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Chocolate Cobbler

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Chocolate lovers will be in pure heaven with one bite of this Chocolate Cobbler! It’s all the goodness of chocolate pudding and chocolate lava cake thrown into one easy dessert. Serve it hot out of the oven and top with ice cream or whipped cream! Either way, get ready to live!

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Old Fashioned Decadence

Chocolate Cobbler has been around for ages, and after one bite, you’ll see why it’s still going strong as an indulgent dessert today. The contrast between the slightly crispy top and the bottom has been making tastebuds happy since the dawn of time. If you haven’t tried it, now’s the time!

Made With Pantry Ingredients

Part of what makes this cobbler so easy to make is that it uses simple, every day ingredients… Just like what was in Grandma’s pantry. You’ve got your basic flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, salt, sugar, brown sugar, milk, butter, and vanilla. THAT’S IT.

Not a Typo: No Eggs Needed!

Yep, you read that right! Even though this is essentially a cake recipe with chocolate pudding baked underneath, you don’t need eggs for this recipe.

How to Make Chocolate Cobbler

Making this cobbler is fairly simple, but there is one part that may seem counterintuitive, so read through the directions entirely! The way it’s made works and produces pure chocolate lava magic. Trust us. We know desserts!

Whisk Dry Ingredients

In a medium-sized bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt, sugar, and cocoa powder. Create a well in the center of the dry ingredients and pour in the milk, melted butter, and vanilla. Stir together until a thick batter forms and pour batter into an ungreased 8×8 casserole dish with high sides.

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Make Topping

In a separate bowl, stir sugar, brown sugar, and cocoa powder together. Sprinkle over the top of the batter evenly.

Cover with Water

This is where things may seem a little wonky, but do exactly as we say and your dessert will turn out perfectly! Pour HOT WATER over the topping and DON’T STIR A THING. We repeat: NO STIRRING! The hot water will sink to the bottom as the cobbler bakes and that’s what makes the gooey lava!

Pouring hot water over chocolate cobbler batter

Bake + Cool

Place the casserole dish on a baking sheet (in case it bubbles over), slide it into a preheated oven, and bake for 40 minutes, or until the middle is set. Cool 5-10 minutes before serving.

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How to Serve

Once the cobbler has cooled a bit, it’s *almost* ready to enjoy. While you most certainly can eat it plain, here are a few suggestions for bringing it to the next level:

  • Ice cream – Vanilla is our favorite, but if you’re looking for MORE chocolate action, serve it with a scoop of chocolate ice cream!
  • Freshly whipped cream
  • Drizzle with chocolate sauce or salted caramel sauce
  • Melt some peanut butter in the microwave and drizzle on top
  • Slice fresh strawberries and place on top

Make Ahead Directions

You can prepare this up to a day in advance. Simply make the batter, cover, and place in the fridge. Make the topping, cover, and set aside. When ready to bake, pull the cobbler out of the fridge, sprinkle the topping on, pour the hot water over the batter, and place in oven.

*Note: You will need to bake it longer since it’s starting out cold, about 5-10 minutes, or until the middle is set.

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Chocolate Cobbler

Chocolate lovers will be in pure heaven with one bite of this Chocolate Cobbler! It's all the goodness of chocolate pudding and chocolate lava cake thrown into one easy dessert.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 8 servings

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 TBSP unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup butter melted
  • 2 tsp vanilla

For the Topping

  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar lightly packed
  • 1/4 cup unsweetned cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 cup very hot tap water

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • In a medium-sized bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, salt, sugar, and cocoa powder. Create a well in the dry ingredients and pour in milk, melted butter, and vanilla. Stir together until a thick batter forms.
  • Pour into a small, ungreased 8-inch rectangular casserole dish with high sides.
  • In a separate bowl, stir sugar, brown sugar, and cocoa powder together. Sprinkle over the top of the batter evenly.
  • Pour hot water over the entire thing {WITHOUT STIRRING A THING!}.
  • Bake for 40 minutes or once the middle is set. {Be sure to place it on a baking sheet in case it bubbles over.} Cool 5-10 minutes before serving.
  • Serve warm with vanilla ice cream.
Keyword Chocolate, Cobbler
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