How to Make a Buttermilk Biscuit Berry Cobbler

Buttermilk Berry Cobbler Photo © Molly Watson
Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 60 mins
Total: 75 mins
Servings: 6 to 8 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
335 Calories
15g Fat
51g Carbs
3g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 6 to 8
Amount per serving
Calories 335
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 15g 19%
Saturated Fat 8g 41%
Cholesterol 34mg 11%
Sodium 582mg 25%
Total Carbohydrate 51g 18%
Dietary Fiber 4g 16%
Protein 3g
Calcium 91mg 7%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This cobbler makes quick work of berries—blackberries, blueberries, huckleberries, raspberries, and strawberries. Make use a surplus of berries in season, or use frozen berries (either from the market or ones you froze in season) since they fall apart when cooked in the cobbler anyway. Just sweeten the fruit a bit, cover with a buttermilk drop biscuit topping, and bake.

Note: This recipe calls for quick-cooking tapioca as the thickener, which will leave the fruit juices clear and thickened but not gummy. Feel free to use cornstarch instead, but know that the fruit filling may look a bit cloudy.


  • 6 cups berries, rinsed and patted dry (hull and slice strawberries)
  • 1 cup sugar, divided and more to taste
  • 3 tablespoons quick-cooking or instant tapioca
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cup butter, chilled
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Preheat oven to 350 F. In a 2-quart casserole dish or similar baking pan, toss the berries with 3/4 cups of the sugar. Taste and add more sugar if you like a sweeter filling. Add tapioca and lemon juice and toss to combine. Set aside.

  3. In a large bowl combine flour, remaining 1/4 cup sugar, salt, and baking soda. Cut butter into small pieces and add to flour. Using your fingers, a fork, two knives, or a pastry cutter, work the butter into flour until it looks like cornmeal with some pea-sized chunks in it. Stir in buttermilk to combine. You'll have a loose batter.

  4. Drop batter by the spoonful onto the berry mixture. Depending on the size and shape of your dish, you may have spots of batter or be able to cover the entire top with batter.

  5. Bake until batter is golden brown and berry juice is bubbling along the edges, 45 to 60 minutes.

  6. Let cool at least slightly. Serve cobbler warm or at room temperature – it will be best the same day it is made but makes a delicious breakfast the next morning too!