Easy Lemon Cobbler Recipe

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Easy Lemon Cobbler is a simple recipe that takes just minutes to prepare. It’s bright, bold, sweet, and tart and you’ll love every bite of this lemony dessert.

Dig your spoon through the topping, and you’ll find a warm lemon custard filling. The contrast between the lightly browned, slightly crisp top and the sweet, saucy center is enough to make this easy dessert a new go-to.

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I actually like lemon and strawberry desserts better than chocolate. Even if you’re big chocolate lover, this lemon dessert will win you over!

This recipe is the ideal dessert for grilled hamburgers, hotdogs, and summer cookouts. It’s sweet, tart, easy to make, and goes great with homemade ice cream and/or Cool Whip.


How to make Lemon Cobbler?

Most of making this cobbler is simply layering the ingredients. First, you’ll melt butter in your pan. I do this while the oven is preheating.

The only mixing is for the batter. I made a homemade batter which is a basic cake batter using flour, sugar, milk, flavoring, and lemon zest. I tested the cobbler with cake mix for the batter and didn’t like the result. Once the batter is combined, you’ll pour the batter over the melted butter. Resist the urge to stir it.

Finally, the last step of this ever-so-short-and-easy dessert is pouring lemon pie filling over the batter. Again, you do not want to stir it.

The hardest part of this recipe is waiting for it to cook! It takes 55 minutes to an hour of smelling it baking and fill your house with lemony heaven scent. And, when you do finally take it out of the oven, wait, do not take a huge, scorching bite and burn your tongue. I may actually have experience with this!

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What size pan do I need?

You need to make this in a 9x9x3-inch square baking pan or 9-inch deep-dish round baking pan. The sides need to be 3 inches deep or it can overflow! (A 7×11.5 casserole dish will work, but a 9×13-inch is too large.)

Can I cook this in a slow cooker?

Yes. The slow cooker method is just as simple but takes longer to cook. (see below for details)

Is the the same as Magic Lemon Cobbler?

Yes, some people refer to this dessert as Magic Lemon Cobbler or Easy Magic Lemon Cobbler because it’s self-saucing and super easy to make.

What’s the difference in a cobbler and a pie?

They are very similar but still have distinct differences. A pie has a bottom crust and sometimes a top crust. Cobblers typically don’t have a bottom crust. Pies are made with pastry dough whereas cobblers have sweet biscuit-like or cake-like dough.

Slow cooker method

  • You’ll mix it together exactly as directed except layer the ingredients in your slow cooker.
  • Place the lid on the slow cooker and cook on HIGH for 2 hours and 45 minutes to 3 hours.
  • Don’t open the lid during the cooking time.
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Lemon Cobbler

Easy Lemon Cobbler

Easy Lemon Cobbler is a simple recipe that takes just minutes to prepare. It's bright, bold, sweet, and tart and you'll love every bite of this lemony dessert.
Author: Paula
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 55 minutes
Servings: 12 servings
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  • ½ cup butter
  • 1 cup self-rising flour
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup buttermilk or whole milk
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon lemon extract or lemon zest
  • 21 or 22 ounces lemon pie filling like this


  • Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  • Add the butter to a 7×12-inch or 9×9-inch baking pan. Place it in the oven to melt.
  • In a bowl, whisk flour, sugar, buttermilk, vanilla, and lemon zest (or extract). Don't overmix it.
  • Pour the batter evenly over the melted butter in the baking dish. Don't stir.
  • Next, pour or spoon the lemon pie filling over the batter as evenly as possible. Do not stir.
  • Bake on the middle rack of the oven 55 to 60 minutes. The top crust should be golden brown. The center of the cobbler may look a little 'jiggly' but the crust should be brown and cooked.
  • The is great served warm with vanilla ice cream.
  • Cover and store leftovers in the in refrigerator up to 4 days.


Calories: 250kcal | Carbohydrates: 41g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 31mg | Sodium: 211mg | Potassium: 37mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 32g | Vitamin A: 269IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 27mg | Iron: 1mg
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  1. 5 stars
    Paula, I can’t wait to make this for Easter. My family loves lemon. I have a question for you. For a large family can I make a 9×13 pan! Would you double the recipe? Thank you Linda

    1. I’m not positive doubling and using a 9×13-inch pan will work – that may make it be too thick and not cook probably. I recommend making two batches using two different pan instead – just because I haven’t tested it doubling and would hate to give you advice I’m not positive will work.

  2. I made this tonight to take to our Thanksgiving meal at my son’s house tomorrow. I know it’s not a “traditional” Thanksgiving dessert, but I came across a can of lemon pie filling in my pantry & thought “Why not?!” So I did. LOL. I just took a tiny little taste (hope no one notices) and it’s delicious! Thank you.

    1. thank you so much!! I totally agree, it doesn’t matter if it’s ‘traditional’ or not as long as you like it. Happy Thanksgiving!

  3. I don’t understand,what do you mean ‘lemon filling “ is that another recipe? How do I do it?

    1. Are you looking at the recipe card? Look at the very last ingredient in the recipe card and over to the right it says in blue ‘like this’. Click that ‘like this’ and it’ll show you exactly what I used.

      1. You can buy canned lemon pie filling. I prefer to make my own. I have a great recipe for it. I’m sure you can find one if you google it.

  4. Looks delicious and I plan to make tomorrow.
    Question – why does the lemon filling go on the top? In the picture it shows the batter crust on top?

  5. 5 stars
    Hey Paula, I’m totally with you on this one! Fruit desserts are definitely my thing, and this Magic Lemon Cobbler looks absolutely delicious (and refreshing in summer!) 🙂

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