Can you believe I have never made a cherry dessert before? I love the fruit but just never thought to put it in a baked good. It wasn't until this year when I started seeing cherry desserts everywhere that I decided it was time to make my own. I admit, I did go the easy route and chose a cobbler but this one is extra special because it's a cherry blueberry biscuit cobbler. Soft, buttery cinnamon sugar biscuits sit on top of warm spiced blueberries and cherries that make this almost a fall dessert. I am happy to say, this cobbler was very well received; so much so that I may just make another cherry dessert!
Cherry Blueberry Biscuit Cobbler
- 2 ½ cup all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- ¾ cup powdered sugar
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- ½ cup cold butter cut into small chunks
- ¾ cup buttermilk cold
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
Cherry blueberry filling
- 2 lb cherries pitted and stems removed
- 1 pint blueberries
- ½ cup brown sugar
- ¼ cup granulated sugar
- 1 ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon nutmeg
- 1 ½ teaspoon vanilla
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¼ cup cornstarch
- ¼ cup butter melted
- cinnamon sugar
- vanilla ice cream for serving
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
- Make the biscuits. Combine the flour with salt, baking powder, powdered sugar, and cinnamon. Use a pastry blender or your hands to mix the butter into the dry mixture. Once the mixture resembles coarse sand, add the buttermilk and vanilla, mixing just until combined. Wrap in plastic wrap and chill until ready to use.
- Prepare the filling. Toss together the cherries with blueberries, brown sugar, granulated sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla, salt, and cornstarch. Pour the mixture into a 9x13 baking dish.
- Dust a clean work counter with flour. Transfer the biscuit dough on the counter and roll out the dough until it is a ½ inch thick. Use 1 ½ inch biscuit cutter to cut 15 biscuits, using the scraps if necessary. Lay the biscuits on top of the berry filling in 3 rows with 5 biscuits in each row.
- Brush the tops of the biscuits with a general amount of melted butter. Sprinkle cinnamon sugar on top and bake for 50 minutes – 1 hour or until the filling is bubbly and thick and the biscuits are golden brown. Remove from heat and let cool slightly. Serve warm with vanilla ice cream.
**Helpful tips and common mistakes
Cobblers are my number one full-proof fruit dessert when I have no idea what to make. They are so easy to make; just toss the fruit with sugar and starch and bake it with a flour topping. Anyone can make it, it's that easy. This cherry berry biscuit cobbler does require a bit more work because of the biscuits, but it's still easy enough for anyone to tackle.
Start by making the biscuit dough. Whenever I make biscuits, I get down and dirty and use my hands. You can easily overwork the dough using a food processor which would make the biscuits tough. By using your hands, you have more control and let's be honest, it's just more fun.
This biscuit dough strays just a little bit from regular biscuits with the added powdered sugar and cinnamon. Think of it almost as a shortcake and biscuit rolled into one. Once the dough comes together, chill it in the fridge while you make the filling. The dough will be easier to handle once it firms a little in the fridge.
For the filling, toss together cherries and blueberries with the warm spices (brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla, and granulated sugar) along with the cornstarch and salt. The cornstarch will help thicken the fruit juices to make one insanely delicious sauce. If you don't have a cherry pitter, now is the time to go buy one. Pitting 2 pounds of cherries by hand is not going to be fun.
Take out the dough and lightly roll out the dough until it is about ½ inch thick. Use a biscuit cutter to make small biscuits, about 1 ½ inches round. Shape 15 biscuits, using the scraps if necessary. Place the biscuits on top of the cherry blueberry filling and brush the tops with a generous amount of butter finished with cinnamon sugar.
About 1 hour later, the cherry blueberry biscuit cobbler is ready! The juices should be bubbling and thick while the biscuits will be golden brown and fluffy.
I'm a sucker for cobbler with vanilla ice cream and for good reason. Serve this dessert warm with a big scoop of ice cream and get ready to swoon. You know how people say they have a second stomach for desserts? That definitely applies when it comes to this dessert. What cherry dessert to make next?
For more cherry inspiration check out this caramelized honey cheesecake with cherry compote!