Apple and plum cobbler on a white plate

Apple and Plum Skillet Cobbler

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Fresh sliced plums and apples cobbled together and topped with sweet drop biscuits, this apple and plum skillet cobbler makes for a quick and easy dessert.

Homemade cobbler is really easy to make. It’s basically some kind of filling cooked beneath a floating crust. It’s a very homey dish, and if it’s made in a cast-iron skillet it adds this rustic feel that just reels me in.

I love the combination of flavors in this apple and plum skillet cobbler. People seem to always talk about peaches when it comes to cobbler, but really plums are where it’s at. They are juicy and sweet with a bit of tartness and are really just superior in every way.

There are many different topping recipes that you can put on cobbler, but the drop biscuit version is my favorite. I love how simple it is to make, and it does a great job soaking in all the flavors of the filling as it cooks.

Tips For Making Apple and Plum Skillet Cobbler

  • If you have a cast-iron skillet, I recommend whipping it out for this recipe. If not, a glass casserole dish will work as well.
  • Cobbler is best served warm, straight out of the oven. There is no need to let it set. Scoop some onto a plate and top it with some vanilla icecream. Yum!
  • Don’t worry too much about your biscuit sizes. If you want them more uniform you can use a 2-inch ice cream scoop, but I usually just scoop some out this a spoon and drop it on top.


For the filling:
4 cups plums, sliced
4 cups apples, sliced
3/4 cup brown sugar
2 tbsp cornstarch
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp cardamom
1/2 tsp ginger
1 tsp vanilla extract

For the biscuits:
2 cup all-purpose flour
3 tbsp sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
4 tbsp butter, cut into small cubes
3/4 cup buttermilk
2 tbsp butter, melted
sugar for sprinkling


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. In a medium-sized bowl, combine the apples, plums, cornstarch, brown sugar, vanilla extract, and spices. Spoon the mixture into a large cast-iron skillet.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking soda, and salt. Cut in butter until the mixture resembles a coarse meal. You can also use a food processor if you have one. Add in buttermilk and stir until combined.
  4. Drop small chunks of dough onto the plum mixture. Brush the dough with melted butter and sprinkle with sugar.
  5. Bake for 30-40 minutes, or until the biscuits are lightly browned and the plum mixture is bubbling. Serve warm.

This recipe is adapted from Saving Dessert’s black raspberry cobbler.

apple and plum cobbler in a cast iron skillet

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Classic Lemon Tart
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