Made with crisp apples, warm cinnamon, Cabernet Sauvignon and a buttery biscuit topping, this Mulled Wine Apple Cobbler is a Fall dessert dream come true! Each bite of this cobbler is layered with comforting spice and a variety of unique, distinct textures!
With the temperature in Dallas finally starting to drop, my cravings for all the warm, cozy foods have kicked in. Give me all the pies, stews, biscuits and hot apple cider! This past weekend, my husband and I indulged in a few warm mugs of mulled wine: a warm, fruity and tart alcoholic Fall drink. As we cozied up on the couch, binge watching streaming shows (highly recommend), a new but familiar craving for apple cobbler hit me.
Y’all already know how much I love cobbler, probably too much, but I honestly haven’t had one in a while. So, I turned to my husband and he immediately recognized my got-a-new-recipe-on-the-brain look. And, boy, was it a good one!
This Apple Cobbler takes all the Winter spices and flavor of mulled wine and infuses them into this extra sweet, cozy cobbler! The tender apples bursting with cinnamon, the fluffy topping, served warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, you won’t be able to get enough of this.
Perks and Highlights of the Best Apple Cobbler Recipe
Cuisine Inspiration: Southern Comfort
This dish is Southern hospitality in a bowl! Inspired by traditional Southern cuisine, it brings warmth, sweetness, and a little bit of that homespun magic right to your table.
Primary Cooking Method: Baking
Put on your favorite tunes and bask in the aromas wafting through your home! Baking this cobbler is an act of love, patience, and a little bit of that oven alchemy.
Dietary Info: Vegetarian
Absolutely no meat in sight, just heaps of fruity goodness enveloped in a golden, biscuity hug. It’s a high-five from nature that satisfies souls and tummies alike.
Key Flavor: Caramelized Apple Goodness
Imagine the taste of apples, sweet and slightly tart, intertwined with a caramel whisper and a hint of cinnamon. It’s a timeless love story on your taste buds.
Skill Level: Beginner-Friendly
New to the baking scene? No worries! This recipe is forgiving, welcoming, and perfect for those who are just starting their baking journey or seasoned pros who appreciate simplicity.
- Serve It Your Way: Perfect with a scoop of ice cream, a dollop of whipped cream, or just its beautiful self.
- Crowd Pleaser: This cobbler doesn’t just feed mouths; it feeds souls, making it a hit at any gathering.
- Flexible with Fruits: Got peaches, berries, or pears? Toss ’em in! This cobbler loves all fruit equally.
- Comfort in a Dish: Bad day? Cold outside? This cobbler is the equivalent of a food hug.
- Stress-Free Dessert: Impressive to serve, yet stress-free to prepare. It’s laid-back baking at its best.
The best part about this cobbler is how simple it is to make! Seriously, you can toss this bad boy together in about 30 minutes, throw it in the oven and snuggle under a blanket waiting for the smells to fill your home. It’s that easy!
Here’s what you’ll need:
- Apples-The best apples for baking are ones that hold their structure, which keeps the chunks of fruit from turning into bland pockets of apple mush. I recommend using Honeycrisp, Braeburn, Granny Smith or Pink Lady for this recipe! No matter what, be sure to slice the apples thinly.
- Brown & Granulated Sugar– Both sugars help to draw out moisture from the apples as they bake, this creates a sweet, syrupy consistency to the mixture. Both light and brown sugar will work, as well as cane sugar in the place of granulated.
- Flour– Flour helps to soak up extra liquid and thicken the syrup created by the apples and the sugar. If you’re noticing that the apples are releasing more liquid than expected, or you prefer a thicker consistency, add an extra tablespoon or so to the mixture.
- Cinnamon– Spicy, warm and fragrant, cinnamon is always a great addition to Fall recipes. If you’d like, add in a pinch of nutmeg, cardamom or allspice for an extra cozy kick!
- Vanilla– As with most recipes, vanilla works as a flavor enhancer and aromatic. If you don’t have any on hand, almond or orange extract could work.
- Water- This may seem strange but I promise it serves a purpose! A bit of water provides moisture that kickstarts the development of that saucy, spicy mulled wine syrup.
- Cabernet Sauvignon– Cabernet Sauvignon bursts with all the bold flavors of raspberry and blackberry jam. Every sip of this bold wine is smooth and so incredibly rich. Can’t get your hands on this one? Merlot, Red Blend or Pinot Noir are all great options!
- Homemade Biscuit Topping- Made with sifted flour, brown sugar, granulated sugar, cinnamon, and butter, this topping is the soft, crumbly biscuit topping of your dreams.
