Crockpot Apple Cobbler

Treat yourself to a warm and comforting Crockpot Apple Cobbler that's as easy as pie, thanks to canned apple pie filling and a cake mix straight from the box. The topping blends brown sugar, flour, pecans, and butter for an easy crock pot dessert! 

Cobbler is a popular dessert characterized by its fruit base, often topped with a biscuit-like or crumbly layer that bakes to golden perfection. You can craft this treat using a wide array of fruits, from classic choices like cherries, peaches, and berries to mangoes and pears. This easy crock pot cobbler recipe uses the warm, comforting taste of apples using convenient cans of apple pie filling! 

Crafting this crockpot apple cobbler recipe is a breeze, thanks to its simplicity and the convenience of a crock pot. By layering the apple pie filling and cake mix, you don’t have to be a professional baker. The crock pot infuses the flavors together beautifully, resulting in a satisfying apple cobbler that is filled with comfort. 

The topping is made with a blend of brown sugar, flour, chopped pecans, and melted butter, adding a delightful crunch and richness to each bite. Mixing these ingredients creates a crumbly texture that perfectly complements the tender apple filling. Enjoy a dollop of whipped cream or a big scoop of vanilla ice cream on top of your apple dump cake for the ultimate indulgence!

Crockpot Apple Cobbler

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • With minimal steps and maximum flavor, this recipe offers a dessert that's both quick and satisfying.
  • The combination of apple pie filling and a crumbly topping ensures a perfect texture and caramel apple flavor.
  • Let your crock pot do the work, allowing you to have peace of mind that this dessert will turn out great every time. 
  • Dry cake mix and apple pie filling make this entire recipe easy to make without any complicated baking steps. 

Ingredients You’ll Need

  • Apple Pie Filling - Provides a hearty, fruity base that's both sweet and tart, creating the core flavor profile of the cobbler.
  • Yellow Cake Mix - This dry mix forms the cake layer, delivering a tender and slightly sweet foundation that pairs perfectly with the rich apple filling.
  • Cinnamon & Nutmeg - These aromatic spices infuse warmth and depth into the dessert.
  • Butter - Contributes moisture and a buttery richness that ties all the elements together.

Brown Sugar Pecan Crust Topping:

  • Brown Sugar - Creates a sweet and slightly molasses-like undertone while also giving a crisp, golden topping.
  • All-Purpose Flour - Provides structure to the topping, helping it hold together and achieve a crumbly texture.
  • Chopped Pecans - Elevates the texture of the cobbler and provides a nutty and crunchy contrast to the soft fruit filling.
  • Melted Butter - Binds the topping ingredients, ensuring they combine well and result in a  crispy topping layer.
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How To Make Crockpot Apple Cobbler

Layer the apple pie filling: Pour the apple pie filling into the bottom of a 6-quart crock pot.

Mix the cobbler ingredients: In a medium bowl, add cake mix, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Whisk until well combined. Pour over the top of the apple filling. Pour melted butter over the top of the top of the cake mix.

Assemble the pecan topping: In a small bowl, add brown sugar, flour, pecans, and melted butter. Mix until well combined and spoon over the top of the cobbler.

Cover and cook: Add the lid to the top and cook on HIGH for 3-4 hours. Serve with caramel sauce and ice cream. Enjoy!

Crockpot Apple Cobbler

Recipe Tips

  • When layering the apple pie filling, spread it evenly across the bottom of the crock pot for consistent flavor distribution.
  • Drizzling the melted butter over the cake mix helps the dry ingredients combine and develop a moist, tender texture while baking.
  • When preparing the brown sugar pecan crust topping, thoroughly combine the brown sugar, flour, chopped pecans, and melted butter for a cohesive and well-textured topping layer.
  • When cooking, be sure the crockpot's lid is securely in place. This will help the cobbler cook evenly and retain moisture.
  • To check if the crockpot apple cobbler is done, insert a toothpick into the cake layer; it should come out clean, with no raw batter clinging to it.

Variations

  • Swap the apple pie filling for canned blue, raspberry, or blackberry filling to create a mixed berry cobbler with vibrant flavors.
  • Change the boxed cake mix for a white cake mix or spice cake mix.
  • Embrace a taste of the tropics by using canned pineapple or mango filling, and consider adding a touch of shredded coconut to the topping for an exotic flair.
  • Elevate the warm spices by incorporating a pinch of cloves or ginger into the cake mix or topping.
  • In the topping, Experiment with nuts like almonds, walnuts, or hazelnuts to add distinct flavors and textures that complement the chosen fruit filling.
  • For a refreshing citrus twist, stir in a bit of citrus zest (such as lemon or orange) to the pie filling or cake mix.
  • Offset the sweetness with a savory element by adding a sprinkle of sea salt to the brown sugar pecan topping, creating a balance of flavors.
  • Opt for a gluten-free cake mix and ensure the flour used in the topping is also gluten-free for dietary-restricted individuals. 

Storage Instructions

Storing: Transfer the remaining cobbler to an airtight container. Store in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days.To reheat, place individual portions in the microwave and warm in 30-second intervals until heated through. Or warm larger portions in a preheated oven at 350°F (175°C) for about 15-20 minutes or until the cobbler is heated through. 

Freezing: Portion the cooled cobbler into individual servings or freeze the entire batch in a freezer-safe container. To prevent freezer burn, wrap the container with a layer of plastic wrap and aluminum foil or use a vacuum-sealed bag. When ready to enjoy, thaw the cobbler in the refrigerator overnight.

Crockpot Apple Cobbler
PREP TIME  15minutes 
COOK TIME  4hours 
TOTAL TIME  4hours  15minutes 
COURSE  Dessert
CUISINE  American
SERVINGS  6
CALORIES  517 kcal

EQUIPMENT

  • Your Favorite Crock Pot

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 (20 oz) cans of apple pie filling
  • 1 box yellow cake mix
  • ¼ tsp cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp nutmeg
  • 8 tbsp butter (mellted)

Brown Sugar Pecan Crust Topping

  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup pecans (chopped)
  • ¼ cup butter (melted)

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Pour the apple pie filling to the bottom of a 6-quart crock pot.
  • In a medium bowl, add cake mix, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Whisk until well combined and pour over the top of the apple filling.
  • Pour melted butter over the top of the top of the cake mix.
  • In a small bowl, add brown sugar, flour, pecans, and melted butter. Mix until well combined and spoon over the top of the cobbler.
  • Cover and cook on high for 3-4 hours.
  • Serve with caramel sauce and ice cream. Enjoy!
NOTES
  • Feel free to incorporate fresh apples in this crockpot apple cobbler instead of pie filling—it's completely acceptable
  • Elevate the flavor of this crock pot apple cobbler recipe by choosing between white cake mix, spiced cake mix, or chocolate cake mix. The flexibility allows you to customize the taste of your apple dump cake, adding a delightful twist to suit your preferences.

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