Pies and Tarts

July 3, 2022

Peach Cobbler

Peaches are one of my favorite parts of summer. We always stop and get peaches at roadside fruit stands and have even ordered them by the case. I never get tired of peaches.

This year my boss has a full peach tree and can’t eat all the fruit fast enough. He brought some peaches into work to share with our staff and I knew that I wanted to bake with them.  

This recipe is very easy, the hardest part is peeling and slicing fresh peaches. The batter is seasoned with nutmeg, cinnamon, and a hint of almond. The unexpected ingredient to make this cobbler stand out is red hot cinnamon candy. It adds a fun twist and pop of color to the dessert. It also adds more cinnamon flavor.

A cobbler is typically made by spooning batter on top of the fruit, but this recipe places the fruit on top of the batter which is more like a buckle. The batter cooks up over the fruit leaving a nice golden crust.

Whether you want to call this recipe a cobbler or a buckle, I call it delicious!

Recipe Source: Original recipe source unknown. This recipe has been in my family for years. The addition of red hot candy was inspired by my mother-in-law who puts red hots in her peach pie.

Peach Cobbler

Easy peach cobbler made with a unexpected special ingredient. Make with fresh or canned peaches.


Anne Voss

  • Fresh peaches. Approximately 5 medium peaches (600g – weight after pitted and peeled)
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour (120g)
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar (150g)
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder (8g)
  • 1 cup milk (228ml or 8oz)
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1/2 cup butter (1 stick or 113g)
  • ~35 red hot cinnamon candies (20g)
  • 2 tablespoons light brown sugar (37g)
  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  2. Remove pit and skin from peaches. Slice and set aside.
  3. In a separate bowl whisk together flour, sugar, spices, salt, and baking powder.
  4. Add milk and extracts to the flour mixture. Mix until combined and smooth. Set batter aside.
  5. Cut butter into large pieces and add to the bottom of an oven-safe baking dish (2 to 2.5-quart volume).
  6. Melt butter in the oven for approximately 5 minutes. Remove the baking dish from the oven.
  7. Pour the batter mixture directly over the melted butter. No need to mix.
  8. Add sliced peaches on top of the batter and butter in the baking dish. Make sure the fruit is well distributed in an even layer.
  9. Sprinkle the top of the peaches with red hot cinnamon candy.
  10. Sprinkle brown sugar over the top of the cobbler.  
  11. Bake at 350°F for 45-50 minutes until the top is golden brown and the center is set (does not jiggle).
  12. Remove from the oven and allow to cool.
  13. Spoon cobbler out of the baking dish. You can serve warm, cold, or at room temperature.
  14. Store covered in the refrigerator for a few days.

Makes 6 servings

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Recipe Notes

Below you will find tips and tricks to help achieve the best results possible!

whole peaches sitting on cutting board


Peaches – the taste of peaches can vary from really sweet to more acidic depending on the time they are harvested. If your peaches are not very sweet, you can add a sprinkle of sugar over the sliced fruit before adding it to the cobbler.

Peeling peaches is usually pretty easy especially if the fruit is ripe. Some people like to quickly place the peach in boiling water and then into a cold water bath. This helps the skin to separate from the fruit and therefore is easier to peel.

Red Hots – red hots are hard cinnamon-flavored candy that you can often find in the candy aisle or around the checkout stand of your grocery store. Do not use jelly candy, such as hot tamales, as they will leave a gummy texture in the dessert. You need to use the hard candy version. They will melt completely during baking.

Extract – I like the addition of almond extract as it pairs well with the fruit. You can choose to only use vanilla extract if you prefer.

side by side photo showing red hot candy added to cobbler

Supplies Needed

An oven-safe baking dish that is 2 to 2.5 quarts in volume. I like a dish with high sides so that the juices do not bubble up and overflow in the oven. I prefer glass or ceramic baking dishes over metal.

Other needed supplies include a mixing bowl, measuring spoons, measuring cups or kitchen scale, and a whisk.

Tips and Tricks

You can vary the amount of fruit based on your preferences. I like my cobbler fruit heavy therefore after I pitted and peeled my peaches I had close to 600g of fruit. Anywhere from 300g to 600g of fruit will work fine. That is approximately 2 to 4 cups of sliced fruit.

Pour the batter over the melted butter and do not mix. Some of the butter will float up over the batter and that is fine. It will all bake together in the oven.

Serve cobbler along with vanilla ice cream. I feel like it is a requirement and ice cream is a cobbler’s best friend! The contrast between warm cobbler and cold ice cream is perfection. You can also serve it with whipped cream.

peach cobbler with ice cream dripping off the spoon into bowl below


Canned peaches can be substituted in this recipe. Use two 15-ounce cans of store-bought peaches. Drain the peaches before adding them to the recipe.

Red hots cinnamon candy is optional and can be omitted from the recipe. If omitted, increase the ground cinnamon to 1/2 teaspoon.

If you want greater cinnamon flavor, you can add more red hots to the cobbler. You can double or triple the amount of candy. It will turn the cobbler filling a pretty pink color. My husband prefers the cobbler with more candy added so the cinnamon flavor is prominent.

You can also use apples in this recipe instead of peaches. Apples and red hots are also a tasty combination and a comforting dessert in the fall.

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