Chocolate Cobbler

This past weekend, we took a family trip to the beach.  Myself, my daughter, brother, sister-in-law and nephew all packed in the car and went to my parents house to harass them for the whole weekend.  Lucky them!  After the cupcake contest Friday evening, I was talking with my mom and sister-in-law about different ideas and general brainstorming for different things I can make.  My sister-in-law and I are very different when it comes to what we like when it comes to desserts.  She likes more of the fancy dishes, I like the simple stuff.  She’s also VERY honest, so anytime I want to know how good (or bad) something tastes, I can certainly rely on her for some feedback.  For instance…she doesn’t like cheesecake.  I love cheesecake.  She doesn’t like strawberry flavored cakes.  I love them.  She’s tired of peanut butter because our family is peanut butter crazy.  I’m still not tired of peanut butter.  She likes bread pudding.  I’m not a fan…and the list goes on.  So, who is a better person than her to get some different ideas of desserts that I would never think of to try?  No one.

On the way home, I asked her what kind of desserts she really likes.  She suggested pineapple upside down cake (which she’s suggested a few times before, but I haven’t gotten to that one yet), lava cakes, cobblers.  She mentioned how she’s not really big on the fruit part of cobblers, but sounded like she was salivating while talking about a chocolate cobbler.  Bingo!  Lightbulb turned on in my head.  So, that was next.  Cobblers are very much of a southern dish, so I can’t help but to chuckle at the fact that she’s from New Jersey and requested a cobbler.  We’ve converted her.  Well, maybe not with the peanut butter thing because she’s sick of it now…and I can see why.  Their son eats a peanut butter sandwich every day.  He dips his Cheerios in peanut butter.  Every.  Day.  When we were at the beach, my brother (her husband) was hungry for a late night snack, so he walks out of the kitchen with a spoonful of peanut butter.  They have two dogs, named Peanut and Butter.  No, I’m not kidding.  I must have laughed for two weeks when they got their new puppy and named him Butter.

After we got home, I started searching for chocolate cobbler recipes, and found one on  I have never made a cobbler before…and to be honest, I’m not a huge fan.  I’m hoping that this recipe will turn things around for my outlook on cobblers, especially since they’re a popular dish in the South.  Survey says…I’m now good with cobbler.  Chocolate, that is.  May have to branch out and try some others after this one.  😉


6 tablespoons butter

1 cup self-rising flour

3/4 cup white sugar

1 1/2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder

1/2 cup milk

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 cup white sugar

1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

1 1/2 cups boiling water

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Melt butter in an 8×8 inch baking dish while the oven preheats.  In a medium bowl, stir together the flour, 3/4 cup sugar, and 1 1/2 tablespoons cocoa.  Stir in milk and vanilla until smooth. Spoon this batter over the melted butter in the baking dish.  Stir together the remaining cup of sugar and 1/4 cup cocoa powder. Sprinkle over the batter. Slowly pour boiling water over the top of the mixture.  Bake for 30 minutes in the preheated oven, until set. Serve slightly warm with ice cream.
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