recommend freezing this Bisquick apple cobbler recipe after it has been baked. Freezing can cause the crust to become soggy and the texture of this delicious apple cobbler to get more mushy when thawed.
However, you can make Bisquick apple cobbler ahead of time and store it in the fridge for up to two days before baking. To do this, mix all the ingredients, fill the pan or skillet, and store in the refrigerator until ready to bake. Then when ready, bake as per instructions! Top off with a scoop of your favorite vanilla ice cream or any other mouthwatering toppings - voila!
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Bisquick Apple Cobbler
- 4 granny smith apples, thinly sliced
- ½ cup granulated sugar
- ¼ cup brown sugar
- 2 teaspoon cornstarch
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon nutmeg
- ½ teaspoon ginger
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 1½ cup bisquick mix
- ½ cup whole milk
- 2 tablespoon melted butter (unsalted)
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- 2 tablespoon brown sugar
- Preheat oven to 375˚F. Lightly grease a 9” cast iron skillet.
- In a large bowl, mix together apples, sugar, brown sugar, cornstarch, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, vanilla extract and lemon juice until well coated.
- In a separate bowl, stir together bisquick, milk, butter, cinnamon and brown sugar until well combined.
- Transfer the apple mixture to the prepared skillet and smooth out in an even layer.
- Spoon the bisquick mixture evenly over the apples.
- Bake for 45 minutes, until top is golden brown and apples are soft.
- Serve warm with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream.
- Instead of a 9” cast iron skillet, you can use a ceramic or glass baking dish (9x9).
- Apples: Granny Smith are best for their tart, sweet flavor (and they hold up well when cooked) but other options include Honeycrisp or Gala apples.
- If the top of the cobbler is browning too quickly, cover tightly with aluminum foil and return to oven for the remainder of cook time!