How to Make Apple Cobbler
- Preparation is Key: Preheat your oven to a cozy 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Then, show some love to your 9×13-inch or large round baking pan by greasing it lightly.
- Fruitful Beginnings – The Filling: In a large mixing bowl, it’s time to mingle! Add your sliced apples, brown sugar, granulated sugar, flour, cinnamon, apple pie spice, vanilla extract, water, and our secret weapon – red wine. Toss everything together until those apple slices are coated in flavor and excitement. Transfer this fruity party to your prepared baking pan and tuck them in with aluminum foil. Bake for 20 minutes, just enough time for them to get tender and flavorful.
- While the Apples Bake – The Topping: No cobbler is complete without its golden crown! While your apples are baking, let’s prepare the topping. In your food processor’s bowl, bring together the flour, 1 cup granulated sugar, brown sugar, baking powder, 1 tsp cinnamon, and salt. Give it a few pulses – we’re talking flavor fusion here. Introduce the cold butter and pulse again until the texture resembles coarse sand (think beach vibes!). Now, the game changer: hot water. Add it in and watch a dough form; it should remind you of drop biscuits. If it’s playing hard to get, add 1-2 tablespoons more water, one at a time.
- Bringing It All Together: By now, your apples have had their moment in the oven. It’s time for the grand assembly! Using a large scoop or an old-fashioned spoon, drop dollops of your prepared dough over the apples. It doesn’t have to be perfect; this dish is all about rustic charm! Now, for a final touch of sweetness, mix the remaining sugar and cinnamon and sprinkle it over the dough like edible glitter.
- Final Bake: Send your masterpiece back into the oven, this time uncovered, for 30-40 minutes. What you’re looking for is a bubbly, golden-brown spectacle that makes your heart sing (and your stomach growl).
Leftover Storage and Reheating
Tip: The key to perfectly storing and reheating a cobbler is allowing it to cool completely before tucking it away!
Steam= condensation. Condensation=soggy cobbler. To prevent this, I recommend cutting the cobbler into individual serving sizes and allowing them to cool uncovered on the countertop. Wait until you can hover your hand over them and not feel any radiant heat.
You can cover the slices with aluminum foil on small plates, store them in tupperware containers or place them all back into the ceramic baking dish that you made them in. Place the cobbler in the fridge, where it will keep for up to 5 days.
The higher the temperature, the more liquid will release, creating a soggy mess topped with a stale crumble. Yuck.
I highly recommend taking the time to reheat your cobbler in the oven! Preheat the oven to 250 degrees, take the cobbler out of the fridge and transfer it to an oven-safe dish, if need be. Once the oven is preheated, place the dish on the middle rack.
For individual serving sizes, reheat for 10-15 minutes. For an entire cobbler, reheat for 30-45 minutes. Take the cobbler out of the oven, and allow it to rest for 5-10 minutes before consuming.
Favorite Apple Recipes
Can’t get enough apples? Neither can I! Whether you’re trying to use up those orchard picks or looking to take advantage of crisp grocery store finds, I’ve got plenty of delicious options for you.
Try out one my FAVORITE Autumn apple recipes:
- Apple Cider Floats
- Apple Tarte Tatin
- Apple Crisp French Toast
- Apple Brown Betty
- Dutch Apple Pie
- Classic Apple Pie
- Baked Apples with a Crumble Topping!
For the Filling
- 3 lb apples peeled and sliced
- 1/2 cup light brown sugar packed
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1/3 cup all purpose flour
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp apple pie spice
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 3/4 cup water
- 1/4 cup red wine
For the Topping
- 2 cups all purpose flour
- 1 cup plus 3 tbsp granulated sugar divided
- 1 cup light brown sugar
- 2 tbsp baking powder
- 1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon divided
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 cup unsalted cold butter cubed
- 1/4 cup hot water
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Lightly grease a 9×13-in or large round baking pan.
For the Filling
- Add sliced apples, brown sugar, granulated sugar, flour, cinnamon, vanilla, water, and wine in a large bowl. Toss to combine. Transfer apples to prepared baking pan and cover with aluminum foil. Bake for 20 minutes.
- While the apples are cooking, prepare the topping.
For the Topping
- Combine flour, 1 cup granulated sugar, brown sugar, baking powder, 1 tsp cinnamon, and salt in the bowl of a food processor. Pulse a few times to combine.
- Add cold butter and pulse until sand-like texture. Add hot water until a dough forms. The mixture should be the consistency of drop biscuits. Add 1 -2 tablespoons at a time if your dough is too dry.
- Once apples have cooked, use a large scoop or a spoon to drop the dough over the apples. Combine the remaining sugar and cinnamon and sprinkle over the dough. Bake uncovered for 30-40 minutes.