How to Make an Apple Cobbler in a Dutch Oven


Start to Finish: 40 to 50 minutesServings: 6 to 8Difficulty: Beginner

Dutch oven apple cobbler may seem like a dessert designed just for camping trips, but you can make it in the convenience of your backyard. Dutch oven cobbler is very easy, requiring only sliced apples, butter, cake mix and a few spices. You can even twist it up and make blueberry, cherry or blackberry Dutch oven cobblers using the same methods. Alternatively, use pancake mix to tone down the sweetness.

Things You'll Need

  • Tongs
  • Foil


  • 5 cups sliced apples
  • 1 1/2 cups butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 box yellow or white cake mix


  • Use two cans of apple pie filling instead of the sliced apples, as well as 1 cup of the butter, nutmeg, vanilla and cinnamon.


Prepare the Coals

Place 25 charcoal briquettes in a charcoal starter -- also called a charcoal chimney -- and light them. Let the coals burn for about 15 minutes.

Line the bottom and sides of the Dutch oven with foil.

Prepare and Cook the Cobbler

Fill the bottom of the Dutch oven with the sliced apples, then slice 1 cup of the butter into pats on top across all of the apples.

Add the vanilla, cinnamon and nutmeg sprinkled over the top of the apples and butter.

Pour the cake mix over the apple mixture, covering all of the mixture with the cake mix. Slice the rest of the butter in pats over the cake mix.

Use tongs to place 15 of the charcoal briquettes on your cooking area and place the Dutch oven on top.

Put the lid on the Dutch oven and add the other 10 charcoal briquettes.

Cook for 30 to 35 minutes and serve.


  • Use extreme caution when working with hot coals and Dutch ovens. Even if you can't see a flame, the coals are hot. Use potholders and tongs to move the coals and lid when cooking and serving.

Serving Suggestion

Hot Dutch oven apple cobbler is delicious all on its own, but it goes equally well with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or a dollop of whipped cream. Make a homemade whipped cream with heavy cream and sugar for a truly fantastic touch.

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