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Easy Apple Cobbler – Mom On Timeout

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This Easy Apple Cobbler recipe is the perfect dessert for fall. Made with sweet and spiced apple filling and a fluffy crust that comes right from a box of cake mix, this dump and go dessert is a total time saver that tastes like it was made from scratch. Friends and family will think you spent hours on it when really all you need is about five minutes!

In the mood for apple desserts? Try these Mini Apple Pies, Apple Crumble and Baked Apple Pie Dip!

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Easy Apple Cobbler

A delicious dessert with practically no effort involved? Sign me up. All you need for this amazing easy Apple Cobbler recipe is some pie filling, a box of cake mix, a little spice and flavor, and a touch of butter. You don’t even need multiple dishes, everything can be made in the pan it’s baked in! Talk about a one dish wonder.

The apples and spices are just perfect for fall! Serve this autumnal treat with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream and a warm cup of coffee just as the air starts to get a little crisp to it. This dessert serves a crowd so it’s great for a big family meal or a fall fest style potluck! 

Not in the mood for apple? Try this easy cobbler recipe with cake mix using your favorite pie filling! Cherry and blueberry are two of my favorites!

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Why I Love Easy Apple Cobbler 

Why do I love this Easy Apple Cobbler Recipe?

  • It’s so easy! Yes it’s in the name but really, the prep for this dish is all of five minutes and then it gets put in the oven to bake. Dump the ingredients in the pan, stir, and you’re done. 
  • It’s perfect for parties. This dump cake style dish only uses one pan which not only makes it easy to make but also easy to transport. Let the dish cool enough to put a lid or foil over top and transport right in the baking dish. It serves a crowd and no extra platters necessary. 
  • Tastes homemade but uses cake mix and store bought apple pie filling!

Want to give this apple cobbler recipe your own special touch? Make my homemade apple pie filing instead of using store bought for more delicious flavor!

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More Amazing Apple Recipes

When fall rolls around (and a little bit before!), I start craving alll the apple treats! Here are some of our favorites:

  1. Deep Dish Dutch Apple Pie
  2. No Bake Apple Cheesecake
  3. Easy Apple Strudel
  4. Apple Salad
  5. Caramel Apple Shake
  6. Caramel Apple Oat Bars
  7. Apple Pie Tacos

What You’ll Need

This Apple Cobbler recipe is so easy, just dump and bake! As always, you can find the full printable recipe with complete instructions in the recipe card at the end of this post. Let’s take a look at what you’ll need…

  • butter cake mix – Vanilla or yellow cake mix will work as well if you already have a box on hand.
  • apple pie filling – Two cans.
  • butter – Salted.
  • lemon juice – Just a touch to bring out the flavor.
  • vanilla extract – For added sweetness.
  • apple pie spice You can also use ground cinnamon and nutmeg, see recipe card below.
ingredients needed for apple cobbler with cake mix.

Use my homemade apple pie spice for the best flavor!

How To Make Easy Apple Cobbler 

  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F and lightly coat a 9×13 inch baking dish with cooking spray.
  2. Combine the apple pie filling, lemon juice, vanilla extract, and apple pie spice directly into the baking dish. You can use a separate bowl to mix if you prefer but this cuts down on dishes! Stir to combine.
  3. Sprinkle the boxed cake mix over the apple pie filling in an even layer.
  4. Press the cake mix down into the filling a bit but don’t combine the two layers. This just helps the cake mix to absorb some of the liquid from the apple filling.
  5. Slice the butter into 16 slices and arrange over the cake mix.
  6. Bake the cobbler for 35 to 45 minutes, until golden brown.
  7. Serve fresh from the oven with your favorite vanilla ice cream or whipped cream on top. Enjoy!
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Storage Information

Let the apple cobbler cool completely before transferring to an airtight container. The leftovers will stay good in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. If you want, you can warm in the microwave for about 30 seconds to reheat. 

Easy Apple Cobbler Recipe FAQs

Can I use different flavors of filling?

Yep! This easy recipe can be totally customized with your favorite fruit fillings. Try peach, cherry, blackberry, whatever you’re in the mood for!

Can I use fresh fruit for the filling?

If you want to use fresh apples as opposed to the canned pie filling you absolutely can. However we’ll need a couple extra ingredients. For the apples (I like granny smith or gala for baking) you’ll want to peel and slice or chop them into small pieces. Use my instructions from my Apple Crumble recipe then complete the recipe as directed, adding the cake mix and butter. Bake as directed. 

Do I have to use a butter cake mix?

This recipe for apple cobbler with cake mix is super versatile and if you can’t find butter cake mix, yellow cake mix or vanilla cake mix will work beautifully!

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Trish’s Tips and Tricks

  • You can check the cobbler at 25 minutes to make sure the cake mix layer isn’t looking too dry. If it is, press it into the filling and continue baking until golden.
  • You can make your own homemade apple filling with my homemade Apple Pie Filling recipe!
  • You can also make homemade Apple Pie Spice to keep on hand all year long.
  • Butter cake mix will give you the classic flavor typically associated with cobbler, however, yellow or vanilla cake mixes are delicious alternatives. 
scoop of apple cobbler served on a white lace edged plate topped with fresh whipped cream. white casserole dish with remaining cobbler in the background.

More Apple Desserts

  1. Caramel Apple Empanadas
  2. Apple Crumble
  3. Cinnamon Swirl Apple Bread
  4. Apple Muffins with Crumb Topping
  5. Easy Apple Tart with Caramel Sauce
  6. Snickers Salad

How To Make Easy Apple Cobbler

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Easy Apple Cobbler

This Easy Apple Cobbler recipe is the perfect dessert for fall. Made with sweet and spiced apple filling and a fluffy crust that comes right from a box of cake mix, this dump and go dessert is deceptively delicious. Friends and family will think you spent hours on it when really all you need is about five minutes!

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Author Trish – Mom On Timeout

Ingredients

  • 15.25 ounces butter cake mix
  • 42 ounces apple pie filling 2 cans
  • 8 tablespoons salted butter
  • 1 ½ tablespoons lemon juice fresh is best
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon apple pie spice or ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon, ½ teaspoon nutmeg

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F. Lightly spray nonstick cooking spray into a 9 x 13 baking dish.

  • In a large bowl (or directly in the baking dish), combine apple pie filling, lemon juice, vanilla extract and apple spice. Stir gently to combine.

  • Evenly spread the apple pie mixture onto the bottom of the prepared baking dish.

  • Sprinkle the cake mix evenly over the top of the filling.

  • Use a spatula to gently press the cake mix down into the pie filling a bit, but not fully combining it. You want the cake mix to absorb a bit of the liquid from the apple pie mixture.

  • Slice the butter into 16 pieces and arrange evenlyl over the top of the cake mix.

  • Bake for approximately 35 to 45 minute, or until golden brown. After about 25 minutes check on the cobbler and if the top is looking dry, use the spatula to press the dry bits of cake mix down into the filling and continue baking until light golden brown on top.

  • Serve warm with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream.

Notes

Storage Information
Let the apple cobbler cool completely before transferring to an airtight container. The leftovers will stay good in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. If you want, you can warm in the microwave for about 30 seconds to reheat. 

Nutrition

Calories: 451kcal | Carbohydrates: 84g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 30mg | Sodium: 554mg | Potassium: 101mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 44g | Vitamin A: 386IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 125mg | Iron: 2mg



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