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Pecan Cobbler Recipe

Bowls of pecan cobbler dessert with a spoon on the side.

Our recipe for Pecan Cobbler would definitely be considered a self-saucing pudding. Whatever you choose to call this recipe, whether it’s pudding or cobbler, you can definitely call it delicious. 

If you are in a rush during the holiday season, this recipe for Pecan Cobbler might bail you out since it can be prepared so quickly.

Pecan Cobbler Recipe

April Freeman
With the flavor of a pecan pie and the preparation ease of a cobbler, our recipe for Pecan Cobbler gives you the best of both worlds. In this recipe, a layer of scrumptious toasted pecans lies atop a delicious sponge cake. All of this floats on a bed of sweet, sticky caramel sauce. If you need a simple but delicious dessert, you should try our recipe for Pecan Cobbler.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Total Time 55 mins
Cuisine American
Servings 6 Servings


  • Nine-Inch Square Pan
  • Oven
  • Microwave
  • Medium-Sized Bowl


For the Cobbler Batter

  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ cup milk
  • ½ teaspoon rum extract
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the Topping

  • cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 ½ cups hot water


  • Turn your oven to 350 degrees. Lightly spray a nine-inch square pan with cooking spray.
  • To begin, you will need to melt the butter. You can either set the butter in the pan and place it in your hot oven, allowing it to melt, or you can microwave it for about 30 seconds.
  • Once the butter is melted, set this aside.
  • In a medium-sized bowl, stir together the flour, brown sugar, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon. Stir these with a fork to combine them.
  • Add the milk, the rum extract, and the vanilla extract, stirring just until the batter is moistened.
  • In a small bowl, stir together the brown sugar and chopped pecans for the topping mixture. 
  • With a tablespoon, take spoonfuls of the batter mixture and put them on top of the melted butter. Do not stir these together. Just allow the batter to sit in the melted butter. 
  • Next, sprinkle the topping mixture over the top of the batter. Again, do not stir the cobbler. Just allow the layers to sit on top of one another.
  • Slowly and carefully, pour the hot water over everything, covering the whole surface of the cobbler. Once again, no stirring! 
  • Put the cobbler pan into the oven and bake it for 35 to 40 minutes, or until the top of the cobbler is golden brown and the filling is bubbly. 
  • Remove the cobbler from the oven and let it cool for 20 to 30 minutes before serving.
  • Serve the cobbler warm in bowls topped with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream.


This recipe seems to work magically. When you create it, you may be confused when you get ready to put it in the oven. This is because it just doesn’t look all that great before it bakes. The recipe proceeds as you might imagine. First, you melt some butter in a pan.
Then you make some cake batter. Now, you might become a bit puzzled as you spoon the batter over the melted butter without stirring. Then you will do something else that seems a bit odd. You mix together a topping mixture and scatter it over the cake batter.
Finally, the strangest thing of all occurs: you will pour hot water over the whole thing. This turns your dessert into a watery mess. But that is the way it is supposed to be.
Pop the cobbler into the oven, and that is where the magic happens. The cobbler will separate into layers as it bakes. In the end, you will have a delicious triple layered dessert that tastes incredible and has a soft, sticky texture. Top each serving with a scoop of vanilla ice cream to wow your diners.
This is what a cobbler is meant to be–soft cake which floats on a pool of sticky sweetness. Of course, in other places in the world, they might call this dessert something else. 
Of course, to American diners, a pudding is a dairy-based dessert that is sweet, creamy, soft, and cool. In texture, a pudding is similar to a custard or mousse. However, in the United Kingdom, desserts like our Pecan Cobber would be referred to as pudding.
Puddings in the British Isles are starchy, soft, and cake-like. Some British puddings are “self-saucing.” This means that the dessert separates into layers of cake and a tasty, sweet sauce on the bottom of the pan.
One thing that is great about our recipe for Pecan Cobbler is that it gives you all the flavor of a classic pecan pie without the bother of rolling out pie crust, mixing up pie filling, and baking a pie. Additionally, you can serve this cobbler to more people than a traditional pie will serve. If you have a few more mouths to feed, simply make the scoops of the cobbler a tad smaller and make up the difference in ice cream on the top.
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